• Melodye Shore

      I so agree with you, Margaret! How I wish I could rewind the hands of history, that I could swap stories with her over (at least one) afternoon tea…

  1. My father’s first car was a ’47 Ford. (It was also the last Ford he ever drove.)

    Wow, your great aunt had such an interesting life! I can see another writing project in your future…

    • Melodye Shore

      That’s the only part I can’t confirm–the model year for her grand prize. ’47 doesn’t exactly fit, given that the war ended two years earlier. So I suspect the historian was off in this one detail, even if the other things were documented and verifiable. In any case–great story! Great aunt! I’d love to learn more…

    • Melodye Shore

      Perfect branding, right? No mistake as to what they’re selling. There may be ambiguity, however, about whether certain other things were bartered or sold. 🙂

    • Melodye Shore

      I heard tell that there were other suspicious activities that led to the raid. No confirmation, though, so we’ll have to leave that chapter unfinished.

      So good of you to stop by, old (longtime, forever) friend!

  2. I didn’t know Nana had a sister! Eleanor, love her name. What interesting photos, as well. Good sleuth work, Melodye! xo

    • Melodye Shore

      Yes! Nana had 4 brothers and 7 sisters. She was the second youngest of the siblings.

      Thanks — I sure wish I would’ve known Eleanor. I think we would’ve gotten on famously, don’t you?

  3. Carol baldwin

    Very cool to discover these snippets about your kin. Loved picturing you as nancy Drew!

    • Melodye Shore

      It’s a way of life for me, these Nancy Drew adventures. I’m always peeking into dark corners and small spaces, looking for…whatever! 🙂

    • Melodye Shore

      Me, too, Linda! I’ll bet there’d be no shortage of wild adventures– and oh, the stories in their aftermath.

  4. What an engaging tribute to your great-aunt. Your stories, along with the posted artifacts, paint the portrait of a lively woman living in times that are just outside of my own experience, but nonetheless fascinating.

  5. I loved every single word (and picture) of this post, Melodye! Your grandmother sounds every bit as sparkling and resourceful as her granddaughter is.

    The “Golden Rule” name change made me laugh out loud. We used to live in a house that had a hidden room in the cellar. Neighbors told us it was where the still was kept during Prohibition.

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