The owner of this album never reveals her identity in the book. Through photographs and annotations we have deduced that her name was Marjorie Roselle Vrooman who was born on August 30, 1891 in Clyde, Wayne County, New York. She died at the age of 27 on March 4, 1919.

The pictures in the album were taken during the years 1906-1911. The first part of the album is based in the Clyde area. Clyde is a village in the town of Galen in Wayne County, N.Y. The village is located on the Clyde River between Rochester and Syracuse. There is a Syracuse pennant in a couple of photographs and the Parkside Restaurant is featured in one photo. A photograph of “The old home” as well as the gates of a private garden show an Italianate style home. The Vroomans resided on N. Park Street in Clyde. “Five cents a ride – One of Clyde’s wonders” is written under a photograph of the Rochester, Syracuse and Eastern Trolley Station, Clyde, N.Y. Most of the people in the pictures are identified by nickname or first name only. One of the photographs is captioned “school days (book-worms) C.H.S.” The initials probably stand for Clyde-Savannah High School. “Dr.” is the caption under a picture of an older man. This is Marjorie’s father, Dr. Walter Roselle Vrooman. Dr. Vrooman practiced dentistry at the Burton Block in Clyde. He was born in Illinois, but his family moved to Canada where his father was engaged in the mercantile business. Walter Vrooman was educated at St. Catharines Collegiate. He graduated from Toronto Normal School and taught in Ontario. He then went to Toronto University where graduated from the Dental Department. He was 32 when he married Jessie and moved to her hometown of Clyde. “Jessie” is the caption on a picture of an older woman. Jessie Bender L’Amoreaux Vrooman was Marjorie’s mother. Included are photos of the Clyde River and a bridge which is quite possibly the Clyde Bridge.

Marjorie was an excellent vocalist and she attended the Boston Conservatory of Music. She became a professor of music at the P. Blanche Kellogg Private School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This school was run by the American Missionary Association. The object of the school was to train Puerto Rican girls in general and industrial studies as well as bible study.

In 1917, the YMCA began training women to go to France in an effort to assist with morale and welfare. This was a bold move as it was thought that women would not be up to facing the trials of war. Marjorie Vrooman was part of the Red Triangle operation of the YMCA. After weeks of training in New York, a group of these relief volunteers sailed to France from Hoboken on a troop transport ship by the name of “Kursk”. They left on October 28, 1918 and arrived at Brest, France on November 9, 1918. It was a rough voyage which was shared by cabin mates Edith May Camp and Virginia Wilson. Marjorie was referred to as a secretary in France, but most of the Red Triangle volunteers’ duties were more in the line of social work. Marjorie died of pneumonia on March 4, 1919 in Cauterets, France, but it must be noted that many of the pneumonia cases were caused by the influenza pandemic. Most victims were affected by bacterial pneumonia following an influenza virus infection. In March of 1919, she was buried in Bordeaux, France with full military honours. Her remains were moved to Clyde in November of that same year. She is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Clyde with her parents.

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    Vrooman, Marjorie (1906-1911)
    The pictures in the album were taken during the years 1906-1911. The first part of the album is based in the Clyde area. Clyde is a village in the town of Galen in Wayne County, N.Y. The village is located on the Clyde River between Rochester and Syracuse. There is a Syracuse pennant in a couple of photographs and the Parkside Restaurant is featured in one photo. A photograph of “The old home” as well as the gates of a private garden show an Italianate style home. The Vroomans resided on N. Park Street in Clyde. “Five cents a ride – One of Clyde’s wonders” is written under a photograph of the Rochester, Syracuse and Eastern Trolley Station, Clyde, N.Y. Most of the people in the pictures are identified by nickname or first name only. One of the photographs is captioned “school days (book-worms) C.H.S.” The initials probably stand for Clyde-Savannah High School. “Dr.” is the caption under a picture of an older man. This is Marjorie’s father, Dr. Walter Roselle Vrooman. Dr. Vrooman practiced dentistry at the Burton Block in Clyde. He was born in Illinois, but his family moved to Canada where his father was engaged in the mercantile business. Walter Vrooman was educated at St. Catharines Collegiate. He graduated from Toronto Normal School and taught in Ontario. He then went to Toronto University where graduated from the Dental Department. He was 32 when he married Jessie and moved to her hometown of Clyde. “Jessie” is the caption on a picture of an older woman. Jessie Bender L’Amoreaux Vrooman was Marjorie’s mother. Included are photos of the Clyde River and a bridge which is quite possibly the Clyde Bridge.