Hi Guys....no I'm not dead just very busy elsewhere...
I received an E-mail from a man in California that is looking for the decendants of Leland Edward Trueblood born 1898. He is not related but does have papers and correspondence between his relative and Leland. He is wanting to sned these papers to his relatives. Here is a copy of the e-mail;
"I am not related to the Trueblood family in any way, but I discovered some papers in our garage last night which might interest a descendant of the Indiana Truebloods. I don't know if you are one of these, but I saw an entry in Ancestry World Trees about this individual.
Leland Edward Trueblood, b. 1898 in Indiana, once worked for my grandfather, who ran a department store in South Bend, Indiana. In 1925, he borrowed $2000 in a personal loan, from my grandfather, in order to buy some real estate. He secured it by pledging as collateral his life insurance policy, issued by The Hartford.
The loan was at 6% interest and my grandfather was collecting payments, until the start of the Depression. The insurance company then began to make payments on his behalf. What I have is a series of letters he wrote to my grandfather from Los Angeles, where he and his wife were then living (in 1931). He said he was trying to sell the South Bend property, but had not received any good offers.
Leland Trueblood was working for a car dealership, Walter M. Murphy Motors Co., distributors of Hudson and Essex automobiles, located at 1100 S. Flower St., Los Angeles.
The next set of documents show that my grandmother's estate was still collecting on that loan in the late 1950s!
It's a very interesting story, one that I'd like to share with any Trueblood relative who may have memories of him.
Here's what's available about him from online sources:
Leland Edward Trueblood was b. 8 March 1899 in Stinesville, Monroe Co., Indiana, one of several children born to James Emerson Trueblood and Emma Wilson.
He married one Helen Lois Bowling about 1920 in South Bend, Indiana. As I said, by 1925, he was working for my grandfather's department store in South Bend.
In the 1930 Census, he and his wife were living at 1108 Cleveland St., South Bend, and they had 2 children, Norma J., b. abt. 1922; and Robert E., b. about 1923 (Robert died in New York state in 1943--could it have been in an Army training camp?).
In 1930, Leland was employed as an auditor for "an auto factory". In South Bend, that would surely have to be Stuedebaker.
Leland's wife died in 1968. Leland died 27 May 1972, in Lima, Ohio---so he must have moved back from California at some point.
Leland had several brothers and sisters. Someone has posted a pretty good family tree at "One World Tree", available by subscription at Ancestry.com. The family tree entries at World Connect are copied from a book about the Truebloods, published in 1964 and are occasionally incomplete."
Let me know if you are related or know someone who is.
E-mail me since I very rarely visit this site anymore.
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