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1890 Greater Register Los Angeles.

p. 211 COOMBS, Walter B Age: 29 Birthplace: MA Address: 312 Yarnell Date Registered: 2 Oct 1890

p. 018 COOMBS, Willard E Age: 21 Birthplace: MA Address: 9th & San Pedro Date Registered: 20 Sept 1890

Combs Researcher Cheri Astrahan who adds that Walter was Walter H. [sic] COOMBS, b 23 Jul 1861, Middleborough, Plymouth, MA, s/o Levi COOMBS, carpenter, and Betsey B COOMBS, nee HAS REHS(??). [nb: Her maiden name is not entirely readable but it definitely starts with an H.]

11 Apr 1925 Los Angeles Co, CA. Death Certificate.

Charlotte Bertha RASMUSSEN, born 26 Jun 1868 in MA, d/o John COOMBS, mother unknown. Resident of Los Angeles: 35 years. Wife of John Dietrich RASMUSSEN.

Combs Researcher Cheri Astrahan

CA Notes: I am told by cousins that Charlotte "Lottie" Bertha COOMBS was b 28 Jun 1868, 1869, or 1870 in Boston, MA, that her mother was Elizabeth MATTHEWS, b 1845 in England. Elizabeth's husband may have been a John COOMBS. Charlotte had at least one brother named Edward COOMBS who was present at Charlotte's daughter's wedding in 1916. Charlotte married John (Johannes) Dietrich RASMUSSEN who was born in Prussia (Schleswig-Holstein) sometime in the 1860's. Charlotte's oldest child was born in 1896 in Los Angeles County. According to the cousins, after her father died, her mother took her back to England, which is where Charlotte married John Rasmussen. I have not found any record of a marriage in California. Also according to cousins, John lived in NY for a while as a butcher before coming to CA.

1930 Los Angeles Co, CA Census


Delmer Combs 34 NV MO MO
Josephine V. 22 wife WI

No children with them. Delmer was a laborer, doing odd jobs. It appears that they had just married as Josephine reported she was first married at age 22.

See Mariposa Co, CA and El Paso Co, CO.

Walter Wadhaus Combs - Obituary - October 4, 1954

Walter Wadhaus Combs, 60 of E. Dedora Street, Brea [Orange Co], CA died yesterday at the home of his son, Russell Combs of Whittier [Los Angeles Co, CA], following a long illness. A rancher, Mr. Combs is survived by his wife, Sorida, two brothers, John T. Combs of Costa Mesa [Orange Co] and George Combs of San Diego [Co, CA]; two sisters, Mrs. A.O. STEPHENS of Redlands [San Bernardino Co, CA], Mrs. Marie HASTINGS of San Diego and two grandchildren. Holy Rosary will be recited this evening at 7 in McAuley and Suter Mortuary Chapel in Fullerton [Orange Co, CA]. Mass will be said tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic church, Whittier. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, San Gabriel [Los Angeles Co, CA]

(Submitted by Combs Researcher Valarie Watkins who adds: Copy was not real clear, name of street and time of mass may be different. The above is from Opal Combs via Marie WATKINS of Bakersfield, California)

VW Notes: Walter Wadhaus Combs was the s/o John A. & Mattea Martha MURILLO Combs of San Diego CA

Los Angeles Times - February 15, 1955

Submitted by Combs Researcher Valarie Watkins

Combs, Robert O., survived by wife Lorena L. Combs, sons Robert B. Combs and Jack D. MOORE; grandchildren, Sharon and Michael MOORE, Robert and Thomas Combs. Services, Wednesday 10:00 a.m. at Angeles Abbey Mausoleum Chapel, Utter-McKinley's Compton Mortuary in Charge.

Los Angeles Times of February 1955

Funeral services for Robert O. Combs, 56, who died Sunday, will be conducted today at 10:00 a.m. in Angeles Abbey mausoleum Chapel. Entombment will follow with Utter-McKinley's Compton Mortuary in charge of arrangements. Mr Combs was a native of California. He resided at 11544 E. Cherrylee Drive, El Monte [Los Angeles Co, CA]. He was a member of the Manchester Lodge 585 F & AM. He leaves his widow, Lorena L. Combs, sons Robert and Jack MOORE, and four grandchildren.

VW Note: The above information was received by Opal Combs from another source in March of 1962. Robert O. Combs was the s/o William Henry and Electra ORMSBY Combs of San Diego CA. Also Note: This source also indicates, that in a letter from Lorena L. Combs, that Lorena and Robert were married for twelve years, and that she had no other information regarding the Combs family. She was the second wife of Robert.

Combs, Robert O.
Born: 04 Mar 1898 in San Diego, California
Died: 13 Feb 1955 in Los Angeles, California

  1. ?
  2. Mrs. Lorena L. MOORE

His Father: William Henry Combs
His Mother: Electa ORSMBY

Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives