Grandma’s Trunk – Part 3

by Darla on November 9, 2010

Thanksgiving – Time for Celebrations

As Thanksgiving approaches I am reminded of the couples in Grandma’s Trunk that were married around this time. Perhaps a tradition or maybe they were thankful for their newly found spouses and families. There was always more than one reason to celebrate Thanksgiving.

In my family Thanksgiving always consists of dishes that were handed down from family members. Our sweet potato recipe comes from my Mom’s Mother. Cranberry Salad is a recipe that belonged to Dad’s maternal Grandmother. Turkey and dressing has a little bit of everyone mixed in. But our fantastic baked bean recipe comes from Grandma’s Trunk.

Grandma’s Mother and Father were married Thanksgiving Day 1887. Their marriage certificate is below. Grandma and Grandpa were married Thanksgiving Day 1913. (unfortunately Grandma’s marriage certificate wasn’t in the trunk)

The poem below was written by Grandma’s Uncle Frank to Grandma and Grandpa on their wedding day. He was obviously a favorite and had quite a way with words. As I read some of his letters I envision a sweet, decent, well educated man.

As you go gliding down the years                                          May time forget to deal you tears;                                        Your hearts be happy, light and gay                                        As on your joyous Wedding Day.

Think he could of easily had a permanent position with Hallmark Greeting Cards. 🙂

There were many newspaper clippings in Grandma’s Trunk of visitors that came to Grandma’s little house for Thanksgiving dinner over the years. One that stands out is from 1937. Thanksgiving dinner given by Grandma to her parents for their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Grandma’s sons with families, Grandma’s sister and friends attended. I am sure they had a terrific feast. Wonder if they had baked beans?

“Good Night Dear Friends Wherever You Are Tonight”

More Stories and Photos about Grandma’s Trunk

More Photo Restoration

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandra November 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I just love reading the story of your family. I think it is pretty rare to have all this incredible family history in one trunk and you are so very lucky to have that. It makes me really think how important is to keep all those little tidbits of our lives so that other generations can enjoy them for years to come.

Thanks for sharing, love the poem!


2 Darla November 13, 2010 at 12:40 am

I love that trunk, and I have started my own. 🙂 One thing I have found most important is to write who the folks are on the back of the photos. Would be most helpful for the future generations. Thanks so much for stopping by Sandra.


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