Eighth Generation


2904. Blanche Fern Kirkpatrick was born on 26 February 1904 in Tennessee, McDonough Co., Illinois. She died on 11 April 1966 at the age of 62 in Pana, Christian Co., Illinois.


Blanche Fern Kirkpatrick was born 26 February 1904 in Tennessee Township, McDonough County, Illinois. She married twice. First to Robert Kenneth Pennington, son of Archie and Amy (Musgrove) Pennington, on 11 July 1925. Robert was born 22 june 1903 in Industry, McDonough County, Illinois. He died 20 January 1934 in Stockton, San Joaquin County, California. She married second Richard Bidle. Blanche died 11 April 1966 in Pana, Christian County, Illinois, killed in an automobile accident.

There were three (3) children born of the marriage.

Blanche Fern Kirkpatrick and Robert Kenneth Pennington were married on 11 July 1925 in McDonough Co., Illinois. Wedding Notice from Grandma Flack's scrapbook, published by McDonough County Genealogical Society:

Kenneth Pennington weds Miss Blanche Kirkpatrick,
Surprised Friends by Going to Cambridge and Getting Married on July 11.

The Macomb Daily Journal of Tuesday says: Kenneth Pennington of Industry and Miss Blanche Kirkpatrick of this city were united in married [sp] at Cambridge, Ill. on Saturday, July 11. They left on a camping trip and while away slipped over to Cambridge and were married. When they returned they kept the matter a secret for a week but told their relatives last Saturday which was the first they knew of it.

The bride is a daughter of George Kirkpatrick of North Johnson Street moving to Macomb about a year ago. She taught at Bushnell last year and attended the summer term at the college here and completed her studies receiving her diploma. She is a most estimable young lady, pretty and accomplished and has a host of friends.

The groom is a son of Archie Pennington and has followed farming most of his life but is now engaged in the insurance business at Industry. Last year he spend most of the time at Los Angeles [unreadable] may return to that city of make [blank] home but have not as yet made definite plans.

He, like his bride has a host of friends who extend best wishes and congratulations. Robert Kenneth Pennington, son of Archie Pennington and Amy Musgrove, was born on 22 June 1903 in Industry, McDonough Co., Illinois. He died on 20 January 1934 at the age of 30 in Stockton, San Joaquin Co., California.1206 In Grandma Flack's Scrapbook, Published by the McDonough County Genealogical Society, Volume 4, Page 15 is the obituary of Robert Pennington: Life Sketch of Robert k. Penningston. Eldest son of Archie and Amy (Musgrove) Pennington was born near Industry, Ill, and passed away at the San Joaquin hospital, Calif. Jan. 20th at the age of 30 years, 6 months and 2 days. He received his education in the Industry high school graduating with the class of 1921. He also attended the University of Illinois. On July 11, 1925, he was united in marriage to Blanche Kirkpatrick. To this union was born two children, one son Robert Kenneth, age 7 and one daughter, Dianne, age 2. They lived on a farm south of Industry for about three and a half years, moving to Los Angeles, Calif., where he obtained a position as Civil Engineer in that city. Last October he was employed by the state, advanced to district assistant engineer at Angel Camp. On entering the hospital for an examination a few weeks ago, they found an operation was necessary, from which he did not recover, only long enough to realize the end was near which he met bravely. Besides his wife and children he leaves his father and mother, one sister Pauline of Los Angeles, and one brother Billy Rlan at home. A sister Dorothy, preceded him in death. He will be sadly missed by his family, relatives and friends.

Blanche Fern Kirkpatrick and Robert Kenneth Pennington had the following children:

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Robert Kenneth Pennington Jr..

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Diane Kirkpatrick Pennington.

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Don Richard Pennington.

Blanche Fern Kirkpatrick and Richard Bidle were married in 1934. Richard Bidle was born (date unknown).