The Bushey Family


Inscribed on the back of the above photograph are the names of those depicted, the location, and the date:

Father Bushey
Mother Bushey
Clay Bushey
David Bushey
taken at basement door at 134-5th ave
York PA

I first thought the surname was Busby and it took some trial and error to figure out it was Bushey.

Clay Allen Bushey (1900-1980) and David Diliah Bushey (1902-1963) were two of the sons of Jacob Wesley Bushey (1859-1941) and Cora E. Myers (1872-1906). The other children were Russel Myers Bushey (1895-1970), Earl Wesley Bushey (1897-1987), and Lawrence Wayne Bushey (1906-1907). If the photograph was taken in December 1914 as the inscription says, Mother Bushey must be Jacob’s third wife, Sallie Amanda Straley (1872-1934). Jacob survived three wives, the other one being the first one, Sallie A Brown (1863-1894), with whom he had two other children.

I could not find evidence that the family ever lived at 134 5th Avenue in York, but they lived in the vicinity according to the Census of 1910 and 1920.

It is a confusing family and I have found that genealogists working on it disagree on pertinent facts. For that reason, and because I have to paint a bedroom tomorrow instead of spending more time figuring out the Bushey family, I’m going to post this without a lot of the other information I’ve accumulated. If you’re a Bushey and you want to know more of what I’ve found, give me a holler.


The Bushey Family

Jay Clark and Elva Ingersoll

You may recall that in my last post, The Students, the subject photograph was inscribed to Jay and the identity of Jay remained a mystery. It turned out that a fellow named Jay Clark is the subject of two other photographs obtained from the same place on the same day.

Look at the following handwriting samples. First, from “The Students”:

Detail from OSC Students back

Now, the new photograph:

Detail from JAY CLARK 1

The two handwriting samples appear to match. They may have been written at the same time with the same pen.


Alexander Jay Clark (1905-1985), who went by Jay, was the son of Clifford Campbell Clark (1879-1968) and Clara Little (1883-1969). Clifford was enumerated in the 1920 Census in Rainier, OR as a “store keeper” and his industry was listed as “Confectionary,” so that sort of dates the photograph. Jay and his brother Albert Campbell Clark (1907-1982) were born in Wisconsin. Their sister, Ruth Marie Clark, was born in 1910 in Whitman County, WA, but survived only two days. Jay married Jimmie Belle Neighbors (1909-1975) in 1932 and they had one daughter. Jay and Jimmie are buried in Mount Union Cemetery in Philomath, OR.

Clifford’s nickname was Jay. Clifford’s father was Adin Jay Clark (1855-1890). Jay had a grandson named Robert Jay.

Elva Marie Ingersoll (1905-1987) married William Douglas Mohney (1900-1981). Elva, William, and two of their three sons are buried in Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland, OR.

Below is another photograph of Jay. According to the inscription on the back it was given to him by the “Lo-Hi-Si Camp Fire Girls.” I could not find that specific camp but you can learn about the Camp Fire organization here.


Following are the reverses of the two photographs. Each one is approximately 2.5 X 3.5 inches. They were bought at an antique store in Baltimore, MD in July 2016.



Jay Clark and Elva Ingersoll

The Students

Japanese Students front

The inscription on the front of the above photograph reads, “To Jay, Harry T.” It was probably Jay who wrote the following on the back of the photograph:

Harry Tokito
Ruth Numeura
and two friends
Students on
O.S.C. Campus

The photograph below is Harry A. Tokita as he appeared in the 1928 edition of The Beaver, the yearbook of Oregon State College. Harry was a senior in 1928, majored in commerce, and was a member of the Hesperian Club. My attempts to find out any further information about Harry were fruitless.

1928 Harry A Tokita

I was more successful with Ruth Tokuko Nomura (1907-2008). Below are two photographs of her from The Beaver, one from 1928 (l) and one from 1930 (r).

Ruth was the daughter of Frank Jiro Nomura (1874-1956) and Kiyo Takeda (1882-1980) who were born in Japan and immigrated to the USA in 1903. She married Earl Kazumi Tanbara (1806-1974) in 1935. Ruth and Earl are all over the Internet. Here you can see a triptych by HIRO which celebrates Ruth’s life. Here you can learn about The Earl K. and Ruth N. Tanbara Fund for Japanese American History in Minnesota. Here you can view a 1925 color photograph titled “Ruth Nomura in Japanese Costume” in which Ruth again displays her characteristic hand clasp. It would be worth your time to go here and read Ruth’s and Earl’s very interesting biographies.

Ruth and Earl are buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, memorials 123169220 and 123169184, as are her parents and two of her brothers.

I was unable to positively identify the other two students in the photograph, and Jay’s identity remains a mystery.

Below is the reverse of the photograph which measures 3.5 X 2 inches. I purchased it at an antique store in Baltimore, MD in July 2016.

Japanese Students back

The Students