About Me

My photo

I have been doing genealogy for 30 years. My Great Aunt Ella introduced me to this fascinating adventure when I was a teenager and boy did I get hooked. She inspired me and taught me the importance of my roots and where I came from.

Search This Blog

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Chester D Valamore: Kidnapping 10 Year Old Girl

Chester David Valgamore was born 22 Aug 1882 in Parsons, KS to Henry J Valgamore (1853-1911) and Alice May Clark (1858-1937). 


Inmate #13821 Montana State Prison
Crime: Enticing a child away and concealing from parents
Rec: 14 Nov 1944
Age: 62






Chester was a Ice Cream and butter maker working in various grocery stores from Ohio, Minnesota, Montana and California.


He first married Daisy May Carlisle(1889-1972) They had a son would be his only child: Veron Merwin Valgamore (1909-1980).

He married second to Ivy May Paull (1903-1970) 5 May 1924 in Silver Bow, MT

Chester was released from prison by 1946 and went to California where he died in Inglewood on 9 Feb 1970, he was then buried in Wickenburg Cemetery in Wickenburg, AZ . He has a Find A Grave Memorial # 11544890


There really isn't any kind of explanation of why he took the little girl. I only found the one newspaper clipping. He was not formally charged with kidnapping or he would of gotten 20 years in a Federal Prison.

On June 17, 1932, Congress passed the Lindbergh Law making kidnapping across state lines a Federal felony.


Federal criminal code (18 U.S.C. § 1201) makes kidnapping a serious felony offense, with prison sentences of 20 or more years, depending on prior convictions and the circumstances of the case.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Gerald Barney: Incest

Geral Barney was born 14 May 1906 in Elsinore, Utah To Daniel Barney and Unknown.




 Inmate #8298 Idaho State Prison
Crime: Incest
Rec: 7 Nov 1951
Term: 10 years
Age: 45
Paroled: 1955






Gerald was married twice and had several child in each marriage.

First 15 Jan 1930 in Maricopa County, AZ
Second 1 Aug 1956 in Conconine, AZ 

All his wives and children have passed on but I will not post who they were here out of respect to them. I did however make him a tree on Ancestry and they are all connect there if a family is searching for him.

It was not easy for me to write this post and I thought about not doing it, but reading what he said in the statement was pulling at me like he wanted this done. So here it is. Please do not leave me a negative comment, I know he was a criminal as is all I write about and they are all  deceased and have paid the price.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mary Alice Cannon Barns: Manslaughter

Mary Alice Cannon Barnes was born possibly on 13 Sep 1926 in Virginia to I believe Langston Barnes and Rhea Mae Bryant. 




Inmate #8747 Idaho State Prison
Rec: 10 Oct 1953
Crime: Manslaughter
Term: 10 years
Age: 25
Paroled: 10 Nov 1955
Discharged from parole: 4 Feb 1957






Newspaper clippings:


I am at a loss as why they would charge her when there was a witness who saw George Hill kick in the door. Isn't this self defense? That's crazy.

I as I was researching Mary Alice I found a women in Utah with the same full name, the chances of that are slim, but nonetheless I did a white women. So I tried researching Mary Alice with just Barnes and left out Cannon and I found parents I believe are hers and a possible husband.

Henry Lee Battle 1924-1978

Married 19 Jan 1946 York, VA




His death Certificate



He was hot in the head


So why would she go from Virginia to Idaho??
I have no idea none of her siblings were there that I could find, they all lived and died in Virginia.

I never found a husband with the last name of Cannon and I am not sure why she used Cannon in her name, she was Miss Mary Alice in the newspapers. So unless I have the wrong family attached to her I guess we will never know.

I made her a tree and I noticed there are several other trees she is listed in with no death date or place and they do not have her prison record attached. I am 98% sure this is the same lady.



Monday, January 14, 2019

Ada Ashburn-Vallies: Narcotics

Ada Ashburn born about 1885 in West union, WV to William Elmer Ashburn and Clarissa Jane Frum.



Inmate #8909 Montana State Prison
Rec: 9 July 1928
Term: 5-10 Years and $1,000 fine


She was married to a Mr. Vallie I did not find him. This is really sad it says she was an addict. She died 4 March 1930 in Great Falls, MT. 

I have no further information on her. I made her a tree on Ancestry and there are 4 other trees but no one has made this connection.

She is now at peace and all her demons are at rest. I connected her to her parents on Find-A-Grave.



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Frank Waara: Sedition

Frank Waara was born about 1881 in Sweden.

Inmate #6341 Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, MT
Rec: 7 June 1918
Crime: Sedition
Term: 18-36 Months
Crime was committed in Bozeman, MT







Sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that tends toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent towards, or resistance against established authority.








I found a death record for a Frank Waara in Sacramento, CA 18 Apr 1937. I believe this could be him. There is another Frank Warra born about the same time in Finland who lived in Michigan, I do not think that is this Frank due to birthdates of children and he was a farmer.


I had never heard of this crime so it was exciting to learn something new. I made him a tree on Ancestry. Maybe a relative will find him.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Blanch P Hite: Manslaughter

Blanche P Hite was born 15 June 1910 in Kamiah, ID to Maylon Hite and Dora Northrup. 




Inmate #13714 Montana State Prison
Crime: Manslaughter
Rec: 13 March 1944
Term: 2 years
Crime was committed in Lewistown,MT on 12 Feb 1943
Sentenced from court on 11 March 1944
She was 34 years old




Blanche was first married to W. E. Mullikan (1888-1937) Married 3 June 1930.
After her husband's death she married James Robert Yadon (1898-1943) married 30 Jan 1939.













The newspapers do not explain what happened, why she did it. Blanche didn't spend much time locked up. Someone in my Criminal Genealogy group found these newspaper clippings after I had originally posted this post.



Explains a little more and sheds some light on her life.




She died from ruptured appendix, but she had also had,
Tertiary Syphilis.

 Tertiary (late) syphilis. About 15 to 30 percent of people infected with syphilis who don't get treatment will develop complications known as tertiary (late) syphilis. In the late stages, the disease may damage your brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones and joints.

Very sad lonely way to die.




Friday, January 11, 2019

Frank Zach: Burglary & Embezzlement

Frank Zach was born in Germany Abt 1883, he came to America in 1900 and began his criminal career, getting caught in 1910.




Inmate #24029 San Quentin Prison (California)
Rec: 9 Jan 1910
Crime: Burglary 1st Degree
Term: 5 years

Alias: John Doe









Inmate #25954 San Quentin Prison
Rec: 25 Aug 1912
Crime: Embezzlement 
Term: 5 years






This was in the Tulare County Sheriff Book 
He jump parole and I found him in Montana.





Inmate #5647 Montana STate Prison
Rec: 3 Nov 1916
Crime: Burglary
Term: 18 to 24 months

I also found him in Texas in 1923 


Inmate #49517 Texas State Prison
Crime: Bootlegging
Rec: 25 May 1923
Term: 7 years
Discharged 15 Feb 1924


I found no wife or children and I didn't find a death date or place, although there was a Frank Zach that died in Cleveland, Ohio 3 June 1961 in a Nursing home, he's 78 and a widow. Might be him but I have no proof yet.

Was this man a career criminal? I think he was an opportunist, if something came his way he would try it and get caught. I feel sorry for him, seems to me he was alone in the world.