Friday, June 8, 2012

Easter Lilies from the Poets' Garden, 1890

This wonderful little booklet in the shape of a bouquet of lilies belonged to Fannie Moran.  Published in 1890 by L. Prang & Co., Boston, Massachusetts, it was illustrated by Ornithologist and musician F. Schuyler Mathews.  Mathews (1854-1938) later wrote the first field guide to bird songs in 1904, Fieldbook of Wild Birds and Their Music.  Prior to recorded music song bird melodies were handwritten and transcribed.  Mathews continued writing and published many more books about birds and nature.

The book was given to Fannie by an Aunt, unfortunately I can't make out the name of said Aunt.











EASTER LILIES From the Poet's Garden
Illustrated in pen drawings by
F. Schuyler Mathews

L Prang & Co.
Boston USA

















The wand-like lily, which lifted up, As a maenad, its moonlight-colour'd cup,
Till the fiery star,
which is it's eye,
Gazed through clear dew on the tender sky.
SHELLEY


We are Lilies fair,
The flower of virgin light;
Nature held us
forth, and said,
Lo! my thoughts of 'white!"
Ever since then, angels
Hold us in their hands;
You may see them where they take
In pictures their sweet stands.
LEIGH HUNT





I had found out a sweet green spot
Where a lily was blooming fair;
The din of the city disturb'd it not;
But the spirit that shades the quiet cot
With its wings of love was there.
I found that lily's bloom
When the day was dark and chill;
It smiled like a star in a misty gloom
And it sent abroad a sweet perfume,
Which is floating around me still.
J.G. PERCIVAL














Ye lovely flowers, tis yours to preach
Lessons of truth, and humbly teach
The faithless and the proud:
Array'd in garb of sweetest hue,
Our Father's care we trace in you,
And still to Him who made you true,
Ye warn the thoughtless crowd.

Let those of feeble faith, whose breast
With doubts and fears can never rest,
Consider how ye grown.
Ye toil not with perplexing care,
Ye do not spin the coast ye wear,
Nor paint those colors bright and fair,
In which ye sweetly glow.
BROAD









Lover's Quarrel, pre 1897

Fannie Moran had many suitors in her day.  She received numerous notes, cards and invitations to go on buggy rides, walks, church soirees etc.  But it was James Ezzell who caught her heart and eventually kept it.

However, even in the 1890's not all relationships were free from trouble as can be seen in this note written on, of all things, mourning paper.  Was that a Freudian Slip on Fannie's part?  Or did she purposely choose to write the good bye note on mourning paper to convey more feeling?  Or did she simply grab the first piece of note paper she could find?  

Most likely we'll never know why she chooses this moment to never see Jim Ezzell again but we do know that he was able to change her mind.  We also know this note was written prior to October 1897 as that's when she and Jim were married.  It might possibly have been around 1895 as that was when her mother Sophia Riley Gunn Moran passed away and hence, the black bordered paper.




Mr. Ezzell,


You will please excuse me this morning.  
I can not see you again.


F.L. Moran



I can't excuse you.  I have something very important for you.  Are you angry at me this morning?


Jim-------------



I would imagine that for her to address him as "Mr. Ezzell" she was not happy with him. I'm also assuming that she normally addresses him as Jim since that is how he signed his portion of the note.

In today's terms, this note is the 19th century equivalent of a "tweet."  :)  Short, under 140 characters, and returned by the recipient.

Rose of Texas & the Violet of Tennessee, 1900

This article was among the papers of Fannie Moran.  James Moran III, was the "Gallant Son of Tennessee" who gave the speech prior to the concert given by Miss Effie CHISUM and Fannie.  He covers everything and everyone from the Alamo, Davy CROCKETT, Sam HOUSTON and James K. POLK.   I'm sure all of you Texans out there feel indebted to us Tennesseans since we "furnished most of the blood and iron that carved that splendid empire from the wilderness" known as Texas.  But, let's be fair.  James H. MORAN III was a lawyer and it's a lawyers job to put together a bunch of fancy words.  He certainly did that.  So much so that it pretty much overshadows Miss CHISUM and Miss MORAN.   However, at the end he did seem to remember those two "true representatives of that noblest womanhood that ever trod the earth."


The Weekly News - 
Paris, Texas June 15 1900

BEAUTIFUL WORDS

Were Those Spoken by a Gallant Son of Tennessee.

The following are the remarks of a brilliant young lawyer of DRESDEN, Tennessee, in introducing Miss Effie CHISUM, of PARIS, upon the occasion of a recital given there by herself and Miss MORAN, whom she is visiting:

Ladies and gentlemen:

Tennessee loves Texas.  Next to the smiling valleys, the sun-tipped hills, and the great green mountains of our own native state, perhaps the dearest land on earth to the hearts of all Tennesseeans (sic) are the blossoming plains that spread beneath the blended blue sunny skies of happy, hearty, wholesom Teexas (sic).

We love to boast that we furnished most of the blood and iron that carved that splendid empire from the wilderness; we love to tell that Tennessee blood was shed in her behalf, that Tennessee gave her sons to be broken on the wheel of war in order that the flag of Texas might float free in the Heavens; love to tell how that empire was cemented with the blood of our sons and the tears of our daughters.

We of this section are especially wont to tell how Davy CROCKETT, a pioneer of our county, went from the halls of the national congress where he represented our district, out into the wilderness and poured out his rich life blood at the ALAMO in behalf of Texas Freedom and Texas glory.  We are proud to boast of how Sam Houston, who had resigned the governorship of Tennessee, crossed into the wilds and led the magnificent fight that gave to Texas a station among the nations of the earth and gave to the flag of the single star an immutable glory and immortal place in history.  And then we love to tell how that distinguished Tennesseean (sic) became the first president of that new republic, how he founded and grounded its liberties, how he dominated its institutions and how he brought it as an offering to the United States--how he gave to this nation a broad empire; and how under the influence of the election of James K. POLK, another distinguished Tennesseean (Sic), as president of the United States, the offering was accepted and that splendid star was placed in its proper position amid the galaxy of bright stars that beamed and twinkled and gleamed in the ensign of the republic, how that people became our people, and our flag became their blood, and our spirit became their spirit.

And then we love to tell how hosts of Tennesseeans (sic) crossed the rolling river that sings its way to the shimmering sunlit summer sea and reclaimed the wild and conquered the wilderness, making it blossom as the rose, how they cultivated the loamy land and made the white cotton flourish on the plains and the green corn to tremble in the valleys, how they founded splendid cities and builded beautiful temples, and erected magnificent institutions of learning to shed their light upon civilization and illumine the pathway of the race.  And greater than all, how they founded and builded happy homes around which cluster the roses of purity and love, where culture and refinement thrive and bravery and beauty are bred.

And on account of our love for Texas and our chivalric regard for its sweet, noble womanhood, we are delighted to welcome among us tonight a charming daughter of that fair, dear land, whose mind reflects the culture of noble institutions of learning and the refinement of exalted society, whose eyes reflect the blue of her native Heavans (sics) and whose cheeks reflect the beauty and bloom of her own sweet prairie blossoms.

If Texas owes Tennessee aught for services rendered in establishing her eternal glory, then our little city as an integral part of Tennessee is justly due a portion of that obligation, and tonight this fair daughter will pay at least the interest upon that indebtedness.  Doubtless when she shall have finished we will all feel that the balance should be struck and the ledger closed, for she will have paid the debt, principal, interest and cost.

But I for one am opposed to closing the account.  I favor keeping it open that she may come again and again and make payments, and if she refuses to do so, then I favor sending some one to the state of Texas to sue.

Let her be "sued" under Texas statutes, for there we may collect 12 percent interest whereas, here the law will allow but 6 per cent.  Surely she would not plead the "Statute of Limitation" in a matter of this kind.

Side by side with her I have the pleasure to present also a fair daughter of our own dear Tennessee--one whom we all know and appreciate for her rare beauty, for her accomplishments and talents, for her nobility of character and for her splendid virtues.

I might present one as the Rose of Texas, the other as the Violet of Tennessee, or one as the Blossom of the Prairie, the other as the Lily of the Valley, but this dignifies the flowers too much.  I prefer to present them as what they really are--true representatives of that noblest womanhood that ever trod the earth with dainty foot--sweet southern womanhood that hath exalted us and made us great and placed us in the vanguard of the world's development and progress.  The sweet southern woman who sits upon a pedestal of honor erected out of a nation's love and around whom clusters chivalric knighthood and the tender touch of her white hands, the tender prayer of her pure soul, the tender influence of her sweet love, makes that knighthood worthy to wear the whitest rose.

I present these young ladies with pleasure, and I say unto you that if Eve were half so fair and half so gracious as either of these, the I fancy Adam sighed but little, though in gaining her he lost the Paradise of Eden.

Ladies and gentlemen, Miss CHISUM, of Texas; Miss MORAN, of Tennessee.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Florence Drewry letter to J.W. Moran 1911

This letter is to J.W. Moran from Florence Drewry Blakemore.

Dresden Feb 13th 1911

My Dear Friend:

Nannie has just finished writing to you, and if I chance to give Jim a few of her items kindly excuse it.  Mr. Moran of course you remember old Dr. CUTLER.  I was starting to write something of Mrs. GARRETT being compelled to believe that "tis an ill wind that blows nobody any good" in this case she is the beneficiary of a good slice of the goods.  The ill wind having blown her husband to Washington, you to Nashville, and a good one wafted Jim to his, in her unprotected state.  You will wonder when Dr. Cutler comes in.  Our Father was always amused when he made a quotation by his raising his voice and giving the author. many times I heard him and the old Dr give the author with such an air

Oh!  Mr. Moran Dresden has been at a white heat our Martins fight for the Courthouse.  The same old fight, though the tactics were new this time only it would be but the beginning of the end.  I always find myself thinking "Tacky Martin".  Jim EDWARDS was here on a brief visit last week.  He saw his new building and Tom McELWRATHs for the first time and is delighted with the improvements.  While Jim might not to look old, he is the freshest looking man I ever saw.  He and Fannie MORAN look like they did when they were children.  He represented all his Texas friends as well as prospers and the state firmly divided into Bailey and Anti-Bailey.  Ethel Jones will give a Valentine party tomorrow night in the interests of the "WCTU"

Measles has hit the town in different localities and I have been in rather closely , never having had it.  So I simply do not know anything.  Mrs. MOONEY is with Maud in Nashville. Mrs. MCCUAN has been quite sick for several weeks.  Mr. BARRS place looks lonesome and so does yours.  I am very much interested in  you getting back to see to your garden and "things" visions of "Cantaloups" are beginning to scamper though my mind.

Everything looks all right at your home so far as the care of it is concerned but it is so lonely not to see you all there.  Make hast and get well.  Give my love to Harrell & Fannie & the family & Jim and Harrell came home both well.

Sincerely,
Florence Blakemore


Who are you and What is your Business? Dresden Tennessee

I have no idea what the age of this list is but given the other documents that I found it in I'd say it's maybe 1920ish.  It's just a list of names and the type of business the person was in.  I'll transcribe it so that it is searchable via things like bing and google.

These names are at the top with no designation as to their business or why they are listed at the top.
Judge ELKINS
Romie BODEN
Brink BODEN
Garret SANDERS
Jack PENTECOST
C.H. MORAN
S.T. BOWLIN
Carmon BOWLIN
Paul JETER
Fred ARGO
John INSCO

Druggists-
J.O. ALEXANDER
Roy BRASFIELD
Tom IRVINE

Dry Goods-
L.L. REAVIS
Fred MAYO
R.L. JETER
H.T. REAVIS
Connor SHANNON
George SMITH
R.C. LEWIS

Bankers-
J.C. VAUGHAN
T.A. LEWIS
C.S. JETER
Conyer RAWLS

Lawyers-
I.L. BANKS
Harry JONES
R.E. MAIDEN, SR.
R.E. MAIDEN, JR.
C.A. OGAN
King WEBB
Allen STRAWBRIDGE
J.W. THOMAS
Robert JETER
Alf  THOMASON

Grocers-
Marshall TUCKER
                             SCATES
E.A JETER
R.H. PRITCHETT
J.R. PRITCHETT
Billy MAYO
W.C. FREEMAN
John IRVINE
Bump IRVINE
Clarence TAYLOR
Oscar TAYLOR
Jethro FERRELL
E.E. OLDS
Thomas OLDS
Pete HARRIS
Sam WINSTEAD
Tom LOYD
George WASH
Charley WOODS

Teachers-
Ralph BRANN
Frank TAYLOR
C.E, BROCK
A.S. CAMPBELL

Service Gas and Oil
Lee BRASFIELD                           TUCK
Shorty WHARTON                        TUCK
E.S. BROOKS                           Ed KING
Joe HILLIARD                           Bill HOUSE
Alvis HARPER                            Bob HOUSE
Waymon GAYLORD                 Gene SHAW
W.C. SEAT                               C.L. VITITOE
George MAYO
Ralph KENNEDY
Alex CHANDLER
Rastus IRVINE

Garages, Cars Repairs
Reuben TAYLOR
Otis TAYLOR
John TAYLOR
O.W. BEARD

Public Officers
Dr. INGRAM
Arden BROOKS
C.C. BUMPAS
C.E. SANDEFER
Gromme HERRON  (Grooms Herron, corrected 9/6/2012. Thank you Dean Herron for the information!)
R.E. ELLIS
George WIGGS
Harry SPEIGHTS
Tom GROOMS
Emmet ACREE
Cayce PENTECOST
Jack JOLLEY

Preachers
W.E. MISCHKE
Rev. STUBBLEFIELD
Rev. HENLEY
Rev. HALE

Newspaper
J.L. HOLBROOK
Guy SMITH
Joe C. HOLBROOK
T.T. MOORE

Floral
Jack FREEMAN

Lumber
Raymond SMITH
Ral PEERY

Radio
B.W. CARROLL

Plumbing
Raymond BAUGHAN (Last name for Raymond and Ellis is VAUGHAN)
Ellis BAUGHAN

Doctors / Dentists
UPCHURCH
TAYLOR
FIELDS
SMITH

Ice / Coal
Woody SMITH
Harold BROOKS

These two names were at the bottom with no designation as to business.
W.H. McKENZIE
R.E. DOWNEY

The Drewry Sisters: Nannie and Florence, July 1919

Nannie Drewry
Came across another chatty letter from Nannie Drewry to Charles Harrell Moran and from her sister Florence Drewry Blakemore as well.

Harrell had always been sickly and had been away at a sanitarium in Battle Creek Michigan also known as a health resort. Which accounts for the reason Nannie didn't know he had been away. Nannie speaks about the sale of ETHERIDGE land.  That would be Emerson ETHERIDGE, an attorney in Dresden and neighbor of the Moran's.  He was also a Tennessee state representative.  George Boyd was a Moran relative and he worked at the Dresden Bank, owned by the Moran family.  Several other Dresdenites are mentioned and perhaps someone will recognize one of their family in this letter.

For more information about Nannie Drewry be sure to visit the blog entry titled Nannie Drewry of Dresden Tennessee


Dresden Tenn
July 27, 1919

Dear Harrel (Everyone spells his name wrong!)

page 1
Of course we didn't know of your where abouts until you were ready to return, but when we discovered you were so far away we missed you awfully and won't be satisifed until you return safely.

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Martha is back.  Clem met her at McKenzie and her crowd assembled at the station.  I met her yesterday at Mrs. HILLS, Clem and Mrs MAIDEN spent an evening with us.  Clem says M- has broadened in all lines.  She is very well satisfied with the progress she has made.  She certainly has physically, her face has lost its delicate contour, but she just scintillates energy, youth and health.  Mrs. Charley MEADERS is here with her family, but only for a visit.  Bessie went on to Nashville to join her husband who is back from the war.


page 2
Since the Fourth Dresden hasn't had anything except the big sale of the ETHERIDGE land, it is so beautiful over there, with its bridges and white washed trees.  The spirit of romance seemed always in those hills and it seems we have to thank Messrs. POTTER, MOORE, KILLEBREW, MAIDEN & HOLLADAY for the expression of those hidden beauties.  Every body in Court Circles seems to treat Mr HOLLADAY as they please and it was rich the way he "got in" on the deal, it seemed the other three bid $2300.  Mr. H started to raise it and they had to take him in, the whole place sold for eleven thousand and everyone seems sorry that Mr. H was included in the deal, I am glad.

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page 3





Ella has been very sick, but is out of danger now.  I have just been over there, and George BOYD is getting over his spell slowly, which reminds me of Rolandus LEWIS he married several weeks since, his nurse, he is going to bring her home soon.  I hope you are feeling all right.  We miss you very much, just knowing you are gone makes us lonesome.  Dear Harrel I have nothing to make a letter interesting its such an awful hot spell.  I don't know what I've written but I do hope you are all right and will feel permanently benefitted by your trip.


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With love,
Nannie DREWRY







Florence Drewry was married to John W. Blakemore. The Blakemore's were related to the Moran'.s

Letter from Florence Drewry Blakemore:
Dresden July 26th, 1919

Florence Blakemore
side 1
My Dear Harold

We are beginning to get lonesome for a sight of you.  Jim told us a few days ago that you were at "Battle Creek", and we do hope that you are "cool & pleasant".  It has been awfully hot here every since you have been gone.  I am so glad you are at "Battle Creek".  I have always had so much confidence in the "Mayo Brothers".  I hope it will be cooler here when you get home.  We saw Virginia late yesterday evening.  There was an Ice Cream Supper for the Methodist Church and it was so warm that they concluded not to go so they drove home and brought their cream home and Virginia & James brought us over some- such a nice treat.

Florence Blakemore
side 2
Wednesday I was interrupted and could not finish and now might just let this be a note - go with what I hope is a letter from  Nannie & that she has told you all the news.  Our sick people, "George & Ella are both better- & each of them had a serious time and Harold I do hope you will come homewill be strong.  It so lonesome not to see you pass- you have not hurt yourself coming over the past year, but if you come home strong & well, I will forgive that.  Look at and tell us all about Battle Creek.  Nannie says I must stop & go & take her letter.

With best wishes and love, I am sincerely Florence BLAKEMORE

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fatherless Children of France Child No. 7768

Joseph Nouguier
taken about 1917



This letter and picture were among the papers of Charles Harrell Moran but I'm not sure why.  Harrell did sponsor an orphan from the Fatherless Children of France but not the orphan in this letter and picture.  The letter is addressed to Mrs. L.K. Thompson in Memphis Tennessee.  The orphan has the unique number of 7768.  I wonder if he received a sponsor.

The Fatherless Children of France, Inc.
Incorporated 1918
665 Fifth Avenue, New York
Telephone 7581 Plaza

August 29, 1918

Mrs. L.K. Thompson,
1459 Monroe Ave.,
Memphis, Tenn.

Dear Mrs. Thompson:--

I am enclosing a photograph of one of the children whose name appears on the French list we sent you May 27th:

No. 7768  NOUGUIER, Dieudonne-Joseph
                 Lezignan-la-Oebe, (Herault)
                 born Oct 2 1914

The adopter of this child will doubtless be delighted to have this photograph.

Yours very truly,
Philip Posener
Assistant Treasurer

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

WWII War Ration Book No. 3, 1943

World War II rationing began in 1942.  Rationing was an attempt to keep prices low and to give everyone a chance to get scarce items. Each family member was issued a ration book and the family pooled all the stamps to purchase the items they needed, or could get, that particular week with the stamps.

This booklet belonged to James H. Moran.

No. 4113916 BX
War Ration Book No. 3















The stamps were actually quite small.




Instructions
1. This book is valuable. Do not lose it.

2. Each stamp authorized you to purchase rationed goods in the quantities and at the times designated by the Office of Price Administration.  Without the stamps you will be unable to purchase those goods.

3. Detailed instructions concerning the use of the book and stamps will be issued.  Watch for those instructions so that you will know how to use your book and stamps.  Your local War Price and Rationing Board can give you full information.

4. Do not throw this book away when all of the stamps have been used, or when the time for their use has expired.  You may be required to present this book when you apply for subsequent books.

Rationing is a vital part of your country's war effort.  Any attempt to violate the rules in an effort to deny someone his share and will create hardship and help the enemy.

The book is your Government's assurance of your right to buy your fair share of certain goods made scarce by war.  Price ceilings have also been established for your protection.  Dealers must post these prices conspicuously.  Don't pay more.

Give your whole support to rationing and thereby conserve our vital goods.  Be guided by the rule:

"If you don't need it, DON'T BUY IT."

The Fatherless Children of France, Jean Roy


To my Godfather and Benefactor
Jean Roy
I spoke about the generosity and selflessness of Charles Harrell Moran in the post God, Others, and Ourselves.  Today's post could be seen as a followup since it is all about a little French boy who was orphaned in World War I and who was "adopted" by Charles Harrell Moran through The Fatherless Children of France organization.  I must admit however my skepticism about the organization and wonder if it was a scam.


















Harrell became the child's benefactor for a period of years.  The letters I've found so far span from 1918 - 1921 and include pictures of Jean Roy and his sister Suzanne.  Should I come across more of these letters I will add them into this entry.












Letter One, page 1
Oct 13, 1918 page 1
Epinay sur Orge, 13th October 1918

My dear benefactor,
I am still to young to write you a nice long letter myself to thank you for your great kindness in adopting me as your Godson of War, and for the ten francs you sent me.  I was named after my two grand-fathers, Jean Joel Roy.  My paternal grandparents are dead, but I am happy to have my maternal grandparents still.  I am six years old.  I was born on the eighth of February 1912, at Levallois Perres, near Paris, where my father Benjamin Roy was a school master.  He was killed near Peronne departement of the Lomme, on the 26 September 1914, scarcely two months after the declaration of War.





Letter One, page 2
Oct 13, 1918 page 2
I have a sister four years older than myself, her name is Suzanne.  She lives with my grand parents at Conflans-sur-Seine since she was about a year old.  I am with mamma who is a governess at Epinay-sur-Orge.  I spend my holidays at Conflans with my grandparents who are teachers also, and I am very happy with them and I enjoy myself very much there.  During the last holidays many English, Italian and French soldiers came to the village, but no Americans.  My grandmother had a military costume made for me, with the number of my father's regiment, 17th territorial infantry.  She had my photo taken in it with my sister Suzanne- I am sending it to you.
A mon cher Parrain
Monsieur C.H. Moran
Jean Roy 6ans 1/2
Suzanne Roy 10 ans 1/2









Mamma is going to have another taken as you asked and I shall send it to you.

















Letter One, page 3
I don't remember my father, being only two years old when he went away, but his portrait is in mamma's bedroom, and I see it every day.

Oct 13, 1918 page 3
I am learning to read and write with mamma who teacher other little children.  I begin to know a little and I send you a few word in French as a sample of what I can do.  My great uncle Edouard  Ramette was a Minister at Lowell, Massachusetts.  In spite of his age, he belonged to the American Army as Director of "Foyer du Soldat".

My aunt Marguerite who has learnt English will answer your kind letter, and she says she will teach me English when I am older.  I shall then be able to correspond myself





Oct 13, 1918 page 4






Letter One, page 4
with you.

With my mother's and my grandparents' best thanks in which I join, believe me, my dear Godfather your affectionate Godson.

Jean Roy
Cher parrain.  Je vous remercie beaucoup de vos bontes. et je vous embrasse comme je vous aime. 
Jean Roy
Translated:  Dear sponsor. I thank you very much for your kindness. and I embrace you as I love you.




Letter Two
Letter Two page 1
 Original in French
Letter two, dated May 12, 1919,  was written by "Widow Nauguer Marthe" in French. Actually, I'm not sure if this is related to Jean Roy or not because his last name is Roy and this woman's name is not Roy!  Also, in the letter she says her husband died a few days before the birth of his son.  Jean Roy has stated twice that his father died when he was two years old.  Maybe C.H. Moran sponsored two French orphans?  

I don't think C.H. Moran knew French because there is an enclosed translation of the letter done by F.C. EZELL.  The stationery used by F.C. Ezell says Leaf Tobacco, Dresden, Tenn.  I have not yet figured out how this Ezell may be related to the Moran's.  The other interesting thing is that F.C. spells their name EZELL whereas all of the others spell it EZZELL.  So that's another thing to add to my to-do list.  Here is LETTER TWO:
Letter two page 2
Original in French




Translation of Letter Two, page 1 by F.C. Ezell
Montblanc, May 12, 1919

Sir and Dear Benefactor,

Thru your generosity I have just received a second aid of 45 francs and I come to thank you for it as I did for the last contribution.  I hope that you will have received my letter of thanks.

Excuse me if in this interval I have not written to you:  I have been seriously ill and been very busy; for we have been obliged to change our residence.  The proprietors having sold the house in which we were living we are staying at present at Montblanc, 15 kilometers from our former home.

Your little adopted orphan is in splendid health , is growing fast and is very wise.  He speaks often of his protector from America; he would like to know if you have a little boy of his age and that when he is larger he will have learned to read and write and will send him some letters.

Every day he goes to school and he already knows almost all the letter os the alphabet.  Moreover he is very intelligent and learned quickly everything

Translation of Letter Two, page 2 by F.C. Ezell
that is told to him.  He knows his prayers well and says it every day.  What a joy if his poor father had had the happiness of seeing him; it was not to be that, for he was killed six days before my little one came into the world.  This has been very cruel for me for I have been compelled to have only care for my child.

Generous benefactor I have wished to lighten our difficulties and my son and I keep for you an undying gratitude.

Thanking you for your kindness, accept dear Benefactor, my thanks and the expression of my profound gratefulness.

Widow Nouguier Marthe
Montblanc (Herault) France

P.S. In order to be sure that you have received my correspondence I am registering my letter.




Letter Three
Epinay, 22nd December 1919

My dear God-father and Benefactor,

Yesterday I received a letter from the Director of the fatherless children of France in Paris, on which he told me that you are so kind as to continue your assistance for the new year.

I thank you very much and also mother for your generosity.

I will try to deserve your kind offices, and I shall take pains with all my heart at school.

Now, I am in the "high school",. I mean in the 'boys' school", since the month of October and I earned the second place; mother wants me to be the first scholar in my class.

Once again, thank you, my dear Benefactor, may I beg you will kindly accept the assurance of the deep respect of your 

Affectionate God-son,
Jean Roy

Letter Four page 1
Epinay, 6th April 1920

Letter four April 1920
page 1
My dear Godfather and Benefactor,

I want, and mamma also, to thank you for the check which we have received a few days ago, and you may be sure that we never forget all your kindness.

I always study my best at school, and I obtained the first place in the composition of the last month.  

My father was a school-master, and was killed in the beginning of the war (on September 1914), mamma received a letter from my father's Director.  Here is what he says to mamma:  "the Government has sent me a  commemorative medal in the name of Mr. Roy.  This medal is to be placed in Mr. Roy's class, which will bear his name

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Letter four April 1920
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in the future.  A ceremony will shortly take place to that purpose and I beg you to be present at that ceremony.  Please, be so kind as to forward me, as soon as possible, a photo of Mr. Roy.  I destine it to a picture in which the medal will be enclosed.  This picture is to be placed in the class."

Mamma has sent him a large portrait of papa, and answered that she will be present at the ceremony, also grandfather, grandmother, aunt Marguerite and I.

I was only a baby two years old when my poor daddy has gone away.  I never saw him again, but in spite of that, I remember him very well.  (It's interesting that Jean Roy remembers him very well in this letter because in the first letter on page three he states "I don't remember my father, being only two years old when he went away".)

We are all happy to see that our Country has kept his memory and will pay the last honor to him, but how we should have preferred he

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Letter four April 1920
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comes back near us for ever.

This regret for the loss of me dear daddy brings me, naturaly, to express to you all the gratitude of France for America and I beg you to receive, my dear Godfather and Benefactor, the best regards from 
Your affectionate and grateful Godson,

Jean Roy 8 ans a Epinay-sur-Orge (Seine-etOise) France










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Epinay 13th January 1921
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My dear Godfather and Benefactor,

Mamma has just received today the check of Frs. 45, set in your name by the Director of "The Fatherless Children of France"; we thank you so much, and we take the opportunity to offer you our best wishes for the new year.  I pray God to have you and your family in his safe and holy keeping.

We were present at the "Christmas Tree"; it was a nice feast given by the "Combatants Association".  There were toys, oranges, cakes, clothes, dress for the Fatherless Children of War; also a puppet-show (which is called in French "Guiguol").  The puppets beat on another with





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Letter five page 2
sticks; we had a very good time for it was full of fun.

Here is my photo.  I give you it as an affectionate and grateful remembrance from 

Your little Godson,
Jean Roy









Jean Roy

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Letter Six Page 1
Epinay, 5th July 1921

My dear Godfather and Benefactor,

First, we want to thank you very much, Mother and I, for the check of 45f, which we have received from the Director of the Fatherless Children of France.

Last Saturday, the match between Dempsey and Carpentier took place at Jersey City; it was exactly a quarter to nine (that is to say: a quarter to four in America) when we knew that Carpentier was knock out as soon as the fourth round.



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Every body was at the windows, or in the streets, to see the aeroplanes throwing up red rockets; in a moment, we saw two white rockets, and we understood that the victorious was Jack Dempsey.
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Of course, we should have liked to see Carpentier victorious, but mother said we must remember this; Dempsey is the countryman of the strong soldiers who have come from America, to help us against the "Boches". (Boche was an offensive slang term of the period for Germans, particularly German soldiers of the first and second World Wars)

In that moment we did not complain that the American had the fist too hard.

Now, my dear Godfather, in a month, it is the long vacation; I go at my grand parents' house, and I intend to have a very good time, like every year.





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Before enclosing my letter, I send my dear Godfather and Benefactor, also Mamma, our best thoughts and gratitude.

Your affectionate Godson,
Jean Roy










Added April 5, 2014

I want to thank Ms. Hillary Kaell for supplying the following translation for the letter dated February 4, 1919.  It seems very possible that the letters from Nouguier Marthe are not related to those of Jean Roy and that Uncle Brud was sponsoring two children.


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Widow Nouguier Feb 4 1919
Lezignan-la-cebe 4 February 1919
Dear and generous benefactor,

It was only yesterday the 3 February, that I had the honour of receiving the name and address of the generous Benefactor who has deigned to interest himself in the fate of an unhappy widow and her war-orphan son.

My child is still too youn so it falls to me the task of sending you my thanks and of expressing to you my deepest gratitude












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Be assured, dear and generous Benefactor, that the help that I will receive will be consecrated (earmarked/used) for the education of my child, so that later, if God preserves him for me, he will become a man worthy to present himself in society.

I am always at your disposal to give you all the information that it pleases you to ask me.

Be assured, dear and generous Benefactor, of my profound respect and my sincere gratitude.  For my son Nouguier Dieudonne. 1
The mother, widow Nouguier Marthe
Lezignan-la-cebe (Herault)

Widow Nouguier Feb 4 1919


This letter I came across after posting the blog in June 2012.
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Oct 12 1921, Page 1, Jean Roy
Epinay, 12th October 1921
My dear Godfather and Benefactor,

I want to thank you, also Mamma, for the check of 45f which I received, in your name, from the Director of the Fatherless Children of France.

I am writing to you near an open window, because it is fine weath to-day, like in summer.  So, I have a little regret to be at school: the re-opening was Saturday, 4th of October, instead of Monday; was it not stupid?

Alas, I have done all my tasks, that our school master had given to the pupils for the long vacation, he thought I am in advance, and placed me, for 3 years, with the big boys, twelve and thirteen, in spite of I am only nine.

Before returning to Epinay, Grannie took me to the Theatre "Chatelet", in Paris, to see "The voyage round the World in eighty days" a nice fairy-scene for children.



Oct 12 1921, page 2, Jean Roy
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It is too long, my dear Godfather, to tell you that story in full.  I remember, amongst the various incidents of the play, that an English gentleman, Mr. Phileas Fogg has laid, in a club, a bet of one million francs to do the voyage round the world in eighty days.  He took his man-servant, surnamed "Pass-partout" (that is to say; pass every where).

I saw them in India, travelling on an elephant, also in a serpent's cavern; they were saved by Hindoo priestess.  Themselves saved (always in India) young Princess Aouda's life; she was to be burnt, in great pomp and ceremony in the Temple, because her husband had just died.  Upon this occasion, there were two splendid ballets.  Then, when she was deliverd, Princess Aouda wanted to follow Mr. Fogg, to shun Hindoo priests.

After that, they went in America, and their train was attacked by the Red men; it was terrible; the battle began, and put everything to fire.

Mr. Phileas Fogg and "Passe-partout" were victori0us, and all Red-men killed.

Near me, a little girl was afraid and cried; I reassured her as well as I could.


Oct 12 1921, page 3, Jean Roy
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At last, our two travellers returned to London by steamer "Henrietta", which Mr. Fogg bought to the Captain, because this one had a mind to go in England after a long way round, and Mr. Fogg was in a hurry: only a few days before the date, fixed for the eighty days.  Nor more coal, and Liverpool was within sight.  Mr. Fogg did not hesitate, he left "Henrietta', also "Pase-partout" and Mrs. Aouda, taking only their money in a bag, they swam to Liverpool, and reached the city in safe.

So, they took the train for London at nine in the evening, on the appointed day, Mr. Fogg entered in the club; he had gained his bet.

To end this story, Mr. Fogg married Princess Aouda, and "Passe-partout", Mrs. Aouda's maid-So that not nice!

I notice that I am chattering long; please, excuse me, my dear Godfather, and before enclosing my letter, let me send you all my best thoughts and gratitude.

Your affectionate Godson
Jean Roy.