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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mary June: A Poem

The other day I found this poem among things saved by my grandmother, Evelyn Hauer Kerr. The poem is about her first-born child, Mary June. As you can see, there is no byline. The poem is unquestionably written from Evelyn's perspective, but was it actually written by her? Or was it written for her by her daughter, poet Bonnie Elizabeth Parker? Or was it written by some other poet about some other lost child, and simply copied for Evelyn as a comforting memento? At present, I have no way of knowing for certain. I never knew my grandmother to be a writer of anything other than letters, but I was recently surprised to find another short typescript upon which Evelyn was named as the author. Maybe she had hidden talents!


Heather Rojo said...

What a sweet little poem. Whoever wrote it, you can know that it brought your grandmother some comfort and peace.

Cheryl said...

TK, I would venture a guess that your grandma wrote this poem; I think she was a multi-talented creative person as are you. It is very moving and must have been an extremely difficult time for her similar to when my parents lost their firstborn, my sister Kathy, at only 6 weeks.

T.K. said...

Heather, I hope that's the case. Mary June died thirty years before I was born, but I remember my grandmother speaking of her many times.

Cheryl, yes, I think Evelyn and Rosmer must have gone through the same emotions your parents had. How difficult it must have been, to be a new parent with all the hopes and excitement of starting your family and then suddenly have it end.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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