Loyal Marcel Laber born 24 July 1892 or so…

Loyal Laber was born 24 July 1890, 91, or 92, or 1895, in Morristown, VT.  The Vermont Death Record lists his year of birth as 1890.  The Social Security Death Index and his WWII draft card lists it as 1891.  His WW1 card says 1892.  I have no birth record for him.  He was the first child of six of Marcel Labor and Jennie Clara Hale.  In 1900, the family lived in Wolcott VT, where his father was a farmer.  The census-taker recorded Loyal’s birth as July 1895, giving him yet another year of birth.  This census says that Loyal’s mother Carrie has already had four children, two still living.  The two listed in the census are Loyal and George.  An unnamed male child was born 21 September 1895 and died before 1900.  An unnamed daughter was stillborn 20 March 1900.  Loyal had two more sisters, Mary Emma and Erva Lucinda, born in 1902 and 1906.

In 1910, Loyal’s family lived in Waterbury, VT, on Loomis Road near Stone Hollow.  Marcel was a laborer on a dairy farm, as was Loyal, at age 15.  Actually, everyone on this census sheet was a dairy farmer or laborer on a dairy farm. 

Loyal’s mother died in 13 February 1913 in Chester VT, of tuberculosis and exhaustion. 

In 1917, Loyal registered for the first World War, from Wolcott VT.  He was single, employed as a laborer on a farm owned by Hugh Green.  Loyal was described as medium height, medium build, light brown eyes, and dark brown hair.   Loyal did serve in World War as a Private in the 302nd Field Artillery.  http://www.archive.org/details/302ndfieldartill01unit tells the history of the unit.  Loyal was in the Supply Company. 

I have not yet located Loyal in the 1920 census. He was not with his father.

On 9 October, 1923, L M Laber crossed into Canada at Beebe Junction, Quebec.   The record says he was 32, born in Morrisville.  He was single, a US citizen.  He was crossing into Quebec in quest of Christmas trees, occupation tree cutter.  He was able to read English, was Protestant, and had $25 with him.  He was on his way to North Hatley, but I was unable to read the name of the person at that location. 

Sometime about 1928 or 1929, Loyal married Hazen Marjorie Abbot, who was born about 1909, the daughter of Jacob Newell Abbot and Fessie Belle Ainsworth.  In 1930, they lived in Morristown where Loyal worked as the hired man for a farmer.  They eventually had seven children, all born in Vermont. 

In 1940, the family lived in Morristown, and Loyal worked as a farm laborer.

In 1942, Loyal Marshall Laber, resident of Hardwick VT, was registered for the WW2 draft. 

Hazel died 3 August 1959 in New Hampshire.  Loyal eventually moved to the Vermont Soldier’s Home in Bennington, and died there on 28 February, 1967. 

Bennington Banner March 1, 1967 Obituaries:  Loyal M. Laber, 76, a resident of the Vermont Soldiers’ Home for seven months, died Tuesday night.  He was born in Stowe July 24, 1890, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Laber.  A World War I veteran, he had served with the 302nd Field Artillery Supply Co.  Survivors include three sons, Harold of Grayson, Ky., Phillip and Dewey of Mountain View; a sister, Mrs. Erma Griswald of Burlington.  There will be no calling hours at Hanson Walbridge Funeral Home.  The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. W. Earle Forman, Soldier’s Home chaplain, officiating.  Burial will be in the spring in the cemetery at the Soldiers’ Home.

Bennington Banner March 4, 1967 Funeral Notice: Funeral services for Loyal M. Laber, a veteran of World War 1, were held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, with the Rev. W. Earle Forman, chaplain, officiating.  Bearers from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars post were Kenneth Baker, Edward Rood, Ernest Costa, and Frank Orr.  Staff and residents of the Soldiers’ Home were in attendance.  Entombment was at Park Lawn Cemetery.  Burial will be at the Soldiers’ Home in the spring, with military honors.

Loyal M Laber was buried at the veterans’ home cemetery.  His headstone lists his year of birth as 1890.  His headstone has a metal star and US Flag and is located in the southeast corner – interments were done chronologically so it is easy to find by checking the dates.  He is also on Find-A-Grave.



  1. Donna Price said,

    February 21, 2015 at 09:52

    So interesting. Harold, Loyals son, is my father.

    • sooze471 said,

      February 21, 2015 at 15:21

      That makes us third cousins, our common ancestors being Joseph Genest-dit-Labarre and Marie-Celine Martin.

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