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Helen, Mae and Earl Moore

Mae Moore, at right, c1897

My great-grandmother was married three times, which surprised my mother who always thought she was the sweetest lady and how could she have married three men?  Third times a charm, I think, because she was married to her third husband, Alfred Johnson, for 46 years until her death.

Mae Dillon Moore was born in Plymouth, Michigan on May 18, 1892 to Fred and Mina (Bolt) Moore.  She had two brothers, Glenn and Earl and a sister Helen.  On December 23, 1908 at the age of 16, she married William E. Oakes.  In the 1910 U.S. Census, she and her mother, Mina, are living as lodgers in the home of Alta Fisher on W. Elizabeth St. in Detroit.  I haven’t found her husband William yet in the 1910 census, but obviously they were living apart.  However, my grandmother, Helen Dorothy Oakes, was born on June 19, 1912, so we know it wasn’t a permanent separation!  Mae filed for divorce from William on August 31, 1914 for cruelty and non-support.  The divorce was final on July 13, 1915.  William died in 1928.

Mae and Helen, c1913

Mae and Helen, c1913

Mae married Joseph R. Smiechowski on June 19, 1916, her daughter Helen’s fourth birthday.  Mae’s brother Earl was one of the witnesses.  In the 1920 U.S. census, Joseph, Mae, and Helen are living at 1521 Sheridan Avenue in Detroit.  My grandmother was listed as Helen Smiechowski.  Joseph was a painter whose father was from Poland.  Mae filed for divorce from Joseph on December 17, 1924 for extreme cruelty and non-support.  The divorce was final on May 11, 1925.  Joseph died in 1936.

Alfred and Mae

Alfred and Mae

Coincidentally (or not), Mae’s third husband Alfred was married to Cecelia Martin and their divorce was finalized on December 8, 1924, just days before Mae filed for divorce from her second husband.  Hmm.  Mae and Alfred were married July 3, 1925 (less than two months after her divorce).  They lived at 14810 Parkgrove in Detroit for over forty years.  They had no children.  Mae died on June 6, 1971 of colon cancer and Alfred died January 27, 1975 of spinal cancer.  They are buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Mae and Alfred, c1950s

Mae and Alfred, c1950s

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Fountain of Youth, Saint Petersburg, Florida

Fountain of Youth, Saint Petersburg, Florida

4/12/59 Hi Mary, Its another hot day its 83 degrees out now.  We will start home next Friday night Will get home sometime Sunday.  Love Grandma + Grandpa

4/12/59
Hi Mary, Its another hot day its 83 degrees out now. We will start home next Friday night Will get home sometime Sunday. Love Grandma + Grandpa

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Bandshell in Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida

Here is an interesting article titled “Caesar LaMonaca: A Remembrance of the Bayfront Park Band Shell Concerts, 1929-1977” about the bandshell with what looks like the photograph that this postcard is based on.

3-28-1959

3/28/1959 Hi Mary, This is where we go every Wed. + Friday night to hear good music. We are having some hot weather. We received Easter cards Will write letter later. You will be all dress up for Easter Hope it don’t rain. Love, Grandma

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maeobit

This is the obituary of my Great-Grandmother who sent my mother all those postcards in 1959.  She died June 6, 1971 at the age of 79.  The three great-grandchildren mentioned in the obituary are my three brothers.

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3-16-1959

3/16/59 Hi Mary, Talk about warm its 81 degrees now 2:30 going to 85 before night. Theirs always a breeze that’s cool. Hope all are well. I will write a letter to Mama later. Love Grandma + Grandpa

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Front: Airplane view of business section, showing part of Lake Eola Orlando, Fla. “The City Beautiful”

3-9-1959

3/9/59 Hi Mary, We went to an Orchid Show Sunday. It was beautiful all colors you would want to see hundreds of them. We enjoyed it very much. Love Grandma + Grandpa

 

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March 6, 1959 – The Singing Tower in Lake Wales, Florida

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3/6/59 Hi Mary We went to this tower and Cypress gardens and to another park was gone all day Received Mothers letter Will write later. Love Grandma + Grandpa

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