Monday, November 21, 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.

Dear Friend,

I have thought of you often - so don't cut me off your list. Whatever are you doing - living in the folds of Chicago. It can't be the same city I knew - way back in the gay 90's - all that snow. We had an open winter - ground never froze - in this central Wash. Seattle & Portland get the rain - we get the sunshine - no hot summers any more - plenty of snow in the mts beyond us.

I too read a lot of history all last winter - I find I can remember what I read in history but other books lose interest for me - and, I wonder what (so called) historians will say about our present mix-ups - we're a doomed country - thanks to (9 old men) Supreme Court - not to mention our misguided government.

Is Highland Park a suburb of Chicago? I still live by myself (no dogs) but hire so much done - I wish I could live in one of the lovely apts everywhere.

Don and Meg (my two youngest age 40) have lovely ones in Seattle but oh the rents! $170 for 2 bedroom one - etc and Seattle is too much for me - so I'll stay in my own home on a quiet street - Yakima is a lovely city.

I quit the newspapers - can't see they are needed - I enjoy the commentators on TV, especially Joseph Benti - Cronkite, both, and so I've just had my 84th birthday - but live "like 60".

I hope to hear from you soon - you say you are working - wish I could - I wanted to enter Real Estate 20 years ago but got "talked out of it".  Am I sorry!


Beulah E Potwin

All apologies for not answering sooner - -

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