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William Howard McCARTY
Husband:  William Howard McCARTY
Marriage:  3 Sep 1924, Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD
Wife:  Bess / Besse C. "Bessie" STRAUB
Birth:  Apr 1885, Waldo, Marion Co., OH
Death (breast cancer):  1924-30
Occupations:  Clerk, State Department, Washington, DC; homemaker
Father:  George Washington STRAUB
Mother:  Sarah E. CORBIN
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1.  Interview of Nina Gale (STRAUB) MATTHIESEN, subject's niece (and my mother), who lived with subject's sister, Josephine (STRAUB) PETERS, in Washington, DC, while attending art school there in the 1930s.  Family tradition has Besse working as private secretary to President Herbert Hoover, but this appears to have been just that, a legend, because while Besse lived in Washington, DC, and worked in the State Department, she does not appear to have beem President HOOVER's secretary (see next source).  Also, I contacted the Herbert Hoover Library, and they said they have no record of her being his secretary.

2. Anon.   1922. The Department of State Personnel and Organization, December 31, 1921.   Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (online at InternetArchive.com):
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3.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 19):  Waldo Twp., Marion Co., OH, Roll T623_1302, p. 294B, SN 5, SD 211, ED 72, enumerated 11 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
112 114 Moyer Peter Head W M Sep 1856 43 M 12     OH Ger Ger Farmer 0   Y Y Y O F F 40
    _____ Louisa Wife W F Jun 1864 35 M 12 4 4 OH OH OH       Y Y Y        
    _____ E? Son W M Oct 1883 16 S       OH OH OH At school   4 Y Y Y        
    _____ Lloyd ? Son W M Nov 1889 10 S       OH OH OH At school   8 Y Y Y        
    _____ Zelda May Dau W F Jun 1893  6 S       OH OH OH At school   8              
    _____ Alma Dau W F May 1900 0/12 S       OH OH OH                    
    Osborn Bessie StepDau W F Apr 1885 15 S       OH OH OH       Y Y Y        
Listed four households from Zoa M. (STRAUB) HOKE, whose mother was Eliza Ann OSBORN, wife of Bessie's uncle, John J. STRAUB.  It appears as though one of Eliza's OSBORN kin adopted Bessie when Bessie's mother died (in 1888), and that she has since been adopted by the MOYERs.

4.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #26-27 of 36):  117 R Street NE, Washington, DC, Roll 153 (Book 2), pp. 243B-244A, SN 13B-14A, SD _, ED 167, enumerated 26 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 28
* 117 263 292 Peters Wm J Head M W 29 M1 3     Ohio Ohio Ohio Eng Inspector Bu. Immigration W N 0 Y Y H
      ______ Josephine E Wife F W 29 M1 3 2 2 Ohio Ohio Ohio Eng None         Y Y  
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        Peters Bessie A Dau F W  2 S       Washington DC Ohio Ohio   None              
      ______ Wm E Son M W 9/12 S       Washington DC Ohio Ohio   None              
      Straub Bessie C Sister in law F W 24 S       Ohio Ohio Ohio Eng Clerk Mercantile? W N 0 Y Y  
*R Street N.E.

5.  1920 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Images 18 and 19 of 30):  117 R Street NE, Washington, DC, Roll T625_211 (Book 2), pp. 95B/96A, SD 40, ED216, SNs 9B (Lines 98-100)/10A (Line 1), enumerated 12/13 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
117 179 213 Peters, William J Head 0 M M W 39 M   Y Y OH OH OH Y Law Officer Dept. of Labor W
      ______, Josephine E Wife     F W 38 M   Y Y OH OH OH Y None    
      ______, Besse A Daughter     F W 12 S Y Y Y DC OH OH Y None    
      Straub, Bess C Sister-in-law     F W 34 S   Y Y OH OH OH Y Clerk State Dept. W

6.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Besse not found, but there is a William H. McCARTY (æ 60, b. VA) in Washington, DC, with wife Mabel G. (æ 47, b. NJ), and no children.

7a.  Thursday, 9 Oct 1913.  The Marion Daily Star (Marion, Ohio), v. XXXVII, n. 270, p. 13 (online at Ancestry.com):
Miss Besse C. Straub left Wednesday for Columbus, from where she will start, Friday, for her home in Wilmington, North Carolina, by way of Washington.  Miss Straub has been a guest of her sister, Mrs. D. W. Benedict and family the past three weeks.

7b.  Friday, 25 Jul 1924.  The Marion Daily Star (Marion, Ohio), p. 5 (online at Ancestry.com):
Mrs. Thomas Wyatt and Daughter, Jesse, Thursday evening entertained the Woman's Adult Bible class and teacher, Mrs. D.W. Benedict, at their home south of town.  Beside eighteen members, the following visitors were present:  Miss Besse C. Straub, of Washington; Miss Grace Munson, of Colorado Springs; Miss Stella Henry, of near Ashley; and Mary Jane Houseworth, from Marion.  Miss Straub, who was a guest of her sister, Mrs. Benedict, is a member of the American-German claims commission and has just returned from a trip through Europe.  After the class devotionals a season of contests were enjoyed, the honors going to Miss Vinne Selanders and Mrs. Clyde Randall.

7c.  Saturday, 6 Sep 1924.  The Marion Daily Star (Marion, Ohio), v. XLVIII, n. 242, p. 5 (online at Ancestry.com):

Miss Besse Straub
Weds W. H. M'Carty

Announcements have been received of the marriage of Miss Besse Straub and Mr. William Howard McCarty, Washington, which was solemnized September 3, in Baltimore.  They will make their home in Washington.

Mrs. McCarty is a former resident of Waldo and for the past several years has been employed in government work in Washington.  She is a sister of Mrs. D. W. Benedict, Waldo, and a cousin of Miss Besse McCausland and Mr. Harry E. Elliott, Bellefontaine avenue.

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