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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Mysterious "J" -- Who Was It?

My grandmother celebrated her 20th birthday on April 1, 1914. She was single and working at the Palace Roller Rink in Detroit when she received these four postcards signed only "J."

I haven't a clue who "J" was!


Becky said...

Love the postcards! I'm sure you'll let us know when you find out who "J" is, won't you?

T.K. said...

"...when..." I find out? Ah, Becky, you're such an optimist!

I've already gone through the pictures Evelyn kept of her friends from the roller rink... I didn't catch any J people there... and I can't think of any J relatives either. Hah, maybe even she didn't know who J was! :-D

Nevertheless, she did keep the cards, so either she knew and treasured them, or she didn't know but loved a good mystery.

Claudia's Genealogy Blog said...

If J wanted to know why she did not answer the cards, J should have written the return address. And then perhaps your mystery would have been solved.

T.K. said...

Ya know, Claudia, that "why don't you answer" question is what made me think maybe J was a mystery to her too... maybe J was being deliberately mysterious just to tease her. I need to scout around and see if I can find any more J stuff!!

JL said...

It's a J-thing. We can't help it.

T.K. said...


It's not the same as a TK thing at all!

Blog Archive


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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