Week 20...Wow!! I can't believe we are so far along...Everyone else not me!!...I am trying to get caught up with a few...cutting the sections and picking out the fabric....Things are settling down a bit for me...I was called in to work for several days..tomorrow is my last for awhile....It was a blessing tho...Here's another letter....H.
Letter # 11
From the sizes of the children on page 25, I can estimate that Chester won
his pony "Tip" in 1914. I believe that the children in the photo are Chester
(age 7); and his sisters, Florence (age 2); and Mabel (age 10.) I was concerned
that we had another widower on our hands because Chester's mother was not in the
picture, but that was not the case. Chester's parents were very much alive and
their names were Marshal and Daisy (what a cute name!) I assumed that the man in
the picture was father Marshal, but I believe that my first thought was wrong.
Marshal was born in 1879, which would make the man in the picture 35 years of
age. I don't think so! Perhaps a grandfather? Marshal's father was named Hiram
and he was born in 1847. At the age of 18, Hiram served for nine months in the
Civil War. Could the man in the picture be Hiram at the age of 67?
Often I can find birth, marriage and death records, but not so in this
case. The last we know of Chester and his family is found in the 1930 census.
Grandpa Hiram and wife Marriette are both 83; parents Marshal and Daisy are 50 &
46; the oldest daughter Mabel is not listed (married?); Chester is 23; Florence
is 18; and a "new" brother Samuel is nine. Everyone is living in Wayne County,
which is located in northern New York state right on Lake Ontario. (Lake Ontario
borders the U.S. and Canada.)