George Bruce Douglas and his wife Irene Hazelton moved into this Cedar Rapids mansion in 1906, naming it "Brucemore". There they raised three daughters, Margaret, Ellen and Barbara.
Brucemore was bequeathed
to the National Trust for Historic Preservation
George's father was also named George. He was born in Caithness, Scotland. He and his four brothers came to Canada in the mid 1800s. They settled on a Homestead near Warkworth, Ontario. The brothers brought their parents (their father's name was also George) from Scotland to Canada.
George II was the only brother to leave Canada settling for a time in Dixon, Illinois then moving to Waterloo, Iowa. He was involved with building railroads. Through the Presbyterian church he met Robert Stuart and invested in his oatmeal business. Their sons later grew that business into Qualer Oats.
Two sets of paintings of George and his wife Margaret (nee Boyd) hang in Brucemore. Unfortunately the room where the younger paintings were was too dark to turn out. The paintings of them when they were somewhat older appear below.
George Douglas 1816 - 1884
Margaret (Boyd) Douglas 1825 - 1901
The five family pictures below were taken from displays in the visitor center.
George Bruce Douglas 1859 - 1923
Margaret (Douglas) Hall 1898 - 1971
Ellen (Douglas) Williamson 1905 - 1984
Barbara (Douglas) 1908 - 2001
Ellen Douglas has written three books under her married name Ellen Williamson. Her book 'When We Went First Class' was published by the Iowa State University Press. It is about her young life experiences and the family travels during the 20s, 30s and 40s.
The Douglas Family Crypt at the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Visited the Genealogy Society to find out who is in the vault: