Sunday, August 11, 2013

She saved napkins?

My grandmother, Loraine Gunzendorfer, had a wonderful scrapbook with a lot of mementos so why am I surprised to find napkins?  Not just napkins, but descriptions from where they came from and why she saved them.


Isn’t this a beautiful napkin?  Grandma’s description says:  Went to party at Margaret Wright’s Friday night May 15, 1914.  Had very nice time.  Neil Best brought me home.

Neil Best?  That’s a new name.  I don’t see him at Monterey High School in 1915.

The Wave

The Wave must have been where kids hung out in 1914-1915.  I looked quickly to see if I could find anything about this place in Monterey and was unsuccessful.  Maybe my friend and her husband, who live in Monterey and know the history, might be able to tell me something about it.

Minstrel Show

This is to remember the minstrel show at Arbolado on the 4th of July.  A wonderful affair (oh, yes) but we should worry.

While the comment “we should worry” sounds exactly like my grandmother, I’m not sure what she meant by that.  It seems like she had a “fine time” at most of the affairs she attended.  And there were a lot!

Poppy Candy Store

One night Carleton, Margaret, Hallie, Frank, Neil & I went to the “movies” together.  We had some time.  My “instructor” was overly nice to me.  But alas – he gave me this match for my precious memory book.

Why would movies and instructor be in quotes?  Was this code for something else?  I can’t imagine you would need an instructor at the movies.  And just what did “overly nice” mean?  I think I need to rein in my imagination!


Here’s another beautiful napkin and Grandma’s description:

Went to a little party at Helen Otis’ Monday night, July 20/14 with Earle.  Had an awfully good time.  The napkin is to remember it.

We’ve heard about Earle before – sounds like she and Earle spent a fair amount of time together.

In other news, last week I wrote about Grandma attending the Salinas High School Graduation in 1914 as the guest of Dorothy Striening.  I was able to connect with Dorothy’s great granddaughter through – what fun!  Dorothy’s married name was Lacey and her great granddaughter pointed out to me that Grandma danced several dances with Lacey.  And now I have found Lorin Lacey a few years behind Grandma at Monterey High School.  I might just be able to connect the dots yet!


  1. Are these all paper napkins? Some of them are amazingly intricate.

    1. Yes, paper napkins. They are beautiful, aren't they?

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    1. She did save strange things, that's for sure. But I'm sure glad she did!

  3. Debi,

    Wonderful treasures!

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Yes, indeed, pretty napkins. And like you, I wonder about those quotation marks too. Methinks Loraine was a bit of a tease.

    1. She probably was, Wendy, until she met my grandfather. I think once that happened she only had eyes for him. :-)