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Re: Info on Gladys Botting Pelkey b. 1916 m. Wesley Pelkey c. 1931
Posted by: Tracy Botting (ID *****9714) Date: September 17, 2012 at 08:54:07
In Reply to: Re: Info on Gladys Botting Pelkey b. 1916 m. Wesley Pelkey c. 1931 by Carolyn La Porte of 27741

Dear Caroline,

Thank you very much for this information. It is possible, and even probable, that the boys names were Fred, Jr. and Wesley. My 85-year old mother only remembered Wesley's name and said "I think he was a junior. One of them was." I guess she was thinking of the wrong boy as the junior.

By 1940 the family had broken apart, and I am almost positive that Gladys was dead. The older children had married and were rooming with their spouses in various rented rooms, but the balance lived in an apartment in Conway, NH (across from the cemetary, in fact, where many of the "boys" are buried, including my father, with their mother, Charlotte (called, and often recorded as Lotte or Lottie) Botting.

Later, when my mother (my father's second wife, Rita, in 1940 he was married to his first wife Pearl) and father lived in Conway, New Hampshire, the boys, then teenagers, came down and lived with their aunt and uncle (my mother & father) for a summer, so I know the boys at least lived into adolescence.

My reason for believing that Gladys died in a car accident before 1932 was that a local newspaper article refers to an older, married daughter who was killed in a car accident when their father killed himself by stepping in front of a train just a few days after his youngest daughter died of influenza in his wife's arms. As the article says (and my siblings and I repeat to each other quite often): "They have been an unfortunate family." Shortly before, they had a 3-year-old son who was hit by a car and killed when he was following his older siblings (including my father) down to the brook to go fishing. They had told him he was too young to go, and to stay home, and he snuck off after them, only to be stuck by a car.

If it were a novel an editor woukld say "Too much tragedy! Too much, that's just not realistic to have people suffer so much!" But, indeed, they did.

I'll keep looking for details of Gladys's demise.

Again, thanks for all of your help!


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