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Mystery Monday – Who can they be?

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While digitizing an old photo album, that my Dad’s mom put together – circa 1924, I found these two professional pictures.  Nothing written on either side…nothing indicating who these two might be…  I am not sure if either of these is my grandmother…although the one on the right seems to me to have characteristics of the her side of the family.  Maybe my great-aunt?  Maybe pictures of some cousins?  My search begins…I am up for a good mystery!


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Amanuensis Monday – G-Ma Ruth’s diary

Back in 1943 my G-ma Ruth kept a diary of her daily activities.  During the week of Monday, July 12, 1943 through Monday, July 19, 1943 my grandmother was hospitalized for surgery on a goiter.  Today this would probably be an out-patient procedure.   Here are her entries for those days:

Can’t enjoy the show without a program!  Harley is my grandmother’s husband; Jerry is my grandmother’s step-daughter; Carl is Harley’s brother; Leonard is Jerry’s husband.

July 12 – Monday

Boy did I ever have a lot to do getting ready.  Lots of shopping and boy the hospital will look good to me as I am already worn completely out.  We are ready to leave in the a.m.

July 13 – Tuesday

Well had some more blood tests, also heart, lungs etc. Dr told me my windpipe was shoved clear over to one side of my neck.  Entered hospital about 5 pm.  Jerry drove me out as Harley took bus back to work.  After my supper I was so tired I went to bed and to sleep.  Slept for about 2 hrs. Then nurse came and worked me over some and gave me some capsules to make me sleep more.

July 14 – Wednesday

Well a big day for me.  Clamped gas mask on me at 7:05 – two deep breaths and I went out thru the mask. Was on table until 9:30. Harley & Jerry came in but I wasn’t awake, woke up at 1 pm. They and Carl came back at 6:30 pm. Boy oh boy was I hot and hard to breathe.  However after getting rid of the ether (which they  had to give me after the gas) I felt pretty well.  Not much pain. Gave me pure oxygen every hour until 6 am, Thurs. Fed me thru the arm. Sure a long night. Awake every hour.

July 15 – Thursday

Moved me in ward but I took a nervous spell and had to take me back by myself. Too many flowers to breathe. Had to give me a shot in arm to quiet me. Had another spell at night and another shot. Wrote to mother. Don’t remember what I wrote now. Received a bunch of cards from the “gang”. Received two yesterday. I guess they were there before I came out of the ether. Jerry brought me a beautiful bouquet.

July 16 – Friday

Sat up in bed some today. Wrote some letters. Harley comes to see me every a.m. Boy did my throat ever get sore all nite. Teeth ached too. Finally by a.m. nurse brought some aspergum and some hot water for my throat. Boy for a good hot cup of coffee.

July 17 – Saturday

Well as this is a 7 day advent hospital it is the Sabbath today.  Put me in a wheelchair and pulled myself around some.  Jerry, Leonard and youngsters came to see me. Sure was good to get out of that bed. Sure hot. Have heard some beautiful music and chimes with Hawaiian guitar.

July 18 – Sunday

Well up and walking around today. Harley didn’t work and came up in p.m. Mable from Flag Loft visited me.  Dr said I could go to St. Helena tomorrow a.m. when Harley came up.  Oh boy, sure have swell nurses but never like a hospital.

July 19 – Monday

Harley brought me home and cooked me a big steak.  I was drooling at the mouth before it was done and did I eat – First meal since I left from hospital as no one could live on the meals they serve. No meat, no coffee.  I drank coffee too. Harley woke me up at 1:30 when he came home to tell me he got a new rating – 2nd class fitter. Sure was tickled.


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Funeral Card Friday – Clara Etta Fuller

Clara Etta Wilson (my paternal great grandmother) was born on 27 Jul 1877 in Geneva, Nebraska as the third child of George Franklin Pierce Wilson and Nancy Minerva Lightbody. She had six siblings, namely: George Franklin, Charles Isaac, Dollie Elizabeth, Clarence Cornelius, Jessie May, and Maude Lovina. When she was 18, she married Wirt Wells Fuller, son of DeWitt C. Fuller and Augusta S. Wells, on 24 Dec 1895 in Andrew, Missouri.  Wirt and Clara had four children, two of which survived to adulthood. Their children were Gladys Fae Fuller born on 03 Feb 1897 in Savannah, Missouri; Bertha and Dollie Fuller born on 18 Mar 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska (sadly the twins died on 20 Mar 1899) and Ruth Frankie Fuller( my grandmother)  born on 05 Nov 1900 in Omaha, Nebraska. Clara died on 03 Apr 1966 in Geneva, Nebraska at the age of 88.