I suppose I should havefound a ghost writer for this but we were brought up not to believe in ghosts.
Eight reminiscences about the Ingels family of LaFayette, Illinois, circa1883-1935, by Golda Pauline INGELS Osterberg [1891-1986] -- apparentlywritten about 1970 (when Golda was 79).
I received photocopies of the eight typewritten texts from Gaar Austin(Austin) INGELS of Beverton, Oregon, on April 10, 1998. Austin is a son ofLarking Gaar (Gaar) INGELS [1888-1972]. A brother of Golda, Larking GaarINGELS is called Gaar in these reminiscences. (Gaar is a famous family namefrom Richmond, Indiana.)
I transcribed the texts and created this HTML file April 6-7, 2005, aided byan Optical Character Reader (OCR). I kept spelling, punctuation, and paragraphbreaks as in the original texts, but I bold faced some names andexpressions, added some comments in brackets , and added some hyperlinks toother websites. -- Ted Lollis, April 7, 2005.
Titles of the eight essays (in the order in which they were mailed byAustin INGELS:
- Irvin INGELS [1859-1932] (4 page original)
- Great Grandmother [Melinda NELSON] Carver [1810-1885] (1 page original)
- Us Kids (7 page original)
- Xmas with the Ingelses (2.33 page original)
- Grandmother [Mary CARVER] Ingels [1831-1907] (4 page original)
- Aunt Mary [INGELS] de Guibert [1862-1932] -- color her red (2 pageoriginal)
- John B. INGELS [1852-1895] (1.25 page original)
- Aunt Rosa [Melinda INGELS Jameson] [1849-1908] (.75 page original)
Texts of the eight essays:
There have been several hefty volumes compiling the Ingels Family Tree, butthis is a slip that I have taken which should be less impersonal. The PottedIngelses [sic] -- so to speak, not that they are any less hardy, but so wecan keep them separate. The anecdotes are things I remember hearing over andover again, maybe with embellishment, but much is in my memory of to me somevery colorful characters. One thing I can truthfully put down is these peoplewere rugged individuals. As far as they were concerned the Jones' didn't evenexist. If they made an enemy they were unware of it. These things wereespecially true of Irvin Ingels [1859-1932]. He had no pals that I canthink of but thoroly [sic] enjoyed the young ministers who came from Eureka College to occupy the pulpit(Christian) on Sundays and always wanted to have them for Sunday dinners. Alsothe teachers and profs from Eureka. The president of Eureka seemed to likenothing better than to chat with him in his later years. Out under the 80' tallpines.
A ladies man he was unfortunate in having invalids for wives. He marriedEliza Bickett Ryder [1859-1902] who, having spent her strength in givinghim 6 unusually healthy children [Gertrude b.1882, Jim b.1884, Gaar b.1887, Adab.1888, Golda b.1891, Sherman b.1893], died at the age of 42.
Rose [Cora Rosella Garner, 1867-1913], mother of Corliss[b.1904] and Robert [b.1906], died young [age 46].
Married [Jessie] Anna Cormack [1883-1931], from Glasgow, who gave himMary [b.1919], the child of his old age and joy. Died in the 50's fromcancer of the esophagus. [Anna actually died at age 48 years, 16 days. Irvinedied about 16 months later at age 72.]
Dedicated nursery man. My earliest memories he had his nose in a book andhovered over a microscope continually. His older brother John B. [Ingels,1852-1895] was teaching in medical school in Omaha in his later years. Theycould not afford microscopes, so Uncle John B. bought 5 or 6 for his classes.Dad got one for selling the rest, or at least at a reduced price. Upon his deathhe had come into possession of several good instruments. [Irvin created LaFayette Home Nursery in 1887.The business now specializes in prairierestoration but is still operated by his descendants.]
When I was a little girl in the 90's he specialized in orchards, especiallyapples, and was often invited to address a farmers institute on the subject.Once he traded an orchard to a man for a whole bandful of instruments,demonstrated to us kids how to play a scale on each one and devoted his noonhour each day to practice of the clarinet. After he felt we were making a littleprogress he hired an orchestra leader to come every Thursday and spend the daygiving lessons and drilling our orchestra, which he augmented with two or threeyoung musicians from the Village [of LaFayette]. (One of these was a Beecher -sister of the noted Carl Beecher of theN.W. college of Music.
It always thrilled us kids when he would get packages from overseas,especially from France, also privot hedge from Russia, and always these packageswould contain some little treasures besides the ordered items. (We certainlylooked forward to these.) (Ada always made herself scarce on these days,but I heroically suffered the violin.) I don't know how well I played in thatorchestra because I couldn't hear anything but my brothrers blatting away.Jessie Callison [b.1876] came once a week all day to give piano lessonsto all and sundry. That's the way the trains ran. Nice little rattler, on eachway a.m. and p.m. The evening train was called "The Trilby" - you were supposedto hear it only from your bed as it was going thru at about 8:30 -- As time wenton it disdained to stop at our village and it was a thrilling sight to see it gothrough at its amazing speed and echoing whistle. About a mile out of town wasthe trestle, an awesome structure to us when the train passed over the creek anda by-road. It was there that Pete Wade was killed by the train. Ithappened as school was just letting out and no one could stop the kids fromgoing there and what they saw haunted all until this day.
Dad was violently opposed to dancing and I think he missed a great deal inhis life because he had music and rhythm in his very bones and could never heara tune without tapping his feet. His feet! Oh, yes, his feet! In the first placethey were huge, and in the second place they were flat. When he bought shoes theonly stipulation was that they were to be the largest they had. They wereideally constructed for "tramping" down earth around a newly planted tree and inhis (obituary) it was pointed out that he had raised most of the trees for anumber of the surrounding counties, also for booting the dog out of his flowerbeds. Once I saw him kick an obnoxious peddler's valise clear over the gate,Loping down to the village for the mail once he rode the horse down and forgotand walked home. Of course all the postmaster had to do was untie the horse andtel] it to go home.
We kids had very few bicycles. Dad never bought any for us. We alwyas hadhorses to ride. When the boys got older they saved up and got one or two, butthey were very unsatisfactory on our rutty dirt road and our sidewalks were notgood for that because they were beautiful big flag stones that Grandfather hadbrought at great distance in a wagon. The front steps also were huge stones justas nature made them.
Think that was [Pete] Rhudie [1889-1952] always said "The Ingelses"were nothing but a tribe of bug chasers, flower smellers and horntooters - oftrees late for the train and [station master George] Boggs would say -"We can't take them," and dad would say "Well, I can - load them on anyway."
I never heard him swear in my life. His cuss word was ..... "By gravy." -Aunt Mary [INGELS De Guibert] [1862-1932] or some one told me that whenhe got mad he would run into a wall and bang his head and lift up a heavy plankand beat the ground.
Once the town bad boy said something sassy to mamma and he overheard it. Hepromptly knocked him down. Once his horse came home without him and he was foundin a dazed state. It was thot [sic] to be a stroke of apoplexy. The doctor madehim stay in bed for a few days and Austin Grands, the little neighborboy, was bribed to bring him forbidden things. He read in the paper that therewere hopes for his recovery. He was much amused. (Like Mark Twain) When he methis death in his car [driving alone in Ohio in 1932] Jim [1884-1973]always felt sure he had had a stroke. We always felt that sudden death at 72 wasOK for him as he could never have liked old age.--- (and he was no sissyeither.)
He always wore 10 [cent] store spectacles. I scolded him and one time when hecame up still wearing them he looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and reachedinto his pocket, produced a good pair and said, "Bifocals by gravy" and put themback in.
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Great Grandmother [Melinda NELSON] Carver
Grandmother's mother lived in the house later occupied by numerous hired menand other tenants. Remodeled by Ada and Oscar and sold to "LittleJamie." (James Ingels VIII.)
Grandmother Carver was said to have been known during the Civil War as a newscommentator of late wars. She kept up correspondence by pony express [sic] withthe front front lines and people came from miles around to get the war news.
I think it was Great Grandfather Carver who left Kentucky on accountof slavery. Later he returned horse back to visit his brother. They argued overthe beating of a slave and he returned home next day. A young colored boyfollowed him home and slept in a closet off grandfathers bedroom. (This talesubject to correction.)
Grandmother was klled [in 1885] by pulling a heavy cupboard over onto herwhile climbing up to get something.
(Small house in background recent. Built by Austin Ingels.)
Grandmothers peonies and phlox still in yard. I can remember going down thereand grandfather would bring wild grapes from the cool cellar. They were veryripe and delcious. Grandfather used to poke around in the leaves and findchestnuts for Jim and me.
[Gertrude b.1882, Jim b.1884, Gaar b.1887, Ada b.1888,Golda b.1891, Sherman b.1893, Corliss b.1904, Bob b.1906, Mary b.1919]
"I remember, I remember the house where I was born"----- Built l/4 milesnorth of LaFayette, [Goshen Township, Stark County,] Illinois, in about 1869(guess) by my grandparents, James and Mary [Carver] Ingels--- (Neitherone noted for their good looks.) [Clickhere for ownership map of Goshen Township showing village of LaFayette andthe Irvin Ingles [sic] property immediately to the North.]
James Ingels was accidentally killed [in January 1883] while on ahunting trip in the "Pines Woods" of Northern Florida. "Grandmother" (we nevercalled her anything else) took over the management of the farm until my fatherIrvin Ingels moved back from Marcus, Iowa [about August 1883], bringingGertrude about nine months old and his wife (Eliza Bickett Ryder)called "Ida". The rest of us six kids were born and raised there, (maybe Ishould say grew up there-) Our mother died [in 1902] when we were teenagers andyounger and Gertrude was like a mother to us until our father married a RoseGarner whom he had known since he was a young man and Gertie was inNorthwestern University or Eureka College,I forgot which. Gertrude, James, Ada and Sherman for1 1/2 years (also Robert much later) attended Eureka, but I for someunknown reason was sent to Drake Universityafter teaching country school for a rear. (It was rather expensive keeping morethan one in college at a time. So Ada taught school while I went.Ada and Jim both went to Eureka, also Jessie Callison.Sherman graduated from the University of Illinois, in the firstclass in Landscape Architecture.There were very few in the class, Phi Beta Kappa. In the old house was plenty ofroom and we were always swamped with company. My father was guardian of hisbrother John B's four orphaned sons Earl [b.1880], Fred [b.1883],Ray [b.1885] and Evrett [b.1887]. They spent lots of theirvacations at our house. Dad made a valiant effort to keep their inheritanceintact for college etc.
Our cousins Davuda [de Guibert] [b.1881] and Undena de Guibert[b.1885] lived in the village and were often there. They lived in part of thehouse grandmother built in town when she left the farm to dad.
Aunt Mary [INGELS de Guilbert] was their mother, but more about thatcolorful figure later.
Jessie Callison, our oldest cousin [b.1876], lived in Toulon, and sheused to come once a week to give four of us piano lessons. Gaar was herbest pupil. Ada was the least interested. Dad hired a very fine blackguitarist to give her guitar lessons, but the second time he came she hadliterally beat it for tall timber. She & Gaar lived in the woods. She hasalways bemoaned the fact that they didn't put overalls on little girls in thosedays. It is hard to climb trees in starched dresses and sun bonnets. They had asecret garden in the woods when [sic] they raised ginsing, a rare root used formedicinal purpose, mostly by Orientals. They knew every plant and tree in thewoods. One thing she never forgave was that when she came home with her hairfull of burrs they cut them out while I sat patiently and let them be combedout.-----
They were the experts on what was edible and what poisonous. There was afamily of Petersons, very poor, who lived adjoining the north forty. - Theyalways worked for us, the girls in the house, the boys in the nursery and theold lady did our washing --- mountains of it. Dad used to take it on Sunday niteso she would have it for Monday and sometimes I would go along for the ride. Acake of soap always stuck in the basket. Every summer we had the great andnever-to-be-forgotten experience of going to Kewanee, to thecircus. (10 miles in lightwagon "democrat" into which he placed extra seats.) The cousins wereincluded and a big picnic lunch was packed which was hard to keep the big boysout of on the way going. The girls carried their bright colored paras to keepfrom becoming tanned. The next few days after the circus we tried tight ropewalking, standing up on horses etc. (There is a picture someplace of Jimwalking the tight rope stretched between two pine trees) carrying a ruffledparasol. Dad always told about Jim taking to Buffalo Bill himselfin person, but I am not sure of the circumstances. Jim was a cute kid, (so theysaid.) An old man with lorg white whiskers taught him to play the piccolo. Hewas always the wit and life of the party. Once he drew up a load of jam in anair rifle and shot us girls with it. Sherman shot me in the eye with anair rifle with me looking in it to see what was wrong. We were all crying andcarrying on till Gertie had a hard time to tell who got shot. Then Jim took meto Dr. Christman. I lived.
We were always having accidents but no one ever broke a bone. (Gertie says itwas because we always had something soft to alight on.)
Once when the school principal was living in the old Carver house we werehaving one of our water fights and he came around the corner just in time to getin the thick of it. Dad was always entertaining professors and students fromEureka college who came there to preach in our little church and they alwaysseemed to enjoy the "entertainment"---
When dad married Rose [GARNER in 1904], Gaar ran away fromhome, I don't know whether it was because of that or just coincidental. AnywayGertie got him home for her wedding day by writing to Claude Newcomb, hisbest friend, (who later became dean of Music in a big college in Kansas.) ClaudeNewcomb was at our house often and a very fine singer. We had to make our ownmusic in those days and everyone was required to learn to learn to playsome kind of instrument.
Gertrude and I were both married in the bay window. [Gertrude marriedDelosDemont POTTER in 1906. Golda married Jesse R. OSTERBERG in 1912.]
Once a week "Professor Sage" came to give lessons and conduct our familyorchestra which was augmented by two Beecher kids - Carl Beecher later got a Master'sdegree in music from Northwestern University. In those days anyone that was amale teacher was dubbed Prof. Believe it or not I played the violin.
Ada was the promoter of expeditions. She couldn't rest until she foundthe source of FitchCreek. She made me go along and I don't remember who else but I do rememberwe got back very tired and muddy. She always was dreaming of faraway places.Soap Stone bank was another place she led us down the creek. It seemed tome miles and miles. There we found a soft rock we called soap stone and onecould write on a slate with it. When Jimmy Grim came over we alwaysheaded for the creek tho sometimes it was verboten such as when it was in floodor the weeds extra wet and muddy--. We got a "lickin" and he went scot free--.But it was worth it.
(He used to call Ada "Ada de di do" and [Ada] Lee was "Ada dedi do Lee" when she came into the picture.) [Ada Lee OSTERBERG, 1916-1981, isthe author's daughter, apparently named for her sister.]
He was quite a character. The r1ng leader in any group. He carried shrapnelin his back from 1st World War all his life -- had to wear an "iron corset."Battle of the Argonne Forest, Sherman enlisted in the army -- Gaarwas drafted. Sherman was with the engineering corp. - later musician - Gaar wasCoast Guard musician all thru. When Gaar came home his dog "Turk" didn'trecognize him. He went up and changed to his old working clothes and Turk nearlywent crazy. All Ingels dogs were "Turk."
Our mother was an invalid and spent some time in Phoenix, Arizona, for herhealth. Dad would gather us around the "center table" under the hanging lamp inthe evening and read to us. We took a magazine called "The Youths Companion." Iremember a book he read to us called "Lady Jane." We had a wonderful library inLaFayette." It was called the I.C. Reed library having been donated to thevillage by the widow of said I.C. Reed. Their son-in-law was Alva James.When Alva and his wife went on their honeymoon to Par1s, she went along. Alvawas the village banker and he and dad did a lot of business together. Thestation agent was George Boggs. He and dad didn't see eye to eye. Dadwould bring his shipment of trees late for the train and he would say, "We can'ttake them," and dad would say, "Well, I can, load them on anyway." (Alva didn'tgo on the honeymooon - didn't have the money. That is the way I remember it.)
I suppose I should have found a ghost writer for this but we were brought upnot to believe in ghosts. In fact not to fear anything be it poison ivy, hootowls or thunder. Oh well, maybe we did hasten our steps on the way back from theprivy on a very dark night. (Ada always carried the lantern, if any.) Butit was so far away Grandmother had placed it far away for obvious reasons andhad planted an Arbor vitae hedge between the path and the road.
Gaar became the best pianist partly because he was the biggest andpreempted the piano bench. We spent many long hours playing duets and when dador the eldest boy, Jim, went to the city they always brought home thelatest in sheet music. - 'Maple Leaf Rag", "Won't You Come Hom Bill Bailey" etc.The only music we had was the do-it-yourself variety but we had plenty such asit was and dad seemed to love our thumping. He had a keen ear and kept us intune, even tuned the piano. We had volumes of classical music, including operanumbers, of course, as well as volumes of folk music, and, of course, every hymnever written. Having thumped them all out by oneself or having listened tosomeone else butchering them gives one a great appreciation of same whenbeautifully played now. Rubensteins "Melody in F" makes me smell pine on a hotsummer day when the doors and windows would be open, and how proud we all wereof Gaar when he mastered "Narcissus."
Believe it or not when we had ochestra practice on Thursday night when Prof.Sage was there people would park their buggies out in the road to listen. Noradio in the buggy and poor music was better than no music.
With all this sense of rhythm dad would never tolerate dancing. The onlytimes we ever played in public was for graduation exercises or something likethat. We played for Grandma [Amanda LANKFORD] Ryder's Golden Wedding Ann1versary[in September 1903].
Dad always saw to it that we observed the wonders of nature. He would call usall out to see the Northern Lights or a rainbow. We used to love to watchlightning. (Aunt Annie had a thunder closet that she always took to atthe first thunder clap.) Dad encouraged us to try for ourselves "old wivestales" such as "a horse hair will turn into a snake if left in rain water acertain length of time" - "an owl would twist its head off if you ran around itstree" - "the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."
Once Ada and Gaar got a book on stuffing animals and went on abinge. One thing they had real good luck with was a weasel. Dad kept it amonghis curios in his big wall case in the office. Other efforts turned out to bepretty smelly. One thing they worked on was a shitepoke [Butorides virescens].
Once the boys padlocked a cowbell to the dishpan to mildly annoy us girls.Ada retaliated by ditto to their bed spring.
Halloween in those days was really something. The sissy term "trick or treat"unheard of - Once in Eureka Jim helped put a cow in a belfry - the spookssomehow put grandmothers privy on some building.
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Xmas with the Ingelses
The day before Xmas dad would br1ng in the Xmas tree and put it in theparlor. (In the old house there was the sitting room, the parlor and theback parlor which dad later turned into an office after having been called theseed corn parlor for years because dad stored his prized seed there so the micecouldn't get at it.) The tree was lighted with candles once for a littlewhile and it was an awesome moment.
We hung up our stockings on a line stretched under the clock shelf (marble).(This line was a very great convenience for drying mittens or diapers or whathave you.) We would find cluster raisins, an orange, maybe a few Englishwalnuts. Our present, which was usually one, was put on the huge Xmastree at the Christian church. Nothing was ever wrapped and the tree lookedpretty lit with candles and decorated with strings of popcorn that we allpitched in to string. We had a program in which the Ingels Kids shone.
We weren't a family of big eaters. Dad was always a slender man. The growingboys probably would have wished for more.
We always made candy with nuts garnered from our own woods, in the fall.Black walnuts, butternuts, hickory nuts and hazel nuts, (filberts to you.) Wehad mincemeat with meat in it and lots of apples from our own orchards. Acellar full or canned fruit, tomatoes etc. Bins of potatoes from our garden.Everyone in those days served potatoes three times a day. I don't remember thatwe ever had turkey but plenty of chickens we raised. Dad didn't believe thatanyone should work on Sunday so all the baking was done on Saturday, usually atleast 6 pies. Dads Sunday night supper was always bread and milk. The hired girlusually went home on Saturday night.
All our bread vas homemade and bakery bread was a treat. Dad used to buybananas by the whole stalk. Bananas were a real treat and if you were "sick abedon two chairs" by the kitchen stove he usually got some. You had to be sick inthe kitchen in the kitchen in the winter because it was too much for mamma to goacross the porch to the sittihg room (and "a day's march to our upstairs" as oneof the hired girls used to say.)
In the summer if our watermelon patch failed he used to bring home all hecould carry in the wagon bed and did we feast. Ate them warm. Our refrigeratorwas a thing that dropped down in the well run by pulleys made by dad. The milkwas kept there in hot weather. Grandmother, when she lived there, always "put upice" in the winter and had a big refrigerator. We put up ice too, but it didn'tlast too long in the ice house (buried in saw dust) but we had lots of good icecream at times. Dammed up the "crick" Fitch to make ice and we used it forskating and swimming.
One time dad went away on a trip and left some of us kids at home. Ourneighbors to the east were the BachelorJacksons and they raised turkeys which are known for roamming far from home.They used to eat our grapes and the boys always wanted to shoot one but dad saidno - that wasn't a good neighbor act. So when he was gone they decided to actaccordlng to their own discretion. They shot into a bunch of them and killed ormortally wounded five (5). So they brought them home and did we ever haveturkey. Ada was the cook and instigator of the whole deal. We tried tofinish them off before dad got back..................That is it lay everythingon Ada. She was the one that had to do the cooking. We finished all but two legswhen dad came home. He said, "I see you have killed a chicken." Never saidanother thing.
One Christmas Grandma Ingels, Aunt Mary [INGELS De Guibert] andfamily, and Earl [Vaill] Ingels [1880-1950] were there. Some crowd. Wehad to speak pieces and say [sic] before any gifts were given out. GrandmaIngels wrapped up anything she could lay her hands on. The looking glass.Gaar got the old Psalm book which was really a treasure. Jamie[Jim?] got some government report on its census. Anyway we had a good time.
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Grandmother [Mary CARVER] Ingels
Never was called anything except grandmother -
She built the place where dad lived when he was seven years old . Priorto that they lived in a log cabin where the "packing" shed stood later. Sheplanted a lilac bush in the door yard and the last time I knew it still bloomed.The old house had a sitting room, parlor and "back parlor" which we kids calledthe seed corn parlor because dad kept seed corn there when he and mama moved in.The parlor had flowered "Brussels" carpet lace curtains and gold wall paper("Still have samples of the paper-my twin beds are papered with it"). The parlorwas opened only on occasions, such as parties, funerals etc.
When they brought Grandfathers body home from from Florida [in 1883],grandmother was busy having a farm to run. She called up from the'basement' (always called "cellar")-- Put him in the parlor, I'll be up in aminute. It was a month after she had the word of his accidental death [onJanuary 27, 1883]. It took that long by wagon on slow train to get it back fromFlorida. Corliss has the letters from his hunting companion. They had togo from the piney woods to Melbourne for a permit, which took time. [Click here for the textof a first-hand account about the trip which Robert Bruce Jameson made toFlorida to recover James' body.]
Grandmother had a little "hot house" under the kitchen. She raised bautifulplants. In the old days there were no commercial florists in the neighborhood,but she always "aimed" to have some white flowers on hand for funerals. Coloredflowers were taboo at that time. Dad used to use the room which had a stove init for his budding and' grafting. (Before the spring work came on he used tobring the saws into the house to sharpen. You ain't heard nothing until you havelived with that for half a day or so.)
Once from his Florida hunting trip Grandfather brought home an alligator atleast six feet long. Restuffed it himself and since its head was badly shot uphe carved out a realistic wooden head. Grandmother used to keep it among herplants. When she moved to the village she left it and the boys always used it toscare the wits out of visiting girls (or so they pretended.)
Grandmother always wore voluminous black silk. The (silk was heavy enough tostand alone) after her death Pauline made herself a beautiful suit out ofone.) and gold hoop earrings. She was a very homely woman but had a kindly grin.She was described as penny wise and pound foolish. She loved to travel and wouldbring home "slips" from plants she saw in parks-- concealed in her skirts. Shewouldn't give a kid a nickel but might might send them to college. She took anorphan (Jessie's friend) to raise but got her money's worth out of her.
When she was too old and decrepit to do any work, she insisted on keeping allher house plants. The house in town had been built especially with them in mindwith lovely south windows. At the landing at the top of the stairs there was awindow of ruby glass which turned the carpets and bannisters into a lovely red.
There was a little house down a garden path-- Aunt Mary called it the GardenHouse. Grandmother called it the "privy." (If you analyze this word it is a verydelicate word.) The garden path was planted beside a hedge which kept passersbyfrom one taking the "vessel" to the privy. Said vessel being a necessity keptunder the bed.
In her parlor she had a white "Brussels" carpet with pink roses. Foldingshutters at all windows. She permitted kids to look in.
Dad visited Grandmother religiously every Saturday night. Sometimes he wouldtake me. Grandmother would grin and go to her old fashioned cupboard and bringout two kinds of pies. She didn't consider she had anything to eat unless therewere at least 2 kinds of pie in the house. She had an old fashioned organ in theparlor with a big basket of "rolls". I remember only one tune which was "Catsdon't know when its half past eight and come knocking at the garden gate." It issuch a shame it sold with her other furniture.
She would eat no bread except "salt rizeing" - yeast wasn't good for you.(That's where Sherman gets some of his ideas.) She always brot [sic] somewith her when she came to our house. It had a very vile smell when rising.
Her riding and driving horse was "Old Bill." We kept him in our barn and oneof the boys had to saddle him or hitch him to a buggy and take him to thevillage about 1/4 mile. She rode side saddle, of course, and had a garmentcalled mackintosh she wore to ride in - It was in two pieces, the top being asort of cape. I thought she was terribly old, but maybe she wasn't by mystandards now. She had no false pride. When she was old, her knees were stiffand when she sat down she did so with a thump and it got so it was almostimpossible to get her into the buggy. So dad would go get her in the berry wagonwith the tail gate down. She would ride thru the village grinning from ear toear - thought it great fun.
Once she went to Kewanee with Old Bill. She thought he acted a littlestubborn, but he stopped at all her usual stops. When they went to unhitch himthey found he had never had the bit in his mouth. He was very sway back and sogentle three or four kids were welcome to ride at once. Great to practice circusriding too.
A book could be written about Grandmother Ingels. I never heard a harsh wordfrom her. But I will never forget how I had to spend nights with her when shewould be left alone. No one ever suffered more. In her big house, it was builtalmost exactly alike both floors. And I never knew whether I was on the first orsecond floor. I had to look at the stairway to see the red windows to tell whereI was. The sitting room and bedroom were furnished exactly alike. Her bedroom,as well as the others, were furnished with a big bed and a day bed. So I sleptin the day bed with her. (At least I laid there until the first peep of day andthen I was off for home). One day she gave me a quarter. I had never had so muchbefore. She became very senile when she grew old but took care of herself untilthe last few weeks [before her death on January 7, 1907].
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Aunt Mary [INGELS] de Guibert
[1862-1932] - - color her red.......
Boy! was she a character -
She had lived in the big city of Sioux City, Iowa, her husband UncleLouis [1860-1929] (always pronounced Louie) practised law. When I knew hershe came to LaFayette to live in part of Grandmothers house, in the village ofLaFayette.
Aunt Mary [1862-1932] always ate her meals seated in a rocking chair. Shewould rock up take a few bites and rock back and tell a funny story. She and dadwould razz each other-much the way Sherman and Ada do now. Whenshe came to our house one of us kids had to go across the porch for a rockingchair. Grandmother had built our house too.
She had two daughters, Undena [1881-1937], and a raving beauty,Davida [b.1885]. Her ambition in life was to get them out of LaFayetteand to New York, which she finally did. [A copy Undena's diary and some of herpapers are saved at Rutgers University Library. Clickhere for a brief biography.] Undena became a very good actress, but died inpoverty and insanity, but her daughters (4) were successful. Roxanne [Eberlein] was privatesecretary to Adlai Stevenson and travelled everywhere with him [circa1954-1965]. Janie [Eberlein], an actress, taught in Evanston for awhile.Davida was an artists' model - not a nude - but when people had theirportrait painted she would sit for the hands and gown. She once sat for HarrisonFisher.
Undena's husband [Ernest August EBERLEIN, 1876-1931] was a lithographartist. At the first, moving picture shows displayed lithograph of theattractions out in front and he made a mint of money, but that all changed andthe use of photographs and he went broke and stayed broke.
To be broke in New York isn't funny. Undena used to make costumes for showpeople. She came back to LaFayette with her first baby, Elspeth[Undena Lisbeth (Betty) EBERLEIN?, b.1905]. She put on a play, and I hada part.
Aunt Mary worked hard all her life trying to be an artist, (She had hadlessons in Sioux City) and in trying to learn to speak French.
When they first got electric lights in grandmothers house Aunt Mary turnedthem off and lit a lamp to take a bath. Uncle Louis, being a Fenchman, was somehelp, but she never did learn to converse in French.
Uncle Louis' people came from Chillicothe, Ill. They promoted a marriagebetween Davida [age 35] and a distant cousin or friend of the family [CharlesFitch LESTER]. She came home the next day after the wedding [November 28,1920] - No one ever knew why - - but there was plenty of wondering.
Aunt Mary and Uncle Louis moved to Maryland [in 1905] to a place calledPublic Landing [near Snow Hill]. It wasn't too far from Ocean City. The housewas an old colonial with enormous rooms [now "Mansion House" B&B]. (Lightedby kerosene lamps when we visited there in about 1923-4.) The ceilings were veryhigh and when Undena came down then from New York, to have her first baby [in1905], Uncle Louis went out in the woods, cut down a blooming tree, and themother and child lie [sic] under its branches.
Aunt Mary painted some very pretty pictures and gave lessons in LaFayette.
Without going much out of our way we could stop at her house on the way homefrom school. One day I got there just in time. She had three big loaves of breadon the door sill and she "hauled off" and kicked them just as far as she could.She said "I always wanted to do that when I had bad luck with the bread."
The Methodist preacher lived next door. He had a kid who true to form was alittle hellion - - One day he threw mud on her clean sheets hanging on the line.She told the father and the kid denied it. She grabbed him and gave him a good"lickin" and said, "There's once you got a lickin' for lying."
Aunt Mary had the bluest eyes of anyone in the world. (Mary Ingels hasmuch the same.) All the Ingelses had blue eyes, but Uncle Louis gave hisdaughters brown ones.- - -
They ended up by parceling out their land and selling it at a fine profit,but not soon enough to enjoy it for long. [Uncle Louis died in September 1929,and] Aunt Mary died of cancer of the breast [in December 1932].
When dad met his death in his auto [in May 1932], he was on his way to seeher. He was to have picked up one of the girls in Baltimore. The accidentoccurred in Columbus, Ohio.
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////John B. INGELS
Fred Ingels [1883-1972], son of Dr. John B. Ingels, used totell me stories of the days when his father was a horse and buggy doctor in[Cherokee County,] Iowa. [Clickhere for an 1889 biography of J.D. Ingels from Iowa.] His wife [Ida Alice(Allie) VAILL] died of T.B. [in September 1896], and he was among the firstto make research of the disease. He had his little boys raise rabbits for hisexperiments. They also had to have fresh horses ready for him when he came in.He died in an insane asylum. They said from overwork, tended his patients by dayand studied by night. Once in the middle of the night he was called on a longtrip to the country. When he got there it turned out that the man had a stomachache. He asked him what he had been eating and he said, "Well, anyone should bewilling to have a stomache [sic] for plum pie."
Irvin Ingels was made guardian of the four boys whom we had at our house formany summer vacations, and such fun!
Eliza [Dale Ingels] Callison [1854-1881], grandmothers daughter,mother of Jessie Callison [1876-1960] - One Xmas Jessie saw the littleround basket vases and asked papa if she could have one for mama; then mama sawthem and wanted one for Jessie, thence the pair. Jessie gave them to Adawhen she broke up the old home, and Ada gave them to me ditto and I gave them to[my daughter Ada] Lee [OSTERBERG].----
Jessie went to California and got a job taking care of a handicapped youngman. They were so fond of her they gave her a home for as long as she lived. Shemade her will in favor of us cousins but she was hospitalized for so long thather money was used up before her death.
Jessie used to come to our house on the a.m. train and spend the day givingmusic lessons - back to Toulon to the p.m. train.
She always had fun with us and we loved her very much.
Uncle Sim [CALLISON] [1842-1928] had long white whiskers. Grandmothersoldest grandchild was Jessie Callison. Her mother died [in August 1881] when shewas very young [5 years old] and Grandmother took her "to raise." When she waseleven or twelve her father Uncle Sim married Aunt Annie Newmire and onemight say her sister Aunt Sue [Newmire], both old maids of the oldschool, and raised Jessie so strict that she grew up and died an old maid.
When Uncle Sim married Aunt Annie her sister Sue said, "Well, Annie, Isuppose you are satisfied now you got a man and a castor." (A castor being avery stylish centerpiece for the dining table holding salt, pepper, vinegar etc.and always sat in the middle of the table even between meals.)
Uncle Sim had a harness shop in Toulon, and at Xmas put a stock of Xmas giftsin his shop window.
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Became blind following a [uterine] operation [in 1897]. - lived in Des Moines- Married to [Robert] Bruce Jameson [1841-1900]. - May Campbell,Eva Carter, Golda Kinney and Pauline Averette [Mills] wereher children.
Aunt Rosa [a widow 1900-1908 when the author was age 9-17] used to spend hersummer vacation at our house [in LaFayette, Illinois] - blindness and all. Wekids had to wait on her. I don't think mama was ever invited to spend a vacationin Des Moines. [The author's mother died in 1902. She must be referring here toher step mother Cora Rosella GARNER Ingels, 1867-1913.] They had a big Christian church in Des Moines. They buildan addition to the church even larger than the original building. Dad amused thepreacher immensely by saying, "I see you built a 'lean to' on your church" - aterm usually applied to a small shed attached to a house.
Golda [JAMESON] Kinney's husband Charles [Noyes KINNEY], wasprofessor of chemistry for years at DrakeUniversity and was when I was there. His assistant, SethNicholson, later to become a very famous astronomer, took me up into theobservatory to see Haley's comet. [Haley's comet was visible in 1910, theyear Mark Twain died.]
There were 4 Golda's in the [Ingels] family. It was said that theoriginal mother found the name in a dime novel. (Be careful what you read whenyou are pregnant.)
May [JAMESON] married a Christian minister [GeorgeAlexander CAMPBELL] and lived in St. Louis [1918-1940]. Eva and Pauline werevery fine dressmakers in Des Moines.
Uncle Bruce and Aunt Rosa were Life Trustees of Drake University. As Iremember they each gave $10,000 to the university.
Aunt Annie and Uncle Sim had a cow [in Toulon, Illinois]. One of the womenalways did the milking and the cow wouldn't let a man come near her. Dad [IrvinINGELS] always said Uncle Sim was smart. [This is a reference to SimeonEdward (Sim) CALLISON [1842-1928] and his second wife Annie ElizaNEWMEYER [d.1934]. The author was related by blood to neither of them, butto his first wife Eliza Dale INGELS [1854-1881] who was Irvin INGEL'ssister.]