The Reeves Family and the Ewing Family Genealogies
19, 1886 ó
March 2, 1942)
Nannie Maude Spears
(January 12, 1886 ó September 30, 1976)
In 1886, Grover Cleveland was president of the United States (all
thirty-eight of them) for the first of his two, non-consecutive terms.
Though the country was still young, it was a time of great progress.
The gramophone was patented that year, Coca-Cola was invented and the Statue of
Liberty was unveiled in New York. Later
that year, the famous Apache chief, Geronimo, was captured, signifying the end of
the Indian wars.
Dorothy Juanita Ewing said:
Lacy worked as a painter and paperhanger in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where their eldest daughter, Berenice, was born in 1909). The family then moved to East Saint Louis, Illinois where his sister, Myrtle Marie Ewing then lived. They were living there in 1911 when second daughter Nathalee was born. According to Dorothy Juanita Ewing, he painted a church there. While there, he was a member of Local 215 of the Illinois Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America.
The Ewing family had returned to Bowling Green by the time their third daughter, Catherine, was born in October 10, 1913. About six weeks later, the family was in Terrell, Texas, where Lacy's brothers Asher, Acheless and Jesse, along with sister Eula lived. According to Berenice's recollections as told to Dorothy in July 2005.
The next year, the family was on the move again. This time to Detroit, Michigan, where Lacy worked for Ford Motor Corporation where Henry Ford was then paying assembly workers the unheard of sum of five dollars a day. He lived in a boarding house while there.
Berenice recalls they moved back to Bowling Green when she was five so she could attend school there. The family was still there when James Wilford Ewing was born and died in 1916.
Later in about 1917 or 1918, he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was a member of the Building Trade Department of the American Federation of Labor, State Building Trade Council of Indiana. According to Berenice:
The family stayed in Bowling Green through at least March 1924, when youngest daughter Dorothy was born.
Sometime not long thereafter, Lacy moved to Clearwater, Florida to paint churches.
He did not stay in Florida long, however, returning to Bowling Green in time for him and Maude to buy a house at 1310 Kentucky Street there on November 1, 1928. The purchase price was $3,250. They paid $50 down and the seller financed the rest of the purchase price. They sold the house on August 27, 1931.
He died in 1942, at age 56, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. At that time, his older three daughters were all married and living away from home. His youngest daughter, Dorothy, was 17 and still at home. There was little money and Maude had to fend for herself.
Maude soon moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked as a clerk-typist, first in the typing pool in the Civilian Personnel Division in the office of the Secretary of War and then in the office of the Adjutant General. She earned the same salary both places: $1440 a year. Dorothy was sent to live with Nathalee.
Maude took advantage of her spare time in Washington to do some sightseeing, including a visit to the United States Senate on October 20, 1942. Her Senate visitor's pass was signed by Senator, later Vice-President, Alben Barkley of Kentucky.
A month later, in November, Maude was transferred to the Adjutant Generalís Department of Dependency Benefits in Newark, New Jersey.
She by then had received a raise to $1,620 a year.
She later moved to Cincinnati where she worked in the War Departmentís Payment Records Branch and then, in October 1945, shortly after World War II ended, was transferred to the Allowance Branch. She was then earning $2,232 a year.
She returned to Bowling Green, Kentucky, in ______, where she lived, with brief stints in Central City, Kentucky, and then in Gadsden, Alabama (where she lived for a couple of years near her daughter, Nathalee Ewing Love). She died in Bowling Green on September 30, 1976, after a fall in which she struck her head.
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