Sunday, May 12, 2013


The next pages of the scrapbook are what Grandma called Tidbits.  Just a little of this and that.

Loraine Gunzendorfer

I wrote about Grandma’s trip to the cannery before.  I’d like to think this photo was from an outing to the cannery but – gasp – maybe she was actually working there!  For the few reading who knew my grandmother, I’m sure you will agree that Loraine working in a cannery is about the last place I’d expect her to be working.  Actually, working anywhere is a bit of a stretch.

January 20, 1914 was Loraine Gunzendorfer’s 18th birthday.  This horoscope must have really struck a chord with her since she saved Cozette’s Horoscope.


I think it must have been the second to last paragraph that interested her.

Persons whose birthdate it is have a lucky anniversary.  They probably will benefit through the aid of their friends.  Young women have the omen of happy marriage.  Jupiter particularly benefits those who were born in 1866, 1878, 1890 and 1902.  Saturn may bring temporary trouble to those born on or near January 3.

While she wasn’t born in 1866, 1878, 1890 or 1902, we know from this scrapbook that Loraine had a lot of friends to aid her.  And since she was happily married to my grandfather for 49 years, I’d say that counts as a happy marriage.

Camera License

This must have been from her visit to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915.  Interesting that cameras had to be licensed.

The wines and liquors were on special!  This was actually on the back of a clipping (my family always called them clippings) but I found it more interesting than the story she saved.  I have to chuckle reading about Zinfandel being invigorating to the invalids and that Riesling wine makes the dinner taste better.

Wine and Liquor

Grandma writes about the Boat Club dance and the one thing she saved to help remember the event. 

Boat Club

I’m not sure this is what she was referring to but since it was on the same page, it must be.  Hard to tell since half of it is missing.

Boat Club 2

I wrote about the 1914 graduation here.  Here’s another reference to the stunt.


Friday night, Sept. 25, 14.  Mrs. Woolf gave a surprise for Helen.  We danced until nearly one o’clock.  A nice affair.  Elbert _____ (brought?) me home. 

The napkin with the flowers on it must have been a remembrance from the party.

Society Chatter

Sounds like Helen Thompson fit right into her new school.  I even have her photo from the yearbook!

Helen Thompson
Helen Thompson

Uh oh, Grandma tore her dress!  And how cute that she put a piece of it in her memory book!

Torn Dress

Here is Elbert taking her to a party again.  He was her classmate, John Elbert Hitchcock, and the brother of her BFF, Hallie Hitchcock.  I’ve been researching this family a bit as I’d love to connect with a descendant and share some of the photos with them.  No luck so far but I’m not giving up.

John Elbert Hitchcock
John Elbert Hitchcock

More tidbits coming up next time!


  1. Elbert was kinda cute! Wonder what they were up to that caused her dress to tear. And what are the two machines? Cars?

    1. Yes, Wendy, she called cars "machines". Elbert may have been cute but he was no match for my grandfather. :-)

  2. Oh those tidbits are fun! Having such a variety of tidbits really helps give some some good hints as to what her life was like on a day to day basis--trips, horoscopes,friends and parties----this is a really fun post to read.