I am STILL working on the diaries when I find time.
The recent addition of photos from Cousin Terry has helped to fill in a few blanks…and brings up a few questions.
November 18 1923 Sunday Home with kids Thresa went to Emmas to see sick baby
Grandma went to her sister Emmas home in Laporte…about 45 miles away. ( Grandma could have taken the Stage to Park Rapids and then went by car with her parents and sisters, Frances and Lydia to Emmas.)
Aunt Emma and Uncle Rubert with Earl born in 1918 and a baby. The baby is either their daughter Leila born in 1923 or their niece Donna born in 1924. (Donna's story is a complicated one and better left for another day.) The middle photo is Aunt Emma and Earl near a wood pile.
On the far right is Aunt Frances holding a baby…if it is Leila this is probably the only photo we have of her.
6 Thursday Recieved word little Leala (Leila) was dead Thresa and Minnie went to Emmas I cut ties and chored
7 Friday Went early to Laport to funeral not cold Rubert and Emma came home with us Minnie and Alfred came also
8 Saturday Visited in AM Ruberts went home I made ties in PM Thresa and Minnie went to Robinsons
9 Sunday To Dads eat Turkey Ruberts went home in PM
Since Grandpa has no way with words we don’t know what little Leila died from. We know she was sick November 18 because Grandma visited that day. We know that the family surrounded Emma and Rubert and brought them home with them for a few days after the babies death.
These photos are not marked. Everyone who could possibly identify this baby as Leila or Donna have passed on.
Leila was born May 29 1923 and died December 6 1923. Donna was born September 6 1924.
So the trees being leafless in the first photo are no clue what so ever…it could be either child. I am guessing that the baby is about six months old.