Today sees the first mention of Aunt Minerva. My great grandmother Emma had a twin sister. My perception is that they were not identical. I only have one or two pictures of Minerva and while I see a family resemblance, I would not claim anything else.
Minerva married very young. She was fourteen (and a half) when she married James B. Riggs on April 24, 1887 in Clark County, Illinois. James and Minerva had one son, James Roscoe Riggs, who was born in 1888. His father died soon thereafter in 1890. Six years later at the ripe old age of 23, Minerva married Ed Metcalfe. They never had any children. In contrast, Minerva’s son James had a large family. He married Menona Belle Metheny on June 13, 1906 in Arkansas. They had eleven children.
I believe Aunt Minerva’s grandchild in this letter is Jack Riggs. Jack was born October 12, 1921 in Lawrence County, Arkansas. He enlisted in the Army Air Force on July 30, 1942.
Last night about 8:30 we were all sitting around doing one thing and another when I heard a car on the driveway. Dr. Cole had been to Chicago (Thurs) to spend the day and was stopping on his way home. While he was here he gave me a shot of Reticulogen-in the arm. He said the reason the shot I took in my hip hurt so was because I used a short needle and didn’t get it into the muscle. The shot he gave me is just a little sore but not bad. He said for me to come down in two weeks to see him-if I don’t go to the hospital before then. Said
[page 2] he had a lot booked for Oct, so I told him maybe I should come in Sept.
I just made a trip to the basement to show Mother how to start the Bendix. John was in such a hurry to go to school he didn’t have time. Well it was a good thing I went down, tho it did make me a little tired. You can imagine how the furnace looked after nearly two weeks. Link cleaned it out about two weeks ago. I showed Mother what to do so she can help the boys take care of it now. I am trying to get everything in order before I have to go to the hospital. There were Septic tank cleaners around yesterday, but Link said we shouldn’t
[page 3] have to have that job done for several years, so I didn’t hire them. Funks & Foulks had theirs cleaned. Aren’t ours supposed to go about ten years before they should be cleaned?
Arlene is coming home today. I didn’t send her a card while she was in the hospital so I think I’ll send her an arrangement of flowers at home today.
Mrs. Zell came over last night with her three girls. I believe they are equal to any boys in the neighborhood. They are a lively lot and all very blond. Mrs. Zell is a blond but Mr. is dark. They seem like very nice people. They knew several people in Kentland before moving here.
[page 4] I was wrong about your name being in the J.A.M.A.-it was in the Indiana Journal. The July & Sept issues are supposed to have the complete list of all Indiana Doctors in service but they must have missed some because I looked thru the list and there are some I know are in service not listed.
Kenny Jones joined the Navy and received rating of Machinist mate second class. I have looked thru both local papers for this week but haven’t seen much I think would interest you. Mother rec’d a letter from Aunt Minerva and she sent a clipping about her grandson (one of them-she has 11 or 12 grandchildren). He is an Ensign stationed at Corpus Christi.
It is nice and sunny today and I believe will get hot before the day is over, but I am downstairs so won’t mind it so much if it does.