A Family History of Jeremy Patrick Toomey
Generation Four
(Great Grandparents of Jeremy Patrick Toomey)

Arthur Anthony Blain and Ruth Minerva Gibbs

Arthur Anthony Blain, son of Prudent A Blain and Cordelia Lavoie, was born on 13 Oct 1873 in Quebec, Canada and died on 15 Oct 1959 in Torrance, Los Angeles, California at age 86.

Arthur married Ruth Minerva Gibbs, daughter of Richard Newton Gibbs and Louisa T Alawine, on 2 Jun 1905 in Mobile, Mobile, Alabama. Ruth was born on 22 Jul 1886 in Kosciusko, Attala, Mississippi and died on 28 Jul 1961 in Riverside, Riverside, California at age 75.

They had seven children:

Arthur Anthony Blain Jr was born on 23 Jun 1907 in Mobile, Mobile, Alabama and died on 14 Jul 1988 in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California at age 81.

Arthur married Madelyn V Paventi in Los Angeles County in 1930. They had four children: June Marie, Arthur Anthony, Donald Francis and John Gregory.

Cordelia Dee Blain was born on 26 Jan 1909 in Mobile, Mobile, Alabama and died on 21 May 2006 in Aguanga, Riverside, California at age 97.

Cordelia married Harold Oscar Dittmer, son of John George Dittmer and Mary Anne Katherine Kleeman. Harold was born 14 Jan 1899 in Portland, Kossuth, Iowa and died 26 Jul 1974 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. They had two children: Harold Melvin and Ronald Anthony.

Cordelia next married (first name unknown) Turnidge.

Alma Olivia Blain was born on 15 Oct 1910 in Mobile, Mobile, Alabama and died on 28 Apr 1993 in Albany, Benton, Oregon at age 82.

Alma Olivia married John Nicholas Miesen, son of Clarence Miesen and Elizabeth La Fontaine, in 1927 in Whittier, Los Angeles, California. John was born 10 May 1907 in Kentucky and died 23 May 1987 in Whittier, Los Angeles, California. They had three children: Delores Marie, John Arthur and Richard Gerald.

Lillian E Blain was born about 1916 in Ohio.

Mary Theresa Blain was born on 12 Dec 1919 in Mobile, Mobile, Alabama and died on 16 Jul 1997 in Coos Bay, Coos, Oregon at age 77.

Mary married Edgar Washington Crow, son of Edgar Washington Crow and Mattie Emma Gibbs, on 18 Dec 1937 in Los Angeles County, California. The marriage ended in divorce 1958 Los Angeles County, California. Edgar was born on 6 Nov 1908 in Cameron, Marshall, West Virginia and died on 12 Oct 1989 in Palm Springs, Riverside, California at age 80. They had six children: Edgar Allen, Carol Ann, Suellen, Michael Bruce, Gary Robert, and Laurie Lynn.

Mary next married Ernest Bernard Gutter on 7 Aug 1960 in Clark County, Nevada. Ernest was born on 10 Jul 1924 in Austria and died on 21 Mar 1984 in Roseburg, Douglas, Oregon at age 59. They had one son: Steven S. Ernest had two children from a previous marriage to Betty Lee Brian: Janet Ann and Ernest Del.

Eugenia Doris (Jean) Blain was born on 30 Sep 1921 in Mobile, Mobile, Alabama and died 6 Jun 2010 in Wildomar, Riverside, California. 

Jean married John Woodrow (Woody) Toomey, son of John J Toomey and Mary J Nolan. Woody was born on 17 Oct 1912 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island and died on 24 Aug 1993 in Los Angeles County, California at age 80. They had seven children: John Martin, Steven, Dennis James, Melinda Jean, Angela Maria, Kathleen A, and Mary Ruth.

For more information on Eugenia Doris (Jean) Blain and John Woodrow (Woody) Toomey and their children click on Eugenia Doris (Jean) Blain link above.

Weldon Cecilia Blain was born on July 30, 1923 in Los Angeles County, California. and died on 3 Dec 2012 in California.

Weldon married John Patrick Carroll on 5 Sept 1944 in California..

Records for Arthur Anthony Blain and Ruth Minerva Gibbs

Census Records

1910 census
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1920 census (actual image)
Arthur A Blain age 46 born in Canada Immigrated 1880 naturalized 1898 carpenter in ship yard
Ruth M Blain age 33 born in Alabama
Arthur A Blain age 12 born in Alabama
Cordelia R Blain age 10 born in Alabama
Alma O Blain age 9 born in Alabama
Lillian E Blain age 5 born in Ohio
Mary T Blain age 0/12 born in Alabama
Mobile Ward 10, Mobile, Alabama; Roll: T625_35; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 133; Image: 516.

1930 census (actual image)
Arthur A Blain age 56 born in Canada married age 32 carpenter oil works equipment
Ruth M Blain age 43 born in Alabama married age 19
Arthur A Blain age 22 born in Alabama electrician automobile
Lillian E Blain age 17 born in Ohio housework private home
Theresa M Blain age 10 born in Alabama
Eugenia D Blain age 8 born in Alabama
Weldon C Blain age 6 born in California
Edwin L Miller age 21 born in New York boarder gasoline salesman
San Antonio, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 172; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 1366; Image: 250.0.

Military Records

World War I Draft Registration Card (actual image)
Name: Arthur Anthony Blain City: Mobile County: Mobile State: Alabama Birth Date: 13 Oct 1873 Race: White Roll: 1509408 Draft Board: 1

Immigration Records

Arthur Anthony Blain
immigrated 1880 naturalized 28 Oct 1898 in Toledo, Lucas, Ohio

Vital Records

California Death Index
Name: BLAIN ARTHUR ANTHONY Sex: MALE Birth Date: 10/13/1873  Birthplace: CANADA Death Date:10/15/1959 Death Place: LOS ANGELES Mother's Maiden Name: LEVOIR

California Death Index
Name: BLAIN RUTH Sex: FEMALE Birth Date: 22 Jul 1886 Birthplace: ALABAMA Death Date: 28 Jul 1961 Death Place: RIVERSIDE Mother's Maiden Name: ALLEWINE


Article about Harold Dittmer, son of Cordelia Blain

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Wednesday, August 13, 1997
Flood victim was lottery winner

Henderson resident Harold "Mel" Dittmer bought a California lottery ticket in 1995 after having a feeling that he was in for a spell of good luck. Days later, his came true when the six-number ticket purchased in San Bernardino raked in $9 million. He and his mother, Cordelia Turnidge, ended up splitting the winnings. Just two years after becoming a multimillionaire, Dittmer died Sunday in the Henderson flood. The 67-year-old was swept away in a current of rainwater that rushed through an upscale neighborhood on Skyline Road at Tamarack Drive, near where his mother lives. "It's a terrible, terrible tragedy," said Bob McClone of the Las Vegas office of Teamsters Local 631, where Dittmer served as vice president for six years before winning the lottery. "He was very self-reliant, and he was a friend to anyone in need. If he liked you, he would be there for you."
Witnesses and Clark County authorities said Dittmer, who lost an arm as a boy, was overcome by floodwaters as he tried to move his older-model pickup out of the rushing water on Skyline. McClone said despite being wealthy, Dittmer could never part with the old truck. "He was still driving the truck he owned before he won the money," McClone said. "He just had it repainted and replaced the engine. That's the way Mel was. He was not a glitz-type guy. The money didn't change him a bit." Norma Minas, public information officer for the California State Lottery, said Dittmer told lottery officials he and his mother planned to invest their winnings in real estate. His winnings, which are paid annually, will now be forwarded to his estate.

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