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Long ago

Many years ago, a young me spent some interesting months being a companion to Mrs. Elsie Laucks, a 92 year old woman. She was from an old family in the area, and I think my brother-in-law recommended me for the temporary position. She was a wealth of information about her family and life. I learned a lot from Elsie, and much that she said just echoed what my mother and grandmother had told me - in fact, I loved to just listen to Elsie talk about her family.
This is a photo of Elsie's mother, taken in the 1870s:


Here is another of Elsie's mother in a favorite purple dress:

Elsie liked me, and wanted me to try on the above dress- which I did. It did not hook up in the back. Elsie reminded me a lot of my own grandmother, even down to the snacks she liked- one was a concoction of a toasted marshmallow on a Ritz cracker and called a "Top Hat".

I was googling Elsie and found that her great, great, niece has a genealogy site - I was able to email her some great Elsie stories.
I have always loved the past.

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gghost
Feb. 8th, 2016 09:57 am (UTC)
What lovely memories and what a lovely post! I love the past, too.
mongorules
Feb. 9th, 2016 12:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comment. I feel lucky to have known several people born in the late 1800's who were kind to me, and never minded my questions.

Edited at 2016-02-09 12:28 am (UTC)
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