Monday, June 27, 2011

Guest Post - Bethany Interviews Her Great-Great Aunt Theresa

At Aunt Theresa's house, Grand Lake, MI
While we were Up North last week, we went to visit my mother-in-law's 80-something year old Aunt Theresa, her father's sister and the last remaining sibling in his family. I suggested that Bethany get together some questions so she could interview Aunt Theresa. So she did...then she wrote this and published it on her blog. I think Aunt Theresa had a lot of interesting things to say, and that Bethany did a good job writing about it, and thought I'd share it here.

What I think is great about Aunt Theresa

Aunt Theresa seems very nice, young, and energetic. I liked her immediately. She is a great woman, I'm glad to have her as one of my awesome family members.

Theresa and the Wild Cat

When Aunt Theresa was around the age 11 wild cats were killing and eating farm animals and everyone in the town was trying to kill every one of them.  Aunt Theresa was  riding her horse one day and of course she had her rifle with her. Her horse started backing up and acting skittish. When she looked up she saw a wild cat in a tree and in a blink of an eye she popped him like a weasel. Then she went home and told her father, they went to get the wild cat. There was a bounty on wild cats because of all the trouble they had caused the farmers. Theresa and her Dad took the dead wild cat to town to collect the bounty. Instead of Theresa getting the money, her father bought her brand new shells for her 22 rifle.

Tomboy Theresa
Aunt Theresa never had a baby doll in her life, I thought what a childhood and that means if she didn't have a baby doll she must be a heck of a tomboy(which she was). Her favorite thing to do was horse back riding, but she loved to play every kind of ball. She was an excellent ice skater.

Theresa and Rose

 My Aunt Rose and Theresa are both sisters. Rose was Theresa's older sister. Rose was the oldest and Theresa was the baby sister. According to Aunt Theresa,even though they looked alike, they couldn't have been more different. Rose was as much as a lady as Theresa was a tomboy. For this reason the sisters didn't always see eye to eye.

Theresa and the one room school house

Theresa didn't have a school like we do now, she had a one room school house. In one school, one room, and one teacher. I bet it was pretty hard  with kindergarten to 8th grade in a one room school house.  In Theresa's school house there were 24 students in her class. Theresa's favorite subjects in school were art and reading(I like both of those subjects too). The future has changed a lot ever since I've heard these stories.

Theresa and the Artist

Theresa one day saw a boy in art class doing some outstanding art! When Theresa and the boy grew up and the boy told her that he is an illustrator for Disney and right now he still is!

When you listen to your family history always remember to listen, because their can be some interesting details!

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