Effie Maupin 1883-1959 & John Edward Rhetts 1863-1967

d/o William Green Maupin 1847-1914 & Martha Gordon 1852-1925


1883 Feb 25 – born in Monroe City, Washington, IN; her parents were William G Maupin and Martha A Gordon

1888 Apr 13 – Edith Mae Rhetts, her step-daughter, born in Salem, IN

1896 – worked on the McKinley for President Campaign with her sister Mary R Maupin and her 1st cousin Minnie Sutton (1896, photo from McKinley campaign wagon (with sister Mary and Minnie Sutton).

1900 Jun 4 – Census shows her living in Monroe, Washington, IN with parents, William Maupin 53 and Martha Ann Gordon 47, and sister Mary R Maupin 26 and brother Charles E Maupin 20; Effie 17. (doc)

1902 Aug 13 —
Salem Democrat: Canton-Miss Effie Maupin is visiting Mrs. Bertha Gordon (who was the wife of Effie’s 1st cousin, William F. Gordon).”

1902 Oct 22 — Brownstown Banner: “Miss Effie Maupin, of near Kossuth, returned from Indianapolis last Saturday, where she had been visiting relatives and friends.” (doc)

1902 Oct —
Salem Democrat: “Kossuth-Miss Effie Maupin has returned home after a few weeks pleasant visit with Indianapolis friends.” (doc)

1905 Jul —
Salem Democrat: “Walnut Ridge-Miss Effie Maupin who has been in Indianapolis for some time, came down to spend the fourth with home folks.” (doc)

1905 Jul —
Salem Democrat: “Kossuth-Miss Effie Maupin is home from Indianapolis where she has been employed.” (doc)

1907 May 2 – married John Edward Rhetts in Louisville, KY [Married to John Edward Rhetts for over 50 years (02 May 1907 until her death 29 Jun 1959).]

1907 May 8 — Salem Democrat: “Personal and Society- Married in Louisville—Thursday, May 2, 1907, Miss Effie D. Maupin to Dr. J. E. Rhetts. Dr. and Mrs Rhetts have gone to housekeeping in the groom’s residence on North High Street.” (doc)

1910 Jan 4 — moved with husband JE Rhetts and step-daughter Edith to Columbus, IN

1910 Apr 19 – Census shows her living in Columbus, Bartholomew County, IN with husband John Edward 46, Effie 27 and step-daughter Edith 22 (doc)

1910 May 21 – Charles Edward Rhetts born in Columbus, IN, living at 410-1/2 Washington St (according to 9 Apr 1910 Census) (1910, Birth Register Index)

1910 Sep 1 – family moved back to Salem, IN, to 109 N High Street

1910 Nov 30 — letter to “Effa” from Mrs. A.T. Mckenze of Evanston, WY (Effie’s aunt) about the birth of son Charles Edward Rhetts. (doc)

1914 Jul 3 – William G Maupin, her father, died in Salem, IN; he was a farmer and had served in Co B 16th IN Infantry and in Co M of the 23th IN Cavalry during the Civil War and served in defense of Huntsville, Alabama against Buford’s Confederate forces and then to the defense of Paducah, KY and finally to the battle at Murfreesboro in 1864 and 1865.

1920 Jan 9 – listed in 1920 Census as living at 109 N High St, Salem, IN with husband John Edward Rhetts 56 and step-daughter Edith 31 and son Charles Edward 9; Effie 36 (doc)

1925 Jan 16 – Martha Ann Gordon, her mother, died at Washington, IN.

1930 Apr 9 — Census as living at 109 N High St, Salem, IN. Also listed John Edward age 66 (age at 1st marriage 22), her husband, Effie 47 and Charles Edward, her son age 19. Indicates her age at 1st marriage as 23. There were also 3 roomers living in house — Wilhelm Lommell age 24, a telegraph operator; Alvin E. Gessell, age 25, a dentist; and Ralph Miller, age 23, a public school teacher. House at 109 N High Street valued at $6,000. Census indicated that there was a radio in the house. [J E Rhetts 66; Effie Rhetts 47; Edward Rhetts 19; William Lommell 24; Alvin E Gessell 25; Ralph Miller 23] (doc)

1937 Jun 23 —
Salem Leader: “The Trading Post located in the old Post Office building – It was back in September 1933 with just an armful of clothing to sell to her friends that started the Trading Post, which today is one of Salem’s busiest stores. This enterprise is owned by Mrs. J. E. Rhetts, who certainly has made a success in this line of business, and today you will find her store almost anything that you would wish for in the way of furniture, clothing, etc.” (doc)

1940 Apr 10 – Census shows Effie 56 living in Salem, IN with husband John Edward Rhetts 74 (doc)

1959 Jun 29 – Effie Maupin Rhetts died in Norton Infirmary, Louisville, KY [KY Death Index; KY Certificate of Death #59-14796] (doc); buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Salem, Washington, IN, 1st Addn, Sec B, Lot 175, Row 8. (doc) Grave (photo) {Effie was listed as a member of Weir Memorial Methodist Church, Business and Professional Women, rented a number of apartments. Her funeral was at Dawalt Chapel, with Rev. James Hogue of Presbyterian Church officiating.] (doc)

1965 Mar 15 – Edith Mae Rhetts Tilton, step-daughter, died in Detroit, MI

1967 Apr 26 – husband John Edward Rhetts died in Washington, DC

1971 Nov 9 – Charles Edward Rhetts, son, died in London, England