Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Birthday To You, Grandma Sally Lou

My grandmother, Sarah Louise Voegtly Ericke was born on November 19, 1900, daughter of Nannie Hays Voegtly and Adolph Voegtly. Among the papers my family has saved all these years was a letter written by Estelle J. Bayne to my great-grandmother, Nannie, on the birth of her first child. The letter is now 111 years old and still in very good shape. Am I the only one that finds that amazing? I think of this often, especially since it was my birthday a few weeks ago and my birthday cards went right into the recycling bin (sorry everyone!). I guess I would not be considered very good at recording my own history, despite my interest in the field of genealogy.

Waynesburg, Pa.
Nov. 21st, 1900.

Dear Nan,
Helen came past this morning to tell me of your daughter. I am so glad you are getting along so nicely. I can just see you and Aud looking at it. I suspect it is the only baby girl in Pittsburg or any other place.

Ma just went into a neighbors to bring our youngster home, she is a case never satisfied unless she has company or is allowed to go some place. Babe is thinking of taking her to Charleroi next week, she has two days vacation and Saturday you see. Edna is very anxious to go.

I asked her to day if she remembered you, she said she didn't but I told her you had a little baby girl she said she wished we had one. I have been cleaning house. I have all the down stairs and one room up done. I am going to finish this week if nothing prevents. I suppose you have your girl yet, does she still have so much trouble? Poor soul.

I have an engagement at eight o'clock so I must cut this short as it is nearly that time now. Hoping this finds you getting along fine also the baby. I am yours as ever.
Estelle J. Bayne.

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