Will and Ruth (and a few more pictures of Jack)

 

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Back in November, I wrote a post about my husband’s great-grandparents and their son, Jack. Jack was born 100 years before my own daughter, and had some form of developmental disability. He was an example of how a happy, loving family made all the difference for him- even though we often think of those times as being much worse for children who didn’t quite fit in.

I have received a lot of messages about Jack and his family. You can read the original post here.  

Jack, 1913

Jack, 1913

Jack was the 5th child of Will and Ruth Gray. Although few letters mention Jack specifically, there is a wonderful collection of letters that were kept by Ruth. Most of them were written by Will, between the years of 1894 and 1926. They were not engaged until 1897, and they were married in 1899; so these letters cover their relationship from the very beginning.

I had mentioned that I was working on a separate blog to share these photos and letters, and I have finally gotten around to it. I added some pages with lots of additional letters and photos from family members in 1894 while Ruth was away at school. Several talk about Will and his family, who lived nearby. Some are quite interesting, if you enjoy this sort of thing as much as I do.

I plan on making regular blog entries of Will’s letters from the beginning. I hope you will enjoy their story. You will find the new blog here. And, of course, I have created a Facebook page for sharing additional info and pictures!

Camping in 1923. Jack on the right.

Camping in 1923. Jack on the right.

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