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07-Jesse Lee Garriotte
Birth: 21 Jan 1875, Jackson Co, IN
Home: Fair Oaks, Jasper Co, IN
Death: 13 Dec 1960, Westville, LaPorte Co, IN- age 85
Burial: Fair Oaks Cemetery
Occupation: Farmer, worked at Sterburg Floating Dredge Co.
Military: Registered for WW1 Draft in Jasper Co, IN on 12 Sep 1918,
described as 43, Farmer w/ Blue Eyes, Brown Hair
Father: James Knox Garriott
Marriage: 3 Feb 1908, Jasper Co, IN: Bk 8/449
Spouse: Minnie Elizabeth HOOPER
Birth: 2 Jul 1888, Newton Co, IN
Death: 25 Jun 1951, Mt. Ayr, Newton Co, IN- age 62
Burial: Fair Oaks Cemetery
Occupation: Oil Painter, Artist
Father: Eli Hooper (1845-)
Mother: Kathern Reynolds
CHILDREN: Jesse and Minnie had a son:
08----DALE EUGENE SR GARRIOTTE [b. 1925, listed below].
1910 Jasper Co, IN census: has Jesse L Garriott 35, b. IN, Laborer-Tile Ditching; Minnie Garriott 22, b. IN; and Eli Hooper 65, b. WV, Father-in-Law, Laborer-Odd Jobs.
1920 Jasper Co, IN census: has Jesse L Garriott 45, Laborer-Dredge; and Minnie E Garriott 30.
1930 Jasper Co, IN census: has (all b. IN) Jesse L Garriott 55, Farmer-General Farm; Minnie E Garriott 42; and Dale E Garriott 4.
1940 Jasper Co, IN census: has (all b. IN) Jesse Garriott 65, Laborer-State Hwy w/ $1,000 RE; Minnie E Garriott 52; and Dale Garriott 14.
BIOGRAPHY: Jesse was a fiddler and played at many functions. In later life he worked for Sterberg, a floating dredge company. Jesse and Minnie lived on a farm southwest of Virgie for several years-- which he sold after Minnie died to pay expenses. Jesse told many a yarn to his grandsons after he moved to Fair Oaks, where his son, Dale, was living in Minnie's house. He told stories of the old days having met Annie Oakley and having seen Frank James who was a distant relative. One of Jacob's daughters married a Blankenbaker, who was the James' uncle.
Jesse Lee used a double barrel LC Smith for hunting rabbits, when meat was needed for food. Jesse used an old remedy for his grandson's ear ache, he smoked a pipe and blew the warm smoke in the ear. He also used a straight razor when shaving. Water had to be drawn from the pump outside the house. There was an out-house with no indoor plumbing. The only heat was from a single potbelly stove in the living room. Jesse had two jars full of Indian Head pennies and on occasion his grandsons would sneak a few to buy goodies at the store. Jesse grew pickles and his grandsons would help gather them into bushel baskets and take them to the pickle factory in Virgie.
Jesse wrote an article which was published in the Indiana Farmer's Guide, March 06, 1926, titled "Legends and Lore," about the Garriotts. In the article he wrote about the early history of the Garriotts, from Ambrose to Jacob.
He wrote that one time when Jacob was an old man he was going through the forest with his grandson, James Knox. They came to an open place in the woods, and the old man stopped and said, "Jim, do you see that White Oak over yonder? One time many years ago the Indians stole my horses. I tracked them and come to this very spot. Looking over there I saw my best horse standing under the tree. I crept up cautiously and saw an Indian lying asleep beside the tree. The horse was tied to his wrist with a piece of hickory bark. I drew my hunting knife to cut the bark but before I got near enough the savage awoke and dodged under the horse's neck with a drawn tomahawk."
Here the old man paused. Perhaps he did not like to boast of his own prowess as a fighter. At least he did not tell of the struggle. But there was a strange expression on his wrinkled face and an odd light in his eyes that told the boy how the battle was ended.
"Well, I hid his gun, knife, and tomahawk up under a log and rode the horse home," concluded the grandfather. They went to a place where the log had rotted. The old man dug around for awhile, and finally scratched out what was left of the three weapons.
Jesse also wrote another tale about James K. "One day I was reading to Grandpa Garriott about the James boys, they robbed a bank in Tennessee. After the robbery they scattered, Frank James headed for his uncle's in Kentucky. On the way he stopped at a hotel for something to eat, when he came out, the police recognized him and shot him in the foot as he went for his horse. Well, he got away and got to his uncle's. His uncle's name was Blankenbaker, Leru.
When I said that he almost fell off the chair. He said, "Leru Blankenbaker is a first cousin of mine, as one of Jacob's girls, maybe Rachel, married him," Jesse said. His dad said, "Once in Sioux City, I saw Frank James. He had a stove pipe hat. He and a bunch was talking, he got up and looked right at me for quite a while. Maybe he thought he knew me."
Other things grandpa Jesse told me were, "Ambrose Garriott was a violinist and real religious. My grandpa, James Madison, said he would get up Sunday morning and get the old violin out and play. He sang religious songs about all day. His wife would get her old Dutch Bible and read out loud.
[Douglas Dale Sr Garriott]
1960 OBITUARY: Jesse Lee Garriotte, long engaged in farming in the Fair Oaks-Virgie area of Jasper County, died in Norman Beatty Hospital in Westville, at approximately 7:30 pm Tuesday, following a decline of several weeks. The death of the well known farmer was attributed to complications. He suffered a heart attack, his second, a few weeks ago. Prior to entering the hospital Mr. Garriotte had made his home with his son Dale, in Rensselaer.
Mr Garriotte was born in Jackson Co, IN January 21, 1875, the son of James K Garriotte and Mary (Talman) Garriotte. He attended the schools of his native County and came to Jasper County during his early life. He was married to Miss Minnie Hooper of Fair Oaks in Rensselaer, February 3, 1908. All of his married life was spent in the Fair Oaks-Virgie Community. Mrs Garriotte passed away nine years ago. The immediate survivors with the son are two grandsons, a granddaughter; two half-brothers, Victor Comer of Rensselaer, and John Comer of Fair Oaks; and three half-sisters, Mrs Joe Norman of Rensselaer, Mrs. Clara Sheets of Oak Park, Illinois, and Mrs Madeline Rowley of Mesa, Arizona. The funeral services will be held from the Howard O Bradsahw Funeral Home in Rensselaer.
[Rensselaer Republican?], Minnie was an artist, creating several oil paintings which are still in the family.