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This week, I want to tell you a bit about my my paternal grandmother, Margie Victoria Isham. She was born December 3, 1895 at Eaton Rapids, Michigan.
The baby photo is dated 1896. Margie’s parents didn’t stay together. Her mom raised her with some financial help from her dad.
I suppose that if you gals had a dolly like this one, that you would not play with her. You would not let children play with her. You would protect her, for she would be valuable. She probably was back then as well.
To provide income, Grandma Margie’s mother ran a millinery shop. Don’t you suppose that explains such a fancy hat for a young lady?
Margie’s father bought a piano for her, and with lessons she became a very good player. She even played piano at the movie theater. That was a neat job, and she got to watch the movies! I asked her, “Wasn’t that hard to do?” Her answer? “Aww, there’s nothing to it. You just watch the screen and play something that goes with what you see. If it’s a love scene, you play something sweet and soft. If it’s a chase you play something fast and loud. You could do it too!” For my part, I’m not so sure.
In 1907, her mother married Alfred Weidler, a German immigrant. The family moved to Missaukee County, Michigan near Lake City. There they farmed and raised bees. At one time Weidler was, according to family tradition, reported to be the largest bee keeper in all of North America. While it may be a “family story,” it does play a role in my Grandma meeting my Grandpa.
Grandpa’s folks wanted to get into the “bee business.” They had heard about the Weidler’s and their operation in the same county. I’m not sure how the business aspects went, but two young people met. They were married November 3, 1913 in Lake City.
Here’s a picture of Grandma and Grandpa Hutchinson that was taken of them in 1940 shortly after I was born.
Grandma Margie was always a favorite of us kids. She could tell great stories and had a most infectious laugh. She passed away in 1989 at age 93. Her life wasn’t easy, but she took it in good stride.