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I've "rescued" an old photograph identified as that of Grace MCCALEB, Mae
MCCALEB, and Ethyl REED along with an unidentified gentleman. The
photograph appears to have been taken in the early 1900's with the three
girls ranging in age from infants to 4 years and the man likely in his 60's
or 70's. There is no studio or location noted on the photograph so I have
no idea where it original came from. Thanks to researchers I know the
following about this family now:
The man in the photograph is John S. HOLDEN b. 6 Apr 1839 in Rockbridge Co.
VA and died 22 Feb 1916 in West Branch, IA and buried in the West Branch
Ethyl Margaret REED b. 2 Jan 1904 in Cedar, IA is the daughter of Russell B.
REED and Gertrude HOLDEN and Gertrude is the daughter of John S. HOLDEN.
The REED Family moved to California in 1922 and in 1923 Ethyl married Ross
Elizabeth HOLDEN married William MCCALEB, Elizabeth is also a daughter of
John S. HOLDEN and the Mother of Grace and Mae MCCALEB. Elizabeth died in a
car accident in 1915. After Elizabeth died William remarried Grace Peters
HARBIT and she died in 1946. Daughter Grace MCCALEB married Fred PEDERSON
or PETERSON in 1920 at Iowa City, IA and they moved in California were their
daughter Dorothy was born in 1926. Mae MCCALEB married Roland STOCKER in
1921 and they too moved in California in 1924. Mae was divorced and married
a second time to James ORTEGA in California in 1934. By 1952 both Grace and
Mae are living in Pasadena, CA.
John S. HOLDEN had two additional children noted in his obituary, a daughter
Celia HOLDEN and a son J. C. HOLDEN.
Census records provide the following details:
1910 census of Springdale, IA:
Grace MCCALEB, age 9
Mae MCCALEB, age 6
Ethel REED, age 6
1920 census of Gower, IA:
William E. MCCALEB, age 45, born VA
Grace MCCALEB, age 29, born IA
Grace A. MCCALEB, age 18, born IA
Mae G. MCCALEB, age 16, born IA
Clyde J. MCCALEB, age 11, born IA - noted as stepson
William G. MCCALEB, age 8, born IA - noted as stepson
I'm hoping to see that the photograph is returned to the care of family. If
you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please
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