My Grandmother Morgan, Anna Bertha Burkle Morgan, was born in Lafayette, Indiana to German parents in 1891. She moved to the Seattle area when she was about 21 to be with her sister and father, who had moved out west in 1913 or so. Most of the letters are from her Indiana relatives, and as her kids moved away, she started getting them from her kids. In the 1970's, she started getting them from her grandchildren. (Some of them are from me).
|Anna Bertha Burkle
|Homer and Bertha Morgan and kids
|Helen Ann Burkle Morgan
I can see why most Women's histories are not in the history books. Their lives are full of family duties and they were tired! And their letters, while written to each other weekly, are mostly mundane details about their daily lives. Not stuff that the schools want to teach. But for me, they are a wonderful look into how their lives were during all those old times, how they felt about things, how cheap everything was compared to now, and how much genealogy information is contained in the letters. My grandmother and mother both sewed and made quilts, so it especially dear when I read about clothes, quilts or blankets they made for me and my siblings and kids.
|Bertha Morgan in her garden
|Al and Helen (Morgan)Adams 25th anniversary
|Bertha Morgan 1970's
Anyway, I have been typing away and trying to transcribe them correctly. And I hope to finish them soon.
|Helen Adams abt. 2010