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Myrtle Mallard, born September 3, 1904, died December 25, 1972

Mallard’s Bar in Dearborn, Michigan was a bar frequented by my grandparents and great-grandparents.  Myrtle V. Mallard was the wife of the owner, William L. Mallard.  According to the 1948 Polk’s Dearborn City Directory, Mallard’s was listed as a Beer Garden at 2247 S. Telegraph Rd.  William Mallard also owned a gas station at 2245 S. Telegraph Rd.  William and his wife Myrtle lived at 40140 Michigan Ave. in Wayne, Michigan.

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Front: Airplane view of business section, showing part of Lake Eola Orlando, Fla. “The City Beautiful”

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3/9/59 Hi Mary, We went to an Orchid Show Sunday. It was beautiful all colors you would want to see hundreds of them. We enjoyed it very much. Love Grandma + Grandpa

 

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March 6, 1959 – The Singing Tower in Lake Wales, Florida

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3/6/59 Hi Mary We went to this tower and Cypress gardens and to another park was gone all day Received Mothers letter Will write later. Love Grandma + Grandpa

Helen Dorothy Oakes Wilson, 1912-1988

Helen Dorothy Oakes Wilson, 1912-1988

This is a picture of my grandmother Helen.  Her birthday was a few days ago.  She would have been 101 this year.

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Postmarked 2-27-1959. Shows Sunshine Park in Orlando, Florida.

Hi Mary, We have a nice apt. not far from this nice park. The roses are in full bloom and its really warm 70 degress right now.  Wish you could be with us.  Its a very clean city.  Love Grandma Grandpa

Hi Mary, We have a nice apt. not far from this nice park. The roses are in full bloom and its really warm 70 degress right now. Wish you could be with us. Its a very clean city. Love Grandma Grandpa

Here is the next in the series of my great-grandma Mae Johnson’s postcards to my mother from 1959.

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Postmarked 2-26-1959

2-26-1959

Hi Mary, We have a nice hotel to stay overnight. Have to get up tomorrow at 5 o’clock to get out 6:15 bus to Jacksonville. Love, Grandma

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Another person I never knew, this is Bert Thompson, the 2nd husband of Mina (Bolt) Moore.  Mina was my great-grandma Mae’s mother.  So this is Mae’s step-dad.  Bert was born 3 Nov 1879 in Oxford, MI to Milo A. Thompson and Ruth Noble.  He married Mina on 24 Nov 1924, although he listed her in his 1918 Draft Registration Card as his wife and again she is listed as his wife in the 1920 U.S. Census.  Her estranged first husband, Fred Moore, died 4 Nov 1924 so perhaps that is why they weren’t officially  man and wife until 1924.  Anyway, Mina and Bert lived in Dearborn for many years, then Bert lived my grandparents in the 1950s and 60s.  He died in January 1966.  When I was younger I saw all these family pictures from the 60s with this old man included in them and I always asked Mom who he was.  She said she didn’t know, only that she called him Grandpa Thompson.  So one of the fortunate finds from this genealogical journey is discovering just how this man “Grandpa Thompson” is related to us.

From Left: Mina Thompson, Bert Thompson, Mae Johnson, c1930s

From Left: Mina Thompson, Bert Thompson, Mae Johnson, c1930s

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