The Iowa Douglases

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
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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

Irene (Hazeltine) Douglas 1871 - 1937

Margaret (Douglas) Hall 1898 - 1971

Ellen (Douglas) Williamson 1905 - 1984

Barbara (Douglas) 1908 - 2001

Barbara lived in Cedar Rapids until her death in March 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.
 Erected in 1885 in memory of George.

Visited the Genealogy Society to find out who is in the vault:

  • 1817 - 1884 George Douglas born at Caithness Scotland
  • 1862 - Dec 1899 Lulu (Camp) Douglas first wife of Walter
  • Dec 1901 Infant son of Lulu & Walter Douglas (2 years after Lulu?)
  • 1828- 1905 Margaret (Boyd) Douglas, wife of George (born 1825?)
  • 1907 - 1907 Elizabeth, infant daughter of George C & Nathalie (?)
  • 1861 - 1912 Walter Donald Douglas (died on Titanic)
  • 1857 - 1923 George Bruce Douglas
  • 1885 - 1925 Captain George Camp Douglas, Royal Garrison Artillery
  • 1931 - 1931 William Bruce Douglas in urn (6 mo) (who parents?)
  • 1871 - 1937 Irene (Hazeltine) Douglas, wife of George Bruce 
  • 1864 - 1945 Mahala (Dutton) Douglas, second wife of Walter
  • 1888 - 1946 Edward Bruce Douglas (E.Bruce - sculptor in France)
Visited the research library at The History Center. Dug up lots of  Titanic and Douglas business history - thanks to Nova.