Saturday, November 28, 2009

June 6, 1910 Grandma in Missouri

June 6, 1910, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

Sun. Night [June 5]. Was out driving this afternoon with Jamie [James? Jamil? -- appears to be a dotted i]. We are going to theater Tues. night. Just when I am having a good time I will have to start for home. Sis sat up all day & ate at the table today. Robert is getting along fine. I made the cake yesterday & it was very good all gone this evening. R.G. made the ice cream. We went to church this morning & I wore my best white dress. I may write later if I do not, expect me home Friday if nothing [indecipherable] G.H.

The 1910 census records show "Lana" Mitchell (~1876) living in Mound City and married to Robert G. Mitchell (1871). In 1920 her name on the census records is listed as "Luria" but by 1930 the name is correctly spelled. In 1910, she and Robert are listed as the parents of Ellen (1902), Roberta (1904) and Lois (1908).

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Flight tracking

Sort of an interesting site for tracking flights - several different ways. Flight Aware. And, by the way, my next flight is December 10. Should I call super shuttle?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

June 1, 1910 Gladys to her Mamma

June 2, 1910, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

Wed. Evening. [June 1, 1910] I received your letter all O.K. Was glad to hear you were going to the class play. Mamma please do not worry about me working too hard for I have not done hardly a blessed thing since I have been in M[ound]. City, but go down town for the mail twice a day. I am invited to a birthday party Friday. Girls and I got ice-cream soda this afternoon. Robert picked 12 gallons of strawberries out at farm today & is not yet through. Sis getting along fine going to sit up in bed Sat. Took a drive Monday evening. Received a letter postal from Donna [?] today & also a letter from Cecil & Helen G. sent a postal. G.H.

Grandma is visiting Aunt Luna (her Sis) in Missouri, evidently Luna has had surgery or been very sick as one can infer she has been/is bedridden. No mention of a new baby. Perhaps they had some household help if Grandma is to believed that she hasn't been working too hard. Who is taking care of the girls, Roberta and Ellen? Who is doing something with the 12 gallons of strawberries? Glad Granddad is staying in touch. Where (or who) would we be if they had not gotten together!

I like Grandma's use of the word blessed, as in "blessed thing". Not an expression you hear anymore. And of course I like the book related postcard which is in excellent condition. The silver design around the edges makes it look like something battered and torn. This card says in tiny print on the bottom (as pictured) of the message side something about London and "printed in Germany." As for going for a ride, there is no indication it is an "automobile" ride which I think might still have been uncommon for 1910. There is at least one more card from this trip which should be arriving (to us modern day folks) via blog next week.

Mary, your guess is as good as mine as far as interpreting Ira's handwriting. I don't think there are any more postcards from him or we might get more clues.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

October 26, 1909 Ira to Dorsey

October 26, 1909, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

Ira to his son Dorsey
Oct. 26, 1909 Will start home to-night
arr. [arrived] o.k. -- I. H
You can Gslef [??best guess] home the rest of the folks.
You can give this card to Gladys.

Here's a card from a man who was probably more used to writing notes than postcards, we do know at least that Gladys was given the card since we are now reading it a mere 100 years later. I have studied the indecipherable word and can't come up with anything better than "Gslef" -- any guesses on what he was trying to communicate? We will assume that he is traveling by train and perhaps he (and his wife? since the card is addressed to their son) had gone to visit oldest daughter Luna after getting in the fall harvest on the farm.

Mound City appears to have a wide electrified unpaved Main Street with one of those new-fangled traffic signals or warning lights at the near and far end of the street. In 2008, Mound City's population was 1,074, so perhaps about the same size as New Vienna, 24% with German ancestry according to accessed 11/14/09.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Vienna United Methodist photos

When I saw Karol she gave me several photos of the NV Methodist Church - although it is rather odd because they are rather clearly from when Rev. Schaumann was there.

Anyway, I seem to be having some trouble posting them here on this blog, but they are in the Picassa album - here

Hard Hat Library Visit

While in California visiting our friends, we visited the Lafayette Public Library, currently under construction.

Mom and Dad with Bob and Pat

Jean and Harold with Bob at the Montgomery Inn Restaurant

Jean and Harold with Pat at the Golden Lamb

Jean and Harold at the Cincinnati Museum

Jean and Harold on train trip

Newer Pictures of John, Julie, Kate & Andrew

From the pictures Bob & Pat Ballantyne sent.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, Julie!

Happy Birthday, Julie!
We are so glad you're part of the family---not just because you've added alot of class, humor and very importantly you amazing culinary and homemaking skills!
With love from ALL the Uibles....

Monday, November 02, 2009

December 23, 1909 Grandma to Granddad

A Happy Christmas be yours, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

Hello Cecil! Did you get to see "Old Santa" in the city today? I will write as soon as possible. Received your card yesterday. G.H.

Now that Halloween is over we'll move on in the postcard life of 17-year-old Gladys to Christmas, five months after the trip to Niagara Falls. This is the first card I have from Grandma to Granddad. I'm assuming that by "the city" Grandma means Hillsboro. Don't know if any of their letters were saved.

Items from Uible photo album