Today being a drizzly day, I thought I would take some time, to go on a little pictorial trip, up the family tree.
I thought I would start with Great Grandpa, Richard Gregg Scearce, aka Dick, and wife, Wanda Dale Roberts, aka Matie.
Tragedy stuck her family when she was very young. Her father dying in a hospital in Chicago, where he had gone for surgery, for a bleeding ulcer, in 1904. Her mother, along with her grandfather, William Frederick Zimmerman, came on the train, first to Eugene, Oregon in 1913, and then to Hood River, Oregon, in 1914. Encouraged to do so by her older sister, Caroline, aka Carrie, whose husband Amos Rouget, was helping in the building of the Power Dam, at that time.
When her husband died in 1904, he left a very prosperous business, yet the loss of him was too much for Grandma May, and she had to go into a sanatorium for a while. Her children, Dale and Stephen, were taken in by relatives. This made Dale a very sad, and sometimes angry child. I do not know how long May was in the sanatorium, but Dale was 13, when the family took the train out West. She did not like this change either, as she had to leave most of her family, and all of her friends behind in Edgar.
Thomas & Maggie Roberts were married at St. Davids Church, Nov 9, 1851 in Liverpool, England. Their first born son, John was born there in 1853, but in 1854, they took ship from Liverpool, and emigrated to Wisconsin.
This is an interior shot of the new store, taken circa 1910. "Jack" Kress, the husband of "Inez" Zimmerman, a younger sister of Grandma May, was manager of the store at that time. The woman may be Inez and the girl, their daughter, Gennedean Kress.
As you can see, they were people of wealth and standing in their community. It must have been very hard, for them, to leave Edgar, and move West. At least they didn't have to do it by wagon train.
This is the obituary of Stephen Benedict Roberts, the husband of Grandma May Zimmerman Roberts, he died Feb 6, 1904.