Albie Irene Oakland Duncan

1886 Albie OaklandAlbie Irene Oakland, my maternal grandmother, comes from our Norwegian ancestors.  The original surname was Egeland.  Albie was the first child for Mary Ann Sanderson and Thomas Lewis Oakland.  Her parents and her younger siblings were born in northern Illinois.  But Albie was born 24 July 1888 in Athol, Spink county, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota).  I cannot say for sure why the family was there at that time.  There were other Oaklands in the area; most of them moved on to Montana.  Our family went back to northern Illinois.  Dakota Territory was a rough place with brutal weather – maybe that’s the answer.

Eber, Milo, and Albie Oakland

Eber, Milo, and Albie Oakland

Albie had younger brothers, Eber Stanley Oakland, born 15 June 1890 in Plano, Kendall county, Illinois; and Milo Thomas Oakland, born 22 December1893 in Lee, Illinois.  Another girl was born Hazel May Oakland 1 June 1892 in Lee, Illinois, but she died 3 weeks later.

albie's vase 1One of my favorite inheritances was the vase that Albie made in 1909.  It had obviously been used, but still was strong.

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1911 albie wedding dress

Albie with Barbara 1919

Albie with Barbara 1919

On 21 June 1911, she married her high school beau, Thomas Leroy Duncan in Sycamore, Illinois.  They had three daughters, Helen Annette, Harriet Lorraine, and Barbara Jean.

Albie and Roy on the left.

Albie and Roy on the left.

From all the stories my mother told I learned that they were an active, fun family.

albie bowling

This didn’t last as Albie was diagnosed with liver cancer.  She died 20 June 1927, one day short of her 16th wedding anniversary.

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Thomas LeRoy Duncan

James, Thomas, and Clifford Duncan

James, Thomas, and Clifford Duncan.

My maternal grandfather, Thomas Leroy Duncan (Roy), was born in LaMoille, Bureau county, Illinois on 22 November 1889, the youngest of four boys.  He had a half-brother Clifford, and two full brothers, Howard William and James Edgar (Ed).  His father was James Cation Duncan, a homeopathic doctor in DeKalb, Illinois.  His mother was Annette MaryJane Patchen, who always went by the name Nettie, even on official documents.  She was a nurse/supervisor in the DeKalb area for most of her life.  Roy lived in northern Illinois for his entire life.

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He married his high school sweetheart, Albie Irene Oakland, on 21 June 1911 in Sycamore, DeKalb county, Illinois.  They had three daughters, Helen, Harriet, and Barbara.  Mom often told stories about their outings – many picnics, family reunions, and just fun times.

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Duncan family gathering:  Albie, Harriet, Roy, Florence (Ed's wife), Ed (Roy's brother), Helen Mercer, Nettie Duncan; front: Mary, Helen, Dorothy Duncan.

Duncan family gathering: Albie, Harriet, Roy, Florence (Ed’s wife), Ed (Roy’s brother), Helen Mercer, Nettie Duncan; front: Mary, Helen, Dorothy Duncan. About 1916.

Albie and Roy bowling

The idyllic family life didn’t last long.  Albie died 20 June 1927 in DeKalb, Illinois.  She was 38 years old.  The girls were 14, 12, and 10 when their mother died.  Roy’s mother Nettie, and Albie’s mother, Mary Ann, helped take care of the girls.

This is the family soon after Albie's death.  Roy's mother, Nettie, is helping raise the girls.

This is the family soon after Albie’s death. Roy’s mother, Nettie, is helping raise the girls.

Thomas Leroy Duncan

Thomas Leroy Duncan

On 10 August 1932 Roy married Florence Huckins.

On 10 August 1932 Roy married Florence Huckins.

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Florence, Topper, Roy at home.

I like this photo of Roy and Florence in their home – it’s nice to have some photos that aren’t posed.

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Florence, Harriet, Roy, Jeanie, Tom,  and Donna (in front).

Florence, Harriet, Roy, Jeanie, Tom, and Donna (in front).  And Polar, the dog.

The Duncans visited us in California often.  Grandpa Duncan was so much fun – I wrote about his positive attitude earlier here.  Florence died on 10 January 1957, long after the girls had married and left home.  But Roy was alone again.

harriet barb jim edith norris helen roy 1957

I think this was taken at the time of Florence’s funeral.
L-R: Harriet, Barbara, Jim (Helen’s son), Edith Norris (Florence’s sister), Helen, and Roy.

Marcella Rice becomes Mrs. Roy Duncan. 1965

Marcella Rice becomes Mrs. Roy Duncan. 1965

The third time around Roy married a younger woman, a little hedge against having to bury another wife.  On 14 April 1962 Roy and Marcella Rice were married in Kings, Illinois.  She adored him and was able to care for him for the rest of his life.

Thomas Leroy Duncan died on 28 October 1983 in Rochelle, Ogle county, Illinois.  He was 93 years old and had lived a full, enthusiastic life.

Grandpa Duncan

Grandpa Duncan

Stray Baby

stray babyThis was not the finest hour for my grandparents (or my mother), but it all ended well.  I love the wording in the clipping – “stray baby.”

The baby was my mother, Harriet Duncan. The town was DeKalb, Illinois.  About 1916.

L-R: Helen Duncan, Albie Irene Oakland Duncan, Harriet Duncan.  1916

L-R: Helen Duncan, Albie Irene Oakland Duncan, Harriet Duncan. 1916