Well, I fell off the deep end with the garden. The weather has vastly improved since the last post and my seed garden is doing well. I cleared out the back garden and found a lot of treasure. Apparently our house was built on top of a hundred-year-old junkyard. I’ve also been collecting salvage wood and soon we’ll have enough to build the raised garden (just try and eat my broccoli now, bunnies!!!!!) We also went on a trip to Chicago, which happens to be where my great grandfather Crawford Kingsley lived for a time, and I interviewed my great aunt Norvella about GG Kingsley.
The delay on my post has been due to my silent film, “Smart Cookie,” and its longer than anticipated production schedule. And my camera broke.
The trip to Chicago could have been living like Great Grandma, if I could prove that one of my great grandmothers was a party animal. There are lots of stories about how GG Loney enjoyed her whiskey, but no conclusive evidence to suggest she liked to party Prohibition style. The bootlegger story is also nothing but a rumor at this point (although I must admit I sorely want it to be true).
Regardless, in honor of Prohibition and the partying that one of my GGs had to have done at one point, here is the slideshow for our Chicago trip:
The trip was a wonderful time, especially that final night. We went to a fancy cocktail room after the speakeasy show at Tommy Guns and the bartender got mad at me for calling him a Mixologist.
Meanwhile, my research has been going very well. I talked to my great aunt Norvella about my GG Kingsley and not only did I get a bunch of great photos, but I also got a whole lot of recipes to try! In preparation for this lunch data with GA Nor, I made GG Kingsley’s ginger molasses cookies. It is footage from this endeavor that I am currently cutting into a silent film. Lower your expectations now; I’m not nearly as funny as I think I am.
My favorite treasure from our lunch, other than the excellent conversation and the very exciting chance to dig through GA Nor’s photos and memories, was this photo of the Kingsley family, c. 1933 or so.
It shows GG Kingsley and family in front of the house they had to downsize to when Crawford lost his job at the Iron Works. Nor said they had two bedrooms in the house – one for the parents and one for the six children to share. The children had two beds. The three brothers slept in one, and the three sisters shared the other. I showed this picture to my U.S. History classes as we began studying the New Deal, because after the WPA was formed in 1936, great grandpa Crawford was hired as a road laborer. My grandfather had mentioned that they had a big garden that his mother would tend to feed the family, but Nor added that if they had not grown that garden, they would have likely starved. I thought this was such a striking example of how the Great Depression affected individuals from my own family.