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.
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 when or why I wrote this small note to my mom; it could have been any number of years. Here it is, going to toss it after I post this.
Mom — I just wanted to say —
A mother is one who gives but seldom takes — a mother is love. Thank you for all you’ve done for me lately. I love you. Dona :-)
I’ve been collecting things to give to the folks that come by and take things. I’ve not gotten too far in filling the bag but here it is what I have in the bag:
- A book called My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing “Slow-Medicine,” The compassionate approach to caring for your aging loved ones. A geriatric doctor suggested it back when my dad was ailing. I didn’t get past the first page.
- Four pieces of plastic on which to string Christmas lights
- A fabric coaster filled with cloves and decorated with snowmen. It was a gift from a student.
- An old GPS device
- An Otter Box case for an old phone
- Two briefcases
- Two sets of light-activated candles
- A case for my tablet that I don’t like
- A bunch of thank-you cards
- A cheat-sheet for statistics
- A cord on which to hang a nametag
- Some Moleskin padding, regular
- A pack of replacement fuses for Christmas lights
- A battery powered controller for something I gave away another time
- A small photo album
- A pair of clip-on reading glasses
- An old walking tracker and its plug
- 7 Stretchy silicone tops for containers
Declutter 2018 count 80:
- 29 things in a bag
- 32 Dan Bern Posters
- 2 crystal unicorns, broken
- 9 letters from Sue
- 1 Loon Magic sweatshirt
- 1 shedding scarf
- 1 pair of fingerless gloves
- 1 wool underlayer shirt
- 1 birthday poster from Sue
- 1 baby shower thank you card from Chris and George
- 1 Christmas postcard from Auntie June and Uncle Harold