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Dortha Evelyn Eubank (Rollins)

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
Death: April 15, 1957 (70)
Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA (Probably Heart Attack or Stroke)
Place of Burial: Plot: North End of Old Layton Section, Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Henry Rollins, Jr. and Dortha Roxana Rollins-McKinney
Wife of Stephen 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, Maricopa Count, Arizona. Divorced November 27, 1923, in Bakersfield, California, for wilful disertion
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Dortha 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 Street in Los Angeles, near the Los Angeles Coliseum, when that was still a pretty good neighborhood in the early 1950's. The trip to Arizona for her funeral in 1957 was hard since 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 my mother and me looking down at her grave in Safford, Arizona, and a picture of her family members at my grandmother's Aunt Bertie's house in Safford after the funeral. Bertie Branch was the sister of Dortha Evelyn Rollins Eubank's mother, Dortha Roxana Madsen Rollins McKinney. 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 and her brother John Delbert Rollins was just one year old in 1889.

Supposedly, their father, John Henry Rollins, Jr., 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 baby brother, John Delbert, 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 Thomas McKinney, an Arizona sheriff.

According to a note sent to my mother from Aunt Bertie, Dortha Eveline Rollins,* born in 1886, was baptized April 4, 1895, by Austin Evans and was confirmed the same day by LDS Church Bishop, John Welker, of Layton, Arizona, who was Evelyn's great-grandfather and Dortha Roxanna Madsen Rollins McKinney's grandfather. She was taken to be baptized by Nancy Malinda West Rollins, Dortha Evelyn's grandmother, and the mother of Dortha Roxana's deceased husband, John Henry Rollins, Jr.

Dortha Evelyn Rollins Eubank* (always known as and referred to by the family as "Ev" or Evelyn) married Stephen James Eubank (also known variously as Uselle, Euzell and Eucell J. Eubank) in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 27, 1909, at the age of 22. Her husband, Stephen, was 42 years old and nearly twice her age when they married, although he listed himself as being 37 years old on his marriage license application. They were listed in the 1910 census for Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, living at 1014 North Smith Street, as Stephen, 40, and Evelyn D. Eubank, 22, and they had been married one year. Stephen was working as a house carpenter, they owned their own home but had a mortgage.

Stephen was the son of James Joseph Eubank, born 1826 in Tennessee, and Elsie Jane Rouse Eubank, born about 1840 in Ohio. Stephen was born in February of 1868, in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri, and in the 1870 census was listed with his parents as being Uselle Eubank, a female child, but that was obviously an error on the part of the census taker. By the 1880 census he was listed as Euzell and was living with his parents and his brother, Lee Edward and sister Elsie Laura Eubank, in Sedalia, Missouri. Sometime about 1883 the family left Missouri and moved to San Diego, California. In the 1890's they were living in Tulare, California, and by about 1896 they were living in Los Angeles. James Joseph Eubank died there in 1907 and Elsie in 1918.

Probably not long after Evelyn and Stephen the 1910 census when Evelyn and Stephen were living in Arizona, they moved to San Diego, California, where my mother, Frances Amelia Eubank, was born October 14, 1911. Two years later, their family was living in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, where my aunt Elsie Louise Eubank was born in September of 1913, and Stephen was working on the Alice Arm mine. He was working as 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 September of 1915. Stephen and Evelyn were still living in Seattle in 1916, at 2709 2nd Avenue, and Stephen was working as a miner. In 1917 they were still living on 2nd Avenue and Stephen was working as a laborer. They lived within a few blocks of the Seattle Space Needle which 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.

By 1918, Evelyn and Stephen were living in Portland, Oregon, at 344 - 19th Street North, and Stephen was again working as a carpenter. Their home was less than a mile from the apartment building where my husband and I lived when we were there from 1992 to 1993. My mom Frances 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 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, and 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, who was a gate tender, living nearby. Maybe that's why my grandparents moved to Seattle and Portland, because they already had family living there.

Stephen's older half-brother, James Gideon Eubank, had been living in the Seattle-Tacoma 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 sort of a pseudo father figure to Stephen after their own father, James Joseph Eubank, 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 saw her father only one other time after that when she was about 14 years old living in Los Angeles, which would have been about 1925 or 1926.

Although there was a 1920 directory listing for Stephen and Evelyn still living at 344 19th Street North in Portland, Oregon, but by 1920, Evelyn, and her three children were living in Bakersfield, California, probably with or near her mother, Dortha Roxana, and her other children with her second husband, Joseph T. McKinney, the Arizona sheriff she married 8 years after the death of her first husband.

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. Dortha and Joe 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 working as a fireman for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, as was his half-brother Dan Carroll McKinney. Around that time, Dortha's brother, John Christian Madsen, and his family were living in Arvin, California, a suburb of Bakersfield, and he was working as a farmer there. Later he moved back to Arizona and lived there until his death, although they also spent some time in Northern California and Idaho before returning to live in Arizona.

The 1920 census showed Evelyn's mother, Dortha, was working as a nurse in general practice, and Evelyn's half sister, Thelma, was working as a stenographer, and her younger half-sister, Gladys, 15, was in school. A niece of Dortha's was also living with them, Louyre Rollins Rosenbloom, 22, and her son John, who was less than 2 years old. Her husband, Jack Rosenbloom, had recently passed away when they were living in Los Angeles. Louyre Rolliins was the daughter of one of Dortha's Rollins brothers-in-law, William Samuel Rollins, the brother of her first husband John Henry Rollins.

The family was living at 2217 Sunset Avenue in Bakersfield. I have a photograph 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 four or five years old. Ironically, the house is still there and I found it on a Google Map search recently and it looks pretty much the same as it did in 1920.

A 1921 directory listing for Evelyn showed that she was living at 2217 Sunset, Bakersfield, California, her mother's home. Evelyn was also listed in a 1922 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, mother and half-sister Thelma, had moved to Los Angeles. Evelyn's Bible records show that her son, James Rollins Eubank, was baptized in the LDS Church, Adams Ward, on West Adams Street, in Los Angeles, in 1924. At that time, one of Evelyn's relatives, Joseph West, was the Bishop of the LDS Church Adams Ward, so he may have performed the baptism for James Rollins Eubank. Joseph West was a nephew of Nancy Malinda West Rollins, Evelyn's paternal grandmother.

Evelyn was listed in a 1924 California Voter Registration Record living at 6715 Victoria Avenue in Los Angeles, was working as a broker (real estate ?), and she was registered as a Democrat. She was living with her half-sister, Thelma, and their mother, Dortha, and Evelyn's children, Frances Amelia, Elsie Louise, and James Rollins Eubank. I think they must have moved to Los Angeles around the time Thelma got a job as a stenographer with a law firm in Los Angeles, or when Dortha's son John Delbert Rollins was working for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in Southern California. He had lived in Needles, California, in 1917 when he completed his U.S. World War II Draft Registration Card, and was working for the railroad then, so the railroad may have reassigned him to Bakersfield after that and then back to southeastern California sometime after 1920.

There were also several other Rollins and West family members living in the Los Angeles area in the early 1900's, so that may have been why Dortha and Evelyn's family moved to L.A. in the early 1920's. My cousin Robert Glenn Eubank said that his father, James Rollins Eubank, had memories of other family members living nearby 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 in 1919 when James Rollins Eubank was just years old.

A California Voter Registration Record for Los Angeles County in 1928 showed Mrs. Evelyn Eubank, was living at 3512 W. 67th Street, and was a home maker and a Republican. Her half-sister, Miss Thelma McKinney, probably still living at 6715 Victoria Avenue and working as a secretary. She was also registered as a Republican.

The 1930 census showed my mother, Frances Amelia Eubank, then 18 years old, was living with her grandmother, Dortha Roxana, and her aunt Thelma McKinney at 6715 Victoria Avenue in Los Angeles, but Evelyn was not living with them at he time. Thelma was listed in the census as a stenographer for a legal firm, and my mother as a "beauty operator," and was listed as a "boarder" in the household. My mother had been enrolled in cosmetology school in Los Angeles in 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 did 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, Frances, along with her other two children, Elsie Louise and James Rollins Eubank. However, a 1933 directory listing showed that Evelyn Eubank, (and probably her daughter Louise and son James Rollins Eubank), were living at 1033 66th Street in Inglewood. By 1932 my mother, Frances Amelia Eubank, had married my father, Halley Dale Smith, on July 3rd in Yuma, Arizona. A couple of years later Elsie married her husband Alfred John Koegler.

Evelyn was listed in California Voter Registration records from 1928-1934 living at 3512 West 67th Street, Los Angeles, California, and she was listed as a home maker and a Republican. The home on West 67th Street is just a few blocks from her mother Dortha's home at 6715 Victoria Avenue, so at least she was living near her mother, daughter, Frances, and half-sister, Thelma McKinney, at the time.

From 1933 to 1936, Evelyn was still 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, James, was also living with her there in 1936, and Evelyn was listed as a sales lady (real estate ?) and Jim was working in maintenance and was 21 years old then.

In the early 1930's my mother Frances Amelia Eubank and father Halley Dale Smith were living on Fairview Boulevard in Inglewood, California. 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 LAX International airport. This area is also near Leimert Park, which is now predominantly a wealthy and trendy black neighborhood.

By 1935, Evelyn's daughter, Elsie Louise, and husband Alfred John Koegler were also living Inglewood, although I did find a 1934 U.S. City Directory listing showing that Louise E. Eubank was living at 11109 S. Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, the year before she married Al Koegler. Aunt Louise always went by the name her middle name, Louise, rather than her first name, Elsie. Her mother was the same, always going by her middle name, Evelyn, instead of Dortha, which was her first name, and also her mother's first name.

In the 1940 census, Evelyn, 53, was still living with her son, Jim, 24, at 1033 E. 66th Street in Inglewood. Jim was a real estate salesman, and his income that year was $900. Evelyn did not have an occupation or income listed in the census. They owned their home, which was valued at $2,000. According to city directory listings, Evelyn was at the same address from 1944-1950. She was listed as the widow of S.J. Eubank in a 1950 directory listing. Why she was listed that way is unknown, since they had been living apart for over 30 years at that time. If Stephen James Eubank was still alive in 1950 he would have been 82 years old. I don't know if my grandmother or my mother ever knew when or where Stephen passed away, or if they ever saw him after his one visit in about 1925.

By 1952, Evelyn was living at 8520 South Grand Avenue. In California Voter Registration Records for the year 1954, she was living at 5847 South Figueroa Street, which is where I remember visiting her before she passed away in 1957. I wonder why she moved twice between 1952 and 1957 when she was between 65 and 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, Jerald Charles Eubank in Van Nuys, 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 96, is still doing well and lives in Oceanside. Her son Bob lives in Encinitas with his wife, Weihong, who is from Guangzhou, China, and they have two children, Meili, 22, and Tai, 19 years old. Vera's son Jerry lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife, Susan Walsh Eubank, who is from Wyoming. Jerry and Susan never had children.

Evelyn's daughter, 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 Jr. and Jimmy were growing up, but Louise and Al divorced in about the early 1960's. They were later remarried in 1969 in Las Vegas. Louise and Al retired to Wofford Heights, California, and were living next door to my parents, Frances Amelia Eubank and Halley Dale Smith, until Al passed away in May of 1976, and my father in September of 1976. Louise lived there until 1992 when she passed away, and my mother lived there until 1990 when she came to live with us in Los Angeles County after a heart attack and triple-bypass surgery at age 79.

Louise and Al's son Alfred John Koegler, Jr., moved to Montana in the 1970's and had lived near Walla Walla, Washington, for about a year before his death on Father's Day in 2016, and his brother, James Rollins Eubank, passed away in 2009 from a heart attack while living in Wofford Heights, California, not far from his mother. Al Jr., married a lady named Sondra in the 1960's and they had one daughter, Robin, who now lives in Florida, and Robin has a daughter named Sierra who lives in the Orange County, California, area. Al Jr's. brother Jimmy never had any children, nor did I, Evelyn's only granddaughter, born in 1951 in Lynwood, California.

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

Written by their granddaughter, Della Dale Smith-Pistelli, and revised March 10, 2018.

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Dortha Evelyn Rollins Eubank's Timeline

October 18, 1886
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
October 14, 1911
Age 24
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
September 17, 1913
Age 26
Skeena-Queen Charlotte, British Columbia, Canada
September 12, 1915
Age 28
Seattle, King, Washington, USA
April 15, 1957
Age 70
Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA
April 20, 1957
Age 70
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA