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Re: Mabel H. Potter Gittings (1873-1924), Answer: parents
Posted by: Jan Fenter (ID *****7098) Date: July 01, 2012 at 12:16:52
In Reply to: Mabel H. Potter Gittings (1873-1924) by Karen Carrithers of 1396

I found another source which sometimes helps, and this time it did. I found only one card for Mabel GITTINGS in the following source, at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon library, Portland, Oregon:

Source: Foreign Voter Registration Cards, Multnomah County, Oregon, prior to Septmenber 1967. Microfilm box: R979.549 W445 #22731.

Name: Mabel GITTINGS.
Party: Socialist.
Precinct: 25.
Address: 71 West Humboldt St. (between Concord and Denver).
Born: Canada.
Sex: Female.
Father: John POTTER.
Mother: Caroline POTTER.
Husband: J. W. GITTINGS.
Husband born: Pennsylvania.
Signed by: Mabel GITTINGS.
Stamped on the card was: "Taxpayer, 17 April 1916."

[Research Note: No date was listed on the card except for the one stamped as "Taxpayer 17 April 1916." Therefore, the registration card was probably for the year of 1916.]

Using the online newspaper archives database for the Oregonian, there were several articles regarding the murder of John W. GITTINGS, police officer, and things about his family, published from 19 December through 27 December 1907. Some of the articles are a continuation of the investigation of the murder, and the family members of the man who shot John GITTINGS. The largest article was on 22 Dec. regarding the funeral and the incident that took place at the cemetery service. It also included information about the murder. The article mentioned his widow having 3 children to care for and that she was expecting the 4th child at any time. From what was written, the GITTINGS family had financial problems and the house they lived in was run down. When people found out about this family's condition, concerned citizens started sending in aid to help them. Probably even more so since it was Christmas time.

If you don't have a copy of the newspaper article of Dec. 22nd and would like a copy, contact me at the email address that Genforum has for me. Click on my name as the person posting this information, and the next page will give you my email address. If you email me, please include your home address {snail mail address) if you want a copy of the Dec. 22nd article in the Oregonian.


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