Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Not Forgotten…

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{Mary and Ann, about 1904}

Cherished family photos, documents and journals being sorted and piled in an effort to reorganize…

Sweet angel faces keep arising…evidence of daughters much-loved…many times photographed in an era when photography was new and not an everyday occurrence as it is today…

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Faces of little sisters…long gone away…

I’ve loved my family history all my life.  Can’t really remember a time when the people and the stories weren’t dear to me…but I’ve always focused mainly on those I’m directly descended from—fathers and mothers—not as much on the great-aunts, great-uncles…

The Hjaldermar & Anna Ostlund Family {My great grandparents, Hjaldermar & Anna Ostlund, with their two oldest daughters—Mary and Anna—about 1908.}

This last week—an overwhelming need to spend time with these three little girls…why? I wondered…

Mary 9, Anna 6, Theodora 21mos, Ostlund {Mary, Anna and Theodora.  Taken 1911.  One hundred years ago…my goodness…}

Three of my great-aunts…Mary, Ann and Theodora…the older sisters of my grandfather, Dow, who I’ve talked about often here…

They lived in the small prairie town of Stirling, Alberta, Canada…this is their grandfather Theodore’s home and general store at the turn of the century…the girls’ mother, Anna, kept shop for her father for years…a quiet, country life…

Three little girls…grew up…

hpqscan0002_edited-1 {Mary…about 1919}

hpqscan0008_edited-1 {Ann…about 1923}

hpqscan0001_edited-1 {Theodora—Dody—about 1914—the only single portrait I have of her}

Mary never married.  Ann married a wealthy, kind man…they traveled the world and truly enjoyed their lives.  Dody was married for a very brief time, and the marriage was annulled…we don’t know why.

Three little girls…no children ever born to call their own…no one to come behind them to remember…

…I will remember…

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All three sisters—all grown up—with their mother, Anna (far left)…

Karen with an Ostlund aunt 3

“Auntie Ann” with my sweet mother, Karen…on a rare visit to Canada early in her childhood…such love for and pride in her little niece…

Karen with an Ostlund aunt

Mary taught English in high school for some years, then left teaching to join Dody in the big city of Montreal for a new adventure…

…as proprietors of a high-fashion dress shop…

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So glad I have this piece of letterhead stationery from their business venture…

Dody died very suddenly of heart failure when she was about 45.

Mary stayed with her mother for the rest of her life…caring for her and  being a cherished companion…                

Great-Grammie Ostlund and Aunt Mary

…always lovely, always gracious, always so grateful to have our young family of wiggly children come for a visit…

…more stories for other days…

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A new page for my heritage album completed last night…

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I so enjoyed working on this page as I thought of these three great-aunts of mine…

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Beautiful journaling images used are from Crafty Secrets’ “Love Mail” and “Vintage Photos” Creative Scraps…

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In each of the photos of the girls, you can see beautiful lockets, gold baby bracelets, rings…big beautiful ribbons in their hair…here, a locket to represent these sweet gifts of love from their parents…

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A border of roses made from some lovely vintage netting given to me by my mother…tinted a bit with some gorgeous Glimmer Mist & each topped off with a  little half pearl…

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I love giving my pages texture and dimension…much more interesting to me that way!

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Stories told to my three daughters…questions asked, photos pored over…appreciation gained…life lessons learned…love kindled.

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Little girls remembered.

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Three little sisters, long gone away…not so very far away, after all…

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“Memories are the heart’s guardian.”

 

Julie