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SLY, Addie May

SLY, Addie May

Female 1881 - 1953  (71 years)

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  • Name SLY, Addie May 
    Born 3 May 1881  Oscoda, Iosco, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 16 Jan 1953  Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Colfax, Whitman, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I198  Parker/Collis Genealogy
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2010 

    Father SLY, Alvannah Loren,   b. Abt 1854, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1898, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Mother CLOSE, Elizabeth,   b. 25 Dec 1858, , Adams, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1919, Eureka, Lincoln, Montana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1877  Hinton, Mecosta, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F26  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 SHERMAN, Milton Kellum,   b. 26 Nov 1880, Kingsmill, Cockran Dist., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1953, Manton, Wexford, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1902  Tawas City, Iosco, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. SHERMAN, Bertha Irene,   b. 2 Mar 1903, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1970, Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 LAMB, James Leroy,   b. 21 Feb 1885, Palmer, Christian, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1955, Colfax, Whitman, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 23 Dec 1908  Lacrosse, Whitman, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • COLFAX GAZETTE, COLFAX, WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 25, 1908. pg 2
      Marriage Licenses.
      Marriage licenses have been issued by
      the county auditor to the following :

      J. L. Lamb of La Crosse and Mae
      Sherman of Eureka, Montana.
    Family ID F118  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Addie Mae Sly, abt 1894
    Addie Mae abt 1894.jpg

  • Notes 
    • *Washington Death Index, 1940-1996 Washington Death Index, 1940-1996
      Name: Addia M Lamb
      Place of Death: Spokane
      Date of Death: 16 Jan 1953
      Age: 71
      Gender: F
      Certificate: 1692

      COLFAX GAZETTE, COLFAX, WASHINGTON, JANUARY 5, 1912.
      Pg 3
      LACROSSE.
      Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lamb of Diamond
      are visiting friends here since
      last Thursday. Mr. Lamb returned
      Saturday and Mrs. L. will remain
      another week.


      Note from Marge Collis:
      I enjoyed reading this very much. I seem to remember Roy saying his grandmother worked in Nome, Alaska, as a phone operator? Was that somewhere in the story also? I know he loved his grandmother, and had fun times with her. She took him fishing - which she apparently loved doing? Perhaps, she just thought HE needed the experience, being the oldest, and needed some 1 on 1 attention, I don't know - whatever it was, he had wonderful memories of his Grandmother.

      Grandma and Grandpa lamb lived in Diamond Washington on a hill back from the mercantile on the main road that goes to Endicott. Thera was just outside of Colfax 1.5 miles toward Endicott. The house there that Bertha and Russell lived in has been torn down.
      Addie Sly (Slyh), graduated 7 June, 1897, from Pinconning School, Bay City, Bay County, Michigan.
      !NOTE: The following was told to Marilyn Parker by Bertha Sherman Collis, 13 Jan 1970:
      "Elizabeth Close married Loren (Lorian) Sly and probably lived at Fort Wayne, Indiana when her children were young. Lorian walked with a limp. He left during the panic of 1893 (or near that time), to go to the gold fields. He wrote 2 or 3 letters, but was not heard from again. It was not made clear whether his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Tawas City before or after he left. She took in roomers to make ends meet. Richard Smith was a logger and boarded with her as he felt widows needed the money. They later were married. Addie Mae met and married Milton K. Sherman against her mother, Elizabeth's will. Elizabeth and Grandpa Dick were moving to Montana and wanted Addie to go with them and Milton to follow. They could then be married out west. Instead Addie and Milton were married in Tawas City. She went west with her family and Milton followed. They lived in the little cabin close to Addie's parents. Milton left when Bertha was about 2 years old. Bertha knew nothing more about her father"
      !NOTE: The following was taken from a letter dated New Year's 1970, to Marilyn Parker from Maye Alverson:
      "I always thought if Dick Smith had been a different man, your grandparents (Mae and Milton Sherman) would have made a go of it. But you would have had to know Dick to understand. He sure never made Aunt Lib happy. But that is a long gone story now and so are all those connected with it." The following was taken from a letter dated 19 Feb, 1970, to Marilyn Parker from Maye Alverson. (72 year old step daughter of Jennie Close Butler who was a sister to Elizabeth Close Sly Smith.) "Mae and Milton might have got along but Dick never got along with anyone. One night he shot at Milton through the wall and put two shots above his head. Poor old Dick was always on the outs with his neighbors, wouldn't let them use his road and such. Roads were pretty hard come by in those days." "Dick always seemed to be good to Bertha. She must have been quite small when Mae left her with Aunt Lib. When Mae left here, she went with Carrie Fletcher to Port Angeles. From there I lost track." "When Milton and Mae separated, he sold his re-leasement to Dan Alverson, Fred's father (Maye Alverson's father-in-law). It has been in the Alverson name until about 10 years ago. When Mrs. Burr Alverson remarried to a man by the name of Anderson. It was known as Alverson and Anderson for several years. Yes, Fred did own Dick's (Richard Smith) old place until about 5 years ago. He sold to a friend and his brother-in-law. They in turn made the meadow into a lake. It's on Terriaul Creek. Made a nice lake, but the neighbors fish it out, so Henry don't get much use of that as they live out on the flats at Iowa Flats as it's called". "Both of the Andersons are dead now and that place is owned by a young couple by the name of Arle Burk. Jack A. got $19,000 for it. Times do change. Acreage has gone sky high since the Libby Dam Project has started. Fred sold his for $40 per acre and now could easily get $75. And over near the recreation zone on the Kootenai, the land is going as high as $125 per acre." "Ernest Sly built a place on Glen Lake and it still stands and people live in it. I wouldn't be surprised but what Dad built the chimney on it as he has built so many in this country, also fireplaces. You can't get into Glen Lake only on one lot that the county owns but was taken over by the Fish and Game commission. The Lake now is so much larger than your grandmother knew it as the water from Grave Creek-Terriault Creek runs in it and it's used all over the valley and is known as the Glen Lake Irrigation Ditch.
      The following information was taken from a letter dated January 28, 1970, to Marilyn Parker from Mrs. M. O. Chambers, (Great Aunt Tillie, Milton Kellum Sherman's sister) " Mae Sly worked at the Elliot House Hotel. It included a restaurant and bar. She was a waitress. I seem to remember that her parents worked for the Elliots also. Milton Kellum Sherman and Mae Sly were married in Oscoda, Michigan. However, the marriage was registered in Tawas City, the county seat. Mae Sly was a very beautiful girl. She had most of the young men in a whirl for sure. However, Milton won her. When her parents decided to move to Montana, Mae insisted on going too. Milton, being so mad about her, gave in and went along. Milton was always a very calm, quiet man, would never argue or quarrel with any one. What happened between Mae and Milton I never heard. I do know he loved her and Bertha very much. When he came home, I was only about 6 or 7 years of age, but I remember he had a picture of Bertha at about age 1 or 2. He had that picture enlarged and it hung in our parlor. Several times I have gone into the parlor and found him standing there before that picture with tears running down his face. In all the years, I have never known Milton to be anything but kind and gentle to everyone. A real good man." "Now about his work and living. While he remained in the Oscoda area, he worked for the most part as a lumberman as did most of the other men in those days (unless they were in business). Later, about 1916, he moved to Detroit and he worked in a factory. After the War (1st WW), he moved out to Auburn, Michigan, a farming community not too far from Detroit, and became a farmer. He moved to the farm in Manton, Michigan area sometime in the 30's, I think, staying there until his death in July, 1953."
      Extract from a letter dated March 6, 1970 to Bertha Sherman Collis from Bacil B. Sherman, (youngest child of Milton Kellum Sherman). "When I was younger, I used to travel quite a little. Dad asked me to try to locate you, but I had no success in any way."
      When Milton went to Michigan about 1905, it is said that he wanted Mae to go with him, but she wouldn't. She went to town to find work as a waitress and left Bertha with Grandma Libby and Dick Smith, Addie Mae`s mother and step-father. She worked in Montana, Washington and perhaps Alaska. When she married "Roy" Lamb, she hated to take Bertha from her home with the Smiths.
      "Mae" and Roy lived in Lacrosse, Washington until Oct., 1911, when they moved to a farm one mile East of Diamond, Washington, where they lived twenty-nine years until her death. In 1919, Libby Smith died, so Bertha came to live with her mother and step-father (she considered him her father as she knew no other.)

      (the following note accompanied each framed piece of quilt that I sent to each of my children, grandchildren and sisters and brother, stan)
      This piece of quilt is from a "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt top made in the 1940's by my grandmother, Addie Mae (Sly) Sherman Lamb. She is the mother of my mother, Bertha (Sherman) Collis. Mae, as she was called, was born 3 May 1881 in Michigan. She moved as a newly wed with her husband, Milton Sherman, to Kalispell, Montana, where my mother was born. Milton left Montana and returned to Michigan when Bertha was about 2 years old. He asked for Mae and Bertha to accompany him, but to no avail. She left Montana to look for work in Alaska and Washington. She later married James Leroy Lamb and moved to Diamond, Washington, where she lived out her life. She was killed in a car accident while on a shopping trip to Spokane, Washington on 16 January, 1953.
      As I quilted this small piece of her quilt top, I couldn't help but think of her loving fingers making the small delicate stitches. How appropriate that it should be called 'Grandmother's Flower Garden' as she loved her garden. Perhaps some of the fabrics were from her dresses. She also loved fishing in the stream near her home in Diamond. When Scott was living in Moscow, Idaho, just across the Washington border from Diamond, we took a drive over there. We looked around and found the spot where her house used to be. We met a man about my age named Norman Kuntze, who used to go fishing with Grandma. He just happened to have her fishing pole and retrieved it from his garage and gave it to us. Scott now has it as he too was doing some fishing at that time. I hope you enjoy this small piece in memory of her. I wish I had known her.
      Love, Marilyn Parker

      PS. I remember with fondness the 1 dollar bill she would send to each of us on our birthday. One time a large box arrived at our house. It was full of fancy dress up clothes. My did Darlyne and I have fun with those.

      (email from Stan after I sent him a framed piece of Addie Mae's quilt)Thanks for the quilt. Roy and I were the last of the family to see grandma. We went to wash in 1949 or 50. I remember as a little boy she would fix sliced oranges for breakfast. Guess what she served when Roy and I visited. She sure looked good for her age. It was a shock to me when she was killed.

      Memories from Barbara about Grandma Lamb: Barbara felt she was special to Grandma. Grandma would put leftover bacon on the butter dish. She also remembered the sliced oranges with powdered sugar. She had a back room with many windows but not heat. She would warm bricks and wrap them in a towel for their beds. She was always doing handwork; Tatting, crocheting, knitting. She worked in her rock garden and had mostly flowers. Barb remembers going to the general store with Dad and Grandpa. The school was a dance studio last time she visited. Grandma wanted to come visit when we moved to California, but Grandpa said, "wait until I retire." For whatever reason, they never came.

      bother, "Earnest Slyh" living in Rutland, Dane, WI as servant?
      1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Addie M Sley
      Home in 1900: Milton, Rock, Wisconsin
      Age: 19
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1881
      Birthplace: Michigan
      Relationship to head-of-house: Niece
      Race: White
      Occupation:
      Neighbors:
      Household Members: Name Age
      David A Peirce 45 Harness born in Germany came to USA 1862
      Torisa Peirce 35 married 10 years (had 4 children, 2 are living)
      Bertha A Peirce 13 born Kansas
      Rosa N Peirce 9 born Colorado
      Addie M Sley 19