Mary Leona Brooks was born June 28, 1869, at Nekimi Township, just south of Oshkosh in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. She attended public schools in Oshkosh and came with her parents and siblings to Dakota Territory in 1884.
At her Brookland home on October 15, 1890, Mary wed 34-year-old Charles E. Stanton. He, too, was a resident of Brookland. The couple had just one child, Elva, who was born September 21, 1895, in North Dakota.
When the 1900 census was conducted, Charles, Mary, and Elva had returned to his elderly parents' farm at Randall in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. Charles was listed as the head of household – neither of his New York-born parents was in good health. Charles' father, Benjamin Stanton, died in October 1900 and his mother, Mariette, died in 1903. Around 1901, the Stanton three headed west – far west – to San Jose in Santa Clara County, California.
The 1910 census has the Stanton family at their permanent home in San Jose. No occupation was given for Charles, but it was stated that he had his "own income." It seems that Charles was a very successful rancher in the area. Mary and daughter Elva were with him, and his 88-year-old Aunt Esther Marshall rounded out the household.
When 18-year-old Elva met a young mariner, Clarence Melvin Boyd, their union caused quite a family stir. An article about it appeared in "gossip column" of the Oakland Tribune on October 11, 1914. The Stantons forbade their daughter from marrying the sailor, but a judge cautioned the Stantons that their daughter was "of age" and allowed the pair to marry. With Elva married, the 1920 and 1930 censuses show only Charles and Mary in their home at San Jose at 667 South 10th Street.
Mary (Brooks) Stanton was in very poor health as the Great Depression set in. She had a heart condition, cirrhosis of the liver, a chronic kidney disease, and was anemic as a result. Mary's doctor in San Jose was H.C. Brown, who began attending her in November 1931. She died at 12:42 in the afternoon of January 3, 1932, at San Jose Hospital. Mary was 62. Charles lived another ten years, before dying at age 85 in San Jose on May 18, 1942. Both are buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in their home city.
Charles E. Stanton
1856–1942 (m. 1893)
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