Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Two Items from Elda Vercellino's School Days.

Today we look at a few items from Grandma Elda's childhood in Lead, South Dakota. Elda Vercellino loved poetry. I learned that after looking through her things after her death. Grandma Elda cut poems out of the newspapers and copied many by hand. This love of poetry started at a young age as we see in this paper from school. The year is difficult to read but I'm guessing it is Christmas 1918 and she is in the 6th grade. (Click to enlarge).

The second item to look at is a souvenir given to her by her third grade teacher dated 1915. This is something quite nice. I'm sure it was expensive to have these printed. Elda was in the third grade. The world was one year into World War I. The Titanic sank three years earlier.

The Front (Click to Enlarge)

The Inside (Click to Enlarge). Notice Elda's name was misspelled and hand corrected.
I'm sure she hated that!

The Back with the Teacher's Own Handwriting.

Relationship Chart

Elda Vercellino married Charles Williamson
Charles Ray Williamson married Luella Mattson
Kim, Victor, Kevin, Janice, Jon, Jilane, Lisa and Annette

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