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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

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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

I have a few postcards that my Great-Grandma Mae Johnson wrote to my mother during the winter of 1959 when Mae and her husband Alfred traveled to Florida for their annual trip.  These are truly a treasure to me.  I never knew Mae and never heard her voice, but reading these postcards helps me to hear her.  I will post one a week for the next several weeks on Treasure Chest Thursday.

The first postcard from West Virginia on their way down to Florida.

The first postcard from West Virginia on their way down to Florida. (Front of card)

Dear Mary, Had a nice trip not too cold down here Love Grandma + Grandpa (postmarked 2-25-1959)

Dear Mary,
Had a nice trip not too cold down here
Love
Grandma + Grandpa
(postmarked 2-25-1959)

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This is a photo of a photo of Arthur Belknap (1869-1955) at the grave of his wife Martha Gisel Belknap (1869-1925) in Wauseon Union Cemetery in Wauseon, Ohio.  She died in a car accident that was mentioned in this previous post: A Tragedy and a Mystery.

Martha Gisel was born 21 June 1869 in Ohio.  In the 1880 Federal Census, she was living with her family in Franklin, Fulton County, Ohio.  Her parents were John Gisel (1843-1923) and Margaret Rhost (1848-1939), both were born in Switzerland.  Martha had a daughter Minnie on 31 Mar 1887 and married Arthur Belknap in Fulton County, Ohio on 5 March 1890.  They had four sons and a daughter (Floyd, Earl, Belva, Orville, and Kennard).  As mentioned in a previous post, Martha died in a car accident in Michigan on 15 September 1925.

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Martha and Arthur Belknap with Minnie and Floyd, abt. 1893

Edward and Velma (Belknap) Wells, 1951

Edward and Velma (Belknap) Wells, 1951

Here is my Grandma Wells’ apple pie recipe:

8-9 apples (not sliced too thin)
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
4 pats margarine

Mix apple slices, cinnamon and nutmeg together.  Let stand 15-20 minutes.  Pour in pie crust [I guess we're on our own on how to make the crust!] and put pats of margarine on top.  Put slits in top crust.  Bake on 425 for 20 minutes then turn down to 350 for 40 minutes.  Make sure to put the pie on a cookie sheet, so the juices won’t spill in oven.

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