Dec 13

Belle’s Box – 85

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.

Best
Wishes For
A Happy
Thanksgiving

85f

MICH
3 PM
1914
Mrs Chas Tinker
Manton
Michigan

85b

Onaway Mich
Nov 23 – 1914
Dearest friend
Just a Card
to let you know
I am in the City
found Allie and
the children all well.
it is awful cold up
here and quite a
lot of snow. I am
feeling quite well
but I am not at
home. Your
friend Mrs. Smith

All I can say about this card is that Belle’s friend Mrs. Smith was visiting Allie and children in Onaway.

Dec 12

Belle’s Box – 84

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.

“Mitchell Street, Cadillac, Michigan
These buildings weren’t much different in the 1950’s and 60’s when I was a child. The first building on the left was Kelly’s restaurant at that time. The second building was and is the Elks building. I noticed the “Star theater” is next, that wasn’t there in the 1950’s.

84f

CADILLAC, MICH
Sept 13
4:30 P
19?3

84b

Aunt Belle we have
taken Bessie to
Cadilac the Doctor
said he could not
tell much about her
now would let us
know Monday
Glen

Glen Azel Lamunion was the son of Merritt Winfield “Scott” Lamunion, Belle’s brother. He married Viola Mary LaRue in 1914 at Mesick, Michigan. Doris Bell Lamunion was the second of their two daughters, Lelia Mary died young.

Dec 11

I Like It

I’ve posted videos from Common Craft here previously.  I like their work, and I think they are valuable to many people.

Here’s one for today.

Dec 11

Belle’s Box – 83

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.

Sincerely wishing you
a very happy Christmas followed by
other days just as happy
Kait?????

83f

Dear Belle:
This is one of the
new spring prints
I hope that you
like it
????
K.
83b

Another beautiful Christmas card, without enough clues to identify the sender.

Dec 10

Little Choppers

I was down in the basement, doing laundry the other day, and I saw some little wood choppers hanging on my clothes line. Really.

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You can see their little axes, and also notice that some assembly is still required.

A little investigation, and I found their legs:

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Papa has been making interesting things for the yard. All the little parts have to be painted before assembly. He has more patience that I would. I don’t have a photo of a finished chopper, but you can use your imagination for now.

Dec 10

Belle’s Box – 82

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.

Though Madame Hen
will claim the all,
Sir Bunny says, I lay
The pretty colored
Easter eggs
You have on
Easter Day.

82f

82b

There is no stamp, postmark or address on this card, it must have been in an envelope or package.

White Cloud Mich Mar? 30-20
Bell I receved card & thank you.
I was srow to hear you had bin sick
how is the Rest of the family

How are all the rest
we air all abel to ???
When air you coming Down
??? times have thought of all you
of But I dont
hear from any
off you very much.
Emley went through
hear Both wayes
& Did not stop off

Lib Don’t Even
write I was so well
Pleased when I got
your card
J H Murray & family

John H. Murray was the husband of Belle’s sister, Mary Ann Lamunion/Lamunyon. Marry Ann died in 1899, according to a transcription from a family bible. Apparently the Lamunions didn’t have a lot to do with John Henry Murray after her death, or perhaps he believed they didn’t . Murray died in 1922, leaving three daughters. I’m not sure what happened to the couple’s first born son, William H. Murray, 1875-?. In this communication, John referred to two of Belle’s sisters, Elizabeth “Lib”, and Emily.

There are many cards in the Belle’s collection from the Murray daughters, Etta, Ina and Eliza, and some from Fred Puff, a son of Eliza.

Dec 09

Dreary, Dreary

It’s raining out, one of those cold, gray days that make me miserable. Dreary. Papa and I are taking off for a long weekend, if nothing else goes wrong around here.

D3 is home with pneumonia, she can’t return to work for a few days. There is good news, D1’s illness is diagnosed and surgery scheduled for December 23rd. She is also off work, for a little longer than D3. S-Dad has had a cold, but he’s on the mend, the last I heard. GS1 says there’s bad karma around here, I guess that’s possible.

Papa and I are fine, except for the winter blahs. I’m sure this long weekend coming up will cure all of that.

So, I’ll post something from Pigeon Forge, where we’ll be at the Larkin’s Christmas Show. We’ll be seeing Dailey and Vincent for the final time this year. (I’m still thinking of totaling up the times we’ve seen them). There’s a lot of great outlet shopping in Pigeon Forge, but we don’t need to shop. So, we’ll see some sites, and keep busy without shopping.

See you soon!

Dec 09

Belle’s Box – 81

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.

Xmas Greeting

Peace on Earth
Good Will to Men

81f

Postmarked:
Oct 24 1911 7 p.m.

Mrs Bell Fellows
Manton
Mich

81b

Come if you can.

Oct 24 1911.
Dear Mrs Fellows
I am go to have
a carpet rag bee
thuday the 26 come
if you can and
will you tell
Mrs Whitney if
you will.
Mrs. ??? Ashbay
Good by
stay all day

According to a perpetual calendar I often use, the twenty-fourth of October was a Tuesday in 1911, so the twenty-sixth would have been Thursday.

The 1910 census of Liberty Township, Wexford County, Michigan shows the family of Iva or Ira Ashbay or Ashley, containing Ira, his wife Milley, six children from eight to one, and an older man, James Ashley/Ashbay.

The handwirtting on the census isn’t the best, and it is hard to read, but I can find no other families with a similar last name, so Mrs. Ira Ashby must have sent the card.

A fall day seems like a good time to make some rugs, doesn’t it?

Dec 08

Fun with our Family

We had a wonderful weekend, seeing our little grandchildren and enjoying an early family Christmas celebration. We were missing GS2, who stayed home for his basketball practice, and Step-Dad, who had a cold.

The kids received several gifts, and it was hard to tell which was the biggest hit. The most fun for the spectators was the new Wii game, Active Life: Outdoor Challenge. It came with a floor pad, which is similar to Dance Dance Revolution. The there was running, jumping, mountain climbing and other games I probably missed.

In this one, the girls were racing. There were obstacles to jump, and you had to time your jump by the screen. The most interesting thing was when the Mii tripped over the jump rope and GD1 put both hands to her face and rubbed her nose. The Mii was almost her on that one.

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Here, Aunt J was helping. GD2, in the pink, was jumping up to the next level on the mountain, and GD1, with assistance from Aunt J. was pumping her controller up and down, which simulated pulling on the rope. We finally had to call out: one, two, three, JUMP, to get the girls in sync.

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My girls never had an Easy Bake Oven, although they must have wanted one pretty bad. Notice that my granddaughters are not similarly deprived.

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Here they are in the nightgowns I made and the robes I bought. There are really great at posing for photos.

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There’s more, perhaps tomorrow. Right now I’m cleaning, washing and resting up a little. But what fun we had.

Dec 08

Belle’s Box – 80

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.

To wish you
a Christmas of Cheer and a New Year
filled with Happiness

Mrs C.H. Nelson

80

This card must have been sent in a envelope. In 1930 there were plenty of Nelson families in Wexford County, but none in Colfax Township, or in Manton.

I just checked, and my first archival book from Belle’s box has 152 items. That means that I’m more than halfway through the first book. Hurray!

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