|John Comer Baars||27.06.1880||Cora L. (Byrd) Johnson (Baars)||3/1879|
|Willa Looney (Baars)||07.07.1913||Richard Weldon Baars |
Gertrude Lenada Baars
|Geboorte||16.06.1910||Walnut, Leake County, Mississippi, United States of America|
|Overlijden||26.05.1975||Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, United States of America|
|James Wesley Baars was born 16.6.1910 in Walnut in Tippah County, Mississippi shortly after the U.S. Census Record was taken on 11.5.1910. In the 1920 Census Record James Wesley and his family were living in Letcher County, Kentucky. He is shown as 9 years old. The census was taken on 15.6.1920 – one day before his 10th birthday. In the 1930 Census Record James Wesley and his family were living on Otter Creek Road in Wheelwright in Floyd County, Kentucky. He was unemployed. Anderson and Sarah Looney were the husband and wife of a family who lived one house down the road. They had a daughter named Willa. She was born in Kentucky on 7.7.1913. |
Just two years after the 1940 census was taken, James Wesley Baars married the neighbor’s daughter Willa Looney on 28.5.1932. They had two children: Richard and Lenada. Wesley began his career by working in the coalmines while living in Wheelwright Kentucky. He and Willa moved to Detroit for a short while and then came back to Pikeville, Kentucky. Wesley worked there as a plumber’s assistant until the company he was with closed. After that he and Willa moved to Columbus, Ohio. Wesley worked for auto dealerships until Black Lung caused him to retire in 1974. Willa worked for Westinghouse for a while and then spent most of her time doing church work.
Wesley loved to play “Big Band” music on the trumpet and did so until 1950 when injuries from an automobile accident forced him to stop. However, his son Richard had adopted his Dad’s love for music and he too enjoyed playing the trumpet.
This shared love for music and the trumpet was a very strong bond between James Wesley and his son Richard or “Dick” as he was called. It was so strong in fact that when James Wesley died on 26.5.1975 he shared his son’s headstone in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio. Years later Willa followed them and was buried in the same cemetery when she died 5.8.1997.