Ethel Thaxton Morgan Tonkinson Foster (1900-1971) – news items

Some news items re Ethel Henrietta Thaxton, b. 1900 Illinois, daughter of Parham B. Thaxton and Mary E. Page, who married: 1) J. H. Morgan and had son Kenneth M. Morgan; 2) Douglas E. Tonkinson; and 3) Heath N. Foster, and died 1971 in Miami, Florida:

From the Alton (Ill.) Evening Telegraph, 29 May 1931:

Wins Divorce / Mate 3000 Miles Away

Mrs. Ethyl Tonkinson Is Awarded Decree in City Court

Husband in Aruba

Gets Her Maiden Name–Two Other Divorces Granted

A physical separation of almost 3000 miles made a legal separation between husband and wife to a divorce granted by Judge Yager to a Wood River woman.  Mrs. Ethy Thaxton Tonkinson was accorded a decree of divorce from her husband Douglas E. Tonkinson from whom she parted company last April in the island of Aruba, where he is employed by the Pan American Petroleum and Transport Co., a Standard Oil subsidiary.

Under the decree, the complainant’s name of Morgan by a prior marriage was restored and a property adjustment set up.  Mrs. Tonkinson who was represented by I. H. Streeper began the divorce proceeding on return from Aruba to their former home in Wood River.  Tonkinson signed an entry of appearance and did not contest the case.  The papers were sent from Alton to him in Aruba and it required more than a month for the documents constructively bringing Tonkinson into court to make the round trip.


Alton Telegraph, 07 Jan 1929:

Goes to South America

Douglas Tonkinson will leave this week to spend a year in South America in the employ of the Standard Oil Company.  He is the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. John Tonkinson of Grafton.



Alton Evening Telegraph, 17 Jun 1925:

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Tonkinson and son spent Sunday in Alton.

[Note: This is not Douglas Tonkinson Jr.  From the Alton Evening Telegraph, 21 Jul 1948, Douglas Jr. is 8 years old.] 


Alton Evening Telegraph, 25 Mar 1961:

Douglas Tonkinson of Grafton, a veteran of World War I, died early this morning at Jefferson Barracks Veterans Hospital, St. Louis.  He had been hospitalized for some time.

He was a son of the late John and Lottie Dowdall Tonkinson.

A son, Douglas Jr., of Champaign is among survivors.

The body is at Jacoby Bros. Funeral Home where service will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m.  Burial will be in Scenic Hill Cemetery, Grafton.


Alton Evening Telegraph, 10 May 1919:

Mr. and Mrs. John Tonkinson have received word from their eldest son Douglas who has been the past year on service at San Juan, Porto Rico, that he is at a camp in the United States.  They have another son in service, “Ted,” who was the first Jersey county boy to land in France, which was June, 1917.


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