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This past Christmas my mother passed along to me a few little treasures that I hadn’t seen yet.  One was a small booklet made when my grandfather was very small called “Teddy Baldwin’s book”.  When she had described this to me we assumed it was a little book of his sayings penned by perhaps his mother or possibly, later, his grandmother.  She mentioned there were some fabric samples in it.

Teddy Baldwin's Book, October 1, 1898

I was surprised to see that the book was from Newton, Mass., during the period when Teddy’s mother Bessie Blanche (Martin) Baldwin had passed away and his father had recently remarried.  At that time, I guess Bessie’s sisters still had a large role in his life.

The book contains some of Teddy’s sayings and ends with about 5 pages of cloth snippets with handwritten labels identifying them as “mama’s dress”, etc.  I suspect this was produced during the period after Bessie’s death in March, 1897 and Miles, Sr.’s removal from Newton, Mass in late 1899.  He remarried in 1898.

People mentioned in the book:

  • Teddy – my grandfather, Miles Edward Baldwin Jr.
  • Mama – Bessie (Martin) Baldwin, 1870-1897
  • Papa – that is Teddy’s father, Miles Sr.
  • Aunt Hazel – she is Bessie’s sister; she was 14 at the time
  • Mrs Ferguson – I don’t know who this is; I suspect she was the landlady or a neighbor
  • Mama Mabel – the new wife and stepmother.  Was it generous of the sisters to include her in the booklet, or were they all genuinely friendly?
  • Charles Henry, who is obviously a baby – this baby seems to be living with Teddy.  Teddy’s brother, born one day prior to the death of the mother, is Blanchard, known as “Jim” – so this is confusing.  But it’s possible no one ever liked the name Blanchard – given for the deceased mother, according to family stories – but if you were going to give a baby nickname would it really be Charles Henry?  Jim’s birth record on FamilySearch is confusing and was apparently amended, so I need to see the local record myself.  Jim has no descendants.
Who is the unnamed author?

I suspect this was sister May.  Since sister Clara married and was living elsewhere by 1896, I believe Clara is not the author.  May (see below) was maid of honor at her sister’s wedding, so I am guessing she was the attentive aunt who made this booklet for Teddy.  The next year, Teddy went to live with his paternal grandmother, Grandma Ross, in Providence while Miles Sr. and the new wife spent the year in Connecticut where I assume he was improving his watchmaking skills. The baby Blanchard may have been sent to board with a local family – not relatives.  Much of this is a mystery to us.

In my recent visit to the Boston Public Library, I found some articles about Bessie in the local newspapers on microfilm:

Bessie

  • Miss Bessie B., daughter of Mrs. Marston Martin of Milton, and Mr. M.E. Baldwin of Newton were married on Thursday evening of last week at the home of the bride’s mother in Milton.  The ceremony occurred at 8 o’clock in the presence of relatives and near friends, Rev. Mr. Sherman of Mattapan officiating.  The bride’s sister, Miss May Martin, was maid of honor, and Mr. James Carson of Boston Highlands was best man.    Following the ceremony a reception was held, at the close of which the newly wedded couple departed on their wedding tour.  Upon their return, Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin will reside on Erie Avenue, Newton Highlands.   –from The Milton News/Dorchester Advertiser, v. XII no.24, Milton, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 10, 1892, p. 5 (unnumbered), “Local Department – Milton”.
  • “DIED.”  -   BALDWIN – At Newton Hospital, March 15, Bessie, wife of Miles E. Baldwin, 24 yrs., 8 mos.  — from The Newton Graphic, Friday, March 19, 1897, p.2.
  • The funeral of Mrs. Baldwin, wife of Mr. M.E. Baldwin, whose death occurred at the Newton Hospital on Monday, took place at the chapel of Newton Cemetery on Wednesday.  Rev. Mr. Bonner officiated. — from The Newton Graphic, Friday, March 19, 1897, p.6, “Newton Highlands.”

All of this leads me to know a little more:

  • Bessie’s mother was still alive in 1892 and was apparently separated from her husband, and living in Milton.  I have no further record of her but there is more for me to explore in Milton, Mass.
  • Aunt Clara, whom I have pictures of, was not the maid of honor, it was May.
  • The family were not church-goers; the funeral was held in the cemetery chapel across the street, where Miles Sr.’s stepfather was a supervisor.
  • Bessie’s family obviously cared about Teddy and spent a lot of time with him before he moved from Newton.

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Recently, we discovered two additional letters written by my grandfather, Miles E. Baldwin, during his service in the Ambulance Corp in France, 1917-1919. I am adding these to the previous post series on this subject.

The first letter was written during the period when Miles was recovering from illness, and enduring a long convalescence. He was exposed to mustard gas and also suffered hearing loss from artillery blasts; the mustard gas caused some serious respiratory problems.    He was unhappy being away from his company and the men he had trained with, and was trying to be reassigned to his unit.

April 12/18

Commanding Officer

104th Ambulance Co.

Sir: – I greatly desire to return to your command and since it is only through your insistence that my return is possible, I appeal to you again.

It has been my misfortune to be separated from the company by sickness; now that I am well I desire to be back with my comrades, with the company that I esteem above all others.

Application to the Div. Surgeon and Headquarters of the 41st Div, also applications sent to the 161st Field Hospital have returned some men to their original companies.

I am now in good health and feel great confidence in my ability to carry out everything in line of duty.  Please give me a chance to play the game like a man, and not remain here like an unfit, entirely out of it all.

I have done everything possible to effect my return, but it’s only through your effort that it can be brought about.

Will you please notify me if you desire my return to your command so that I may act in conjunction with your wishes.

Respectfully

Pvt. 1/cl Miles E. Baldwin, Jr.

161st Field Hospital

A.E.F.

The letter has a typed heading along one side: HQ1 26th DIV. AEF. 705. (Dis. from Hosp.)  May 9, 1918.

Miles "Ted" Baldwin

The last letter was written about a year later, to Aunt Jennie, and contains some more details of his stay. He never was returned to his unit, and endured a variety of random assignments in the year before his departure back to the states.

March 1, 1919

Dear Aunt Jennie, I am in Brest, on the sailing list and expect soon to be on the way back to the States.

I feel pretty fair considering the manner in which I spent my time convalescing.  During that time I did everything from administering an anesthetic to digging drainage ditches.

Do not send any more mail to France for I will probably be on my way home before it arrives here, besides I haven’t received any mail since January 12, anyway.

The rain here is continuous and after you take a breath of the air here, you need a bellows to blow the fog off your chest.

I suppose most of the boys in my old unit are home or in the States by the time you receive this letter.  I expect that it will be rather rough crossing at this time of the year.  I send love and best wishes to you all and I hope the days will be few before I am back in little Rhody again where the sun shines once in a while and New England boiled dinners are obtainable.

Love to yourself,  Ted.

Pvt. 1/cl Miles E Baldwin Jr

Casual Company #979

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Combined with the earlier letters and pictures these letters give me a better idea of his two-year experience.

I close this series with the last memento I have:

                  

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Or, how I made a book in three hours.

I like to make a printed “draft” booklet about a branch of the family once in a while, just in case something prevents me from following my plan to spend the next 40 years pursuing the COMPLETE answers to my genealogical problems. I feel like small books will be saved and available to the next generations even if my electronic trees, gedcoms, notes and files are not.

Software

My usual style is to compile some charts, an Ahnentafel, a table of contents, some stories and an index using my Legacy software. Then I take the printouts to Staples and have them spiral bound. I like the look of the Legacy-produced documents and they have quite a few great options like place name indices and including additional spouses. However my new BFF is Family Tree Maker 2012, because it automatically synchs with the Ancestry trees, and synchs fairly well. For instance, it copies the census records into stored files on my computer. Gotta love that. And it synchs pictures as well as data. So I have decided to just get through the learning curve on FTM12 and live with the reports not being everything my heart desires.

A visit to Lulu

So the other day I wandered into Lulu.com, the self-publishing site, and saw that they were having a 25% off sale which was ending soon. I’ve never used the site before. Honestly, if I’d realized at the get-go that the book was only going to be $7.00 I’m not sure I would have moved so quickly to grab the deal, but I did. I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to print out some information about my grandfather Miles E. Baldwin‘s ancestors (research done in the past year) and just give this to mom when I see her at Christmas. Although I only have discovered a small portion of Grampa’s ancestry, he may be both a Canadian Hector descendant and a Mayflower descendant. I thought mom would like to look this over.

Making the pdf

So I turned to FTM12 to produce a pdf book. I went to the Publish screen and produced and saved several charts and an Ahnentafel. Of course, I had to fool around with the options quite a bit to get things the way I wanted them.

Chart, page one - notice how Catherine Spaulding's parents may be named Younge. It's quite a mystery, but it's all I've found so far. You can see I'm nowhere on the Baldwins.

I like to start the book with a multi-page chart to give people a map, of sorts, to the Ahnentafel. Then after the Ahnentafel I added a source section. To finish up, I wanted an index and a table of contents. Couldn’t figure out how to do that, but then I remembered Randy Seaver had the same problem in his recent series of posts on FTM12. I don’t know why FTM hides those valuable options behind a “Share” button in the corner, but they do. Thank you for the help, Randy.

Because I had fussed over my trees’ place names, stories in the “Notes” field, error correction and other consistencies last winter, my Ahnentafel came out pretty well finished. This saves time because, of course, all edits would have to be made back in the data screens. It was only 360 people; I have a long way to go on Grampa’s family. I put aside my idea of transferring my longer blog stories into an appendix. I do plan to do that in the future, but they would need to be in color. The book was 86 pages.

Creating the book

So now I was about two hours into this and ready to upload the pdf to Lulu. I started an account, uploaded, and made some choices about the format. I chose the standard paper and the black and white printing. Even with black and white printing, the covers will be in color. I decided mom would get a kick out of perfect binding instead of spiral. Designing a cover took a while; my scanned pictures didn’t cooperate very well when they were blown up to fill the whole cover, and I couldn’t seem to find a cover design that would only incorporate smaller pictures. This is where an bunch of extra time could/should/would have been spent, but I didn’t. Just chose something, added one tiny picture on the back, a title, a little text on the back, and moved on.

My book - front cover

Ordering the book

I made sure that I marked the book as “private” so that copies wouldn’t be offered for sale on Lulu (although, wow, what a great opportunity if you DID want to self-publish). I ordered one copy. After I had registered I received an email coupon for a free copy of my newly created book, but I didn’t see that until it was too late. Anyway, with the discount and shipping, the purchase came to $9.71. The whole thing took three hours, total. I didn’t pay for rush shipping, so no guarantee I’ll have it for Christmas, but if not I can always send it later.

Mom is reading this

and now knows about one of her presents. Merry Christmas, Mom.

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I’ve had three small projects I wanted to do:

  • get my grandparents’ graves onto Find A Grave

    those not from New England may have difficulty understanding this picture ...

  • add some veterans to Find A Grave in honor of Veterans Day (thanks to Heather Rojo and Nutfield Genealogy for motivating others to transcribe local veterans monuments — all our local monuments are nicely transcribed already so I decided to try this instead)
  • Try out Billion Graves, which intends to collect pictures of grave markers (using smartphones) which are uploaded and then transcribed.  The unique feature here is that each marker is located through your phone’s GPS, allowing searchers, later, to know the EXACT location of the grave as well as seeing a picture and index entry.

Opening the Million Graves application on my iphone gave me a list of the closest cemeteries.  I was going to Pawtuxet Memorial Park in Warwick, R.I.  It also contains Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Warwick-5, the Arnold-Pawtuxet Burial Ground.

1.  Baldwin graves

After the obligatory first stop (see photo), I made my way to the cemetery.  I called mom when I got there so we could talk about where the grave was located – I thought I could find it but it took a while.  Mom wanted to talk so I spent some time wandering around the cemetery chatting.  The grave was about where I remembered so I did eventually find it.

Grandma and Grampa’s brass marker is aging nicely; they are buried near a tree on a pictureque corner.

They are now all set on FindAGrave.com.  Because of all the wandering around, I had scoped out the cemetery pretty well and was able to find the new section where I knew my aunt’s husband was buried.  It was sad to see Uncle Fred’s grave (which had an engraving of artists’ tools – I loved it), but it reminded me to call my aunt.  We made a lunch date for next week.

2.  Veteran graves onto FindAGrave.com

  • William W. Berghorn, Rhode Island, ML1 U.S. Navy, World War 1, April 22, 1886 – Sept. 9, 1952
  • Edward T Pearson, 1884-1950 and his wife Magdalena Olsson, 1886-1938
  • Thomas H. May, S.Sgt. U.S. Air Force, Vietnam, May 26 1946 – Sep 25, 1975
  • James Robert May, Rhode Island, Cpl. 1102 Svc. Comd. Unit, World War II, May 15, 1919 – April 27, 1959
  • Captain Miller F. Wickham of Newport, who died in a foreign country June 19, 1804, aged 27 years, generally Esteemed and particularly Lamented by him who from an early age ever experienced his Sincerity and Friendship [memorial erected by James Brattell] (only added pic)
  • Col. Job Randall, who departed this life December the 15, 1806, in the 65th year of his age (only added pic)

3.  Billion Graves

So originally this post was supposed to be a tribute to the ease of using Billion Graves.  Sadly, not so.

Basically Billion Graves works like this.  You take your iphone or android phone to the cemetery.  You open the Billion Graves app and take a photo of the grave which shows the text as clearly as possible.  You allow the picture to upload to the Billion Graves site.  Once uploaded, the text should be transcribed to create the index (I later transcribed some photos taken by others – it was kind of fun).

I opened the software and took about 40 pictures with my iphone.  The pictures were sitting there in the Billion Graves app but I could not get them to upload.  I have been struggling with this for the rest of the day.  I checked that the gps was working in the app, that the internet was working on the phone.  I checked the Billion Graves FAQ and the Billion Graves User Guide (which is buried in the FAQ).  I sent a help request to Billion Graves.  I set the app to “auto upload” and went back to the cemetery.  I deleted the 40 pics and took a new one.  It failed to upload.  [update: Early this morning I went back again, with one or two settings in the iphone changed.  no difference.]

The documentation that I can find online does not look exactly like the app in every respect – two points in particular are that a bar does not appear when I am taking the picture telling me how well the gps is working (I see the name of the cemetery and a green circled number like 1, 2, 3); also I have never found a screen where I am seeing the menu choices at the bottom for navigation.  I just reinstalled the app but nothing seems different.  I DO have “Location” turned on for this app on my phone, and the gps in the app always gets my location right with the blue dot.

I don’t mean to be critical of products, especially new ones, however, I suspect this story will have a happy ending if I can get some help.  I will definitely update the blog on the outcome of this.  In the meantime, I need help!!

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City Directory Love

I’m not really a city directory fan.  I didn’t think my mysteries could be solved using them – wrong time period, wrong places.

But that changed one night when I happened upon a set of city directories that had been placed on the Newton, Mass. city website.  And by the way, these wonderful people were also kind enough to place lots of Birth, Marriage and Death city records by year on the site.  These are all large pdf’s of the original city record books – a more original source than the state records.

I wondered why my grandfather was born (1893) in Newton, Mass.  When I last saw the family in the 1880 census they were living on a farm in Sterling, Mass.

Here is what I learned from the city directories:

Why my family lived in Newton

In the first directory, 1868, Henry Ross is listed as the Superintendent of the Newton Cemetery.  Henry Ross is the brother of  Hiram Ross of Sterling, who married my gg-grandmother Catherine Spaulding (Bennett) (Baldwin) in 1869.  By the late 1870′s we find Hiram and Catherine Ross listed in the city directory.  Hiram is working for his brother.  I know they are also, sometimes, at the farm in Sterling because they won several awards at the Agricultural Fair there in the 1880′s so I guess they split their year between the two spots.

That my g-grandfather started a business

Miles E. Baldwin, Sr., had a jewelry shop in Newton Center

By 1889 Miles E Baldwin had a “jewelry shop” on the corner of Centre and Pleasants Streets.  He was really a watchmaker so I suspect it might have been a watch shop.  He continued this business until the late 1890′s when he moved away.

The first record of the oldest son living with the family

In 1889 William Blackstone Bennett, artist, was living with the Ross family (“b. H. Ross”).  I have other means of knowing he is Catherine’s oldest child but this is the earliest time I actually found him living with Catherine.  He married soon after.

Bessie Martin Baldwin’s grave

I have never found a record of her burial place in any of the usual cemetery sources.  Her death certificate says she was buried in Newton.  Now I realize there likely was only one cemetery in Newton at that time, since it’s the only one listed in the directory; Miles’ uncle was the superintendant, so now I would expect that she is buried at Newton Cemetery.  I’ve written to them; we’ll see what the reply is.

Question:  Are there any other collections of pdf city directories available on the web?  If you know of any, please share in the comments.  thanks!!

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In the last two posts we learned that my great grandmother Bessie was from Nova Scotia and that she married and passed away in Newton, Mass.

My grandfather saw little or nothing of the Martins after Bessie’s death.  When I began researching them I figured out a bit about Bessie’s mother’s family, the Shipleys.  I was stuck on Bessie’s father Marston Martin and getting nowhere.

Then an Ancestry.com thing happened

Marston has been in my Ancestry.com tree for a couple years.  One day, I noticed that someone had saved Bessie and Clara’s pictures to another family tree.  Although I’ve had some false alarms in the past, of thinking there might be a connection only to find something was wrong, I looked through the other tree carefully.  What I found astonished me.  Marston’s parents were there, James and Margaret Martin, just as advertised in the Nova Scotia marriage license.  Margaret was an Anderson.  As I clicked way back through the Martin tree I was amazed to see the birthplace of  “Lebanon, Connecticut” and, even earlier, “Edgartown” (that’s on Martha’s Vinyard, Massachusetts).

I wrote to the tree owner and we began a correspondence.  He’s very nice and a good genealogist.  Years ago, his wife’s mother told him some family stories and, in consultation with her, he began to research her family and document the tree.  His mother in law knew of Marston, who “had gone down to the states”.  The family called him Mars. The tree owner actually lives in Wolfville, which he said was a pleasant college town. I was looking for Marston’s life before leaving Nova Scotia.  He was looking for Marston’s life after leaving Nova Scotia. We met on Ancestry.

Meet the Martins, Andersons, Coldwells and Bartletts

He told me that the original Anderson settlers, James and Mary Anderson, were Loyalists from Baltimore.  I have since learned that a number of other descendants have tried to trace him further, with no success.  It’s been fun connecting with those distant cousins, though.

Then he explained that the Martins were New England Planters.  They were recruited in southern New England in the 1750′s to come to Nova Scotia and take over the Acadian land that had belonged to the French before they were expelled by the British in 1755.  Marston’s gg-grandparents Brotherton and Betty Martin were among those that settled in Horton Township.  They are buried in the Old Burying Ground in Wolfville.  The original grant of land stayed in the family for over 200 years although it has now been sold.

My ancestor Brotherton Martin was born to a family of early settlers on Martha's Vinyard

Brotherton Martin was born in Edgartown, Martha’s Vinyard in 1719 but moved as an adult with his brother to Lebanon, Connecticut.  He married Elizabeth Bartlett in Lebanon and they moved to Horton Township around 1761.  My research is preliminary but the Bartletts are part of a group that moved from Duxbury in Plymouth County, Mass. to Lebanon, Connecticut.

So far, I suspect that Betty Bartlett is a Mayflower descendant many times over; her great great grandparents include John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, and her ggg-grandparents include Mayflower passengers William Brewster and Richard Warren.

In closing I can only imagine that Grampa would have been very, very interested in this story.  I can easily imagine him researching these places, people and events.  He knew more about the Baldwins than I have yet found, however I am sure I know more about the Martins.  There was a distinct lack of history and roots in Miles’ life; little did he know his own history was all around him in southern New England.

–Diane

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When we left off in Part One, we found that Bessie married in 1892 in Milton, Massachusetts but had Wolfville, Nova Scotia roots.

Bessie (back) and sister Clara ... hopefully having fun at a fair (those hats can't be for real!)

From an old family photo, and the census records, I know that Bessie had a sister, Clara.  Did the two sisters come to the U.S. on their own?

A little more about Aunt Clara

I had good luck finding some records for Clara.  She married Arthur Beaudry in 1896.  In 1897 (per the Springfield Union, on GenealogyBank.com), she was called back to Springfield to testify about a sad little incident where a neighbor accused her of spending the night in the bedroom of the local homeless shelter keeper (well THAT doesn’t sound tempting).  Clara acquitted herself well; it turns out although she lived down the street, she was out of town during the time in question, but the whole thing makes me wonder how chaotic and difficult their lives were. In that article Clara mentioned visiting a relative, “Mrs. Hendrickson”.  By researching Hendrickson records in Springfield at that time, I discovered that Clara’s aunt, Deliah Shipley Cameron, was living in Springfield and had a daughter who married a Hendrickson.

Combining this knowledge with a Massachusetts birth and death record for Maria and Marston’s youngest child, Daisy, I now knew that Maria and Marston’s whole family, and indeed some extended family, had immigrated to the U.S.  Clara reported in a later census that the immigration year was 1888 but it must have been by 1887, when Marston and Maria’s youngest child was born in Massachusetts.

Clara ... could she be holding her nephew, Miles? or was it a later picture with a child of her own?

Clara went on to have what seemed like a happy life, moving from place to place with her husband Arthur Beaudry, who built church organs.  They eventually settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where I suspect Arthur was employed by the early Holtkamp Organ Company.

Bessie marries

So Bessie Martin arrived in the U.S. as an 18 year old and married Miles Edward Baldwin about four years later.  She was living in Milton, Mass. (no occupation – “at home”) before her marriage and then took up residence in Newton, Mass. where her husband was a watchmaker.  His shop was on Beacon Street opposite Sumner in Newton Center, and “Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Baldwin” were boarding at 85 Erie Avenue in Newton (thanks and a tip of the hat to the folks in Newton who placed a number of old city directories online here).  A peek at Erie Avenue on Google Maps shows it to be quite a nice tree lined street with modest Victorian houses that might pre-date 1893.

Baby Miles "Teddy" Baldwin

Their first child, Miles Edward Baldwin Jr., was born 30 April 1893.  We have a beautiful, faded portrait of grampa as a baby.  When you look at it, you can only think, someone loved this baby very much.

A sad ending

On 14 Mar 1897 their second son, Blanchard Baldwin, was born in Newton.  One day later, Bessie Blanche Martin died.  I had always thought complications of birth caused her death so I was surprised when the death record, found via FamilySearch.org, listed Cancer of the Stomach as the cause of death.

My grandfather was not quite four when she died.  He didn’t remember her.  I suspect Bessie’s mother was gone by this time, Clara had moved west, and so Grampa lost touch completely with this family. He was raised by his father and a stepmother, although he wasn’t particularly welcome in their home.

–Diane

Next time, the surprising history of the Martin family and the heritage that Grampa never knew about. 

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Miles Edward Baldwin returned to Providence after his discharge in April, 1919 just in time for the Roaring 20′s.  His Army training and injury in France  while serving as an ambulance driver were, seemingly, behind him, although the injury would affect his hearing for the rest of his life.

Of the few things that Miles brought back from the war, the one that I think expresses the horror of it best is a postcard from France which he labelled, probably years later.  I find it hard to look at this postcard of all those new graves, and his caption seems very poignant to me.

American Cemetery in Romagne near Verdun (France)

And yet I can also imagine the desire to live the life that all those soldiers were deprived of.   An early stop upon his return must have been Aunt Jenny and Uncle Will’s house at 107 Prospect Street, Providence. They took some pictures of the returning soldier:

Miles "Ted" Baldwin at Aunt Jenny's house, 1919

I know he was looking forward to returning to Providence and starting work.  At some point, his uncle who was a trustee of the Narragansett Electric Company used his influence to get Miles a job there. He did different jobs for them over the years, two of which were appliance salesman and coal quality tester.

An ink drawing from 1920 shows that Miles clearly aspired to some of the grandeur of Europe

In the 1920′s, Miles married.  But it wasn’t my grandmother, it was a first wife who I can only identify as “Mary C.” from the 1925 Rhode Island Census.  My memory of this marriage goes back to my childhood when I was within earshot of Grampa’s rendition of the story of his divorce. This was spoken of so seldom that I have remembered it all these years.  Grampa knew that Mary was cheating on him, but divorce in those days was difficult and required actual evidence of infidelity.  He managed to know the location of a tryst his wife was planning — whether it was his own apartment or a hotel, I’m not sure.  He hired a photographer and they burst into the room, snapping photos.  The man jumped up from the bed yelling “I’m sorry!  I’m so sorry!”.  Grampa replied: “Buddy, you’re the best friend I ever had.”  And so ended that marriage.

Miles enjoyed his Yankee Division, Veterans of Foreign Wars activities in the years that followed.  During WW2, he served as an air raid warden. Taps was played at his funeral.  I’d like to think that he never forgot those that couldn’t be saved on the battlefields of France.  I hope that we don’t either.

Diane

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