About Anton Julius Winblad, II
Anton Julius Winblad II (1886-1975) aka Tony Winblad, aka Anthony Winblad; Postmaster, Santa Barbara, Isle of Pines, Cuba; Building Superintendent, Bronx, New York; and Plumber at US Naval Shipyards, Long Beach, California, USA (b. April 05, 1886, 540 Canal Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York County, New York City, New York, 10013-1304, USA - d. March 27, 1975, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Fontana, San Bernardino County, California, USA) Social Security Number 562097554.
Anton was the son of John Edward Winblad (1856-1914) and Salmine Sophia Severine Pedersen (1862-1914) aka Salmine Olsdatter.
His siblings include: Theodora Winblad (1888) who died as an infant; Mary Winblad (1889) who died as an infant; Otto Edward Winblad (1892) who died as an infant; Marie Elizabeth Winblad (1895-1987) who married Arthur Oscar Freudenberg (1891-1968); John Edward Winblad II (1897-1899) who died as a youth from pertussis; and Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977) who was born in New Jersey and married Helen Louise Hollenbach (1905-1928) and Helen died giving birth to their only child, later Otto married Leah Maria Way (1901-1986).
Jersey City, New Jersey:
Anton was born in Greenwich Village, New York in 1886 and around 1898-1899 his family moved to Jersey City, New Jersey into a newly constructed two-family house on Wayne Street. The family appears on the 1900 Census living on Wayne Street and Anton is "learning making candy" as his occupation at age 14. Living in the household is a boarder: Anton Pederson, b. October 1872, married 4 years, immigration 1892, working as a longshoreman. It is most likely a friend of Anton senior, and not a relative from Farsund.
Isle of Pines, Cuba:
His father, John Edward Winblad moved the family to a ranch near Santa Barbara, on the Isle of Pines in Cuba around 1909-1910. Anton met Eva Ariel Lattin (1892-1939) in Cuba and they married on Long Island on April 17, 1910. Eva was the daughter of Jarvis Andrew Lattin (1853-1941). They had their first two children in Cuba, Norman Edward Winblad (1911-1980) and Anthony LeRoy Winblad (1912-1970). Many pictures and postcards survive of the family in Cuba. Anton's father didn't do well as a citrus farmer and both his father and mother died on a trip back to Norway in 1914. Anton was working as the postmaster at Santa Barbara, but he returned to the US in 1915 after his parent's death. Anton wrote on a postcard to his parents in 1914: "Dear Father & Mother. I am sending you [a] picture of Tony chasing chickens and ducks, Norman is pumping water for them. It is very quiet here and we are all looking [for] news about the war. But [I] guess you are having all kinds of trouble over there. Am sending you what papers I can get now for the people are coming back. Food has gone up double and sugar that grow[s] here is very scarce for they are sending it away. By the time you get this card I will be Postmaster of Santa Barbara, with Eva as assistant and it will be in Mr. Waha's store. Am sending Otto some more stamps. We are having [the] raining season now, it has been raining all week. Your loving son, Tony." On another card he wrote: ""This is a picture of the shower, bath and tank and all my helpers. It is twenty feet high, the room is 8' 6" by 6' 3" and top is 6 ft by 4 ft. I will make [a] tank that will hold about 350 gallons. I bought a camera that take[s] this size picture so will send you some now and then. Your loving son, Tony." On a third card he wrote: "Dear Father and Mother, I wrote you about four weeks ago telling you about the map I sent three month ago, so if you dont get it please let me know for I will try to get you one more. Am sending Otto a baseball by Registered mail and some more stamps. How do you like this picture? Tony."
Return to USA:
Anton appears on two ship's manifests arriving from Havana: May 19, 1915 where he is incorrectly listed as "Anthony J. Wimblad"; and again on July 06, 1915 arriving with Norman Winblad and Dewey Lattin. Anton's last child: Earl Vincent Winblad (1916-2004) was born in New York on October 09, 1916. Anton registered for the draft on September 16, 1918 when he was living at East 144th Street in the Bronx and was working as an "indexer" at New York Edison Company in the Bronx. He listed his birthday as "April 17, 1886" which conflicts with his birth certificate. He appears on the 1920 Census living at 163 East 144th Street in the Bronx and also appears in the City Directory. He is recorded in the 1930 Census also living in the Bronx. He worked as a building superintendent.
His wife Eva went to California in 1936 for a family wedding and enjoyed California so much both her and her husband moved there that year.
Death of wife:
Eva died in 1939 in California.
Within a year, Anton married Marguerite Van Rensselaer Schuyler (1891-1972) aka Margie Van Rensselaer Schuyler, a friend of Eva's from New York. She was previously married to George Staderman. The marriage announcement was in the Los Angeles Times on January 4, 1940.
Anton worked at the Anderson Die Casting and Engineering Corporation and later worked as a plumber at the US Naval Shipyards in Long Beach, California. During the War he was sent to Hawaii, as a civilian, to repair ships.
His birthday was published in the Desert Hot Springs Sentinel; Desert Hot Springs, California on April 21, 1961: "Anton J. Winblad, 66-442 Desert View, Desert Hot Springs, celebrated his 75th birthday this week. Visiting here for the big party is his brother, Otto Winblad from New Jersey; Mae Freudenberg, his sister; Perry Olsen, his cousin; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Winblad his son and daughter-in-law, as well as Roy Winblad, his other son. Both Anton and Otto Winblad made a visit to the Sentinel because of the interest in the newspaper. Otto has worked for a number of newspapers in the East, including the Hudson Dispatch, Jersey Journal, New York Times, New York News, New York Mirror, New York World, and the Brooklyn Eagle."
He started to show signs of Alzheimer's disease in 1973-1974.
Memories about Anton Julius Winblad:
Carol Eleanore Winblad (1946- ) said in January 1999: "My grandfather lived in Los Angeles and then moved to Desert Hot Springs, California. One New Year's Eve we were visiting and we went outside to yell "happy new year" and granddad pulled us back inside the house because it was a retirement community and everyone was already asleep. I hated going there, because there were no kids. My parents would threaten to send me there when I was caught drinking. My granddad had Alzheimer's Disease, but it was diagnosed as 'hardening of the arteries' back then, and he was put in a home. One time I was staying at his house and he couldn't remember my name. He raised his cane up to block me from going to see why my baby was crying. My dad made the decision to put him in a home when he caught him threatening my child with his cane. He had taken the kids for a weekend and my granddad was standing over the crib with his cane raised as if to hit the child. Granddad died shortly after that. Occasionally he start remembering things and start telling rambling childhood memories."
In 1975 he died of "cardiac arrest" with "diabetes mellitus" and "prostatic carcinoma" while in a nursing home. He was listed in the California Death Index as both "Anton" and "Anthony".
His obituary appeared in the Desert Hot Springs Sentinel; Desert Hot Springs, California; April 3, 1975: "Anthony Julius Winblad. Longtime Desert Hot Springs resident Anthony Julius Winblad, 88 of 66442 Desert View Avenue, Desert Hot Springs died Thursday, March 27, at Kaiser Memorial Hospital following a long illness. Mr. Winblad had resided in Desert Hot Springs 15 of his 25 years in California. The New York native was a retired plumber for the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Terminal Island. Funeral services were held Monday morning, March 31, from the Desert Mortuary Chapel with George Hilla, senior warden, and Edward Gray, chaplain, Palm Springs Masonic Lodge, officiating. Internment was in Desert Memorial Park, Palm Springs, with Desert Mortuary in charge. Mr. Winblad is survived by three sons, Norman Winblad of Baldwin Park, Earl Winblad of Carson and Russell Staderman of Buffalo, New York."
He was buried with Marge, his second wife in Desert Memorial Park Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.
Anton Julius Winblad II (1886-1975) was the granduncle of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).
Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on June 16, 2003 and uploaded here at Geni.com on October 4, 2009. Updated by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) on June 9, 2010 with his obituary and the article on his 75th birthday. Updated on June 22, 2010 with the text from the Cuban postcards.