My Mother and Her Family c.1926

She’s on the left in her ruffled dress, her brother Robert next to her, then their mother Charlotte in the cloche hat, her brother John and their father Judd. I’m guessing on the date .

Marian, Robert, Charlotte, John, Judd
Durand, Illinois

Our Mom, Morgan le Fay and Slipcovers

Throwback Thursday.

This photo has to be taken in the late sixties. My sister’s cat on her lap- Morgan le Fay. I don’t remember our mom being particularly fond of cats. Her parents were avid birders.

I did a transfer of the photo onto watercolor paper in a class I took.

My sister and I were just saying wish we hadn’t discarded those slip covers. Slip covers were popular years ago. The yellow was much brighter in person. And a bold black stripe.

“When shall we 3 meet again ”

A page from my grandmothers album. I wish I knew who the photographer was.

When shall we 3 meet again.

That’s the caption written under my grandparents photo in the center of the page

Durand, Illinois 1916. My mother, Marian, is the four year old girl with her brothers John (6) snd Robert (2)

The Judd Dewitt VanSickle and Charlotte Rowley VanSickle family. My maternal grandparents.

My mother is the 4 year old girl

Fels-Naptha Bar-Yes or No?

Manufactured since 1894 the label proclaims. . Fels-Naptha Soap.

The ingredients that can cause cancer have been removed. Good to know

When I saw this Fels-Naptha in the store the other day, my mother came to mind. She’d run a wet bar on soiled shirt collars and cuffs, on hard to remove stains from laundry. Scrub the spot then put in the washer

It works to remove poison ivy oil, too.

Who buys it still? And uses it?

Feels-Naptha soap. Yes or No?

108 years ago today

Born in Durand, Illinois on September 3rd, 1912. It’s the anniversary of my mother’s birth. One hundred eight years ago. Next week marks  twenty years since she passed. The early years, from my grandmother’s album.

Marian Van Sickle Hendricks