Thursday, May 31, 2012

100 Things: #5 The Billikin

This odd little guy is made from the tip of an ivory tusk.  Isn't he cute, in an ugly way?  He was acquired in the early 1960's when my father was stationed on Kodiak Island, Alaska.  I suppose these might not even be legal anymore, being made of ivory...

If I remember correctly, my mother told me he was a "billikin"; although when I looked up the word just now, it isn't even in the dictionary.  If you rub his tummy, it is good luck   :)

The original sticker is still there ---- it says "Genuine Ivory, Eskimo Made".









And here are a few pix of a tree in the post office parking lot --- don't know what kind it is (maple?) but just thought it was stately and lovely:




Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

More Day Lilies...

This lovely golden lily was blooming out front, and I snapped its picture very quickly while the wind was blowing and N was waiting in the driveway in the running car --- didn't expect it to come out very good, but I have such a nice little camera!
Also snapped a lemon-colored lily and a cluster of red roses.







And here is a picture of the sky across the street at dusk, a couple of nights ago.










Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Courtship Letters From 1914

In 1914, my grandmother Murril was living with her mother and younger sister in Winona, Minnesota, and working at a shoe factory.  My grandfather Ross, who had 11 brothers and sisters, lived on his father's large farm in Fort Recovery, Ohio.    He put an ad in what was called a "marriage paper".  A copy of this paper was passed around among the girls at the shoe factory and for a dare each of the girls picked an ad to answer.  Murril chose the ad Ross had put in.  She signed her letters as "Winnie Marr" at first, not wanting to give her real name. 

After they had exchanged letters for awhile, Ross made a trip to visit Murril, and when he got back home he stopped writing to the other girls who had answered his ad (he had had over 50 responses) and sent Murril a letter asking her to "be his girl always".

Murril's mother had been married five times (divorced 4 times and widowed once).  Murril wrote to Ross and asked him if he was sure?  When Ross responded that he was real sure, she wrote back and said, "Well, alright, I will be your girl always but always is a long time and I hope you didn't make any mistake and will never be sorry you asked me."

Ross wrote to her on May 29, 1914, and told her, "Yes, Murril, always is a long time but that is just how long I want to live with you."

They were married for 54 years, and lived together through 2 World Wars and the Great Depression.  Ross was a Christian, and Murril was baptized into Christ about a year after they married.  

In his letter of May 29, 1914, Ross had written to Murril, "We are not going to live to see how much money we can make but we are going to live together to make our selves feel happy and pleasant in every way."  They didn't ever have much money, and they had their share of troubles and problems, but they did have a happy life together, and their "always" did not end until Ross died in 1968.

14 of their courtship letters are posted here (a few are missing): 


































































Tuesday, May 15, 2012

As A Flower Of The Field





As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children's children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
               (Psalm 103:15-18)