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My grandmother was Gertrude Portell from Washington Co. and married Walter
Henry Boyer also of Washington Co. Gertrude's parent's were Henry Zeno
Portell and Mary Cornelia Trokey of Washington Co., MO.
Gertrude had a brother Joseph Walter Portell, born Jan. 23, 1885, who
married Pauline DeGonia, both of Washington County.
Joseph and Pauline moved to Herculaneum. In the 1930 Census their
Joseph W. Portell, head, 45 yrs old
Pauline Portell, wife, 39 yrs old
Lucille Portell, 15 yrs old
Kenneth Portell, 14 yrs old
George Portell,12 yrs old
Pauline Portell,10 yrs old
Andrew Portell, 7 yrs old
Mary Portell,6 yrs old
Russell Portell,4 4/12 yrs old
Alma Portell, 1 6/12 yrs old
There was another daughter, Loretta who was born Sept. 24, 1911 and died
Oct.2, 1925 (14 yrs old). I also found where there was a Bernard, Betty,
Rosemarie and Jackie, don't know where they fit in.
In the 1920 Census there was Noah Portell 4 2/12 yrs old,
The family loved on School Street, Catholic and were buried in the Catholic
Cemetery in Herky.
Other siblings of Joseph were Gertrude who died 1918, Victoria died 1956,
Nellie died 1957, Anna died 1957, Lorena died 1964.
Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has info on the family.
Thank you, Sharon Smith, Arnold, MO.
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Dear Jefferson County Mail List,
In 2002, a grassroots group of Missouri businessmen and citizens formed
the "Missouri Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center", a 501(c)(3)
non-profit, charitable organization. This organization, preserving the
story of both sides of the American Civil War in Missouri and without
bias to either side, is dedicated to the preservation and study of
Missouri and its involvement in the American Civil War. While attempts
were made to locate centrally in the State, the opportunity arose to
locate instead at Historic Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis, the oldest,
active military base west of the Mississippi River since 1826. To learn
more about the history of Jefferson Barracks, the military gateway to the
west, visit http://www.mcwm.org/history_jbtimeline.html
In 2003, the group acquired the old "Officer's Post Exchange and
Gymnasium Building" at Jefferson Barracks, a beautiful old Federal-style
building, built between 1903 and 1905, which is currently being
refurbished to it's original state, and which will become the Missouri
Civil War Museum. The group also acquired the neighboring, smaller
officer's post exchange building, which was built during World War I in
1918, and which is being refurbished to it's original state for use as
the Missouri Civil War Library and Research Center. To date, over 2000
volumes have already been collected for the library. Membership in the
organization is quickly growing and is now over 400 members. To learn
more about the Missouri Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center,
please visit http://www.mcwm.org
Big plans are underway throughout the State of Missouri and at Jefferson
Barracks, in anticipation of the many ceremonies and commemorances being
planned for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011 (only 2 short
years away). The Civil War is still considered to be one of the most
popular subjects in America, and State Tourism has stated that Civil War
sites are still one of the biggest tourist draws. Jefferson Barracks is
currently going through a great renovation/revamping phase. The whole of
the approximately 2000-acre Jefferson Barracks campus will become a
destination for military historians from all over the country, with
museums throughout Jefferson Barracks dedicated to all of the various
wars. Thus, with the expected influx of visitors from all over the
country, and most probably also from foreign countries to Jefferson
Barracks, the Missouri Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center will
be in a vital position to help direct visitors interested in Civil War
history to other key Civil War sites located throughout the State of
Missouri, including the well-known Civil War sites at Wilson's Creek
(near Springfield), Pilot Knob (Fort Davidson), Westport (Kansas City),
Cape Girardeau, Belmont, Palmyra, Lexington, Carthage, Nevada, Jefferson
City, St. Louis and the many other Civil War sites throughout the State
The Missouri Civil War Museum (MCWM) wants the story of every county
told, and wants every County in the State accounted for and represented
at the museum. And, they are working on creating links from their
website to the Civil War link of every County in the Missouri GENWEB
system. As most of you know, soldier's military records and pension
records, can sometimes contain a great wealth of family and genealogical
information, often solving many of those "brick walls" and "dead ends".
The MCWM hopes to some day have a file created for every Missouri soldier
from every county, including military records and pension records, and
this will include soldiers from other states who served in Missouri, or
who lived in Missouri after the war, and/or who are buried in Missouri
soil. If you would like to help, please send any information or pictures
you have about any Civil War soldiers to the MCWM. Also, if you, or
anyone you know, has Civil War artifacts or books (and especially Civil
War books about your particular county), please consider donating them to
the MCWM. All donations are tax-deductible and appropriate paperwork is
supplied to the donor, and staff members will make arrangements to pick
these items up from you, if you can't deliver or ship them.
Despite the tough times, good things are happening, and this memorial to
our Missouri Civil War ancestors is long overdue. Here's a chance to
make Missouri history and help preserve the memory of our Missouri Civil
War ancestors. Please consider spreading the word about the Missouri
Civil War Museum, and if you really want to help, please consider
becoming a member at
http://www.mcwm.org/imgs/Museum%20Membership%20Form.pdf (put to the
attention of "John")
For those who don't have computer access, please send us their names and
addresses and we'll mail information to them.
Thanks for letting us have the time and space here on your mail list.
Missouri Civil War Museum at Historic Jefferson Barracks
222 Worth Rd
Jefferson Barracks, MO. 63125
jmaurath(a)mcwm.org MCWM phone number 314-845-1861
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This was on the St. Francois Co. Mailing List and thought I would forward
Sent: 5/6/2009 11:48:54 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: [MOSTFRAN] Pearl Harbor Survivor Dies
Pearl Harbor Survivor Dies.
Three Bismarck brothers at naval base on 'day of infamy'.
May 06, 2009 - Daily Journal, Park Hills, MO
Editor’s Note: Much of the information contained in this
story is from a Daily Journal article printed Dec. 7,
Carl Van Alstine, one of three Bismarck brothers who was
at Pearl Harbor on that day of infamy, Dec. 7, 1941, died
at his home in Affton last week.
Carl Eugene, who was called Gene by friends and family,
enlisted in the Marines in June after graduating from
Bismarck High School in 1941. His oldest brother Alfred
had already enlisted in the Navy in June of 1940 after his
Their brother Robert (Bob) didn't like school and didn't
want to wait another year to graduate. When Gene went to
the Marines, Bob convinced his mother, Pearl, to let him
join the Navy, like Alfred.
All three would find themselves at Pearl Harbor on Dec.
Gene had just come off of a duty rotation on the U.S.S.
Arizona and had been reassigned to the U.S.S. Oklahoma.
Both battleships were moored on Battleship Row with five
others along the western shore of Ford Island.
Gene would later tell his son the (Japanese) planes were
close enough to hit with rocks.
"We could see the faces of the pilots. We could hear the
wooden deck splintering each time it was hit. And the roar
of the planes and the bombs exploding," Gene said.
"Man battle stations" was the cry on the Oklahoma, but
there wasn't time. Two torpedoes hit the battleship and it
began to list. Gene said that he saw water coming through
the portholes. He ran to the deck, but could not get out
there. Too many sailors were at the bow. He ran to the
stern. The water was afire, and there was more than 100
yards to swim to safety, but he plunged in anyway. It was
his only chance.
Three torpedoes later, the Oklahoma capsized. Thirty-two
men were trapped in its hull. Rescue efforts lasted for
three days. Alfred got word to his mother that he was all
right, but that Gene's ship had gone down and he was
Each day he would wait for the results of the Oklahoma
rescue crew to return. And Alfred said that each day they
would say, "We haven't found your brother, Van."
The Arizona was hit with at least eight bombs in direct
hits. At least one of those exploded a powder magazine,
ripping the ship in two. It sank within nine minutes of
the attack, killing 1,103 of the 1,400 men on board
including seven of the eight replacement Marines for those
who were transferred to the Oklahoma.
As Gene was swimming for his life (from the Oklahoma), the
explosion of the Arizona sent shrapnel, oil and flames
into the water. It would burn for two days.
When Gene made his way to shore at Ford Island he and
others found a truckload of rifles and ammunition
bandoliers. He and others attempted to set up a defense on
Ford Island, but by the time they did, the attack was
pretty much over.
In a little less than two hours, the Japanese had
devastated seven of the eight battleships. Three were
It was days before Alfred would find Gene and let the rest
of the family know he was OK. Gene spent some time in the
Marine Barracks before being assigned to the U.S.S.
Chicago and then the U.S.S. Indianapolis. He went with a
task force to Wake Island.
The three brothers made it through the entire war safely,
and Gene came home to marry his sister Alice's best friend
Ula. His wife and five children survive.
Mr. Van Alstine was given a full military burial at
Jefferson Barracks Cemetery April 27, 2009.
Carl Eugene Van Alstine
May 06, 2009 - Daily Journal.
BISMARCK — On Tuesday, afternoon, April 23, one of St.
Francois County's Pearl Harbor Veterans, Carl Eugene Van
Alstine, formerly of Bismarck, Mo., passed away peacefully
at home, in Affton, Mo., in the presence of his family,
after a lingering illness. "Gene", and two of his
brothers, Alfred Van Alstine, and Gerald, "Jerry" Van
Alstine were "there" when the "big booms" hit Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii, starting World War II, and damaging some
of our ships, and upsetting many lives. A full military
burial at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri was given to
"Gene"on Monday, April 27, 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Eula Mae Van Alstine, of the
home, children: Carl Jr., Barbara, William, Linda, and
Janice, and sister, Mrs. Alice De Santis of St. Charles,
Mo., and the two brothers who were with him at Pearl
Harbor, Alfred Van Alstine, and Gerald, "Jerry" Van
Alstine, and many friends who will always respect and miss
him. Also nieces, nephews and other family members.
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I am looking for a cousin that I have not heard from in a very long time.
His name is Kent Bone (Beauline).
Below is just one e-mail that we share.
Bonjour, Janet Olive
I'm the Kent Bone dash Beaulne you are looking for.
So whats your connection with oncle Frank Vess Portell?
His wife was my granma Torie Bone, aunt.
I live in Old Mines, where you at?
If anyone can help me please let me know.
My home # is 478 / 922-2390.
Thank you for any help I can get. He lives in Old Mines.
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