Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Dated March 15, 1911
You tell mama and Aunt they need not expect a letter from me this week. Everyone is getting along all right. Now that this is a sunshiny day you can be out; as you are getting over whooping cough. Of course you are helping make garden and other things that are to be done. Good Bye. Grandma.
Gee, can you say passive-aggressive? Addressed to the grandchild, grandchild asked to be messenger…. What kind of family fight is implied for grandma to write everyone is getting along all right. Is grandma indirectly writing to her daughter or to her daughter-in-law? Either implies some interesting family dynamics. What unconscious message is being sent by grandma with this postcard? A pretty pink rose on a gold background, but note the poetry: “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may/ Old time is still a-flying;/ And this same flower that smiles today,/Tomorrow will be dying."
Oh I wish at times I could write like Muse Swings and come up with a great backstory.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Image of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Diamond Jubilee Souvenir.
Postmarked Nov. 8, 1930.
“My Dear Friends: many many thanks for the lovly [sic] donation for our large bread line. We had today 1644 in the morning and 1500 in the afternoon. Respectfully, Brother Gabriel”
This postcard is from Brother Gabriel Mehler, founder of the breadline in 1929.
St. Francis of Assisi Church is at 135-141 West 31st Street, between 7 th and Ave. of the Americas, half a block from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.
November 1930. It’s been about a year since the 1929 stock market crash. It was in early 1930 that then-President Hoover said “Prosperity is just around the corner.” These are the days of apple-sellers on the streets of New York. And the priests and brothers of St. Francis of Assisi, serving an unimaginable number of people, each day.
From the breadline’s webpage: “The Breadline reassures poor men and women that no matter how bad life gets, we will be there to help them start their day with a meal and a kind word -. every day for as long as it takes them to get back on their feet. Every morning at 7 a.m. we head out onto the sidewalk in front of Saint Francis of Assisi Church to greet about 200 people who line up for a cup of coffee and a couple of sandwiches. Within just a few minutes they disappear into the crowds of commuters rushing by. We don't know where they go, but we know they will be back, and we will be there waiting for them.”
“The Breadline is needed today more than ever, and that is where you can help. For just $15, you can feed a hungry person for an entire week. For $75, you can feed five people for a week. That's a pretty significant accomplishment, and it's something we don't take for granted. We will use whatever you can give us to ease the suffering of those who seek our help.”
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I can find less information about the Orpheum. The current Orpheum is on Second Ave. (STOMP is playing there now) but I can't easily find info on its history. Maybe this is where Harry was going.
Monday, May 4, 2009
To Charlie McCloud of Iowa, from his sister in Coats, Kansas, July 13, 1913.
I recieved [sic] your kind & welcome letter yesterday was glad to hear from you. We are well and hard at work thrashing wheat. Did you go the 4th. We thrashed all day. We have made over $80.00 since we came here. O the wind is blowing awful here today and has blowed hard every day we have been here. I don’t like it here at all. Well I guess I will have to close for this time hoping to hear from you again soon. I remain your loving sister [illegible]"
$80.00 was very good money. Of course, we don't know how long she worked to earn this amount. I wish I could read her name.
Whitten, Iowa (population 160) is in central Iowa, northwest of Des Moines. It's clear in Google Earth that it was once on a railroad line, but that the tracks have been taken out.
Coats, KS is still there, a little farming and railroad town in Pratt County. According to Wikipedia, its population was 112 in the 2000 census. It is SW of Wichita and south of I70, and about 26 miles from Greensburg KS, the town that was destroyed by a tornado and is now rebuilding itself.
The teens were a time of more rainfall on the plains and farm yields were good. Labor was needed. She does not live in Coats but is there for the work. Who was with her? I wonder how old she was.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009