Benjamin Franklin LUKER,  II

Benjamin Franklin LUKER, II

Male 1886 - 1929  (42 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Franklin LUKER, II 
    Suffix II 
    Born 5 Sep 1886  Proctor, Comanche, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Aug 1929  Gainesville, Alachua, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From the Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia) on Thursday, June 17, 1909 under the heading "All Over at W. & L. Honorary Degrees Conferred on Prominent Men" graduates receiving their degrees were listed, including:
      "(Bachelor of Arts) Benjamin Franklin Luker, Proctor, Texas."

      Benjamin Luker athletic medals given to Mary Lou Ward (his grand niece) in December 2003:
      1. Front: Dual Meet at Wash and Lee Univ. G. A. A. V.P.I.vs. W. & L. Verso: 1908 440 yds. won by B. Luker;
      2. Front: G.A.A. Washington and Lee University Verso: 220 yds. won by B. Luker;
      3. Front: hurdler, no words Verso: West Texas College League Field Meet 2nd Honor 100 yard dash won by Lucre;
      4. Front: Indoor Class Meet, Washington & Lee University Verso: 30 yds. dash 2nd place won by B. Luker;
      5. Front: hurdler, no words Verso: West Texas College League Field Meet 2nd Honor Standing Bd. Jump won by Lucre;
      6. Front: Indoor Class Meet, Washington & Lee University Verso: Standing High Jump 1st Place won by B. Luker;
      7. Front: G.A.A. Washington and Lee University Verso: 440 yds. won by B. Luker.
      and:
      Lapel Pin, diamond shaped blue and white enamel with WLU on front, could be honor society pin of some type.

      From "The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee) 21 Sep 1914, Monday:
      "Vanderbilt Makes Gain in Students" includes the following: B. F. Luker of Columbia university will assist Dr. Young in French."

      World War I Draft Registration Card:
      Name: Benjamin Franklin Luker
      Age: 30
      Home address: 134 Wayne, Easton, PA
      Date of Birth: September 5, 1886
      Natural born citizen
      Birthplace: Proctor, Texas
      Occupation: Instructor in French, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
      Single
      Caucasian
      Date: June 2, 1917

      PASSPORT APPLIATION, stamped Dec. 18, 1919:
      I, Benjamin F. Luker, a native and loyal citizen of the United States, hereby apply at the American Passport Bureau at Paris, France for passport for myself. I solemnly swear that I was born at Proctor in the State of Texas on Sept. 5, 1886, that my father Benjamin F. Luker was born in Alabama and is now deceased and that he resided 37 years uninterruptedly, in the United States from 1849 to 1886 at Proctor, Texas. I have never had a Passport. I came to France with the A.E.F. a civilian clerk, that my legal domicile is at Proctor, Texas, my temporary residence being 6, rue Stanislas at Paris, France and I last left the United States on June 14th, 1917 and arrived at France on June 26th, 1917, where I am now residing for the purpose of discharge as Civilian Clerk and educational ends on behalf of myself. That I have resided outside the United States for the following places for the following periods: France, From June 27, 1915 to Aug. 22nd 1914; France from June 26th, 1917 to present, and that I desire to remain a citizen of the United States and intend to return thereto permanently to reside and perform the duties of citizenship within one years. I have not applied elsewhere for a United States passport or for consular registration and been refused.
      I desire a passport for use in visiting the countries hereinafter named for the following purpose:
      France, temporary residence; Switzerland, educational purposes; Italy, educational purposes; Spain, educational purposes; British Isles, educational purposes.
      Further, I do solemnly swear I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true and allegiance to the same; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; So help me God. [signature]
      United States Passport Bureau at Paris, France.
      Sworn to before me this 29th day of September 1919, Marc Severe, Vice-Consul of the United States of America.
      Age: 33 years
      Stature: 5 feet, 9 1/2 inches, Eng.
      Forehead: wide
      Eyes: Brown
      Nose: small
      Mouth: medium
      Chin: medium
      Hair: dark brown
      Complexion: dark
      Face: Square
      No distinguishing marks
      Identifying documents submitted as follows: Extract of Special Orders No. 188. Headquarters G.I.S.D. A.E.F. France, July 7th, 1919, states that applicant was civilian employee, Clerk, and was honorably released on that date, from the Quartermaster Corps.
      Agreement for temporary service in the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army, dated June 5, 1917 for B. F. Luker, a resident of Proctor, Texas.
      Red Worker’s Permit, for Benjamin F. Luker, signed by the Adjutant General, stamped Official, A.E.F., issued Jan. 1918.
      References in the U.S.A.: Exhibited Affidavit of birth from County of Wibaux, State of Montana, which states that Mr. B. Luker was born Sep 5, 1886, near Proctor, Texas, U.S.A., signed by Notary Public for the State of Montana, bearing official stamp and seal.
      Individual References:
      Prof. J. B. Hopkins, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
      Dr. L. T. Wilson, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

      From The Comanche Chief (Comanche, Texas) 31 Jan 1919, Fri: "Mr. B. F. Luker of Baggett community received a telegram Monday from his son that he had arrived in New York safely from France."

      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957:
      Benjamin Luker
      Arrival Date: 31 Aug 1914
      Date and Place of Birth: Proctor, Texas, September 3, 1886
      Age: 27
      Gender: Male
      Port of Departure: Havre
      Ship Name: Espagne
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Address in United States: Vanderbilt University, Washville

      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957:
      Benjamin Luker
      Arrival Date: 17 Apr 1920
      Age: 33
      Port of Departure: Hvre
      Ship Name: Rochambeau
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Birth Date and Place: Sept. 5, 1886 at Proctor, Texas
      Address in United States: 134 Wagne Str., Easton, Pa.

      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
      Benjamin Luker
      Arrival Date: 4 Sep 1925
      Port of Departure: Cherbourg, France
      Ship Name: Aquitania
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Age: 36
      Date and Place of Birth: 5th September, 1886, near Proctor, Texas
      Address in United States: 224 W. Arlington Street, Gainesville, Florida.

      "We had his World War I uniform. We gave it to the Pettigrew Museum."

      They were married when they were both teaching at Ann Arbor.

      Stanford Alumni Directory, 1932:
      *Luker, Benjamin Franklin. [Asterisk means "deceased".] 1910-1913. A.B., Washington and Lee '09; A.M. '10; Ph.D. Columbia '16, m. July 11, 1920, Flora Georgia McCartney, '13. d. Aug. 11, 1929.

      Received a Bachelor of Science Degree from John Carleton College, Stephenville, Texas, May 31, 1907.
      Received a B.A. degree from Washington & Lee University, July 1909.
      Received his B.A. from Leland Stanford, Palo Alto, CA
      Received his A.M. from Columbia University
      Received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, June 7, 1916.

      THESIS AS WELL AS BEING PUBLISHED AS AN INDEPENDENT WORK:
      Luker, Benjamin Franklin, 1886-
      The use of the infinitive instead of a finite verb in French, by Benjamin F. Luker.
      New York, Columbia University Press, 1916.
      113 p. 19 cm.
      Series: Columbia University studies in Romance philology and literature.
      Thesis (Ph. D.)--Columbia University, 1916.
      Pub. also without thesis note.

      VITA as written by Luker as part of his Ph.D. thesis:
      “I, Benjamin Franklin Luker, was born near Proctor, Texas, Sept. 5, 1886. I received the A.B. and A.M. degrees from Washington and Lee University in 1909 and 1910, respectively. During the year 1909-10 I was instructor in French in the same college. The three years following (1910-1913) were spent in the study of the Romance Languages, at the Leland Stanford Junior University. During the years 1911-12 and 1912-13 I was assistant in French in the last named University. In 1913 I entered the School of Philosophy of Columbia University, my major subject and dissertation being in Romance Philology, and my two minors in the French and Spanish Languages and Literatures. I wish to express here my appreciation for the encouragement and inspiration received from the instructors with whom I have been associated: at Stanford, Professors Johnston, Espinosa, Allen Guérard, Searles, Pellissier; at Columbia, Professors Todd, Cohn, Weeks and Muller. I was instructor in French in Extension Teaching, Columbia University, 1913-14; insructor in French, Vanderbilt University, 1914-15. At present I am instructor in French at Lafayette College.”

      From the Ann Arbor News (Ann Arbor, MI), Monday, August 21, 1922, page 7:
      "Prof. Benjamin F. Luker, instructor of romance languages in the university, and Mrs. Luker returned to Ann Arbor Saturday from a motor trip to Madison, Wis."

      From August 13, 1929 Sioux Falls Argus Leader-- "Word was received here today of the death of Benjamin F. Luker, professor at the University, Gainesville, Fla., who died Sunday forenoon at that place and funeral services were held there Monday. The body will be brought to Sioux Falls arriving here Thursday morning. The only service for the deceased to be held here will be brief graveside rites at 10 o'clock Thursday forenoon. The wife of the deceased was formerly Miss Flora McCartney, an old resident of Sioux Falls."

      From Thursday, August 15th, 1929, Sioux Falls Argus Leader-- "Funeral services for Dr. Benjamin F. Luker, Gainseville, Fla., whose wife was Flora McCartney, a former resident of Sioux Falls, will be held at the Miller Funeral Home at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon, with Dr. John F. Robertson, paster of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery. Members of the American Legion will act as pall bearers as the deceased was in the service during the Worrld war. Dr. Luker's only brother, David Luker, arrived today from Wibaux, Mont., for the last rites. Dr. Luker died August 11 at Gainesville following a lingering illness. The deceased was head of the department of French at the University of Florida for four years, but was forced to resign three years ago on account of ill health. Accounts in Florida papers state that he was popular with the students at the university. Dr. Luker received his A.B. and M.A. degrees at Washington and Lee university, did graduate work at Leland Stanford university, and received his Ph.D. degree at Columbia. Previously to assuming his duties at the University of Florida, he taught at Vanderbilt university, Nashville, Tenn., Lafayette college in Pennsylvania, and at the University of Texas. He was an ex-serviceman and a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are his widow, Flora McCartney Luker, whom he married in Sioux Falls in 1920, a brother David, Wibaux, Mont., and two sisters, Mrs. W.D. Sturkie, Proctor, Tex., and Mrs. Robert Caraway, Ft. Worth, Tex."

      DISCHARGE PAPERS--" Headquarters G.I.S.D. American E.F. France. Special Order No. 168 (?) [Note, part of this is missing as indicated by ...] ...Extract- Par. 36 By ... of the President, and under the authority contained in SO ... 27 headquarters, Base Section No. 1, S.O.S., 2 July 1919, qu ... graphic instructions, Headquarters, S.O.S., 7 June 1919 and ... contained in 8th Ind., G.H.Q., A. E. F., 11 June 1919, the following ...ed Civilian Employee, Quartermaster Corps, is honorarably released from the service of the United States, services being no longer required-- Benjamin Franklin Luker, Civilian Employee (Q.M. Clerk, Quartermaster Corps. By order of Colonel Lott-- H.S. MacKirdy; Captain. C.A.C., Adjutant. Bonus of $60 due civilian employee under authority of Federal Revenue of 1918, section 1406, approved Feb. 24, 1919, entered upon final pay account presented to this office for payment. Chas. F. Eddy, Majr. Q. M. Corps.

      City Directory, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1923 lists Luker, Benjamin F. (Flora G) instr U of M, h 514 Gott.

      University of Florida Course Catalog for 1923-24 lists Benjamin Franklin Luker, A.M., Ph.D. (Columbia), Assistant Professor of French.

      City Directory, Gainseville, Florida, 1925 lists Luker, Benj F
      University of Florida Course Catalog for 1926-27 lists Benjamin Franklin Luker, A.M., Ph.D. (Columbia), Professor of French.

      Gainesville Street Directory for 1927-28 lists Luker, Benj F (Flora G) prof U of Fla h224 W. Arlington. The 1930-31 directory has no listing for the Lukers.

      LDS has an incorrect death date as 03 Dec 1929., [1]
    Person ID I670  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2016 

    Father Benjamin Franklin LUKER,   b. 1848, Choctaw Co., Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1886, Comanche Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Mary “Mollie” Charity EWING,   b. 21 Jan 1852, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1926, Proctor, Comanche, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1880  Comanche Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F509  Group Sheet

    Family Flora Georgia MCCARTNEY,   b. 24 Sep 1889, Parker, Turner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1974, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 11 Jul 1922  Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Lowell Family.  Christmas 1959(?) Part 1.
    Lowell Family. Christmas 1959(?) Part 1.
    The extended Lowell family at 1201 N. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota. L. to R.: Harold D. Nelson, Gudrun Nelson, Myra Lowell, Gert Lowell, Charles Lowell, George Lowell, John Lowell, Flora Luker.
    Histories
    Correspondence.  University of Florida Archives and Gerald R. Lowell.
    Correspondence. University of Florida Archives and Gerald R. Lowell.
    The University of Florida Archives responds to Lowell's query re. documentation of Benjamin and Flora Luker's activities at the University of Florida.
    Stories.  The Lowell-McCartney-Luker Women.
    Stories. The Lowell-McCartney-Luker Women.
    Looks at Minnie Lowell, her marriage to George A. McCartney, and their daughter, Flora Georgia McCartney, and her marriage to Benjamin Luker. Describes both women's decline after the deaths of their husbands, leading to hermit-like existences for both women at their farm west of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F234  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Sep 1886 - Proctor, Comanche, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Jul 1922 - Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Aug 1929 - Gainesville, Alachua, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Luker, Benjamin.
    Luker, Benjamin.

    Documents
    Marriage.  Luker, Benjamin and McCartney, Flora.  Marriage License.
    Marriage. Luker, Benjamin and McCartney, Flora. Marriage License.
    Ben and Flora were married 11 July 1922 in Rockford, Illinois.
    Military.  Luker, Benjamin Franklin, II.  Discharge paper from World War I.
    Military. Luker, Benjamin Franklin, II. Discharge paper from World War I.
    This onion skin carbon of Ben's discharge paper was folded into a small envelope and was part of the estate of Flora Luker, Ben's widow, after her passing in June 1974. The fragile document was already beginning to deteriorate; a transcription of the document, in the condition that it was found after Flora's death, appears on the right.
    Wills. Luker, Benjamin Franklin, II.
    Wills. Luker, Benjamin Franklin, II.
    Written on 2 Apr 1928. Benjamin Luker died on 11 Aug 1929.
    Death. Luker, Benjamin F.  Obituary.
    Death. Luker, Benjamin F. Obituary.
    Initial announcement of Benjamin Luker's death. Appeared in the Tuesday, August 13, 1929 edition of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Death. Luker, Benjamin F.  Obituary
    Death. Luker, Benjamin F. Obituary
    Announcement of funeral services and obituary for Benjamin F. Luker. Appeared in the Thursday, August 15, 1929 edition of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

    Headstones
    Luker, Benjamin F., II
    Luker, Benjamin F., II

    Histories
    Correspondence. Luker, Benjamin.  Letter to wife, Flora McCartney Luker.
    Correspondence. Luker, Benjamin. Letter to wife, Flora McCartney Luker.
    Letter written in Sienna, Italy, on 19 August 1925.
    Correspondence. Luker, Benjamin.  Letter to wife, Flora.
    Correspondence. Luker, Benjamin. Letter to wife, Flora.
    Begun on Saturday, 23 June and finished on Monday, 25 June, as Ben departed the United States sailing to Europe for World War I.
    Correspondence.  Lowell, Gerald R.  Email from Mary Lou Ward.  4 Dec 2003.
    Correspondence. Lowell, Gerald R. Email from Mary Lou Ward. 4 Dec 2003.
    First communication with Mary Ward regarding her great uncle Benjamin Luker, husband to Flora Georgia McCartney Luker. Mary Ward is the webmaster of the Sturkie family history site. Benjamin Luker's mother was a Sturkie.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Interview..