Barry -- Your name has come up in some of my previous searches, but I don't know that we have connected. John Karl Delva is my direct great-great grandfather (through Nicholas - then Francis Xavier). My mother (who passed away last year) was Francis' (Frank, Shorty) daughter, Laurel Fay Delva. I will admit that I haven't kept up on my research in the last year or two ... my Mom's death kind of drew me to a halt. Are you in Chewelah? I went up there several years ago, and saw the family homestead. Went to the museum; great lady there helped me out immensely, especially with news articles re: Veronica's passing & news articles. Hooked up with family still in Chattaroy (Fred Safford & family .... Marion Mertz's first marriage).
Barry, I would really like to talk/email/communicate with you regardin your research, and see the documentation you have discovered. Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Also, I am so interested in any information about Francix Xavier Delva. I understand he passed away while in jail in Ketchican, Alaska .... perhaps in the 'drunk tank' ... the rumor is that he was beaten, but I have been unable to find death records, or anything. I know it happened while my Mom (Laurel Fay Delva) was a freshman in HS; she received a Western Union telegram at the high school, because her name/address was the only information on him at the time. Perhaps 1960? But, I know that my grandmother 'forged' the year on her Birth Certificate so she could enter school a year early, so could go a year earlier. Anyways, please email me directly, as I would love to hear the stories, research, and any documents you can provide. Thank you so much for posting! If you are in Chewelah, I would love to make a trip to visit with you!