- Note from Robert Huffstutter:
Aunt Ella's daughters went to hollywood when their younger brothers grew up and had minor careers in acting. Ella died in 1942. They boys became businessmen and had successful careers. Aunt Ella married and began a family in Laredo. They moved to Kansas City. Ella passed away in 1942, leaving the two daughters in charge of the four boys.
The daughters raised the boys. They were a close knit family and the boys never forgot their older sisters' kindness. The daughters moved to Hollywood and pursued careers in the movies. They had successful careers and appeared in many movies.
No, they did not become stars, but they enjoyed their fame in their appearances, their contacts with the stars and they enjoyed the life of Hollywood in its heydey of the 40s through the late 60s. The boys pursued their interests in business and met with success in almost every venture they pursued.
I recall that as a boy, it was always an event when several of the brothers, about twenty-years my senior, showed up at the family reunions in their new Lincoln Continentals with customized and extended rear fenders. It was definitely an event for us younger children and one that stirred a lot of conversation throughout the years.
My last meeting with them was in the mid-80s at a luncheon. Like most of the family, and like most of the families in today's busy world, everyone seems to go their separate ways, thus the days of the classic family reunions are history. Too, there is the age factor. Families that were once young grow older and make room for the new members.
Sources include the 1920,1930, 1940 census, Missouri Marriage Index and Ella's death certificate.