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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Raymond Howard Doremyer, South Bend, Indiana, ca. 1898

This cute portrait of a little boy in his naval-inspired suit has an inscription on the reverse that reads, "Raymond Doremyer, Jim's son," which handily provides us with an extra clue about his parentage.  It was taken at the Bonney & Schumaker Studio in South Bend, Indiana, probably around 1898.

Seldom do I find only one possibility in the census records on Ancestry or Familysearch when I am researching a surname that I find inscribed on the reverse of a photograph.  But, that was the case when I typed the name "Raymond Doremyer" into the search box today and hit "return."  The 1920 census, our only match, gives us the following family, living in Portland, Oregon1:

James F. Doremyer, 62, head
Anna M. Doremyer, 47, wife
Raymond H. Doremyer, 24, son, born in Illinois, riveter at shipyard
George B. Doremyer, 20, son

I tried to locate the family in the 1910 census but came up empty.  It is quite possible that the spelling/transcription of  Doremyer may be different and will take a bit of creative searching to turn up a match. I did, however find his WWII Draft Registration Card on Ancestry which tells us he was born in Chicago and that his birth date was October 18, 1895.2 

Raymond H. Doremyer passed away on the 10th of July, 1946 in Portland, Oregon3.

1 1920 U.S. census, Multnomah County, Oregon, population schedule, Portland, E.D. 174, sheet 7-A, dwelling 46, family 57, James F. Doremyer family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 June 2012); citing NARA Microfilm publication T625, rol1 1503.
2 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," [database online] Raymond H. Doremyer; Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accesed 15 June 2012).
3 "Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZC4-ZPP : accessed 2 July 2012), Raymond H Doremyer, 1946.


  1. In the 1900 US census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M999-41K
    The name is spelled Dormoyer.

  2. 1930 US Census Ray H.