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Voter Registrations: Mary and Gertrude Meincke

Mary A. (Kelly) Meincke was the daughter of Martin Kelly and Catherine Dolan.  Mary was born in 1859 in San Francisco.  From what I’ve gathered so far, Mary is the oldest female of the tree to vote.  For the most part, her generation shied away from voting.  It was their daughters who took advantage of their newly one right.

Gertrude was the daughter of Mary Kelly and Frederick Meincke.  She was born in 1891 in San Francisco.  She was single (never married) and worked throughout her adult life.  Gertrude began voting in 1912.

Mary A. (Kelly) Meincke

Notes:

Mary first voted in 1913, two years after she earned the right to vote in the state of California.  She is recorded as Mary Ann, Mary A., and Mary.  First, she was registered as a Democrat then changed to Republican. In 1922, she appears twice.  I’m not sure why.  None of her sons married a Mary, so it can’t be her daughter-in-law.

Notice that her address was 19 Cotter (San Francisco) then 31 Cotter.  I am not sure if this signifies a changed in residence or a number assignment change by the city.  She had 3 or 4 of her grown children living with her and their addresses reflect the same change.  Her husband, Frederick Meincke Sr., was alive until 1907.  I did not find him in the records.

Here is what I gleaned from the records on Mary:

Meincke    Mary Ann         19 Cotter    Housewife    1913    Democrat
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    19 Cotter    Housewife    1914    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    19 Cotter    Housewife    1916    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    19 Cotter    Housewife    1918    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary Ann  19 Cotter    Housewife    1920    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    19 Cotter    Housewife    1922    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    19 Cotter    Housewife    1922    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary        19 Cotter    Housekeeper 1922    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    31 Cotter    Homemaker  1930    Republican
Meincke    Mrs. Mary A.    31 Cotter    none given    1932    Republican

Gertrude E. Meincke

Notes on Gertrude:

Gertrude lived with her mother until her mother’s death (as well as several of her brothers).  Her party affiliation fluctuated between Democrat and Republican.  She identified her job as a Clerk, a Bookkeeper and then a Clerk again.
Meincke    Gertrude Esther      19 Cotter    Clerk             1912    Democrat
Meincke    Gertrude Esther      19 Cotter    Clerk             1913    Democrat
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    19 Cotter    Clerk             1916    Democrat
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    19 Cotter    Clerk             1918    Democrat
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    19 Cotter    bookkeeper    1920    Democrat
Meincke    Gertrude E.            19 Cotter    bookkeeper    1922    Republican
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    19 Cotter    bookkeeper    1924    Republican
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    31 Cotter    Clerk             1930    Republican
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    31 Cotter    none given     1932    Republican
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    31 Cotter    Clerk             1935    Democrat
Meincke    Miss Gertrude E.    31 Cotter    Clerk             1936    Republican

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