Bio: Bortle / Bartle, Lafayette

Transcriber: Laurel Bragstad Schaub

Surnames: Bortle, Bartell, Bartle, Brown, Clark, Hanley, Loy, Palms, Reinkins, Root, Shepard, Talbet, Thompson


----Source: Census Records, News Articles, Family Records, Death & Cemetery Records

Lafayette Bartell  (21 Mar 1855, WI - 4 Dec 1932, Tacoma, WA) March 21, 1855, he married Ellen "Ella" Shepard (28 Nov 1858, Monroe, WI–19 Nov 1914).  They were the parents of five children:  Ernest L Bortle (7 Jun 1882, WI - 23 Jan, 1939, Tacoma, WA); Charles Adelbert Bortle, (Oct 1884, WI - 11 Sep 1909, Tacoma, WA), Irvin Guy Bortle (4 Dec1886 - 15 Augl 1887), Victor E. Bortle (Apr 1890, Tacoma, WA - 28 Augl 1909), and Flores Florence Hanley (Adopted-21 Nov 1894 - 8 Oct 1965).


Lafayette was the son of Philip James Bortle (25 Feb 1827, NT-28 Mar 1899, Eau Claire, WI) and Mary Jane Clark (4 Jun 1830-11 Nov 1893, buried in Evergreen Cem., Centerville, WI) who married 7 Augl 1824, in Columbia, NY



1880 Weston, Clark, Wisconsin, United States

1900 Eaton town Greenwood city, Clark, Wisconsin, United States


1910 Washington Pierce Tacoma Ward 7 ED 279, (3205 6th Ave.)

Lafayette Bortle Male 55 1855 Wisconsin Married White Head New York New York A 6
Ellen E Bortle Female 51 1859 Wisconsin Married White Wife Vermont Vermont A 6
Ernest L Bortle Male 27 1883 Wisconsin Single White Son Wisconsin Wisconsin A 6
Floris F Bortle Female 16 1894 Oregon Single White Adopted daughter


*Flores Florence Hanley Bortle (21 Nov 1894-8 Oct 1965)

After her mother died in 1902, Flores was adopted by Layette & Ellen Bortle.  In 1912, she married Guy Novell Fraidenburg (9 Jun 1890 - 14 Sep 1979, aged 89).  They have been laid to rest in the Willwood Burial Park, Rockford, IL.

1920 Whitman, Washington, Business Directory



News Items about the Bartle / Bortle family

----Source: Greenwood Gleaner, Greenwood, Wis., 3 Mar 1900

L. Bortle, who has rented the Thompson-Root farm for five years, can probably tell more about the weather Saturday evening than any other person. He walked over to Loyal.


----Source: Greenwood Gleaner, Greenwood, Wis., 3 Mar 1900

L. Bortle took first degree in the Woodmen camp Tuesday evening.


----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark County, Wis.) 21 Dec. 1900, Gleanings


L. Bortle and family, Mrs. W. H. Palms and Will Palms attended the Palms-Loy wedding at Tioga last week, mention of which will be found in the correspondence from that place.


1910 Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States


----Source: The Tacoma Times, Tacoma, Washington, 25 Apr 1910


Obit: Bortle, Irvin Guy #1 (4 Dec 1886 - 15 Aug. 1887)

Transcriber: Stan


----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 08/18/1887


Died, near Neillsville, Clark County, Aug. 15, 1887, of Cholera Infantum, Irwin Guy, infant son of L. and E. E. Bortle, aged nine months and eleven days.


Obit: Bortle, Irvin Guy #2 (? - 1887)

Contact: Crystal Wendt 


----Sources: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 23 Aug. 1887


Obit: Bortle, Irvin Guy #2 (4 Dec 1886 - 15 Aug. 1887)


Bortle - Near Neillsville Aug. 15th, of Cholera infantum, Irvin Guy, infant son of L. E. E. Bortle, aged 9 months and 11 days.

Death May the hands of life unloose

But can’t destroy my love.

Millions of infants souls compose

The family above.

I’ll take these little lambs, says he,

And lay them in my breast.

Protection they shall find in me,

In me be ever blest.


Obit: Bartle / Bortle, Lafayette (1855 - 1932)


WA Deaths and Burials, 1810-1960

Burton Brown, MD, Pierce Co. Hospital, Informant: Ernest L. Bortle


Lafayette Bortle, Birth 21 March 1855 WI 
Death 4 December 1932
Tacoma, Pierce, WA, 
Burial Sumner, Pierce, WA, 
Father: Phillip J. Bortle
Mother: Mary Clark
Spouse: Ellen Shephard


Obit: Bortle, Ellen E. Shepard (1858 - 1914)

Bortle, Ellen E. Shepard died 19 Nov 1914 in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington
Gender Female
Age (Formatted) 55 years 11 months 21 days
Birth: 28 Nov. 1858
Father's Name P.H. Shephard
Mother's Name Eunice Talbet

Informant: Lafayette Bortle


Obit: Bartle / Bortle, Ernest (7 Jun 1882-23 Jan 1939)



Obit: Bortle, Victor (Apr 1890-28 Augl 1909)


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