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151 Biography
(Shamelessly stolen from Find-a-grave)
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USMA Class of 1938. Cullum No. 11222.

On May 1, 1934 as James Rhea Luper, he married Rosalind Price in Yuma County, Arizona, both age 21 years of Los Angeles, California. The marriage was annulled on June 15, 1934. On June 18, 1938, he married Louise Perrine Ryder, daughter of Lieut. Colonel Charles W. Ryder, Commandant of the United States Military Academy, in the chapel at West Point, New York. In 1943 as James R. Luper, he divorced Louise Luper in Dade County, Florida. Both later remarried. On December 24, 1946, Louise Luper (1916-1993) married John Francis King at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. On November 23, 1943, he married Rene (Irene) Hiller. In 1954 his widow, Rene Hiller Luper married John Russell Dillon in Polk County, Florida. In May 1956 as Rene G. Luper, she married Walter S. Hardin in Manatee County, Florida.

James Rhea Luper Jr. was the son of James Rhea Luper, a former Oregon state engineer and Eleanor Potter Luper Bouvy. He graduated from Hill Military Academy in Portland and attended the University of Oregon. In 1933, he enlisted in the United States Army. In 1934, he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy from Senator Frederick Steiwer. Upon graduation in 1938 he was assigned to the Army Air Force. After training he remained at Randolph Field to assist in the training of Aviation Cadets. Following assignments included Director of Training and Commandant of Cadets, Army Air Forces Pre-Flight School at Maxwell Field in Alabama; Executive for Training and Operations, Army Air Forces Officer Candidate School and Officer Training School in Miami Beach, Florida.

After dozens of requests he was assigned to a bombardment squadron. His B-17 was the 1,000th Fortress built by the Douglas Aircraft Company at Long Beach, California and was named Rene III in honor of his wife. It was assigned to the 750th Bombardment Squadron. On January 4, 1944 he took over as Commanding officer of the 457th Heavy Bombardment Group. The aircraft left Grand Island, Nebraska on January 17, 1944 flying to the British Isles, arriving at United States Station 130, Glatton between January 21 and February 1, 1944. During World War II, he served 16 months in Europe and flew 20 missions. On October 7, 1944, he led the Fireball Outfit to Politz where his B-17 and was shot down over Stettin, Germany. Seven of the 11 men aboard died. He bailed out at 25,000 feet, landing in Stettin Bay where he was picked up by a German launch after two hours in the water. He escaped from the prison train, but was recaptured after six days. He was sent to Stalag Luft III near Sagan, German where 6,667 other American POWs were held and was liberated on April 29, 1945.

He was the model for the character of Colonel Joseph Ryan played by Frank Sinatra in the movie made from the book Von Ryan’s Express by David Westheimer (1917-2005), who was also a POW at Stalag Luft III during World War II. After the war he attended several Service Schools and spent 2 ½ years in China where he was Deputy Director of the Air Force Advisory Group. General Curtis LeMay assigned him as Chief of Security, Strategic Air Command. He established a Security School at Camp Carson in Colorado training thousands of officers and airmen. In 1951 he became Deputy Inspector for Security at Strategic Air Command Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. Later in the year he was scheduled to be the Air Provost Marshal General assigned at the District of Columbia.

On Saturday, February 28, 1953, he was piloting an Air Force B-26 from Ent Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska. The plane was making its final approach with the aid of the Ground Controlled Approach (radar) system when it lost altitude rapidly and crashed about nine miles west of the base near the Platte River. Colonel Luper, Lieut. Colonel George R. Groves of Dallas, Texas an Army officer attached to Colonel Luper’s office and Tech. Sgt. James R. Armstrong of Garden City, Alabama, a flight engineer, all died in the crash. His decorations included the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with two clusters. The Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service from January 11, 1951 to February 28, 1953 was awarded posthumously to Colonel James R. Luper, 1448A, United States Air Force. Survivors included his widow, the former Rene Hiller of Philadelphia; five children: Jare Luper, age 6; a second daughter, age 5 and son, age 2 1/2 of Omaha; daughter, Carol Luper and son from his first marriage of Richmond, Virginia and one sister, Mrs. Carl (Eleanor) Neupert of Portland, Oregon.

Sources: Daily Capital Journal, Salem, Oregon Saturday, September 28, 1946 and Monday, March 2, 1953 and United States Military Academy Association of Graduates memorial.

While assigned as a group commander at Tucson, Arizona, General Curtis LeMay recognized Jim's outstanding qualities and assigned him as Chief of Security, Strategic Air Command. The present concept of Air Force Security is Jim’s brainchild.
In February of 1953, Jim was informed that he would soon be transferred to Washington to be the Air Provost Marshal General. While returning to Omaha from an inspection tour of several bases. Jim requested a Ground Control Approach (Radar) to assist him in his landing at Offutt Air Force Base. The night was bitterly cold and snow filled the air. There was a crash—and then silence. Jim had joined "the Long Gray Line."

—Bertram C. Harrison, Colonel, USAF 
Luper, Col James R Jr (I4700)
152 biography was included in Biographical Dictionary and Portrate Gallery of Eminent and Self Made Men, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces Edition. American Biographical Publishing Company, 1881. PDF pages, in personal archives.

"FA Cutter, Senior

The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-made Men: Quebec and Maritime Provinces Volume, Volume 2
Front Cover
American Biographical Publishing Company, 1881 - Canada - 759 pages
Page 284,5

One of the best known men in the county of Brome is Frederick Augustus Cutter a medical practitioner here for fifty years. He dates his birth at New Ipswich Hillsboro county NH being a son of Moody and Henrietta (Fisher) Cutter, both of New England origin. His father was a lawyer, and when the son was five years old the family removed to Stoddard, Chesshire county, in the same state where Moody Cutter practiced his profession until his death at forty-five years of age.

Dr Cutter was educated in district schools, and in the medical department of Dartmouth college Hanover NH, receiving his diploma in 1829 and settling in Sutton in December of that year making a little more than half a century since he opened an office here. In the earlier years of his practice, his rides extended over a considerable portion of what is now the county of Brome and into two townships in the county of Missisquoi. Up to a few years ago his practice was large and remunerative; latterly he has aimed to curtail it, and now he rarely goes into the country, unless sent for with a carriage. Considering his age and the hardships he has endured, he is a well preserved man, with a perfectly erect form, and considerable endurance. Probably no man in the neighborhood is more highly respected.

Dr. Cutter has been a commissioner of the Commissioners' Court for thirty five years, a justice of the peace perhaps half as long; was at one period a town councilor; was for seven years secretary of the school corporation of the township of Sutton, and was appointed a coroner, and to take depositions in the Superior Court, but never qualified for the former office and has done no business in the latter.

Dr Cutter is a member of the Evangelical Advent Church at Sutton and served for years as its clerk. His moral character stands far above reproach.

He has been married twice the first time in 1830 to Miss HP Butterfield of Stoddard NH who died in 1840 after having given birth to four children. Only one of them Reuben M Cutter who is employed in the Sutton Railway office is now living. His second marriage was in 1842, to Miss Mary A Jackman of Sutton, who has been the mother of four sons and four daughters, three of each still living. Frederic Augustus Cutter, Jr. is a physician and surgeon a graduate of McGill College, Montrea,l and of the Bellevue Hospital Medical College, N.Y., and a leading man in his profession at Sutton. Their son, Henry is in California and George is at home. The three daughters have all been married, and one of them, Eveline, is the widow of Whiting R. Ball and living at Boulton, P.Q. The other two, Mrs. William O. Regan and Mrs. George Wood, reside in Sutton.

When Dr. Cutter settled in his present home, there were not more than three or four miles of made road in the township, and no bridge across the river in the village of Sutton, except in sleighing time. He rode on horse-back until about twenty years ago, and in fording streams and finding his way through the woods, often had not only hard but perilous rides. He cannot "shoulder his crutch and tell how fields were won," but he can explain how swollen streams were crossed fifty years ago. 
Cutter, Frederic Augustus (I318)
153 Birth and death dates taken from headstone Cutter, Carol (I3752)
154 Birth and Death from California Death Index 1940-1997 Ringo, Harold Clay (I4162)
155 Birth Certificate in family records Smith, Harry Frances (I74)
156 Birth Certificate in family records Hanna, Ruth Blanche (I574)
157 Birth date calculated from 1897 passenger manifest Hamburg to New York, Fürst Bismarck, departure date 2 Sep 1897
First name and relationship from Passport Application of Mark in 1897. 
Elizabeth (I4871)
158 Birth date calculated from Menand's Cemetery Card. Family F1471
159 Birth date from 1900 Census, and also Passport Application 30 Jun 1897. In Passport appl., he is applying to live in Hamburg Germany (but he's back by 1900 Census.) Goodman, Marcus Schwabacher (I4556)
160 Birth date from Find-a-grave record Owenby, James E (I3109)
161 Birth date from in the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 ( Bratt, Kathryn Frances (I66)
162 Birth date listed on 1901 Canadian Census Cutter, Dr. Frederic Augustus (I212)
163 Birth date listed on 1901 Canadian census Ahern, Elizabeth T (I215)
164 Birth date verified by U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Claim date: 20 Jan 1953. ( U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Also confirmed in Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 ) Conkey, Marie Louise (I85)
165 Birth dates reported differently:
Daniel Sr. Mar 1844
Joseph - Jan 1872
Nellie - Feb 1885
Daniel - July 1887
Ralph - June 1892
Roy - June 1892
Source Type: Census 
Source (S139)
166 Birth place of Nina's parents is different from previous census. Sarah only reports living children (3). In previous census, reported 6 born, 3 living.
Source Type: Census 
Source (S323)
167 Birth recorded at 3 PM
Source Type: Birth 
Source (S330)
168 Birth recorded: [page 23] 1726

Elyzabeth, of Joh. and Mar. Wyngaart. Wit.: Ab. and Anna Wyngaart. 
Wyngaart, Elizabeth (I4096)
169 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Renison, Capitan P. (I20)
170 Birth, Death, Mother and Father family names documented in Calif. Death Index: California, Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Goodman, Edgar Lewis (I4557)
171 Birthdate from 1900 US Census, San Diego. Gosner, Mary E. (I874)
172 Birthplace for John and Bertha are reversed in Census. Paulina's name reported as Burns
Source Type: Census 
Source (S228)
173 Births recorded at Newbury, in Early vital records of Essex County, Massachusetts to about 1850. (Wheat Ridge), Vol 1, pg. 240, Secondary quality.

Daniel, s. James, jr. and Mary, Jan. 9, 1725.
Jackman, Daniel (I3853)
174 Births recorded at Newbury, in Early vital records of Essex County, Massachusetts to about 1850. (Wheat Ridge), Vol 1, pg. 241, Secondary quality.

Hester, d. James, Sept. 12, 1651
Jackman, Hester (I3912)
175 Births recorded at Newbury, in Early vital records of Essex County, Massachusetts to about 1850. (Wheat Ridge), Vol 1, pg. 243, Secondary quality.

Sara, d. James, abt. Jan. 18, 1647.
Jackman, Sarah (I3907)
176 Births recorded in Newbury, in Early vital records of Essex County, Massachusetts to about 1850. (Wheat Ridge), Vol 1, pg. 241, Secondary quality.

James, s. Richard and Elisabeth, Sept. 5, 1686.
Jackman, James (I3879)
177 Bitha's brother, Burton Lawless was a founder of the town Arrow Rock, Missouri, located about 15 miles from Boonville where Bitha and John Kelly lived. He was a prominent Citizen of Arrow Rock and his home is on the Historical Register Lawless, Bitha (I3395)
178 BMR, Book #1043, pp. 1-12 (FHL #025,690)
"FORTY FIFTH COMPANY. -- Zetland, 250 souls. It was the intention of Apostle Orson Pratt to have chartered a ship to sail about the twentieth of September, 1849, but he was unable to find one that was suitable, until he had succeeded in chartering the large, new and splendid ship Zetland, which had already brought over one company of Saints before. The fare, including the necessary provisions, was ?3 7 shillings 6 demies for adults; for children under fourteen years, ?2 10 shillings; infants under twelve months, free. The Zetland sailed from Liverpool, November 10th, 1849, with about two hundred and fifty Saints on board, under the presidency of Elder Samuel H. Hawkins, and arrived at New Orleans, December 24th, 1849, with about two hundred and fifty Saints on board, under the presidency of Elder Samuel H. Hawkins, and arrived at New Orleans, December 24th, 1849, all the emigrants enjoying good health and spirits; they were received by the church agent, Elder Thomas McKenzie, who arranged transportation with a number of the emigrants to St. Louis, while others tried to get employment in New Orleans, in order to earn means wherewith to continue the journey. At that time, however, business was very dull in New Orleans, and thousands of able-bodied men were walking about in idleness. The weather was also very warm and sickly. The part of the company which continued the journey up the river, arrived at St. Louis, Missouri, January 11th, 1850. (Millennial Star, Vol. XI, pages 315, 361;Vol. XII, pages 43, 75.)" "November. Sat. 10. [1849] -- The ship Zetland sailed from Liverpool, England, with 250 Saints, under the direction of S. H. Hawkins. It arrived at New Orleans Dec. 24th."
Hawkins, Samuel Harris (I233)
179 Boarding with Max Rogers and his wife, Mildred, Associate Engineer.
Source Type: Census 
Source (S314)
180 Bording with Westley Kantor and family (Wife Dorothy, and daughter Donna)
Source Type: Census 
Source (S329)
181 Born 9:45 AM
Weight: 7.25 lbs
Named a few days after birth
In a letter from Katherine to her mother (Lenore), she writes: "We aren't going to spoil her in fact we're going to be careful to see that other folks don't. She won't be picked up or rocked it would be fun to rock her when she's awake but she will be sweeter without so much attention."
In the early days, Katherine writes of having house-help "a Japanese girl." She came half day every day (2:30 in the afternoon until the dinner dishes are done") and full day on Saturday. They paid her $2.50/week. Katherine writes: "Did you ever hear of anyone working so cheap?" Compare this to a later letter where she complains about the high prices of food. She describes her grocery bill at $35/mo (maybe that's what they could afford?). Says "... I run short sometimes if I don't be awful careful." 
Cutter, Morneen Kamiki (I12)
182 Born after fathers death Gove, Edmund (I3940)
183 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Knight, M.K. (I714)
184 Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA,
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Bookkeepers and cashiers, except bank cashiers
Single, without children
Height: 71 (In); Weight: 198
( U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2005. ) 
Ray, Paul James (I146)
185 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F1750
186 Burial card, Menands Cemetery
James Milwain lot, Lot 15, Section 26
Age 40 years, 7 months, 4 days = birth date Nov. 20, 1781 
Bloomingdale, Ann (I3504)
187 Buried next to husband, James Martin B. Luper
Plot: DIV 6 SEC 1
Find A Grave Memorial# 41519798 
Gosner, Mary E. (I874)
188 Buried next to wife, Mollie E Norris
Plot: DIV 6 SEC 1
Find A Grave Memorial# 41519798 
Luper, James Martin Bernheisel (I150)
189 Burns caused by hot tar -- fell off ladder into vat, died 2 days later Fithian, Elmer Ellsworth Jr (I702)
190 Burried next to Dr. Able Rodriguez-Larrain Rosalind Karen (I42)
191 Burried with first husband, Bud Bell (At least that's what the head-stone says) Guernsey, Adella (I596)
192 by Pope Adrian I Pippin King of Lombardy (I1781)
193 CA death index lists mothers maiden name: Sierra
Find a grave lists Father: William Reuben Billingsley, Mother: Sierra Nevada Billingsley 
Billingsley, Edna Augusta (I2881)
194 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F111
195 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Private (I5229)
196 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Clark, M.L. (I784)
197 Calculated from Burial Card, Menands, Albany Rural Cemetery. Date of death Nov. 3, 1877, 84 years of age McWilliam, Mary Ann (I175)
198 Came to America on the ship Phoenix Luper, Hans Jacob (I661)
199 Came to California during the Gold Rush Smith, William Jasper (I71)
200 Came to California in 1892 for Blanch's health
Lived in Sarasota Springs, NY; San Jose, CA; Santa Maria, CA; Fullerton, CA.
Kept a family history. Three McConkey brothers immigrated to Worchester, MA, then to Pelham MA. Supposedly, there is a history of Pelham and Amherst that details this lineage 
Conkey, John Franklin (I217)

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