Carolyn was born in Bath on Hudson, New York on April 19th - but we are not sure of the year. The family moved to Illinois as soon as she could travel - probably within the month. For some reason - I was the only person in my family who knew this. We believe she was born in 1889 or 1890.
Once I asked her how old she was and she said she didn't know because her records were burned in the Great Chicago Fire. Yes, the fire of 1871 - but I was a little girl - I didn't know and I believed her. Years later when someone asked her - she laughed and said she didn't know....and then added that once she told someone her records were burned in the Great Chicago Fire.....and she laughed REALLY hard. I was a college girl at that point - and I said "You Stink Pot - that was ME!!"
When I found this photo and showed it to her - she laughed (we laughed ALOT) and asked if I noticed how she had her pinkie finger stretched out on the parasol handle - she had a new ring and wanted to be sure everyone saw it.
And I'm sure she made the hat!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA
Thank you for giving me the gift of YOU