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S: "Is Granny MAD?" #7145

BC: Writer and Editor Steve & Sandy Moreno March 2012

FC: "Is Granny MAD?" # 7145#

1: "Is Granny Mad?" by Steven Frank Moreno This book is dedicated to my Grandmother Annie Elizabeth Moreno ( Ramsbottom ). Although both my Grandmother and I were living in close proximity to each other, neither one knew that the other was alive. This will be our story of how we "met" through a chance circumstance. Genetically, is it possible that some of her characteristics have been passed down to her descendants?

2: Moore Coat of Arms | Great Grandfather of Annie Elizabeth Ramsbottom

3: Grandfather of Annie Elizabeth Ramsbottom

4: Moorefield Main Street 1900's

5: Moorefield Churches

6: Moorefield Blacksmith Shop | Drayton 1899 small village near Moorefield | W.W. Moore's House

7: Moorefield Main Street 1920 | W.W. Moore's Old House

8: Annie Elizabeth Ramsbottom Born - March 1st, 1890 | 1904 - 14 years old

9: Mother Mehetabel (Hettie) Matred Moore | Father Robert Westall Ramsbottom | Brother Robert Westall Ramsbottom Born - December 8th, 1895

10: Cardston, Alberta 1901

11: SPOKANE, WASHINGTON 1902 - 1907 | Annie Elizabeth Ramsbottom came to Spokane, Washington about 1902. She was baptized in Spokane at the Central Christian Church by Rev. B.T. Utz in the summer months of 1903 or 1904. She left school at 16 having reached her second year of High School. She then worked in a Confectionery Factory, a Department store and then served as a domestic in other places. | Central Church | Spokane High School | Early Spokane | Confectionary Factory

13: Jacobito (Jimmie) Abran Moreno | Annie Elizabeth Ramsbottom

14: Views of Vancouver in the early 1900's

15: Jimmie, the Musician, performing at the early Vaudeville Pantages Theatres

16: Buddy

17: Postcard Sent to Annie Shaver Moore (Grandma)

18: James Moreno | Frank Moreno

19: OUT of SIGHT OUT of MIND

20: Provincial Mental Hospital ESSONDALE

21: On Dec. 22nd, 1921, two Doctors were sent to Annie's home at 3910 Cariboo St. in Vancouver. This area was referred to as Collingwood and was primarily the outskirts of Vancouver. The two Doctors forwarded their reports to a Judge, who, in turn, signed a document stating that Annie E. Moreno was "a lunatic and should be received as a patient in the Mental Hospital."

22: The documents below include Annie's admission history, and an application and the information required to be filled out by Jacobito Moreno to institutionalize his wife, Annie Moreno, as a patient in Essondale. | Annie Moreno's admission picture

23: moreno payment plan | THE OTHER WOMAN | Ward Notes Jan. 1922 - Feb 1923 | Ward Notes Dec. 1921 - Jan.3, 1922 | Jim and Frank were placed temporarily in the New Westminster Orphanage at the corner of 6th St. & 6th Ave. The oldest son, Buddy, stayed with his father. All three boys were reunited in the Los Angeles area, being cared for by relatives. Buddy often traveled with his father in the theatre circuit. | Elsie Fox | Copies from the 1919 BC Directory showing where both Jimmie & Elsie were working | On Dec. 26, 1921, three days after committing his wife Annie Moreno to the Essondale Mental Hospital, Jimmie Moreno and Elsie Fox are enjoying the Orpheum Christmas Party at the Vancouver Hotel.

24: A letter from Jacobito trying to arrange the transfer of Annie Moreno to a Hospital in Los Angeles (March 10, 1923) | Ward Notes July 1923 - Feb 1930 | A letter from the Hospital explaining there has been no information regarding deportation and that there is no improvement in Annie's mental condition (March 23, 1923) | Application to have Annie Moreno deported to the United States (October 11, 1922) | NO Deportation Allowed (February 1, 1926)

25: Notification of Divorce sent to Annie in the Mental Hospital | lawyer's office | Jimmie Moreno was unsuccessful in his attempt to have Annie Moreno deported to the United States. At the end of 1926 he gathered the children's birth certificates and hired a lawyer to proceed with his plan to divorce Annie. The lawyer sent a summons for Annie to appear in a Seattle court, but since she was a patient of Essondale she was unable to attend, and, therefore, the divorce went through without any contesting. | Summons to appear in a Seattle Divorce Court Final Divorce documents dated December 24, 1926 | Letter from the Seattle Lawyer's office to Annie's mother stating the divorce mandate completed on April 1, 1927 | Jimmie Moreno's plea to the Hospital regarding Annie's maintenance payment fees | Hettie Ramsey (Annie Moreno's mother) thanks Essondale for the divorce notification

26: Elsie Fox | Jacobito Moreno | Married - November 16, 1927 | On January 2, 1928, Elwood Raymond Moreno died of Tuberculosis in Bakersfield, California. In 1930, both Jim and Frank Moreno were residing in a boarding school in Watsonville, California. In 1932, the two boys would go to live with the Fox family in Victoria. Both boys eventually ran away to discover the world on their own. | Frank Moreno in Victoria 1932 | Oakland Elementary School - Victoria, BC - 1932

27: Annie Moreno's Visitor's List Unfortunately, Essondale had a flood and files were destroyed from about 1935 to the mid 1950s. | Hettie Ramsey in 1931 Annie Moreno's mother Died: August 22, 1959 at 93 years old | Hettie Ramsey and her youngest sister, Margaret Malcolmson, walking down Granville Street in 1948

28: Ward Notes Essondale 1930 - 1953 | Ward Notes Essondale 1957 - 1971 Transfered to King George Private Hospital in 1976

29: Ward Notes Transfer to Cartier House 1981 | Ward Notes Assessment to Valleyview Hospital Feb.22, 1978 | Ward Notes King George Private Hospital Feb.17, 1978

30: Annie Moreno lived in Cartier House for Senior Citizens from 1981 until 1989. Annie passed away from "Old Age" on December 17, 1989 in St. Mary's Hospital in New Westminster. She would have been 100 years old on March 1, 1990.

31: Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awake in the morning's hush I am the soft uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there. by Mary Frye

32: In February 1995 my father, Frank George Moreno, received a telephone call from Ray Williams, an investigator for the Public Trustee. He was handling the estate of Annie Moreno and, I thought, he was addressing my mother's (Annie Moreno's) death. To our surprise, Ray Williams stated that my grandmother, Annie Elizabeth Moreno, had passed away on December 17, 1989 at the age of 99 years and he was looking for her last living relatives. My father believed that his mother had passed away when he was 18 months old, but in fact his father (Jimmie) was instrumental in committing his wife, my grandmother, to the Asylum. Therefore, my genealogical journey began with the question, "Why did I not know my father's mother, my grandmother, was alive and living amongst us?"

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