ELVERIA EVELINA4 SIEBLER (C WILLIAM3, FRIEDRICH2, JOHANN WILHELM1) was born 10 Mar 1909 in Cornlea, Nebraska, and died in1992 in Chicago. She married JIM SAVAGE. He was born in 1897 outside of Norman Oklahoma, and died 06 Aug 1964 in San Antonio, Texas.
Evelina's mother, Lena, died just days after she was born. Her father tried to raise her and the other children by himself but after a year he decided it was time to re-marry. His new bride was Hattie Hyatt from Kansas. The older girls didn't approve much of Hattie, in part because she was only 7 years older than William's oldest child.
The relationship between the older girls, their dad and new "mother" was severely tested on April 6, 1920, when Carrie and Anna, kidnapped their youngest sister, Evelina, and took her to Humphrey, Nebraska. Unable to convince his daughters to return the young girl voluntarily, William was forced to file a petition in State District Court against his own children for the return of Evelina. Finally, on April 19, 1920, The Court issued a Writ of Habeas Corpus and Evelina was returned by the sheriff to William and Hattie’s home in Aurora. You can read more about the kidnapping and see the court pleadings at The Kidnapping of Evelina.
A few years after the abduction, during
her teenage years, Evelina was placed at the Girls Training School in
Geneva, Nebraska. In her late teens or early 20's she
attended a nursing school in Norfolk, Nebraska. While there, she lived
with her brother, Herman.
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