Before we start, I'd like to tell you what fascinates me about this whole think. I grew up with all the old Foertmeyers here in Cincinnati, ones that were clearly alive when Georg Heinrich Foertmeyer died of TB at the age of 27 in 1877. My great grandfather was his uncle, yet I never heard of Georg or Lillian mentioned as I was growing up. In fact, it was about maybe five years ago (2014) that I even knew he or Lillian had ever existed. How did I find out? I was looking at the list of Foertmeyers interred in Spring Grove Cemetery and I came across G.A. Foertmeyer. I had no idea who that was, unlike all the others listed there. The bigger mystery there was that unlike other Foertmeyers in Spring Grove who were buried in Foertmeyer lots, G.A. was buried in the Clegg lot. Why? Turns out that G.A. was really G.H. or Georg Heinrich (George Henry) and he had been married to Henrietta Fike before Georg had died leaving her a widow with an infant daughter, Lillian. Henrietta had remarried to John Joseph Clegg, and when she purchased her own Clegg family lot at Spring Grove, she had had Georg moved from the Foertmeyer lot to her new lot. Her intention was to eventually lie between her two husbands into perpetuity. Funny thing, to this day Georg's original grave, Space 11, Section 39, Lot 136, is still empty, containing only an empty vault. Please, continue reading. More is explained as you read along.

The Garland Baum Mystery? Yes, that's right. The mystery. In the very late 1800s my ancestral cousin, Lillian Foertmeyer met a man who had come to Cincinnati from Eldorado, Kansas to attend medical school. When the good doctor had graduated, he whisked Lillian off to Oklahoma, for what reason I do not know, but they resided initially in the Indian Territories. Of course, they had married in May of 1901. Eventually, Lillian ended up in Stillwater, Oklahoma, divorced from Edward and supporting only her eldest son, Clegg Guinn. (Explanation: Lillian's father had died in 1877, the year after Lillian was born. Her mother remarried a John Clegg, a well-to-do businessman in Cincinnati who raised Lillian as his own.) So, her younger son, Richard must have gone with his father, (speculation), but he is not included on the 1920 census with Lillian and Clegg.

At this point in time we lose Lillian and Clegg to the ages. Then, after hours and day and months of searching, we found her again, as Mrs. Garland Baum. They are living as a couple in Los Angeles, California. So, who is this Garland Baum. Well to start with he was a young man 23 years Lillian's junior. How did she meet him? Well, she lived only two blocks away from Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, so I'm guessing she met him from there through Clegg. Garland had attended there, as well as Kemper Military Academy, where one of his professors stated:

So, what's going on here. He had been sent to military school, probably by his distinguished doctor father. At least one of his professors there was definitely not very impressed by him to say the least. Was his running off to California with a woman 23 years older than him an act of rebellion? Did she want to go to California, but did not want to make the trip alone? And where is their marriage license and divorce papers? That's right. I can find no record of their marriage or of a divorce. But after appearing in city directories and voter registration rolls as Mrs. Garland Baum, they finally split. She stays in Los Angeles until her death in 1951. Garland, however, returns to Oklahoma where he marries Margaret Clark, a young lady seven years his junior. They had a son, who unfortunately died at six years of age, and in 1960, Garland passed away himself.

The mystery, is what the heck was going on with those two? Twenty-three years between them in age, no marriage license, no divorce record, and when Garland died in 1960, his obituary read as follows:


So, Garland lived in Savannah from the time he was twelve until 1931 (age 32). No mention of Kemper Military School, or Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College. No mention of living in Los Angeles as a married man to Lillian. And before you even mention it, there are very few men named Garland Baum, and none that I can find named Garland Henry Baum. None of the men named Garland Baum I did find, other than our Garland, had ever lived anywhere close to Oklahoma or Los Angeles, or they were plainly married to someone else at the time, or they were the wrong age to be our Garland.


If you'd like to read the whole story for the search for Lillian Foertmeyer, go to This Page and when you get to the end, click on the link there that will taken you to another writeup of the story.