Puffer Genealogy

Roy F. PUFFER

Roy F. PUFFER[1]

Male 1891 - 1918  (27 years)

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  • Name Roy F. PUFFER 
    Born 5 Feb 1891  Sturgeon Bay, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Birth Mar 1891  WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
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    Died 9 Sep 1918  France Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Sturgeon Bay, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Bayside Cemetery 
    Person ID I16012  Puffers
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2021 

    Father George Walter PUFFER, Sr.,   b. 10 Oct 1861, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1891, Sturgeon Bay, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Mother Wilhelmine Pearl SCHMUDE,   b. 17 Mar 1860, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1896, Sturgeon Bay, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1882  Kewaunee County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID F9140  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    george walter puffer.jpg

  • Notes 
    • In 1905 (14 yo) he is living in the home of Thomas H. Thackray as a hired man.

      "Roy Puffer, Classed As Deserter, Gave Life for Country and Will Be Buried Here By Legion

      Classed as a deserter by the War department, yet he gave his life for his country in France, the body of Roy F. Puffer will be buried by The Archie Lackshire Post of the American Legion in Bayside cemetery some day next week. The body will arrive in New York from France Aug. 2 and will be forwarded here at once for burial in the family plot in Bayside.

      Twelve years ago Roy Puffer taught school in Door county and lived here with his mother. Shortly after leaving here he enlisted in the army but tired of the service. He was no "peace time" soldier, so he "bunched it" or "went over the hill" as soldiers express it.

      He deserted in San Francisco and successfully eluding the authorities lived in the West for a number of years. Finally the United States got into a real war when every available man was needed and men who had been trained were needed at once. Roy crossed the continent and enlisted in New York, being in the first contingents to reach France.

      When he enlisted he took his mother's maiden name, Lee, and it was as Sergeant Roy F. Lee that he died and was buried there, and as Sergeant Roy F. Lee that the body is being consigned to relatives here. While not a peace time soldier he title of sergeant shows that he made good when his country was really in need. He was about 32 years old.

      His body will rest after honorable burial beside that of his mother, Mrs. Minnie Puffer, in Bayside. He leaves a brother and sister. The brother is George Puffer, principal and manager of the Fountain City Business College of Fond du Lac. The sister is Miss May Puffer, who lived with Dr. and Mrs. G. F. Hilton at the People's hospital a number of years.

      A large delegation of Legion members is expected to attend the funeral"

      Door County Advocate, July 30, 1920

  • Sources 
    1. [S332] Wisconsin State Censuses, 1895 and 1905, Database online.
      Record for Roy Puffer

    2. [S244] Wisconsin-EASy.

    3. [S309] _1900 United States Federal Census.

    4. [S565] Obituary, Door County Advocate, Jul 30, 1920.

    5. [S482] Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1826-1908.

    6. [S402] Wisconsin Marriages, pre-1907.