Dec 23

End of Discussion?

So, it snowed about twelve inches the other day. About noon, D3 and I hit the drive with shoves. My van was out for repair, leaving a garage stall open. Our plan was to clear the drive enough to get D1’s vehicle into the garage. One fewer vehicle makes clearing the drive much easier.

We shoveled the snow away from the garage doors and called Papa to see how to run the snow blower. It doesn’t get used much around here, but it seemed like a good day to do so. In spite of two phone calls, we never could keep the darn thing running, it cranked, started, died. More than a few times.

D1 arrived, so all three of us worked on the drive. Finally, we were to the point of a huge drift in the middle and we were wet, cold and tired. So, I pointed out that if we kept pumping the injector button, the blower kept running. We ended up taking turns running the blower, with the spare person pushing the button the keep it going. Not fun, but effective.

It was pretty much like 3 rednecks run the snow blower.

When Papa arrived home, he pointed out which setting was wrong, and the darn thing roared to life and kept running. He finished the blowing, thank goodness.

Saturday morning, the house looked like this:

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It is pretty unremarkable, except that we had NO snow the morning before.

Dec 23

Belle’s Box – 95

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.

I’m sure if they had half a chance
the works from off your pen would make a
dandy letter. Just try it now and then!

95f

Newaygo, MICH
March 31, 1923 2P.M.

Mrs. Chas Tinker,
Manton
Mich
Wexford Con

95b

Mar 30 – 1923
Dear Aunt: How are you?, we
haven’t heard from you since I
wrote you. I hope you are better.
Ina hasn’t been well lately.
Etta is working at the Hotel here
at present, William is going to
school. He is at the Basket ball
to-night. Let us know how you
are, if it isn’t more than a card.
Hope to hear you are all well.
Remember us to the girls.

Your niece
Eliza

Eliza Murray mentions her sisters Ina and Etta in this card; they were all nieces of Belle, daughters of Belle’s sister Mary Ann Lamunion and husband John H. Murray. The William she refers to is probably William “Will” Puff, a son of Etta Murray and husband Fred Puff. Fred died in 1910; Etta must have been living near or with her family. Eliza, Ina and Etta all lived into the 1960’s.

Dec 22

Belle’s Box – 94

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.

The flowers, awaking, say
“Easter is here!”
And whisper my message
Of love and good cheer

94f

Mrs Chas Tinker

94b

From Frank to Grandma

Belle had only one grandchild named Frank, that was Frank Fenton. 1915-1994, son of Edna Fellows and Ross P. Fenton.

Dec 21

Belle’s Box – 93

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.

I’m sorry, indeed,
to hear that you’re ill,

And I hasten to send you
a Four-leaved Clover,
It that brings good luck–
(and I’m sure that it will),
Your hard, shutin days
will be
speedily over.

93f

Addressed to:
Mrs. Chas tinker
Bay City Mich

c/o Mercy Hospital

Postmark: Manton, Mich Sept 2, 1925. 11?m

93b

Sept 2. 1925
Dear Friend
was sory to hear
you was sick
hoping you are
better when this
reaches you as
ever your friend
Alice Behrmann

According to both the 1920 and 1930 US Federal censuses, Alice Behrmann and her husband John were residents of Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan. Another neighbor for Belle.

Dec 20

Belle’s Box – 92

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.

AN EASTER MESSAGE
Easter brings sunshine
After winter’s cold
This card brings a message
From a friend of old

92f

Mrs Chas Tinker
Paris
Mich
Postmark: Mesick, Mich; March 28, 1929; P.M.

92b

Dear Mother and
Charley how are you
the snow is pretty
near gone. look
for you every day.
from
Eunice

I have been told that Charlie worked on the state highways as they were build. He also found work during the winter, from time to time in the lumber camps.

It was important that the snow was almost gone. The spring plowing would begin as soon as practical. Eunice was Belle’s daughter, she married Hiram Smith in 1909.

Dec 19

A Little Connection

Miriam over a AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors wrote a little bit about our connection.  No, we’re not related, but some of our research is centered in the same geographic area.  Although we don’t share families, sharing locations is a warm, happy feeling on a cold snowy day.  Thanks for the mention, Miriam!

Dec 19

What My-Cast says

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
848 AM EST FRI DEC 19 2008
ST. CLAIR-LIVINGSTON-OAKLAND-MACOMB-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…PORT HURON…HOWELL…PONTIAC…WARREN
848 AM EST FRI DEC 19 2008

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT…

SNOW…HEAVY AT TIMES…WILL CONTINUE DURING THE MORNING
HOURS…WITH ONE TO TWO INCH SNOWFALL RATES CONTINUING. SLEET WILL
ALSO LIKELY MIX IN AT TIMES…ALONG WITH A POSSIBLE RUMBLE OF
THUNDER. ROADS ARE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY….TRAVEL IS
STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.

 

I wonder if Papa is supposed to stay at work??????

Dec 19

Got Snow?

I just checked the snow and there are 5 inches.

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D1 left for an appointment about 7:40, you can see a lot of snow in her tracks. It’s up to the storm door, so I shoveled it away after I took these shots.

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s 004

Papa said so few showed up at work, they will probably be leaving soon. He also said there was a lot more snow over on the west side where he works. But we’d have to get a lot more than 5 inches to qualify as an EVENT in winter in Michigan.

Dec 19

Weather? In The Winter? In Michigan?

Snow is expected today in Michigan. No kidding, it’s winter and there will be snow; hard to believe. Folks, since we had the first flake this winter, the weather men and women have been singing and dancing, talking about the lack of money to clear the roads, the problems commuting, and all the stuff they love to do.

I receive weather warnings from My-Cast, and there have been warnings all fall. Now, when real snow may appear, I find it a little difficult to get excited, the there aren’t more e-mails, just more dire warnings. This snow event (storms are old fashioned) my give the northern Detroit suburbs something to stay home about, or not.

The current warning says 6-10 inches, at the rate of 2 inches per hour. But the local TV gave Papa a figure of 10-15 inches. I just checked their web forecast area and it now says 5-8. So, there could be 5 to 15 inches of snow here. Maybe.

I know forecasting weather isn’t an exact science. But I’m sick of hearing that the sky is falling every time snow is on the radar. Come on, be factual. On weather.com we’re in the 6-12 inch range. You may not realize it, but 6 inches if hardly a blip on the radar, but 12 is a major problem.

Here’s what I know. At 5 a.m., the dark colored cat rattled the bedroom door so I would rise and plunk soy pellets into the dishes. It was not snowing, I fed the cats and went back to bed. At 5:45 a.m., Papa’s alarm rang, and I put on a bathrobe and headed out the get my newspaper from the box. It had snowed about a half inch. Now, it looks like this:

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snow 002

 

I didn’t go out, but I did stick my finger in the snow in from of the door and there is 2 inches right now. More after daylight.

Have a good one, I will. I’m inside, it’s warm, and perhaps we’ll have soup for dinner.

Dec 19

Belle’s Box – 91

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.

Male Department, Michigan Asylum, Kalamazoo, Mich.
12658

91f

Addressee:
Mrs. Caroline tinker
Manton
Mich
RFD=1

Postmark: Kalamazoo. Mich
6 4:30 PM 1912
(The month is missing)

91b

Kalamazoo Sep 6
Mrs Tinker Will
say in reply to your
letter that we will have
the gords taken to the
Depot and ship to you
will send me
money to get them to
the Depot. and pay me
what you owe it may
cost 1.00 to get them
at the Depot send 2.60
and mr Lorr??? will see
about mailing them
and sent them to you
one dollar 60 for rent you owe
let us
(continued across the top of the card, upside down)
know at once so we can send them H. Lorrns???

I don’t know what exactly Belle had stored in Kalamazoo. Gords doesn’t seem right, but it is all I can get from the writing on the card. I also think it is interesting that the card is addressed to “Mrs. Caroline Tinker”. Although a bible transcription that was shared with me listed Belle as “Clarey Belle”, Caroline seems a stretch. Also, Belle didn’t marry Charlie until 1914, so her name would have been Fellows until then. Maybe this card was intended for Charlie Tinker. Charlie lived in Belle’s household on the 1910 census, listed as a boarder.

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