My Mother in 1918

My mother is standing in the white dress, back left. Her brother John on the right. Notice the cat pillows.

Must have been a patriotic holiday as I see flags.

She’s holding a cat pillow that’s similar to one I sewed together as a pillow. I never noticed it in the photo album before. In fact, I think a reproduction cat pillow might be at my sisters home. Or it was.

My Grandmother’s Nurse

That’s the only real detail I know, as told to me by my Aunt Rhea.

Grandmother Charlotte Van Sickle had what was called then a “nervous breakdown” as far as I could decipher. The woman in the floral dress came to help . Aunt Rhea said she was her nurse.

Not sure of her nursing credential .

The nurse in front of my Grandparents house
Durand, Illinois

My grandmother on the left
I wish I knew her name

1916 Winter Storm Durand Illinois

From my Grandmothers’s Album. More than 100 years ago.

These winter photos look similar to posts I’ve seen the last few days. No hand pump for water these days. But the snow looks familiar.

My Grandmother and Great Aunt c.1917

But who is in the middle? A neighbor, relative? Their grandmother? Not their mother.

I wish I knew. Maybe my cousins will be able to identify.

On the left my Aunt Edna and on the right her sister Charlotte, my maternal grandmother. The woman between is unidentified.

Durand Illinois c.1917