Nov 24

Belle’s Box – 66

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

Item 66 is a nice postcard with roses on the front.

“BEST WISHES”

66f

This card wasn’t mailed, perhaps it was delivered with a gift, some cookies or a cake.

66b

To Mrs Tinker
with Love from
Elizabeth.

I’m not looking through the census for a neighbor named Elizabeth, there were probably several. It is a pretty card from the period, and in good condition.

Nov 24

Belle’s Box – 72

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

“A Merry Christmas”

72f

Grand Rapids, Dec 17, 1910. The time is 12 (perhaps noon)

Mrs Bell Fellows.
Manton
Mich
R.F.D. No 1.

72b

Grand Rapids Mich
Dec 18-1910
Dear Friend:
I will drop you
a card to let you know
I am still looking
for that letter from
you. It is nice weather
there today.
Marry Xmas. and
a Happy New Years
Your friend
Olia Reed
414 Norwich Ave

Nov 22

Thanksgiving (and a game of Tag)

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Julie over at Gen Blog has challenged us to:

1. Write a blog post telling us about 2 things you are thankful for.
2. You can post the Thanksgiving Day banner above in your post if you like.
3. Tag one person to spread the love. Post a comment on their blog so they know they’ve been tagged.

So, this year I’m especially thankful that my oldest grandson is home and will be at Thanksgiving dinner with M-in-L. Thanksgiving will also be his 20th birthday. I did write a little more about him here and here.

M-in-L is my second person to be thankful for. As Papa and I approach our fortieth anniversary, she had been a loving, steady presence throughout. When our first daughter was born, she was there to help. I remember all our daughters running across the field to Grandmas to visit. Now, they often say, I sure hope I can (insert the activity here) when I’m Grandmas age.

On Thursday, Grandma will host a Thanksgiving dinner for a crew that is grateful for her love and care, and I’ll be proud to be among them.

I’ve chosen to tag Apple, and I hope she can participate, even though she’s recuperating.

Nov 22

Belle’s Box – 65

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

KISS ME KID
AND KNOW
YOU’RE LIVING

65f

Postmark:
Manton, Mich
July ?? ???

Mr. Charley Tinker
Manton
Mich
% Belle Fellows R.F.D. No 1

65b

July 10-1914
Say Charley can you
Come over tomorrow
and splice the rope
for the hay loader
As it broke where you
fixed it before, If you
can’t come tomorrow
come Sunday as we
cant use it to unload
hay.

Ed Whitney

The 1920 census of Liberty Township, Wexford County, Michigan Enumeration district 218, sheet 2B, line 76-77, family 46 shows the family of Edgar Whitney and his son Wesley E. Whitney. They were farmers, and farmers would be cutting hay in July in Michigan. Looking at the a township map of Wexford County, Liberty Township is T24N R9W; at the northeastern corner of the county. It is adjacent to Cedar Creek Township, which contains Manton, and near Colfax in which Belle and Charley lived.

Charlie Tinker was described to me as a kind of jack of all trades by F-in-L. Charlie built saw mills, among other things. I guess he spliced ropes, too.

If you are interested in detailed (current) maps of Michigan, this site is a good resource.

Nov 21

Belle’s Box – 64

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

Street view, “PUBLIC LIBRARY, STATE STREET CHARLEVOIX MICH”

64f

Post mark illegible, possibly 1921, Mich.
Mrs Bell
Tinker
Manton
RFD Mich

64b

Grant April 6 1921
Dear Bell, we are at
Emmas got here about
12 o’clock last night
drove about 60
miles left Edds
a 7 am have had
no trouble so far
expect to get home
Wed night unless
??? and ???

Hattie

Well. Hattie and company took a car trip in April, 1921. They went to Edd’s. On April 5 they left Edd’s at seven in the morning, and drove 60 miles to Emma’s in Grant, Michigan. That means it took them seventeen (17!!!) hours to go 60 miles, and they had no trouble. NO TROUBLE. My handy calculator tells me that they went 3.5294 miles an hour, assuming they never stopped. I’m pretty sure they stopped to eat, use an outhouse and other necessities as they traveled, so they were probably speeding around a little faster than 5 mph.

I don’t know where home is, but in 1921 the sixth was a Wednesday. So, I guess if they were expecting to be home on Wednesday, it would the Wednesday, April 13, 1921.

This one card alone shows why studying and compiling genealogy needs to be combined with information regarding the times in which your ancestors lived. I know Michigan roads aren’t much to brag about now, but imagine rural roads between Wexford and Newaygo Counties in 1921. I’m going to need some (old) maps, some more information to understand road conditions of the time. April is early, and I remember Papa’s father saying that in rural Wexford County the roads weren’t cleared in the winter. I wonder how much mud there was on the “State Road” (US-31) which followed the railroad line north through Newaygo County?

I found one resource here, It looks like in 1921 driving from Grant to White Cloud gave two options to continue, east¬† to Big Rapids and continuing, or north to Baldwin, then continuing here and there.¬† This 1921 map gives new meaning to a common saying around our house, “you can’t get there from here”. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

Nov 20

Belle’s Box – 63

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

Christmas Greeting
All that’s bright and beautiful,
Happy, wholesome, too,
I’m hoping very earnestly
This Christmas offers you.

63f

Dec 21 7 p.m. city and state illegible
Mr & Mrs Char. Tinker,
Mesick,
Wexford Co., Mich

63b

Dear Aunt,
We are all quite
well Etta is working at Newaygo
William is here with Ina and
myself. We are living in
just four rooms this
winter. Hope you are all
well and enjoy your
Christmas Remember
us to all We wish
you all a Merry Xmas
and Bright Happy New Year

(Written on the left side)
Loving by Eliza and Ina Murray

Eliza, Ina and William Murray were children of Mary Ann Lamunion and her husband, John H. Murray. They were Belle’s nieces and nephew. This collection has many cards from the Murray sisters.

Nov 19

Belle’s Box – 62

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

This Christmas Card is the shape and size of a postcard, but does not have the customary postcard graphics (stamp here, address here) on the back. It must have been hand delivered, or in an envelope. Without the city it came from, was sent to, and the year, it isn’t as interesting as some of the other cards.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.

62f

62b

Mr & Mrs A.C. Bailey

I did a few quick searches for “A. C. Bailey” at Ancestry.com. The best match was a stone mason who lived in Sanilac County in 1880. There were a lot of Bailey families in Newaygo and Wexford Counties after the turn of the century, but none with calling anyone A.C. or AC. I’m going to think of the Baileys as acquaintances who sent a Christmas card.

Nov 18

Belle’s Box – 61

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

Don’t worry about the future,
The present is all thou hast;
The future will soon be present,
And the present will soon be past.

61f

Postmark, illegible city, Mich, March 29, 1909, addressed to:
Mrs. Belle Fellows
Manton
Mich
Wexford Co
Route

61b

Hesperia March 20, 1909
Dear Sister and Family,
We are well and hope this
Will find you the same
Ground? ? McCruse was
buried last Tuesday he
Was a bed only 2 days he
He died of old age Mrs H??? ?
is ?? a bed the same
She is entirely helpless
Frank has ??? to
Grant yesterday he said
Em had been sick but was
better he said she had the
??? I havent been been over
there this winter but if
it is warm enough I will
go this week Write and
let me know how you
are getting along
your sister

Laila

This card made me sit up and take notice. It clearly says, “Dear Sister” and “your sister”, but the signature is “Laila”. Belle had two sisters who were living in 1909: Elizabeth L. Lamunion Bisard and Emily A. Lamunion Carter. In the Lamunion family “Laila” to me has always meant Laila Carter, a daughter of Em and Andrew Carter. Elizabeth probably wrote this card, since she mentioned “Frank”, her husband was Frank. Clues indicate that Elizabeth was sometimes known as Laila. Perhaps Laila Carter was named for her aunt.

Nov 16

Belle’s Box – 59

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

59f

I can’t tell you anything about this one, I’ve included it because the front is interesting. It was sent to someone in Manton, Michi in June of some year.

59b

Nov 15

Belle’s Box – 60

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

“Greetings
From
Otia, Mich”

60f

Postmarked Otia, Mich
June 5, 1908 5 p.m.
and addressed to:
Mrs Belle Fellows
Manton Mich

60b

Write soon
June 5-09
Dear Aunt-
How are you all.
Etta Is home from
Casnovia sick.
Have you made
Any garden. Eliza
has made some
You aught to come
& see us. Pa’s health
Is about the same.
Love to all

Although this card isn’t signed, it appears to be from Ina Belle Murray. Ina refers to her sisters, Etta and Eliza, and her father, John. H. Murray. John was married to Belle’s sister, Mary Ann Lamunion, who died in 1899. Three other siblings in this family died young.

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