So, here’s one of those examples of a common last name appearing once in the pages of Doubt. I really don’t know who it refers to—there’s just not enough information. But, there is a couple who were associated with the Fortean Society that had this exact same last name, and I’ll use the incident as an example to write about them. Although—reversing the usual happenstance—I am more confident about the woman of the pair than the man. He remains ?????.
Phe Laws was born Phyllis Mae Wyand 2 January 1925 in Kewanee, Illinois. Her father, Charles Eldon, was a glove cutter. Her mother, Fern Green (really) died when Phe and her baby sister, Sheila were still very young—five or less in Phe’s case. According to the 1930 census, Charles’s much older aunt lived with them, presumably to care for the girls. Charles was 28 at the time—a young widow—and Minnie 65. (Charles himself had been raised by his grandfather and Minnie—or at least lived with them in 1910.) The family was still in Kewanee in 1940, but had changed in many ways. Minnie was no loner there. Charles remarried, a woman some dozen years his junior. Phyllis and Sheila were in high school, a sophomore and freshman, respectively.