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Ellsworth James TURSE, Sr.

Ellsworth James TURSE, Sr.

Male 1903 - 1980  (77 years)

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  • Photos
    Al Lockwood, Joan Turse with Martha & George Hellstern, Ellsworth Turse 1947
    Al Lockwood, Joan Turse with Martha & George Hellstern, Ellsworth Turse 1947
    L-R Martha Ritter, Albert Lockwood, Joan Turse, Ellsworth Turse, George Hellstern
    Ellsworth Turse about age 16
    Ellsworth Turse about age 16
    Ellsworth Turse House, Ridgewood, NJ
    Ellsworth Turse House, Ridgewood, NJ
    This two-family house on Cedar Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ was the first one owned by Ellsworth Turse.
    Turse Family Goes to Europe 1956
    Turse Family Goes to Europe 1956
    Ellsworth, VP Walker Travel Agency, Ridgewood, NJ often traveled as part of tourist marketing by resorts and carriers. Here, Ellsworth, Inez and Jim embark on board Cunard Lines star tour ship, Queen Elizabeth,at New York in October 1956. The ship traveled to France and England. Among Jim's very few playmates on board were Yasmin Khan and Rebecca Welles, Rita Hayworth's daughters. Rita Hayworth and Rosalind Russell were also on board.
    Ellsworth Turse June 1942
    Ellsworth Turse June 1942

  • Name Ellsworth James TURSE 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 27 Apr 1903  Pearl River, Rockland, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    CAUS Cancer of the brain 
    EDUC Westwood HS, business school 
    OCCU Ticket agent; travel agent - Walker Travel Agency, Ridgewood, NJ 1950-1965 
    RELI Episcopal 
    RES 49 N. Maple Ave Park Ridge until 1951, 369 Cedar Ave Ridgewood NJ - 1954, 579 Overlook Dr Wyckoff, NJ - retired 1964 to New Port Richey, FL 
    Buried Aug 1980  St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Dunedin, FL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 15 Aug 1980  Dunedin, FL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3  The Turses
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2012 

    Father Sanford Alexander TURSE,   b. 26 Jan 1880, Westwood, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1951, 65 Chestnut St. Park Ridge, NJ (in home of Hazel Hering) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Caroline Lavinia RUDLUN,   b. Oct 1882, Montvale, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1941, Westwood, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Caroline Catherine GRANGER,   b. 12 Jan 1902, Park Ridge, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1950, 49 N. Maple Ave. Park Ridge, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1922 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Joan Caroline TURSE,   b. 1 Jul 1929, Hackensack Hospital, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1979, Pennsauken, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2016 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Inez REID,   b. 13 Nov 1901, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1994, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1951  Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2016 
    Family ID F176  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Apr 1903 - Pearl River, Rockland, NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aug 1980 - St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Dunedin, FL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Aug 1980 - Dunedin, FL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Early in life, as a 16 year-old, Ellsworth was working as a tablulator for Western Electric. He started out his career in the travel business as a ticket clerk with the Erie Railroad. We think that is where Ellsworth met Carrie Granger. According to cousin, Ruth Hering, Ellsworth and Carrie honeymooned at Bevans, NJ, once called Peters Valley, one of several small villages that supported nearby Sussex County, farms through the late 1800s. It came to be called Bevans when the Bevans family ran a post office there in the 1880’s. It declined as a rural farm town, but became popular as a vacation spot, supporting small hotels and campgrounds until the late 1950’s when it became a ghost town. It is now part of the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area.

      As a young married man, he found his way to the shipping industry, working for Clyde Mallory Line, and was employed there until World War II. Jim’s sister, Joan, remembers one highlight of her Dad’s employment with Clyde Mallory as taking a sea cruise that took her to Cuba. In his later years, Ellsworth returned to Cuba soon after Fidel Castro took over, and, with a delegation from the American Society of Travel Agents, met with Raoul Castro to discuss reopening tourism from the United States to Cuba.

      During WWII, Ellsworth worked at the Wright-Aeronautical Plant in Paterson, NJ, as a bookkeeper, supervising cashiers in the company canteen.

      While at Wright Aeronautical, he and Bill Walker became friends, and soon after the war the two of them joined Bill’s father in transitioning a small local travel agency operating out of an office in an old house in Ridgewood, New Jersey, to a successful, full service agency that was located across from the Ridgewood train station for many years. Ellsworth served as Vice President of the agency, and opened an office in Westwood, New Jersey in the late 1950’s in an effort to expand the agency’s market share. The Westwood office never quite enjoyed the success expected, and soon after Ellsworth retired to Florida in 1965, the agency was closed. Ellsworth retired when he could because of poor health prompted by vision problems that he had suffered with all of his life since childhood. He had scarlet fever as a young boy and his vision was effected by the illness. In 1964 he underwent a double cataract operation that left his vision further impaired. At that point he made the decision to retire and move to Florida. To that end, he and his second wife, Inez, purchased a lot on Orange Avenue in New Port Richey, Florida, not far from his former brother-in-law, George Granger. Ellsworth and Inez could never quite find the right place to live in Florida, and for a short while tried living in Westwood, NJ, where Ellsworth had grown up. They moved several times in the Clearwater area, and at the time of his death he and Inez were living temporarily in a mobile home as they were planning for construction of a new home. Ellsworth died of complications from surgery for brain cancer.