When the 14th Census for the United States was enumerated in 1920, Charles Graham resided with daughter, Nellie (Helen), her husband Robert Lyman and their three children, six year old Alice; Lauren age 4 and Elfreidia age 2. Robert was 21 years older than Nellie. At the time of her mother’s death in 1918, Nellie and Robert were living in Brunswick, Ga.
In June 1920 Charles applied for a Passport; intending to visit his sister Helen in Montrose, Scotland. He described himself as being 5’ 10” tall; dark complexion with gray eyes. Hair gray brown. The shape of his face was long as was his nose, with a rounded chin and full mouth.
Although somewhat faded, you have to be grateful for passport applications and the compulsory photos; being able to put a face to the person whom you have researched is JUST GOLD.
A visit to Montrose would have included a visit with his sister in law, Isabella Baird (nee Hird) and her husband Joseph as well as meeting for the first time, his many Baird nephews and nieces who were married with children of their own. Perhaps it was at this time that Charles Graham Baird thought of migrating to the United States. Returning home on board the Olympic, Charles arrived at the Port of New York on 6 October.
21st January 1923 was not a particularly good day to be out and about as reported in the Springfield Republican.
Charles Graham of Sewall Street, Ludlow slipped while descending from a trolley at Main and Worthington streets early in the evening. He was taken to Springfield Hospital where Dr Seth A. Lewis found he had suffered a broken leg”.
Ouch – poor Charles – it would have taken him eons to get over his injury.
Charles remarried sometime before the 1930 Census when he and new wife, Scottish born Helen were recorded at 18 Noel Street, Springfield, right next door to son, Alexander and his family. The couple rented their home, paying $35.00 per month.
In answering the question – age at first marriage – Charles gave 28 and Helen 63 which puts their date of marriage around 1922, the same year Helen gave for her residency. Whether from necessity (perhaps they didn’t have the aged pension then) at 74 years of age Charles worked as a stock-keeper in a machine shop. He had never served in the armed forces.
From 1935 and enumerated in 1940, Charles and Helen lived with Walter M Graham, age 65 and his wife, also named Helen at 35 Vinal Ave, Pittsfield. Walter and his wife both had income from other sources, Charles zero.
Helen passed away at the beginning of April 1942 and her obituary was printed in the Springfield Daily Republican on Monday 6th April.
A year later on the 25th April Charles’ long life came to an end.
The Springfield Daily Republican, Springfield, Mass. Monday April 26, 1943: Page 4 under heading: Charles Graham Dies: Had Lived in Ludlow
Pittsfield, April 25 – Charles Graham, 87, retired overseer at the plant of the Ludlow Manufacturing Associates died early today at the home of his brother, Walter M Graham of 35 Vinal Avenue. He was born at Montrose, Scotland, July 19, 1855 and in 1888 came to this country, going to Ludlow where for 37 years he was employed by the Ludlow Associates, a plant he saw expand during the period from 1 to 11 mills.
Mr Graham was a member of Union Church at Ludlow, honorary member of the Scottish Clan, Red Men, Brigham Lodge of Masons and was a past dictator of Ludlow lodge of Moose.
Mrs Graham died last year at the same hour as her husband on Easter day. Survivors are a son, Alexander of 8 Andrew Street, Springfield; a daughter, Mrs Robert Lyman of Washington, DC; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a brother, Walter M of Pittsfield and a sister Mrs Helen Adams of Montrose, Scotland.
James C Drennan, funeral director of 20 Willis St, Pittsfield took the body to the Byron funeral home at Springfield, where services will be held Tuesday afternoon, with burial in Island Pond cemetery.
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Charles S Graham, 87 died at the home of his brother, Walter M Graham of 85 Vinal avenue, Pittsfield yesterday morning. He was born in Montrose, Scotland and came to this country in 1888. He had lived in Pittsfield for the past 16 years. He was formerly a resident of Ludlow, having worked as foreman at the Ludlow Manufacturing company before retiring 16 years ago. Besides his brother, he leaves a son, Alexander of Springfield; a daughter, Mrs Robert Lyman of Washington, DC; a sister, Mrs Helen Adams of Scotland; five grandchildren and a great grandchild. He was a member of the Union church of Ludlow. The funeral will be held at Byron’s funeral home tomorrow afternoon at 3. Rev. Kenneth T Widney will officiate. Burial will be in Island Pond cemetery, Ludlow.
Sadly in both these articles daughter Margaret is not mentioned.