Friday, June 19, 2009

Glader and Nora

Glader Mae Mills is pictured above with her mother, Nora Thornton Johnson, at the Johnson home up the North Road across from the old Ryans Well school house, now the area's community center. I'd guess that this photo was taken in the late 1970s. Nora died in August 1979 so it would have been before then.

Glader's husband, Henry, died of a heart attack in 1963 at the age of 53. After Henry's death, Glader moved into an apartment that her son Paul had built onto his house near Fulton. Glader lived here until her father died in 1971. After Fisher's death, Glader moved back home with her mother and cared for her until Nora's death in 1979. At that time, Glader moved in with her daughter Vera Mae.

Nora's kitchen had a homemade table with two benches on either side. My husband remembers sitting on those benches, which were backless. There was also a wood-burning stove in the kitchen. The house was heated with a coal-burning fireplace in the front room. This coal fireplace was still being used at the time Mike and I were married. Outside, there was a shed on the left side of the house that was covered in flattened tins of Prince Albert tobacco cans. Since Mike doesn't remember either Nora or Fisher using tobacco, the tins likely came from Uncle Joe Johnson who lived with the couple for several years. Joe was Fisher's older brother who never married.

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