I never knew my grandfather; he died the year before I was born. But I well remember my grandmother...she lived to be 98!
|Jesse Carroll Venable (my grandfather), Fannie A. Edmonds Venable (my grandmother)|
and John Edmonds Venable (my dad)
My grandmother remarried when I was probably seven or eight to an older widower who was looking for a "proper" woman to take care of him, clean and cook, be a traveling companion in his old age. He was very good to my grandmother, but because he had never had children nor been around children, he was somewhat scary to us!!! My memories of him are pretty vague but I do remember the house he built for my grandmother in New London, Missouri. It was a nice little brick two bedroom house with a great area for a garden. My grandmother raised all her own vegetables, had chickens, and did a lot of canning and preserving.
|J. Guy Biggs (my grandmother's second husband) and my grandmother|
on a trip, Hot Springs, Arkansas (I think)
We would go over for a visit on Sundays; my grandmother was a fabulous cook!! Her fried chicken was out of this world! And she made a killer coconut cake...my favorite! Remember... this was pre-television days and pre-ipads, kindles, etc. And their generation truly believed in the maxim..."Children should be seen but not heard"!!! My grandmother's cooking was about the only thing we had to look forward to!!!
But being polite children, we would take our coloring books and sit quietly while the adults conversed about exciting topics like the weather, the crops, the price of livestock!! My grandmother's husband was a pretty well to do farmer and, of course, these were subjects dear to my dad's heart too, through his auctioneering and farming businesses. I am sure we were there no more than three or four hours....but in my memory...it seemed like YEARS!!!!