Monday, August 29, 2011

Helen Melvina "Mellie" Groesbeck Morgan. "I am a poor one to write." Part 2.

Continued from here.
Mellie may have helped preserve her deceased husband’s journals, letters, and the letters he wrote to her. But after John Morgan’s 1894 death there was no one to hold on to, or preserve any of the letters Mellie wrote to him. Regardless of how he may have treasured Mellie’s letters, how many times he may have reread them, they were lost.

In 1890 when Mellie wrote to her brother, “Although I am a poor one to write I never forget you,” it applied to her brother, and to that time. Letters carried the news, thoughts, and directions that helped bind her family together during their frequent separations.

Two years later in August 1892, while John was in Manassa, Colorado, with his family there, he wrote in his August 6th journal entry: Tired and warn down. Not feeling well.

On the 8th John wrote a letter to Mellie in Salt Lake City:

My dear Wife:
Your two letters, with Mellies
[daughter 1870-1952] rec’d Sat. and read with much satisfaction. Was glad to know that you were all fairly well, and getting along as well as could be expected, under all the circumstances.

Nearly twenty years later in 1907 Mellie and John’s son, Nicholas Groesbeck Morgan, traveled to Washington D. C. to attend Law School. During the four years he was in the East, he and his mother frequently exchanged letters of news and love and encouragement. Nicholas' letters were preserved by his granddaughter. Mellie’s letters did not survive, but we can learn much about her by reading her son's letters.

You can imagine my excitement when I discovered an original note written by Mellie to her daughter, Bessie in 1930. While recently visiting with cousin Flora Lee, in Randolph, I looked through some of her mother’s scrapbooks [Flora Elizabeth Rex Lamborn 1930-2011].

Bessie Dear
Hoping you can make use of these remembrances and that you are both just fine
Mother - Gail – Ethel & Helen

Explanation on Reverse Side [written by Flora Lamborn] “these remembrances” were presumably baby clothes made by Helen Melvina “Mellie” Groesbeck Morgan, and sent as a gift from her and her daughters and daughter-in-law, at the time of Flora's birth in the Spring of 1930.

Mellie passed away in June of that year. She fell while she was visiting her daughter Eliza Ann Morgan Smith, in Oakland, California.

Mother, Helen Melvina “Mellie” Groesbeck Morgan [February 7, 1852 – June 15, 1930]
Gail, daughter, Gail Morgan Clayton
Ethel, daughter-in-law, married to Nicholas Groesbeck Morgan, Ethel Sophia Tate Morgan
Helen, daughter, Helen Melvina “Mellie” Morgan Burt Austin
Copies of letters are from Cousin Karen M., and in my possession. John Hamilton Morgan Journal from Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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