Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Photo Number 446

These photos were found tucked into the back of the Nettie Parks Album.

Extra Mamie  Red Oak Iowa Extra Mamie Red Oak Iowa back

Nettie’s only sister was named Gertie.  Gertie Chase Crandall Smith married John M Perdue on Feb 26, 1893.  This was Gerties second marriage.

Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
Groom's Name: John M. Perdue
Groom's Birth Date: 1860
Groom's Birthplace: Abbington, Knox, Ia
Groom's Age: 33
Bride's Name: Gertie Chase Crandall Smith <-------------
Bride's Birth Date: 1869
Bride's Birthplace: Elliott, Montgomery, Iowa
Bride's Age: 24
Marriage Date: 26 Feb 1893

Marriage Place: Lincoln Twp, Montgomery, Iowa
Groom's Father's Name: James Riley Perdue
Groom's Mother's Name: Rebecca Embrey
Bride's Father's Name: William H. Crandall
Bride's Mother's Name: Isabelle M. Mc Comb

Extra Mamie Perdue Eckley and Don Extra Mamie Perdue Eckley and Don back

The 1920 Census:

John Purdue  M 59y   Gertie Purdue  F 50y
Child  Lewis Purdue  M 17y
Child  Mamie Purdue  F 11y <----------------
Child  Charley Purdue  M 9y
Child  Clearo Purdue  M 2y11m


The 1930 Census :

United States Census, 1930 for Mamie Eckley
Event Place: Red Oak, Montgomery, Iowa
Gender: Female
Age: 21
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Birthplace: Iowa
Estimated Birth Year: 1909 
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Father's Birthplace: Illinois
Mother's Birthplace: Iowa
  Household Gender Age
   Donald Eckley  M 24
   Mamie Eckley  F 21
Child  Winona P Eckley  F 2 <---------------

I think that this photo was taken right around 1928  about six months after Winona was born, she is in the photo with her Father Donald Eckley who would have been about 22 at that time.  Winona would have been a Great-Niece of Netties and Gerties Granddaughter.

Thanks for stopping by, do come again.  Thanks to Iggy for the help sorting out the Gertie Smith/Perdue mystery:)


  1. Donald Eckley is just a handsome and joyful looking man - obviously so very proud to be a father of his daughter. :)

    The country side seems to have some rolling hills in these photographs.

    The telling comment is this "Seem to remember Mother talking of him..." One of Nettie's children was (to me) definitely labeling these photos - and probably after Nettie died in 1943 when the album changed hands and was passed down. Perhaps an "Eckley" offspring might be found - its been difficult to find people "across" the 1940-2000 span of time -

    What became of all of Nettie's sons?

  2. What a happy looking set of photos!

  3. Donald Eckley (b. 8-August-1905 d. June-1977 in Red Oak, Montgomery, Iowa)

    Mamie Vesta (Purdue) Eckley (b. 22-July-1908 d. 18-December-2001 in Montgomery, Iowa)

    Winona Pearl Eckley (b. 26-Jan-1928 in Red Oak, Montgomery, Iowa) may still be living -

  4. My husband is is Don and Mamie's great grandson. We have no photos of them so I can't wait to show him these. I'm doing his family history so thanks for all the info if you have anything else my email is jennidavis@hotmail.com

  5. He looks to be so happy to be a dad. I love when old photos belie the stereotypes of stern fathers from the "old days" and show happy people.

  6. Great candids! Mr. Eckley does look to be a nice fellow. He has a kind smile. :) I really enjoy this blog.

  7. I guess you don't need a lot of things we have now to be happy.

  8. such a contrast... that smiling happy face.
    most of the photos from my dads family back then are so solemn!


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie