Albert McCarley (1886-1969): Going Home

This cute little guy is Albert McCarley, born 18 March 1886, probably in San Jose, Santa Clara, California. He was the son of James Albert McCarley (1860-1929) and Margaret Theodosia (Tarplee) McCarley (1866-1941), both of whom were born in Iowa, but settled in Northern California. Albert was their only child.

In 1910, James was the proprietor of a livery stable, but by 1920, he owned his own orchard. The census taker indicated that James and Margaret had been married for 25 years, placing their marriage c1885, probably in California.

This couple hasn’t been found in 1900, but the McCarley family had already settled in San Jose by the time of the 1880 census, with 20 year old James at home with his parents and siblings.

By 1910, Albert was a young single man working as a driver in his father’s livery business. In 1920, Albert was still at home, but enumerated as divorced and working on a farm, presumably in his father’s orchard.

In 1930, Albert had moved on to a career selling plumbing supplies. In 1940, at the end of the Depression and just before World War II, Bert worked on a government sewer project and his last known occupation was steam fitter in industrial building construction in the 1950 census.

In between the 1910 and 1920 censuses, Albert, aka Bert, married Anna Kelliher on 31 October 1910 in Marin County, California.

They were the parents of Albert’s only child, a son.


Keith Anthony, born 13 May 1913, California; died 18 September 1964, Contra Costa County, California; married Ruth Etta Webster, 7 July 1934, Alameda County, California

Keith and Ruth were the parents of two children, one who passed away in 2012 and one who is still living.

Each of those children has two children, giving Albert four grandchildren.

Albert married (2) Frances (Oehlmann) Tischer on 27 August 1932, San Francisco, California. Like Albert, Frances was previously married and also had one child. They had no children together.

Albert and Frances (1886-1976) are buried together at Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara, California.

Albert’s photo is going home to a great grandchild. Another antique homeless photo back in the family. 🙂

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