Barry's Relatively Speaking: Post Card Reveals Humor

Posted on Nov 20, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Susan shares the following experience.

All of us, at one time or another, have received a post card, read the "having fun, wish you were here," and thrown it away. Would we be so quick to throw them away if we realized the genealogical importance

these post cards could have to our children?

My grandfather, Whitfield Cheno-weth, died in a train accident when my father was three years old. Most of what my dad has been able to pass on to his children about his father has come from the collection of post cards that Whitfield sent to his wife and son. They were written while he was studying in Chicago and working on the railroad.

My favorite post card was written from Chicago in December, 1909 and deals with an incident in my grandfather's life that grandma would never have mentioned! It includes, "I and Dutch Mills went to a fire yesterday morning. It was a sporting house. Talk about your sights if that certainly wasn't one. About 50 girls was chased out. Some of them with very little clothes on."

I have discovered from this card that my grandfather had quite a sense of humor. Thanks, grandma, for not throwing it away.

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