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Margaret Janet Hood Holt
Birth: May 29, 1886
Ontario, Canada
Death: Sep. 14, 1968
Grants Pass
Josephine County
Oregon, USA


Committal services are to be conducted here this week for Mrs. Margaret J. (McCauley) Holt, 82, of Grants Pass, Ore., former resident of Devils Lake, who died at Grants Pass last Wednesday.

Following funeral services at Grants Pass, the remains were returned to Devils Lake Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Homer (Mary Louise) DeJanvier of Grants Pass. The remains are in the Gilbertson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Holt was born May 29, 1886, at Huron, Ontario, Canada. She came to Devils Lake from Jamestown in 1930, and moved to Grants Pass in 1950, where she has since resided.

Mrs. Margaret Holt

Graveside committal rites will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, in the Devils Lake Cemetery for Mrs. Margaret J. Holt, 82, Grants Pass, Ore., a former Devils Lake resident and widow of the late W. C. McCauley, former partner in the Lake Motor Service.

Mrs. Holt died in Grants Pass, where she had made her home the past several years.

Mrs. A. Swan, Reader of the First Church of Christ Scientist, will officiate. Gilbertson's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include on daughter, Mrs. Homer (Mary Louise) DeJanvier, Grants Pass, here for the burial, and three grandchildren.

Margaret was the daughter of Andrew Hood and Ann Scott, born May 29, 1886. Her parents had already sold their farm in Howick Twp., Huron County, Ontario by the late 1800's. According to the Howick history book, by 1897, someone else already owned Andrew's farm. The farm was probably sold because none of Andrew Hood's sons showed any interest in running the farm. One wonders if any of the children ever regretted that decision. On the 1901 Canadian census, the Hood family is shown as living in the village of Wingham (Andrew, Ann and their children Stewart and Margaret). It was in Wingham where Stewart learned his trade. Margaret moved down to the United States (North Dakota) with her parents and brother, Stewart, in September 1902 when she was 16 years old.

At first Margaret lived in Devils Lake where her parents ran a boarding house, but eventually the family moved to Jamestown, Stutsman County, North Dakota. It was here, that Margaret eventually met William McCauley, who she married in Brown County, South Dakota. A daughter, Mary Louise ("Mary Lou") was adopted by the couple. Mary Lou's birth date of December 4, 1926 was supposedly given to her to match that of her Uncle John, her mother's brother, who was born on December 4th.

Mary Lou once reminisced that her mother Margaret had had a few webbed toes, something that was quite common at that time when children were born in their homes. On Margaret's United States Petition for Naturalization, she lists her height as 5' 6 1/2", and her weight is 135 lbs.

William, Margaret and Mary Lou eventually moved from Jamestown, back to Devils Lake, where Margaret and William lived for many years until William's death. After William's death, Margaret stayed for a while with a cousin, Irene Butchard (McMorran line), at Clifford, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada, the region where Margaret had spent her childhood. The Butchard family was well known to Margaret. Irene's mother had been raised by Andrew Hood and Ann Scott, along with her sibling Rob, after the death of Ann's sister Louisa. Louisa's children had been given to different family members to help raise.

On October 12, 1950, Margaret married Anthony "Tony" Holt, originally of the Listowel, Perth County, Ontario area. Margaret had first met Tony when he was a boarder at her parent's boarding house in Devils Lake.

Tony and Margaret lived on the Holt family farm for a time in Ontario, but eventually moved to Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon. Tony had a son who was living in Grants Pass, and Margaret's daughter Mary Lou was in southern California working for the Civil Service.

Tony died on Feb. 28, 1967 and is buried in Grants Pass. Margaret died on September 3, 1968 and is buried with her first husband, William, at the Devils Lake Cemetery, space 7, Lot 13 of Block 8. 
Family links: 
  Andrew Hood (1837 - 1924)
  Ann Scott Hood (1846 - 1927)
  William Clifton McCauley (1883 - 1948)*
  Anthony Mervin Holt (1883 - 1967)*
  Mary Louise McCauley DeJanvier (1926 - 2001)*
  William Hood (1866 - 1892)*
  Annie Cairns Hood Halliday (1868 - 1951)*
  John Scott Hood (1870 - 1941)*
  Martha Park Hood (1875 - 1957)*
  Robert George Hood (1880 - 1964)*
  Stewart Hood (1883 - 1951)*
  Margaret Janet Hood Holt (1886 - 1968)
*Calculated relationship
Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery
Devils Lake
Ramsey County
North Dakota, USA
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