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John Chester Puffer

John Chester Puffer

Male 1872 - Bef 1940  (< 67 years)

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  • Name John Chester Puffer 
    Born 21 Oct 1872  Bremer County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1940  IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I769  Puffer Genealogy
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2018 

    Father Edward S. Puffer,   b. 1830, Stamford, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1888, Waverly, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Armina Farr,   b. 11 May 1841, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1924, Shell Rock, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Family ID F9047  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margaret O'Brien,   b. Jan 1876, Shell Rock, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1959, San Diego, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Married 30 Nov 1895  Waverly, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Divorced 1 Nov 1907  Bremer County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Married 3 Jun 1911  Waterloo, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Edith Iva May Puffer,   b. 10 Sep 1896, Shell Rock, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1965, Kingsley, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Ervin\Irvin Dewey Puffer,   b. 1 Mar 1899, Shell Rock, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1999  (Age < 99 years)
     3. Mary Lou Puffer,   d. Aft 1965
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F6298  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 D. Emma Tippy,   b. Abt 1875, Bremer County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 15 Jun 1892  Bremer County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Baby Puffer,   b. 16 Sep 1892, Waverly, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1892, Waverly, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F6300  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Oct 1872 - Bremer County, IA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Jun 1892 - Bremer County, IA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 1 Nov 1907 - Bremer County, IA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos 3 Photos

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    John Chester Puffer prison.jpg
    John Chester Puffer prison.jpg

  • Notes 
    • Imprisoned for 3 years in 1906 at the Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison, Iowa. His incarceration started Oct 20th, 1906 continuing to 19 Apr 1909. This is a maximum security prison. He and his wife were arrested in a raid in 1906 on their home, where gallons of liquor were found (during Prohibition). Allegedly they were keeping a brothel in their house.

      'Maggie', as she was known, struggled on without a husband and obtained a divorce from John on Nov 1, 1907.  She retained custody of two of her children, Ervin Dewey and Iva May.  According to an affidavit she "worked by day and week, but found it impossible to properly care for the children."

      According to his 1918 WWI Registration Card he was a clerk in a soft drink parlor.

      He was involved in a car crash with his brother, Bert, and was sentenced to 1 year in prison for "Op. M. V. W. I." (Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated) at the Men's Penitentiary, Ft. Madison, IA, Jul 10, 1930.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1762] WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Database online. Registration Location: Black Hawk County, Iowa; Roll: 1643363; Draft Board: 0.
      Record for John Chester Puffer

    2. [S2201] Iowa County Marriages, 1838-1934.

    3. [S2315] Newspaper Annoucement, Waterloo Daily Courier, 20 Aug 1907.

    4. [S2218] Iowa Marriage Records, 1880-1937.