Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Guests

In attempting a new topic that might be of interest to most in the family, how about guests we remember from Thanksgivings past, or might I say Thanksgiving in New Vienna in years past? Standards were GHU and Blanche Matthews that I recall; Mrs. Matthews was usually retrieved from "Americare" as we called it in Wilmington. Eloise Simpkins, after the passing of her mother was another. The other stand-out in my mind would be Jackie Phelon who came home with RUK from UC but I'm not sure she was actually there on Thanksgiving. I remember her visits, though, because Grandma was "old school" and not used to associating with people of "color", although to my recollection people of color were generally more interesting in the Uible house because they had a different background or even nationality. I did not realize how little prejudice I grew up with until I moved to South Georgia....that can be interpreted any way one wishes!
Other guests you might remember would be?????


Mary Uible Crowson said...

I guess I would be remiss if I did not mention the year I brought a dozen or more friends home from seminary with me and we all camped out in the living room....This was bound to come up sooner or later and might as well address it myself!

Catherine said...

Hmmmm....of course my memories would be mostly of a different era than MV's. I can remember Eloise AND her mother coming to dinner. Kim would have been there during his college years, sometimes Oscar & Elizabeth and Miss Letty, although the latter I think came for other meals rather than Thanksgiving as may have also been the case for Oscar & Elizabeth. Grandma & Granddad didn't usually leave for FL until after Thanksgiving so they would have been there.

Mary Uible Crowson said...

who was Miss Letty?

Serena said...

Yeah, I vaguely remember Miss Letty - although not much more than just her name. I also remember Mrs. Chestnut coming for Thanksgiving. Possibly Mrs. Morton - who was one of my favorites - I used to go to her house and we would chat and play checkers. Mrs. Davis, too, I think came a couple of times.

And, of course, Joe and his various friends. Melissa Holbrook, and various others accompanied him. I particularly remember a guy named Tak, I think, he was Asian, maybe Japanese. He had all kinds of skills that filled me with wonder - he could draw, drum on his head and play some sort of more conventional musical instrument.

I, too, remember the Johnsons and Eloise and her Mother Mrs. Simpkins coming. I think Dr. and Mrs. Otterland also came one year.

The Thanksgiving guest that got talked about the most came for one I didn't attend. Her name was Julie Ashcraft.

Mary Uible Crowson said...

Who was the lady that worked for Dr. Hause and always brought a fruit cake every year? I remember Dad was the only one who would touch it and mother dreaded seeing it!

Serena said...

Grace Long - she lived just outside of the New Vienna village limits and had a Hillsboro phone number.

I do remember that a friend of MV's who came to the house for Christmas (from Oregon, I think) the year before MV's wedding brought some wonderful fruitcake.

Catherine said...

Miss Letty lived in a small old house on the edge of town going toward Wilmington. Not far from where we would have lived pre-1955. Not sure exactly "who" she was otherwise.
The Bruces joined us for many holiday meals also -- he was very entertaining and able to do tricks. Roberta spent more time visiting her in California after he died, she was in a nursing home near San Diego. We visited them several times when they lived in Oceanside CA.

Serena said...

Oh yeah, we were just talking about the Bruces the other day.

We went to their house in Dayton at least one year. Mrs. Bruce made a special dish particularly for Mother - dried corn that Mother's mother used to make. After we left, Mother said "I never did like dried corn."

The Bruces were the ones that taught the three oldest how to touch their noses with their tongues. The Bruces were educational fun.

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