Christmas Greetings, 1926
from Quay, Oklahoma
addressed to Mary Potter
An odd, elegiac tone for a Christmas letter, but then
neither the Quay schools
nor even Quay itself
|Mary Potter, December 1935|
|"Soph" is daughter Elaine in St. Louis|
"Dorothy's friend" is probably John House.
|George, Cow and Dogs in 1930s print|
thanks to Doc Pugh.
|"Art" (Stewartson) is Mary's current boyfriend, |
"Gregory" must have been the previous model, not much favored by George, Elaine or Dorothy.
No picture of Art, though.
|George Potter , Cow and Dogs (*)|
|"Arch" is neighbor Arch Broooks|
|"Soph" is daughter Elaine Potter, staying with George's sister Dora in St. Louis.|
|"Dora & Walt & Soph & Bob" Dora is George's sister in St. Louis, Walt Bremerkamp is|
her husband and Bob is their son. Soph is, as usual, George's daughter Elaine Potter.
|"Dora" is George's sister in E. St. Louis|
"Lillian" was George's niece, daughter of his late sister Bessie Johnson.
Lillian was back with Emma Parker in Corry after a stay with Dora.
|"Emma" and "Em" are Emma Potter Parker back in Corry|
"Draughon's" is the business school which is owed much money.
"Dora" is George's sister in E. St. Louis, IL, now at a new address.
|"Mary" is neighbor Arch Brooks' daughter.|
|"Dora, Walter and Robert" are Gladys' in-laws from E. St. Louis, the Bremerkamps.|
Daugher Elaine is still staying with them, but Dorothy has come home.
|Clipping enclosed in letter: "Out Our Way" 17 Sep 1935 J.R. Williams (fair use claimed)|
|Elaine Potter (21) and Dorothy Potter (19)|
in St. Louis, Sept 1935
|"Too young"...George is 60 at this point.|
|Verna Madison: identified|
Katie Brown: Arch Brook's son Roy's wife Mildred's sister. Really.
|"Dora" is George's sister in E. St. Louis with whom Elaine is staying|
Dorothy is, I believe, in Springfield doing domestic odd jobs.
|Labor Day Excursion Fare DC-NY-DC! $3.50!|
|The Grand Organ (still grand in its way), plus|
Symphonic Orchestra and Glee Club
(Friml composed "Rose-Marie" and "The Vagabond King" among others)
|Radio City show for $0.99!|
|The Corps de Ballet (still a thing) and Glee Club (reprise)|
|AND, after all that, the movie...Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in "Top Hat"|
(I am intrigued by "The WIVEL", a "Glamorous Scandinavian Cabaret,"
unfortunately, it does not seem to have been on the itenerary)
|Note: "Draughans" is the business college which Mary had attended in Tulsa.|
"Miss Elam" is evidently in charge of bill collection, as Mary's student debt is much in arrears.
"Art" is Mary's boyfriend, whose hometown was Huntington, NY
"Vera" otherwise unidentified.
|Sargent School Location..driving Marjorie one way while Dave and Florence take the schoolbus to Cabool|
Potter farm was approx. at the end of the yellow line in the NW corner of map, N of the road. and W or the train tracks.
Credit: www.topoquest.com; fair use claimed of detail of much larger topo map.
Note: Mary's birthday was May 24, so Florence was upset much too late.
Note: "Gregory" is not ID'd.
Note: Will Rogers , humorist and actor, died 15 Aug 1935.
Note: "Art (Stewartson)" was Mary's new boyfriend who she would later marry and divorce.
There are no pictures of him.
Note: "B.Bs" are, from context, bedbugs.