Florence Alberta <I>Chambers</I> Alger

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Florence Alberta Chambers Alger

  • Birth 17 Oct 1910 Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 21 Feb 1989 Howard Beach, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Her cremains were disposed of, according to her wishes, by her granddaughter, Luana Dawn Alger
  • Memorial ID 92759857

Daughter of Charles Chancey Chambers and Harriet Josephine [Bliss] Justice; Second wife of James Russell Alger Sr; Mother of Naomi Gayle, Shirley Maxine and James Russell Alger Jr.

Her parents were married on 9 May 1899 in Washington Co, OH. Her father passed away from chronic nephritis in 1931. Her mother next married widower, Ora L. Justice, on 9 May 1935. Apparently, her mother thought 9 May 1878 was her birth date, listing it as such on both marriage records. Birth records, however, reveal that she was actually born on 9 Apr 1878. Her mother was widowed again within 9 months of marrying Ora and died naturally while in a long-term care facility in 1961.

Florence and Jim "Russell" Alger were married around 1937. They separated around 1953 and were later divorced. Florence then worked at New York Hospital, having been promoted as a Records Manager until her retirement. She supported her family as a single mother on that income.

On 21 Feb 1989, her grandson, Timothy Patrick Keller, who was a FDNY/EMT, heard an emergency call come over his radio for her address. When he arrived he found his grandmother lying on the floor. She had already passed away. This information was told to me by my cousin Timmy, himself, prior to his passing. I have absolutely no reason to dispute his claim, as I was not there to witness who had arrived on the scene and who had not. The last time I actually saw her was when I was about 6 years of age, somewhere around 1970... But I have the fondest memories of her, as well as the apartment she lived in at that time. I can vividly visualize it to this day.

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Age: 78 years
Cause: Stroke
Occupation:
- N.Y. Hospital, Records Manger (Ret)

Familial Relation: Grandmother

- Luana Dawn Alger, 2 Feb 2016

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U.S. Census Records:

Date: 13 Jun 1920
Location: Elizabeth, Allegheny, PA
Household Members:
- Charles C Chambers, Head, M, 40, OH
- Josephine Chambers, Wife, F, 41, OH
- Clyde Chambers, Son, M, 15, PA
- Florence Chambers, Dau, F, 9, PA
- Kenneth Chambers, Son, M, 2, PA
** Charles was employed as a Stationary Engineer for a Power Plant. Clyde was the only child attending school and both parents and Clyde were the only shown to be able to read and write.

Date: 12 Apr 1930
Location: Clairton, Allegheny, PA
Household Members:
- Charles Chambers, Head, M, 51, OH
- Josephine Chambers, Wife, F, 52, OH
- Florence Chambers, Dau, F, 18, PA
- Kenneth Chambers, Son, M, 13, PA
- Herbert Coyle, Roomer, M, 19, PA
** Charles was employed as a Stationary Engineer at a Power Plant Sub Station. He and Josephine indicate that they had been married for 34 years (about 1896, which is not concurrent with their 9 May 1899 marriage record). They lived in a $38 a month rental home at 504 Waddell Street. All household members could read and write and only Kenneth was attending school. The roomer, Herbert Coyle, was employed as a Steel Mill Laborer.

Date: 10 Apr 1940
Location: Dist. Assembly 14, Manhattan, NY
Household Members:
- James Alger, Head, M, 37, PA
- Florence Alger, Wife, F, 29, PA
- Gayle Alger, Dau, F, 2, NY
- Shirley Alger, Dau, F, 0, NY
** James had a 9th grade education and was employed as an Attendant at NY Hospital. Florence was a high school graduate and was not employed, nor was she seeking employment. Their daughter, Shirley, was more specifically shown to be 6/12 months of age. Both James and Florence state that they resided in the same place 5 years earlier. Also, Florence answered some supplementary questions only asked of one other individual on this census sheet. In doing so she shows that both her parents were born in Ohio, she only speaks English, is a housewife, has only been married once, was age 26 at the time she married (about 1937) and she has only gave birth to 2 children to date.

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Disclaimer:

All pertinent information I have included here can be verified by U.S. Federal Census Records for the family in conjunction with various public records, including any documents I may upload to this memorial.

Though I can not prove with 100% certainty that this family's composition and relation status is as I display it to be, I can say that the circumstantial evidence weighs very heavily in favor of the accuracy of these stated familial connections.

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  • Created by: Luana Dawn Alger
  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92759857
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Florence Alberta Chambers Alger (17 Oct 1910–21 Feb 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92759857, ; Maintained by Luana Dawn Alger (contributor 46628170) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a Her cremains were disposed of, according to her wishes, by her granddaughter, Luana Dawn Alger.