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NICHOLS, Lois Mildred

NICHOLS, Lois Mildred[1, 2, 3]

Female 1878 - 1966  (87 years)

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  • Name NICHOLS, Lois Mildred 
    Born 2 May 1878  Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Female 
    Obituary From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, 13 Jan 1966

    Lois Drennan, SC Native Succumbs

    Lois Drennan, 87, a native of Santa Cruz, died Tuesday in a local hospital after a long illness.

    Mrs. Drennan was the wife of the late Capt. Rylan Drennan. They had made their home for many years in San Francisco. He was a sea captain and the couple traveled widely. Mrs. Drennan returned to Santa Cruz about 30 years ago and made her home at 327 Union street.

    She is survived by a niece, Mrs. Frank Banti of Geyserville, and a nephew, John Byrne of Santa Cruz.

    Funeral services were held today in White's chapel with the Rev. J. Bernard Corneliussen officiating. Inurnment followed in IOOF crematory.  [4
    Residence 1880  Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1900  Santa Cruz Ward 2, Santa Cruz, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1910  San Francisco, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1911  Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 17 Aug 1920  226 Ave du Roi Albert, Shanghai, China Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1935  31 Union Street, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Died 11 Jan 1966  Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 13 Jan 1966  IOOF Cemetery, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Person ID I369  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 

    Father NICHOLS, Urial Schuymerhorn,   b. 7 Feb 1838, Lewis, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1904, 31 Union Street, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother GUILD, Pacific,   b. 6 Apr 1856, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1940, 31 Union Street, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1874  [1, 10
    Family ID F146  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family DRENNAN, Ryland,   b. 28 Aug 1877, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1928, San Francisco, San Francisco Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1909  San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Notes 
    • From San Francisco Call:

      Sailorman Takes a Wife

      Captain Ryland Drennan of the Pacific Mall service was married October 9 to Miss Lois Nichols. Captain Drennan is one of the younger masters in the company's service, and "until a few days ago was in command of the liner San Jose. He has not yet been assigned to another ship. [13]
    Photos
    Byrne - Drennan Family Photo
    Byrne - Drennan Family Photo
    Photo from Barbara Byrne photo collection, likely taken by her.

    L to R: Unknown, Walter Charles Byrne, Unknown, Lois Nichols Drennan, Mabel Drennan Byrne, Unknown, Ryland Drennan, Unknown
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2021 
    Family ID F57  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 May 1878 - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Santa Cruz Ward 2, Santa Cruz, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Oct 1909 - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1910 - San Francisco, San Francisco, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - Mexico Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 17 Aug 1920 - 226 Ave du Roi Albert, Shanghai, China Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1935 - 31 Union Street, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Jan 1966 - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 13 Jan 1966 - IOOF Cemetery, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Lois Nicols Drennan circa 1920
    Lois Nicols Drennan circa 1920
    From passport application dated April 29, 1920.
    Lois Nichold Drennan Passport Photo
    Lois Nichold Drennan Passport Photo

    Documents
    Lois Drennan to Barbara Byrne 1920
    Lois Drennan to Barbara Byrne 1920
    226 Ave du Roi Albert
    Shanghai

    Dear Barbara,

    Of course xxxx Uncle Ryland and I were delighted with your letter - and your paper was wonderful. The pictures to say the least were not flattering.

    I'm sure if you are lucky enough to have the purse returned to you -you will at once put it aside to spend in China.

    I'm sure you would be very busy and interested here - when it is cooler I'm going to explore every street. But with the thermometer at nearly hundred every day I find it much pleasanter to do nothing.

    Every night we take an auto ride for an hour or so and go through many Chinese villages - you ride for blocks among fine homes then you come to a cluster of Chinese houses - often with stone walls surrounding their and hundreds of men, women and children about. At present they seem to eat out door same at babes where just squatting on any convenient place, and of course eating with chopsticks. No one wears many clothes - many children none at all and some just a little pair of pants that have no seat in them -- cool and convenient too.

    We pass hundreds of graves, some in huge mounds grassed over, which went little buck houses built around the casket, and still others with gowns unto wrapped about and often just the wooden casket sitting in a vegetable garden. They never disturb a grave but cultivate around it and seldom is the land used -- so in the first residence distance you see graves xxx no they are many.

    The dresses you seen in the shops for the Chinese children are awfully cute. buy at colored coats and pants are such fancy xxx xxx hats that sit on the top of their heads. Of course these things are for the wealthier class.

    The flowers here are lovely, many the same as at home -- you see many water lilies and wonderful lotus blossoms in pink and white. My gardener brings my flowers at present - those zinnias, snap dragon and French marigolds. Ferns are pretty here - I have two parts of macder felouis fers in the house - paid .90 xxx for them - that's about .55 our money - so you see they are cheap too. Later on I'm going to get some poinsettas - you see a great many here - they are just budding out now.

    There's a Chinese school near here - the children go about 8 and are dismissed about 4 - they see m to do all the xxx things American children do - make plenty of noise and sing in a peculiar falsetto voice and occasionally I see them fighting when they greet their teacher in the street they make a most defexxx bow -- nearly touch the ground.


    Well I must write to xxx too - maybe you have some fuschias ... -- I'll do my best to find one for you by the time you must be in school again - glad of course and she dying and fracturing head. Give my love to the rest of the family .

    With Love,
    Aunt Lois

    Aug 17
    Ryland and Lois Drennan letter to Barbara Byrne 1920
    Ryland and Lois Drennan letter to Barbara Byrne 1920
    (two letters together in one envelope from Ryland and Lois Drennan to Barbara Byrne)

    The Great Eastern Hotel LD
    Telegrams "Greastern Calcutta"

    Calcutta Dec 12 1920

    Dear Barbara

    Many thanks for your kind letter and believe me I was glad to hear of your doings at home. Also tell Fernald I think he is a somewhat lazy young lad not to drop us a line or is he too much interested in the Milk Whats Sterd

    That you are also riding I am glad to hear. It sure must be fun exercise. Almost all the English people ride here in the morninggs. Today one of my business associcates had a bad fall from his horse and his wife told us he could not enter a beauty contest now.

    I play tennis and golf for my exercise and enjoy both very much. Your Aunt Lois says I am rather helpless in getting around to look at the sights and I guess she is right but then I keep my eyes open when I am out and have noticed many strange customs of the people and different castes.
    (Uncle Ryland didn't have time to finish so I'll end this with his best love to you all - Aunt Lois)
    -------------------------------------
    The Great Eastern Hotel LD
    Telegrams "Greastern Calcutta"

    Calcutta Dec 12 1920


    Dear Barbara:

    Needless to say both Uncle Ryan and I were delighted to receive you letters and to hear of the various episodes that take place in your family.

    India is very interesting there are so many different sects and castes of the people that are very distinctive.

    You see so many different markings upon their bodies. From xxlly the face and chest in colored daubs that denote the various sects. The xxx two differs from the almost naked coolies to the veiled ladies. I saw one of the ladies the other day she looked like a Halloweeen spook as evidently she was of the lower class and had just cut holes in a white sheet which she wore over her whole body. In the movies here they have special boxes for them and a thin net curtain hangs up from the top of the box to hide the ladies from the the public gaze.

    Today Uncle Ryland and I spent a couple of ours in the Indian Museum - we were fortunate in getting a very close glimpse of Clemenceau the noted French Statesman as he was inspecting the exhibits. In this museum are many fine specimens of the xxx Buddha - that have been taken from the old temples. They are so hideous in face and form that you wonder how they could worship them and yet they do even now. We saw an old mummy about four thousand years old and much of the body was exposed and the teeth all showed and seemed perfect.

    The finest things in the the museum were to our minds the beautiful fabrics, both cotton and silk, and also the fine brass trays and metal art xxx that are very old and such as I have never seen any where.

    The market place here is very interesting it covers about four city blocks and little shops are crowded one after another and you can buy fruit, vegetables, groceries, drugs, xlat many flowers, art curios. In fact almost everything from lions to elephants and love birds, small animals of course the live things are in a space by themselves.

    Uncle Ryland plays a good deal of golf and I'm sure you'd like his outfit. It consists of short khaki pants & long stockings and of course six inches of bare legs shows but it's quite the fashion. He must be in style - I hope to get his picture so you can see how cute he looks and perhaps your father would like to copy him.

    I have not forgotten your Xmas present - in fact I have here swell things for each of you girls and some time will find a way to send them.

    There are lots of beggars here - and many religous mendicants - or holy men - they appear only a breech clout their long hair matted with dirt and they rub their bodies all over with ashes. We often see two in the early morning going to their regular begging places - one carries a long iron staff, the other one a brass one.

    I'm going to write Louise a letter too, and if you can read hers for I am going to tell her different things.

    With love to you and your brothers and sisters.

    Aunt Lois

  • Sources 
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    8. [S107] Polk's Directory, Drennan Lois (wid Ryland) r31 Union, 1935, Santa Cruz, P 64.

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    12. [S1013] Drennan Family Bible, Ryland Married Lois M Nichols Oct 9, 1909.

    13. [S411] San Francisco Call.




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