Category Archives: 1940

Grandpa’s Second Wife (Mix/Keesler)

Today’s post is a picture of John Elmer Mix, my great-great-grandfather. He was born 150 years ago (28 Aug. 1864) and died 25 Jan. 1951. According to the note MY grandfather (John Dayton Mix) wrote on the original of this photo, it was taken in 1940. The woman with him was his second wife, Winifred (Keesler) Mix.

John’s first wife, Mary (Knapp) Mix, died in 1932. He then married Winifred on 9 December 1934 in Wellsville, Allegany County, NY.

MIX JE+Win 1940


For an earlier blog post about John Elmer Mix, click below:

– Four Narrowly Escape Death

– Hollywood Star: Tom Mix

– Grandpa’s Little Girl

– WILL: John E. Mix

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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in 1864, 1932, 1934, 1940, 1951, Mix, Photo, Will


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Hollywood Star: Tom Mix

In the beginning of motion pictures there was a cowboy/hero/star that made hundreds of movies, both silent and “talkies.” This movie star, TOM MIX, is actually a relative of mine…

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I grew up hearing that we were related to Tom, but no one ever really knew how. My grandfather simply said “Yeah, we’re related, but not close enough to help me, nor to hurt Tom!”

When I was appointed pastor of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in DuBois, PA, during one of the final Tom Mix Festivals, was able to trace my Tom’s lineage backward until it intersected with my own line. That’s when I created the chart at the right here.

A parishioner later showed me a picture that had been handed down in her family of Tom and his parents: Edwin Elias Mix and Elizabeth (Hiestand) Mix.

Tom was born in 1880 (6 January) and he looks like he’s in his thirties or forties in this shot. His parents died in

Tom Mix and his parents Elizabeth and Ed.

Tom Mix and his parents Elizabeth and Ed.

1927 (Ed, 29 Nov) and 1937 (Elizabeth, 25 July), so my guess is that this picture was probably in the early 1920’s.

Tom had been born in a little hollow of Mix Run, not far away from the small town of Driftwood, PA, in Cameron County. While still a child the family moved to DuBois where Ed worked as a servant for John E. DuBois.


Posted by on May 10, 2013 in 1880, 1927, 1937, 1940, Uncategorized


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