Cuyahoga Falls 1904-1917

Less than two months after meeting at an April Fools costume dance, Guy and Ada were married in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on May 27, 1904.


On May 9, 1905, after four days of on-and-off labor, Agnes Evelyn Burns was born. I believe she was named after Agnes Seely, the mother-figure for whom Ada had worked in Cleveland as a domestic, and Eva Mehling, her favorite cousin.
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They moved into a small brown house on Grand Avenue, near where Guy's parents lived.

After a year or two in the brown house, which Ada loved, the little family moved into the house on Newberry Street with Guy's parents, where they lived until 1920. Shown here are Lorenzo (holding Ebba) and Mary Rebecca (holding a Mellinger child); May and Clyde are behind Mary Rebecca, and Ada and Guy are behind Lorenzo.

This photo from 1908 shows Guy (in the middle) and fellow laborers working with teams of horses as part of a road- or railroad grading project.

Guy, again in the middle, worked for a time at Nute Foundry, which was located across the river and about a mile north of the house on Newberry Street.

Ebba, about age two, on the porch of the house on Newberry Street.

Donald Dow Burns arrived on Novermber 17, 1907. Here he is with Ebba in the doorway of the Newberry Street house, ca 1908.

Ebba and Don playing at gardening, ca. 1909.

Toddler Don, learning his fishing moves early.


Don dragging a children's folding chair, with Ada supervising from the porch.

Don with his curls on display. Ada cried when they were cut short years later in preparation for school attendance.

Little Lord Fauntleroy.

Playing in the side yard; behind them, beyond the fence, is Newberry Street.

Ebba as little mother, about 1910.

Mary Rebecca and Lorenzo, heads of the Newberry Street household.

Christmas 1910. Guy's brother-in-law Clyde is dressed as Santa. This was the Christmas when Julia Fenn died, and Guy decided to study bookkeeping at Actual Business College in Akron.

Ebba and her doll riding a sled with a cousin, 1910.

Ada and Guy out in the yard enjoying the snow, 1910.

Ebba gathering flowers, around 1910. Guy and Ada taught her to identify flora and fauna from an early age, inculcating a lifelong concern for the health of the natural environment.
A handsome family, sitting in the side-yard hammock. Guy left the blue-collar ranks and got work as a bookkeeper at Akron Cultivator.
Don was not a robust child, and may have suffered from Bright's disease, which had also afflicted his grandfather Mason.
Guy fashioned a sling so that he could carry Don around when he was not feeling well enough
to walk on his own on their treks around the woods.

Bob Burns remembers a grape arbor running along the side of the Newberry Street house.

Gaylord's Grove was a spot upriver from their neighborhood, which had been a major staging area for Civil War troops.
By 1910, it had reverted to woodlands along both sides of the river.

At the end of the business week, Guy would come home on the streetcar, which took him right out to where the family was staying in a campsite for the summer. Both Ebba and Don recalled this tradition with great fondness.

The family camping spot at Gaylord's Grove.

Left to right: Elizabeth Ingraham, Ada, Unknown, Don (front), Ola Ingraham, Ebba, Mary Rebecca, Lorenzo, Ernest Ingraham

Gaylord's Grove, which I found on my 2015 trip, is still quite wild and overgrown.

The Little Mother, learning the domestic arts. Here she is darning a sock.

Jaunt in the country, probably 1913 or so, since David Junior is not in evidence.

The flood of 1913 wreaked major havoc along the Cuyahoga, breaking apart dams and levees as it swept downriver to Cleveland. The lower photograph shows Walsh Mills, which was right across the river from Newberry Street.
Guy had worked there when it was called Loesser Rolling Mills.

Around 1914, Guy went to work for Miller Rubber Company in Akron, as assistant bookkeeper.

David Argyle Burns, Junior was born on October 27, 1914. Ada looks to have her hands full with her younger son at this church gathering, and Ebba and Don look none too happy either!

Mary Rebecca Mason Burns was not a particularly smiley person, which only goes to show that David Junior was a lovable child.

Very few photographs remain of Dave as a child, since according to Ada's letter, he did not like to sit still much. Not sure whose idea it was to hang him from the line, but it kept him occupied!

Ebba was a stellar student who had many friends in the neighborhood. 1917, when she turned 12, was the first year of what she later called her Ugly Duckling period.

Guy was the local scoutmaster, and Don (bottom row second from left) was one of his charges.