Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bertha May SIM-HOFMAR (1901 - 1958)

berha, edith, george
Bertha, a friend, Edith ad George, about 1920, Buffalo
Photo courtesy of cousin Mary Ellen F.
George SIM's sister
Early years- Bertha was the 4th child of John Wm and Mary Ann SIM.  She was born on 9 May 1901 in Rochester, Erie Co., NY.  She graduated from high school. 
Buffalo Courier Express, 1938
Found on Old Fulton Postcards
Work history- In the 1923 marriage register, Bertha is listed as a clerk in Hackensack, NJ.  She later raised and sold show dogs (Boston Terriers).
Family- In 1923 and in Pennsylvania, at age 21, Bertha married 30 year old Bernard “Barney” Michael HOFMAR (1893-1968) of Rochester.   They later adopted son Donald HOFMAR (1929-2006). 

The marriage register had some inaccurate information, but it did indicate that Barney’s surname was originally HOFMAYR.  His father Johan HOFMAYR was born in Germany.  His mother, Mary HAUSER, was born in Rochester, NY. 

Barney was previously married to a woman named Mary according to his 1917 WWI draft card and the 1920 census.  He requested exemption status on the draft card to support his wife which may mean she was in ill health.  No additional records were found for Mary.
In the 1917 draft card, Barney was a fireman in Buffalo.  In the 1920 census, he was a Buffalo policeman.  In the 1923 marriage registry to Bertha, he was a salesman in Erie, PA.  After their marriage, he was a Buffalo policeman and in 1943, he was promoted to detective.  He died in 1968. 

I was not able to find many of the census records for the HOFMARs.  I do know that they lived at 22 Taunton Avenue between 1935 and 1940.

Interesting Facts

·       Bertha was an active member of the Golden Does, a wives club for husbands in The Elks Club.
·       Bertha and Barney declared bankruptcy in 1932. 

Death- Bertha died 20 April 1958 in Buffalo.  Her remains are interred at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY.

 

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More news items for Barney (all found on Old Fulton Postcards):

1937 Buffalo Courier Express


1957 Buffalo Courier Express
1921 Buffalo Evening News

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

George William SIM (1899-1941)

BIRTH - George William Sim was born May 3, 1899.  His parents were John Wm. Sim and Mary Ann Wallace.  He first shows up on the 1900 US Census as a one-year old living with his family at 49 Adams Street, Monroe County, Rochester, NY.  However, the Sim Bible states he was born in Buffalo, NY. 

EDUCATION - The 1940 US Census lists four-years high school.
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George, Crystal Beach, 1923
Photo courtesy Aunt Pat H.
(This photo received the most views on Mary's Flickr account - over 120 in 2016)

MILITARY SERVICE - On September 12, 1918 George registered for the draft.  He is in Washington, DC working as a Switchboard Installer for Mr. Bright.  The New York Records of the National Guard showed George, age 23, with the Military Unit HQ Co 54th Infantry Brigade on May 8, 1922. 

MARRIAGE - On June 18, 1924 George Sim married Edna Otwell in Buffalo, NY.
                        They had five children, William, John, Joan, Patricia and Gerald.

edna, george, gertrude
OTWELL-SIM marriage, 1924
CENSUS REPORTS 
US 1900/l year old       49 Adams Street, Monroe County, Rochester, NY
NYS 1905/6 years old        Batavia, Genesee County, NY
US 1910/10 years old        91 Peach Street, Buffalo, NY
CDN 1911/12 years old     Grey North District, Ontario, Canada
NYS 1915                             Family not found
US 1920/20 years old        500 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY  Living with parents. Occupation: None
NYS 1925/26 years old      Lackawanna, NY
US 1930/30 years old        217 LaSalle Ave., Buffalo, NY  Living with his family at his parent's home.                        Paying $40 rent.  Occupation - proprietor of a restaurant
US 1940/41 years old        296 Chapman Dr., Hamburg, NY, renting, yearly income of $2080.                                   Occupation - foreman -  steel mill
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George at Woodlawn Beach, 1923
Photo courtesy of Aunt Pat H.
BUFFALO COURIER AND BUFFALO EVENING NEWS ARTICLES

(Found on Old Fulton NY Postcards Website)
June 18, 1924 - Applied for marriage license with Edna Otwell

Dec. 21, 1927 - George was stabbed and seriously wounded in his soft drink place at 17 Wadsworth, Buffalo.  He was taken to Columbus Hospital and received 30 stitches to close the wound.
Jan. 5, 1928 - George Kirby, 27, charged with assault and robbery.
Feb. 15, 1928 - A supreme court jury found George Kirby not guilty of a robbery, first degree charge.

  

May 16, 1928 - George was charged with dry law violations.

Oct. 20, 1928 - Charge dismissed when it was shown George had sold his place of business prior to the raid to Frederick Otwell, his brother-in-law.
 

DEATH - October 19, 1941 in Hamburg, NY, George W. Sim died from aplastic anemia. He was 42-years old.  His remains are interred at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mystery Lady: "Aunt Rose"

rachel wallace, george sim
George's aunt, maternal line
You may remember the mystery lady "Aunt Rose" that appeared in this photo of George taken in 1924 in Owen Sound during his honeymoon.

She appeared again in this photo of Edith and Gene FOLEY taken in Buffalo (photo courtesy of cousin Mary Ellen F).  And, she is wearing the same suit!

edith sim, gene foley, rachel wallace
 
Aunt Rose was Mary Ann WALLACE-SIM's younger sister Rachel Rosetta WALLACE.  She was born in 1890 in Sarawak - the youngest daughter of William WALLACE and Mary HUSTON.  She married James Thomas HIX in 1920.  I was unable to trace her after that and do not know if she had any children.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Edith Mary SIM-FOLEY (1895-1968)

Edith - Photo courtesy of cousin Mary Ellen F.
 George SIM's sister
Early years- Edith was the 2nd child of John Wm and Mary Ann SIM.  She was born on 22 September 1895 in Sarawak Township, Grey, Ontario, Canada.  In 1898, the family immigrated to the US.  Edith had a 9th grade education. 
SIM Siblings Alice, George and Edith, about 1900, Buffalo
Photo courtesy cousin Mary Ellen F.
 
Work history- In the 1920 census, Edith was listed as a hotel maid. 

Immigration and Citizenship- John Wm immigrated the family to the US about 1898.  Edith became a naturalized citizen in 1915. 

Family- In 1919, at age 24, Edith married 24 year old Eli Eugene "Gene" FOLEY (1895-1960) of Buffalo.  They had one daughter, Dorothy, who later married Edward “Ted” F. KUMROW of Buffalo. 

Gene was the son of Joseph FOLEY and Christina JAUME of Buffalo.  Gene's grandfather Miles FOLEY (1818-1894) had immigrated to Buffalo from Ireland.  Miles' wife Susannae JAMES (1831-1811) was born in Wales. 

In the 1920 census, Gene was a street car conductor.  In 1925, he was a transportation clerk.  In 1930, he was a proprietor of a restaurant.  In 1940, he performed air conditioner maintenance.  Gene died 17 February 1960. 
 
Obit from Buffalo Courier Express
Found on Old Fulton NY Postcards website
 
Edith and Gene FOLEY and Aunt Rose
Photo courtesy of cousin Mary Ellen F.

They live at the following Buffalo locations:

In 1920, they lived in John Wm’s household at 500 Niagara Street
1925-1930, they lived at 98 Fern Hill Avenue
1935-1940, they lived at 100 Potomac Avenue
We know from Dorothy’s correspondences during WWII that the family temporarily lived in John Wm’s household about 1945.  They later lived at 121 Crestwood Avenue

Death- Edith died 13 October 1968 in Buffalo.  Her remains are interred at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY.
From the Buffalo Courier Express
Found on the Old Fulton NY Postcards website
 
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Alice Elizabeth SIM-MCCALL (1894-1966)

Alice and her grandchildren Peter and Judy
Photo courtesy cousin Judy B.
George SIM's sister
Early years- Alice was the eldest child of John Wm and Mary Ann SIM.  She was born on 5 February 1894 in Sarawak Township, Grey, Ontario, Canada.  In 1898, the family immigrated to the US.  Alice began grade school in Batavia, NY and finished in Buffalo’s School No. 24.  After graduation, she joined the school’s alumni association as an elected official.  Alice was the first SIM in our family to graduate from high school.
 
Alice and little brother George and their dog Sparky

Work history- After high school, Alice moved into an apartment and worked in an office.  She did not work when her children were young, but in the 1930 census, she was working in her husband’s lunch room.   In 1940, after her husband’s death, she was a seamstress. Later, she was a companion to the elderly.

Immigration and Citizenship- John Wm immigrated the family to the US about 1898.  Alice became a naturalized citizen in 1915.

Family- At age 22, Alice married 26 year old Ronald Beebe MCCALL (1890-1938) on 6 June 1916 in Tonawanda, Erie, NY.  They initially settled in the Buffalo area.

They had at least 3 children (all born in Buffalo):

Etta MCCALL (1917-1949) who married Charles A. WOOD
Doris MCCALL (1918-2001) who married Charles P. CHAPIN
Ronald B. MCCALL, Jr. (1922-1975) who married Joy Lee REED

Ronald was the eldest child of Archibald C. MCCALL and Etta A. BEEBE of Arcade, Wyoming Co., NY.  Ronald attended Cornell University.  In the marriage registry, he was listed as a superintendent.  In the 1920 census, he worked in a shipyard.  In 1925 he was a restaurateur.  In 1930, he was a proprietor of a lunch room.  Ronald died suddenly on 3 August 1938.  He was interred in the MCCALL family plot in Arcade.

 
Ronald with Doris and Etta
Photo courtesy of cousin Mary Ellen F.
 
From the Buffalo Courier Express
Found on Old Fulton NY Postcards website

In the 1920 census, the MCCALLs were living in Philadelphia, PA.  By the 1925 New York Census, they had returned to Buffalo.  They remained in Buffalo at the following locations:

In 1925, they lived at 777 Amherst Place in Buffalo.
In 1930, they lived at 86 Virgil Avenue in Buffalo.
In 1935-40, Alice and her children lived with her mother-in-law at 307 Bedford Avenue in Buffalo.  Her mother-in-law died in 1940.
Later, Alice lived at 277 Norwalk Avenue in Buffalo.  Nearby was John Wm and Mary Ann, the HOFMARs and the FOLEYs. 

Interesting Notes-

·         Alice was the matron of honor for Joyce CAMPBELL in her wedding to Donald HOFMAR (Alice’s nephew).
·         The daughters of John Wm and Mary Ann were known as “The Simple Sim Sisters”.
  • Alice had colon cancer in the late 1950s and had a colonoscopy.
 
 
Alice and her sister Edith - 2 of the Simple Sim Sisters
Photo courtesy of cousin Judy B.

Death- Alice died 18 May 1966 in Buffalo.  Her remains are interred at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Kenmore, NY.
From the Buffalo Courier Express
Found on Old Fulton NY Postcards website 

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