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Elsie Louise Koegler (Eubank)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
Death: Died in Wofford Heights, Kern, California, United States
Place of Burial: Ashes scattered in rose garden, Bakersfield, Kern, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Stephen (Euzell?) James Eubank and Dorthea Evelyn Rollins Eubank
Wife of Alfred John Koegler, Sr.
Mother of <private> Koegler and James Rollins Koegler
Sister of Frances Amelia Eubank Smith and James Rollins Eubank

Occupation: Waitress at the Palladian Club in Hollywood, CA. Married Alfred John Koegler and had 2 sons. They divorced, but later remarried in 1969.
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Elsie Louise Koegler (Eubank)

The above photo is of Louise (left), her sister, Frances Amelia Eubank Smith, (middle) and her brother, James Rollins Eubank (right) when they were children, about 1916. There is another picture of Louise under the Media Tab above showing her when she was 44 years old after the funeral of her mother in 1957 in Safford, Arizona.

Elsie Louise Eubank Koegler was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, September 17, 1913. She was the middle child of Stephen James (Euzell?) Eubank and Dorthea Evelyn Rollins Eubank. Her parents were married in Arizona in 1909, and her older sister, Frances Amelia, was born in San Diego, California, October 14, 1911. Elsie went by the name of Louise all of her life.

It is believed the family was living in Prince Rupert at the time of Louise's birth because her father was working on the Alice Arm mine there at that time. Stephen was a mining engineer and building contractor, who had been born in 1868 in Sedalia, Missouri, to James Joseph Eubank and Elsie Jane Rouser.

Stephen's wife, Dorthea Evelyn Rollins Eubank, was born in 1886 in Safford, Arizona, to John Henry Rollins, Jr., and Dortha Roxana Madsen Rollins. Tragically, Dortha's husband John Henry Rollins, Jr., died in 1889, at the very young age of 24 years old, when their daughter, Dorthea Evelyn Rollins was only 3 years old, and her brother John Delbert Rollins was only one year old.

By 1915, Louise and her parents and older sister, Frances, had moved to Seattle. They lived there for about two years, and Louise's brother, James Rollins Eubank, was born there September 12, 1915. By 1918, the family was living in Portland, Oregon, and by 1919, Stephen James (Euzell?) Eubank, had deserted the family. Louise's mother, known as Evelyn, moved to Bakersfield with her three small children to live with her mother's family.

Louise's maternal grandmother, Dortha Roxana Madsen Rollins McKinney, had been living in Bakersfield from around 1920, along with her children by her second marriage to Mr. McKinney, Dan Carroll, Thelma Josephine and Gladys, and her son John Delbert Rollins, Evelyn's brother, lived nearby with his first wife, Abbie. Evidently Dortha was separated from her husband, Mr. McKinney, (a sheriff from Arizona) at this time.

Louise was baptized October 2, 1921, in Bakersfield, California, by an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Her maternal grandmother, Dortha, had been the child of parents who were both Mormon Pioneers, Christian Madsen, born in Denmark in 1844, and emigrated to America in 1853, and Roxanna Louisa Welker Madsen, who also came west with the Mormon Pioneers in 1852 when she was only an infant.

Roxanna Louisa had been born in 1851 in Winter Quarters, Iowa, near Council Bluffs, which was the gathering point for all the Mormon Pioneers heading to Utah. Roxanna Louisa's parents, John Welker and Roxanna Mahalia Dustin Welker, had been staying in that area in preparation for the migration to Utah when their daughter was born.

The Welker family had joined the Mormon Church in Ohio in the early 1830's, and the Dustin's, who were originally from Massachusetts, migrated to the Finger Lakes region of New York in the early 1800's, and then went west from there after also joining the Mormon church.

Elsie Louise was evidently named for both her her paternal grandmother, Elsie, and her maternal great-grandmother, whose middle name was Louisa. She was quite a beautiful little girl when she was a baby. The family moved from Bakersfield to Los Angeles sometime around 1924, because Louise's brother Jim, was baptized in the LDS Church at the Adams Ward in 1924.

Louise married Alfred John Koegler June 1, 1935, in Los Angeles. Al had been born in Alameda, California, in 1909 to immigrant parents, the father having come from either Germany or Austria and the mother from Switzerland. His parents did not immigrate together, but seem to have met after they arrived in America. Louise and Al had two children, Alfred John Koegler, Jr., born January 18, 1938, in Los Angeles, and James Rollins Koegler, born January 13, 1945, also in Los Angeles.

According to the California Voter Registration records from 1900-1968, in 1936, Al and Louise were living at 1524-1/2 N. Echo Park Avenue in Los Angeles. Al is listed as a Democrat, and his occupation is that of a "packer". Louise is listed as a housewife and her party affiliation is listed as DS--not sure what that meant.

According to U.S. City Directories (1821-1989), in 1939, Louise and her husband Al were living at 1608 9th Street in Alhambra, California. Per the 1940 U.S. Census, they are living at 1093 West 38th Street in Los Angeles, and Al is listed as a Tire Service Man. They rent their house for $20 per month. The census record says Al's father was born in Germany and his mother in Switzerland. The highest grade Al completed was the first year of college. Al's income that year was $1,200.00. Louise completed 4 years of high school, but she is not working during this census, and their son Alfred John Koegler, Jr., is 2 years old at the time.

Per another U.S. City Directories record for 1941, Al and Louise were still living at 1093 W. 38th Street and Al was working as a tire worker.

In the 1944 voter registration records, Al and Louise were still living on 38th Street in Los Angeles, and they are both listed as Republicans. Al's occupation is listed as a tire service man. They are living at the same address in 1946 and are still both listed as Republicans. They are still living at the same address in both 1952 and 1954 and Al is listed as a Democrat and Louise as a Republican.

At some point, Louise and Al were divorced, and she worked as a waitress at the Palladian Club in Hollywood to support herself and her family. It was said that she never forgot the preferred cocktail of each of her regular customers. Later in life, she remarried Al in 1969 in Las Vegas. They purchased property from Louise's sister Frances, and her husband, Halley Dale Smith, which was located in Wofford Heights, California, overlooking Lake Isabella, which is near the Sequoia National Forest, about 65 miles north east of Bakersfield.

Her husband Al passed away in 1976, but Louise lived another 16 years, and passed away in September, 1992, of what was believed to be a heart attack. Her son, James Rollins Eubank, also moved to Wofford Heights, and he lived there until he died in December of 2009, of what was also believed to be a heart attack. Her son Alfred John Koegler, Jr., is still living at the age of 75, and currently lives in Montana.

James Rollins Eubank never had any children, but his brother Alfred John Koegler, Jr. did marry and had one daughter, who in turn also had a daughter. Alfred John Koegler, Jr.'s daughter and grand daughter reside in Southern California today, near their mother, Alfred John Koegler, Jr.'s ex-wife.

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Elsie Louise Eubank Koegler's Timeline

1913
September 17, 1913
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
1945
January 13, 1945
Age 31
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
1992
September 1992
Age 78
Wofford Heights, Kern, California, United States
1993
1993
Age 79
Bakersfield, Kern, California, United States
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