LOL POsting here the information which I found during my often fruitless research into Orland and Thelma.
I have been researching this since the end of November when I discovered who owned the house which is listed in the birth announcement. The owner of the house was one
Orland Scott Lefforge who died July 4, 2007 at the age of 91. His wife/companion Thelma Young died June 28,2008. Surprise, surprise.
It got interesting when I discovered he had a Phd and yet has many less hits on google than even I do!
The only thing I am waiting for at the moment is an email from the University of Hawaii at Manao advising me when he returned to teach there in the 60s.
Below is a short bit of what I have been able to gather and again it has left me with many more questions than answers. (Seems to be a familiar story in all things Jr)
Orland Scott Lefforge born July 31,1915 in Pettisville, Ohio died July 4, 2007 in Kaiser Medical Center. He was a former Professor at University of Hawaii. He is survived by companion Thelma Young, son Daniel, daughters Andrea Harper and Mia Blake, brother Marian, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 11 am next Saturday at the courtyard of George Hall, University of Hawaii at Manao. Casual attire.
Thelma Young, 91, of Honolulu died. She was born in Trenton, N.J. (nee Jones) She is survived by son Daniel Lefforge, daughters Andrea Harper and Mia Blake, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services.
Even trying to find information for the children as been frustrating! Birthdates for them are as follows:
There is a genealogy tree which indicates Andrea and Mia were adopted. Figuring it out Thelma would have been 43 when Daniel was born in 1960. Also Andrea would have been 6 years old in 1961 and would remember a woman and baby living in the yard. I have been unable to find much of anything on any of the three!
I was able to find that Orland graduated from Urbana High School in Indiana in 1932. He attended Manchester College in Indiana and graduated from there in 1936. From there he attended University of Wisconsin at Madison during the years 1936 to 1940 when he received his Masters in Speech.(now known as Communication) I discovered this fact quite by chance when I came across a hit for him and the name of his thesis Daniel W. Voorhees: Indiana Orator which appears in a compilation along with works by others. I also received verification from UW at Madison that he received his Masters in 1940.
Then it gets interesting. Ancestry.com has Orland Lefforge registering in the army in 1941, but the information listed is confusing.
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name: Orland Scott Lefforge
Birth Year: 1915
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Ohio
County or City: Wabash
Enlistment Date: 15 Jul 1941
Enlistment State: Indiana
Enlistment City: Fort Benjamin Harrison
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immateria - Warrant Officers, USA
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Education: 4 years college
Civil Occupation: Teacher
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Now here is where it gets very interesting aside from the fact that he actually had 8 years of college and a masters degree by the time he enlisted in 1941. I decided to google his daughter as Andrea Lefforge Harper and found that in April 9, 1942 he attended Officer Candidate School at Ft Sill. He graduated from OCS on June 30,1942 and no further information can be found regarding his military service. Why was this information not found when googling his name but was found when googling his daughters name?
He taught at Manchester College in the Speech Department for the years 1946-47 and 1947-48 before teaching at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for the years 1948-49 and 1949-50. By 1950 he is back at the University of Wisconsin with his wife the former Thelma Jones of Trenton, N.J.
From The Capital Times 9/27/1950 Madison WI
University Posts and Regional Positions Bring New Families Here
After teaching two years at the University of Honolulu, Hawaii, Orland Lefforge and Mrs Lefforge are now living at 42 Corry St. while he is studying for his doctorate at the university.
Wisconsin State Journal 4/9/1951
Madison News Items in Brief
Debate at U.W.
Two University of Hawaii students will debate with Wisconsin students at 8 pm Tuesday in the Agricultural hall auditorium on the subject Resolved: That Hawaii Should be a Commonwealth
Masaru Funa and Shunichi Kaimura will be the affirmative speakers from the University of Hawaii. Their coach is Henry L. Ewbank, son of speech Prof Henry L. Ewbank, Sr., at the University of Wisconsin. Negative speakers from Wisconsin will be Robert Hayes, Chetak and Richard Karson, West Bend. Moderator for the debate will be Orland Lefforge, former Hawaiian coach and now a student here.
I received confirmation from UW at Madison that Orland Lefforge was granted his Phd in Speech in 1953. From 1953 he seems to disappear. He and his wife Thelma and children were the owners of 6085 Kalanianaole Hwy in 1961 and I am awaiting word from UH at Manoa as to when he returned to teach there. Something which just struck me this weekend was the interview The Honolulu Advertiser did with Nani Smethurst, the present owner of the address. She has the paperwork for the house and yet she didnt recognize the Dunham name. As an archictect she would recognize the name and yet she didnt, because the Lefforges owned the home, not the Dunhams.
From a blurb in another paper Lefforge didnt teach for all that long at UH.
April 9, 1967 Cedar Rapids Gazette
Orland Lefforge, Henry Giugni and Jack Teehan, running close to deadline for a reception for senate staff assistants, couldnt find a cab.
They bummed a ride with a fellow in the office who was on his way home.
At the White House gate, the attendant asked the three, Will your driver be coming back later or shall I show him where to wait?
Which broke up everybody in the car.
At the wheel was the trios boss, Sen Daniel K. Inouye (D- Hawaii)
In 1971 Orland Lefforge is listed as the author of Inservice Training as an Instrument of Change found at the Education Resources Information Center. He was also later an an administrator at the UH Community College Office, as well as a member of the Osher Institute. He gave donations to various institutions including Manchester College, an organization to help abused women, and an organization to assist homeless teens and juvenile delinquents. From all indications he and Thelma divorced at some point and he married again to a woman named Elaine b.1921 d. 12/27/1995. Thelma also remarried which explains the last name of Young. At some point both second spouses died and Orland and Thelma got back together again and remained together until his death. There were a number of real estate transactions with Orland and Thelma and Orland and Elaine which are confusing to follow. As I said I am still waiting to find out when he returned to teach at UH but it is definite he and Thelma and their three children were living at the birth announcement house in 1961.
Someone, at some point, mentioned an apartment over a garage at the back of this same property. Have you been able to look at that, at all?
Are you in Hawaii or are there FReepers in Hawaii who could help with the University data? Would a FOIA request release a copy of the title transfer to Orland when he purchased the house?
In my home state it is possible to get info as to who is paying the property tax of a parcel since tax info is public information. That might reveal when it was purchased.
Do you have the names of the grandchildren? Since the oldest Andrea is hard to find maybe one of her children or nieces or nephews could point to where she is.
Besides there being no obituary for Madelyn Dunham in the Star Bulletin or Honolulu Advertiser, we have the contradictory obituaries for the couple who lived in the house where Obama's parents allegedly lived at the time of his birth. BTW, they were not married.
The following are the obituaries of Themla Young and Orland Scott Leforge. how is it that Thelma died six days before Orland did, yet it says that he is survived by Thelma?
Star Bulletin - July 12
Thelma Young June 28, 2008 Thelma Young, 91, of Honolulu died. She was born in Trenton, N.J. She is survived by son Daniel Lefforge, daughters Andrea Harper and Mia Blake, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Private services.
Star Bulletin - July 28
Orland Scott Lefforge July 4, 2007 Orland Scott Lefforge, 91, of Honolulu, a University of Hawaii professor, died in Kaiser Medical Center. He was born in Pettisville, Ohio. He is survived by companion Thelma Young , son Daniel, daughters Andrea Harper and Mia Blake, brother Marian, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 11 a.m. next Saturday at the courtyard of George Hall, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Casual attire.
Over at the Honolulu Advertiser, Orland's obit also says, "survived by companion Thelma Young" with a conflicting date for the Memorial service. Next Saturday would have been July 7, yet the Advertiser says Aug 4, a full month later.
ORLAND SCOTT LEFFORGE, 91, of Honolulu, died July 4, 2007. Born in Pettisville, Ohio. Retired University of Hawai'i professor. Survived by companion, Thelma Young; son, Daniel; daughters, Andrea Harper and Mia Blake; brother, Marian; three grandchildren; one great-grandson. Service 11 a.m. Aug. 4 at University of Hawai'i, Manoa campus, George Hall courtyard. Casual attire. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.
And here's Themla's obit two listed weeks before Orland's:
THELMA YOUNG, 91, of Honolulu, died June 28, 2008. Born in Trenton, N.J. Survived by son, Daniel Lefforge; daughters, Andrea Harper and Mia Blake; three grandchildren; one great-grandson. Private service held. Arrangements by Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary.