Friday, December 7, 2012
The Bailey Home
This home sits somewhere at the top of the list of Adele's Favorite Sierra Madre Homes (not exactly recognized by anyone in particular, but heartfelt just the same). Thanks to a walking map purchased for the grand sum of One Dollar from the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society, I now know that it is the 1910 Bailey Home.
Mrs. Ida May Jameson bought this home, across the street from the Jameson Home, in 1930. The home was purchased for her widowed sister Georgia West. The Jamesons appear to have been kind people, as Mr. Jameson's sister, Minnie Ryan, was living with the Jamesons at that same time.
Apparently, Mrs. West, who was about 70 when the Bailey Home was given to her in 1930, found our town a bit too sleepy for her needs, and soon headed back to the big city of Los Angeles. Mrs. West's daughter, Ruth, then moved into the home. As of the 1940 Census, Ruth's niece Shirley Snyder, the daughter of Ruth's younger sister Olive, was also living in the home.
Miss Ruth West must have found Sierra Madre much more agreeable than did her mother, as she lived in the Bailey Home until her death in 1974, at 86 years of age.