Gertrude McKray and Verda Scott

Updated May 22, 2020
Shelley Cardiel
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on May 27, 2017 12:07 AM
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


AncientFaces commented on May 30, 2017
Besties with great hats (and fashion) who are looking for their families. Can you help?
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