Anna Rachel Bennett 6 9 10 11
AKA: Chella Bennett, Chella McCombs Parents: Thomas Jefferson Bennett (1847-1931) & Sarah Parmelia Randolph (1853-1922) Born: 11 Jan 1892, Adair, McDonough County, Illinois 1 12 1900 Census: in New Salem Township, McDonough County, Illinois, living with parents 2 Details about 1906: moved with parents and siblings to Gardena, Los Angeles County, California 11 6 Feb 1907: moved with parents and siblings to Wasco Colony, Kern County, California Details 1910 Census: in Township 5, Kern County, California, living with parents 3 Details Occupation: housekeeper, janitor, store clerk Religion: Methodist. First Methodist Episcopal Church. "Rev. [Byron] Hovey, who served the congregation from 1941 to 1948, gave special honor and credit in an article published in The Wasco News to early-day Methodists: Mr. and Mrs. Rex Smith and Mr. and Mrs. W. G. McCombs." 11 Died: 23 Jul 1971, Bakersfield, Kern County, California 1 12 Buried: Wasco Cemetery, Wasco, Kern County, CaliforniaMarriage:
Husband: Winfred Grover McCombs (17 Nov 1885 - 27 Jun 1965) Married: 20 May 1914, Wasco, Kern County, California Newspaper account Just before the marriage, Winnie built a new house for them at a cost of $1,400 at the corner of 9th and D Streets. 11 1920 Census: in Township 5, Kern County, California 4 Details date unknown: Winnie sold his interest in the Golden Gate Market and established a 40-acre dairy farm near the corner of McCombs and Root Roads. Behind the house where Winnie and family lived, there was a small house in which Winnie's mother Mary lived. In the late 1920s, many farms failed, and the dairy farm went from bad to worse and failed with a large financial loss. Around this time, Winnie was diagnosed with tuberculosis and had to spend a year in the Stony Brook Retreat Sanitarium at Keene near Tehachapi. These setbacks led to the sale of the house he had built for their wedding. 8 11 about 1927: Chella's sister Gladys bought the small house from the dairy farm and moved it to a lot on Poplar Avenue near the Bennett family house. A kitchen and screen sleeping porch were added on the south side of the house. Winnie and Chella paid a small monthly rent to Gladys for many years until they had paid off the cost of this house. The address later was 656 Poplar Avenue, and they lived here for the rest of their lives. 7 1930 Census: in Wasco, Township 9, Kern County, California 5 Details 1930s: Winnie worked as a city night watchman in Wasco 8 about 1935: Chella began working as janitor at the Wasco Public Library, a job she retained for much of her life. 1940s: Winnie began having "spells" when he lost awareness and control of his body. He would return to normal after some hours of rest. He had to give up the watchman job. After that he did gardening and chores around the house. 8 After Winnie retired, Chella took on a second job as a clerk at the Sprouse Reitz variety store and still had great difficulty making ends meet. 1960s: Winnie gradually became more disabled. His daughter-in-law Susie helped care for him for a time, but eventually he was placed in an intensive care facility in Wasco. For months before he died, he showed no signs of recognizing anyone and no response to anything around him. He was considered to have Parkinson's Disease or something very similar. 8 Jun 1965: Winnie died of pneumoniaChildren:
1. Robert Stanley McCombs (1915-2001) Wife: [Living] 2. Wilton Gilbert McCombs (1919-1988) Wife: [Living] 3. Gladys Eileen McCombs (1924-2000) Husband 1: Rudolph Albert Wittenberg (1923-1982) [divorced] Husband 2: Lynn Ashby (1921-1976)
1. California Death Records, Chella
2. Census 1900, Roll 320, p. 2A, Enumeration District 64.
3. Census 1910, Roll 78, Part 3, p. 74A.
4. Census 1920, Roll 1100, p. 3A, Enumeration District 97, Image 610.
5. Census 1930, Roll 122, p. 14B, Enumeration District 49, Image 264.0.
6. McCombs, J. (1974-), pp. 1, 13.
7. McCombs, J. (2002a).
8. McCombs, L. (2004).
9. McCombs, M. (1999).
10. Rochelle (1983).
11. Shafer (1990), pp. 14-16.
12. Social Security Death Index, Chella McCombs.