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Descendants of Patrick George McCollam
Generation No. 1
1. PATRICK GEORGE1 MCCOLLAM1 was born December 03, 1868 in St. Chrysostome Chateuquay Co, Que., Canada, and died December 18, 1946 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He married (1) ANNABELLE CANDEE1 in Easton, Fairfield Co, Connecticut. She was born March 02, 1877 in Connecticut. He married (2) GAY.
Notes for PATRICK GEORGE MCCOLLAM:
He was a fascinating character... born in Canada, he was a trader for the Hudson Bay Company in his youth, paddling around the Canadian wilderness in a coanoe, trading with the Indians. He emigrated to the U.S., settling in Connecticuit, where he married Annabelle Candee, the granddaughter of a French Count.
During the 1940's, Patrick lost a grandchild to polio, and was so driven by grief that he developed and patented the first truly portable "iron lung" resuscitating machine. The basic principle is still in use today.
In the depths of the Great Depression, Patrick gathered his family together and left Akron for Beckley, West Virginia, where he and his then grown-up children built the first drive-in restaurant in the state. It was built in the shape of a Chinese Pagoda, and called The Pagoda Drive-in, and was a great success. His son, Maurice, and his wife ran it, and his daughter Laura worked there as a waitress. Maurice's wife Sara and her family still run the Pagoda and its successor motel.
More About PATRICK GEORGE MCCOLLAM:
Burial: December 21, 1946, Glendale Cemetery, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio2
Naturalization: September 24, 1904, Court of Common Pleas, Fairfield Co, CT3
Children of PATRICK MCCOLLAM and ANNABELLE CANDEE are:
i. MARY ETHEL2 MCCOLLAM, b. September 20, 1901.
ii. ANNA RUTH MCCOLLAM, b. July 12, 1903.
iii. RALPH GEORGE MCCOLLAM, b. June 10, 1905.
iv. LAWRENCE CANDEE MCCOLLAM, b. August 31, 1907.
v. MAURICE VINCENT MCCOLLAM, b. November 27, 1908; d. 1979, Venice, Fla.
2. vi. LAURA CAROLINE MCCOLLAM, b. December 12, 1914, Accotink, VA; d. August 1999, Venice, Fla.
Generation No. 2
2. LAURA CAROLINE2 MCCOLLAM (PATRICK GEORGE1)4 was born December 12, 1914 in Accotink, VA, and died August 1999 in Venice, Fla. She married EARL L PENCE4 March 20, 1937 in Wellsburg, WV, son of WILLIAM PENCE and LAURA BOWERS. He was born August 16, 1909 in Strasburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia4, and died May 01, 19924.
Notes for LAURA CAROLINE MCCOLLAM:
She was the youngest of six children of Patrick G. McCollam and Anna Belle Candee McCollam. Laura had the unusual distinction of being born in an army tent. Her father, Patrick, was a master carpenter, who was employed by the Army in an expansion of Fort Belvior, near Washington DC, in 1914. Since the site was considered remote at the time, workmen could bring their families. They lived in a tent city, where Laura was born. Imagine giving birth in a tent, in December!
Laura grew up and attended school in Akron, Ohio, graduating from high school there in 1933. In the depths of the Great Depression, Laura's father gathered his family together and left Akron for Beckley, West Virginia, where he and his now grown-up children built the first drive-in restaurant in the state. It was built in the shape of a Chinese Pagoda, and called The Pagoda Drive-in, and was a great success. While working there as a waitress, Laura met her husband, Earl Pence, who came from Strasburg in the nearby Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Earl Pence married Laura in 1937 and stayed and worked at the Pagoda until the birth of their only child, Lawrence, in January of 1939. This was still during the Depression, and there was little work to be had in West Virginia. Roosevelt was gearing the country up for war, and there was work at the rubber shops of Akron, Ohio. Earl brought his little family there. He took a job building tires at Goodyear.
When war did come after Pearl Harbor, Laura also went to work at Goodyear Aircraft Corporation, making machine gun clips. She worked there throughout the war years as "Rosie the Riveter," putting her entire pay check into war bonds.
After the war, Laura and Earl sold their house in Akron and bought 4 acres of land along the Cuyahoga River in Northampton Township, a semi-rural area near Akron. Earl loved the nursery and landscaping business, and opened his own there, called "Old Portage Nursery." The area was the site of a trail between rivers which Indians had used to portage canoes since prehistoric times. This trail was by treaty with the Indian Tribes the western boundary of the United States in the late 1700's. The "Old Portage Nursery" is now a short distance from the site of the Cleveland Orchestra's world famous Blossom Music Center.
While their nursery business prospered, Earl and Laura's marriage did not, and in 1953 they were divorced. Laura moved to Cuyahoga Falls with her son, Lawrence, and went to work for the Kroger Grocery Co. She became manager of the Dairy Department at the Cuyahoga Falls store, and retired in 1977 after 26 years with the company.
Laura first say Bay Indies, Venice, Florida, on a trip to visit her brother Maurice and his wife Sara. It was love at first sight, and she bought a home there before returning to Ohio. She spent 22 enjoyable years at Bay Indies, where everyone knew her as the "bird lady" for her love of the local waterfowl, both wild and domestic. She had a costume for every occasion, and enjoyed dressing up and entertaining everyone.
Laura's special cause was the handicapped children. She spent many hours making gifts for them and bringing some joy to their lives.
More About LAURA CAROLINE MCCOLLAM:
Graduation: February 02, 1933, Acron High School
Social Security Number: 274014906
More About EARL L PENCE:
Burial: Crown Hill Mausoleum,Warren Co., Ohio4
Child of LAURA MCCOLLAM and EARL PENCE is:
3. i. LAWRENCE EARL3 PENCE, b. January 03, 1939, Beckley, WV.
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