Oscar Alexander Speedy 2nd great uncle on RootsMagic tree.
Oscar’s parents were Manford and first wife Ann Coats Speedy. Ann died of typhoid fever in 1869, Oscar was 2. His 2nd mom was Elizabeth Stewart Speedy. Oscar grew up in Butler County, Iowa. He attended school and lived on a farm. By 1888 at age 21 he was out west in Stockton, San Joaquin County, California. He was first a miner then an engineer at the Stockton Jackson Baths, mineral baths. “The facility included twelve bath houses for private parties, a clubhouse for entertaining and a grand stand for musical concerts. The thirteen acre resort destination also featured lawn areas with picnic tables and barbecue pits, and even a small zoo and a scenic railway.” Article by Alice Van Ommeren, 2014 . The baths ended in the 1940s.
Oscar is on the California Voter Lists in 1888 and 1892, not yet found on a census in California. ON voter lists Oscar is described “5′ 10″ dark complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair”.
He is not mentioned in his dad Manford’s 1914 obituary so may have died before 1914, not sure. Update Fall 2019, Oscar Speedy has a Find a Grave memorial with details. At Find a Grave: Oscar A. Speedy is buried in Block 27N, Row G, Lot 164. He died in 1895, he was 28 years old. There’s no grave marker or death certificate, details. Burial information was provided by Cathleen Boccia, an employee of the Stockton Rural Cemetery, memorial created by “lawman on 29 Jun 2019”.
- Find a Grave memorial 200632231 https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/200632231
- DowntownStockton.org, Copyright 2015 Downtown Stockton Alliance, Stockton’s Famous Mineral baths
- Stockton Illustrated 1894, donated by Vern Dander, Jackson Baths photo 30
- California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898 at Ancestry
- Clarksville (Iowa) Star, 1872-2017, 1886 Nov 18 page 4 of 8, Shell Rock mid way Oscar leaves for California
- U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 at Ancestry