I am the GrGr Grandaughter to Thomas Gilbert Atha. Son of Joseph & Anna Atha, son of William and Mary Ann Atha.
He had 4 children. Ruby, Harold, Drussia, and Dorsey. Dorsey is my Gr grandfather through my Grandma Florence Marie Atha.
My Grandmother will not discuss anyone in the family past her father Dorsey. She always told my dad that Thomas Gilbert "Bert" was from Germany, that she knew him as Grandpa Athey, did not speak hardly any english and was a translater for the military, was a large animal vet-specializing in horses, and a milkman. We knew that he had a wife named Ella. We were also told that he had mental health issues and lived his last view years in a state hospital.
Through researching, I have found that "Bert" was born and raised in the USA, in Ohio, moving to Jay County, Indiana as a small boy. Was able to confirm he was a large animal vet in Portland, Winemac, Argos and Plymouth Indiana. He was also a milkman in Jay County, Indiana. He was largely into horses, as well as his son Dorsey. After his wife passed away, he remarried Clara Lange and moved. He did live his last 8 years at Logansport, State Hospital and died in 1950 from a stroke. Dorsey would not talk about him.
I am looking for any information or pictures that anyone has to share. The family states they have nothing on him. There has to be something somewhere.