Grace Katherine Curran1

F, #7, b. 7 August 1900, d. 24 August 1992
Last Edited=17 Aug 2014
Grace Katherine Curran Arnott, August 7, 1990, her 90th birthday celebration. Crested Butte, Colorado.
     Grace Katherine Curran, daughter of Daniel Curran and Mary Whelan, was born on 7 August 1900 at Everest, Brown County, Kansas, Grace was the youngest of 11 children.1 Grace Katherine Curran was the daughter of Daniel Curran and Mary Whelan.2,3

Grace Katherine Curran appeared on the United States census of 13 May 1910 in the household of Mary Whelan at Grasshopper, Atchison County, Kansas.4

Grace Katherine Curran appeared on the United States census of 15 March 1920 in the household of Mary Whelan at Grasshopper, Atchison County, Kansas, a school teacher.5

Grace was a school teacher from the time she graduated from high school. She taught first in Kansas while she earned her teaching credentials. In 1922 she taught in Hayden, Arizona. In about 1926 she began teaching in Crested Butte, Colorado. At times, even while her children were young, she continued to teach there and in her later years, after the death of her husband Jim, she taught as a substitute in the Denver Public Schools.1

In March, 2007, this researcher took a drive from Benson, AZ, to the town of Hayden, AZ, where Grace Curran Arnott taught school from about 1922-1927. I went to the library, looking for historical records, but there was nothing that covered those years.

The town itself was probably the most depressing town I've ever seen. There is still some activity by ASARCO and the town was situated within the mine and mining and refining equipment. There was not a single business on the old main street that was open any longer. Even the churches were boarded up. There was a library, a school, and a swimming pool still in operation. There were no stores, restaurants, churches except out by the highway. It was dirty, dusty, and ugly.

Undoubtedly things were better in the 1920s, but there never was much and one wonders what Grace's life must have been like when she was there. She is quoted as having been paid an annual salary of $500 plus transportation to Kansas. Presumably she went to Kansas in the summer to be with her family. Her son, Jim Arnott, says that when she was teaching in Hayden the building in which she lived was a wood framework covered with canvas.

I photocopied a brief history of the Kearny, Arizona area. It is in my files, number History 031.1,6

On 19 April 1930, Grace Katherine Curran appeared on the United States Census, at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, a school teacher in P.S. 9494. Living in the same house is Helen Earley who was a life-long friend.7

Apparently Grace took a year off from teaching school in Crested Butte, Colorado and went to her family in Kansas. Her family (and perhaps she?) had reservations concerning her possible marriage to James Hunter Arnott. Jim Arnott was a widower with four young children, no small undertaking for this devout Catholic, "old maid" school teacher. While she was in Kansas during this time, she made a quilt which remains to this day in the Arnott family home in Crested Butte, a lasting tribute to the month's of soul-searching.

Thomas E. Arnott says that he remembers that period of time when Grace, his future step-mother, was in Kansas. He says his father, James Hunter Arnott, wrote her every night while sitting at the kitchen table. He used a blue indelible pencil and a small lined tablet, which he (Tom) would fetch for him.8

Grace Katherine Curran married James Hunter Arnott, son of John Hunter Arnott and Helen Monro, on 7 June 1933 at Gunnison County, Colorado.99

Her Social Security number was 524-60-2061.10

Grace Katherine Curran appeared on the United States census of 4 April 1940 in the household of James Hunter Arnott at Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.11

Grace Katherine Curran died on 24 August 1992 at Gunnison, Gunnison County, Colorado, at age 92.12 and was buried at Crested Butte Cemetery, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado.13

Child of Grace Katherine Curran and James Hunter Arnott

Citations

  1. [S124] Personal knowledge of this researcher, Lynell Arnott (Florence, Arizona), from family connections and information from family member's direct knowledge of events.
  2. [S36] Newspaper Obituary, unknown newspaper, Grace K. Currand Arnott obituary., photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  3. [S36] Newspaper Obituary, unknown newspaper, Grace K. Curran Arnott obituary., photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  4. [S2] 1910 United States Census, population schedule, Grasshopper, Atchison County, Kansas, Enumeration District 1, Supervisor's District 14, sheet 16 A and B.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  5. [S2] 1910 United States Census, population schedule, Grasshopper, Atchison County, Kansas, Enumeration District 1, Supervisor's District 14, stamped page 180.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  6. [S253] Sandra Cortner, Crested Butte Stories...Through My Lens (Crested Butte, Colorado: Wil Rose Press, 2006), p. 193. Hereinafter cited as Crested Butte Stories...
  7. [S120] 1930 United States Census, population schedule, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, Supervisor's District 5, Enumeration District 26-11, house 121, stamped page 217.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  8. [S113] Interview with Thomas Ellsworth Arnott (informant address private) , by this researcher, 1996 to present. Notes of this interview are in the personal records of this researcher (Florence, Pinal County, Arizona).
  9. [S131] John Chandler Clement, Colorado Marriages 1859-1939 (Denver, Colorado: John Chandler Clement, unknown publish date), License # B58. Certified by Bernard Gillic, Catholic Priest.
    . Hereinafter cited as Colorado Marriages 1859-1939.
  10. [S22] , Social Security Death Index. (Salt Lake City: Family History Library, FamilySearch, 1994). Hereinafter cited as Social Security Death Index.
  11. [S480] 1940 United States Census, population schedule, Enumeration District 26-12, page 1A, Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, roll T267_464.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  12. [S36] Newspaper Obituary, unknown newspaper, Gunnison County Tribune, Gunnison, Colorado, September 2, 1992., photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  13. [S124] Personal knowledge of this researcher, Lynell Arnott (Florence, Arizona), from family connections and information from family member's direct knowledge of events. , This researcher was present at the burial.
  14. [S26] Cemetery Headstone A Photograph is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.