Friday, January 11, 2013

Marriage of Howard Glover & Dorothy Maddin

Originally posted: Dec 28, 2011 - recreated deleted post

I haven't had much time to work on the family history over the last few months (well make that 6 months - a bit more than a few).  And, I'm not sure how much time I'll have over the next 6 months, but I started looking at it again over Christmas and decided I needed to get organized - once again.  So, I am starting to sort through all those family photos and clipping images I've collected over the years and now it's time to get them documented and linked to the correct people on the tree.

So I'm starting with this newspaper clipping that I scanned into my computer during my last visit to sister-in-law Judy, when she generously allowed me to scan in all her old family photos and memorabilia.

This has been around for a long time.  Unfortunately, this is all there is; no name of the newspaper, no date -- just this short piece cut from the local paper and lovingly saved all these years.  But, we do have the names and addresses of Howard F. Glover and Dorothy L. Maddin who took out a marriage license sometime before 3 p.m. on Oct 25th.  We don't know it was that day or even during that week, but since they were married on 2 Nov. 1938 we can assume that the newspaper refers to 25 Oct. 1938.    Since, we don't know where the newspaper was published we can't be 100% sure that they were married in Buffalo, but a quick search on Google Earth of both addresses in Buffalo, shows that they were about 1/2 mile apart.   

Next I need to locate the actual marriage license to complete the documentation on Howie's and Judy's parent's marriage.

James M. Glover - Carriage Trimmer

I'm learning a little more about the illusive great-grandfather James M. Glover husband of Hattie L. Foster and father of Frank J. Glover.  I've already written about hitting the brick wall with him; where he came from or where he went is still a mystery.  But from the Rochester City Directories we do know that he was a carriage trimmer, and that between 1873 - 1876 he worked  at 3 Canal Street in Rochester, NY.  From 1877 - 1879 he worked at 87 Exchange, Rochester, NY. 
A little research about companies that made carriages in Rochester during this time revealed that the Cunningham Carriage Works was located on Canal Street. 

Cunningham Carriage Factory & Showrooms 1882

The facility was huge and it appears to have been the only carriage building company on Canal St.  The company was quiet famous and started in the 1840s and survived at the same location until the middle of the 20th century.  The company made all types of horse drawn carriages including hearses and some very elegant and expensive carriages.  They also won prizes for their carriages at the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876. 
James Glover most likely was employed at this facility from 1873 - 1876 as a carriage trimmer.  The trimming department was located on the 4th floor and was involved in the interior upholstery with fabrics and leather, adding mirrors, lamps, door handles and bells to carriages. Skilled workers earned $1 - $2 a day and unskilled were paid about half that amount.  A statement in the history of the Cunningham Carriage Factory stated the skilled workers who were careful with their money often were able to save enough to buy a small house after only 1 year of work. 
I haven't located any information about carriage companies on Exchange Street in Rochester, but I'm still looking. 
For more reading about the Cunningham Carriage Works and some photos of their products see Coachbuilt