|Robert J. Horner/Robert John Horner/Bob Horner, low budget B movie producer/director/writer:
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), tradepapers, death certificate, and newspapers have more info Horner and family:
- 1900 census: living in Spring Valley, Illinois are 34 year old Daniel Horne [sic] (born Ireland; occupation "Coal miner"), 30 year old wife Margaret (born Illinois), 9 year old daughter Cecil [sic] (born Illinois), 8 year old daughter Glena (born Illinois), 7 year old son Robert (born Illinois), 5 year old son Willie (born Illinois), and 3 year old son Edmond (born Illinois): https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MSSW-66J
- 1910 census: 16 year old Robert Horner and 14 year old William Horner are among dozens of teenaged boys (listed as "lodgers") at the "Working boys Home" at 1128-1140 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago. The occupation of Robert is "Errand - boy" and William is an "Apprentice - printer" (and those are the same occupations listed for most of the boys at the Home): https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MKZH-ZXW?cc=1727033
This is the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago. The home is still in operation and the following link will take you to their history page - their Headquarters is at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., just west of downtown Chicago: http://www.mercyhome.org/mercy-home-history
- World War I draft registration dated June 5, 1917 for 22 year old Robert John Horner, 4040 Broadway Av., Chicago. He is single; born September 14, 1895 in Spring Valley, Illinois; occupation is "paper writing, North Shore Review" at 4040 Broadway Avenue, Chicago; and the registration notes "Physical disability - limbs off" and "Limbs severed": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-26328-17264-36?cc=1968530
- Trade publications had mentions of Horner's 1923 marriage:
September 27, 1923 Variety noted Horner's Los Angeles marriage to Freda Bohm of Chicago, and "... losing his legs in an accident when six years old."
October 18, 1923 Variety: "Frieda Bohnn ... was married to Robert J. Horner, a legless movie director, of Los Angeles, Sept. 17."
October 13, 1923 Motion Picture News: "... marriage of Frida A. Bohnn, St. Louis girl, to Robert J. Horner, Hollywood film director, at Tia Juana, Mexico, with Eva Novak and George Cresebro [sic] as witnesses." ; "Miss Bohnn is the daughter of Mrs. Anna C. Bohnn ... St. Louis."
- 1930 census - owning their home at 425 North Harper Avenue, Los Angeles are 32 year old Robert J. Harner [sic] (born Illinois) and his 29 year old wife Frieda (born Missouri). Also living there is 21 year old brother-in-law Julius Bohnn. No occupations listed for any of the three people: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCV7-C3M
- 1942 World War II draft registration for Robert John Horner; born September 14, 1894 in Springvalley, Illinois; occupation is "Road Show Exhibitor"; and his home address is 962 N. Wilton Place, Los Angeles. His contact is Wm. T. Horner, 5937 N. Maplewood Ave., Chicago, Ill. (his brother who is mentioned in the funeral notice below). There's a handwritten notation on the registration card: "cancel - deceased 7-29-42 El Paso, Texas": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16386-40835-52?cc=1861144
- Texas death certificate for Robert J. Horner - he was born September 14, 1896 in Illinois; is divorced; occupation is "Projectionist"; and his parents were Dan Horner and Margaret Cline. He passed away on July 29, 1942 at the El Paso City-County Hospital, and cause of death was cirrhosis of the liver. Interment at Evergreen cemetery (no city mentioned for the cemetery, but I assume it is located in El Paso): https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3DS-L5L
- There was a death notice and funeral information in the El Paso (Texas) Herald Post newspaper:
Excerpts from July 30, 1942 death notice: "Funeral arrangements for Robert J. Horner of Hollywood, Cal are pending ... died yesterday in a hospital ... survived by two brothers, William and Ed Horner of Chicago, Ill."
Excerpt from the August 1, 1942 funeral mention: "Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery."
Robert J. Horner's parents, siblings, and step-father:
- Cook County, Illinois marriage index for the January 26, 1890 marriage of 23 year old Daniel or David Horner and 20 year old Maggie Kleine at St Patrick's Church, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois:
- 1910 census for Horner's mother Margaret and daughter Cecile. 37 year old Margaret (born Illinois) has re-married and is now Margaret C. Milliken and her husband is 35 year old William Milliken (born Scotland). 17 year old daughter Cecile M. Horner (born Illinois) is living with her along with new daughter Olive M. Milliken: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKZ8-MTC
- 1920 census - living in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois are 46 year old William Milliken (born Scotland), his 44 year old wife Margaret Milliken (born Illinois), and 10 year old daughter Olivet (born Illinois). Also living with them are: 23 year old William Horner (born Illinois), 21 year old Edwin Horner (born Illinois), and 19 year old son Rosemunt Horner (born Illinois). I think the Rosemunt / boy is really daughter Rose / Rosamond: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJ79-2K9
- 1930 census - living in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois are 58 year old William Milliken (born Illinois), his 56 year old wife Margaret Milliken (born Illinois), 20 year old daughter Olivet Milliken (born Illinois), and 22 year old stepdaughter Rose Horner (born Illinois): https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS52-DL5
- Illinois Death Index for 69 year old Margaret M. Milliken - father's name was Bernard Cline; husband was William A. Milliken; and she passed away on February 10, 1939 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQSB-T6P
- ProQuest obituaries had a funeral notice in the February 12, 1939 Chicago Illinois Daily Tribune for Margaret M. Milliken, nee Cline. Survivors were husband William; and she was the mother of Robert, William, Edmund Horner, Cecil [sic] Murphy, Blanche Swift, Rosamond Wagman, and Olivette Hasvold.
- 1940 census - rooming in Chicago, Illinois is 67 year old William Milliken (born Scotland), and his occupation is "Stationary engineer - Building Maintenance": https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K497-467
- 1942 World War II draft registration for William Thomas Horner, 5937 Maplewood Ave., Chicago. He was born 1896 in Spring Valley, Ill. and his contact is E. D. Horner, 6321 N. Talman Ave., Chicago: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11820-26004-93?cc=1861144
- 1940 census for Edmund D. Horner and his wife and two children are renting at 6321 Talman Ave., Chicago: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-27865-16991-15?cc=2000219
Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Horner: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0395130/
History of the short-lived Ebony Film company of Chicago: http://normanstudios.org/blog/2017/01/17/the-rise-and-fall-of-ebony-films/
You can download/stream several of Horner's western epics from YouTube:
Ted Wells and Jimmy Aubrey in THE PHANTOM COWBOY (Aywon, 1935): https://www.youtube.com/results?q=%22PHANTOM+COWBOY%22&sp=EgIYAg%253D%253D
Jack Perrin in THE APACHE KID'S ESCAPE (Cosmos/West Coast, 1930): https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=EgIYAg%253D%253D&search_query=%22APACHE+KID%27S+ESCAPE%22
BORDER MENACE (Aywon, 1934) with Jimmy Aubrey as Bill Cody's sidekick "Polecat Pete": https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22BORDER+MENACE%22