The year was 1934, and though a great depression set boundaries on aspirations and dreams, folks still found occasion to bring out the good dishes and light the candelabras.
Aunt Alice Stansbury was celebrating, as was her niece, Katie Bradford. Little Marilyn was coming! The toddler, Katie’s only grandchild, arrived midday at Alice’s home in Coshocton, Ohio. After the long car ride from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, the adults lingered in the back yard, soaking up the spring sun. Marilyn busied herself in the grass, sharing her pickings with her Grammy Bradford, Grandmother Minor, Aunt Alice, and Coshocton friend, Earnest Bachert. Young Uncle Carlos Bradford hung back, laughing at the scene.
Eventually, the party moved indoors, where Aunt Alice could keep tabs on the simmering pots and roasting meats. Donald and Kerma Bradford Minor coaxed their little botanist to wash up, preparing to take her place as honored guest at Aunt Alice’s festive table.