Julia Kemp Fawkner had married George Watson 27 December 1890 in Colorado. Watson's identity is not certain, but he was likely closely related to the James Watson family living in Arcola, Illinois, in 1880. George's death certificate states his father was James, born in Ohio. The Arcola Watson family had a son Cecil, and George and Julia Watson named a son George Cecil.
By 1910, the Watsons had moved to Mahtowa in Carlton County, where George had taken up farming, but Cyrus was still barbering in Duluth.
She was one of Mahtowa's most noble young women, of exceptionally fine character and an uplift to all with whom she came in contact.
The Watsons lived in Corona Township in 1920. Living with them was Robert G. Fawkner, Julia's brother. Next door was Julia's niece, Carrie, daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Ann Ehlenbach. Carrie had married Aubrey Tidball in 1911
Julia K. (Fawkner) Watson died 7 March 1957 in Milwaukee. George Washington Watson had died 14 April 1932 in Carlton County.
Next week, we will return briefly to Julia's brother, Cyrus. His life took an embarrassing -- almost comic -- turn in 1921 when he placed an ad in the Denver Post.
Lesson: It always pays to follow children and in-laws to their deaths. That is often where the stories are. Sometimes they are tragic.
Newspaper images from Minnesota Historical Society microfilm. Carlton County Vidette, 31 October 1913, p. 1, col. 1, and 13 December 1918, p. 1. Minneapolis coroner statement from "Gas Heater Kills Bather," Minneapolis Journal, 20 October 1913, p. 20, col. 1.