It is of his wedding day 31 January 1900. He was married for only 14 years before he passed on. He knew, according to my Aunt Shirley, that he was dying and ask his best friend, William Maxey, to marry my great-grandmother and take care of their two children. One being my grandmother. William Maxey a year later did marry my great-grandmother and they were married for over 40 years. True friendship, wouldn't you say?
Grandpa Fred and William were in the Spanish-American war and then moved up to the state of Washington, I am thinking to work in the mines in Idaho, as the 1900 Census says he and William were miners in Elk County, Idaho. He and Beatrice Rae Parker were married 31 January 1900.
Here is the information that I found online through military gravesites:
Fred McKenzie was a First Sergant, Company C, 1st Idaho Inf. On the grave
stone in Washington it said he died on May 12, 1914. Grave site #1-D-3
Another lady, Julie, wrote to my grandson this information: Fred Neile McKenzie is buried in Orting at the Washington Soldiers Home and Cemetery.
He is listed on findagrave.com
Sgt Fred Neile McKenzie
Birth: Nov., 1866
Santa Cruz County
Death: May 14, 1914
Orting, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Spanish-American War United States Army Soldier.
His service was in the Spanish American War, he enlisted at Boise Idaho on 13 May 1898 as a Sargent and was discharged as a 1st Sgt on 25 Sep 1899 in San Francisco, Calif.
He was married to the former Miss Beatrice Rae Parker on the 31st of Jan 1900 and had two children, Rodetta & William.
He passed away at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, Pierce Co., Washington on 14 May 1914.
1ST SGT CO C 1 INF SP AM WAR
Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery
Created by: Carolyn Farnum
Record added: Jun 18, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5551300
You gotta love the internet and all the good information that is out there, to help us find our ancestors! Here is a close-up of Fred from the above picture.