Ruth and Roy Collier

Ruth and Roy front no back

Above we have Roy Frank Collier, Jr. (1922-1972) and Ruth Louise Carey (1920-2004). I don’t know the date or location of the photograph. Could it be their wedding day?

Roy was the son of Roy Frank Collier, Sr. (1896-1930) and the grandson of George W. Collier (1865-1934). George was a prominent Baltimorean who served as “Market Master” in the office of City Comptroller of Baltimore. In 1921 he managed the following public markets: Belair Market, Canton Market, Centre Market, Cross Street Market, Fells Point Market, Hanover Market, Hollins Market, Lafayette Market, Lexington Market, Northeast Market, and Richmond Market. You can read more about the public markets here and here. President Harding appointed George as Baltimore’s U.S. Marshall in 1923 and he served in that office for ten years. Roys’ mother was Helen Marie Gritz (1902-1968) whose father Anthony Gritz (1876-1917) was born in Poland. The name Gritz apparently derived from Gryczkowski, and both the long and short versions were spelled every which way.

Ruth was born in Newport, DE, the daughter of Charles Wilson Carey (1888-1951) and Lydia R. Ivory (1895-1921). After Lydia died in 1921 Ruth and her siblings were sent to live with relatives. In the 1930 Census Ruth was enumerated with her mother’s paternal uncle, William Thomas Ivory (1874-1938), his wife Florence Isabelle Packard (1876-1931), and their son Wilson Thomas Ivory, Jr. (1903-1979) in Wilmington, DE. Lydia’s father, George Henry Ivory (1872-1943) and his brother William Thomas Ivory were born in Kent County, MD to William Ivory (1831-1878) and Sarah Catherine Tucker (1844-1884). In the 1940 Census we see Ruth in Baltimore working as a precision equipment finisher and a lodger with the family of Edward Linton Kelley (1909-1976), his wife Rose Marie Borleis (1914-1984), and their two daughters. I couldn’t find a familial connection between Ruth and the Kelley family.

Roy was in the U.S. Marines from September 1942 until November 1945. During at least December 1943 to February 1944 Roy was stationed on the island of Espiritu Santo, the largest island in the Republic of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. I’m sort of convinced that Roy served in the Marine Photographic Squadron 154 (VMD-154) which arrived to the island in November 1943. By July 1945 Roy had redeployed and was part of VMD-954 at Stallings Air Base in Kinston, NC, a squadron which absorbed VMD-154. In 1958 Roy was employed as an engineer with what is now known as AAI Corporation, which leads me to believe he was an aircraft technician while in the Marines.  When Ruth sent photographs to Roy he usually wrote the dates he received them on the back. Here are some of those photographs, each one followed immediately by its reverse:

Ruth Collier 1 front

Ruth Collier 1 back

Ruth in Coat frontRuth in Coat back

Ruth Collier bathing suit frontRuth Collier bathing suit back

Ruth wrote “grandmother and mother” on the back of the following photograph which is dated 23 January 1944, so this must be Roy’s mother Helen Marie Gritz (1902-1968) and her mother Lena M. Dietz (1875-1965):

Grandmother and Mother front

Grandmother and Mother back

Below is a uncaptioned photograph of grandmother, mother, and Roy and Ruth:

Ruth and Roy and Grandmother and Mother front no back

Below is “Uncle William” who is apparently Roy’s maternal uncle William Alexander Gritz (1911-2001). Ruth was married to William at the time of his death but I don’t know when they married. William had not married before he married Ruth.

Uncle William front

Uncle William back

Here is Adolph Joseph Gritz (1914-1970), another maternal uncle of Roy’s:

Adolph J Gritz front

Adolph J Gritz back

Below is a photograph of Ruth that appears to be a souvenir from an excursion aboard the S. S. Dixie, the “Steamer of Tomorrow,” a Wilson Line vessel that set sail from Pier 8 on Light Street in Baltimore. As shown in the advertisements to follow, taken from 1939 editions of The Baltimore Sun, the ship made two trips a day. Her dress and the expression on her face suggest to me that Ruth was taking the “Moonlight” excursion.

 

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The above image of the S. S. Dixie can be purchased here. According to Google Earth, 807 Dundalk Avenue and much around it were replaced by the Kane Avenue interchange on I-95. Go here to read about Seaside Park.

Below is a photograph of a man I suspect to be Roy’s dad, Roy Frank Coller, Sr:

Possibly Roy Frank Collier Sr no back

Tucked within the cardboard portrait holder above was the following photograph of Roy, Jr.:

Roy Collier Jr baby front

Roy Collier Jr baby back

Next we have Roy, Jr. in his U. S. Marine uniform. This must have been taken near or at the end of his military service because he wears Technical Sergeant stripes, the highest rank he obtained.

Roy Frank Collier Jr in uniform no back

Roy and Ruth had three sons. The first was Roy Frank Collier, III who died as 20 months (1946-1947). In the next photograph we see Ruth holding an unidentified baby I suspect to be Roy, III:

Ruth and unidentified baby (no back)

The two other sons were twins born on 1 October 1948. There were dozens of photographs of them, many with the “grandmother and mother” from above, and each was carefully captioned to identify the twins, James Michael Collier, Sr., and Kenneth Lane Collier:

K and J 2.5 years (no back)

This was a complicated project and it took a long time. There are several gaps in information which are bugging me, but perhaps they’ll come to light. Now, at it’s end and after a closer look at S. S. Dixie photograph and others, I realize I should have written this one more from Ruth’s perspective. But it’s time to cut the cord and move on. [Philosophical musings deleted.]

 

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Ruth and Roy Collier

In the Vicinity of 920 North Montford Avenue

Here are two more photographs from the batch associated with the Joseph Drevo family and their residence at 1614 Chilton Street/Avenue in Baltimore and the Rommel family who lived up the street.

At first I thought the people in the photographs were Drevos, then I thought they were Rommels because the mother looks a little like Emma Elizabeth Fahey Rommel. After using Google Earth to discover that the photographs were taken in the vicinity of 920 North Montford Avenue where the Drevos lived from 1912 to 1923, I decided the timing was off for either scenario. The photographs could depict Drevo relatives or friends who also lived on Montford Avenue during those years when the Drevos owned #920.

The only reference I could find to Hellman’s Meat Market was in a 1962 article in The Baltimore Sun which described a market by that name on Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1890s, but that was in West Baltimore and the Drevos were in East Baltimore.

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Here are current views taken from Google Earth:

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Is there a chance the lady and the baby are related to other people from the 900 block of North Montford Avenue? The 1920 Census shows us that the following heads of families lived on the block and were immigrants from Bohemia.

900: Anton Dorl (1866-1920) and his wife, Pauline Dorl (1867-1932)
902: Charles Spaeck (1878-??)
904: Joseph Smith Kolarik (1866-1946)
910: Anthony Jesatko (1895-1973)
912: Thomas Otradovec (1893-1975; born in RI to parents from Bohemia)
914: Joseph Duspiva (1888-1963)
916: John Sochurek (1869-??)
918 Phillip Noha (1874-1945) and his wife Mary Bartos Noha (1875-1949)

In the Vicinity of 920 North Montford Avenue

1614 Chilton Avenue

Joseph Drevo, Sr. (1880-1957), his wife Johanna M. Luk Drevo (1882-1956), and their son William Luk Drevo, Sr, (1905-1993) sailed from Bremen, Germany aboard the SS Chemnitz and arrived to Baltimore, MD on 13 December 1905. They were natives of Pacov in what was then Austria-Hungary but now is the Czech Republic, and their contact in the USA was Joseph’s brother, Frank Drevo, who immigrated in 1903. In the 1910 Census the three of them were enumerated in the same residence as Frank and his wife Mary at 722 North Milton Avenue. Both Frank and Joseph were cabinet makers in a factory.

Joseph and Johanna, who was also known as Jennie, purchased 1614 Chilton Street in June 1923 and lived there until her death in 1956 and his death in 1957. Here are some photographs of that house and the neighborhood. Unfortunately there were no identities associated with the people pictured.

1614 Chilton Avenue 1

1614 Chilton Avenue 2

1614 Chilton Avenue 3

1614 Chilton Avenue 4

Group @ 1614 Chilton

Joseph and Jennie raised three children on Chilton Street: William who married Olga Nenadal (1909-1989); Anna Helen Drevo (1906-1999) who married Emil J. Novotny (1900-1971); and Joseph Charles Drevo, Jr. (1908-1985) who married Dorothy Victoria Jacob (1913-1958).

William Luk Drevo, Sr. was an architect who graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art and George Washington University, which probably explains why this batch contained photographs of buildings. The only building I can identify is the Standard Oil Building on St. Paul Street in Baltimore:

Standard Oil Bldg superstructure

Standard Oil Bldg

Here is the building as of November 2017:

Standard Oil Building

Of the several photographs of people in this batch, the only Drevo I can positively identify is Robert Joseph Drevo (1949), the son of Joseph Charles Drevo and Dorothy Victoria Jacob, whose baby picture is shown below, along with a note from his mother to his paternal grandparents:

 

 

You’ll notice there are no last names on any of these photographs, so where did the name Drevo come from? There were four Czech language postcards from Pacov in the batch, and one was addressed to Joseph Drevo at 1614 Chilton Street. Here is a sample:

Postcard 2 front

There are more photographs to examine but it’s time to move on. Next up, photographs of a Chilton Street neighbor family that was a little bit famous.

 

1614 Chilton Avenue

A Few Hoff Family Members

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According to the caption written on its back, the above photograph depicts May, Louis, and Annie Hoff who lived at 1711 North Bethel Street:

Kids pic

The photograph was in a big bunch I bought at an antique store in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore in early 2018. I discovered after I got home that I had also scooped up the the following photograph which, according to its caption, depicts their father, John Hoff.

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Dad's pic

While it is obvious that the captions were written by the same hand, we can also see that John Paul Hoff (1866-1946) and Amelia Achatz Hoff (1871-1947) lived at 1711 North Bethel Street between 1902 and 1910. The children are too young for the photograph to have been shot at this address but I had no success in fixing the photograph’s setting. We learn from the 1910 Census that John was born in Switzerland and was a carpenter whose mother tongue was French. Amelia was born in Germany and was a homemaker. They had been married 19 years in 1910 and 10 of the 12 children Amelia bore were still living.

Mary Anna Hoff (1883-1963) was also known as Mae. She married Francis Kirby McManus (1890-1983) and they had two daughters, Anna Irma McManus (1913-2003) and Mary Althea McManus (1917-2018).

Louis A. Hoff (1896-1969) was a plumber. He married Cecilia Morris (1897) and they had one son, Louis Nicholas Hoff (1925-1970).

The only traces of Annie Hoff (February 1895) I could find were in the 1900 and 1910 Censuses.

Ernsberger’s Photograph Gallery appears to have been located at 501 and 503 North Gay Street, Baltimore, MD in 1891, but the property went for auction that same year. In 1996 J. G. Ernsberger was operating his “photographing establishment” up the street at 588 North Gay Street. This dates the photograph of John to circa 1891.

John appeared with his family in Census records until 1920, but in 1930 and 1940 he was enumerated as a patient at the Spring Grove State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Catonsville, MD. Amelia was enumerated in the Census as married in 1930 and 1940. By 1924 she was listed as single in the city directory and living at 4322 East Eager Street in Baltimore, a house Louis bought in 1923. Starting in 1924 Amelia was listed in city directories as the “widow of John P.”

A Few Hoff Family Members

Frank at 1529 Holbrook Street, Baltimore, MD

Young Frank in back yard 1

Pictured above is Francis Joseph Zeller (1897-1979), AKA Frank, on 19 June 1910. He was about a month shy of 13 years old. As you can see from the caption on the back (below), he is standing in the back yard of 1529 Holbrook Street, Baltimore, MD “which mother kept neatly and proudly.” Holbrook Street is in the neighborhood of Oliver (see map below). I have not yet determined which of Frank’s sisters wrote that.

Frank was the son of Louis M. Zeller (1864-1926) and Margaret Ann Buechner (1868-1938). Louis purchased 1529 Holbrook Street from Ella A. Murphy in 1907. The house was subject to a ground rent of $39 until Louis acquired the ground from W. Allen Hammond in 1920. Margaret sold the house to Frank after Louis died in 1926 but maintained ownership of the ground. In 1937 Margaret and Louis sold the house and ground to Frank’s sister, Caroline M. Zeller (1893-1965), and her husband, Benjamin Harrison “Harry” Gosnell (1889-1960). Caroline and Harry had owned 1544 Holbrook Street since 1927. I’ll tell you more about the Gosnells in a future post.

The next door neighbor whose window is visible and mentioned in the caption was Ella M. Carlin (1858-1946) who lived at 1527 Holbrook Street. She was married to John W. Harris (1852-??). Her brother Louis B. Carlin (1864-1930) lived with them there at the time of his death.

Here is the back of the above photograph:

Young Frank in back yard 2

In the next photograph of Frank, developed 2 May 1933, he is 35 years old and again standing in the back yard of 1529 Holbrook Street. The dog in the photograph belonged to Eva M. Smith (1890-1981) who was married to John W. Bates (1897-1969). They were neighbors two doors down at 1525 Holbrook Street.

Frank in back yard 1

Frank in back yard 2

The three-story residences behind Frank were in the 1500 block of Aisquith Street. These three-story residences were replaced by two-story residences in the 1970s. A 10 June 1970 article in the Baltimore Sun discussed the recent demolition of 1531, 1533, and 1535 Aisquith Street, after they were condemned by the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development. The article noted that 1531 Aisquith Street was owned by a couple living in Trieste, Italy. A lien of $1200 was placed against the property to cover the costs of razing the house and “wall patching” at 1529 Aisquith Street, which was left standing, but a spokesman for the Department was quoted as saying “it’s going to be difficult to collect.” Almost 50 years later the problems associated with dilapidated housing and absentee owners still exist in Baltimore.

Below is a recent Google Earth Street View view of 1525, 1527, and 1529 Holbrook Street. All three of the houses are vacant.

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Here is a map of the neighborhood of Oliver with Holbrook Street marked in red”

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These photographs were among about 50 I purchased from an antique store on The Avenue in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore in July 2017.

Watch this blog for more of what these photographs tell us about the Zeller Family and life in ancient Baltimore.

 

Frank at 1529 Holbrook Street, Baltimore, MD

Reuschlein and Wolfe and Great Hats

REUSCHLEIN 1 front

The beautiful people above are Albert Charles Fredrick Reuschlein (1875-1948) and Bessie M. Wolfe (1875-1967).

REUSCHLEIN 1 back

Albert was the son of George Reuschlein (1847-1936) and Anna Margaret Schneider (1847-1892). All four of Albert’s grandparents were born in Germany. Bessie was the daughter of Samuel Y. Wolfe (1847-??) and Susan Carlin (1847-??) who were born in Pennsylvania as were all four of her grandparents.

Albert and Bessie grew up in Cumberland, MD and married there in circa 1900. They both performed in vocal ensembles of various configurations at the First Presbyterian Church on Washington Street and at the Y.M.C.A. Albert worked as a clerk, timekeeper, and statistician for the B&O Railroad and retired on 3 July 1940 after 43 years of service. Bessie worked as a dressmaker and stenographer. Albert was a member of Ohr Lodge No. 131, A. L. & A. M for 35 years. They had one daughter, Elizabeth Carlin Reuschlein (1903-1977). She married Clinton Leroy Ewing, Sr. (1898-1989) and they had one son, Clinton Leroy Ewing, Jr. (1925-1983).

Bessie and Albert moved from Cumberland to Baltimore around 1920. They were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in plot which is also the final resting place of Carlin and her husband (findagrave.com memorials 157268103-6).

Bessie and Albert were great hat people. Below they’re posing with Carlin.

REUSCHLEIN 2 front

Here is Carlin and an unidentified man:

REUSCHLEIN 3 front

I bought these photographs at an antique store on The Avenue in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden.

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REUSCHLEIN 3 backREUSCHLEIN 2 back

Reuschlein and Wolfe and Great Hats

Clara Beall Taylor Gainor Magruder

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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.

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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