Herman Thomas Bell was born in August 16, 1892 in Hays, McCracken County, Kentucky. He was the youngest of six children born to Wyley Jesse Bell and Elizabeth Eaker. Throughout his youth, he helped his father work on the family’s dairy farm in Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky.
On June 5, 1917, Herman registered for the draft for the First World War in McCracken County. He was 24 years old and employed as a cashier for a bail bond company in the city of Paducah. He was described as a man of medium height, stout build, with brown eyes and light hair. He claimed exemption from the draft due to rheumatism. In the 1930 census, he is listed as a veteran of the war.
By 1920, Herman had moved to Colorado and was living with his brother, Ray Hobson Bell, and his family in Denver, Denver County. He was employed as secretary of a filling station, of which Ray was the president.
Herman married Lorene Carter on April 24, 1921 in Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado. He was 28 years old and she was 21 years. Lorene was born December 7, 1899 in Tennessee, the daughter of George Washington Carver and Alberta Josephine Albritton.
Herman and Lorene had at least two children:
Robert H. born 1924
Beverly M. 1925
In 1930, Herman and Lorene were living with their children in a home on Fairfax Avenue in Denver, where Herman was employed as a merchant of oil and gasoline. Lorene’s brother, Gus, and her father were living with them.
By 1935, the family had moved into a home worth $12,000 on South Colorado Boulevard in Denver.
Herman Thomas Bell died on December 30, 1944 in Denver, Denver County, Colorado and was buried in the Fairmount Cemetery. He was 52 years old at his death.
Lorene Carter Bell went on to live another 29 years after the death of her husband. She died on June 18, 1973 in Denver, Denver County, Colorado.
Notes for Herman Thomas Bell
Birth, Military, Residence, Occupation & Physical Description in 1917: Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Residence & Occupation in 1920: Year: 1920; Census Place: Denver, Denver, Colorado; Roll: T625_159; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 115; Image: 921.
Marriage: "Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KN3T-L1M : accessed 1 February 2015), Herman T Bell and Lorene Carter, 24 Apr 1921, Denver, Arapahoe, Colorado, United States; citing p. 5684, State Archives, Denver; FHL microfilm 1,690,053 .
Residence & Occupation in 1930: Year: 1930; Census Place: Denver, Denver, Colorado; Roll: 237; Page: 31A; Enumeration District: 241; Image: 949.0.
Residence in 1935: Year: 1940; Census Place: Denver, Denver, Colorado; Roll: T627_486; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 16-108. Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Death: "Find A Grave Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVGC-YWKX : accessed 1 February 2015), Herman T Bell, 1944; Burial, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States of America, Fairmount Cemetery; citing record ID 116963581, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
Notes for Lorene Carter
Birth: Year: 1900; Census Place: Union City, Obion, Tennessee; Roll: 1591; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0108; FHL microfilm: 1241591. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004
Death: Ancestry.com FamilyTree (http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/73794317/person/44282673959 : accessed 1 February 2015), “Heidi's Birth Mother (Furnish) Family Tree”