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ADDENDUM - Harold Anson Bruce - Collier of MA/Loring descendant
Posted by: Wade Collier (ID *****7760) Date: September 28, 2008 at 17:31:12
In Reply to: Harold Anson Bruce - Collier of MA/Loring descendant by Wade Collier of 517


       I have now located a NY Times obituary for Harold Anson Bruce, which fills in some missing information on him and his career, and his daughter, Joan.

Firstly, the Collier/Loring lineage to Harold Anson Bruce is NOT clearly presented in the Loring Genealogy of 1917, or any other family record that I have yet located, but it can be pieced together from censuses and Massachusetts and Hull, Mass. Vital Records. Harold Anson’s g-grandfather, Jonathan Loring, and his two oldest sons are mentioned on page 103 of the Loring Gen., although no wife is named. Jonathan Loring’s wife was Lydia Gould, whom he married in Hull on Dec. 11, 1783. Lydia was a Collier/Loring descendant herself, and she and Jonathan were first cousins. (Hull VRs)
       One of the 5 known children of Jonathan Loring and Lydia Gould was Lydia Loring, who married Captain Jonathan Bruce, Jr. Capt. Bruce was the keeper of Boston Light for 22 years, as mentioned in my post of yesterday. One of the 2 children of Jonathan and Lydia (Loring) Bruce was the Jonathan Bruce, born at Boston Light in 1817, who became the grandfather of our “Coach” Harold Anson Bruce. This line is NOT covered in the 1917 Loring Gen. The other child of Capt. Jonathan Bruce and Lydia (Loring) was Eliza B. Bruce, born in Hull (or, Boston Light ?) April 17, 1813. She also married a Collier/Loring cousin, Francis M. Loring, on May 20, 1834, probably in Boston or Malden, Mass. This marriage of Francis and Eliza B. is listed on page 179 of the Loring Gen., but the family is not traced further there. Francis and Eliza lived in Gloucester, Essex County, Mass., and some added information is found in Gloucester Vrs. (I can provide additional documentation on these lineages, if desired.)


       An obituary of Harold Anson Bruce appeared in the New York Times, Feb.11, 1958. He had died the previous day, while walking on a Bronx street. He was survived by his daughter, Joan (Mrs. Frank Zwelsky, of Forest Hills, New York), and a grandson, unnamed in the obituary. (One year later, in a memorial notice in the Times, Joan’s then 2 sons are named Bruce and Richard.

       The obituary clarifies some information about Mr. Bruce. He served as Head Coach of the CCNY track team for 10 years ending in June 1955, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. This explains his election to the CCNY Athletic Hall of Fame, which I thought might have been due to his being an undergraduate there.

       The title “Dr.” is given to Bruce in the obituary, although his academic credentials are not given. His coaching career is confirmed much as I had it in my original post, with the additional information that he left Union College in 1931, after about 7 years there, “
. . .in disagreement with the new athletic policy.” After Coach Bruce and his family returned to the United States from Austria, in January 1937, he “coached the LaSalle Academy track team [location not given].” Several partially readable online items about Coach Bruce suggest that he was active in the AAU organization, and that he enjoyed relating his experiences with Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School in 1912.

       Harold Anson Bruce’s wife, Catherine/Katherine, is not mentioned as surviving him in his obituary, so I assume she had died sometime between 1937 and 1958. Bruce’s one known sister, Marion, born June 1891 in Massachusetts, seems also to have moved to New York. She died there, "Beloved sister, Harold Anson Bruce. . .," on Dec. 31, 1951.
(NY Times obit, Jan. 2, 1952..)
Wade Collier

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