Alice Arvilla (Winterstien) (Doyne) Kellogg Clinton, Iowa

Alice Arvilla (Winterstien)(Doyne) Kellogg,

I am always intrigued by the life stories of those in vintage photos. Who were the photo subjects and what happened in their lives?

Alice Arvilla Winterstien, pictured here, is a very stylish young woman in this picture taken about 1890. Her hair was curled in a manner that was quite in vogue, as were high collared dresses/blouses.

What can be learned about Arvilla, as she was known, and her life? Quite a bit, actually!

Alice Arvilla Winterstien was the sixth and youngest child of Philip Winterstien, probably born in New Jersey on 28 February 1821 and who died 14 August 1855 in Jackson County, Iowa.

Philip Winterstien married Mary Campbell, probably in Pennsylvania, c1839. She was born c1820  and died 14 March 1888 in Jackson County, Iowa.

They were the parents of six known children:

1. Milton, born December 1840, Pennsylvania; died 22 March 1905, Jackson County, Iowa; married Polly (Heme?), 25 September 1880
2. Henry, born c1845, Pennsylvania; died 7 December 1884, Warren County, Illinois; married Julia Dean
3. Rachel, born c1850, Pennsylvania; died 5 November 1933, Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa; married Thomas Rosecrans, c1870, probably in Jackson County, Iowa
4. James Hiram, born 1854, Iowa; home until 1870. No marriage record has been found for him.
5. Phillip Wolf, born c1859, Iowa; died 30 March 1918, Cook County, Illinois, but buried in Jackson County, Iowa; unmarried
6. Alice Arvilla, born 19 September 1861, Fulton, Jackson, Iowa; died 8 February 1942, buried Jackson County, Iowa; married (1) J. Frank Doyne, 26 February 1877, Jackson County, Iowa (2) Dr. Charles Frast Kellogg, 10 October, 1900, Rock Island County, Illinois

First, it is evident that the Winterstiens were strong Union supporters during the Civil War, as Philip and sons Milton and Henry all enlisted and served in Iowa military units.

It is also evident that Philip believed it acceptable for his daughters to marry at a young age. Rachel was already married to Thomas Rosecrans by the time the 1870 census was taken.

Arvilla’s marriage record is recorded on 26 February 1877 in Jackson County, Iowa. She was a young 16 years and 5 months old when she married farmer Frank Doyne, who was 9 years her senior.

Frank and Arvilla went on to become the parents of four children:

1. Frederick H., born December 1877, Iowa; died 26 June 1916, buried Jackson County, Iowa; unmarried. Fred name appears as an inmate at the men’s Reformatory on 18 May 1896, to serve two years for burglary. He turned his life around after that and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1901, serving as a !st Sergeant.
2. Edwin Clarence, born December 1879, Iowa; died 1940 and buried Jackson County, Iowa; married Amelia King, 2 October 1909. Interestingly, Edwin’s gravestone shows he served with the Royal Canadian Engineers. In 1920, he lived at home, widowed. By 1930, he married (2) Nora (MNU).
3. Bertrand, born 29 August 1881, Iowa; died 1947, Iowa; married Hallie Maxfield, 6 December 1900, Jackson County, Iowa
4. Rae M., born 6 August 1886, Iowa; died 10 July 1902, Clinton County, Iowa; unmarried

Something happened to this family unit in 1900.

Arvilla is enumerated at home with Frank, their four children and her brother Phillip in the home. The census page is dated 9 June 1900.

However, on 10 October 1900 in Rock Island County, Illinois, “Villa Doyne” married Dr. Charles Frast Kellogg.

How did Arvilla end up in Rock Island County, Illinois? I am theorizing that she traveled there with her brother, Phillip, who appears in the 1910 census of Chicago, Cook, Illinois as a millwright working in the steel mills.

Rock Island and Cook Counties are both in northern Illinois, but on the opposite sides of the state.

In any case, by 1910, Charles and Arvilla Kellogg were both living back in Clinton County, Iowa and her son, Fred, was also in the home.

Frank Doyne didn’t pass away until 30 September 1909 and is buried in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, so there are two possible scenarios in this situation.

Either Frank and Arvilla somehow obtained a very quickie divorce – which would have been difficult in that time period – or Frank and/or one of the children lied to the census taker and stated that Arvilla was living at home with them when, in actuality, she might have left Frank several years before 1900.

On 4 June 1900, Charles F. Kellogg was enumerated as the father-in-law in his daughter’s household – in Clinton, Iowa!

Charles Kellogg and the Doyne family are separated by 10 census pages, but since he was a physician, he may have met the family through his medical practice.

Charles was born in 1844, quite a bit older than Arvilla, and like her father, he served in the Civil War. By 1900, he was a widower. Did Arvilla see a better economic life with a doctor than a farmer? Or was it by chance that she and Frank grew apart?

I assume they divorced, but if so, why did Charles and Arvilla travel to Rock Island County, Illinois, 50 miles away, to marry? Family disapproval or ???

Arvilla’s life has left some unanswered questions, hasn’t it?

In any case, Arvilla does have descendants living today and her pretty photograph has gone home to a 2X great grandchild. 🙂




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