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Photographic Trio

A benefit of a little digital organizing is discovering files that have been hidden. A recent David’s diary entry mentioned photographs taken in March 1971. I found the photographs! I don’t have the original, but I have a scan I made several years ago.

Deborah, March 1971

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A Family of Three

Roscoe, Gladys, and John Yegerlehner, 1932 (Photograph from the author’s collection)

Sometimes, even when you think a project is finished, the project isn’t done! I’ve been sorting through the digital images I have stored over the years, from scans of old photographs to my contemporary collection of iPhone photographs. When I posted the collection of pictures of my great grandmother holding my uncle John a few days ago, I completely forgot the above photograph. It belongs in the same pile.

The weather was certainly mild in late February 1932! The 28th landed on a Sunday that year. The perfect day for a family get-together and presumably attending church. Roscoe and Gladys moved frequently in the early days of their marriage. He worked in Clay County teaching school. The setting isn’t rural enough to be Clay County. I presume the photograph’s location to be Terre Haute. In 1932, Emma and James Foster resided at 719 Harrison Street, Terre Haute. When the photographs were taken, James’ divorce from his first wife Gladys was about to be finalized (March 1932). I am also making the assumption that the automobile belonged to Roscoe and Gladys. He bought his first car a year or two before he married Gladys.

719 Harrison Street, Terre Haute (Image courtesy of Google Maps)

If Roscoe, Gladys, Emma, and Jim were standing at the curb, looking back at the house when the photographs were taken, their house would not have been visible. By panning the angles in Google Street view, a large tree obscures the view of the house directly behind the family! Notice the newly planted trees in the background behind Roscoe and Gladys. However, by moving back down the street a house of interest is detected. The two-story house behind Gladys’ head has a gable window as well as roofs of two different heights.

Harrison Street, Terre Haute (Image courtesy of Google maps)

Emma and Jim’s house is the first house on the right. The tree obscures the house directly across the street, but the house with the two roofs and gable is visible to the left of the tree.

Have you searched for an ancestor’s home using Google yet?

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Sunday in the Park


Another group of photographs in my possession likely dates from the spring of 1929. I did not acquire them together, but spread out over a few years. Until I started looking at each photograph closely—sometimes better achieved once a photograph is scanned—I did not realize that they were taken on the same day. Or at the very least, Gladys is wearing the same dress. Because of the quality of the photographs, the different angles, lighting, and her hat, it may be hard to tell that the dress is the same. The feature that stands out the most is the sleeves—a fitted upper sleeve with a gathered, more voluminous lower sleeve controlled into cuffs at the wrists.

In the five photographs, Gladys is captured alone and with both her husband, Roscoe, and her brother, James. My gut feeling tells me that the outing took place in the spring before Gladys and Roscoe married—perhaps an engagement photo shoot. They married on 25 May 1929. Gladys wears a ring on her right hand (the only one clearly visible in any of the photographs). While an engagement ring is traditionally worn today on the left hand prior to marriage in western cultures, that has not always been case. The band appears simple so it may or may not be relevant. Skirt hems rose during the 1920s, and the tight fitting bell-shaped hats, known as cloche hats, remained popular throughout the decade.

It appears that the threesome had fun taking turns with the camera. Unfortunately, it appears that they didn’t find a stranger to take a photo of all three of them together!

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Throwback Thursday

David’s baptism certificate, April 1944

Digging through the family archives, here are a couple documents from the World War II era which I did not scan during the time I was transcribing the WWII letters. Some of my archive is a little more organized since then!  Roscoe and Gladys waited until Roscoe returned from the Pacific to celebrate David’s baptism. David was between 18-19 months old when he was baptized!

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Gladys – 28 April 1971

Letter transcription:

118 Juniper Court 47906
April 28, 1971

Dear David and Bonnie and Debbie,

Yours received today and since the rest of the week seems to be well taken, thought I had better get a line or two off tonight. I still do not have my own typewriter. The one the shop loaned me works, except the ribbon won’t turn and I have to give it a turn once in a while—hence the unevenness in the way the words show.

Tomorrow Edna is going with me to get the missionary who has been itinerating in Logansport and Lafayette Districts. He is speaking at a church near Logansport tomorrow evening. He will spend the night here and speak at our church Friday morning. I hope someone comes to hear him, since this meeting was a rather quickly arranged affair. Seems the Board of Missions sometimes doesn’t know what all is going on. We had his itineration set up so he would be at Trinity Sunday morning and at another Lafayette church in the evening, but he has to be in Buffalo, N.Y., by 8 PM April 30th. Did I mention in my last letter that Delmar Byler attended a meeting for North Indiana Conference Missionary Secretaries, members of Div. of Christian Outreach and District Superintendents? That meeting occurred the day before I went to Wichata. He told me he was going to come to Rockport to see you some time. It seems his wife has something in Boston from time to time.

Dad has the duty today, which lasts until 7 o’clock in the morning, so he isn’t carrying on a project tonight, except to watch tv and answer the phone.

One of the nurses who used to work at Purdue is married and lives in Germany. Her husband is a German, but an American citizen and serving in the Army. They have invited us to visit them this summer. We will have a week to drive around in Germany and Switzerland after we leave Africa. The Schillers live close to the French border, but in an American housing development for army personnel. We didn’t see much of Germany when we were there two years ago. We should see more this trip. There was an exchange student living with a family who attends Trinity last year. She helped the girl of the family she was living with make a banner for WSCS and I sent her a jewel box from Japan last summer. She sent me a very nice thank-you note. She lives in Marburg and we plan to see her while we are there.

Last week while I was in Wichata, I was able to enjoy real spring weather. Now that I am back home, it is like winter again. The flowers and trees—everything growing—was so much further along. The flower beds were full of blooming geraniums, and other flowers in full bloom. The part of Wichata that I saw was very clean. It was a delight to see the area around the Exhibit Hall—Century II. Everything so clean and orderly. The taxi driver who took me to the airport to come home said something about the stupid liquor law they have in Kansas. He seemed to think it kept Wichata from getting conventions, because most conventions have people attending who want to drink. That didn’t bother CWU. The convention center is a 13½ million dollar building—quite a place. Meets the needs of any convention.

There is a luncheon I plan to attend in Wabash Village—close to Glenwood Heights. It is a meeting of League of Women Voters which I have found is a very interesting organization. They really do get the facts on any subject they deal with. I haven’t been able to attend very many meetings, but have enjoyed the ones I have attended. If we could just get our church people to be as interested in getting the facts and to know what is really going on as the League, we might be able to accomplish more. I heard I.F. Stone on the Today Show this morning along with James Michener. It seems the Reader’s Digest condensed something Michener wrote about Kent State and left out something very important that seemed to give Michener’s article (book, really) a different meaning. Stone asked him why he permitted R.D. to do that to his book? They had quite a heated discussion about Kent State.

Love Mother

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David’s Diary – 26 April 1971

Monday, 26 April 1971

Up about 8:15—Carol Lewis arrived to leave Chris here for the day—she was substitute teaching. I shaved, had breakfast—left for St. Mary’s. Went to the Post Office first. Spent my morning reading in Gray’s The Canaanites. About 11:40 I went to our church. The W.S.C.S. was holding an all day meeting—making things for the Fair—I just dropped in to say hello. Chatted with Winnie re: organist. Then about 11:50 went to the Congregational church for the Public Affairs Luncheon—the speaker today was Josiah Spaulding (he ran against Ted Kennedy for the Senate last year). He’s a very dynamic person; he spoke about Common Cause. [1] The luncheon was from 12:00 to 12:30, then the speech + discussion period 12:30–1:30. I was impressed by him—I hope he makes it to higher office someday. After the meeting was over, I chatted with Ed Nutting briefly until about 2:00, re: my discussion with Ernie Bailey yesterday. I went back to the Episcopal church, read further—but I got very sleepy. Came home and lay down for about 30 min. I tried to read after that, but didn’t get much done. After Carol picked up Chris, Bonnie went to the lumber yard, and Debbie was “on the loose” out of her room. Helped with supper, then read, 6:00–6:30. Watched CBS news, etc. Then read, played with Debbie, read, helped Bonnie put shelves in her closet in our bedroom. Prepared post cards to mail to Ad. Board re: May 5 meeting. Read, bathed, OBLO c. 12:15.

Tuesday, 27 April 1971

Up at 7:50  Shaved, had breakfast, made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Then read in Grays, The Canaanites. The league of women voters held a meeting—thus I had to use my earplugs to drown out the chatter—but when I finished Gray’s book about 11 o’clock I came on home. Bonnie + Debbie were away shopping. A record had been delivered by the mail man—guitar + mandolin music. Shortly after I got home, B + D arrived—I help get groceries out of the car, and helped with the preparation of lunch. During the noon hour, after eating I relaxed—played with Debbie on the swings. After Bonnie left for work (she gave her two weeks’ notice today) Debbie went down for a nap. I began Gurneys book on The Hittites, napped briefly. Don McGaw appeared at the door about 2:00—he was accompanied by the young man (layman) who does work with youth at Christ Church Lynn. His main purpose in dropping in to see me was to give me (rather Bonnie + the new baby) a painting (?—medium unknown) entitled “Circus Time”—appropriate for a child’s room. It had won first prize at their Arts Festival—and he wanted us to have it. He didn’t stay more than 15 min. Then I went back to reading in Gurney—for the balance of the afternoon. Fixed supper—we ate shortly after Bonnie got home. Went to the church to turn off the heat. Watched CBS news etc.—interrupted by phone call from Homer. I spent the evening—except for a doze—reading The Hittites. Found the moon fish dead—I’d been suspicious of his behavior for days. No bath OBLO midnight.

Wednesday, 28 April 1971

Up shortly before 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast, made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Read all morning, except for a conversation with Dick Bamforth and Ed Nutting. I left for home about noon. Debbie had played hard all morning, so when I walked in the door I found Bonnie trying to get her off to bed for a nap (she’d had lunch).  I took her to her room, got her calmed down (she didn’t like the word “nap”) and she went right to sleep. Bonnie and I had lunch. I then relaxed with Newsweek, then turned again to The Hittites—before napping for a while. About 2:45 Debbie awoke—and played the rest of the afternoon. And I continued with my reading—finished Hittites—at which time I began working on supper. We ate shortly after Bonnie got home. After eating I went to the church to turn off the heat, then came home, began looking over Saggs The Greatness That Was Babylon, watched CBS news, etc—then we played with Debbie for a while before she went to bed. Then I returned to reading in Saggs. A very good book—its not on my list, but on the revised list, which Beck gave me “for my information.” But I’ve decided it would be wise to read as much on the second list as possible. I will read only the first 153 pp. in Saggs, which deal specifically with the histories. About 9:30 I see Saggs aside, had a snack and coffee, and turned to working on the sermon for Sunday. Am preaching for the next 3 Sundays on the Lord’s prayer. Stopped to bathe about 11:15. OBLO 11:45  Θ

David’s diary, 28 April 1971


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David’s Diary – 23 April 1971

Friday, 23 April 1971

Can’t remember what time I got out of bed—after Θ. Shaved, had breakfast. My main concern for the day was to get my sermon finished. I got down to St. Mary’s, and devoted my time to the sermon. I was finished with the rough draft by about 11:30. Came on home, after stopping at Riverdales for bread. Ate when I got home. After lunch I set about fixing the door to Debbie’s room—bottom section had to be glued back on. Bonnie left for work, then I remounted the shade in Debbie’s room. The window isn’t finished yet, but the shade is needed. Then Debbie went down for a nap, and so did I. About 2:30 I got up, worked on the sermon for the balance of the afternoon—also put together a squash pie—I finished the sermon about 4:45. After Bonnie got home Debbie and I went outside. She had been asleep all afternoon. I set to work turning over the soil in the garden plot out in the yard—worked at this for a while. Got almost ¾ done on the larger plot. Debbie and I also played on the swings for a while. About 6:45 the Burtons arrived. We had supper, visited—it’s been over a year since they were up here, and they’re moving to Colorado in June. Larry brought me some Fritz Wunderlich records which I asked him to buy for me in Boston. So we listened to those, played with Debbie for a while. Spent a good amount of time recalling BU and church relationships. OBLO  c. 12:05.

Saturday, 24 April 1971

[Top panel: took pictures of Burtons, harbor from headlands]

Up about 9:20. We had breakfast, after which I shaved. It was a glorious day—warm, sunny—so we all went for a walk. We showed the Burtons the church—took a picture on the steps—then we walked down to St. Mary’s; I gave them a tour of it, too. From there we walked down to T-wharf—and out to the headlands. We headed home about noon. We parted from the Burtons in Dock Square. They wanted to walk down the Neck—and we were weary, especially Debbie, for whom it was proving to be a long walk indeed. When we got home Debbie had lunch, then went down for a nap. We relaxed, had lunch on the table when Larry + Mary Kay returned. After eating we had to prepare for going to the garden. Among other things this meant getting Debbie up out of a very sound sleep. We got to the garden about 2:15—the Burtons drove up too, just to see it—but then they left for Boston. It will probably be many years before we see them again. Then it was work. I took one of the roto-tillers, and didn’t let go for a full two hours—no breaks. About 4:20 I finally shut it off—joined the party for refreshments. We picked up Debbie at the Lewis’—where she had gone for a nap—but didn’t take one. We got home shortly after 5:00. I went to Gloucester for Kentucky Fried Chicken—since we were too weary to cook. Then flopped after eating—watched NBC news. Spent the balance of the evening working on service; made brief trip to the church; practiced sermon. Listened to music; bathed, read in bed. LO. 11:30.

Sunday, 25 April 1971

Up shortly before 8:30—we lost an hour due to the time change. Shaved, had breakfast. 3 showed up for my class. We began the story of Joseph. Got to the church about 10:40. Medium sized crowd. Preached on “A Formula for Coping.” Bonnie taught Sunday School today—as for the next few weeks—so she’s not in church. I was home by 1:15—got lunch going. I tried to read a while after eating, but was too weary. Napped, Θ. Got up about 3:45–4:00 —read for a while, then went down to the Universalist Church. They were having a 4:00–6:00 o’clock “tea” —in celebration of their 150th anniversary. It proved to be a negative experience for me—not that there was anything wrong with the tea itself—rather the conversation that I had—with Ernie Bailey, the Baptist minister. I had been given the task of approaching him regarding participation in the Joint Church Committee—the group trying to find out how local churches can cooperate. He’s a great ecumenist, but he has the theory that the Cape Ann area is the smallest viable unit for ecumenical work, and thus he doesn’t want to participate in strictly Rockport ecumenical effort. It’s a stupid theory. In any case his reaction was wholly negative—and I found the whole conversation very irritating and annoying. After I got home I relaxed, we had a late supper, then I spent most of the evening until 10:00 working on reading—Gray’s The Canaanites—snacked, wrote my weekly letter to Mrs. Myers (copy to folks)—puttered at this and that. no bath, read in bed briefly. LO 12:20.

David’s diary, 25 April 1971

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