Nellie Mae Wilt was born on January 2, 1902 in Indiana. After her sister, Vesta, had married, Nellie's mother, Martha, and step-father, William F. Clawson, moved to Leaburg, Oregon. Nellie suffered from asthma and the doctors agreed that the air in the "west" would be better for Nellie.


Those that moved to Oregon included Martha & Frank Clawson, Nellie, Clifford Wilt, and the two Clawson children. Later John would join them in Oregon. Nellie met John Lilly and the couple were married. John was a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints and upon their marriage, Nellie converted. They made their home in Washington state. Two children were born to this union. John died in the 1970's. Nellie was the last surviving child of Joe Wilt and Martha Stern. She died in January 1987.


Father: Joseph Napolean Wilt born January 21, 1867
Mother: Martha Jane Stern born February 9, 1872
Spouse: John Lilly born Unknown
       Franklin Lilly born Private
       Betty Lilly born Private


Clifford Merl Wilt was born April 20, 1906 in Indiana. He was the youngest child of Joe Wilt and Martha Stern. Clifford never married. He made his home in Leaburg, Oregon with his older brother, John, and close to his mother.


Clifford's death date is unknown; however, he is probably buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Leaburg, Oregon close to his mother, step-father and brother.


Albert Wilt was the only child born to Joseph Napolean Wilt and Anna Poke. He was born after 1910. There is little known about him.


Frederick L. Wilt was born on December 14, 1920 in Pendleton, Indiana to Jesse Wilt and Inez Franklin. Fred was very active in school athletics going on to participate in the 1948 Olympics held in London and the 1952 games in Helsinki in track and field. He held the world record for the indoor two mile run in 1951. Fred served in World War II as a Naval Lieutenant and Port Commander in the Pacific theater. He married Eleanor Christensen and the couple had three daughters. Fred was employed as a Special Agent of the FBI - retiring after 31 years. Fred died on September 5, 1994 in Anderson, Indiana.

Birth Information
Madison County Birth Records 1882-1920
Name: Fred'k L. Wilt
Father: Jessie
Mother: Ines Franklin
Gender: M
Birth Date: 14 Dec 1920
Book: H-12
Page: 20

Funeral Information
Funeral Bulletin on September 10, 1994 from Christ Lutheran Church in Anderson, Indiana
Frederick L. Wilt, 73, passed away September 5th at his home in Anderson, Indiana, after a brief illness. He was born December 14, 1920, in Pendleton, Indiana. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Christensen Wilt; three daughters, Barbara Bustion, of Anderson, Indiana, Christina Lipka, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and Candace Barnett, of Atlanta, Georgia; a sister, Joan Borelli, of Dayton, Ohio, a brother, William T. Wilt, of Markesan, Wisconsin, an aunt, Florence Franklin of Anaheim, California, and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Jesse and Inez Wilt, a sister, Lorraina M. Frey, and a grandson, Andrew Barnett.
Mr. Wilt graduated from Pendleton High School, received a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, and a graduate degree from Purdue University. During World War II he served as a Naval Lieutenant and Port Commander in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Wilt served as a Special Agent in the FBI for 31 years. Upon retiring, he accepted the position of Coaching Education Coordinator of the Canadian Track and Field Association, residing in Ottawa for two years. Returning home, he accepted the position of Track & Field Coach at Purdue University for ten years. When he retired in 1990, he was named Coaching Education Coordinator for U.S.A. Track & Field, a position he held until his death. Mr. Wilt, a prolific author, wrote over twenty books on the subjects of Track and Field athletics and physiology. His programmed physiology text Mechanics Without Tears is used in many colleges. Mr. Wilt received numerous accolades During his lifetime. He was chosen the 1950 James E. Sullivan Award winner, presented to the outstanding Amateur Athlete in the U.S.A. He was named to the Indiana University Hall of Fame, Purdue University Track & Field Hall of Fame, the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame, and in 1992, to the New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame. He represented the USA on two Olympic teams, London in 1948 and Helsinki in 1952. He held the world record for the indoor two-mile run in 1951. He won the NCAA two mile and cross Country titles in 1941 while competing for Indiana University. He won eight national titles in cross Country, the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, and the U.S. indoor mile from 1949-1954, running for the New York Athletic Club. He established Five American records at distances from 3,000 to 10,000 meters.
Mr. Wilt belonged to many clubs and organizations, including the New York Athletic Club, New York Athletic Club Quarter Century Club, International Track & Field Coaches Association, Delta-Chi Fraternity and Former Special Agents of the FBI. He was a Fellow of Anderson University, where he volunteered his services as an assistant track & field coach and taught athletic courses. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Anderson. Memorial contributions may be made to Indiana University Men's Track and Field program.


Father: Jesse Loren Wilt born December 4, 1895
Mother: Inez Franklin born Unknown
Spouse: Eleanor Christensen born Private
       Barbara Wilt born Private
       Christina Wilt born Private
       Candace Wilt born Private


Bertha M. Hofherr was born to Sarah Christina Wilt and John Hofherr after 1894. She was their only child. Bertha married Kenneth George Pierce and four children were born to them. Bertha died shortly after giving birth to their fourth child, as did the child.


Father: John Hofherr born unknown
Mother: Sarah Christina Wilt born October 16, 1859
Spouse: Kenneth George Pierce born unknown
       Freda Pierce born Private
       Edith Pierce born Private
       John William Pierce born Private
       Kenneth Harry Pierce born unknown


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