Second Generation
Second Generation
Family of George Washington BASSFORD (1) & Permelia Ann FUQUA
2. George Washington RILEY/BASSFORD. Born on 22 Feb 1876 in Paducah, KY.8,25,26 George Washington died in Alton, Madison Co., IL, on 17 Mar 1946.20,8 age 70 years 25 days. Buried on 20 Mar 1946 in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Edwardsville, Madison Co., IL.8 Death Cause: Cerebral Hemorrhage.8 Occupation: Laundry.8

He was apparently a child of his mother’s first marriage since his name was given as George W. Riley in the 1880 census,11 Riley being the surname of his mother’s first husband. However, most records give the name of his father as George Basford.8

He graduated from High School in Mt. Vernon, IL. He served an apprencticeship as a machinist. He removed to Edwardsville, IL in 1893. He worked for a while for the Edwardsville Milling company before returning to his trade as a machinist. In 1907, he purchased the Palace laundry in Collinsville, OH. A year later, he sold this business and returned to Edwardsville where he owned the Excelsior Laundry. He was described as one of “Edwardsville’s leading business men and residents.”27

1900 federal census for Edwardsville, 4 Ward, Madison Co., IL, 13 Jun 1900, p. 304A28
George Bassford, male, boarde, age 24, b. Feb 1876, KY, father b. England, mother b. TN,
machinist, single
(boarding with family of R___ Kirkpatrick)

1920 federal censs for Edwardsville, ED 51, Madison Co., IL, p. 8A29
George W. Bassford, male, head, age 42, b. IL, father b. MD, mother b. TN,
proprietor-laundry, married
Minnie, female, wife, age 40, b. IL, father b. Nieduarachel? (German), mother b. IL, married
George E., male, son, age 6, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL, single

He resided in Edwardsville, IL and owned the Excelsior Laundry at the time of his father’s death in 1926.3

1930 federal census for Edwardsville, ED 32, Madison Co., IL, 534 Hillsboro Ave., p. 16B30
W. George Bassford, male, head, age 54, b. IL, father b. DC, mother b. England,
proprietor, laundry, married, age 26 at first marriage
E. Minnie, female, wife, age 52, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL,
married, age 24 at first marriage
E. George, male, son, age 16, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL, single

His laundry business was destroyed by fire on 26 Aug 1939.31

1940 federal census for Edwardsville, ED 60-42, Madison Co., IL, 534 Hillsboro Ave., 10 Apr 1940, p. 3A32
George W. Bassford, male, head, age 64, b. IL,
married, laundry business-own business
Minnie, female, wife, age 61, b. IL, married
George, male, son, age 26, b. IL, single, dentist-own practice
Edith Keshner, female, lodger, age 56, b. IL, widow
Josephine, female, lodger, age 21, b. IL, single,
secretary-secretary on W.P.A.

He died at the Mather’s Nursing Home on Virdon St., Alton, where he had been a patient for several weeks before his death.19,20

27 gives birth as 26 Feb 1876.

26 gives birthplace as Mt. Vernon, IL.

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He married Wilhelmina Elizabeth SCHWARZ, daughter of Charles SCHWARZ & Frances Eliza MARSHALL, on 12 Oct 1901 in Madison Co., IL.19,20,36 Born on 3 Mar 1879 in Edwardsville, Madison Co., IL.36 Wilhelmina Elizabeth died in Edwardsville, Madison Co., IL, on 27 Dec 1955.36 died Tuesday in obituary dated 31 Dec 1955. Buried in Sunset Cemetery, Edwardsville, Madison Co., IL.36 aka: Minnie.

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They had one child:
6i.
Dr. George Edward (1913-2000)

35 gives marriage as 24 Oct 1901.
3. Myrtie M. BASSFORD. Born abt Jun 1878 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., IL.5 age 4 weeks at death. Myrtie M. died in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., IL, on 19 Jul 1878.5 Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., IL.5

Died as an infant.5

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4. Minnie BASSFORD. Born abt 6 Apr 1882.5 age 10 years 11 days at death. Minnie died in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., IL, on 17 Apr 1892.5 Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., IL.5

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5. Curtis A. BASSFORD. Born on 8 May 1888 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., IL.25,38,22 Curtis A. died in Columbus, Franklin Co., OH, on 20 Aug 1944.18,22 Buried in Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Clark Co., OH.18,39 Death Cause: Heart Attack.18 Occupation: Plumber.13

He is listed in the 1907 city directory for Princeton, IN, as a plumber living at 1001 S. Main St. This is the same address as his father.13

1920 federal census for Wichita Falls, ED 120, Wichita Co., TX, 1720 Tenth? St., p. 14B40
Curtis A. Bassford, male, lodger, age 31, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. TN,
plumber, married
Ruth, female, lodger, age 26, b. IN, father b. IN, mother b. IN, saleslady, married
(living with Silas and M___ Finlay)

He resided in Anderson, IN at the time of his mother’s death in 1921.

1930 census for Springfield, ED 36, Clark Co., OH, 220 Fleming St., 19 Apr 1930, p. 15A6
Curtis A. Bassford, male, head, age 40, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. KY,
heating engineer-architect firm, married, age 27 at first marriage
Ruth, female, wife, age 36, b. IN, father b. IN, mother b. IN,
married, age 23 at first marriage

1940 federal census for Springfield, ED 12-59, Clark Co., OH, 1120 So. Fountain Ave., 27 Apr 1940, p. 8A41
Curtis Bassford, male, head, age 53, b. IL, married,
salesman-R. furniture co.
Ruth, female, wife, age 47, b. IN married
Jean Walloner, female, lodger, age 23, b. IN, single,
filing clerk-electric power co.

He had resided in Springfield, OH for 21 years at the time of his death in 1944.18

Gravestone, Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Clark Co., OH39
Curtis A. Bassford/Indiana/2 Lieut 151 Inf./33 Div/May 8, 1889/August 20, 1944

18 gives birth as 8 May 1889

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He married Ruth A. (BASSFORD) abt 1917.6 Curtis age 27 at marriage. Born abt 1893-1894 in Indiana.40,6,41 age 26 in 1920 census, age 36 in 1930 census, age 47 in 1940 census. Ruth A. died aft 20 Aug 1944.18 survived her husband.

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They had one child:
7i.
Jean (?-)
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