Monday, November 25, 2013

Photograph of Zilpha Lilian Dempsey as a young girl; Portland, Oregon studio

Photograph of a young girl identified on the reverse as Zilpha L. Dempsey; the photograph was taken by the Conn studio of Portland, Oregon.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]

Zilpha Lilian Dempsey was born 17 June 1893 at Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of William A. and Grace Darling (Capen) Dempsey, who were born in New York and Massachusetts, respectively.

At some point the family moved to Portland, Oregon, where Zilpha and her parents were enumerated in the Censuses of 1900 and 1910 and where William was involved in the manufacturing/lumber business.  William died in 1919.

Zilpha and her mother were still at Portland, Oregon in 1920.  About 1924, Zilpha married civil engineer/soil scientist Walter Carey Roberts, son of Joseph A. and Rhoda D. (Carey) Roberts.  Walter was born at Noblesville, Indiana, on 15 January 1894.  He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.

The 1930 Census found Walter and Zilpha, their newborn daughter and Zilpha's mother Grace living at Berkeley, California.  Grace had moved away from their household by the time of the 1940 Census, when Walter, Zilpha and their daughter were still living at Berkeley, California.

Zilpha died in 1957, and Walter in 1965.

If you have corrections to the information above, or additions to it, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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