An empty envelope found at Mom’s house that leaves me full of questions.
Who was Mr. Charles Lowry? What did he mean by Patrick versus Green? Why did the back of the envelope have Andrew J. Nowakowski, M.D. of 479 Bluff City Blvd, Elgin Illinois embossed on the envelope flap? What, if anything, did Dr. Nowakowski have to do with my parents? And what was in the envelope?
Dr. Nowakowski did indeed live, or at least practice at 479 Bluff City Blvd in 1951 according to city directories. Interestingly, according to this article, he treated people with mental illnesses. Was Mr. Charles Lowry one of Dr. Nowakowski’s patients?
Also according to the article linked to above, when Dr. Nowakowski died, his widow, Opal, married an Alex Nowakowski. One Ancestry.com record hints that Andrew had a twin brother. Could Opal have married her husband’s twin brother?
But I still know nothing about Charles Lowry. Or what was in the envelope and why the envelope was from a mental health professional.
This is an odd thing to have saved, but someone clipped this out of the newspaper (pre-1932 based on an internet search) and pasted it into a scrap book or something — it was obviously stuck to something.
The Full Gospel Mission in Lima, Ohio, has either changed its name (it happens) or it is no longer a church.
I suspect it was my Grandma Patrick who saved this article. I found it among things that I know were hers. It could be that C. E. Bailey was a pastor at Grandma Patrick’s church.
Something else mom kept is this Chicago Milk Foundation Good Food Guide. I guess she thought it might come in handy someday. I don’t recall it ever hanging on the kitchen wall.
Just something that has been hanging around — stitch art that Grandma Green made. It looks like Queen Anne’s Lace, a fern and some other flower I don’t recognize.
This is the cover of Dad’s elementary school diploma.
Dad was 14 when he completed elementary school and received his diploma in May of 1942. I am surprised that when he graduated from elementary school he could go to any high school in the state.
I am surprised that Dad wasn’t baptized until he was 11 years old. I wonder why. I also wonder what church this was. It only says Plato Center.
This also was a surprise. I didn’t know Dad went to college for anything, but according to this, he went to Elgin Community College in 1959 to learn welding. I didn’t realize that ECC was part of the Elgin Public Schools either.
Dad was always willing to talk about being in the Navy, but in his later years, especially. Here is his certificate of Honorable Discharge.
I don’t know if this was a result of training, or just experience, but Dad became a boilerman and got a certificate to prove it.
(Seal of the United States Department of the Navy)
To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
Elvin Manuel Patrick, I do appoint him Boilerman Third Class in the
United States Navy
to rank as such from the sixteenth day of October nineteen hundred and fifty one.
This appointee will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the grade to which appointed by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto pertaining. And I do strictly charge and require all personnel of lesser grade to render obedience to appropriate orders. And this appointee is to observe and follow such orders and directions as may be given from time to time by superiors acting according to the rules and articles governing the discipline of the
Armed Forces of the United States of America
Given under my hand at USS Roanoke CL 145, this sixteenth, day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and Fifty One.
/sig/ J. W. Florence, Commander, USN, Executive Officer