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I have been posting daily for a year. In fact Ruth’s obituary came, quite by accident, on the one year anniversary of this blog. In the upcoming week I hope to pick out some favorite letters and add them to the sidebar for easy location. I hope you will check back to reread them. It’s time to start working on my next project which will focus on my own family history. Thank you for reading, and for revisiting the world of Will and Ruth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Family History

 

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Ruth’s Obituary

1943 obit for Ruth

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Family History

 

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There Is No Holding Back Time

1942 photo of Billy's wife Gertrude and daughter Thelma.

1942 photo of Billy’s wife Gertrude and daughter Thelma.

147 Diamond Hill Road
R.D. 1 Scotch Plains, NJ
Oct 28, 1942

From: Ruth (Barrell) Gray
To: William A Gray, jr

Dear Billy,

I want you to know how much I enjoyed your good long letter, telling of your family
outing to Waugan Mt. It is a long time since I walked up there with you and the other boys
but it recalled many pleasant memories. I know how hard it is for you to save gasoline
enough to get out to see me often but a nice letter like that one you wrote or the good ones
Gertrude writes me are always appreciated and fills in the times between your visits and
keeps me in touch with the children and the way they develop. You have a lovely family,
one you can be proud of and I like the way you are bringing them up and understanding
them.

How we will all miss Frank Holbert when we think of Orange Co. and Warwick and
Wickham Lake. But we all have many happy memories there too and there is no holding
time back so we must face it bravely and cheerfully and enjoy life while we may and help
others to do the same.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Family History

 

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Nothing Can Excel A Rose

147 Diamond Hill Road
R.D. 1 Scotch Plains, NJ
Feb 6, 1942

From: Ruth (Barrell) Gray
To: Robin Barrell

Dear Robin,

I am sorry I am so late with your father’s birthday card, but have no excuse to offer,
other than the general statement that my affairs are rather out of any routine, so letter
writing gets done on the good days when I am able to tackle it.

Your lovely bouquet of roses lasted a long time and I enjoyed them so much. The
beauty and fragrance nothing can excel a rose.

We are expecting Edward and his family up this weekend, and they expect to
have Charley with them. Evidently his boat is in Norfolk and he may be able to get some
leave.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Family History

 

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Ruth Florence

1942 bday

Feb 1, 1942
From: Ruth (Barrell) Gray
To: Ruth Florence Barrell

Dear Ruth Florence,

Great Aunt Ruthy wishes you a happy happy birthday.

I am sure your Mommy and Daddy will see that you do have a happy day.

I wish I could come into your house and play with you; and see you walk about your
play yard and roll that nice big ball of yours. I was just looking at your picture and that nice
big ball.

I expect you have a nice dolly too, and a nice soft teddy bear or bunny to take to
bed with you.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Family History

 

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A Very Pleasant Christmas

Overlook Hospital
Summit, NJ
Jan 14 1942

From: Ruth (Barrell) Gray
To: Robin Barrell

Dear Robin,

You certainly could not have sent me anything that would have delighted me as
much as that album of photos of your baby. She is surely a dear and a beautiful baby. You
have a remarkable number of interesting poses for such a young child. I am very proud to
be her great aunt.

I had a very pleasant Christmas here at the hospital. Neil Irving had made me a nice
wreath for my door and Christmas plants made my room very cheery. Ruthy and I opened
our gifts here on Christmas morning and there was quite an array. Seven children and
fourteen grandchildren count up and they all remembered me and there are some others,
of course, as yours, to add to the total.

None of the boys could get home for the holidays. So it was mostly a Christmas for
the families with small children this year.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Family History

 

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What a Lovely Christmas This Will Be

Overlook Hospital
Summit, NJ
Dec 15, 1941

From: Ruth (Barrell) Gray
To: Robin Barrell

Dear Robin,

I am still in the hospital but will be going home before very long. A chance I may go
before Christmas, but I believe that will be a bit to much of a rush, for I have to take my
nurse and rent a hospital bed and be taken in an ambulance .

I am gaining in strength every day and really look and feel quite well but there are
still some places of long slow healing which will take some time to complete, but in the end
I will be perfectly normal again in all my functioning.

Ruthy is feeling better and temperature normal in the afternoon.

Gertrude and Bill came to see me last evening, they both are looking and feeling
fine and the children are in fine health. Little Thelma can walk around in her play pen
holding on to the side. You must write and tell me about your little Ruthie. How I would love
to see her. You will have to bring her east to make the acquaintance of all her cousins next
summer when I expect to be able to enjoy them all.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Family History

 

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