Gertrude McKray and Verda Scott

I've "rescued" an old photograph of Gertrude MCKRAY and Verda SCOTT of Bucoda (Washington I believe) who were "Best of Friends". In addition it is noted that Gertrude's brother (believed to be Milton) married Verda's sister (believed to be Hattie). The photograph appears to have been taken in the early 1900's with the two young women likely in their teens at the time. Based on limited research I was able to gather the following details regarding this family:

Gertrude May MCKRAY was b. 19 Nov 1889 in Yale, KS to parents Almon Richard MCKRAY (1842-1915) and Ellen Nancy ADAMSON (1847-1928). Gertrude was one of 6 children born to this couple including, Charles J.; Clara Louretta; Milton Elmer; Estella Belle; Nellie Emma; and Gertrude May MCKRAY. Gertrude married John Lewis YANTIS Jr. (1890-1983) and together they had 7 children including, Bernice Ellen Helen; John Lewis; and Richard Almon or Milton or Tower YANTIS. Gertrude died on 8 Dec 1981 and is buried in the Milton-Freewater IOOF Cemetery in Milton-Freewater, OR. The MCKRAY surname was sometimes changed to MCREA or MCCRAY by some family members through time.

Verda Viola SCOTT was b. 1890 and married Conrad O. MANNES (1885-1953) on 18 Jun 1911 with Verda’s hometown noted as Elma, WA and Conrad’s as Minneapolis, MN. They had a son, Conrad Peter MANNES. Verda was married a second time to Mr. NIELSEN and she died in 1978 and is buried in the Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home Cemetery in Lake Forest Park, WA. Verda’s sister was Hattie SCOTT (b. abt 1875 in Illinois) and she married Milton MCKRAY (b. 22 Dec 1872 in Girard, KS – d. 3 Jun 1949 in Hoquiam, WA) and together they had a son, Elmer M. MCKRAY b. 1896.

Census records provide the following details:

1900 census of Welch, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory:

Jerome SCOTT, age 55
Sarah A. SCOTT, age 51
Charles W. SCOTT, age 21
Walter W. SCOTT, age 19
Betha A. SCOTT, age 17
Robert R. SCOTT, age 12
Verdie A. SCOTT, age 9

1910 census of Bucoda, WA:

Hattie MCKRAY, age 35, married 14 years, 1 child/1 living, born IL, parents born PA, a Hotel Manager
Milton MCKRAY, husband, age 36, married 14 years, born KS, parents born IL, Ratchet Setter at Lumber Mill
Elmer MCKRAY, son, age 12, born KS, a Hotel Janitor
Almond MCKRAY, father-in-law, age 67, married 43 years, born PA, parents born PA, a Lumber Mill Trimmer
Ellen MCKRAY, mother-in-law, age 63, married 43 years, 5 children/4 living, born PA, parents born PA, a Hotel Cook
Gertrude MCKRAY, sister-in-law, age 20, born KS, a Hotel Waitress
+ 18 Boarders

1920 census of Olympia, WA:

Conrad O. MANNES, age 34
Varda MANNES, wife, age 29, born KS, parents born IL
Conrad P. MANNES, son, age 5, born WA
+ 1 Boarder

1930 census of Seattle, WA:

Conrad O. MANNES, age 44, married at age 26, born Norway, parents born Norway, to USA 1886, a Highway Civil Engineer
Verda V. MANNES, wife, age 39, married at age 21, born KS, parents born IL
Conrad MANNES Jr., son, age 16, born WA
Arlene H. MANNES, dau, age 9, born WA

1940 census of Seattle, WA:

Conrad O. MANNES, age 55, born Norway, a Civil Engineer
Verda MANNES, wife, age 49, born KS
Arleene MANNES, dau, age 19, born WA

I am hoping to locate someone from one of their families so that the photograph can be returned to the care of family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me.

Date & Place: in Bucoda, Thurston County, Washington United States
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Updated May 30, 2017

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Besties with great hats (and fashion) who are looking for their families. Can you help?
May 30, 2017 · Reply
Katherine R. Weinmann
How often did women wear skirts back then ?
Jul 28, 2017 · Reply
Carolyn Huffman
Katherine R. Weinmann Yes, the girl does look young but I believe she is at least 18. School-age girls always wore shorter skirts just below the knee (think "Little House" era). Every female wore skirts and blouses, called "waists" because they ended at the waist. From the "pigeon breast" style of these "waists", I'd date this pic to around the early 1900s. The hats were popular styles around 1910.
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Katherine R. Weinmann
Hmm... I don't remember seeing a lot of skirts except for Westerns like Big Valley.. ;) The girl in this photo looks really young .... like about 12 ...
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Carolyn Huffman
Every day, Katherine. 😄 Even dresses were two-piece, skirt and bodice.
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Love this!! They look like sisters, or possibly cousins
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How cute!
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great image
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Jan Mortimer
Are they playing dress up.
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These ladies are stunning! Love their outfits. Hope someone comes forward that is related.....
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Beautiful ladies and fantastic outfits 😍😍
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Their coats, it ❤❤❤
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Great the hats and the backdrop is gorgeous especially in this beautiful vintage brown/sepia hue.
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Beautiful dresses!!!!
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Love this picture.
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And I love their Capes!
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I love their outfits!!
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Wonderfully preserved photographs.
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Beautiful young lady....
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Everything about this photograph is beautiful.
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Wow, love the hat on the left :) but what the heck is on the other woman's head?!
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Charlene Winebrenner
Looks like you have found out quite a bit of their history. Love this picture. I do often wonder if it is their private clothing or offered by the photographer. Looks like they are wearing identical dickies.
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Those outfits!!!
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These ladies wer 'styln' no clothes bought at a store, maybe the hats. I have a picture of my Grandma and her sister that is priceless. Ironing was not the thing either.
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