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Bernice Squier

Female 1899 - 1968  (68 years)


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  • Name Bernice Squier  [1, 2, 3
    Born 23 Sep 1899  Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 Sep 1968  Berkeley, Alameda, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I35681  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2021 

    Father Charles Albert Squier,   b. 5 Jan 1861, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1934, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Julia Elizabeth Hickman,   b. 12 Sep 1870, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1958, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1892  Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7, 8
    Family ID F13554  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From "Miss Bernice Squier Dies" (citation details below):

      Even before [the sisters Bernice and Blanche Squier's] graduation from Battle Creek High School in 1918, the twins had begun manufacturing stuffed dolls, with the idea of earning money for their college education.

      They attended the University of California one year, then returned to Battle Creek to make toy manufacture a career business. They incorporated under the appropriate "Twinzy" name in 1925 and, in the years that followed, made and sold throughout the nation a line of "safe and washable" toys that included some 30 different items.

      In addition to several million stuffed dolls, the firm turned out various animal toys filled with foam rubber stuffing, after the development of that material. Among their best selling items were stuffed Army mule mascot miniatures, which were popular at West Point Military Academy.

      In 1937, by a unique arrangement, the sisters were elected twin presidents of the Circulus Club, an organization of business and professional women. They also were members of the International Twins Association and attended conventions of that organization, which boasted at that time a membership of more than 600 sets of twins.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5821] Ross H. Collier, "People and Events of Yesteryear: Charles Albert Squier." Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer, 4 Jan 1959, p. 8.

    2. [S5924] Genealogies of the Following Families: Baker Family, Steel Family, Sturges Family, Shepard Family, Hall Family, Lytle Family by Francis A. Baker. Minneapolis, 1909.

    3. [S5925] "Mrs. Charles Squier Dies; Ill 2 Months." Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer, 1 Oct 1958.

    4. [S5926] "Miss Bernice Squier Dies." Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer, 7 Sep 1968, p. 3., says 1889, obviously a typo.

    5. [S5926] "Miss Bernice Squier Dies." Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer, 7 Sep 1968, p. 3.

    6. [S2762] Alice D. Serrell, "Descendants of Christopher and Sarah Davis Swayze." Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine 18:3, Oct 1954; 18:73, Feb 1955; 18:99, Apr 1955; 18:127, Jun 1955.

    7. [S2841] Application, 27 Apr 1921, from Theodore Louis Squire, brother of Dorothy M. Squier, to join the Sons of the American Revolution. From U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, on ancestry.com., year only.

    8. [S5821] Ross H. Collier, "People and Events of Yesteryear: Charles Albert Squier." Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer, 4 Jan 1959, p. 8., says "December, 1892".