Frederick Benjamin Shroyer was born 28 October 1916 in Decatur, Indiana, to Benjamin Frederick Shroyer and Hulda Mutschler. Benjamin was laborer and salesman; Hulda was the daughter of German immigrants. The family also had a daughter, Catherine, some 7 years Frederick’s junior. In 1920, Hulda’s father—also Fred—lived with the Shroyers, as did Hulda’s sister, Ella. At that time, Benjamin was an engineer for a sugar factory and they mortgaged their home. Ten years later, according tot he next census, Ella had moved out; Fred Mutschler was still there. Benjamin was a wholesale merchant for a meat packing company, and owned his one outright. It was worth $4,500. Fredrick attended Decatur High School. I believe he then went to the University of Michigan.