My mother’s name was Ethel Blake. Her father’s name was Alexander Blake and his mother, Mary McClennan, was born in Scotland. When Mary was a little girl the family lived in a sod house. One day she lost her sewing needle. After much searching, they found it stuck in the damp sod that was clinging to the sole of a shoe.
Mother’s mother was Edna Ellen Carpenter. I think her father’s name was Edward. He was an old grandfather when the first automobile was invented. On one of his first rides in an open touring car, a dog began barking at the car. Grandpa leaned over the edge of the door and barked at the dog, “Woof! Woof!” His false teeth flew out of his mouth to the road. The dog picked them up and went running across the field. Grandpa never saw them again.