Monday, April 8, 2013

Maybelle Caley Barker


William and Mary Caley's youngest daughter, Maybelle Margaret, was born in Ohio in 1889, but lived most of her life in Sierra Madre.  In 1918, she was a steno clerk for the California Savings and Commercial Bank.  Not long after, at the age of 29, she married Clarence N. Barker, a World War I Army Captain, and the couple ultimately lived in this charming house, built in 1923.  It seems that the Barkers had no children.  Maybelle Caley Barker was widowed at the age of 47, when Mr. Barker passed away in 1936.

Mrs. Barker seemed to stay very involved in city activities over the years.  In 1950, she was the Historian of the Sierra Madre Historical Society (as it was known in those days).  In 1958, she and her sister Hilda Caley Noble gave an open house birthday celebration for their mother, Mrs. Mary Davidson Caley, on her 97th birthday.  In 1960, as club historian and birthday chairman, Mrs. Barker presided over the Sierra Madre Woman's Club's 53rd birthday anniversary luncheon, which honored charter members and past presidents. Maybelle Caley Barker died in 1967, and was buried, as her husband had also been, in Sierra Madre's Pioneer Cemetery.


6 comments:

  1. This place was kept up very nicely, look at those sweet flowers!

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    1. I seem to recall that they've done some work on it lately. Such a cute place - looks like someone loves it! :)

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  2. Darling little house...with a charming history!!! I'm amazed at the depth of your knowledge of Sierra Madre!!!

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    1. Isn't it darling? Thank you - I do love digging around for these tidbits. Have gone to bed far too late, far too many times, when I have found a good bunch of info. You know, I always thought I'd make a good detective - Can you tell the Chief? Maybe it's not too late for me!!! :)

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