Postcard: To Dear Mother – 1913

BROWNINGRoseAltheaPostcardfrom GRAYLula-Front

BROWNINGRoseAltheaPostcardfrom GRAYLula-Back

Postmarked: 20 February 1913, Craig MO
To: Mrs. Alex Gray, Gower Mo c/o G. R. Hines

Dear Father and Mother:
Rec’d
your card and will
write
you a line to
let you know we are
getting along fine.
Aunt Han Ball died the
day you went away.
All went up there
that evening. Lester was
better yesterday but haven’t
heard today. How is
everybody. Lula

This postcard is from Lula Gray (1881-1973) in Craig, Missouri to her mother Rose Althea Browning Gray (1854-1938), 65 miles away in Gower, Missouri. Rose is Todd’s 2x Great Grandmother. Lula was 31 when the card was written, and married Allen Bowersox when she was 51.

Because the card was mailed to Mrs. Alex Gray in Gower MO c/o G.R. Hines, I think she was staying with her sister-in-law Sarah Elizabeth Gray Hines (1861-1931), who was married to George Robinson Hines (1856-1941). Alex & Rose Gray lived in Craig with their daughters Lula and Bernice Erma.

I didn’t know who Aunt Han Ball was, but with Missouri Death Records online I found Hannah Ellen Kruson Ball died in nearby Fairfax, Missouri on January 7, 1913. She was the widow of Joseph Louis Ball. Perhaps this is Aunt Han Ball. Does anyone know how she fits into our family tree?

I wonder how they traveled those 65 miles. (My father-in-law Lanny Gray read this and said that the family traveled a lot by train.) I wonder what prompted such a long visit. I wonder who Lester was.

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