Travel Tuesday: Berlin Postcard and Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

Postcard from Fae and Ken Almy to Glenn and Erma Witherell

Postcard from Fae and Ken Almy to Glenn and Erma Witherell – unknown year

back of Berlin postcard

back of Berlin postcard

Finally got to Berlin. It is a wonderful city but some of the things like the wall and evidence of war damage seem nearly unbelievable. Taking many pictures and enjoying living it up. 

Love, Fae + Ken

1969 trip to Germany

1969 trip to Germany

 

My family is on the last platform. Starting from the woman sitting at the front of that platform who is my Aunt Fae, then Ken, Erma, Glenn, and Arlene followed by three unknown people. My parents have a similar picture of them doing this when they lived in Germany in the late 70′s. One day, I want to go and get a similar picture (if they are still doing them) just so I can have all three. :)

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Amanuensis Monday: 27-31 July 1946

 

27 July 1946

27 July 1946

Saturday 27 July 1946

Just moved in our new + own home. Worked at B. Tel. Helped moved some of things over. Am sleeping for the first time in my new bed. Frances Abat called + wanted a date. Tomorrow I shall let him know. Went off my three day starvation diet today.

28 July 1946

28 July 1946

Sunday 28 July 1946

Dear Diary,

Got up at 8:00. Finished moving. Uncle Dick + Aunt Anna didn’t come up today. Francis + I went to the Michigan saw “Three Strangers.” Got a hamburg + choc. milk. Went for a ride. Got in at 12:30. Jack, Dick, Betty, Ned, Mom, + Dad were playing cards. Went to bed at 1:30. 

29 July 1946

29 July 1946

Monday 29 July 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to Watson Lake with Gene, Jenette, Mary Jane, + Smuchie. Golfed all day long. Got a ride with three guys. Got home about 10:00. Jack brought the kids over had some ice cream. Put up my hair. My toe nail is starting to come off.

30 July 1946

30 July 1946

Tuesday 30 July 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. Worked hard as usual. Finished fixing my room. It rained a little bit. After dishes I went bike riding. Went over to Hines she wasn’t home. Went over to Tonkins and talked about an hour an a half. Jack + Marge was over. Put up my hair.

31 July 1946

31 July 1946

Wednesday 31 July 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. Worked harder than usual. Went to the Court + saw Pat O’Brien in ”              ” also David Bruce in ”          ” Saw little Donnie at the show. He sat with me. Walked home alone. Jack + Marge was over. Skipping my hair. 

Dear Diary (one day ahead)

Didn’t work today. Helped move some boxes. Found some navy pictures + letters from the gang in a box of Bob’s. Read some of them all afternoon. Went bike riding with Hines. Got home at 9:30. Put up my hair + went to bed.

Grandma in 1946, about 16 years old.

Grandma in 1946, about 16 years old.

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Wordless Wednesday: A Moment in Time

1941 Glenn and Erma Witherell

1941 Glenn and Erma Witherell

I love this picture for two big reasons: 1) I love the way my great-grandma is looking at my great-grandpa and 2) I’d love to think that this was a full belly laugh my great-grandpa is giving. I never got to hear his voice or full laugh as he had his voice box removed before I came around (or could remember). I wish I knew what it had sounded like.

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Amanuensis Monday: May 18-20 1943

There were only a few entries for 1943 in my grandmother’s journal. They are crossed out and I believe it’s because they aren’t from her. These three entries have different writing, different scenarios (like a job) and different people mentioned than when it was my grandmother’s voice. Plus, one of these entries mentions going to a show with Mary Jane, who is my grandmother. I think these were crossed out when this person gave the journal to Mary. I’m wondering if these were from Betty, my grandmother’s older sister. 

18 May 1943

18 May 1943

Tuesday 18 May 1943

Worked until 5:30. Went to the bowling ally. Got the prize money. Jack + Margie was over. Wrote Stan a letter. 

19 May 1943

19 May 1943

Wednesday 19 May 1943

Worked hard today. No letter from Stan, but one from Gene + from Al Briggs. Went to the show with Mary Jane. 

20 May 1943

20 May 1943

Thursday 20 May 1943

Worked today. Took inventory. Maxine McPhetias called me up. She is really a terrible girl. Wrote Stan a letter but am praying that he will forgive me. 

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My Birthday :)

Today is my birthday and I got a phone call from my mom who out of the blue just started to tell me about the day I was born. So I thought I’d share that story although it isn’t an unusual one, but I felt like sharing it since it’s something that tends to not be written down.

side note: I feel like birthday’s should be more about the mother than the baby. After all, they do most of the work!

Probably 1983, when I was about one but this is the closest I had on hand to baby me :)

Probably 1983, when I was about one but this is the closest I had on hand to baby me :)

This is my mom’s version of the story:

“It was three days before your due date and I was at the doctor’s for a checkup. I was in the waiting room when I felt my water leak a bit. I went to the receptionist and said that I thought my water was leaking so they took me in a room and got me ready for a doctor.  They got me dressed, on to the table stirrups and all, and went to find a doctor. All the while I could feel myself leaking a bit more and didn’t understand why I was still there waiting! About 15 minutes passed when a nurse came back in, checked me, and said she was going to just send me over to the hospital since all the doctors were busy. I drove myself to the hospital, they put me in a wheel chair, and I signed in. They wheeled me up to the room, I stood up to get undressed and onto the bed when whoosh… my water officially broke and there went the long pants I was wearing! 

I had called your dad to let him know. He was taking a class at the high school (not a high school class though, some sort of mechanics class) so I had to call the school. They wouldn’t let me talk to them so I told them ‘Well, this is his wife and I’m having his baby at the moment.’ To which they replied that they would rush the message to him. About 10 minutes later he showed up at the hospital! He had taken his bike to the school so I could have the car that day so he must have flown on his bike to the hospital! [side note: that is normally about a 20 minute bike ride with traffic!] He was huffing and puffing when he finally arrived but he wanted to be there because he got to be in the delivery room this time with me. He didn’t get to for Devon [my older brother]. He didn’t need to rush though as it takes time from the water breaking to the actual delivery.

I got to the hospital about 12:30 and had also called my friend who was a nurse in that part of the hospital. She had told me to let her know when I was there so she could be my nurse. Of course, it was her day off but she came up anyway to sit with me. After a few hours, she mentioned that she didn’t like something and left to find a doctor. That made me nervous. A bit later I heard nurses telling the doctor “Just come in! Don’t bother washing!’

I told them I had to push a bit on that last one and they set me up to deliver. The umbilical cord was around your neck, that was what my friend didn’t like. Your heartbeat was slowing the further down you went and when I had contractions. Once your head was out, they cut the cord without a problem, and out came the rest of you! It was such a relief! 

My friend turned to me and said I now had the perfect family: a boy and a girl. I felt so good after the birth too. The nurse asked if I was hungry and I was and then I proceeded to call everyone to tell them the happy news. It was so easy that I thought I could have five more without a problem! I didn’t want to have five more but I felt like I could. “

I was born at 4:40 so only about 4 hours of labor! I have had friends who had over 20 hours of labor so I know how lucky my mom was. Days like this make me wish I lived so much closer to my family. I miss them!

Left to right: my nephew with my sister-in-law (who was pregnant with my next nephew at the time), my brother, me, my mom, my dad, and my sister. This goofy picture pretty much sums up my family!

Left to right: my nephew with my sister-in-law (who was pregnant with my next nephew at the time), my brother, me, my mom, my dad, and my sister. This goofy picture pretty much sums up my family!

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Tombstone Tuesday: Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

While in Sligo, one of the things I really wanted to visit was Carrowmore. The walk from town was pretty and a bit unique. No sidewalks or anything, just country walking. It was nice and peaceful.

Pretty flowers on the way to Carrowmore

Pretty flowers on the way to Carrowmore

There were some interesting things to see as well – not something you’d see in the States very much (or at least, not in places I’ve been)!

Warning!

Warning!

We took a tour of Carrowmore and I highly recommend it if you visit! You get so much more of the history of not only the cemetery but also the area. This is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland as well as one of the oldest. The tombs range from 5.5 thousand years to 6 thousand years!

Passage Tomb

Passage Tomb 7

These tombs are called passage tombs, or dolmens, and the one above is one of the best looking that shows what they originally looked like (although our guide did say it was a recreation and was done incorrectly). The centerpiece that you see there is surrounded by boulders. In the center chamber there could be multiple individuals along with other items (pottery, decorations, etc.).  Who these people were of course, is unknown. But their resting place still stands. The Heritage Ireland group owns most of the property that the cemetery is situated on but not all. There are more tombs that are on private property in the surrounding areas. I wonder if there are family legends passed down about the tomb on the land if the land has been in the family for generations?

Tomb 51 or Listoghil

Tomb 51 or Listoghil

This is the largest tomb in the cemetery. It is covered by a cairn(like Queen Maeve’s tomb) and you can see the stones behind the tomb there that show that. The picture above is of the central chamber and it was partly excavated. They found an old man (about 60 years old), two children and two adults. The connections between these five people are unknown but because it was so few, the tour guide said they were most likely important people.

What was most interesting about this tomb is the alignment. This tomb points to a formation on the mountains beyond (see picture below). On October 31st the light goes through the two points there perfectly and goes right into the dolmen. It’s angled so the light meets a dark shadow.

Arrows point to the formation the tomb points to.

Arrows point to the formation the tomb points to.

I would love to be able to see that!

That ends my recollection of my trip to Sligo, Ireland. It’s been two years since we went but I like to keep the memories fresh in my mind. Ireland was always a dream place for me to see and it didn’t disappoint! In fact, I seem to want to go back even more than before. :)

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Amanuensis Monday: May 15-17, Aug 1, 7-8, and Dec 24-25 1944

These are the last of the 1944 posts. There are a few 1943 that I’ll post next Monday and then a few 1946 that I’ll post the Monday after that. She wasn’t a very consistent writer :)

15 May 1944

15 May 1944

Monday 15 May 1944

Dear Diary,

Went to school. Got a telegram from Ned he’s coming home. Finished the puzzle. Did my social science. Listen to Lux + Gild Theater + Blondie. Went over to Pats played volleyball awhile. Didn’t put up my hair. 

 

16 May 1944

16 May 1944

Tuesday 16 May 1944

Dear Diary,

Went to school only in the morning stayed home with Dickie + Brian. Big Betty wall papered Ned’s room.  Had a lot of fun but frankly I did miss school. Went to the show saw Don O’Conner + Blondie. 

17 May 1944

17 May 1944

Wednesday 17 May 1944

Dear Diary,

Went to school. Made butterscotch pudding. Couldn’t play basketball it rained. Went to the shows saw “The Solvens” [The Fighting Sullivans is my guess] was it good. I cried almost all the way through it. Also saw Alan Ladd again. Mom put up my hair.

1 August 1944

1 August 1944

Tuesday 1 August 1944

Today I went to the show with Catherine + tonight I went with Francis  Kovagel. I saw “In Which We Serve” + “Stand By For Action.”

7 August 1944

7 August 1944

Monday 7 August 1944

Worked until noon. Was shopping with Betty. She had a party and Dick + I Lill called.

8 August 1944

8 August 1944

Tuesday 8 August 1944

Got up at noon. Went to the show with Mickey. Saw “Dixie.” Got a birthday cable from Gene.

24 December 1944

24 December 1944

Sunday 24 December 1944

Christmas Eve. Went Christmas Caroling with Bud, Tillie, Eggs, Janie, + Jack. Got $2.70. Jack, Marge, Grant, and Pee Wee came over. Put the rest of the Christmas gifts under the tree. Read a love book. Merry Christmas Ned and Gene.

25 December 1944

25 December 1944

Monday 25 December 1944

Christmas morning. I got a skirt and jacket, billfold, p.j. pants, + brazziers, hat and gloves, bracette. Got mom a music box and box of cards, socks and slippers. Had a wonderful Christmas. 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Knocknarea

Going along with last week’s Tombstone Tuesday, here’s more from our trip to Sligo, Ireland.

Walking towards Knocknarae from Sligo - it looks so far!

Walking towards Knocknarae from Sligo – it looks so far!

We had seen this hill while we wandering around town and asked the owners of the B+B we were staying at about it. Apparently, the tiny mound up there is Queen Maeve’s (anglicized spelling) tomb.

A few miles later...

A few miles later…

The legend of Queen Maeve is interesting but I don’t know all of it, so I won’t try to repeat it here. But, we did hear some interesting stories about the tomb itself. According to our host, the tomb was up for evacuation years ago, 1920′s? 30′s? I can’t reemember. It took quite a long time to get the rights to do so and the man who wanted it done had set up quite a bunch of dynamite to start as soon as he could. This would be where Queen Maeve comes in, and her “curse.”  Lots of rain started coming in, suspending the start time of the excavation. The rains and wetness created mold in the dynamite making it no longer usable. And the rains created a sickness in the man, which he supposedly died from. No one has been allowed to excavate since then. Interesting, eh?

The view from the top!

The view from the top!

 

Another legend says that if you take a rock from the bottom of the trail and add it to her cairn, you’ll have good luck. Both my husband and I did just that and it is a TREK up that hill! There were some people running up and down that hill while I was scrambling up the sides. Made me feel a bit out of shape! There isn’t a trail up really, once you get to the steeper area. You make it up as you go really.

The view looking into Sligo Bay

The view looking into Sligo Bay

 

The view is SO worth it! Plus, the walk in the countryside can’t be beaten. I highly recommend it :)

 

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Amanuensis Monday: May 7th- May 14th 1944

7 May 1944

7 May 1944

Sunday 7 May 1944

Dear Diary,

Didn’t go to sunday school. I’m mad at Bonnie for not going to the show with me. But I went anyway with Mom, Dad, Dick, Betty, Kye, Agnes, + Dickie. Had a gallon of ice cream. Took my bath. Mom put up my hair.

 

8 May 1944

8 May 1944

Monday 8 May 1944

Dear Diary,

Went to school. Rained this afternoon. Read a love story. Da was sick today. Listen to the Lux + Gild Theater. Mom got a new set of cute dishes. Betty gave me my birthday present. A red fathans[?].

 

9 May 1944

9 May 1944

Tuesday 9 May 1944

Dear Diary,

Went to school. Was taken out of gym to help Miss Conie. Got mom a birthday cake with 50 candles. She blew out only half of them. Played volleyball with Pat. Had a lot of fun with Brain [Brian?] Got a gallon of ice cream. Mom put up my hair.

 

10 May 1944

10 May 1944

Wednesday 10 May 1944

Dear Diary,

Went to school. Today’s Ned’s birthday. Tomorrow is mine. Played volleyball with Pat + Colleen. Bob gave me my present, it was a ring to small. Mom gave me a white blouse, a pair of blue shorts + a green skirt (she made it). Made a sundae. Mom put up my hair.

 

11 May 1944

11 May 1944

Thursday 11 May 1944

at top: Marge, Jack, Grant, + Pee Wee gave me my birthday present. It was a dollar.

Dear Diary,

Went to school. Today’s my birthday. Took my ring back + got a larger one. Margo, Jack, + Grant came over. Played volleyball with Pat. Played hide and go seek . Took a quiet bath. Marge put up my hair. Had a wonderful time today.

 

12 May 1944

12 May 1944

Friday 12 May 1944

Dear Diary,

Went to school. Made potato salad was it good. Went + got my ring, Bud went to. Grant came over. Played volleyball for a little while. Grant + I went to the court. Saw “Dinamite Kid” with Bobby Jordon. Was it good. Still working on the puzzle.

 

13 May 1944

13 May 1944

Saturday 13 May 1944

Dear Diary,

No school. Grant stayed all nite. He learned how to ride a bike in ten min. He, Bonnie, + I went to Bliss Park. + Gibby away Island [I believe she meant Ojibway Island]. Got two cokes + a malted. Went over to Dickie + Betty’s played soldiers with Dickie and Grant.

 

 

14 May 1944

14 May 1944

Sunday 14 May 1944

at top: also saw Alan Ladd

Dear Diary,

Worked out in the “Victory Garden” with dad. Made … pen. Took some pictures. Dad, mom, Toby, Betty, + I went over to Jack + Margie’s. Went to the Jenysle with Mom + Dad, Bob, Dick + Betty saw “Shine on Harvest Moon.” Was it good. Mom put up my hair.

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Wordless Wednesday… on Thursday

I know I’m late but since today is my wedding anniversary, I thought this would be fitting, even though a day late. :) A few favorite wedding pictures:

Bobby and Mary (Hummel) Witherell

Bobby and Mary (Hummel) Witherell 1951

 

Robert and Beverly (Barnes) Langeneck

Robert and Beverly (Barnes) Langeneck in 1952

 

my parents in 1976 (I think...)

my parents in 1976

 

My husband and me :) Married 26 June 2010

My husband and me :) Married 26 June 2010

 

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