Maggie Hutchison was born on 14 December 1895 at her parents home on King Street in Stonehouse, Scotland. She was their first child born in Scotland after they returned the previous year. Maggie's father was a coal miner at the time of her birth. In 1901 the family had moved to 31 New Street in Stonehouse.
On 21 July 1904 Maggie, her parents and siblings boarded the Anchor Line's S/S Furnessia in Glasgow to return to the United States. They arrived in New York on 1 August 1904 and likely to the train to Kirksville, Missouri.
When the 1910 U.S. federal census was enumerated, Maggie and her family lived in Novinger, Missouri. She was 14 years old and her older brothers, Alexander and James had already joined her father in the coal mines.
By 1920, Maggie had moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and was a boarder at 1703 Independence Boulevard. She worked as a stenographer at a letter shop. When she moved to Kansas City, she began going by Margaret instead of Maggie, the name her father provided on her birth registration. In 1924 she lived at 1444 Admiral Boulevard and worked as a clerk for the Chamber of Commerce. I like thinking of Maggie as a single girl in the big city during the Roaring Twenties.
Six years later when the 1930 census was enumerated, Maggie was 35 years old and boarded at a house at 917 Locust Street.She did clerical work for an insurance company. Coincidentally, her future husband also boarded at the same address. Perhaps this is how they met?
Maggie Hutchison married William Bruce Melching some time between 1935 and 1940. She was approximately 12 years older than her husband. He worked on the production line at an automotive plant in 1940. Maggie worked as a typist at a life insurance company and they rented a room from Mr. and Mr. McLain at 3220 Harrison Street.
In 1955 the couple was listed in city directory. They lived at 331 North White Avenue.
William Bruce and Maggie (Hutchison) Melching had no children.
Her husband died in 1989. Maggie died on 5 May 1994 and was interred at Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Hutchison, Alexander (Census 1901 656/00 002/00 024)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: Stonehouse; ED: 2; Page: 24; Line: 15; Roll: CSSCT1901_353
1910 US Federal Census, Census Place: Nineveh, Adair, Missour; Roll: T624_766; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 0015; FHL microfilm: 1374779
1920 US Federal Census, Census Place: Kansas City Ward 7, Jackson, Missouri; Roll: T625_927; Page 4A; Enumeration District: 115; Image: 237
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri; Roll: 1193; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0025; Image: 748.0; FHL microfilm: 2340928
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri; Roll: T627_2170; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 116-111A
Alice (Muir) Jennings' Genealogy Notebook pages 5-6
Global, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, 1993 Melching, Margaret
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1895 Hutchison, Maggie (Statutory Births 656/00 0079)
The Kansas City Star, 5 March 1994
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, Passenger Lists, BT27, 1904 Hutchison, Maggie
US, City Directories, 1821-1989, 1924, Kansas City, Missouri, City Directory (Hutchison, Margaret)
US, City Directories, 1821-1989, 1955, Kansas City, Missouri, City Directory (Hutchison, Margaret)
US, New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, 1904 Hutchison, Maggie
US, Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Number: 487-07-4328; Issue State: Missouri