Belle’s Box – 73

This entry is part 75 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.


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


Addressed to:

Mrs. Charlie Tinker


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


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.

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  1. Pam, my mother grew up at 464 Kenwood in the 1950s and early ’60s, just a block away from Len and Huldah’s! Would they have lived in the house at 504 during that time? If so, my mother may recall them.

  2. I think it’s unlikely, but I don’t have a final answer. They resided at 401 Crescent NE in 1968 when Len died, and in the same location in 1977 when Huldah died.

    I am doing a project of looking up these families in City directories year by year, but I’m only in the 30’s right now. I work on that when I can get to the library of Michigan, which has a pretty good set.

    Somewhere around here I have a copy of a letter written by Huldah to the researchers I mentioned, memory tells me that it may tell a little about her life. I’ll dig around for it and let you know. It may be a week or so, we’re having our family here this coming weekend, and I’m kind of busy.

    Thanks for the comment, more proof that it’s a small world.

    I found the letters. One, written by Huldah to Mr. Ted McAdam on September 27, 1975 says, “….I am only a short distance from Buterworth Hospital. I have lived here since 1945. My husband passed away in 1968 and in 1979 I sold the place, and moved upstairs, which has worked out well for me…..”

    I believe that would have been the Crescent home, so the answer is, no, the Terwilliger’s didn’t live on Kenworth when your mother did. Thanks again…

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