Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Caley House
This home, considered a "transitional Craftsman," was built in 1898 for the Caley family, who occupied the house for 65 years. Mr. William P. Caley was born in Ohio, in 1859, and married Mary Davidson in 1887. The couple had two daughters, Hilda and Maybelle. (Two other children died very young.) The family was told to move from Ohio to California by Mrs. Caley's doctor, who said that she would not last until the spring if they did not do so. They lived first in South Pasadena, eventually moving to Sierra Madre for the altitude, settling here in 1895.
Mr. Caley, who was interested in ranching and real estate investments, was the first Marshall, first Street Superintendent, and first Tax Collector for Sierra Madre. Additionally, he did his part in World War I, as a letter carrier, when many of the younger men were called to war. A very busy man! The Caleys were also early members of the Congregational Church, and Mrs. Caley was a charter member of the Sierra Madre Woman's Club. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1937. In 1943, Mary Caley was widowed when William Caley died at the age of 84.
Mrs. Caley was honored with an article in the Pasadena Star News in 1958, on the occasion of her 97th birthday, at which time her two daughters, Maybelle Caley Barker and Hilda Caley Noble, held a birthday open house for her. In the interview, Mrs. Caley mentioned that she had been the youngest of 10 children, and had experienced poor health as a child. She also stated that the Caleys had lived in two Sierra Madre homes prior to this home. The first was where the original City Hall sits, and the second house was where "the Safeway is" (as of the 1958 article). Mary Caley, who described herself as having led a quiet life, died in 1962, at the age of 100.