Today’s post is about the second eldest boy Forest. He was tricky to find, but I didn’t stop until I sought him out.
Forest Elmer was born on Decemeber 4, 1888 in Braintree, VT. His older brother was just a year and a half and probably knew something special was happening. From this birth record we can see that Jason (his father) has already left farming and now has become a laborer. From what I can tell no one in the Fuller family ever went back to farming. How could their lives have been different if Jason had never left?
The next time I find Forest is in 1917 on his WW1 Draft Registration. From this document we can see that he followed in his brother’s footsteps and became a machinist. Were they well paying jobs at that time?
We also find that he is married and has one child. From future Census records I’ve learned that his wife’s name was Calla and the baby would be Glady, born in 1912. The last important piece of information we see on here is that he’s claiming exemption. I can’t really read what it says, but I think it’s has to do with the family. Maybe because he’s has no sons to carry on the family name?
Forest disappears from records until the 1940 Census. He’s popped up in Connecticut. Wonder what made him move all the way out there? A job promotion perhaps?
From this census we can finally see all of his children, their names and ages. It looks like he had two girls and three boys. We also find out that only received an eight grade education. His wife was lucky enough to have two more years of school, which I understand was rare for a girl in those days. Forest’s occupation has remained the same, he’s a machinist.
Like most men of his generation, Forest was required to sign up for not one, but both of the World Wars. I was excited to finally know his employer’s name. Also we get to see his height, with interesting enough is a good 5 inches shorter than his older brother. I wonder if Ellsworth ever teased Forest for being short?
As with Ellsworth, Forest is also noted has having a scar. This one being from a Hernia operation. Maybe being a machinist was tough work that required a lot of heavy lifting.
The last time I find Forest is in the City Directories for 1952. As we can see he’s not a machinist anymore, but now an assembler. I wonder if that was a promotion or a job with a new company. Maybe one closer to home.The following year I find his wife Calla listed as a widow.
Forest had died in 1953 at 65 years old. He is buried in West Cemetery in Plainville, CT with his wife. So far away from his family back in VT.
Next time I’ll talk about the third son born to Jason and Etta, Carroll. Possibly the most interesting son in my eyes.