Amarilla was no stranger to tragedy. She had lost her mother when she was a little baby. Her son George Alexander died from an overdose of medicine at about 18 months old. Her full brother Henry, the only other child that survived from the first family of Daniel Spracklin, was killed in a tragic accident in 1893 in Davenport, Iowa. Her half-brother Alfred died in 1899. George Angus Barclay, her husband, was shot and murdered in their hotel in October of 1898.
These were all terrible and must have taken their toll on great-grandmother, but the death of her daughter Grace must have been the worst.
Amarilla lost her only daughter and child on December 25, 1911. Grace died at the hospital in International Falls. She had given birth to a premature baby they named Grace Elizabeth and then succumbed to pneumonia. She is buried in the McDonald family plot in the St. Thomas Cemetery along with Archibald and Mary McDonell, the parents of Ronald, Grave’s husband. Grace is the writers grandmother.
Grace’s story is featured in the blog: The Man Who Lived Airplanes, see right side panel for link.