Surname Saturday – Plummer and Banks

IMAG0180 Eugene R Plummer was the first husband of Olivia Anne Tracy.  He was born the 14th of February, 1854 in Indiana.  I have no information on who his parents were.  By 1880 he shows up in York, Nebraska as a boarder along with Lewis Weeks (who later married Rachel Tracy.  They were farmers living in the house of Aaron Wirt (sp?).  Eugene married Anne in 1882 and by 1885 he is a carpenter in York and they have a boarder of their own; U.S. Grant, photographer.  By the 1900 census he and Anne have moved to North Platte, Nebraska and he is working as a laborer. In the 1910 census they are in the same place, he is still a laborer and they have a boarder named Fred Gess.  Interesting note here, Anne notes that she has had 4 children, 0 surviving.  In 1920, they live in the same town but now Eugene is a salesman at Derbyshire and Forbes and they have 2 boarders living with them; Mabel Reynolds and Daisy Miller.  The 1921 City directory is what clued me in to which store he worked at and they owned a home at 114 S Sycamore in North Platte.  Eugene died October 19, 1922.  He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in York, Nebraska.


IMAG0177Olivia Anne Tracy Plummer married William Thomas Banks sometime between 1930 and 1935.  I haven’t found information on how and when they met but a newspaper article I read said they owned a store in North Platte before moving to Long Beach, California.  But the 1930 census shows Anne living in Long Beach as a widow – so they hadn’t married yet.   He is also living in Long Beach as a widow.  William was born 14 September, 1858 in Jasper County, Iowa to Moses and Elizabeth (Blair) Banks.  In 1881 he married Stella Combs and they had six children.  All six children were born in Nebraska, most of them in North Platte.  Stella died 20 April, 1923 in Los Angeles, California.  The family is renumerated there in the 1920 census. by 1935 William and Anne are married and living in Long Beach.  In 1940 they are living in the same place and William’s son William is living with them.  Mr. Banks died July 12, 1946 in California.  In a newspaper article about William and Anne’s fishing experience it says that William had 6 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  And that was when he was 76.


About Rosanna Ward

Rosanna is a devoted mother of four children, two of which are homeschool graduates. She currently homeschools her 11 and 6 year old sons. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University: She grew up in Tulsa and has been homeschooling here for the past eleven years. Rosanna has loved family history for as long as she can remember and love genealogy for the stories of her ancestors.
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