I found this receipt from 1957 for a black dress, and I wondered about the story behind it. I knew my Great Grandfather died in 1957, so I imagined this being the last minute purchase of a black dress for the funeral. Tonight I pulled out Great Grandma’s journal from that time, and learned that his death was actually in May. Here is her entry:
May 7, 1957
Clarence [her husband], Donald [her son, my Grandpa] and Danny [my uncle] drove down to Tryconnel after school to see a calf and on road home, Dad [her husband, Clarence] had a heart attack and died in car. Donald, Helene and I went to funeral home later to make arrangements for funeral.
It is always interesting to try to read between the lines, since the entries are so matter of fact. About a year before Great Grandfather’s death, my own father had a brush with death, and lived. Here is the journal entry from that day, written by his Grandma:
April 30, 1956
Allan was knocked off his bicycle at 12:10 to-day and very seriously injured. Monica [my grandma, Dad’s mom] went to hospital in the ambulance with him and Donald [Dad’s dad] went later. Jeanette and Danny [dad’s siblings] were here. I had 21 telephone calls. I canned 4 pints of pineapple.