Nina G. GRAY [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 on 1 Mar 1892 in Lamar, Prowers Co., Colorado. She died 1 on 10 May 1958 4 in San Leandro, Alameda Co., California 4. She was buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Alameda Co., California 5. Nina married 2, 6 William Lawrence FLUHARTY "Bill" about 1920.
TROTTER, James Arthur
Nina was born on March 1, 1892 in Lamar, Prowers County, Colorado. She was the oldest of three children born to Gustav Gray and Carrie Gertrude Slater Gray. Before turning four years old, Nina's family moved farther west to Las Animas in Bent County, or 35 miles upstream the Arkansas River from Lamar. Nina's father died around the time Nina was only six to eight years old. In 1900, eight year old Nina is living in Bent County, Colorado, with her two younger brothers and mother Gertrude.
Around April, 1910, Nina would marry James Arthur "Art" Trotter, and for the 1910 census they were residing at 524 Colorado Ave., in Ordway, Colorado (see the scrapbook page of the multimedia edition of this report for a photo of this area). Ordway was another 20 miles west or so upstream the Arkansas River from her previous home in Bent County.
Nina and Art had a number of moves, going to Neosho Co., Kansas where their first child, Gertrude Ida was born in May, 1912. Soon they headed back west moving to Douglas, Arizona, where they were thought to be by 1913. It is likely that Nina's widowed mother Carrie Gertrude (Slater Trotter) Campbell, whom they named their daughter after, also accompanied them with these moves, as well as her two younger brothers. Tragedy would strike soon after their arrival in Arizona, for in July 1913, Nina's mother Gertrude committed suicide.
The town of Douglas, Arizona was dominated by the mining industry and the copper mines of Phelps Dodge. From the 1917 and 1918 World War I registration cards of Art and Nina's younger brothers, it is seen that Nina's brother Bob lived with Nina and Art, and her brother Roy lived nearby-with all three men employed by Phelps Dodge. During this time they lived at 1530 21st St., in Douglas, Arizona.
Nina and Art stayed in Douglas, Arizona, through at least late 1918, when their third child was born. Soon the family moved to California, where in 1920 they resided at 1934 Hermosa Ave. in Hermosa Beach with their three children (see the scrapbook page of the multimedia edition of this report for a photo of the probable lot where the house was). Nina's younger brothers may have left Arizona before they did, as they were enlisted for the Great War, World War I. (In 1920 the youngest, Roy, is known to have been in Coblenz, Germany).
About this time Nina and Art separated for unknown reasons, and she would remarry to William "Bill" Lawrence Fluharty by 1921 and move north with the three kids and Bill to the Sacramento area. In Sacramento they resided at 3336 44th street [CA voter registration records]. March, 1922 would bring another tragic event, when the youngest child Delbert was killed at the age of three while crossing the street. Nina and Bill remained in the Sacramento area through at least 1924.
The family would move to Texas, arriving there by 1928. In 1930 they resided in El Paso, Texas at 1413 Kentucky Street, where they would live for at least 15 years. Nina and Bill had a total of four children together. Nina had a total of six children living to adulthood.
At some point in her life Nina played piano in a movie house in Las Vegas, New Mexico [James Hammond interview]. Sometime after 1945 Nina made her way back to California where she would pass away. Nina died May 10, 1958, in Alameda County, California at the age of 66.