Person:Arthur Macgregor (1)

Watchers
m. 10 Sep 1888
  1. Arthur Reed MacGregor1890 - 1957
m. 06 Apr 1915
  1. Phyllis Norbury MacGregor1916 - 1993
  2. Alfred Maxwell MacGregor1918 - 1989
  3. Arthur Reed MacGregor, Jr.1919 - 1991
  4. Lillian Faunce MacGregor1923 - 2003
  5. Malcolm Jene MacGregor1928 - 1993
m. abt. 1925
  1. Donald Barton MacGregor1927 - 2000
  2. Janet Reed MacGregorAbt 1929 - Bef 2010
  3. Alan Means MacGregor1930 - 2010
Facts and Events
Name[3] Arthur Reed MacGregor
Alt Name[1] Arthur Reed Smith
Gender Male
Birth[1][9] 6 Jul 1890 Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States
Census[1] 1900 Corning, Steuben, New York, United States
Census[2] 1905 Corning, Steuben, New York, United States
Census[7] 1910 Corning, Steuben, New York, United States
Marriage 06 Apr 1915 Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United Statesto Doris A. Ketchum
Census[4] 1920 Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
Marriage abt. 1925 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesto Gertrude Howard Means
Census[3] 1930 Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
Census[5] 1930 Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States
Residence[6] 1935 Bremerton, Kitsap, Washington, United States
Census[6] 1940 Seattle, King, Washington, United States
Residence[10] 1942 Seattle, King, Washington, United States
Death[8] 23 Mar 1957 Seattle, King, Washington, United States

According to oral family history, Arthur left his "good" job at a music store in Tacoma, WA to pursue a music career in New York City - leaving behind his pregnant wife and children during the Great Depression. Supposedly, he changed his name from Smith to MacGregor, pretending to be a Scottish immigrant to further his career. It was during his stay in NYC that he met Gertrude Howard Means with whom he began a relationship. Meanwhile, his pregnant wife drove from Washington State with their children in the family car to take him home. Upon arriving in New York, she was informed that he would return in the car with Gertrude, but his wife was to return by train with the children. His daughter was consequently born in New York (no birth record found as yet). Arthur and Gertrude had "a grand 'ole time" making a road trip out of the drive back. They passed through his hometown of Corning, Steuben County, NY where an article was published about his visit. Family lore has it that he and Gertrude were married in Chicago, though no official record has been found as of yet.

Arthur, Gertrude, and his wife continued to live together after returning to Washington until his wife had a nervous breakdown - causing Arthur's aunt, Jenny Reed, to insist on Gertrude's departure (accounting for her being recorded as living with Arthur in Portland on the census). His son, Alfred MacGregor, purportedly had extra paperwork his entire life due to the name change, suggesting that the name change was, at some point, legally processed.

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Corning, Steuben Co., NY, in Steuben, New York, United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule
    line 12.

    Charles M. Reed [grand-father], Fanny E. Reed, Anna M. Smith, Arthur R. Smith, Minnie L. Reed

  2. Corning, Steuben Co., NY, in New York, United States. 1905 State Census
    left side, line 4.

    Chas. M. Reed (grand-father), Fanny Reed, Jennie M. Reed, Minnie L. Reed, Anna M. Smith, Arthur R. Smith

  3. 3.0 3.1 Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA, in Pierce, Washington, United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule
    line 71.

    Arthur R. MacGregor, Doris A. MacGregor, Phyllis M. MacGregor, Alfred M. MacGregor, Arthur R. MacGregor Jr., Doris L. MacGregor, Malcolm MacGregor

  4. Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA, in Pierce, Washington, United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule
    line 21.

    Arthur Smith, Doris A. Smith, Phyllis Smith, Alfred Smith, Arthur Smith, Anna Smith

  5. Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, in United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T626).

    Arthur L. MacGregor, Gertrude M. MacGregor, Donald B. MacGregor, Janet R. MacGregor

  6. 6.0 6.1 Seattle, King Co., WA, in King, Washington, United States. 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule
    line 48.

    Arthur R. MacGregor, Doris MacGregor, Arthur R. MacGregor Jr, Lillian MacGregor

  7. Corning, Steuben Co., NY, in Steuben, New York, United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule
    line 56.

    Anne N. Smith, Arthur R. Smith

  8. Washington (State). Bureau of Vital Statistics. Washington Death Certificates [Index], 1907–1960. (FamilySearch, 2016)
    [1].

    Arthur Reed MacGregor, Sr.

  9. United States. Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. (Washington, D.C.: National Archives Microfilm Publication M1509, 1987-1988)
    [2].
  10. United States. World War II Draft Registration Cards
    [3].