|Birth: ||Jan. 18, 1878, USA|
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 1942|
Washington Death Index, 1940-1996
Name: Raymond D Brooks
Date of Death: 10 Feb 1942
Place of Death: Yakima
Age: 64 years, 23 days
Estimated birth year: abt 1878
His parents are:
FATHER: DANIEL E BROOKS
MOTHER: SUSAN LASHER
At some point after the death of her first husband my maternal grandmother Jessie May MICHELS Cammack, the widow of Joseph Hugh CAMMACK, married Raymond Daniel BROOKS, There were three children from her first marriage and none from her second.
Tuesday, March 6 2012
Yesterday afternoon I began to do some research on FIND-A-GRAVE for any man with the last name of BROOKS that was around my maternal grandmother's age and who is buried in Washington state. The most likely candidate among several was Raymond D Brooks, who died in Yakima in 1942. Then, curiously, a few hours ago, about four or five in the morning, I went out to the garage to check the mileage on my car, and while there examined a few boxes of the many filled with all the things that my mother saw fit to save during her 89 years on the planet. She saved a great deal. One fairly large cardboard box had been chewed on by mice a few years ago. Inside it were among other things a bunch of smaller cardboard boxes. I have just finished going through five of these boxes and have located some of the oldest personal documents that my mother saved.
Among these finds was a series of nine postcards written by my maternal grandmother, JESSIE MAY MICHELS,in the summer of 1939, just a couple of months before her death in September of that same year, to her daughter, my mother, HAZEL IRENE CAMMACK. At the time my grandmother had lived for many years in Mabton, Washington, basically a bustling little farming community back then. Mabton was a fairly small town, however, and a return address on a letter or card could be limited to just the name of the sender, or the name of the town and state as well, but no street address, since the postmaster knew everyone in town by name and where they lived.
Five of the nine postcards have no return address, but the other four do. On three of the four my grandmother identifies herself as "Mrs. R. D. Brooks". On the remaining card, she identifies herself as "Mrs. Ray Brooks". Mention is also made in the text of the cards to herself and Ray.
Among the papers that I found early this morning was also a Western Union telegram from M W Conway, the medical superintendent at the Medical Lake State Hospital in Medical Lake, Washington, where JESSIE MAY MICHELS CAMMACK BROOKS had been a patient for some three weeks or more before her death, addressed to Ray Brooks in Mabton, Washington. The text of the telegram reads as follows:
MEDICAL LAKE, WASH. - 12:53 PM - SEPT. 18 1939
RAY BROOKS, MABTON, WN.
JESSIE BROOKS DIED TODAY.
KINDLY MAKE YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS FOR DISPOSAL AND ADVISE US.
MAY WE HAVE YOUR PERMISSION FOR AUTOPSY?
M W CONWAY, MD SUPT.
Given the evidence on and in the nine postcards, the death notice telegram, and that Raymond D Brooks was nearly the same age as my grandmother (apparently a bit less than three years younger) and that she is buried in Mabton and he in Yakima, both towns located in the same county, I conclude that Raymond D Brooks, F.A.G. # 22054958 was in fact her second husband. Unfortunately no one that I know is now living that could possibly provide me any firsthand knowledge about Raymond D Brooks. With a bit of detective work, however, I am confident that before too much longer the fog surrounding this man will begin to lift.
Daniel E. Brooks (1847 - 1918)
Susan Lasher Brooks (1848 - 1927)
Jessie May MICHELS Cammack Brooks (1875 - 1939)*
Floyd Charles Brooks (1908 - 1975)*
Annie G. Brooks Porter (1873 - 1896)*
John Schyler Brooks (1876 - 1933)*
Raymond Daniel Brooks (1878 - 1942)
Wardie Brooks (1880 - 1882)*
Millard Matthew Brooks (1884 - 1911)*
Maintained by: NEIL CAMERON / 6443
Originally Created by: Carmen Mildenberger Adam...
Record added: Oct 09, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22054958
Raymond Daniel BROOKS was the second husband of my maternal grandmother Jessie May MICHELS, the widow of Joseph Hugh CAMMACK, her first husband and the father of their three children, of whom my mother, Hazel Irene CAMMACK was the third and last.|
NEIL CAMERON / 6443
Added: Mar. 6, 2012