Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Write Soon"

After Ellis Island, I did go back into the website and eventually found my grandma Judy: under "Judith Anderson." (only one 's'! how unusual!) There were three passages listed for Judith, one in 1910, one in 1914, and one in 1920 (she was quite a traveler, it seems.) The 1920 trip is the one (the story goes) where she met my grandfather, who was also returning to the U.S. and now listed his residence as "Minneapolis" and wrote his last name with one 's.'

On Sunday, I showed my findings to my parents. My mother showed me this old picture of my grandmother, taken when she was still single, living in Connecticut, and working as a servant or a housekeeper. The interesting thing is (and I thought of Barb here), that she took the photo and made it into a postcard.

A woman of few words, her postcard reads simply: "Greetings from your sister Judith. Write soon." It is addressed to her little sister Johanna, who eventually travelled to the U.S. with her on that fateful 1920 voyage.

There are a few questions still about the exact chronology, but I'll leave them for another time.

8 comments:

Jan said...

What a lovely lady. How wonderful to find out more about your grandmother.

FranIAm said...

Oh Diane! This is wonderful.

Jennifer said...

wow! Wow! Wow!

mompriest said...

Beautiful and I can see the family resemblance between you and your grandmother!

Diane said...

mompriest -- you can? hmmm....

Presbyterian Gal said...

What great fun! I can see the resemblance as well.

Barbara B. said...

Just catching up on your blog -- of course I love the postcard!!

Rev SS said...

Neat. I have wedding picture of my grandmother and grandfather on a postcard!