Family Affair


The inscription on the back of the above photograph reads, “Charles & Sarha Ohmor; Catherine & Harry Storll; Marge Sipe.” This photograph was purchased in September 2016 along with the photograph that is the subject of my previous post about Aunt Edna Stroll. It’s pretty obvious to me that the ladies in the photograph are related. It also seems obvious that Marge Sipe is the person in the middle. What I am not sure of is which couple is which?

“Marge” is Margaret H. Beck (1876-1969), AKA Tillie, who was the daughter of Anthony Beck (1845-??) who was born in Germany and Mary Anna Kyle (1850-1932) who was born in Baltimore, MD. She married Clayton Sipe (1879-1918) and they had five sons and one daughter.

Marge’s sister, Sarah Elizabeth Beck (1886-1976) married Charles Omar (1880-1950) in 1906. In 1916 Sarah and Charles adopted a girl from The Children’s Home of York whose name at the time of her death was Alverta L. Heilman Omar Martin (1911-1944). I am not sure how that name came about. Alverta died while a patient in the Mont Alto Sanitorium. Charles was born in Algeria and legally changed his name from Omar Bene Haddadene in 1913, explaining to Judge Wanner that his original name was “too cumbersome, vague and hard to understand and thus hinders him as well as inconveniences him in the transaction of his business.” That business was to “go about the county selling dry goods and notions.”

Marge’s sister Anna Catherine Beck (1871-1942) married Carroll Lloyd (1872-1904) and one of their daughters was Catherine A. Lloyd (1897-1960). She married Harry Arthur Storll (1890-1969). They had two daughters who survived infancy and a son and daughter who did not. Charles was one of Edna‘s brothers.

Both Charles and Harry had some difficulties with their wives. A 13 July 1911 article in the Reading Times with a York byline reported that Charles was “mourning at the same time the loss of his wife and his bank account . . . Omar had been out a few hours and upon his return found a note from his wife on the table [which] informed him that Mrs. Omar felt she was fitted for something better than the life she was leading.” The joint bank account had contained $160. Harry placed a notice in the 30 April 1918 edition of The York Daily notifying all persons he would not be responsible for debts incurred in his name by his wife, Catherine Storll, who had “left her bed and board without just cause.”

As for which couple is which, I assess that the couple on the left are the Storlls and the couple on the right are the Omars based on very slim evidence: In their WWI draft registration documents, Charles had black hair and Harry had “light colored” hair. When they registered for the WWII draft both were described as having gray hair.


Family Affair

Aunt Edna Storll


A helpful someone in a hat shot this photograph of a young lady who is identified on the back as “Aunt Edna Storll”. I bought this photograph at an antique store in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore in September 2016.

Edna Mae Storll (1900-1950) was the daughter of German-born William Storll (1847-1924) and Josephine (Sophia) Einsig (1857-1942) whose parents were born in Germany. Josephine’s family was affiliated with the Moravian Church, a fact which which may be reflected in Edna’s attire.

She spent her whole life living with her parents on Pattison Street in York, PA and never married. She was inducted into the York chapter of the General Electric Quarter Century Club in 1945 and was an insulation machine operator at the time of her death. The cause of her early death was a cerebral hemorrhage. She is buried in Mount Rose Cemetery in York and shares a gravestone with her parents ( memorial #150111323).


Aunt Edna Storll

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