Dear friends, once again it is my pleasure to present to you Kathleen Mae Schneider and Chapter 4, Part 1 of her series In-Dell-ible Memories!
and gazing out the window as she awaited surgery. Directly below was the small town of Violet Hill – Mother's birthplace – and up across the valley
The Shady Dell, where she lived in the house built by her father, George A. Brown.
of a state-of-the-art hospital there was a one-room schoolhouse where she learned the three R’s. She recalls it was also an excellent sledding hill.
Margaret’s fifth grade school picture
ing into the snow before trudging back home to dry their wet clothing beside their mother Allie's kitchen stove.
in and around the barn. On the third floor of
their house was a large attic playroom, filled with dozens of toys and a real live monkey. They quite simply "had it all", as my aunt once said.
The Shady Dell Woods today.
By the way, on a recent visit
I discovered a real house farther up the hill.
I have of my mother shows the first children to play at the Dell house and proves that my grand-
mother Allie was 'with child' nearly all of her young-adult and middle-aged years. It also shows the children's emerging personalities.
The first Dell Rats, lined up
on their proud grandparents’ porch!
if to say, "What's your problem?” Baby Mildred is next, looking restless in bunched-up leggings and leather shoes on an obviously warm day.
Margaret’s great granddaughters Kate and Samantha
in the attic at the Shady Dell open house in April 2012
Read more First Dell rat stories in:
In-Dell-ible Memories, Chapter Four Part II
Margaret's Pig Tale and Other Close Encounters
Chapter 3: The House on the Hill
Chapter 2: Margaret is Born...and So Is the Dell
Chapter 1: The Beauty and the Butcher
Introduction: My Shady Dell "Roots"