Ellsworth "Elzie" Booher (1891-1939)

Ellsworth Clifford "Elzie" Booher was born in Albany, Green County, Wisconsin on July 3, 1891 to David Booher and Ellin Swankett. When he registered for the draft in WWI he was living at 5606 Drevel Ave in Chicago and worked as a singer. On December 10, 1924 he was listed as the treasurer for the newly formed "Society for Human Rights", an organization founded by Henry Gerber for the purpose of supporting homosexuality rights. All of the member were homosexual with the exception of one bi-sexual - according to letters later written by Henry Gerber to the ONE Institute in Los Angeles. Ellsworth died February 11, 1939 in Rockford, Illinois. He had previously married and divorced a woman named "Daisy" and was working as a male nurse at the county hospital at the time of his death in Rockford, Illinois at the age of 48.


Census Records

June 15, 1900: Lima, Rock, Wisconsin

Name Relationship Born Parents Born Occupation
David Booher Head June 1856 in Ohio father ?, mother PA farm laborer
William Booher son Aug 1887 in Wisconsin father OH, mother WI -
Elzie Booher son July 1891 in Wisconsin father OH, mother WI -

World War I Draft Registration

Chicago, Illinois - June 5, 1917

  • Name: Ellsworth Clifford Booher
  • Address: 5606 Drevel Ave, Chicago, Illinois
  • Birth: July 3, 1892, Albany, Wisconsin
  • Occupation: Singer, not now employed
  • Marital Status: divorced
  • Race: Caucasian
  • Physical problems: blind
  • Height: medium
  • Build: slender
  • Hair: brown
  • Eyes: brown
  • Characteristics: Both eyes blind

Vital Records

Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947

Name: Ellsworth Booher
Born: July 3, 1891 in Montosello, Wisconsin
Died: February 11, 1939 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois
Burial: February 15, 1939 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois
Occupation male nurse at county hospital
Description: white male, divorced, residence in Rockford
Father: David Booher, born Montosello, Wisconsin
Mother: Ellin Swankett, born Albany, Wisconsin
Spouse: Daisy Booher

Name: David Booher
Born: June 22, 1854 in Monticello, Wisconsin
Died: June 13, 1947 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois
Burial: June 16, 1947 at Cedar Bluff, Rockford
Occupation: Janitor
Description: 92, white, male, widow, residence in Rockford
Father: Joseph Booher of Pennsylvania
Mother: Ella

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