Friday, February 3, 2017

Oh You Kids! Children of Edwin and Mary OTWELL

Edna and Lillian, Aug 1929
Photo courtesy of Aunt Delores S.

Edna’s Siblings

Lillian Edith CRAIG (1892-1977) had a 5th grade education. She married Byron CRAIG (1888-1947) before 1916 and settled in Lackawanna, Erie County, NY. Byron was a brakeman on the New York Central Railroad’s Knickerbocker and Missourian passenger trains and he died suddenly one day while taking a nap. They had at least 3 children (Robert, James and  Byron Jr.).  On the 1930 census we also found a Fred Craig, age 4, listed as a son.  Fred is not listed on the 1940 census and would not have been born to be on the NYS 1925 Census.  Further research is needed.  She and Byron are interred at Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg, NY.
Gravestone -Photo courtesy cousin Tracy O.

Irene Alice MCMAHON (1894-1920) married Howard MCMAHON (1893-1931) before 1914 and had at least 3 children (Howard, Catherine GROFF and Edith May). She died of influenza at the age of 26 and is interred in the OTWELL family plot at Ridgelawn Cemetery. Their children were reared by the MCMAHON grandparents.
Gertie and Jack SIM (with a bowl haircut)
Niagara Falls, 14 July 1929

Gertrude Emma O’CONNELL (1895-1962) had an 8th grade education. She married Joseph O’CONNELL (1892-1968) on 18 June 1968 and they settled in Buffalo. Joseph was an apprentice at a wallpaper factory in the 1940 census. No children. They are interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.

Marian (1897-1898) died in infancy. We have not found any documents for her. She is listed as a sibling in Lillian’s obituary. We have not been able to locate her grave.  

Edna, Fred, Olive, Harold and Gertie, circa 1915
On the back is written "The Gang" and "Oh You Kids!"
Photo courtesy of Aunt Pat H.
Harold (1898-1976) had a 9th grade education. In his 1917 WWI draft card, he is described as short and slender with blue eyes and brown hair. In the 1920 census, he was living in his aunt Mary HALEY’s household in Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan. His grandmother Jane ASH was living there at the time, too. His occupation was timekeeper at a forge company. He returned to Buffalo and married Hazel M. GARRISON (1901-) on 26 September 1924 and they lived with Hazel’s brother according to the 1925 New York State census and 1930 federal census. No children. They were divorced by the 1940 census and Hazel later remarried. In the 1940 census, his occupation was watchman for the city parks system and his brother Fred was living with him. Harry enlisted in the military during WWII. He died at age 77 of a heart attack on 12 July 1976 and was interred in the OTWELL family plot at Ridgelawn Cemetery.
Lillian, Olive and Edna, Woodlawn Beach, 1929
Photo courtesy Aunt Pat H.

Olive and friend Aunt Mazy
Family Picnic, Chestnut Ridge
Olive May MCKENNA (1900-1985) had a 6th grade education. She married James MCKENNA (1893-1953) on 20 September 1922 and they settled in Buffalo. James’ occupation on the 1940 census was oiler at a construction job. They had at least 3 children (Frederick, Arlene ROLA and Janet SIEKMAN).
Fred OTWELL, 1923
Photo courtesy of cousin Jim O.

Frederick (1902-1992) had an 8th grade education, was a brakeman for the South Buffalo Railway and a member of the St. Patrick’s Club. He purchased the speakeasy on 17 Wadsworth from John SIM (see previous post). After his father’s death in 1920, he became the head of the household according to the 1930 census. In 1940, he was living in his brother Harry’s household and listed as married though his wife was not residing there. He had married Elizabeth GRIFFITH and they had 9 children (James, John, Maureen, Kevin, Thomas, Eileen, Kathy, William and Faith). In 1965, he was injured when the bus he was travelling in overturned near Toledo, Ohio during a tornado. He filed suits against the bus company and the railroad claiming permanent disability. He died in 1992 and was cremated.
Dorothy's gravestone, Photo courtesy cousin Tracy O.

Dorothy (1907-1908) died in infancy of “Acute and Supp. Adenitis” according to the Ridgelawn Cemetery card. Adenitis is the inflammation of a gland.

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