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Edna (Minerd) Kyle

Edna A. (Minerd) Kyle was born in 1893 in Athens County, OH, the daughter of Jacob and Martha "Bessie" (Buck) Minerd Jr

On May 15, 1912, at the age of 19, Edna married 24-year-old James Delbert Kyle (1887-1965). The ceremony was performed by Athens Mayor G.H. Slaughter. Athens County, OH, 

James was a native of "The Garden" near Stewart, Athens County, and was the son of James and Rose Lowell (Sutton) Kyle. He was of medium height and build, and had blue eyes and dark brown hair.

The Kyles resided in Stewart, Athens County, and had three children -- Etta Louise Kyle, Mary Margaret Jassogne and Anne Kyle. 

Sadness enveloped the young couple on Oct. 1, 1912, when their firstborn daughter, Etta Louise Kyle, died at the age of three months, 13 days of organic heart disease. The infant was laid to rest in the Bean Cemetery in Stewart.

Tragically, the Kyles' marriage lasted only four years. In the fall of 1916, Edna came down with a bad case of pneumonia, most likely while expecting the birth of their third child. She passed away from the illness on Oct. 4, 1916, at the age of 24. She was laid to rest in the Haga Cemetery in the rural hills of Guysville. 

The cemetery is seen at right as photographed in April 2005. Edna's grave today is not marked, but is recorded in the booklet, Rome Township Cemetery Inscriptions by Nancy E. Bryan Aiken and T. Lee Gregg, on file at Ohio University.

The year after Edna's death, James registered for the military draft during World War I. The registration agent filled out a card stating that James was residing on Hazel Ridge in Frost, OH and was self-employed in farming. The agent also marked that James' wife was deceased and that two children were depending upon him for support.

James remained widowed for a few years. On Sept. 16, 1918, he married Mary E. (Thompson) White (1893- ? ), daughter of W.C. and Isabelle (Hunter) Thompson, who also had been married once before. The ceremony was held in Parkersburg, Wood County, WV, by the hand of Rev. E.D. Murch.

At the time of marriage, James' occupation was as a teamster.

Mary brought six children to the marriage -- Elora L. White, Nora I. White, Cora A. White, David C. White, Grace C. White and Wilbur R. White. The Kyles had one son of their own, Hugh (or "Huey" or "Hughie") Weston Kyle. 

When the federal census was taken in 1920, James and Mary and their nine children from three marriages lived under one roof in Athens Township, Athens County. The census-taker recorded that the 32-year-old James worked as a general farmer. 

Tragedy rocked the family again on June 23, 1937 when son Hugh, just a few weeks shy of his 18th birthday, died of liver disease at the Ohio State University in Columbus. His remains were returned to Athens for burial.

Later, the family relocated to Lancaster, Fairfield County, OH, where they remained for many years. Said a newspaper, James "was employed by the Anchor Hocking Glass Co. in Lancaster until his retirement." They made their home at 528 East Locust and at 702 Washington Avenue.

James passed away in July 1965 in Lancaster, at the age of 76, at Lancaster-Fairfield Hospital.

~ Daughter Mary Margaret (Kyle) Jassogne ~

Daughter Mary Margaret Kyle (1913 - ? ) married Ralph Jassogne (1908- ? ), a native of Indiana, and whose parents Charles and Helen were immigrants from Charleroi, Belgium. 

They had at least one son, Ralph Charles Jassogne. 

The year or two before marriage, in 1930, Ralph resided with his parents and worked as a laborer in a glass factory.

In 1932, Mary and Ralph made their home in the Reese Addition of Lancaster, the year their son was born.

The Grim Reaper once again cut down an innocent child in this family on Oct. 12, 1934, when son Ralph, age one year, nine months, was run over by an automobile, and died of a skull fracture after being rushed to the hospital in Lancaster. The lad's broken remains were laid to eternal rest in St. Mary's Cemetery in Lancaster.

~ Daughter Anna Kyle ~

The fate of daughter Anne Kyle (1916 - ? ) is unknown.

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