Jenks' History - An Ohio Family Background

The Clevelands'

Gilbert Henry Cleveland (12/1/1868-1/18/1941) m. Elizabeth Kapperman (1876-?)

parents of:

Elmer Cleveland (b. 9/19/1901 - d. 2/14/1981) m. Caroline M. Dreier (b. 8/5/1905 - d. 5/12/1989)

parents of:

Gilbert Ernst Cleveland (11/8/1932 - 4/22/2004) m. 8/6/1956 to Beverly Cox (b. 5/13/1937)
Lawrence Joseph Cleveland (b. 3/29/1935) m. 4/30/1960 to Rita Ellen Sweeney (12/5/1936 - 9/23/2008)
Gerald Elmer Cleveland (11/22/1937 - 8/22/1999) m. 5/28/1971 to Eileen Sweeney (12/5/1936 - 11/2/1992)
Carol Marie Cleveland (b. 8/23/1939) m. 8/20/1960 to Paul Larson (b. 7/11/1938)
Mildred Lorraine Cleveland (b. 5/2/1943) m. 4/4/1964 to George William Jenks (5/17/1937 - 1/4/1987)
LaVonne Maye Cleveland (10/11/1944 - 1/6/2013) m. 9/10/1963 to Everett Cassidy (6/19/1941 - 4/4/2011)


Elmer Cleveland (September 19, 1901 to February 14, 1981) - Elmer was born the fifth child of Gilbert Henry Cleveland and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Kapperman. He was born in Dolton Township, Turner County, South Dakota. He attained a sixth grade education which was common at the time. He held many jobs in his youth and was known to tell stories of working in a lumber camp at an early age. He married Caroline Dreier on November 5, 1930, at the age of 29, in a Catholic ceremony and they settled in Presho, South Dakota. He was the owner of an oil and gas fill-up station before he became a farmer. He was an energetic and upbeat man with a wonderful sense of humor. Elmer died of heart failure on Valentine's Day 1981.

Caroline M. Dreier (August 5, 1905 to May 12, 1989) Caroline was known affectionately as Lena. She was the third child born of Ernst Dreier and Josephine Krings. She was born in Nebraska and is listed on the 1910 census as living with the Owen Murphy family in Tracy, Lyman County, South Dakota, along with her elder sister, Josephine (age 10), and brother, August E. (age 7). In 1920, Caroline was again living with her parents and brother in Brule, Lyman County, South Dakota. Caroline had a common education according to the census records but she always wanted to continue her education. Her father, Ernst, was a very strict man who was born in Germany and lived by the old world ways that only boys received higher education. Caroline married Elmer in 1930 and had six children; Gilbert, Lawrence, Gerald, Carol, Mildred, and LaVonne. She was a very hard working woman who took in sewing jobs and also made rugs on a loom in her upstairs rooms. After Elmer's passing in 1981, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and moved to a nursing care facility in Chamberland, South Dakota. She passed away there after more than eight years of living with the disease.