Evelyn Presgrave, 1922, Newburgh, Cleveland


This website includes a picture of the 1922 second grade class at Holy Name Parish on Broadway on the southeast side of Cleveland. My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the fourth young lady from our right in the back row as Evelyn Presgrave. What can we learn about Miss Presgrave?

I've done a few of these classmates already, but this one has to be the easiest, as you will see. In 1920, Evelyn was living at 11321 Miles Avenue, Cleveland, with her father Lee, mother Lillian, and brothers Raymond and Ralph. Her father was managing a garage. By June 5, 1917 when Lee registered for the draft, the family had moved one block east, to 11410 Miles. He was working at a liverance company at 8101 Harvard. From then until the 1940s not much changed. On the 1940 census, Mr Presgrave said he was the proprietor of an expressing and moving business. When he registered again for the draft in 1942, he was still at 11410 Miles, but the business, Presgrave Brothers, Inc., had moved across the street to 8114 Harvard.

Evelyn was single and living with her parents in 1930 and 1940, but in 1940 there is a note that she was absent from the household and working as a companion in a private home. I believe she is the Evelyn "Presgrove" living in the Ralph Dunn household in Radnor Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania. The information says that she was born in Ohio living in Cleveland in 1935.

Whatever the case, Evelyn returned to the Cleveland area, where she died, at Southwest General Hospital on October 30, 1996. That record provides the information that she had been born November 14, 1913, in Maumee, Ohio, and had been employed as a manager or administrator in—guess what—the trucking industry. She had never married.

Her parents

Usually I try to trace the ancestry of the children in the class as well, but in this case all you need to know is: Evelyn Presgrave page at familysearch trees. Someone has provided her parents' genealogy back quite a few generations, so there is no point in me re-doing it here.

I told you this one was easy.