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Posted by: Robert Lee Robar Date: January 23, 2002 at 14:58:43
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Robert Lee Robar, 1939; son of Elmer Leroy Robar, 1913; son of Walter Leroy Robar, approx. 1882; son of Agustus Robar, 1841-1907. Agustus married Isabelle T. Donovan (1852-1918). This family is found in the U.S. prior to the Civil War, and resurface after the Civil War, apparently going north to Canada during those war years. They had 5 children: Elmer Clare (1874-1941), Grace (1876), Walter Leroy (1882-1946) who married Leota Estell Jane Gregg (1887-1956), Oralina (1887), and Hazel (1890). Walter Leroy and his family have been traced to Denver, then Kansas City, then Los Angeles, CA, where Walter began work for the Southern California Gas Co. and remained there until his retirement, after which he shortly died. He had gone to visit a sister (possibly Hazel) who, as a child, had gone to live with another family during hard economic times and that family never gave her back. It was on that visit that he died in White Pigeon, Michigan (1946). Elmer Leroy had one sister and three brothers: Joseph Lionel Drummond Robar, Olive Arline Drummond (1906), Walter Leroy Robar, Jr. (1920-1995), Dickie Robar (1921-1923), and Baby Robar (1924-1924). Elmer Leroy and his family were all born in the Los Angeles area. During WWII he served in the Navy. After the war he became a Fireman for the City of Los Angeles, retiring at the Chief level in 1971. Elmer Leroy Robar married Frances Lucille Hubbard (1918) on December 11, 1936. Two children followed: Robert Lee Robar (1939) and Linda Kay Robar Howard (1942). Robert married Susanna Marie Bard Shutz (1945) in 1967. At that thim he was already a Fireman for the City of Angeles. Robert retired in 1992 from the fire department and now works as Operations Manager for Financial Information Network ( in Van Nuys, CA, a company which writes financial management software for stock companies. They have 4 children: Rene Ann Robar (1968), Jason Alexander Robar (1970-1970), Ryan Leroy Robar (1972), and Julie Marie Robar (1974). Rene married Anthony Paul Bancroft (1967) in 1990 (Tony is an animator, previously with Disney (Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and Mulan); they have three children: Caitlin Suzanne Bancroft (1993), Savannah Marie Bancroft (1999), and Sierra Elise Bancroft (2000).
Another story we have is that of a European (possibly Romanian) who setteled in Eastern Canada and married a Canadian Indian woman. They had about twelve children, some of whom carried the names of Elmer, Walter, and Robert. Finally, if anyone has information that can fill in some of these gaps, such as from Agustus back to wherever, that would be appreciated. I hope this information adds to someone else's family line gaps.

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