|GEORGE WILLIAM (BILL) GILLETT FAMILY HISTORY||
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Grandson of Charles and
Betsy (Spaulding) Rodee
Cousin of Sana (Shedden) Gillett
WALLACE EDGAR LATTIMER was born November 12, 1881 at Morris, Illinois, the first child of James and Caroline (Rodee) Lattimer.
When he was about 4 years old (January 1886) the family traveled to near Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, where his father farmed. His mother died there about 1895 when he was about 14 years old. He went with his father to live near Nevada, Missouri, but later returned to Eureka, Kansas.
In 1903, at the age of 21, he went west with the wheat harvest and settled near the town of Alden, Kansas. Before 1906 Wally moved to a farm south of Lyons, Rice County, Kansas.
Lyons is in the central part of the state, between Great Bend and McPherson. There he married Frances Marguerite Schuler on February 28, 1906. They were the parents of four children and six grandchildren.
Frances died February 18, 1917 at the age of 33. Wally was left to raise four children between the ages of 8 months and 10 years.
Wally then married Viola Marie Gould on June 9, 1920 in Lyons, Kansas. She was only 19 years old while Wally was 38 years old. They were the parents of five children and 13 grandchildren, giving him a total of 9 children, 19 grandchildren, and 39 great-grandchildren.
Viola died in 1975 at the age of 74. At the time Wally was about 93 years old
Wally got national attention when he appeared three time on the television show "Hee-Haw", twice on "The Johnny Carson Show" and on numerous talk shows.
He first appeared on "The Johnny Carson Show" in 1979 at the age of 98. The second time was on November 24, 1981, when he was over 100 years old.
Each year they have a Wally Lattimer day in Lyons, Kansas
He was known for his down-home philosophy.