Haney and Prediger

Bill Haney front

Pictured above is William Pepper Haney (1899-1954) in 1919. He is identified as Bill on the back of three of the subject photographs so that’s how we will refer to him. In the Census of 1920 he was living with his parents, John P. Haney (1866-1927) and Sarah P. Oakley (1876-??)  at 540 Brunswick Street in southwest Baltimore, MD. I cannot place this photograph, possibly he is posing on breakwater (another photo in the same location is coming up). In 1920 Bill was a sign painter and his father was a printer. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and was assigned to U. S. Ships Emeline, Corona, Pretoria, and Eagle. We’ll see him (probably) again posing with a 3/4 aspect.

Bill married Luetta Jeanette Walper (1899-1991) in 1922. Luetta was the daughter of John M. Walper (1865-1926), a butcher, and Katherine “Katie” Lang (1865-1952). All four of Luetta’s grandparents were born in Germany.

Madlyn E Haney and Luetta J Walper front

The above photograph depicts Luetta and daughter Madlyn Eileen Haney (1925-2016) in 1925. Madlyn married Melbourne Donald Gourley (1925-1996) in 1952. She graduated from Western High School and he graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1943. They had four sons. Melbourne was a submariner during WWII, a torpedoman’s mate, and a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 486 AFL-CIO when he died. Madlyn was an athlete, participating in varsity softball and ice skating in high school and in Senior Olympics later in life. Below is her senior portrait.

1943 Madlyn Eileen Haney HS yearbook

Here’s a detail which is too good to pass up: Madlyn’s high school portrait is behind the kid on the left in the below photograph. I am not certain who these people are but the date “1950” is written on the back.

1950 Madlyn's portrait in this photo

Here is an undated photograph of Madlyn standing in front of Western High School. I’m guessing this was taken on her graduation day and that these are her parents, Bill and Luetta.

1943 H S graduation

I cannot resist posting this photograph of Madlyn in this beautiful carriage, also dated 1925:

Madlyn E Haney in crib front

As previously mentioned, Bill was a sign painter. In the two photographs which follow, Bill is pictured with his colleague Frederick John Prediger (1896-1966), one of the four children of German-born parents, Casper Prediger (1866) and Freidarick Trutle (1873). Fred married German-born Elizabeth Baumeister and they had three children.


02 Prediger and Haney front

01 Prediger and Haney front

Morton Outdoor Advertising, as written on the truck, was a Baltimore company owned by Henry Morton and his son Lawrence A. Morton until it was sold in 1948.

This batch of material was purchased from an antique store on The Avenue in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden in early 2017. Also included are several letters and cards, including a beautiful Christmas card Bill sent to Luetta in 1920.

Note that the large format photographs were very curled, something I mention to explain the crookedness of some of the photographs as scanned.




Haney and Prediger

Clara Beall Taylor Gainor Magruder


I purchased the above photograph from Whatnots Antiques on The Avenue in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden. The photograph was in a beautiful frame which I now regret not buying. The name of the photograph’s subject was on the back plate of the frame, not on the photograph itself, but I took a photograph of the back plate before leaving the store.


The subject is Clara Beall Taylor (1881-1972). She was the daughter of Charles Wood Taylor (1849-1934) and Mary Frances Beall (1851-1939).

She married Hunter Boyd Gainor (1859-1928), 22 years her senior, in 1901. [I have thought for years that the given name Hunter was a recent phenomenon, but not so.] Hunter had a son named Hunter Fountain Gainor (1890-1949) when they married and he was groomsman at their wedding. The two of them produced Clara Boyd Gainor (1905-1988) and John Loughran Gainor (1907-1992). The name Loughran apparently comes from a friend of Hunter’s named John B. Loughran of Norfolk, VA.

After Hunter died in 1928, Clara married Frank Abbott Magruder (1882-1949) in 1930. Magruder was the widowed husband of Clara’s sister, Louise Southgate Taylor (1885-1929). Clara, aunt of Mary Elizabeth Magruder (1923) and Margaret L. Magruder (1924), became their step-mother. Frank was a PhD professor of political science who graduated from Johns Hopkins and taught at Princeton University. When they married he was at Oregon State College in Corvalis. Magruder was a writer of textbooks, one of which, American Government (1917) was banned by the Houston, TX school board a month before he died. It is said that Frank chose to live on his salary and used all of his income from books to support charitable causes such as Camp Magruder which was named for him.

Clara returned to Baltimore after Frank died and lived in the Park-Lynn Apartments in the Roland Park neighborhood.


Clara Beall Taylor Gainor Magruder

Charles William Leydecker


The above photograph contains the following inscription on the back:


Charles William Leydecker (1863-1930) lived at 2544 McHenry Street in Baltimore in 1910 and 2550 McHenry Street in 1920, according the U.S. Census for those years. I think both addresses refer to the same property, that commonly known as 2550 McHenry Street.

Charles was the first child of Philip Louis Leydecker, Sr (1839-1911) and Julia A. Gempp (1842-1906). Philip “Leidecker” arrived from Biedenkopf, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Hesse, Germany in 1853. In 1860 he was enumerated as a butcher and living in the household of the well-to-do butcher Theodore Ludwick and his wife Margaret, both also born in Germany. Philip’s obituaries described him as the “Nestor of Butchers” and “one of the best known butchers in Lexington Market. Julia was the daughter of George F. Gempp (1808-1862) and his wife Margaret B UNKN (1808-1868), both of whom were born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. If George’s middle name is Frederick, as I suspect, he arrived to the USA in 1833 and was naturalized in 1840. Philip, Julia, George, and Margaret are buried in the Leydecker plot in Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore (findagrave.com memorials 139637111, 139643584, 139626765 and 139631587).

Charles, who was a butcher like his father, married Catherine Anna “Katie” Uhl (1864-1935) in 1886. She was the daughter of German-born Louis Charles Uhl (1844-1912), also in the meat business as a “commission merchant and stock dealer” and Elizabeth Heiner (1846-1918) who was born in Maryland. They had one child, Philip Louis Leydecker, Sr. (1887-1955). Charles’ son Philip was a hotelier and owned racehorses. A successful thoroughbred named “Charlie Leydecker” was active from 1917 to 1923 but I was unable to discover the horse’s connection to the family.

Charles’ brother Fred apparently inherited Philip’s stall in Lexington market. Here is an ad which appeared in the 23 April 1912 edition of The Baltimore Sun:

19120423 Fred Leydecker advert The_Baltimore_Sun_Tue__Apr_23__1912

The mansion at 2550 McHenry Street is long gone but the Internet is full of information about it. Known as the Shipley-Lydecker (sic) house, it is situated in the Baltimore neighborhood of Shipley Hill. According to a Shipley family website, the house was built by Nicholas Carroll in circa 1803; bought by Charles Shipley (1814-1904) in 1851-2, sold to Philip in circa 1906, bought by the VFW to be used as a memorial to the dead of WWI in 1947, and demolished to make room for a public housing development in 1947. It even has its own Facebook page. Here and here you can learn that the house was the model for Disneyland’s “Haunted Mansion” ride.

There are several mistakes in the online information about the mansion, an important one being the incorrect rendering of the name Leydecker which leaves out the “e”. All available information, including the version chiseled on the obelisk in the family cemetery plot, confirms the spelling is Leydecker.

Below are details from Sanborn Insurance Maps of the location.

1 P66 msa_scm2598-0325 1901 detail
This Sanborn Insurance map from 1901 shows the stables and tree depicted in the subject photographs.
2 P1207 msa_scm2602-0580 1952 detail
This Sanborn Insurance map from 1952 shows the block after row houses were built. The stables and the tree are gone and the house is labeled “V.F.W. Club.” By this time S. Garrison Lane had been renamed Franklintown Road.

Here is another photograph of the same scene, only with one more pony and one less Charles, followed by the inscription on its back:



I assume that the stamped “18-2” on the back of each photograph indicates they were developed in February 1918.

After many hours searching without success, I posted on Hemmings Motor News’ Facebook page asking for help in identifying the truck and got two responses. Mister Wilhelm informed me that, until 1924, various 3d party companies produced truck bodies for installation on a Ford Model-T chassis. Mister Coutinho speculated that the truck was a late 1910’s Maxwell 1.5 ton. For comparison a 1917 model Maxwell truck is pictured here, and a 1920 model is pictured here.

This was great fun and there is more to say about the family and the mansion, but material is stacking up around here and it is time to move on.

Charles William Leydecker