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Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday's Photo: Grandma's Friend, Cleo Hauser

My grandmother, Edith Giddens, and her friend, Cleo Hauser, on the roof of the Webster.
I found these photos of Cleo Hauser in my grandmother's album. She and my grandmother, Edith Giddens, lived  in the Webster Apartments for Women in New York City from about 1928 until 1930 or 1931. 

Cleo Hauser - about 1929
Cleo was in her late 20s when she met my grandmother. Born in Iowa on April 24, 1903, she was the daughter of the Rev. Thomas N. Hauser and Bess Meyers Hauser. Cleo left family behind when she moved to NYC. Her father passed away in 1918 and her mother and brothers remained in the Midwest. 

In 1930, Cleo was working as a bookkeeper for a company in the oil industry. My grandmother worked as a clerk for a telephone company. 

I suspect that Cleo married in 1931 as a marriage between a Cleo Hauser and Emile Decelles took place in Manhattan on February 2nd of that year.  
Cleo - in front of the nurses residence


In 1938, Cleo sent my grandmother a photo and on the back is written "This snap shot was taken here at ah-gwah-ching in front of the nurses residence." Ah Gwah Ching Sanatorium was located in Cass County, Minnesota. 

In 1940, Cleo was a nurse living in Cass County, Minnesota. Her marital status was divorced. From the census, it can be seen that she lived in Marshall, Iowa in 1935. 

Cleo's obituary stated that she was a graduate of Asker Hospital Nurses School and attended Drake University.  She was an Indian field nurse at Cass Lake Indian Hospital, the State Public Health Nurse at Walker, and a public school nurse in Walker. 

It is known that Cleo married twice after leaving NYC; to Sydney M. Dyer who died in 1956 and later to William P. Mealey. 

Cleo died on April 1, 1974 and is buried in the Hauser Cemetery in Hardin County, Iowa. 

Diana

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Sources

"Ancestry.com - 1930 United States Federal Census." Ancestry.com - 1930 United States Federal Census. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jul. 2015. <http://interactive.ancestry.com/6224/4638835_00292/42241821>. 

"Ancestry.com - 1940 United States Federal Census." Ancestry.com - 1940 United States Federal Census. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jul. 2015. <http://interactive.ancestry.com/2442/m-t0627-01912-00549/98096671>.

"Ancestry.com - Pioneer (Bemidji, Minnesota)." Ancestry.com - Pioneer (Bemidji, Minnesota). N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jul. 2015. <http://interactive.ancestry.com/51870/News-MI-PI.1974_04_06-0003/>.

"Cleo Hauser in the New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866-1937." Cleo Hauser in the New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866-1937. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jul. 2015. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?h=4910854&db=nycmarriageindexes&indiv=1>.

"Cleo Hauser Mealey in the Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002." Cleo Hauser Mealey in the Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jul. 2015. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?h=1727008&db=MNDeaths&indiv=try>.

"Cleo Hauser - Overview - Ancestry.com." Cleo Hauser - Overview - Ancestry.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jul. 2015. <http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/40297422/person/19475269790?ssrc=>.


Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

"Mrs. Bess Hauser," Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, Illinois), 21 December 1943, p. 14, digital images, Newspapers.com: accessed 14 July, 2015.  http://www.newspapers.com/image/4457950/?terms=%22cleo%2Bhauser%22

"Sydney M Dyer in the U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963." Sydney M Dyer in the U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jul. 2015. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?h=1222250&db=qgheadstoneapps&indiv=1>.

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