My grandmother, as many of you know, recently passed away. As the “family historian,” I had the good fortune to receive many of the tangible pieces of her long life for safe keeping. This is where it all started …
Mary Lucile Crowe (Mary Lou) was born on November 6, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her parents were Harold J. and Lucile Crowe. They lived at 1337 Tabor Street at the time. I tried to find a current picture of the house, but it appears it has been demolished in favor of an Interstate. (cue sad violin music).
In 1930, Mary Lou was 4 years old. She had an older sister, older brother, and a younger brother. Her father, Harold Crowe, worked as an auto mechanic and the family was living at 1637 Raymond Street in Indianapolis. It was a rental home and they paid $32.50 per month for rent. Again, I tried to find the house, but it is now just an empty lot.
The family moved to 2435 S. State Street in 1933 and stayed there until 1939. This is what the house looks like today:
During my grandmother’s childhood, she received several cards from Sister Catherine Elizabeth, whom I can only assume was one of the nuns at St. Catherine’s Catholic School. I believe this is a sample of my grandmother’s early handwriting (no self-respecting nun would ever have penmanship like this).
Her childhood was not without its share of sorrow, apparently. I found this prayer card for Joseph Fischer, who died when my grandmother was barely 7 years old.
… and this one for Mary Donoghue, who died when she was almost 9 years old:
I have no idea how or if she knew either of these people. Clearly, it will require further research.
In 1940, the family moved to 2133 Madison Avenue and remained there until 1941. Then they lived at 839 Weghorst Street. This is how those two houses look today:
In January 1942, they lived at 520 Bacon Street. All of these houses have seen better days …
And sometime during the year, they moved to 1249 Morgan Drive. I feel pretty sure this house has had some “work” done.
I don’t know how long they lived at this address, as I have been unable to locate the family in the city directories again until 1947, and by that time Mary Lou was already married … but that’s another story.
Stay tuned! Mary Lou goes to grammar school!Do we share ancestors? Email me: lostancestors AT gmail DOT com
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