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.

10 comments:

  1. Miss Ruth West chose the sleepy town over LA hustle-n-bustle and lived to a good long age...there's a lesson there! (OK, so maybe I'm just slightly biased b/c I live in a sleepy town:) The home is beautiful!

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    1. I'll tell you, you may have a very good point there!

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  2. Oh I do like seeing my family name in your title. Wish I could say, 'Oh, yes, my Bailey relatives used to live there...ha ha!' Don't recall any mention of Sierra Madre in dispatches. Lovely home and rather nice photograph too. (Glad to see you and Lulu are contemplating ABC Wed etc. I did it for fun and it is challenging at times.) Have a good weekend :).

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    1. Well how about that? I wonder, too, if the Bailey's had any connection to Bailey of Bailey Canyon. I would think that would have been mentioned in my cool new walking map...

      Still contemplating the ABC Wed idea. I'm thinking that since you all are so close to the end of the alphabet, I may wait for the new beginning, if I do end up doing it.

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  3. what a beautiful home and landscaping! i would much rather live there than crazy hectic la....what was wrong with that woman?!!

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    1. Ha! Who knows? Probably LA then was equal to Sierra Madre now, in terms of crowds!

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  4. what a beautiful home!!! It would be on the top of my list too!

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    1. Glad you agree, Chieftess. I think this one is an overall crowd pleaser!

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  5. Oh yes....I am sure L.A. in those days might not even have been as hussle bussle as Sierra Madre now. L.A. in the early 60's was pretty laid back.

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