Bernath, Jacob "J. J."
B. 27 May 1886, St Vincent, MN
D: 26 Aug 1967, Long Beach, CA
M. Nellie Elizabeth Brown at Orleans, MN b. 3/3/1890 d. 7/23/59 (sister of J.W. Brown)

FN: George Bernath, Sr.
MN: Catherine Donneral

Children of Jacob "J.J." Bernath and Nellie Elizabeth Brown:

Llewellyn Lawrence Bernath
B: 15 May 1911, Hallock, Minnesota
D: 13 Jan 1982, Seattle, Washington
M: 1948, Frances E. Wilcoxen, b. 10/30/08, McDonald, Montana

Forrest Eugene Bernath
B: 23 Sep 1912, Hallock, Minnesota
D: 08 Oct 1996, Jonesboro, Georgia
M: 27 Sep 1935, Elizabeth Laurissa Greeley, at Yakima, Washington b. 11/08/13 d. 02/22/95 at Hinesville, GA

Lola Victoria Blanche Bernath
B: 07 Jul 1918, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada at St. Boniface Hospital
D:
M: 15 May 1942, James Woodrow Wilson b. 12/05/17


Jacob "J. J." Bernath 1886 - 1967
Nellie Elizabeth Brown Bernath 1890 - 1959

Jacob, his wife, Nellie, and their three children, Llewellyn, Forrest, and Lola moved from the St. Vincent, Minnesota area to Yakima, Washington, in the early 1930's. Jacob was employed by the Yakima Police Department and on October 23, 1940 was promoted to acting Chief of Police when Chief Harold A. Robinson left for active duty as a lieutenant iin the United States Navy. Shortly after Robinson returned from the war, "J.J." retired. His cousin, Harland Beery has observed: "No matter his interim title, he was forever after "Chief" around our town. My first newspaper job was a police reporter and I never heard him called anything but."

When Jake's nephew visited Yakima in 1939, he noted that everyone downtown would greet his uncle with a "Hi Jake!" Even the "fancy-dressed women" greeted him in this way. No matter where they took their meals, they were always "on the house."


Russel M. Hart, 17 Sep 2002 (Formation@earthlink.net)