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Will’s Obituary (March 15, 1927)

1927 Obit

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Family History

 

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We Still Think NJ the Best Place on Earth

1926 Denver

Denver, CO
June 18, 1926

From: Katherine (Gray) Pott, Hotel Auditorium
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, 249 Boulevard, Summit, NJ

Dearest Mama:

This is the first chance I’ve had so far to write but I’ve been thinking of you all and
wanting to tell you all about every thing. The trip so far is a great success. These people of
Denver certainly are hospitable and know how to entertain. Our time is mostly planned for
us, and one could easily spend a month right here and not see all there is to see of the
surrounding country at that. However, we have seen some of it, trying to pick out the most
interesting.

I liked my first Pullman train experience very much, although it was good to get out
and get cleaned up here. It surely is a dirty life. We had very uncomfortably hot weather
through Missouri & Kansas. Saturday night we stopped at St Louis for dinner and then
danced on the roof garden of the Chase Hotel. I decided it was too late in the evening to
see Uncle Bob, especially as it was necessary for us to stay more or less together. A nice
windy thunderstorm blew over just as we were finishing dinner on the roof, and the air was
full of napkins and all the dishes and silver blew off the tables. Quite exciting! The St Louis
club received us at the station and entertained us all evening.

Sunday morning we arrived in Kansas City for breakfast and were then taken on a
tour throughout the city in Taxis. The residential sections are perfectly beautiful. We left
about 11 o’clock and Pete Emmons, the Trenton minister, and an Episcopal clergyman,
conducted a short church service which the whole crowd attended, packed in the
observation car. There are 105 of us altogether and we are just like a big family. Everyone
knows everyone else by this time. They had all sorts of schemes planned to mix up the
crowd on the train.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Family History

 

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I Shouldn’t Object in the Least If You Came on Friday!

South Hadley, MA
May 30, 1926

From: Ruthy Gray, Mount Holyoke College
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, 249 Boulevard, Summit, NJ

Dearest Mama,
….
Naturally I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ll be doing next fall, and I’ve been
more and more inclined toward editorial work, rather than teaching. The enclosed ad which
came some weeks ago interested me more than anything else I received in this line as it is
brief, concise, reasonable, and trains specifically for those things which I want most. …..

Well, Robin and Ruth are Mr and Mrs by now. Do you know where they went on
their honeymoon or just where they expect to live on their return?

I was surprised and sorry to hear of Mr Pott’s condition. I suppose at his age and
condition life is neither very certain nor very valuable.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Family History

 

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Her Picture Is Right Before Me Now

Ruth's close friend Florence, who would soon marry Ruth's brother Bob. They had one child, Robin, then Florence died quite young of Tuberculosis.

Ruth’s close friend Florence, who would soon marry Ruth’s brother Bob. They had one child, Robin, then Florence died quite young of Tuberculosis.

Summit, NJ
May 26, 1926

From: Ruth (Barrell) Gray
To: Robin & Ruth Barrell

Dear Robin and Ruth,

I did want so much to be with you all on Saturday, and left my regrets until the very
last moments when I realized I could not go. I wanted to be with you not only as Aunt
Ruthy but is some small measure to represent the love of Robin’s sweet young mother who
was very especially dear to me all throughout girlhood days. Her picture is right before me
now, and it just seems she is telling me how happy she is with you both in her heart,
looking away to the happy future stretching along the years, like the quiet woodland roads
I know you love to stroll together now.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Family History

 

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Time Tables Are Very Demoralizing, I Think

South Hadley, MA
April 14, 1926

From: Ruthy E Gray, Mount Holyoke College
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, Box 21, Oklawaha, FL

Dearest Mama:

Have I told you when Spring Vacation comes? I’ve been so busy I haven’t realized
how close it was, but today I consulted the time-tables, and now it is hard to think of
anything else but going home. Time-tables are very demoralizing, I think. They set you
dreaming. The “Recess” officially begins on the 26th but I can leave after second period in
the afternoon of Thursday, March 25th — and will arrive at Summit 11 or 12 at night. Kay
tells me you will probably not be home for a week after that. Monday, May 5th is the day I
must go back. It will grieve me if I can’t be with all of my family for a few days at least.

Have you decided definitely yet when you are starting. Of course it will take longer by auto.
Easter is early this years, isn’t it? I’ll be home for both Palm Sunday and Easter.
There is a tremendous lot I want to do in those ten precious days, as usual. There
are commencement clothes to think about — and a job for next year. I’ll have to be thinking
about that and perhaps doing some interviewing. One thing I’ll miss at Kay’s is the piano.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Family History

 

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Charity As a Matter of Course

South Hadley, MA
April 12, 1926

From: Ruthy Gray, Mount Holyoke College
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, Ocklawaha, FL

Dearest Mama,
….
I don’t wonder you’re indignant at receiving bills for coal that other people are
burning. I knew that Uncle Dave had gone ahead and ordered a lot of things, but had no
idea he would charge them to you. You’d think he was doing you a great favor by opening
up the house, from the way he talks. And the way he spoke of your unpaid telephone bill —
as if you had either been careless or had left in such a hurry that you forgot about it. The
way some people take charity as a matter of course and think they are the only ones who
are ever hard up, makes me mad.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Family History

 

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A Strange Pet

1926 ruthy ;etter

South Hadley, MA
April 7, 1926

From: Ruthy E Gray, Mount Holyoke College
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, Box 21, Oklawaha, FL

Dearest Mama:

You’re probably interested to know how I spent the last days of vacation so I’ll tell
all I can think of and jot down in distracted moments during the day. We woke this morning
to find a blanket of snow (about 2 inches) on the ground. It has been raining all day but not
enough to melt the snow, so we still have a slushy white landscape. And here it is
supposed to be Spring! Also I spent some valuable minutes yesterday packing away my
arctic and heavier winter things. It certainly has been a slow season — not a sign of a
flower or blossom at home. I remember that last year the forsythia was blooming when I
was there.

Uncle Dave and Aunt Helen seem to be enjoying life down at 249. I dropped in for a
little while on Thursday afternoon and again on Sunday night when Billy & Ed were there.
Hester is having a gorgeous time with all the books. Aunt Helen was pleased with
Edward’s radio. Mrs Naftzger seemed to have grown quite attached to Ed & didn’t want to
give him up. She spoke of him Sunday as “my son.” Kay & Alan & I went to church
Thursday night to see him join. It was a very nice service and the place was thronged. Not
anything compared to what it was on Easter, however. Then, they had to put folding chairs
in the aisle before they were through. It was fine to be home for Easter for a change.

Everything about church was lovely — music and flowers included. We could hardly have
ordered a nicer day, either, although there was a pretty nippy breeze blowing. Kay looked
stunning in her new gray & blue ensemble (gray cape-coat, blue dress & hat) which we
shopped for in N Y on Wednesday. I treated myself to a few new things, too, namely a
dress, a hat, and smaller accessories. I paid for everything but the dress which I charged
($27.50) at Wheelers. Its chief color is a burnt orange, and it also has green, yellow &
black in it — sounds wild but is really quite becoming. The hat is a soft orange straw to
match, trimmed simply with cute little quills in different colors.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Family History

 

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