Belle’s Box – 150

This entry is part 152 of 342 in the series Belle's Box

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.

When this Merrie Little Christmas card
No longer you remember
Still shall my glad wish follow you
Way into next December.

Mrs. Tinker
From Bessie K.



Honor, Mich Dec 14
My dear Mrs. Tinker,

I have thought of you
very often & wondered
where and how you were.
I saw Owen D. to-night
he he told me where
you were.
Fay is sick abed to-nite
with the “mumps” he’s
got some jaw on him.
hope they don’t go down.
Mine are yet to come
Everyone is having Flu
or mumps here I have
been having the flu
I went to Traverse City
to-day, I would be glad
to here from you your friend
Bessie Kentner

This is a very nice card, and as I I felt sad that the lady that wrote such a nice letter had so much illness in her family. I don’t know the year of this card, it must have been sent in an envelope.

I found the Kentners in Homestead, Benzie County Michigan on the 1930 census. Homestead is very close to Honor. Bessie Kentner and her husband Fay with living with his parents, 87 year old Homer and 78 year old Elizabeth. Fay was listed as employed doing odd jobs.

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    • Maureen Elliott on January 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    How wonderful to see this note! It’s from my husband’s grand uncle’s wife, Bessie Radye (Wrede) Kentner. She was b15 March 1901 in MI. She married Fay Kentner (b15 April 1896 in Benzie Co, MI) on 10 Nov 1923 in Beulah, Benzie Co, MI. Fay was the son of Homer Jerome Kentner and Elizabeth Laney Fultz. They lived their entire lives in Benzie Co, MI. Fay died in 21 Aug 1963 at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort, Benzie Co, MI and is buried in Champion Hill Cemetery in Homestead Twp, Benzie Co, MI. Bessie died 27 Dec 1973 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse Co, MI.

  1. Maureen, I am so glad you found this. When I posted the correspondence from Belle’s box I hoped that people with an interest in the writers would enjoy seeing them. Now, if I could just figure out how Bessie knew Belle!

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