small item in press – Leon Henderson

A small item in the newspaper can lead to bigger and better things.

I’ve written about this topic in the past:

I found the following small death notice and thought I would see if I could find a tree for her.

Obit - Lida Henderson age 71 - NJ

I thought that maybe her relatives didn’t have her exact death date and this would give it to them. I looked around but could not find a good tree, so I created a tree for her.

Lida tree

As I started putting in items on to the tree I finally got some family trees as hints. I looked at those trees and sent them the small death item and link. I noticed that none of the trees had Leon’s occupation as it was listed on Lida’s news item; “…radio commentator and former national price administrator.”

Copy of Obit - Lida Henderson age 71 - NJ

I picked up all the hints for Leon and there were quite a few travel lists, a passport, other not common documents for security. I even found two different passport applications with his photo and made a screen print of one. [My readers will recall how I’ve captured passport photo’s in the past — –]

Leon Henderson - Passport photo - 1921

I then thought if he was such a big wig maybe there are some news items about him.

Well, as Gomer Pyle would say “Surprise, surprise, surprise”

Washington, June 27 – AP –

“Price Administrator Leon Henderson said today…”

Ellensbury, Washington
Ellensburg Daily Record – Jun 27, 1941

Nashua, N H
The Telegraph – Jul 8, 1941

Spartanburg, S C
Herald-Journal – Jul 1, 1941
resignation of Leon Henderson

Bend, Oregon
The Bulletin – Dec 19, 1942
Leon Henderson former national administrator
of the Office of Price Administration

Norwalk, Conn
The Norwalk Hour – Apr 28, 1945
Leon as seen by the newspaper columnist

Fredericksburg, VA
The Free Lance-Star – Jan 2, 1943
Leon Henderson Economist Mar 1948

Fredericksburg, VA
The Free Lance-Star – Mar 19, 1948

I made some screen prints of the items and put them on the tree.

Leon Henderson - Wash DC - 1941Leon Henderson Economist in news 1948

I also contacted the tree owners and told them that Leon (their relative) was famous and gave them all the links.

So as you can see a small item can yield bigger and better things.

I hope this post has given you some information and some entertainment.

Thank You.

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.

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