Phosie married Guy Baker, date as yet unknown, and they lived in Bucoda, WA, a prairie town south of Olympia, where Guy was station master for the Northern Pacific Railroad. They had one adopted daughter, Mary.
The direct descendants. These are the ones who used to make their parents wear the silly hats. Now the next generation is seeing to it that the tradition continues.
When we gathered last Sunday, the five attending grandchildren of Phosie and Gertie, now our oldest living generation (who knew we'd get "old" so fast) attempted to tell some stories of what they remembered of their grandmothers. I was struck at how little they knew about what must have been remarkable lives. Tom, our family historian, will soon do more digging and try to discover some of the missing details.
Our group last Sunday was smaller than in some years, but with spouses, it represents part of the legacy of these two pioneer women.
We will not be with our own grandchildren on Grandparents' Day, since they live 1500 miles away, so they sent us "hugs", which will keep us feeling loved anyway.