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Jewell Raymond WILLIS
Alice Emma NEELY
Cora Ophelia E. WEDEKIND
Husband:  Jewell / Jewel Raymond WILLIS
Birth:  7 Dec 1884, MO 
Death:  28 Oct 1967, Washington Co., OR
Occupation:  railroad agent
Father:  William Murphy WILLIS
Mother:  Ida BROWN
Marriage-1:  19 Feb 1918, Multnomah Co., OR
Wife-1:  Alice Emma NEELY / NEALY
Birth:  2 Sep 1888, Kent, Loup Co., NE
Death:  14 Jun 1947, Multnomah Co., OR
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m1. 11 Aug 1907, Multnomah Co., OR, Wilbur Earl EVANS; divorced 1917
Father:  Joseph NEELY
Mother:  Frances Arminna GRINDER
Marriage-2:  soon aft. 16 Jul 1952
Wife-2:  Cora Ophelia E. WEDEKIND
Birth:  29 Mar 1900, Blanco Co., TX
Death:  11 Mar 1985, Hillsboro, Washington Co., OR
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m1. 1921/2, Blanco Co., TX, William Fowler RIDDELL
Father:  William Levi "Will" WEDEKIND (1874-1929)
Mother:  Margaret "Maggie" KELLOGG (1875-1959)
Children with Alice Emma NEELY:
None, though it appears Jewell may have adopted Alice's children from her prior marriage (or at least have become their guardian as minors); as adults, they reverted to their biological father's surname.
Children with Cora Ophelia WEDEKIND:
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1.  Interview of my mother, Nina Gale (Straub) Matthiesen, daughter of Jewell's sister, Nina (Willis) Straub.  She said Jewell worked for the railroad and his wife's name was Alice.   Our families were not in contact after my grandmother, Nina (Willis) Straub, died in 1956, so Jewell's marriage to Cora may have been late in life for both of them.

2a.  Oregon Marriages, 1906-20 (online at Ancestry.com):
Willis, Jewel Raymond 19 Feb 1918 Multnomah
Evans, Alice E 19 Feb 1918 Multnomah

2b.  Anon.  Wednesday, 16 Jul 1952.  "Marriage License Applications."  The Oregon Statesman (Salem, OR), p. 5 (online at Newspapers.com):
Jewell R. Willis, 64, retired, Salem, and Cora W. Riddell, 52, telephone operator, Hillsboro.

3.  1900 Census Index/Microfilm (online at Genealogy.com):  Jewel R. WILLIS (æ 15, b. Dec 1884, MO) is living with his parents in Burr Oak Twp., Lincoln Co., MO (q.v.).

4a.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Jewell.  His family is living in New River Pct., Fallon City, Churchill Co., NV, so I did a page-by-page of the precinct, without success.

4b.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 12):  1730 East State Street, Granite City (Ward 1), Venice Twp., Madison Co., IL, Roll T624_310 (Part 2), p. 139B, SN 2B, SD 13, ED 59, enumerated 19/20 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
* 1730 31 32 Willis J R Lodger M W 30 M1 5 MO MO MO Eng Roller Mill W N 10 Y Y
*East State Street
One of many lodgers in a "Lodging House."  This is only person indexed in the 1910 census who comes close to being our subject.  Madison County is just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, MO, so the location is not necessarily an obstacle.  His age is off, though tenants in a boarding house rarely have accurate data entered for them.  The question is, where is his wife?  The only other WILLIS in Venice Twp. is Laura WILLIS (æ 30), but her marital status is "S." 

5.  1920 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #10 of 12):  Lumr(?) Mill & Logging Camp Bunk Houses, Timber Precinct, Washington Co., OR, p. 263B, SN 5B, SD 1, ED 433, enumerated 29 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28
Lumr(?) Mill
& Logging
Camp Bunk
4 Willis Jewel R Head R M W 34 M     Y Y MO   US   US   Y R.R. Agent W
  ______ Alice Wife   F W 31 M     Y Y NE   PA   IA   Y none  
  ______ Linn Son   M W 4 S         OR   MO   NE   Y none  
  Jaurge? Jim none   M W 49 S 1910 Al N N Greece L C Greece L C Greece L C Y Logging W
Linn is Alice's son from her prior marriage.

6.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #6  of 8 mis-indexed "Willie"):  West A Street, Turner Precinct, Turner Town, Marion Co., OR, p. 55B, SH 3B, ED 24-84, SD 2, enumerated 4 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
* 44 49 Willis Jewel R Head O $1200 R N M W 45 M 34 N Y MO IN MI Y Telegapher Railroad Depot W Y   N
    ______ Alice E Wife         F W 39 M 27 N Y NE PA IA Y None          
    ______ Murray Son         M W 17 S   N Y OR MO NE Y Lineman Telegraph Co W N 7 N
    ______ Lindsay Son         M W 15 S   Y Y OR MO NE Y None          
*West A Street
Is Alice fibbing about her age?  Murray and Lindsay are Alice's sons from her prior marriage. 

7.  The 1943 obituary of Jewell's mother indicates he came "from Timber, Oregon," to attend her funeral (in Nevada). 

8.  Oregon Death Index, 1903-98 (online at Ancestry.com):
Surname Given Name Birth Date Death Date County Spouse Certificate
Willis  Jewell R   28 Oct 1967 Washington Cora 15616
Willis Alice E   14 Jun 1947 Multnomah   4416
Willis Cora Oph 29 Mar 1900 11 Mar 1985 Washington Jewell 85-04384
The Given Name field is limited to 8 characters, so Cora's middle name has been clipped off.

9.  SSDI:  Social Security Death Index (online at RootsWeb.com):
Name Birth Death Last Residence SSN Issued Post-em
Cora WILLIS 29 Mar 1900 Mar 1985 97236 (Portland, Multnomah, OR) 456-30-6314 TX Yes

10.  World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.  Microfilm Series M1509 (4277 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC (card images and index online at Ancestry.com):
Roll: 1852051
Serial Number | Order Number: 63 | A3160
Name: Jewel Raymond Willis
Permanent Home Address: Oregon City (Clackamas) Oregon
Age in Years | Date of Birth: 33 | Dec 7, 1884
Race: White
Citizenship: Native Born
Present Occupation: Railroad Telegrapher
Employer's Name: Southern Pacific Co
Place of Employment or Business: Cochran Wash Oregon
Name of Nearest Relative: Alice Emma Willis
Address of Nearest Relative: Cochran Wash Oregon
Signature: Jewel Raymond Willis
Height (tall, medium, short): Medium
Build (slender, medium, stout): Medium
Color of Eyes | Color of Hair: Brown | Dark Brown
Physically Disabled:  
Date of Registration: Sept 6 - 1918
Draft Board: Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon

11a.  Anon.   Friday, 9 Oct 1931.  "Fallon Personals." Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV), Vol. LVII, No. 157, p. 3 (online at Ancestry.com):
Special to The Journal.
FALLON. Oct. 8.
Mr. and Mrs. Jewell Willis of Marion, Ore., are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harrie Knobloch and Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Crehore.
Mrs. Harry KNOBLOCK is Jewell's sister, Delight; Mrs. Lawrence CREHORE is Jewell's sister, Gladys.

11b.  Anon.  Thursday, 30 Jul 1936.  [Personals.] Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV), Vol. LXV, No. 266, p. 12 (online at Ancestry.com):
FALLON, July 29.
Mr. and Mrs. Jewell Willis of Salem, Oregon are visiting in Fallon with Mr. Willis' mother, Mrs. Ida Willis and his sister, Mrs. L.W. Crehore.  He has been in San Francisco to visit his other sister, Mrs. Harrie Knoblock who has been seriously ill at Stanford hospital.

12.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

13.  Email from Bob Wilson.

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