October 18, 2012

A POSTCARD FROM C. M. DUFF TO MISS GLADYS CLICK

Well, I'm still going on the assumption that C. M. Duff is the aforementioned "Kate" -- derived from Catherine -- and that she is either James Graham Duff's mother, sister or the ailing aunt, though that makes little sense unless she was a spinster and kept the Duff surname. Other than that worthless speculation these postcards are very vague and don't offer much insight into the Duff & Click clans except that they liked to travel and correspond.

The address of Gladys Click is of some interest though seeing as the Censuses of both 1910 and 1920 show that she was still living in the family home. The 1910 Census list the residence as 1410 2nd Avenue in Detroit, Michigan while the postcard from 1913 shows her address as 166 Milwaukee Avenue West in the same city and this one lists it as 739 Lincoln Avenue.

This could mean several things, of course, but my guess is that it might have been James Graham Duff's residence in both instances as it's highly unlikely that the entire Click family consisting of 9 family members and 9 tenants according to the 1910 census would just pack up and move several times.


I suppose that it's possible but not probable. Seeing as I can track down no information for any of the addresses and this 1920 Census abstract shows that James Graham Duff was boarding with the Tardiff family it seems highly feasible that he didn't own property before marrying Gladys or had sold it off by then to make new accommodations for his new bride.

Another item of note is the presence of Dolly Click, on the 1910 Census abstract, whom I mentioned in a previous post. And what was going on in that house that they could manage to board 18 people?!?! I don't know if I'll tire of researching this random family by then but I just may get to the bottom of it.

As for the Forth bridge: it connects the capital city of Edinburgh to Fife and is the second-longest single span cantilever bridge in the world. Opened on March 4, 1890 it holds the distinction of being the first major structure in Britain to be constructed of steel.

In 1935 it was featured in the Hitchcock film The 39 Steps, was the site of the first German airstrike on Britain occurred above the structure in 1939 and it has been depicted on both a British coin and a Scottish banknote.

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