Hollis Joseph Kroetsch

(1903 - 1978)

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Hollis Joseph Kroetsch
1903 - 1978
Born
January 1, 1903
Harrison, Kootenai County, Idaho United States 83833
Death
February 1978
Brier, United States of America
Other Names
Joe Kroetch, Joe Abbott, Joe, Hollis Joseph (Kroetch), Joe
Summary
Hollis Joseph Kroetsch, father to 4 children, was born on January 1, 1903 in Harrison, Idaho. He was born to John Baptist Henry Kroetsch and Hellen Isabel (Steeples) Kroetch, with sibling Juanita. He was baptized in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Hollis married Dorothy Ferguson c. 1923 and Dorothy died in August 1932. They gave birth to Elaine Marguerite (Kroetch) Bell Gillett, Frank Edward Kroetch, Hollis Frederick Kroetch, and Norma (Kroetch) Erickson. He would also marry Ida Ryno on October 31, 1938 and they were together until death separated them in 1978. He died in February 1978 in Brier, United States of America at 75 years old. We know that Hollis Joseph Kroetsch had been residing in Lynnwood, Snohomish County, Washington 98036.
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Hollis Joseph Kroetch was born January 1, 1903, in Harrison, Idaho. Hollis was the son of John Baptist Henry Kroetch and Hellen Isabella ‘Nell’ Steeples. His parents met and eventually married at John’s mothers home in the little city of Plainville, Kansas. A day after their wedding, the couple moved to Nebraska for a short time, then settled in Harrison, Idaho where John helped establish a family lumber business.
Hollis had one older sibling, Juanita Josephine Kroetch, born in 1901, also in Harrison, Idaho.
Hollis’ parents divorced when he was 5, and Nell and her two children moved back to Plainville, Kansas where both children entered school while they lived with Nell’s mother and step-father. Nell’s mother, Mary Ann Morrison Steeples Burns, and her step-father, Sam Burns, ran a small hotel in Plainville.
Living near the Plainville Catholic Church was Hollis’ paternal grandmother, Angeline Chartrand Kroetsch.
During his school years, Hollis often appeared in the local newspaper, the Plainville Times:

Plainville Times, June 15, 1911:
"Childrens Day Exercises.....there were 7 in the exercises and little Hollis Kroetch the premier boy singer of the burg went to front in this as he always does in similar exercises..."

July 20, 1911, Plainville Times:
"...Mrs. Nell Kroetch and children Hollis and Juanita will leave for Portland, Oregon this evening..."

Plainville Times Date: May 23, 1912
Hollis did a recitation for the Decoration Day Program sponsored by the GAR

Plainville Times May 29, 1913
Decoration Day Program at M. E. Church....Recitation by Hollis Kroetch from "An American Exile..."

Plainville Times, July 30, 1914
" Mrs. S.W. Burns and grandson Hollis left Tuesday night for Loveland, Colorado to visit her son George Burns and daughter Mrs. James Chamberlain and families. Mr. Burns will join them later."


1915 Kansas State Census
Name: Halles Krotch (incorrect name....)
Census Date: 1915
Residence County: Rooks
Residence State: Kansas
Locality: Plainville
Birth Location: Idaho
Family Number: 5
Line: 16
Roll: ks1915_208
Living in household:
G.S. Burns 70
M.A. Burns 57 (grandmother)
Krutch, Hollis '9' (age incorrect-should be 12 years old..Sam's age reported incorrectly also, as age 80, when it should be '70'). Hollis was attending school, per the census records.

At the time the 1915 Kansas census was taken, Hollis' mother Nellie was living in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Co., Wash and was married to a Chester McKenzie....

Per Plainville Times, September 9, 1915:
"Mr. and Mrs. G.S. Burns, Charles Holland and Hollis Kroetch were expected to start for home in their ford Monday...."

Per Plainville Times, July 6, 1916
"Hollis Kroetch has accepted a position at the Plainville Pharmacy..."

Per Plainville Times, July 13, 1916
"Mrs. G.S. Burns and grandson Hollis Kroetch expect to leave next week for an extended visit at Garden City, Kansas, and Loveland, Colorado."

Per Plainville Times, Nov. 23, 1916
"Reading : An Imaginary Invalid Hollis Kroetch, Sophomore" during a school program...

Plainville Times Date: August 2, 1917
"Mrs. M.A. Burns, Mrs. H.A. Cool, Mrs. J.C. MacKenzie, and Hollis Kroetch spent Friday at the Ed Richardson home in Zurich."

Plainville Times Date: August 9, 1917
"Mrs. J.C. Mackenzie, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.S. Burns and other relatives, left Tuesday night for her home in Portland, Oregon, Her son Hollis Kroetch, who has made his home with his grandparents for several years, accompanied her to make his home. They will visit relatives in Loveland, Colorado, on their way.

Per Plainville Times, October 24, 1918:
"Hollis J. Kroetch, USS Oregon, San Francisco, Calif care PM"

Plainville Times, January 16, 1919
Hollis listed on the Honor Roll for Plainville High School, Plainville, KS...most likely for the 1918 school year
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Hollis Joseph Kroetsch
Most commonly known name
Hollis Joseph Kroetsch
Full name
Joe Kroetch, Joe Abbott, Joe, Hollis Joseph (Kroetch), Joe
Nickname(s) or aliases
Lynnwood, Snohomish County, Washington 98036
Last known residence
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Gender
Hollis Kroetsch was born on in Harrison, Kootenai County, Idaho United States 83833
Birth
Hollis Kroetsch died in in Brier, United States of America
Death
Hollis Kroetsch was born on in Harrison, Kootenai County, Idaho United States 83833
Hollis Kroetsch died in in Brier, United States of America
Birth
Death
lungs
Cause of death
Heritage

Ethnicity & Lineage

Hollis' paternal Haplogroup (through his Kroetch line) is I-M253
His father was 1/2 German, 1/2 French-Canadian
His mother was 1st generation from Scotland

Nationality & Locations

Hollis was born in Idaho, moved to Plainville, Kansas where he lived with his grandparents and attended school, moved to Portland Oregon with his mother for a couple of years, then they settled in Aberdeen/Hoquiam in Grays Harbor County, Wash.
As an adult, Hollis lived throughout the state of Washington, and several places in Oregon and northern California.
Hollis and his wife Peggy settled in Brier, Washington in the early 1950's, and he died there February 13, 1979.
Childhood

Education

Hollis attended public school in Plainville, KS. He graduated from high school at the age of 13.

Religion

Hollis was baptized in the Catholic church, but was 'non-practicing' as an adult

Baptized

in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho United States
Adulthood

Professions

Hollis trained as a brick mason, but at the age of 40-45 became a tile setter.

Personal Life

Unknown

Military Service

Hollis entered the "Naval Reserve Force" in April, 1918 from Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Co., Washington. He was honorably discharged from the USS Buffalo, Mare Island, Vallejo California on October 21, 1921 after having served in WWI.

Per Plainville Times, October 24, 1918:
"Hollis J. Kroetch, USS Oregon, San Francisco, Calif care PM"

Name: Hollis Kroetch
Death Date: 13 Feb 1979
Enlistment Date 1: 16 Apr 1918
Branch 2: NAVY
Enlistment Date 2: 3 May 1918
Release Date 2: 9 Jun 1919

Hollis entered "Naval Reserve Force" in April, 1918 from Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Co., Washington. He was honorably discharged from the USS Buffalo, Mare Island, Vallejo California on October 21, 1921. The "Consent, Declaration, and Oath of Parent or Guardian" was signed by Nellie who was using the name Nellie McKenzie at the time. Interestingly enough, Hollis was also going by the surname of McKenzie while living with Nellie, but used his 'real' surname of Kroetch when he enlisted. Per the document, Hollis was under 18 years old so was enlisted in the "Naval Reserves Forces" to serve until December 31, 1921. At the time Nellie filled out the form she gave her address as "Grayport Hotel", Hoquiam, Washington. The document was signed April 15th, 1918. Hollis was 15 years old. A following document signed by Hollis he states that he is 17 years and 2 months old (he must have used his sister's date of birth) and he is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds, has a ruddy complexion with brown hair and blue eyes. Marks on body include "S. Occiptal; S.L. Patella, S.R. Buttox" (I imagine they mean 'scar')...his allotment of a $10,000 life insurance policy was made out to his mother, "Nell Helen McKenzie" and lists Hollis' address as the Lytle Bldg., Hoquiam, Washington.

From June 30th, 1918 through June 9th, 1919 Hollis was on a 303 sub chaser and the U.S.S. Oregon.

On March 28,1919 a letter was sent to the Hon. Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy by Albert Johnson, M.C. 3rd District of Washington. The letter states:
"Dear Mr. Secretary:
I am in receipt of an urgent appeal from Mrs. J.C. Mckenzie, 609 1/2 I St. Hoquiam Washington, who desires her son, Hollis J. Kroetch, USS Oregon, released from service.
I shall be under obligations if you will take such steps as may be proper toward effecting the release of this man, and advise me concerning the matter, at your convenience."
The letter was received in Washington DC on March 29, 1919. Hollis was subsequently not released, and since the letter from Nellie was not included his Hollis' service records, it's unclear as to why Nellie made this request. The response from Washington DC advised that Hollis make his own request with his commanding officer who had full authority to approve or disapprove the request. Through June 19, 1919 Hollis was on the USS Oregon.

On May 18, 1919, Hollis was absent (AWOL) from 8:15am until 10:00am (stated as 1 hour and 45 minutes). He was released from duty on 6/9/1919....

On August 18, 1920, the Office of the Commandant at the Naval Yard in Puget Sound wrote a letter to the Thirteenth Naval District concerning a "recall to active duty for the purpose of transferring to the regular Navy to serve unexpired portion of enrollment". It was requested by Hollis, and approved.
On Aug. 21, 1920, Hollis was transferred to the "regular Navy". On December 31, 1920 Hollis was transferred to the U.S.S. Charleston, and on March 31, 1921 he started serving on the U.S.S. Buffalo. He was discharged from the Buffalo on October 6, 1921. His honorary discharge gratuity was $143.60. His behavior was rated as 'excellent' while serving, and he was rated as a 'fireman first class'. Hollis was given an "Honorable Discharge" button, and furnished transportation at the rate of 5 cents per mile from Vallejo, California to Aberdeen Washington, his place of enrollment.

From June 30th, 1918 through June 9th, 1919 Hollis was on a 303 sub chaser and the U.S.S. Oregon.

Hollis was a 'seaman apprentice from 1918 until June 1919. Prior to his reassignment into the 'regular' Navy in August 1920, he appeared in the January 1920 US Census in Hoquiam:

1/10/1920 US Census:
Name: Hollis Mckenzie
Home in 1920: Hoquiam Ward 1, Grays Harbor, Washington
Age: 17 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1903
Birthplace: Idaho
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's Birth Place: United States
Mother's name: Nell
Mother's Birth Place: Kansas
Marital Status: Single
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 583

1921...
Application for Equalized Compensation:
Hollis Joseph Kroetch ID # 1032504 (not of age)
Present address: 1310 S. L Street, Tacoma, WA
Place of birth: Harrison, ID
Date of Birth: Jan 1, 1901 (incorrect)
Resident of Washington: 4 years
Present Occupation: none
Business Address: none
Name/Address of Employer: not employed
Name/Address of nearest relative: Juanita Kroetch 410 6th St., Hoquiam, Wash.....sister
Name/Address of Father: John Kroetch
Deceased: YES
Name and Address of mother at time of enlistment:
Helen I. Kingham 1310 S. L Street, Tacoma
Deceased: no
Have you ever borrowed money from the Veterans Welfare Commission? NO
Bona fide resident at time of commission: Lytle Bldg. Hoquiam, WA
Bona fide resident now: 1310 S. L Street, Tacoma, WA
When did you last vote? Not of age
Branch of Service: Naval Reserve
Date of Enrollment: April 15, 1918
Date of Reporting to Active Duty: May 2, 1918
Station or Ship: San Diego, CA USS Oregon
Rating: Apprentice Seaman
Last Rating: Seaman First Class
Signed: Hollis Joseph Kroetch
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Parents:

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Apr 7, 1874 - April 1945
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Sep 27, 1879 - Sep 27, 1968

Siblings:

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Mar 26, 1901 - Jun 2, 1935

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Hollis Joseph Kroetsch & Dorothy Elaine (Ferguson) Kroetch

c. 1923 - August 1932
Cause of Separation: Death

Spouse:

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October 1906 - 1932

Children:

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May 19, 1924 - Jan 29, 2007
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Mar 25, 1927 - Jul 12, 2001
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Nov 21, 1925 - Jan 6, 1998
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Apr 5, 1929 - Unknown
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Hollis Joseph Kroetsch & Ida Mae "Peggy" (Ryno) Kroetch

October 31, 1938 - 1978
Cause of Separation: Death
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Hollis Joseph Kroetsch, father to 4 children, passed away in February 1978 in Brier, United States of America at 75 years old. He was born on January 1, 1903 in Harrison, Idaho. He was born to John Baptist Henry Kroetsch and Hellen Isabel (Steeples) Kroetch, with sibling Juanita. He married Dorothy Ferguson c. 1923 and Dorothy died in August 1932. They gave birth to Elaine Marguerite (Kroetch) Bell Gillett, Frank Edward Kroetch, Hollis Frederick Kroetch, and Norma (Kroetch) Erickson. Hollis also married Ida Ryno on October 31, 1938 and they were together until death separated them in 1978. We know that Hollis Joseph Kroetsch had been residing in Lynnwood, Snohomish County, Washington 98036.

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In 1903, in the year that Hollis Joseph Kroetsch was born, the book The Souls of Black Folk, written by W. E. B. Du Bois, was published. Containing several essays on the African-American experience in America, much of the book was based on Du Bois' own life. The book was one of the very early works in the science of sociology.

In 1910, by the time he was only 7 years old, Halley's comet, which returns past the earth every 75 - 76 years was observed photographically for the first time. Two fortuitous events occurred - photography had been invented since the last time the comet had passed and the comet was relatively close. There was panic because one astronomer claimed that the gas from its tail "would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet." People bought gas masks, "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas".

In 1951, he was 48 years old when on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

In 1962, when he was 59 years old, on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

In 1978, in the year of Hollis Joseph Kroetsch's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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