It would seem that Mary Cass was either briefly married to a man named Springer prior to marrying Gilbert Eccles which is totally possible since there is a family of the name Springer in the area or perhaps she didn't marry him at all. I have not ascertained who might be the man of interest (read baby daddy) since one was already married and the other never did. Are you with me? Was our poor Mary left at the altar and saved by Gilbert Eccles? Or was she widowed like I believe Gilbert was? Where is the Maury Pauvich of the 19th Century?
I have no record of this mystery marriage between Mary Cass and (?) Springer but it would totally explain why Gilbert could marry Luella in time for the 1920 census. He really was just her Woody Allen and not her biological father. Still, tongues must have wagged.
Luella's story is far from over for us and I am tracking down another lead on her life post-Gilbert. So stay tuned and enjoy her pretty face.
|Back of photo in Mabel Cass Lucas' hand|