A little silhouette of my maternal grandmother, Lella LeMaster Slinkard, made in 1904!
Wow, over 100 years ago and we still have it.
My grandmother's mother, Lella Edith LeMaster
Her Dad pictured below at his office in the bank where he worked for awhile.
Grandma said he was hard working and very ambitious.
Grandma told me once that her mom would introduce her 2 daughters like this,
"Gladys is the pretty one and Lella is the homely one."
Grandma said her Mom just didn't know any better.
Her Mom made lots of mistakes, probably raising her children as she was raised.
Grandma Lella on the left, her sister Gladys on the right.
They sure did wear lots of clothing back then. My grandma is the one marked "ME"
They lived in nice homes like the one below. However....
They also lived in very challenging places. The way I understand it, they were either riding high, or very low.
Grandma's parents even went to Hollywood for awhile, placing their youngest son in foster care, with the hopes of selling movie scripts that she had written.
I think he's a very nice looking man.
Grandma's parents ended up divorcing in 1916, the same year she graduated from high school. Her mother eventually married Burton Willis, a teenager, who had been dating her daughter. But how strange for a mother to marry the friend of her daughter! And about 20 years younger than her.
My Mom wrote this about Grandma:
Several years later in 1953, with her 2 first grandchildren, Lori and Richard.
The only one who looks happy in this picture is Richard.
Lot r: Grandma with me, Grandpa, Mom, Dad with Richard
Garndma with us in 1963...don't know where I was, but there's Robin with Dad.
This is how I remember my Grandparents living. I thought all Grandparents lived in trailers.
I remember sitting at my Mom's funeral nearly 3 years ago, and thinking how grateful I am to my Grandma for having such determination to learn from her childhood. She wanted better for her children. In turn, because of her, my Mom had a better childhood. Here we are generations later and we have all benefited. My Grandma is proof that history does not have to repeat itself.
Grandma Lella Slinkard passed away nearly 26 years ago... she was born 113 years ago today!