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Ancestors in Aprons Had a First Birthday Yesterday.

April 27, 2013

A few short years ago I celebrated another first birthday:

Vera Marie Badertscher

Vera Marie Kaser (Badertscher) Turned One Year Old March 1940

Thanks for reading Ancestors in Aprons, and I hope you’re enjoying the journey as much as I am.  Much more to come in Year Two–including

  • More vintage recipes
  • Letters from another Civil War veteran
  • A visit to Massachusetts to seek out the stories of My Grandmother Vera Stout Anderson’s ancestors–Howe, Stone, Death (yes, that is a surname), Bassett and others.
  • And of course the continuation of #52 Ancestors as we find the stories of more fascinating people.

Fasten your seat belt, first birthday out of the way, we are approaching the terrible twos.


Letter to Grandma and Daddy Guy

On the back of the letter below, written in pencil, my mother wrote “Bunny’s First Letter”. Although she did not date it, it is from 1944, written in thanks for my 5th birthday presents sent to our apartment near the University of Chicago from my grandparents in Killbuck, Ohio. My father was working temporarily for the Weather Bureau in downtown Chicago.

[Something new has been added–this picture of my mother and me and the caption on the back, where the printing looks the same as on the letter. This picture, I’m sure, was taken in Killbuck, Ohio, but during 1944, my mother and I returned to Killbuck because my Grandfather was ill. My birthday was in March and he died in July, 1944,]

I’m publishing this letter today because yesterday I published Daddy Guy Anderson’s letter referring to “Nice Little Baby” and this clears up that he must have called me that regularly. One other note–I’m happy to say that I was apparently addicted to dashes early on–note the dash between GRAN>Ma–DAddY GUY instead of an “and”. Also–there has been a lot of discussion lately about the “new” habit of signing text messages with XXX. Guess I was ahead of my time.

Vera Marie's First letter--1944

Vera Marie’s First letter–1944

July 4 : A Slice of My Life

U.S. Flag in front of our house

Happy July 4

The picture above is of the flag in front of our house against a stormy sky. July 4 is the traditional start of the summer storms in southern Arizona, and hanging the flag is sometimes a dicey affair, if you want to bring it in before the rain starts. Likewise, the public fireworks displays routinely get canceled because of high fire danger.

I can’t say for sure how all my ancestors celebrated the 4th of July, but it was probably the traditional Parade, Political speeches and Picnic. I do know that I had ancestors who served in the Revolutionary Army, and signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution .  We’ll get around to their stories later, but imagine they were feeling like John Adams when he wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776:

Yesterday the greatest Question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater perhaps, never was or will be decided among Men. A Resolution was passed without one dissenting Colony “that these united Colonies, are, and of right ought to be free and independent States,  and as such, they have, and of Right ought to have full Power to make War, conclude Peace, establish Commerce, and to do all the other Acts and Things, which other States may rightfully do.”  You will see in a few days a Declaration setting forth the Causes, which have impell’d  Us to this mighty Revolution, and the Reasons which will justify it, in the Sight of God and Man. A Plan of Confederation will be taken up in a few days.

Later the same day, Adams wrote:

But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

Although the new country took his advice in celebrating with pomp and parade, shows, bells, bonfires, guns (now fireworks representing guns) and illuminations–the date that became enshrined in history was not July 2, the date of the vote to declare independence, but July 4, the date of the acceptance of the written Declaration of Independence. John Adams didn’t mention speeches specifically, but they became a tradition of July 4 gatherings. You can find much information about the early celebration of Independence Day in the book written by James R. Heintze. American University, Washington, D.C .

For Independence Day, 2013, here’s a look back to a parade of celebration only about 50 years ago, when our country was 180 years old.

When we lived in Scottsdale, I  belonged to the Scottsdale Junior Women’s Club (a Federated Woman’s Club) and we sponsored a children’s parade each July 4. Kids came with wagons and strollers and bicycles all decorated with red white and blue and some of us dressed in colonial costume, or as Statue of Liberty.  Here’s me with Brent one year and Brent the following year.

July 4 parade, 1965

Vera Marie and Brent Badertscher, Scottsdale July 4 parade, 1965

July 4, 1966 Brent Badertscher

Brent Badertscher, Scottsdale Parade, July 4 1966, Az Republic

Enjoy your July 4 ice cream!

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