Friday, July 24, 2009

Harry Buzzell's Postcards: East Cemetery, South Mancester, Conn.

Address: Mr. Harry Buzzell
32 Holyoke St
Postmark: South Manchester, Conn. Dec. 30, 1914

Dear Cousin,
Glad to hear from you and to know you got home safe. Sending you this tie in return for your kindness to me. Wishing you a Happy and prosperous New Year. From your loving cousin-come and see us soon again. Mabel

Harry was 21 years old in the fall of 1914 when he left his northern Maine home to work in Springfield, MA. He likely worked in a wholesale warehouse. He spent the Christmas holiday in South Manchester, Conn. with his father's brother Fred and his wife and their six daughters, including Mabel who was 2 years older than Harry.

Ivy covered Monument in East Cemetery, South Manchester, Conn.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday: Grammy Gates' Goblet

This goblet is one of a set of six that belonged to my grandparents, Alexander and Olga Gates. They were a wedding gift to them on August 25, 1929 in Maynard, Massachusetts. I don't know who gave the gift to them.
My mother was given the goblets, probably after my grandmother died in 1970. Mom kept them in the back of the cupboard high over the refrigerator and never used them. She gave them to me about 20 years ago. I do use them once in a blue moon.
Somewhere along the line, one of the goblets cracked and a triangular-shaped shard broke out from the rim.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Harry Buzzell's Postcards Part 1: Golf Club, Hartford, Conn.

The front of the postcard shows the Golf Club in Hartford, Conn. The card is addressed to Harry Buzzell, Caribou, Maine (my great-uncle) and postmarked Meriden, Conn. Aug 14, 1914. The card was sent by Eunice Buzzell Foster, younger sister of Harry's father, Colby.

"Hello Harry, How are you this summer? Do you and Earl Play baseball and did your Sunday School have there picknic on your hill this summer? We are having a nice cool time here haven't had just a few hot days. Sincerely Aunt Eunie"

Written upside down across the top:
The grounds to the right are beautiful of this building.

Earl is Harry's younger brother who would have been 13 years old at the time. Harry would have been 20 years old.
Their mother Mary was instrumental in starting the First Baptist Church in Woodland, Maine when she was a young woman. The Buzzell farm was on the top of Buzzell Hill and the current church building is built on land that was donated from the farm by Harry's older brother William many years later.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday: Grammy's Rose Pitcher

I collect pitchers. This is my first Vintage Thingies Thursday post. This pitcher belonged to my paternal grandmother, Lena Rose McNeal Buzzell (1906-1972.) It is small, just the right size for serving as a creamer.
I got the pitcher after my grandfather, Chester, died in 1989. My mother cleaned out his house and gave it to me. At the time, I lived in a 100-plus year old house and kept the rose pitcher in a chimney cupboard. When we moved fourteen years ago to a new contemporary home, the chimney cupboard came with us along with its contents packed in towels in an ash laundry basket.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Margaret Marshall, Scotland

School picture in Scotland
Margaret Marshall in circle (my mother's paternal grandmother)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Harry Buzzell's Postcards Part 1: Stone Bridge, South Manchester, Connecticut

I am inspired by other bloggers that I have been reading to photograph and share a collection of postcards from my great-uncle Harry Buzzell who grew up in Woodland in Aroostook County, Maine. He died in WWI in France and is buried there. So here is the first post of what I hope to create as a Friday series. The cards show scenes from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts as well as holidays and birthdays. They were sent to and from various family members and friends.

Harry’s mother not only saved the 60 letters that he sent home to Colby in Woodland, Maine,
but she saved many postcards and other memorabilia from Harry’s life. The items in this series were included in the three old stationery boxes in the back of her closet.

Postmark: South Manchester, Conn. Dec. 13, 1914 8:30 p
Address: Mr. Harry Buzzell, #32 Holyoke St., Springfield, Mass.

Dear Harry, Do you remember this place ? We walk here Thanksgiving. Would like to see you Xmas. Hope this few lines find you well and happy. Coz. Ethel

(Ethel is Harry's first cousin, born Oct. 23, 1893 in
South Manchester, Conn., almost one month before Harry. “Ethel gave me a necktie. “ Harry Buzzell mentions Ethel in a letter home to his mother Dec. 28, 1914 saying he had been to visit at Xmas. Ethel and Harry's fathers were brothers. Ethel's father, Fred, moved to Connecticut. Harry's father, Colby, stayed in Woodland, Maine.)

Front of card:
Highland Park, The Stone Bridge by Moonlight

South Manchester, Conn.