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Dorthea Evelyn Eubank (Rollins)

Birthplace: Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States
Death: Died in Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place of Burial: Safford City Cemetery, Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA, Old Layton Section - North End
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Henry Rollins, Jr. and Dortha Roxana Madsen Rollins
Wife of Stephen (Euzell) James Eubank
Mother of Frances Amelia Eubank Smith; Elsie Louise Eubank Koegler and James Rollins Eubank
Sister of John Delbert Rollins
Half sister of Dan Carroll McKinney, Sr.; Thelma Josephine McKinney Riess; Joseph Madsen McKinney and Gladys Violet McKinney Beals

Occupation: Nurse, Realtor, and Home Maker. Married Stephen James Eubank 4/28/1909 in Phoenix, AZ. Divorced 11/27/23 in Bakersfield, California
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Dorthea Evelyn Rollins Eubank

Unfortunately my maternal grandmother passed away about two and a half months before my 6th birthday, so I don't have a lot of memories of her, but I do remember visiting her home on Figueroa St., in Los Angeles, near the L.A. Coliseum when that was still a pretty good neighborhood in the early 1950's.

Also I remember the trip to Arizona for her funeral in 1957 because I was very sick on the way there from California and I couldn't keep anything down except buttermilk and soda crackers. I have a picture of me and my mother looking down at her grave in Safford, Arizona and a picture of her family members at my mother's aunt Bertie's house in Safford, Arizona, after the funeral.

My grandmother had a hard life, both as a child and as an adult. Her father died in an accident when she was only three years old. Supposedly, he was a driver of a 20-mule team wagon, and was hauling borax from the mines in Arizona when he slipped and fell off the wagon and his head was crushed by the wheels of the wagon. At least that's the family legend my mother used to tell. My grandmother and her one year old brother, John Delbert Rollins, and my great grandmother must have had some very hard times for about eight years from about 1889, when my great grandfather died, until at least 1897, when my great grandmother married a man by the name of Joseph T. McKinney, an Arizona sheriff.

Dorthea Evelyn Eubank (always known as and referred to by the family as "Ev") married Stephen James Eubank (AKA Uselle, Euzell and Eucell J. Eubank) in Arizona about 1909 at the age of 23. Her husband, Stephen, was 42 years old and nearly twice her age when they married. Two years later Evelyn and Stephen were living in San Diego where my mother was born in 1911. Two years after that, the family was in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, where my aunt Elsie Louise was born in 1913, and Stephen was working on the Alice Arm mine. He was a mining engineer and building contractor. The family was pretty well off financially by then.

Two years later, they were living in Seattle, Washington, where my uncle, James Rollins Eubank, was born in 1915, and according to public records from, Stephen and Evelyn were still living in Seattle in 1917, at 2709 2nd Avenue and Stephen's occupation is listed as a miner. They lived within a few blocks of where the Seattle Space Needle was built in 1964 for the World's Fair. I wondered why I felt so comfortable there when I visited in the 1980's--my ancestors had lived there many years earlier, so it was familiar ground.

In 1918, Stephen and Evelyn were living in Portland, Oregon, at 344 19th Street North, which is about a half a mile from the apartment building where my husband and I lived when we were there from 1992 to 1993. My mom (Frances Amelia Eubank Smith) lived in Portland with us at the time, but she never mentioned living in Portland with her parents, although she did mention living in Seattle. When we lived in Portland, mom and I went to Seattle to visit the town where she remembered living in 1915 when she was just 4 years old. She loved the old Queen Anne style Victorian houses there, and enjoyed the trip to Seattle very much. When Dorthea Evelyn and Stephen James Eubank were living in Portland, Oregon, in 1918, his occupation was listed as a carpenter.

Ironically, when the Eubank family lived in Seattle in 1917, there was also a William O. and Isabel A. Eubank living there, as well as an Albert Eubank...I wonder if they were any relation to my grandparents family?! When they lived in Portland in 1918, there was a John Eubank, who was a ship worker, and an Albert Eubank, listed as a gate tender, living nearby. Maybe that's why my grandparents moved to Seattle and Portland, because they had family already living there. Stephen's older half-brother, James Gideon Eubank, had been living in the Seattle area from about 1892, so that may be another reason why Stephen and Evelyn moved to that area, to be near his half-brother's family. James Gideon was 15 years older than Stephen, so perhaps he was a father figure to Stephen after their father, James Joseph Eubannk, passed away in 1907 in the Old Soldier's Home in West Los Angeles.

By 1919, relations in Evelyn and Stephen's marriage were strained, and shortly after that, Stephen deserted Evelyn and their children. I remember my mother telling me her father left the family when she was about eight years old, and that would have been sometime in late 1919 or early 1920. I also remember reading some letters Stephen had written to his mother and sister (who were both named Elsie) between 1915-1919, and it seemed that by the last letter, which was written in 1919, Evelyn and Stephen were having marital difficulties. My mother told me that she only saw her father one other time after that when she was about 14 years old living in Los Angeles, which would have been about 1925 or 1926.

By 1920, my grandmother, Evelyn, and her three children were living in Bakersfield, probably with or near her mother, Dortha, and Dortha's other children with Mr. McKinney, her second husband, Joseph T. McKinney, the Arizona Sheriff. At the time, Dortha, was separated from Mr. McKinney, and she and her children with Mr. McKinney, Dan Carroll,Thelma Josephine and Gladys Violet McKinney, were living in Bakersfield. They also had another other son, Joseph Madsen McKinney, but he died as an infant in Arizona in 1904. Dortha's son with John Henry Rollins, John Delbert Rollins, Evelyn's brother, was also living in Bakersfield in 1920 with his first wife Abbie, and he was a fireman for the railroad, as was his half-brother Dan Carroll McKinney.

The 1920 U.S. Federal Census record states that Evelyn's mother, Dortha, was a nurse in general practice, and Evelyn's half sister, Thelma, was working as a stenographer, and her younger half-sister, Gladys, was 15 and still in school. They also had a niece of Dortha's living with them, Louyre Rollins Rosenbloom, who was 22 years old, and her son John, who was less than 2 years old. Her husband, Jack Rosenbloom, had recently passed away. Louyre Rolliins was the daughter of one of Dortha's Rollins brothers-in-law, William Samuel Rollins. The family was living at 2217 Sunset Avenue in Bakersfield. I have a photography of Dortha and my uncle Jim sitting on the front porch of that home probably in about 1920 or so when uncle Jim would have been about five years old.

There is a City Directory record for Mrs. Evelyn Eubank living in Bakersfield, California, in 1921 at 2217 Sunset, her mother's home. Evelyn was also listed in a 1922 California Directory for Bakersfield, living at 912 Baker Street, working as a nurse. In 1923 she was living at 705 Lake Street in Bakersfield, and was still listed in directories there as late as 1924. She received a divorce from Stephen for "willful desertion" in Bakersfield in 1923, per her written Bible records.

However, by about 1924, Evelyn and her children probably moved to Los Angeles, because my grandmother's written Bible records say that her son, James Rollins Eubank, was baptized in the LDS Church, Adams Ward, on West Adams Street, in Los Angeles, in 1924. I think my great grandmother must have moved to Los Angeles around the time her daughter, Thelma, got a job as a stenographer with the legal firm in LA, or when her son John Delbert Rollins was working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in Needles, California.

There were also other Rollins and West family relatives living in the Los Angeles area in the early 1900's, so that may have been why the family moved to LA in the early 1920's. Evelyn had a relative, Joseph West, who was bishop of that Ward of the LDS church about that time, and he may have been the bishop who baptized my uncle Jim in 1924. Joseph West was the son of Jesse Nathaniel Smith and Emma West Smith, and Emma was the sister of Nancy Malinda West Rollins, Dortha's mother-in-law during her first marriage to John Henry Rollins, Jr. from 1885 to 1889.

My cousin Robert Glenn Eubank tells me his father, James Rollins Eubank, had memories of other family members living nearby them in Los Angeles when he was growing up, so at least he had some surrogate father figures to help raise him even though his father had deserted the family.

The 1930 census shows my mother, Frances A. Eubank, then 18, was living with her grandmother, Dortha, and her aunt Thelma McKinney on 6715 Victoria Avenue in Los Angeles. Thelma was a stenographer for a legal firm, and my mother was a "beauty operator", and was listed as a "boarder" in the household. My mother had been enrolled in cosmetology school in Los Angeles the late 1920's and by the early 1930's was working for Warner Brothers Movie Studios in Culver city as a cosmetologist, doing the hair of famous movie stars and their wives.

I can not find my grandmother, Evelyn, in the 1930 census, and I don't know why Evelyn was not living with her mother, half-sister Thelma, and her daughter (my mother) that year, along with her other two children, Elsie Louise and James Rollins Eubank. However, Evelyn was listed in the California Voters Registration records from 1928-1934 living at 3512 West 67th Street, Los Angeles, California, as a home maker and a Republican. The home on West 67th Street is just a few blocks from my great grandmother, Dortha's home at 6715 Victoria Avenue, so at least she was living near her m her mother, daughter and half-sister at the time.

From 1934 to 1936, Evelyn was living at 1033 East 66th Street, just a few blocks away from her earlier home at 3512 West 67th Street. Her occupation was listed as a broker (real estate?), and she had switched political parties and was registered as a Democrat at the time. Her son, Jim, was also living there in 1936, and Evelyn was listed as a sales lady and Jim was working in maintenance. By 1932, my mother, Frances Amelia Eubank, had married my father, Halley Dale Smith, on July 3, 1932, in Yuma, Arizona, and they were living on Fairview Boulevard in Inglewood after their marriage. By 1935, Elsie Louise, had married Alfred John Koegler, and they were also living Inglewood. I remember my mom telling me about the first house they owned on Fairview Boulevard, which was just a few blocks from my grandmother's address on E. 66th Street. Both of these streets are near the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, and not far from the LAX International airport.

By the 1940 U.S. Census, Evelyn, 53, was living with her son, Jim, 24, and is still at 1033 E. 66th Street in Inglewood. Jim was a real estate salesman, and his income that year was $900. Evelyn does not appear to have an occupation or income. They owned their home, which was valued at $2,000. According to City Directory listings, Evelyn was at the same address from 1944-1950, but by 1952, she was living at 8520 South Grand. In California Voter Registration Records for the year 1954, she was living at 5847 South Figueroa Street, which is where I remember her living when she passed away in 1956. I wonder why she moved twice between 1952 and 1956 when she was nearly 70 years old?! My uncle Jim had married Vera Pauline Hulse in 1945, and they were living on their own by that time. Their first son, Robert Glenn Eubank, was born the following year in Hollywood, and his brother, Jerold Charles Eubank in 1951. They lived in the Studio City area of the San Fernando Valley for a few years and moved to the Newport Beach area in the 1960's. My uncle Jim passed away in 2004 at the age of 88 from a stroke, but his wife, Vera, now 92 is still doing well and lives in Oceanside. Bob lives in Encinitas with his wife, Weihong, who is from Guangzhou, China, and they have two children, Meili, 21, and Tai, 19 years old.

Dorthea Evelyn's other daughter, Elsie Louise, and her husband, Alfred John Koegler, had two sons, Alfred John Koegler, Jr., born in 1938, and his brother, James Rollins Koegler, born in 1945. They lived in Inglewood most of the time while they were growing up, and Louise and Al divorced in about the early 1960's. They later were remarried in 1969 in Las Vegas. Louise and Al retired to Wofford Heights, California and were next door neighbors with my parents, Frances Amelia Eubank and Halley Dale Smith. Al passed away in early 1976 and my father passed away in September that same year. My aunt Louise died in 1992 and my mother in 1995. Louise and Al's son John Alfred Koegler, Jr., moved to Montana in the 1970's and still lives there, and his brother, James Rollins Eubank, passed away in 2009 from a heart attack. Al Jr., married in the 1960's and had one daughter, Robin, who still lives in southern California. His brother Jimmy never had any children.

Such is the posterity of Dorthea Evelyn Rollins Eubank and Stephen James Eubank.

Written by her only granddaughter, Della Dale Smith-Pistelli, and revised July 31,2014.

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Dorthea Evelyn Rollins Eubank's Timeline

October 18, 1886
Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States
October 14, 1911
Age 24
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
September 17, 1913
Age 26
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
September 12, 1915
Age 28
Seattle, King, Washington, United States
April 15, 1957
Age 70
Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States
April 20, 1957
Age 70
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA, Old Layton Section - North End