1889 [Mason Symbol] 1977
All are richer for having known "Monty"
Fuistes bondad nobleza siempre viviras en mi – Bertha
Wallace is my 2nd cousin 3x removed. He is the son of Wallace Theodore Montgomery and Mary Jane P. McCulloch. He was born 25 December 1889 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA. He married Violet Gertrude Johanna Holdsworth on 21 July 1915 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA. He became a mechanical engineer and traveled to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Brazil with the United Sugar Companies, where he served as a “sugar chemist”. He lived in various places in the U.S. including Louisiana, Texas, California, and New Jersey.
Wallace Montgomery passport application photos.
Through all this traveling, I was not able to confirm any children being born to Wallace and Mary.
After his wife died in 1962, I could not locate any records for Wallace and thought that he might have retired in Mexico or some other place where he worked. After much searching, I recently located his death certificate.
Wallace Montgomery died 17 August 1977 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA. He is buried at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA.
His marker is tells me that he was a Free Mason as it bares the Square and Compasses symbol. It also has two lovely inscriptions, the first tells me that his nickname for at least some of his life was “Monty”. (I was unaware of either of these things before seeing his marker photo.)
The second inscription is in Spanish and is roughly translated as “You were goodness and nobility. You will always live in[side] me – Bertha”.
So who is Bertha? If Bertha is his daughter, it is possible that Bertha was born in one of the many countries where Wallace traveled for work. (I know that Mary went abroad with him at least once.) Or was she a child of Wallace and someone other than his wife, Mary? Or was Bertha born in one of the many states where he lived in the US? Or alternatively, was Bertha a second wife? So far the answer is unknown.
Rest in blessed peace, Wallace!
- Thank you to Find A Grave contributor, Bob Young, for taking Wallace’s marker photo.
- Passport photos are from Ancestry.com.
- Brazil immigration card photo is from FamilySearch.org