Jack HOLLY & Mary Ellen JORDAN
Jack and Mary
were married in a civil ceremony in 1906 in Rhyolite,Nevada,Usa
- Family Notes
- Mary Ellen had fallen in love with a Guelph man by the name of Jack Holly. Because of a dispute with his children he left Guelph for Rhyolite, Nevada. Mary Ellen followed him there taking her youngest three children with her, Grace, Freda and Edwin. This was September 1, 1907. Some relatives say she married Jack Holly in 1906, before she left Guelph, others say it was after she went to Nevada.
Grace Watson wrote the following history:
We lived in Rhyolite, the metropolis of the Bullfrog District, from 1907 until 1911. The big silver boom had quieted down and Rhyolite was just a dusty, placid town of hard-working miners. On the main street were several blocks of businesses. The bank was an
impressive concrete building with apartments upstairs. The Porter Brothers had general store in another concrete building. We bought dress material and groceries there, and also got groceries from Cook's grocery store. There was one ice cream parlor and many saloons. There was a telephone- telegraph office, a bookstore, hotels and boarding houses. The red light district was one block off Main Street. A two-story concrete schoolhouse was built within a year of our arrival. Houses were small but many people had planted trees and quite a few had lawns struggling in the dry desert sand.
The small house my stepfather had rented for us had porches front and back a cellar, and an outhouse. We were pretty crowded when everybody was home. Mama and Jack Holly slept on a roll- down bed in the front room. Eddie had a cot in the kitchen. Freda and I shared a cot in the clothes closet. I wouldn't have minded the smallness and in the summertime having the heat, but having clothes hanging right above us in there did make it an oppressive place to be.
I stayed out of school our first year in Rhyolite, helping Mama with the washing and taking care of the younger kids. I specialized in
ironing. Mama said I was awfully fast at it. My ironing board was a plank covered with cotton batting, balanced between a table and a chair. I used six irons at a time, pressing with one while the other five heated on the stove.
I did housecleaning for neighbors at two bits an hour. For awhile I worked regularly at Mrs. Wieburg's boarding house, helping her with cooking and washing up after meals. I didn't like the job for a couple of reasons. She never used leftovers, so each evening she threw out enough food to have fed my family. It went into a garbage pit in the back yard that attracted cats. Some of them had their kittens in the yard or the cellar, handy to this wonderful source of food Mrs. Wittenburg made me drown them by putting them in a ten gallon can of water
Jack Holly died while working at the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Yard, lifting heavy machinery off freight cars. The exertion was too much for him.
Mary Ellen JORDAN
Mary was born on February 20th, 1855 in Ontario Canada
. She died due to Pneumonia at the age of 88 on January 4th, 1944 in Guelph, Wellington Cty., ON Canada
. Her burial was in Woodlawn Cem. Block K-Lot 90
- Death Notes
- MRS. MARY LAITURE PASSES IN HOSPITAL
Following a brief illness Mrs. Mathew Laiture 88, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital yesterday.
The former Mary Ellen Jordan, Mrs. Laiture was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Jordan, and was born in Guelph where she resided the greater part of her life. For a period of about ten years she lived in Nevada U.S.A. but she returned to Guelph some years ago. The widow of the late David Watson, who predeceased her 40 years ago, Mrs Watson married again and her second husband Mathew Laiture predeceased her about 20 years ago. *This is incorrect as Mary Ellen did have five husbands.
Surviving are five sons and six daughters of her first marriage; David, Kansas City; Charles, Chicago; Albert and Thomas of Detroit; Edwin U.S.A.; Mrs. William Pinder, Guelph; Mrs. Albert Ball, Windsor; Mrs. John Seiler, Detroit; Mrs. John Martin, Sask; Mrs. George Bamauer, Nevada, and Mrs. Colin Edie, Vancouver. Also surviving is one great-great grandchild, and a number of great- grandchildren and grandchildren.
The remains are resting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Pinder, R.R. 6, Guelph, Puslinch Twp., where the funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be made at Woodlawn Cemetery.