Thursday, April 3, 2014

Friday, April 3, 1936

Snow squalls and cold wind all day-
Iliff came and cut plum trees and trimmed around the garden-
worked 5 hours-
Mother has been unhappy all day but has not made trouble-
I mended on Mothers sweater-
Today was my mothers birthday- born April 3- 1848*

Ophelia A. Smith's grave (image by BJH*)

*Here is the first bit of proof that "Mother" is in fact NOT Irene's mother, which I knew. Irene's mother was Ophelia Anne Smith (nee Gilbert). Ophelia was born, as Irene stated, on April 3, 1848, to Washington B. Gilbert (1821-1898) & Hannah E. Gilbert (nee Bullock 1819-1906). Ophelia married Irvin W. Smith in 1870. After Ophelia's death in 1894 (she is buried in McGraw, Cortland County, NY with her parents), Irvin remarried & had more children. My mother believes Clara is the daughter of one of Irene's half-sisters from her father's second wife. We believe "Mother" may be the second wife. (Image by BJH & posted on FindAGrave.)

Happy Birthday Ophelia!

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Thanks for visiting this flashback to 1936. I'm sure Irene would be pleased! We'd love to hear from you.