Monday, November 7, 2016

Notes From My Grandmother | Potwin Lineage and Genealogy, Beulah's Letters

Somehow, much of my grandmother's hand written and (badly) typed notes and research wound up in my possession. Traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles and back to Chicago again. It sat, in the dark of my mother's closet, until my dad passed and my mom decided to begin her great purge. Knowing I had picked up the torch, the next generation to pursue the Greatest Hobby on Earth, the papers came to live with me. Unsure for many years on just what to do with them, I have decided to bring them out and share them with you - transcribed, of course - no one can read my grandmother's handwriting! But in her own words; mistakes, rambling sentences, and all. I think she will be pleased her work and her writing are once again out in the light.

March 3 - '66

Dear Friend,

 Have you survived the winter in good shape? We really had some here though usually rather mixed winters and I see on TV daily what your Chicago winter has been like. -

I am writing to ask if you will soon send me data about your children their marriages and issue with full names and dates. - I am trying to complete  the genealogy so my daughter can make copies. -

Did you receive my last letter - about Iowa and such! It could have gotten lost - so many planes acting up - 

It looks like spring but spring weather is most unpredictable out here - down to 17 last night and the orchardists worry over the fruit these coming cold nights.

I just finished reading Wm the Conqueror - learned that his fore bearers were Scandinavian - and being overgrown in their North country decided to ravage elsewhere - so they took Normandy - Then Wm grew up and history reports that he not only took England - subdued the people, but ravaged the land - And he was ruthless!! He had a son John - first Wm was King of England then (by conquest) - Then his son John and John had a son John II who married Elinor - etc -

A few weeks back Time magazine had an article that told how England was celebrating a day in honor of Wm the C. But I don't see the sense to that - he did nothing for them - so it goes - 

Hope you are well - write soon


Beulah E Potwin

113 N 27th Ave
Yakima Wn

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