False friends

Marion E. Carl. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

When my mom began down the family tree path many many years in the past, my grandfather was fast to inform her concerning the well-known World Conflict II flying ace within the household, associated by way of his aunt, Nancy Alice (Christy) Carl. She had married the oldest son of Wilson Carl, for whom the small city of Carlton, Oregon was named. (Earlier this year, I shared the shocking discovery that the Christy household and the household of youngsters’s writer Beverly Cleary each appeared within the 1880 census dwelling in Carlton, which had solely about 500 residents on the time.)

I found a folder of supplies my mom had collected about Marion Eugene Carl, who was certainly one of many best pilots within the Marine Corps. Along with a really spectacular report throughout World Conflict II, he set the world velocity report on 25 August 1947 … two months earlier than Church Yeager beat it and went down in historical past for breaking the sound barrier. Marion Carl later set a world altitude report of 83,235 toes in 1953, and attained the rank of Main Normal. Sure, sure, he was a Main Normal.[1]

My mom’s handwritten notes included the element that he married a New York mannequin in 1943. Positive sufficient, I discovered a newspaper article on-line describing his six-week courtship with Edna Kirvin, after they’d met at a conflict morale rally. She was on the duvet of Cosmopolitan journal the month they married!

Fifty-five years later, he misplaced his life defending her, when a 19-year-old man broke down the door of their Roseburg, Oregon house late at evening and threatened Edna with a sawed-off shotgun. Marion had already gone to mattress, however when he heard the commotion, he went to the lounge to see what was happening. Edna was grazed by the primary blast from the younger man’s gun, however the second shot lower down Marion as he lunged in direction of the intruder.

Mother’s file included a clipping from the 13 July 1998 difficulty of Time journal, describing Marion Carl’s demise and navy accomplishments. One other clipping from the 23 August 1998 Sunday Oregonian introduced that the airport in Roseburg was being renamed for him. He was a hero in life and in demise.

Eunice Ann (Christy) Hubbard at high left and Nancy Alice (Christy) Carl at backside proper, with their sister Mary Francena (Christy) Hammack and brother Oscar Christy.

One other clipping from the Oregonian, dated 16 November 2008, introduced the demise of Marion’s youthful brother Manton Arthur Carl. I believe it should have been awfully complicated having each a Marion and Manton dwelling in the identical home rising up! Manton’s obituary famous that he’d been born in a tent as his dad and mom labored to clear their new farm, and he died simply 100 toes away in the home he’d shared along with his spouse on the identical farm in Hubbard, Oregon. (One other of Grampy’s aunts, Eunice Ann Christy, had married the oldest son of William C. Hubbard, for whom that city was named.) Manton’s survivors included 5 youngsters, together with a daughter named Christy.

“Carl” – test. “Hubbard” – test. “Christy” – test. These have been certainly my folks. What nice people to have within the household tree!

However then there was a closing merchandise in my mom’s folder concerning the household: a duplicate of the Carl household’s 1930 census report. In response to that, the daddy of Marion and Manton was Herman L. Carl. He was born in Iowa round 1878 … and Herman’s father had been born in Germany. As Scooby-Doo would say: “Ruh, roh!” The Carl household associated to my grandfather arrived in Oregon by 1852, and so they had lived in Pennsylvania earlier than that.

What we had right here was the genealogical equal of a linguistic false cognate, the place two phrases that sound related and have related meanings don’t, the truth is, share widespread roots. Regardless of all the same names, Christy Carl of Hubbard, Oregon shares no roots with Nancy Alice (Christy) Carl or Eunice Ann (Christy) Hubbard … however she undoubtedly has a household to be happy with. The World Conflict II flying ace was an important son of Oregon, however not a son of anybody in my household.

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[1] Riffed off “I Am the Very Mannequin of a Trendy Main Normal,” a patter track from The Pirates of Penzance, by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.