|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1894|
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 1962|
Myrtle was born on the 10th of October, 1894, in Provo, Utah. She was the only child of Charles Augustus CONATY and Cleo Venetta YORK.
Myrtle LaVera Conaty was born earlier than her expected arrival date and weighed only 4 lbs. Charles and Cleo seperated when she was 6 months old. Cleo brought her to Seattle to live.
She was small with red hair and deep blue eyes. She was very modern for her time, and one of the first to bleach her hair. She always wore make-up, perfume, and jewelry. Her mother sewed wonderful clothes for her.
On the 19th of November, 1912, Myrtle married Douglas Levine Gustafson, at age 18. He was a fireman. They had a son, James Raymond, on the 6th of May, 1914, in Seattle, Washington. The marriage ended in divorce, and he took the child and raised him. She never saw him again. It was 00always a sensitive subject, which was not discussed.
Douglas Gustafson's World War II Draft Card states:
Douglas Gustafson, age 25, resided at 2234 East Lake, Seattle, Washington. He was born December 6, 1891. He was born in Seattle and worked as a City Fireman at Harvard & East Union Street. He also claimed an exemption to the draft, a crippled child. (Source: Ancestry.com)
1910 Seattle Washington Census
2234 Eastlake Ave N.
Sam Gustafsson, Age 48
Emma Gustafsson, Age 46
Douglas L. Gustafsson, Age 18
Mabel Gustafsson, Age 10
1920 Seattle Washington Census
2236 Eastlake Ave N.
Douglas L. Gustafsson, Age 28
Minabel E. Gustafsson, Age 21
James R. Gustafsson, Age 5
James R. Gustafson died 11 March 1971, Seattle, WA. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Seattle, King County, WA.
The Greenwood Cemetery (also known as Woodland Cemetery) was located at 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue N from 1891 to 1907. The cemetery was removed and the land converted to building lots; it is unknown whether the cemetery was removed for commercial or logistical reasons.
The Greenwood Cemetery was designed to be a large cemetery. It was platted as 160 acres. The secretary for the cemetery corporation was the same H. R. Clise who was the secretary for the Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne hill. Thus it seems plausible that Greenwood was intended as an expansion for that cemetery, located outside of the then Seattle city limits to avoid the restriction on new cemeteries within the city. Some records indicate that this cemetery was also known as the Woodland Cemetery, and that Greenwood Avenue was named for the cemetery. (Source: http://220.127.116.11/essays/output.cfm?file_id=965)
Myrtle loved to dance and met Earl Leslie BROWN at a dance. They married on the 8th of June, 1918. He was also a fireman. They had three children: Robert Leslie, born August 5, 1919; Betty Jane, born April 16, 1921; and William Earl, born December 23, 1931.
They lived on Beacon Hill during the Depression, and Myrtle often made meals for down and out men who would stop by their home looking for work. She was a good cook and she taught Betty how to cook. She wrote her favorite recipes in a cookbook for Betty.
Earl and Myrtle built their own home in the Northend of Seattle. It had knotty pine walls and was near Earl's brother, Walt's home. It was also next door to Harvey STACKHOUSE's house. The marriage to Earl ended in divorce after 25 years.
Myrtle moved to a trailer home in Southpark, where she spent the rest of her life. She would visit Betty's family for about a week at a time and they always loved to see her. She was especially fond of her granddaughter, Donna. She had a wonderful laugh and would giggle over something funny. She spent time with her granddaughter, Bonnie, looking over Bonnie's jewelry and collected treasures. She was very helpful to Bonnie with sharing information about the BROWN and CONATY family lines, giving her pictures and telling her stories.
She died on the 7th of March, 1962, in Seattle, Washington at age 68.
Douglas L. Gustafson, King County, and Myrtle LaVera Conaty, King County, were married on 14 Nov 1912 in the presence of parents: Nettie Trombly and Emma Gustafson.
James Raymond Gustafson, May 6, 1914, 2:45 pm
Father: Douglas L. Gustafson, 2234 Eastlake Ave, age 22, City Fireman, birthplace: Washington
Mother: Myrtle Conaty, 501 Eastlake Ave, age 18, Housewife, birthplace: Utah
Charles Augustus Conaty (1873 - 1914)
Cleo Venetta York Conaty Twombly Publico (1877 - 1932)
Douglas Levine Gustafson (1891 - 1954)
Earl Leslie Brown (1895 - 1950)
James Raymond Gustafson (1914 - 1971)*
Robert Leslie Brown (1919 - 1972)*
Betty Jane Brown Stackhouse (1921 - 1990)*
Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park
Created by: Dr Andree S
Record added: Feb 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33437949