Here is an e=mail sent to my sister-in-law from a Steve Matherly in Houston Texas, ring any bells ?????
Hi Sharon...It's been a while.After posting on bulletin boards on a dozen web sites in 5 years I finally hit the jackpot concerning my original siblings and many others after...half brothers and sisters in Iowa, Illinois and Texas.I guess we've all been fumbling in the dark for many years looking for one another.
My birth parents were Walter and Martha Matherly of Davenport, IA.Both are dead now.Mom died early at 45 and Dad died of a heart attack in Houston in the 1990's.He married three women down the Mississippi valley and fathered at least fourteen kids from 1940 through 1966.All were given up for adoption.I've found out from a half sister that Grandma Laroo (not sure where that name comes from) looked after Walter until his death in Houston and he had told her he had other unaccounted for Matherly children who might have no idea they're adopted.She had said he was the black sheep of the family but was a loving person.
I still have an older sister living right here (can you believe that?) and an older brother in Hawaii who owns a commercial printing company.Dian (older sister) was adopted out in the middle of the night from the Annie Wittenmyer home in 1952 and there are no further records.A dead end and a dark mystery.Walter Jr. (older brother) died in the late 80's and had worked years before at the old Union County Farm outside of Creston, just a few miles from where I lived working for state law enforcement, and of course Deb and I are still here in Des Moines.I have many half brothers and sisters in Texas born of other women and never knew it!I'll probably never sift through it all.Through marriages and adoptions the Matherly name has really been disguised.
You gave me the encouragement I needed to continue with this quest Sharon. I was getting pretty frustrated with the courts and the records system and all those web sites.We Irish aren't a bunch of quitters.
One other thing.I queried the Morning Democrat" of the Quad Cities and found the pick and the article about a woman who gave up her six children in exchange for a new set of dentures in October 1952 at the Annie Wittenmyer Home.It was us.That's baby Deb being held by our oldest sister Loretta along with the rest of us rag tags.The story wasn't true.It was just a ruse from the media.I know my parents were young, poor and stupid.We've had to live with that but my sister who was 13 at the time remembers well the real reason.