Dec 01

Belle’s Box – 73

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 VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

We always anticipate
helping you celebrate
Christmas by sending
Good wishes unending.

73f

Addressed to:

Mrs. Charlie Tinker
Manton
Mich.

R#

Postmark: Grand Rapids, Mich; Dec 27 1932, 2:30 p.m.

73b

504 Kenwood St. N.E.

Dear Aunt & Uncle,
It is cold here and
some snow. Every-
body is quite well.
We have popped some of the corn &
it is good.
Best wishes to all.

Len & Huldah

Huldah Carter and Len Terwilliger were niece and nephew-in-law of Belle. Huldah was the daughter of Belle’s sister Emily and her husband Andrew Carter.

It must be that Belle and Charlie had sent or taken some popcorn to Huldah. I can’t imagine that the growing season was long enough for popcorn in Wexford County, but it is equally hard to imagine them purchasing a gift.

Nov 30

How Many Deer?

Yesterday morning I needed to get to JoAnn Fabric and get some deals. I was so eager, I arrived before the place opened. On the way back, right here, three deer ran in front of my car. Well, two ran in front of it. I got the other one. This happened in a spot two blocks from my house, where I’ve never seen deer before.

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Now, I know there are plenty of deer around here, in fact I once posted a photo of one in the yard next door. I’ve seen tracks in my (fenced) garden. There is a spot a couple of miles west of here where deer cross the road frequently, and we always drive sloooooowly there.

But, it was real dark, earlier than we usually see deer along the road. I guess it’s too dark to see them at 6:10 a.m.

I didn’t have my phone, so I drove home and got it, and Papa. We went back, and called the police. They came, they saw, they were unimpressed. The young lady officer was surprised shocked when I insisted on taking the deer. Let’s just say that coffee break time at the station won’t be the same for a few days, rather than try to describe her reaction. Anyway, when the report was complete, Papa and I grabbed the deer, threw it in the trunk, drove two blocks home, and hung the darn thing up.

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Here’s the car.

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I’ll be busy today. Something about freezer wrap, knives and grinders. We’ll be having venison for our family Christmas next Saturday.

So, the answer to the question, “How many deer are there in the suburbs?” is: ONE FEWER.

Does anyone know a good junk yard where I can get a headlight and fender for an old Neon?

Nov 29

Belle’s Box – 71

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 My Affinity

71f

The postmark is illegible.

Mrs. Belle Fellows
Manton
Mich

71b

Dear mother
and all we have
got moved I want
to come over
Sunday if Ross
don’t think the
horse are do to
much they are
working every
day I wash yester
day. Emma was ?
? ? took care
of horses Edna

Edna was Belle’s daughter. This must have been written after she married Ross Fenton on 11 September 1910. Reading and comparing this card confirms that item 69 was sent by Edna to Belle, the handwriting is the same.

Nov 28

Belle’s Box – 68

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.

68

Merry Christmas !

My Thoughts go out
to meet you
While the Christmas
candles shine,
My kindest wishes
great you,
Good friend of
Auld Lang Syne

Borghild & George
1928

I’ll just say that I couldn’t find Borghild & George on the 1920 or 1930 census, in any county. So, I don’t know who these people might be.

Nov 27

Belle’s Box – 67

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 spring summer scene

“Easter Greetings”

67f

Mrs. Charles Tinker
Manton, Mich
RFD

The stamp is ripped off, and the postmark damaged. The card was sent from Michigan, that much of the postmark can be read.

67b

3 24 19/10

Hello How are you
we are having nice
wether here some are
plowing the roads are
nice and dry the snow
went off without any rain
your Friend Mrs
Bisard

Asahel and Emily (Salisbury) Bisard were the parents of Franklin Bisard, who married Elizabeth L. Lamunion. There is a biography of the family in a history of Newaygo County, which can be found on Google Books.

It seems more likely that this card was sent by a daughter-in-law of Asehel and Emily. In 1910 the census reveals there were two married sons of Asahel and Emily in Ashland Township in addition to Elizabeth and Franklin, Orson “Oss” and Maggie, and Charles and Emma. Asahel and Emily are not found, they probably died before 1910. There are also several other Bisard/Bizard/Bizzard families in the area which could have contained the “Mrs. Bisard” who sent this greeting.

Or it may have been a  “Mrs Bisard” from another Bisard family in the area.

Nov 26

Belle’s Box – 70

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 Very Happy Birthday

To greet you now this merry day
This little Card I send.
And every pray that gladness may
your path in life attend.

70f

Postmarked Mesick, Mich
July 14, 1923 5 p.m.

Mrs. Charley Tinker
Honor Mich
in care Mrs Wrede(?)

70b

This leaves
us well hope
it finds you
the same it
is raining
here this
morning Henry

I don’t know what Henry this is from. Belle’s birthday was July 15th, so this was mailed just in time. Perhaps the mail was faster in 1923.

Nov 25

Belle’s Box – 69

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”

69f

The postmark is Meauwataka, Mich, but the date is illegible.

Mrs. Belle Fellows
Manton
Mich

69b

Dear mother
I think I shall
be home Sunday
if nothing happens
or if it does not rain.
I am going to a dance
Friday night was
to one last Friday
night had a good
time we will be
there by 12 o’clock
if nothing happens
From

E?

This card was probably sent between 1905 when Henry Fellows died and 1909 when Edna married Ross Fenton, and Eunice married Hiram Smith. Family lore says that Edna worked at the “County Home”, the poor house near Meauwataka. If this was from Edna, perhaps she mailed it from there.

Update, I now know this is from Edna, the handwritting matches that of another card where her signature is clear.

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 24

Sick?

D3 is sick now, pretty sick. She was in bed all of yesterday, she has what I would call the flu, but the clinics and hospitals call a virus. Headache, digestive symptoms, you get the idea. I don’t know if she’ll be able to work today, but I’m betting against it. It took D1 and I several days to recover from this thing. For the record, we have all had flu shots. All. Of. Us.

It being Monday, I’m waiting for everyone to jump out of bed and head for work. Well, Papa already did. GS1 won’t get up till the crack of noon; but D1 should be up in a minute or so and D2 should also be up if she can make work. I won’t be surprised if she is a no show, she looked pretty gray yesterday. D1 is having a few tests run, beginning with one this morning, at doctors orders to determine the cause of her problems. More later.

Well, D2 is in the shower. She is still sick, but says she’s the only one opening, and has to be there. She can leave early if necessary. I hope she makes it OK….

I’m going to keep sewing, I’m making the little grandchildren an few things for Christmas gifts. They will actually be pre-Christmas gifts, we’re having our family day here on December 6th. Most everyone will be here that weekend, but I heard yesterday that GS2 won’t be able to make it. As someone around here often says, “More for me”. I think Papa wants to grill steaks, so some of the crowd will be very happy. We normally head for Henry Ford Museum on Sunday, so the little kids can sit on Santa’s lap, and look at the decorations and the wonderful train setup.

We’re planning to leave for Thanksgiving at M-in-L’s on Wednesday after Papa gets out of work. GS1 is leaving earlier, so he can visit his Dad, brother and family. I don’t know when D1 is driving up, perhaps she will ride with us. D2 has to work till 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, and early Friday morning, so she will miss this trip. Actually, a lot of people who work in retail will be missing this holiday because of crazy store hours. Sometimes I wonder if we might be better off if the stores were actually closed on Sundays and Holidays like they were when I was a kid. At least you had one day a week that was a family day.

It’s all downhill from here to the holidays, I hope your Thanksgiving will be wonderful!

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