Arthur Alva Austin

ARTHUR ALVA AUSTIN
b. 14 September 1883, near English, Crawford County, Indiana, to James and Nancy (Peyton) Austin
d. 2 August 1959, Alton, Madison County, Illinois

m. 10 June 1905, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana
Mary Grace (Riley) Gowen
b. 4 April 1883, Coles County, Illinois
d. 13 March 1959, Alton, Madison County, Illinois

Children of Mary Grace Riley and (1)Henry Gowen:

  • Chester married Gladys Champlin

Children with Mary Grace Riley:

  • Raymond Arthur
  • Nancy Marie married Leo Johnson
  • Nolan Estes married Helen Ross
  • Vivian Pearl married (1) Raymond Cummings, (2) Edward Rhodes
  • Garnett Ruth
  • Hazel Ivadean married (1) Norman Combs, (2) John Edwards
  • Harold E. married (1) Mary Lucille Harrell, (2) Lucille Lea
  • Calvin Clyde

Arthur and Mary left Indiana prior to 1911 and went to Patton Station, Lawrence County, Illinois. They moved to western Illinois around World War I to join up with Arthur’s brother, Cyrus Austin. They moved to Wood River Township, Madison County, Illinois.

Arthur found work at the Western Cartridge Company, which is now the world-renown ammunitions and chemical manufacturer, Olin Corporation. Olin was founded at East Alton, Madison County, Illinois, in 1892 and is best known for supplying ammunition in time of war. Its most famous line is the Winchester Rifle and cartridges. Arthur worked for Western for 25 years before retiring in 1948.

They lived in Crawford and Knox counties while in Indiana.

Submitted by:
Irene “Rene” Denother
Alton IL

 

 

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