A 1937 Letter From Mariah To Cliffie
When you first look at old family pictures of relatives you never knew, there doesn't seem to be a connection between you and those long forgotten family members. Most of the time, you aren't even sure who they are or if they really are related. But, after looking at the pictures over and over and putting names to faces, you do start to connect. In fact, just looking at pictures of the family reunions, vacations, activities and reading their stories, you start to feel part of the family.
I have found and come to know quite a few old family members and there have been some that I wish I could actually have a conversation with. Mariah Saul Weisenauer is my great, great-grandmother and lived in Plevna, In. My great-grandfather and her son, Ed Weisenauer, I did know and we use to have family reunions at his farm. He past away in 1976. Mariah is seen in a lot of the old family photos and is one of the those that I would have liked to have met. In pictures, she seems prime and proper and very disciplined. I seriously doubt that you could get away with much around her.
In going through the old letters, I found a letter written on a Sunday evening, March 28, 1937 from Mariah Saul Weisenauer to my grandmother, Cliffie Weisenauer Shockney. It was written a year before my great-grandmother, Bertha Northcutt Weisenauer's, death on March 6, 1938. It looks like it was written in pencil. I typed the letter to make it easier to read and tried not to correct too many words or punctuation.
Sund Eve March 28, 1937
I wonder how you are this eve had a nice Easter I hope. It was nice sunny day but rather cool. lot People was disappointed I suppose. I am glad I don’t try to make a big spread with new things for this day if I’d went any place I’d wore my winter duds. I was home all day but the day does not seem so long you see, I don’t get up so early then till I get my morning work don and get breakfast over the four noon is nearly over we have been having such tarable weather for the last 4 or 5 days worse for one then in the dead of winter but I hope it won’t last long but acorden to the old Jermon rine (?)
March will go out like a lion. I had your card yesterday you misted my birthday just a few days the 23 is the date I was 73. Just think ten more years I’d be 83 and that is pretty old. I’ll never live that long I’m shure nor do I want to its different with old People then it is with younger People. Old People have nothing to live for they just drift from day to day if they have always been active why they think that is the way to be happy and it is I am shure I’m happy doing what chores I have to do I know everyone thinks I shouldn’t be doing what I am doing but I’d quit some day. Can’t tell just when, I’m living on borried time now.
I hope you got all your sewing done I gess you have ben quite busy this winter now you better rest a bit. I was at your folks last Sunday. John’s Stella’s and Charles and his best girl was there. Had a nice time your Mother is not very good. It seem so odd to be there and she can’t do much she lets the children do just as they please she don’t bother what they are preparing for Eats I don’t believe she’ll ever be any better but one can’t tell with the ambishon she has got as long as there is life there is hope. Gil and Della are not very well. Della haven’t ben well all winter but Gil was doing so well till the last weeks I think they boath had the Flu.
Della said they both are so weak it seems like Gil’s stomach bothers him again. You know he has ulsers of the stomach but was getting so much better he has ben on a diet since last September. Just light foods and milk, but Della trouble is her Kidneys. They throw so much poison in hi system I think that Climate down thare is not good for her. I don’t want her to go next winter she got sick soon as she got down thare. I do hop you all are well as for myself I’m ben fine all winter I took some Cod liver oil last fall and it helped me that would be good for Ache yess Ache. How are you and how are you doing in school do you like to go to school when you mother writes to me you write to me to and tell all about every thing
This Cod liver that I took are in tablet supposed to be one teaspoon of oil in one tablet I got them from the Rolla man. Answer soon from Mama
Here is a picture of a family get-together around 1937. Mariah is in the middle with the dark flowered dress. My grandmother is standing to the left at the end.
This letter tells you so much about her thoughts and feelings at that time of her life. I was especially struck by her saying that she wasn't sure that she would live another 10 years. Mariah died on 2-9-1947. She would have turned 83 on 3-23-1947. She almost made it another 10 years.
This is probably going to be one of my favorite letters, although I'm just starting to read all of them. And, still can't figure out what 'Jermon rine' or 'Ache yess Ache' means.
Enjoy reading and meeting my great, great-grandmother, Mariah Theresa Saul Weisenauer b. 3-23-1864 in Bloom Twp, Seneca Co, OH and died 2-9-1947 in Liberty Twp, Howard Co, IN. Mariah married 2-13-1881 to Henry Jacob (Jake) Weisenauer. Jake had died 10 years earlier in 1927.
This letter is 80 years old - wonderful family memories