John Roger Wiest1,2,3

ID# 299, (1897 - 1982)
FatherJohann Wiest4,5,6 (1870 - 15 Jun 1926)
MotherElizabeth Schmidt4,5,7 (9 Jun 1877 - 29 Nov 1940)

Key Events:

Birth: 11 Jun 1897, Friedrechfield, Russia8,9,10,11
Marriage: 29 Oct 1924, Barrington, Illinois, Ethel Marie Glabe (4 Apr 1895 - 30 Jul 1985)12,13,14
Death: 29 May 1982, Redding, Shasta Co., California15,16
ChartsDescendants of Jakob and Anna Katharina Glebe

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     John Roger Wiest was born on 11 Jun 1897 in Friedrechfield, Russia.8,9,10,11
     He arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, with his parents, Johann Wiest and Elizabeth Schmidt, on 12 Jul 1907, aboard the S. S. Cymric, having departed Liverpool 3 Jul 1907.17,18,19
John R. Wiest about 1948
R. L. Pound photo
He apparently used the German spelling Johann originally, but adopted the Americanized spelling John after immigrating.20,2,21
     He appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Adams Co., North Dakota, in the household of his parents.6

Military Service --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     John enlisted in Company D, 2nd Infantry, Illinois National Guard, in Chicago, on 23 Aug 1915. He was called into Federal service on 19 Jun 1916 for Mexican border duty and served there until discharged on 5 Oct 1916, when he resumed National Guard status. He was called into Federal service again during on 15 Jul 1917, when he served in Company D, 2nd Infantry, Illinois National Guard (Company D, 132nd Infantry) until 11 Apr 1918. He then served in Company E, 108th Supply Train, until he was discharged at Camp Grant, Illinois, on 5 Jun 1919. He became a bugler 23 Aug 1917, a private 11 Apr 1918, and a private 1st class 1 Apr 1919. He was overseas from 22 May 1918 until 22 May 1919, where his unit was engaged in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, and in defensive action at Troyon and Verdun-Fromereville (Lorraine.)21

Returning to Civilian Life --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     John appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Barrington, Illinois, on Hough St., enumerated 3 Jan 1920, in a boarding house kept by Kenneth Peeke. His future wife was listed around the corner on Station St.22
     It appears that as they grew older John and his brothers attempted to conceal their actual birth place. In the 1930 and 1940 census John reported that he had been born in North Dakota, and gave the same information to his nephew Lee Pound when he was researching the family history in the late 1960's. Jack reported the same in the 1940 census, and his death records show that he was born in that state as well. Henry reported in 1940 that he was born in Montana. The reason may well have been the widespread antipathy toward eastern Europeans after the first World War.23,24,25,26,27
     John married Ethel Marie Glabe, daughter of Jacob Glabe and Emma Amelia Goller, on 29 Oct 1924 in Barrington, Illinois.12,13,14
     John and Ethel appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, at 7005 South Artesian Ave., enumerated 5 Apr 1930, reporting that the family rented its home, paying $55.50 per month. Their son Roger was listed as living with them.28

Moving to Arizona --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     John and Ethel moved to Phoenix, Arizona, by 1932, when they were living at 1154 E. Willetta.29 By 1935 they had moved to moved to 83 Cypress, and had her sister Corrine was living with them.30,31
     He was a garage owner in 1920, and a mechanic in a machine shop by 1930.32,33 By 1935 he was a department superintendent for International Harvester in 1935 in Phoenix, Arizona.34
     John and Ethel moved to Chico, California with their son Roger and her sister Corrine in 1938 or 1939.35

Starting the Tractor Business --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     John, his brother Henry and John's brother-in-law, William Frederick Glabe, all moved their families to Chico, to open an International Harvester dealership there. According to family lore, John knew of an opening there, likely because of his work with the company in Phoenix. The business, called North Valley Tractor and Equipment Company, opened at 820 Broadway, probably very late in 1938. It does not appear in the 1939 city directory, which was apparently prepared late in the prior year, but does in the 1940 edition. Further, each of them reported working 52 weeks in 1939.36,37,38 John was president and headed the sales force, Henry was vice president, and William was secretary and acted as bookkeeper.39,40,41,42
     John and Ethel appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Chico, Butte Co., California, at 183 E. 4th Ave., enumerated 4 Apr 1940, reporting they owned a home valued at $4,800. Their son Roger was listed as living with them, as was her sister, Corrine.43
     By 1945 the business had moved to new quarters at 2450 Park Ave., and John and Henry's brother Jack had joined the business as a salesman.44
     By 1945 John, Ethel, their son Rodger, and her sister Corrine had moved to a roomy home east of town, facing Bidwell Park.45,46 William's brother Charles worked at the business as a parts man for a time about 1950.47

The Tractor Business Declines --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     William Glabe's health forced him to retire from North Valley Tractor about 1950, and John's wife Ethel took the title of secretary-treasurer. But the business declined and by 1953 was closed.48,38 By 1955 John, Ethel and Corrine had moved to a small house at 1904 Palm Ave.49 John was listed as a salesman for Thompson Diggs in the 1955 city directory, and was listed as a salesman, without affiliation, the following year.50
     By 1958 John, Ethel, and apparently Corrine, had moved to Redding, California, where he was the manager of the Commercial Motel, at 2035 Market. They were listed as living at the same address, presumably in a manager's apartment in the building.51 A year later John was managing the Town House Lodge, at 3915 S. Market, and they were living there.52
     John died on 29 May 1982 in Redding, Shasta Co., California, at age 84.15,16

Children:
     Child with Ethel Marie Glabe:

  • Roger John Wiest4,28,43 (14 Jun 1928 - 6 Aug 2003)

Citations

  1. [S54] Pound, Glabe Family, shows name as John Roger Wiest.
  2. [S1941] Ralph Pendleton household, 1910 U.S. Census, Adams Co., North Dakota, shows name as John Wiest.
  3. [S233] Rootsweb.com, online, "California Death Records," record for John Roger Wiest, accessed 31 May 2002.
  4. [S54] Pound, Glabe Family.
  5. [S1945] S. S. Cymric arrival 12 Jul 1907, Passenger Lists, Boston, 1891-1943, shows them apparently as parent and child.
  6. [S1941] Ralph Pendleton household, 1910 U.S. Census, Adams Co., North Dakota.
  7. [S233] Rootsweb.com, online, "California Death Records," record for John Roger Wiest, accessed 31 May 2002, shows mother's surname as Schmidt.
  8. [S1945] S. S. Cymric arrival 12 Jul 1907, Passenger Lists, Boston, 1891-1943, shows age 10, town, and country.
  9. [S1944] "North Dakota Military Men, 1917-1918," Ancestry.com, record for John Wiest, Jr., shows date, and place as Friedrechfield, Russia.
  10. [S54] Pound, Glabe Family, shows date, and place as Bentley, North Dakota.
  11. [S1941] Ralph Pendleton household, 1910 U.S. Census, Adams Co., North Dakota, shows age 13 and country, as Russia.
  12. [S54] Pound, Glabe Family, shows date, town, and state.
  13. [S1224] John Wiest household, 1930 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows married, his first marriage at age 26 and hers at 28.
  14. [S3915] John R. Wiest household, 1940 U.S. Census, Butte Co., California, shows married.
  15. [S130] "Social Security Death Index," Rootsweb.com, record for John Wiest, Soc. Sec. No. 339-07-3365, shows month, year, and last residence as 96003 (Redding, Shasta, CA).
  16. [S233] Rootsweb.com, online, "California Death Records," record for John Roger Wiest, accessed 31 May 2002, shows date and county.
  17. [S1945] S. S. Cymric arrival 12 Jul 1907, Passenger Lists, Boston, 1891-1943, shows ship, arrival and departure dates and ports, and destination.
  18. [S1941] Ralph Pendleton household, 1910 U.S. Census, Adams Co., North Dakota, shows year, as 1907, for the parents, John, Rosa, Henry, Jacob, and Katie.
  19. [S1942] John Wiest household, 1920 U.S. Census, Stutsman Co., North Dakota, shows year, as 1908, for the parents, Henry, Jacob, and Katharin.
  20. [S1945] S. S. Cymric arrival 12 Jul 1907, Passenger Lists, Boston, 1891-1943, shows name as Johann Wiest.
  21. [S1944] "North Dakota Military Men, 1917-1918," Ancestry.com, record for John Wiest, Jr.
  22. [S1946] Kenneth Peeke household, 1920 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois.
  23. [S1224] John Wiest household, 1930 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows born in North Dakota.
  24. [S54] Pound, Glabe Family, shows born in Bentley, North Dakota.
  25. [S885] "California Death Index, 1940-1997," Ancestry.com, record for Jack W Wiest, shows born in North Dakota.
  26. [S3916] Henry Wiest household, 1940 U.S. Census, Butte Co., California, shows birth state as Montana.
  27. [S3918] Jack W. Wist household, 1940 U.S. Census, Tehama Co., California, shows born in Dakota.
  28. [S1224] John Wiest household, 1930 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois.
  29. [S3914] Phoenix City Directory, 1932, pg 497.
  30. [S3914] Phoenix City Directory, 1935, pp 184, 481.
  31. [S3915] John R. Wiest household, 1940 U.S. Census, Butte Co., California, shows John, Ethel, Roger, and Corrine had lived in Phoenix in 1935.
  32. [S1944] "North Dakota Military Men, 1917-1918," Ancestry.com, record for John Wiest, Jr., shows occupation as mechanic.
  33. [S1224] John Wiest household, 1930 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows occupation as mechanic in a machine shop.
  34. [S3914] Phoenix City Directory, 1935, pg 481.
  35. [S3460] Polk's Chico and Oroville (California) City Directory, 1940 pp 98, 195 show them at 183 E 4th av.
  36. [S3460] Polk's Chico and Oroville (California) City Directory, 1939, pg 6, has Library of Congress date stamp showing received 10 Mar 1939, pg 184 shows no business at 820 Broadway, there is no listing for an International Harvester dealer, only one for Caterpillar and John Deere and another for Allis-Chalmers; 1940 pg 146, shows North Valley Tractor & Equipment Co at 820 Bway.
  37. [S24] Interview, Carmen Glabe Reigel, 7 Oct 1998.
  38. [S110] Personal knowledge of author, recalling stories heard from his mother and grandparents.
  39. [S3460] Polk's Chico and Oroville (California) City Directory, 1940 pg 146, shows "North Valley Tractor & Equipment Co J R Wiest pres H E Wiest v-pres W F Glabe sec 820 Bway ."
  40. [S3915] John R. Wiest household, 1940 U.S. Census, Butte Co., California, shows occupation as implement dealer, industry as farm equipment.
  41. [S3916] Henry Wiest household, 1940 U.S. Census, Butte Co., California, shows occupation as agent, industry as farm equipment company.
  42. [S3457] William F. Glabe household, 1940 U.S. Census, Butte Co., California, shows occupation as auditor, tractor and farm implement co.
  43. [S3915] John R. Wiest household, 1940 U.S. Census, Butte Co., California.
  44. [S3460] Polk's Chico and Oroville (California) City Directory, 1945 pg 196, shows the business at new address, pg 263 shows Jack as employee; 1948 pg 334 shows Jack as salesman.
  45. [S3460] Polk's Chico and Oroville (California) City Directory, 1945 pg 263, shows them at rt 2 bx 69a.
  46. [S110] Personal knowledge of author, recalling visiting the home as a child.
  47. [S3460] Polk's Chico and Oroville (California) City Directory, pg 152.
  48. [S3460] Polk's Chico and Oroville (California) City Directory, 1952 pg 221 shows Mrs. E E [sic] Wiest as sec-tres; 1953 shows no listing of the firm; 1955 pg 73 shows Chico Tractor under new management at the same address.
  49. [S3460] Polk's Chico and Oroville (California) City Directory, 1955 pp 130, 334; and 1956 pp 249, 460.
  50. [S3460] Polk's Chico and Oroville (California) City Directory, 1955 pg 334; and 1956 pg 460.
  51. [S3917] Polk's Redding City Directory, 1958 pg 196 shows motel location; pg 480 shows John and Ethel; Corrine not listed.
  52. [S3917] Polk's Redding City Directory, 1959 pg 314 shows motel location; pg 335 shows John and Ethel; Corrine not listed.