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Guernsey County, Ohio, Probate court, Record of Births, p. 185, no. 30, Ralph Phillis, 6 Aug 1896
Guernsey County, Ohio, Probate court, Record of Births, p. 185, no. 30, Ralph Phillis, 6 Aug 1896

Ralph Russell Phillis was born on 6 August 1896 in Cambridge Township, Guernsey County, Ohio to John C. Phillis and Julia A. Thomas.1 When Ralph was eight, his family moved from Cambridge to Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas, and then a few laters about 20 miles south to Dewey, Washington County, Oklahoma.2

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Ralph excelled in school in Dewey and entered high school in 1910.3

"Honor Roll, Ralph Phillis," news article, The Dewey Sentinel (Dewey, Oklahoma), 4 Jun 1909, p. 1, col. 2.
“Honor Roll, Ralph Phillis,” news article, The Dewey Sentinel (Dewey, Oklahoma), 4 Jun 1909, p. 1, col. 2.
"To Enter High School, Commencement Exercises of Common School Graduates at Bartlesville Today, Ralph Phillis," news article, The Dewey Sentinel (Dewey, Oklahoma), 10 Jun 1910, p. 1, col. 2.
“To Enter High School, Commencement Exercises of Common School Graduates at Bartlesville Today, Ralph Phillis,” news article, The Dewey Sentinel (Dewey, Oklahoma), 10 Jun 1910, p. 1, col. 2.

In 1909, the Phillis family had a Thanksgiving celebration and homecoming as Ralph’s older brothers, Charlie and Boyce, came home after extensive travels. 4

"A Family Reunion, Chas. S. and J. B. Phillis Return," news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 2 Dec 1909, p. 8, col. 1.
“A Family Reunion, Chas. S. and J. B. Phillis Return,” news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 2 Dec 1909, p. 8, col. 1.

A few years later, the family moved to Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.5 Ralph’s father, John, died on 30 January 1918 in Chicago and is buried in Montrose Cemetery.6 At the time, John was working for Yellow Cab and living with his parents at 510 Grant Place, flat 19, in Chicago.7 The following year, Ralph and his mother, Julia, returned to Oklahoma to visit family.8

"Ralph Phillis and Mother Visit From Chicago," newspaper article, Dewey Globe (Dewey, Oklahoma), 8 Aug 1919, p. 1, col. 5.
“Ralph Phillis and Mother Visit From Chicago,” newspaper article, Dewey Globe (Dewey, Oklahoma), 8 Aug 1919, p. 1, col. 5.

After their father’s death, Ralph and Clarence continued living with their mother, and Howard, who had married, lived next door.9 Julia A. Thomas Phillis died on 20 March 1927 in Chicago and is buried in Montrose Cemetery.10

“Vogt Hotel,” newspaper advertisement, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 12 June 1932, part 3, p. 6, col. 8.
“Vogt Hotel,” newspaper advertisement, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 12 June 1932, part 3, p. 6, col. 8.

After his mother’s death, Ralph lived at the Vogt Hotel on Adams, then moved to 5 Carpenter St before 1935, living and working as the boarding house houseman until the mid-1940s.11

Ralph married Mae Pabis in the mid-1940s and lived at 1014 W 19 in Chicago.12 

Illinois, Cook County, Certificate of Death, Chicago, no. 29437, Ralph Phillis, 14 Oct 1948.
Illinois, Cook County, Certificate of Death, Chicago, no. 29437, Ralph Phillis, 14 Oct 1948.

Sadly, Ralph died at the age of 52 only a few years later on 14 Oct 1948 in Chicago and is buried in Beverly Cemetery in Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois.13

Mae continued living at 1014 W 19 in Chicago and remarried on 11 May 1949 to Elmer W. Charlson in Cook County, Illinois.14 

Mae died only a few years later on 1 May 1952 at the age of 39.15 Mae Pabis Phillis Charlson is buried with her family in St. Adalberts Cemetery in Niles, Cook County, Illinois.16

"Mae Charlson," death notice, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 2 May 1952, part 4, p. 10F, col. 5.
“Mae Charlson,” death notice, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 2 May 1952, part 4, p. 10F, col. 5.

Endnotes

1. Guernsey County, Ohio, Birth Record Index Card, Ralph Phillis, 6 Aug 1896.
Parents: John C. Phillis and Julia A. Thomas. Birthplace: Cambridge Township.
Register: vol. 2, p. 185. Registered: 1897.

Also, Guernsey County, Ohio, Probate court, Record of Births, p. 185,no. 30, Ralph Phillis, 6 Aug 1896.
Place of birth: Cambridge. Father: John C. Phillis. Mother: Julia A. Thomas. Residence of Parents: Cambridge Twp.

Also, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio,, Assessor’s Report, Report of Births, no. 29, Ralph Phillis, 6 Aug 1896. Place of birth: Cambridge. Father: John C. Phillis. Mother: Julia A. Thomas.
Residence of Parents: Cambridge Twp.

Also, full name on WWI draft registration.
United States World War I Draft Registration Card, Ralph Russell Phillis, serial no. 95, Local Draft Board no. 51, Chicago, Illinois, 5 June 1918. Age: 21. Birth: 6 Aug 1896, Cambridge, Ohio.

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2. 1900 U.S. census, Cambridge Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 3, sheet 27-A, dwelling 223, family 223, John P. Philis.
– John P. Phillis, head, age 43, married 16 years, born Sept 1856 in Ohio
– Julia, wife, age 48, married 16 years, 6 children born and living, born Mar 1859 in Ohio
– Will, son, age 15, born Sep 1884 in Ohio
– Charlie S, son, age 14, born Jul 1886 in Ohio
– Fred, son, age 11, born Aug 1888 in Ohio
– Boyce, son, age 9, born June 1890 in Ohio
– Howard, son, age 6, born Aug 1893 in Ohio
– Ralph, son, age 3, born Aug 1896 in Ohio

Also, “Farewell Dinner Held for Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Phillis,” news articleCambridge Jeffersonian, (Pleasant Valley, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 23 Feb 1905, p. 1, col. 6.

Also, “Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Phillis and Family Begin Move to Kansas” news articleCambridge Jeffersonian (Pleasant Valley, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 9 Mar 1905, p. 1, col. 3.

Also, 1905 Kansas state census, Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas, population schedule, p. 5, dwelling 43, family 43, J. C. Phillis; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas,
1905 Kansas Territory Census, roll: ks1905_104.
– J. C. Phillis, age 48
– J. A. Phillis, age 45
– W. W. Phillis, age 20
– C. S. Phillis, age 18
– Fred, age 16
– Boyce, age 14
– Ralph, age 9
– Clarance, age 3

Also, 1910 U.S. census, Dewey Township, Washington County, Oklahoma, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 255, sheet 19B, dwelling 389, John C. Phillis household.
The family was living on Cherokee Street.
– John C. Phillis, head, age 54, married 27 years, born in Ohio
– Julia A., wife, age 50, married 27 years, 7 children born and living, born in Ohio
– Howard, son, age 16, single, born in Ohio
– John B., son, age 19, single, born in Ohio
– Ralph R., son, age 13, single, born in Ohio
– Clarence E., son, age 8, single, born in Ohio

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3. Honor Roll, Ralph Phillis, news article, The Dewey Sentinel (Dewey, Oklahoma), 4 Jun 1909,
p. 1, col. 2.

Also, “To Enter High School, Commencement Exercises of Common School Graduates at Bartlesville Today, Ralph Phillis,” news article, The Dewey Sentinel (Dewey, Oklahoma), 10 Jun 1910, p. 1, col. 2.

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 4. “A Family Reunion, Chas. S. and J. B. Phillis Return,” news articleThe Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 2 Dec 1909, p. 8, col. 1.

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5. Mr. and Mrs. Phillis Move to Chicago,” newspaper article, Dewey Globe (Dewey, Oklahoma), 16 Feb 1912, p. 5, col. 3.

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6. State of Illinois, Standard Certificate of Death, Chicago, Cook County, no. 2867, John C. Phillis, 30 Jan 1918; privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull, Massachusetts.
Birth: 29 Sept 1856, Ohio. Age 61 years, 3 months, 1 day. Married. Occupation: Watchman. Cause of death: chronic interstitial nephritis arterial paralysis. Father: Joseph Phillis, born in Ohio.  Mother: Josephine Ewing, Ohio. Informant: Charles S Phillis. Burial: Montrose, 1 Feb 1918.

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7. United States World War I Draft Registration Card, Ralph Russell Phillis, serial no. 95, Local Draft Board no. 51, Chicago, Illinois, 5 June 1918. Age: 21. Birth: 6 Aug 1896, Cambridge, Ohio. Employer: Yellow Cab Co. Contact: Julia A. Phillis. Address for Ralph and Julia: 510 Grant Place, flat 19, Chicago, Illinois.

Also, World War I Rosters of Enlisted Men, 24th Prov. Rct. Co., sheet 4, no. 5570538, Ralph R. Phillis, enlisted 8 Nov 1918.

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8. “Ralph Phillis and Mother Visit From Chicago,” newspaper article, Dewey Globe (Dewey, Oklahoma),
8 Aug 1919, p. 1, col. 5.

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9. 1920 U.S. census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 1261, ward 23, sheet 1A, dwelling 1, family 2, Julia Phillis household.
Address: 508 Grant Place
– Julia Phillis, age 61, widow, born in Ohio
– Ralph Phillis, son, age 23, single, born in Ohio, chauffeur, garage
– Clarence, son, age 18, single, born in Ohio, saleman, department store
Same page, same address, dwelling 2, family 7, Howard Phillis household:
– Howard Phillis, age 26, married, born in Ohio, inn clerk, hotel
– Ethel, wife, age 26, married, born in Tennessee, typesetter, printing

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10. State of Illinois, Department of Public Health–Division of Vital Statistics, death certificate, registered no. 6008278 (1921), Cook County, Julia A. Phillis, 20 Mar 1927; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.
Transcript
Julia A Phillis, 638 Webster Ave, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, Female, White, widow Date of death: 20 March 1927, Spouse: John C Phillis Cause of death: Cerebral hemorrhage, Contributing: arteriosclerosis Age 67 years, 10 months, 20 days Occupation: housewife, Birthplace: Cambridge, Ohio. Name of father: Jos. Thomas, Birthplace of father: Cambridge Ohio Name of mother: Julia H Thomas, Birthplace of mother: Cambridge Ohio Informant: Clarence E Phillis, Place of burial: Montrose Cemetery. Note: Parents names are incorrect.

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11. 1930 U.S. census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 16-954, ward 27, sheet 9B, Vogts Hotel, Ralph Phillis, roomer.
Address: West Adams St
– Ralph Phillis, roomer, age 34, single, born in Ohio, chauffeur

Also, “Vogt Hotel,” newspaper advertisement, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 12 June 1932, part 3, p. 6, col. 8.

Also, 1940 U.S. census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 103-1688, ward 27, sheet 10B, family 596, Ralph Phillis household.
Address: 5 Carpenter St. Same address in 1935.
– Ralph Phillis, age 43, single, born in Ohio, houseman, rooming house.

Also, United States World War II Draft Registration Card, Ralph Phillis, serial no. U0245, Local Draft Board no. 61, Chicago, Illinois, 27 Apr 1942. Age: 45. Birth: 6 Aug 1896, Cambridge, Ohio. Employer: Mrs. Stark, 5 N. Carpenter. Address: 5 N. Carpenter.

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12. No marriage record has been located. Ralph’s 1948 death record lists his wife as Mae. In 1942, when Ralph registered for the draft, he listed his employer, Mrs. Stark, as his contact, not Mae, so it is probable he had not married at that time, placing the marriage most likely between 1942 and 1948. In 1946, Ralph’ address in the white pages was 1014 W. 19, the same as Mae’s in her 1952 death notice.

13. Illinois, Cook County, Certificate of Death, Chicago, no. 29437, Ralph Phillis, 14 Oct 1948. Birth: 6 Aug 1896, Cambridge, Ohio. Married. Spouse: Mae. Address: 1014 W. 19th St. Age: 52 years, 2 months, 8 days. Occupation: Watchman. Parents: John Phillis, born in Cambridge, Ohio, and Unknown, born in Cambridge, Ohio. Information: Joseph Lane. Funeral home: Kral and Adolf. Burial: Beverly Cemetery, Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois.

Also, Chicago, Illinois White Pages Telephone Directory 1946, p. 1341, Phillis listings, Charles and Ralph
Phillis, Ralph R confty 1014 W 19

Also, Chicago, Illinois White Pages Telephone Directory 1947, p. 1411, Phillis listings, Ralph and Charles and Ralph R.
Phillis, Ralph R confty 1014 W 19

Also, ““Mae Charlson,” death notice, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 2 May 1952, part 4, p. 10F, col. 5. Address: 1014 W 19

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Also, Find A Grave, memorial 175199360, Ralph Russell Phillis (1896–1948), Beverly Cemetery, Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois; no headstone photo.

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14. Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, no. FDB1C3C9-F1F3-40F3-AB56-9440430A7B20, Elmer W. Charlson–Mae Phillis, 11 May 1949.

Also, address in death notice, “Mae Charlson,” death notice, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 2 May 1952, part 4, p. 10F, col. 5.

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15. Illinois, Cook County Deaths Index, Chicago, Mae Charlson, 1 May 1952. Birth: 14 Mar 1913, Chicago, Illinois. Address: 1014 W. 19th St. Age: 39. Married. Parents: John Pabis and Madeline Raczkowski. Funeral home: Kral and Adolf. Burial: Niles, Illinois.

Also, “Mae Charlson,” death notice, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 2 May 1952, part 4, p. 10F, col. 5.

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16. Find A Grave, memorial 236639355, Mae Pabis Phillis Charlson (1913–1952), Saint Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, Niles, Cook County, Illinois; no headstone photo.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Ralph Russell Phillis,” Cool Adventures
( https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/ralph-russell-phillis-1896-1948/ : posted 2022).

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