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Tyke on Trike: 1915

Tyke on Trike: 1915

"Helen Marye." Circa 1915 in Washington. Future socialite Helen was daughter of George Marye, ambassador to Russia. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

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S Bar S

I lived on the S Bar S in the late 50s or early 60s when I was 11 or 12. Had lots of fun on that ranch and would like to live there again. We lived in the little three-room house to the right as you go to the barn.

Life change

So Helen divorced her husband and bought a ranch with her "long time friend" Miss Phyliss Walsh. Interesting. I like it.


Everything about this picture delights me -- the curls in her hair, her adorable face, the boots, the dress, the tricycle! I hope she had lots of playmates and fun throughout her life (the article on her life makes it sound that she did).

Helen Martha Marye Thomas, 1906-1970

The Marye family traces its American roots back to Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland. George Thomas Marye Sr. went west to California in 1849, where he made his fortune in real estate, banking, and business in San Francisco and later in Virginia City, Nevada. His son George Thomas Marye Jr. (1846-1933) carried on his father's business concerns, and in 1914 was appointed the United States Ambassador to Russia by President Wilson. Accompanied by his wife Mary Alice Doyle Marye (1870-1946), George was one of the last two foreigners decorated by Czar Nicholas II with the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky. While in Russia, Mary worked with the Red Cross war relief effort, aiding refugees from Poland and war-torn Russia. The Maryes left Russia in 1916 because of George's health, shortly before the Russian Revolution.

Helen Martha Marye Thomas (1906-1970), the daughter of George and Mary, grew up in Washington, D.C., and Burlingame, California, and was a skilled equestrienne. She was married to William Daniel Thomas Jr., a Naval Commander, and had one daughter, Marye Helen Thomas. After her divorce in 1938 she began looking for a ranch to purchase in Nevada and located a piece of property in Wadsworth on the Truckee River. Helen bought the ranch from Joe Gardella in 1939 and added to the house and buildings on the property. She named the ranch the S Bar S; it was the scene of extensive entertainment and a base of operations for many civic activities. The S Bar S Ranch was deeded to the University of Nevada's College of Agriculture in 1970 to serve as a field laboratory.

Helen's longtime friend Phyliss Walsh (1897-1985) helped manage the ranch. Together they were active in founding and running such organizations as the American Women's Voluntary Services, the Nevada Silver Centennial Committee and the Virginia City Trust Foundation.

Helen Marye Thomas died March 24, 1970.

What a doll

She is a real cutie. Also that trike is stupendous! Wonder if those tires are solid rubber.

Me 100 years earlier

If this girl had red hair, I would swear it was me. How scary is that?

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