Here’s a photo of Mettie Ruby McConnell, wife of Henry Clay McConnell (1879-1960), in June of 1906 in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Mettie was the sister of Todd’s great grandmother Laura May Ruby.
Cripple Creek is located at the base of Pike’s Peak in Teller County, Colorado. Gold was discovered there in 1890 and by 1900 it was a booming mine town.
Mettie is the daughter of James Addison Ruby and Melissa Short. She married Henry Clay McConnell on October 9, 1901 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They spent their lives in Iowa, but went to Cripple Creek, Colorado for the Gold Rush. Did they do well there, I wonder?
On his World War I Draft Registration Card, Clay reports that he is a farmer, but a note is added that he’d recently purchased 80 acres of land, had been traveling frequently, so hadn’t been doing much farming lately.
They had one daughter, Dorothy Lee, born on April 1918. Clay was listed as an automobile salesman on the 1920 US Census, and in 1930 & 1940 had no occupation. Mettie died in 1940 and her Find A Grave memorial is here.