September 4, 1887

My Maternal Grandfather was born on September 4,1887.

Judd Dewitt Van Sickle.  Durand, Illinois

John Christopher Van Sickle 18511927and Lucy Maria Judd Van Sickle 18501915 were his parents. He was the one of their seven children, to reach full adulthood, passing in 1975.

The inscription on the back of his baby photo is in my mother’s hand.

 

15 Already? Wow!

Happy Birthday dear Michael,

I know you’ve grown taller since I saw you the end of June. I wish you a very happy new year, a wonderful first year of high school and in just 6 months you’ll get your permit! Oh my.  

Love you, FF Ruthie 

 

    Everyone loves to hold Michael

 

 

A Nightlight in My Family’s Kitchen

It’s my second post in response to the Light Squares challenge by Becky. You can see her Romantic Streetlights here 

Should you get up in the night and make your way to the kitchen, you’ll find this sweet nightlight aglow.


Born in 1895 Throwback Thursday

On the left.

My paternal grandmother, Mary Alta Kerr, born February 7, 1895  and her brother and sister. I need to do more research, dig around in a box, to get info on her siblings details. I know she called her sister “Sis”.

This is the grandmother who taught me to knit when I was little. No date on the photo. She looks to be 5 or 6? Maybe 1900-1901?

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks passed March 13,1979 and is buried in Morrisonville, Illinois.

Mary Alta, Sarah and Will Kerr in Illinois

My Father’s Family – Throwback Thursday

My son Mark was in town for business and we looked at an old photo album he hadn’t seen before. You want your offspring to know who has gone before. Already there are faces in the album for whom I have no names.

But here are my father Roy and his siblings and parents.  To see and older photo of the family you can click this blog post Heritage 

Shirley and Harold “Butch” 
Alan and Roy (my Dad born 1912)
My paternal grandparents Mary Alta and Floyd She taught me to knit when I was four