Thomas Sylvester "Vess" Vanderford
Father: John Austin Vanderford
Mother: Margaret Hastings
b. January 15, 1886, Jewell City, Sinclair Township,
Jewell County, Kansas [Holcomb]
d. January 15, 1965, buried in Aberdeen Cemetery, Idaho
m. October 20, 1913 in Twin Falls, Idaho, Laura E.
Miller[Holcomb-Mar.Lic], b. April 10,
1885 in Le Mars, Iowa, d. March 1946 in Portland, OR, buried in Spokane, WA.
Sylvia Pearl Vanderford
(7015), b. July 20, 1918
Donald Baxter, son of William & Ida
m. Janet Reed [Holcomb]
issue: (3 sons & 2 daughters):
Tom, b. in Idaho
Came to live with the family
when 8 years old.
m2. 1947, and div. in fall of 1964, Gladys Long
"Vess" was a rancher, grower and shipper. He served
on the boards of the Aberdeen School District, Idaho Growers and Shippers
Association and Aberdeen Springfield Canal. He was a member of the Free and
Accepted Masons, the El Korah Shrine of Boise, the Aberdeen Chamber of
Commerce, the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation and the Idaho Cattle Feeders
Association. [Idaho,1959 &
"Vess" attended the Grand
Valley School in Oklahoma. His grade average was 92-93.
January 2, 1906:
"Vess" enlisted in the
U.S. Navy for 4 years at Omaha, Nebraska. [Holcomb]
"Vess" was stationed on Mare
Island at the time of the San Francisco earthquake.
October 1, 1909:
"Vess" was appointed
quartermaster third class while serving on the USS Rainbow.
November 15, 1909:
"Vess" was appointed
quartermaster second class while serving on the USS Callao. The Callao was on
the Yangtze River, China following the Boxer insurrection.
February 15, 1910:
"Vess" was discharged
from the Navy at San Francisco, California. His discharge was signed by the
commander of the USS Colorado. [Holcomb]
"Vess" was a boiler maker and
living with his sister Ethel (6010) and her husband
Charlie Moore in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
"Vess" moved to Idaho and worked on
the Costello Ranch near Buhl. [Idaho,1959]
"Vess" bought his own 40 acre ranch
near Deep Creek. [Idaho,1959]
"Vess" sold his land in Buhl and
bought 160 acres south of the town of Aberdeen. Over the years he expanded to
over three thousand acres, all irrigated. [Idaho,1959]
September 12, 1918:
According to Vess's
World War I Draft Registration Card he was afarming in Aberdeen, Idaho. He was
of medium height and build with blue eyes and dark brown hair.
"Vess", Laura and baby Sylvia were
farming in the Aberdeen Precinct of Bingham County, Idaho. His sister,
Ethel (6010) and her husband, Charlie and baby had
recently come from Oklahoma and were living and farming with them.
Vess, Laura, and Sylvia were living
and farming in Aberdeen Precinct, Bingham County, Idaho. Living with them were
Donald Baxter and Laura's sister Maggie Miller.
November 28, 1948:
"Vess" owned the "Big
V" Potato Company at Aberdeen, Idaho. He owned 7 large cellers and shipped 2500
carloads of potatoes each season. He had over 200 employees on his payroll. [Idaho,1959 &
August 31, 1953:
"Vess" was living at 333
N. 3rd W., Aberdeen, Idaho. [Idaho]