Granny “O’s” Husband Edward S Taber
The United States Census can tell you a lot about your ancestors and often time records of such are the only means of getting to know them. Edward S Taber is the father of Howard S Taber, Linda Ellen’s and sibling’s grandfather. At age 20 Edward still lived with his parents in the census year 1910. As a young man he took up the trade “painting houses” with his father Edward Luther Taber.
Over years of records I watched as Edward Luther his father transitioned from farming to painting. Edward S followed his father’s footsteps. As many others gained employment in the nearby factories Edward S remained dedicated to his trade.
In 1917 Edward S signed a US World War I Draft Card. At the time he was married to Granny “O” (Johanna C Donahue) and had three children. They lived in Windham County. This doesn’t surprise me because his son Howard was born in Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut. Edward’s mother Isabella Hay lived in Westerly Rhode Island when Edward signed the card. She was a widow of Edward Luther by 1911.
In 1942 Edward S signed the US World War II Draft Card, his new place of residence was in Norwich, Connecticut residence at 10 Garfield Street. By then both his parents had passed. This draft card reveals that he Edward S was born in Warwick, Rhode Island. Edward was about age 54 when he signed the draft and his children were all grown and most living out on their own.
Prior to the children growing up and living on their own in 1930 Edward and Granny “O” resided at 10 Garfield. They had moved into the house in 1929, and according to city directories they were residing at 58 North Main Street prior to this address. Their children in order of birth were Florence who was 19 at the time, worked at the cotton factory, Charles E age 16, worked in shipping, Howard S 14, Mary E 12, Edward R (Uncle Eddie) 8, and Harry J, 9. Also living with them was Granny “O’s” father Charles Donahue age 76 retired, and her sister Nora V Donahue who was a nurse at a prviate hospital.
I vision Edward watchng his children grow while living at the house on 10 Garfield. A visit there helped bring to life what he would have seen over the years. The American Thermos Bottling Co was right across the street. Edward’s children Charles and Mary E both worked there. Charles met and married Helen and Mary married David Goepfert and Edward likely watched them as they left the house and walked to worked long wretched hours at the American Thermos. Edward passed away in the house on 10 Garfield in 1947.
Later his son Charles had a heart attack in the American Thermos Bottling Co building bathroom and died there. Many other life stories about his children transpired… marriage, grandchildren, death, military service, etc. Edward S seemed a simple man making a honest living, raising his family, and passing away at home.
Edward S Taber born 21 August 1889, died 1947. Buried with his wife Johanna C Donahue at St. Michaels Cemetery off Stillman Ave. Pawcatuck/Westerly, Rhode Island.