GANSERT: William ILES, attends Stanford Univ in San Fran, m. Helen DETJENS, works in family candy company, deserted wife and child for San Fran Bay area
William was born 13 July 1896 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, son of William and Mary ILES GANSERT.
The family returned to their home at 807 22nd Street, Rock Island, Illinois (now in historic district) from Davenport, Scott, Iowa on E. 13th St. shortly after his birh. "Iles" worked at the family candy company shortly before his father's death in 1919.
On 4 Jun 1920, Wm married Helen Katherine DETJENS in Rock Island's Trinity Episcopal Church. She was the dtr of Herman and Katherine MUELLER DETJENS, born 2 May 1897 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois. She graduated from Rock Island High School and Monticello Seminary in Alton, Madison, Illinois; she attended the University of Chicago and graduated form the Technical Normal School of Chicago as a dietician.
Mother Mary ILES GANSERT moved to Davenport, shortly after Helen and Wm were married, giving the GANSERT family home in Rock Island to her son. In 1925 William ILES GANSERT left his wife and child and moved to the San Francisco, California Bay area. Nothing more is known about him.
Helen remained in Rock Island where she was Society Editor for the Davenport Daily Times newspaper until 1944. In 1945, she became Society Editor for the Argus newspaper in Rock Island, and editor of the International Harvester magazine (farm implement mfg). After son John graduated from Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Poweshiek, Iowa she moved with him to Pasadena, California where she organized a scientific library at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in Inyokern, California. Helen GANSERT attended college near her home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Wm and Helen had only one son: John ILES GANSERT: born 5 April 1921 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois. (seperate blog)
Death info for Helen: 2001 in Maricopa County, Arizona...need date and city. I have SS# if you write me.