Saturday, October 1, 2011

Levi C Rodenberger - U.S. Patent Awarded 1886

Levi Cornwall Rodenberger was the 7th and youngest child of Samuel and Susannah (Dice) Rodenberger.  Levi was born on 5 April 1843 in Owen Co, Indiana.  He was enumerated in the 1856 Iowa State Census living with his brothers in Boone, Boone Co, Iowa.  Levi enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War and spent some time in a Prisoner of War camp.  During the 1870, 1880, 1890 Veteran's and 1900 Federal Censuses, Levi lived in several counties in Oregon.  By September 1908, Levi and his family moved to California:  Humboldt Co and later San Francisco.  He died on 25 May 1933 in San Francisco. 

Levi had four boys with his first wife, Martha Jane Sherrill:  Walter Lee, Willard Roland, Harold Darward, and Kenneth Maren Rodenberger.  After Martha Jane's death, Levi married Sherry Abigail Dean.  They had five sons:  Arlin Adair, Merle Milin, Carl Fern, Herbert "Toad" Clare, and Robert Dean Rodenberger.

In 1886, while living in Medford, Oregon, Levi was awarded U.S. Patent No. 346,776 for Boot-Protector.
Pacific Rural Press
Vol. 32, No. 7, 14 August 1886
List of U.S. Patents for Pacific Coast Inventors
[Source:  CA Digital Newspaper Collection]

Levi C Roenberger of Medford, Oregon
Protector for Boots or Shoes
Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 346,776 - Dated Aug 3, 1886
Application filed Jan 15, 1886. Serial No. 189,771 (No model)
[Source:  US Patent and Trademark Office Patents, 1790-1909 on Ancestry]

L. C. Rodenberger
Protector for Boots or Shoes
 No. 346,776
Patented Aug. 3, 1888
[Source:  US Patent and Trademark Office Patents, 1790-1909 on Ancestry]

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