My maternal grandmother was Amelia Grayer Ream and my maternal grandfather was Grover Cleveland Ream.
I was aware that my maternal grandparents had “visited” California, but it is only recently that I realized my grandparents actually lived there for a period of time that was approx. 3 years long.
This blog showcases the materials that I have collected to show this “California” time frame of my grandparents life.
Grover and Amelia were married on 26 Sept 1912 in Ann Arbor, MI. The photo below indicates that after a honeymoon, they resided at 554 Elizabeth Street, Ann Arbor, MI.
It seems that they only stayed in Ann Arbor for a short while after their wedding.
The article below is from 11 November of 1913. It appeared in the Ann Arbor News as an announcement of the birth of twin boys. Our family was told the boys were named Richard and Robert.
The article reads: Twin boys were born November 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Ream of Santa Clara, Cal. Mrs. Ream was formerly Miss Amelia Grayer of this city.
The article below was published in the Ann Arbor News on 19 August 1915. As you can see, Grover and Amelia have left California and on their way home to Ann Arbor because Amelia’s father is dying.
My mother told me that the picture below was taken in California. It is a photo of her parents with an unknown man on the left side of the photo.
This timeline of facts suggests that Grover and Amelia moved to California shortly after their 1912 marriage and returned to Ann Arbor, MI in 1915.
26 Sep 1912 marriage in Ann Arbor MI
7 Nov 1913 birth of twin boys in Santa Clara, CA
3 Nov 1914 Voter registration records for Grover C. Ream in Santa Clara, CA
19 Aug 1915 Grover and Amelia return to Ann Arbor because her father is dying.
In this link from January of 1915, carpenters are told that things are looking brighter for jobs in Ann Arbor https://books.google.com/books?id=fxo2AQAAIAAJ&pg=RA2-PA26&lpg=RA2-PA26&dq=carpenters+union+512+of+ann+arbor,+mi&source=bl&ots=LTUsQheyDM&sig=Ha9RxOkg2jVOSnmOnG86tmOGsac&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwij84nlvevLAhUHmoMKHSlGC2sQ6AEINDAG#v=onepage&q=carpenters%20union%20512%20of%20ann%20arbor%2C%20mi&f=false