Archive for December, 2014

The Gold Mine in the Closet: In Which We Look for Edith

December 10, 2014

Sugar’s grandmother lived at 122 East Taylor Street in Savannah for as long as he knew her.

We found several photos of the house in the gold mine.

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We also found one of Edith.

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Edith worked for his grandmother. I don’t know how to properly describe what Edith did for his grandmother.  I know that she cooked and cleaned. I don’t want to call her a maid, even though that’s the descriptor we found in the city directories. I’m uptight like that, not wanting to put labels on people, even though her “job” description in the city directory says “maid”. Sugar just says Edith worked for his grandmother for a long, long time. He doesn’t call her a maid either. I suppose we could call her a housekeeper, but I think now that her role was much greater.

We were discussing Thanksgiving, and I was talking about the food that my mother made, and I asked him what his mother made, since there are differences in local dishes.  Like stuffing. Do you call it stuffing, or dressing? And is yours cornbread based, or would it be local with oysters? And did you help in the kitchen? What kind of pies were made?

He really couldn’t answer those questions, because Edith made their Thanksgiving dinner.

So now we have to know more about Edith…

But all we have is her photo. And a few Sugary memories.

Because Cat People Can Be Crazy

December 9, 2014

Three years ago I joined a FB group on aiding feral cats in the Savannah area. One day a woman posted a plea for help, all in CAPITAL LETTERS.

It seemed there was a group of cats living in her neighborhood that had taken up residence around her house. They would hang out on the front yard, the back yard, the sidewalk, under the vehicles, on the front porch, you name it, they were bold.

She pleaded for someone to help her. No one spoke up to help her. So Sugar and I did. She and I started a FB conversation on November 13, 2011.

We drove to her, about an hour’s drive each way, several times. We trapped the cats, and some I released here in my woods at the feeding station. One was young enough, and I found a home for it. We took care of all the expenses.

Then again last year, she asked for help. More cats were in her hood. I was only working part-time, but I scraped the money together to buy another trap and take to her.  I told her to call me when she trapped the cats. She didn’t seem to be capable of transporting the cats, or even arranging appointments for them to be fixed. She claimed that she was on hard times, but really, she was preaching to the choir. I was on such hard times that I developed a nutritional disease from such a poor diet. (Problem corrected now. I’m okay.)

I didn’t hear from her. I sent a message to her at one point asking for the trap back, because the mother cat and her five kittens had shown up here. I didn’t hear back from her.

Suddenly a few months ago, she’s begging me for help. At this point I’m pretty annoyed that she’s asking for help, but she’s taking trips and going out to eat with her husband. Apparently there’s money enough, just not for rescue efforts. So I told her to set the trap. And I pointed a few barbs at her for not returning the trap or letting me know that she wasn’t using it.

It got a little testy, this exchange of words. Sometimes her words would be ALL CAPS AND YELLING, and other times she was super-sweet and gracious. It occurred to me that someone who is so overly overwrought about an issue that she could help resolve, but does not, might just have a little mental issue going on.

Sugar kept saying, why can’t she do something? Why can’t she transport? Why can’t she contribute?

See what you think…


 

  • Conversation started November 13, 2011

11/13, 9:29am

Ruth Rawls

Hi Cheryl, My cell phone number is (number removed) so that you know who’s calling you. Today is Sunday and I’ll call you in a bit for directions. Ruth

  • November 17, 2011

11/17, 8:34pm

Ruth Rawls

Cheryl, here’s a link to a video that I made that I put on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhWlHAi_MQk

  • May 30, 2012

5/30, 11:28pm

Ruth Rawls

How’s your new job?!

5/30, 11:29pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

Its great. I love it there. how have u been?

5/30, 11:30pm

Ruth Rawls

Good, but really busy. If I remember correctly, are you working for a car lot in Savannah?

5/30, 11:30pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

work at jc lewis ford in savannah.

5/30, 11:32pm

Ruth Rawls

That’s what I thought. My son needs a used car. But really cheap. He bought a used car from a private individual in January, and it died a sad death last month. It could have been fixed but it would involve a new motor…

5/30, 11:34pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

thats too bad. send him to jc and ask for me if he wants and i will get him a decent salesman to help him find something he can afford.

5/30, 11:34pm

Ruth Rawls

OK, I will! Thank you!

When are you there?

5/30, 11:35pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

ur welcome. take care and take care of our 4 legged family members!

  • September 11, 2012

9/11, 9:19am

Ruth Rawls

Hi Cheryl, I’m looking for employment and would appreciate any leads you have for me.  Hope you and your family are well. Ruth

  • September 11, 2012

9/11, 12:52pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

Ruth, I am sorry to hear that. I know times are bad right now for everyone. I don’t know of anything right now but I will be sure to keep you in mind for sure. I will ask around also for you. Anything I can do for you I will. I really wish I had some leads for you. What type of work are you lookiing for? Have you tried the vet hospitals around the area. I don’t know how far you are willing to travel. I will help all I can. You have been a great friend to me I would like to return the favor if I can. Cheryl

9/11/12, 2:22pm

Ruth Rawls

Cheryl, such nice words for me to read. Thank you so much! I have my degree in business administration, and have worked in a variety of positions, generally falling back on customer service type work. I’ve done office work, like admin asst., and I was a kennel manager for a luxury boarding kennel, and a store manager for a wallpaper store, and a restaurant manager. There are still a few vet hospitals left to contact, and I truly don’t expect any results there. Just knowing that you are keeping me in mind is favor enough. Thanks again! Ruth

  • July 23, 2013

7/23/13, 8:12am

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

HI RUTH, IT’S ME, CHERYL. HOW ARE YOU? I AM MESSAGING YOU B/C I AM IN KITTY TROUBLE AGAIN. I REMEMBER YOU TELLING ME IF I HAD ANYMORE KITTIES YOU WOULD HELP. WELL, I HAVE 2 KITTIES THAT I JUST STARTED FEEDING B/C THE KIDS ACROSS THE STREET WERE FEEDING AND THE PARENTS FOUND OUT AND THEY ARE THRETENING TO POISON THEM. AND I DON’T HAVE TO TELL YOU HOW THE NEIGHBORS FEEL. I ONLY HAD BEEN GIVING THEM WATER UNTIL THIS WEEK. THEY COME TO MY HOUSE I THINK B/C THEY SEE MY KITTY IN THE WINDOW NEXT TO THE DOOR. AND YOU KNOW HOW I AM WITH CATS STARVING. IT COMES AT A BAD TIME FOR ME B/C MY HUSBAND IS SICK AGAIN AND IS HAVING 2 SURGURIES WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AND WE MAY HAVE TO STAY WITH MY DAUGHTER FOR SEVERAL MONTHS OUT OF STATE. I AM STRESSING BAD B/C I DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY AGAIN TO CARE FOR THEM OR MAY NOT BE HERE ANYWAY. I DO HAVE SOME MONEY THAT MY DAUGHTER GAVE ME THAT I CAN GIVE YOU FOR SPAYING AND NEUTERING AND SHOTS THAT CAN HELP. PLEASE, PLEASE CAN YOU TAKE THEM TO YOUR SANCTUARY IN SC?? I AM AT THE END OF MY ROPE AND I CAN NOT KEEP THEM HERE. IT HAS BEEN 2 YRS SINCE MY LAST CAPTURE OF MY KITTIES. I WONDER HOW THEY ARE? PLEASE LET ME KNOW IT YOU CAN HELP ME TRAP THEM AND TAKE THEM AWAY TO A BETTER PLACE, PLEASE….. THANK YOU, RUTH. CHERYL

7/23, 8:37am

Ruth Rawls

Hi Cheryl, Can you handle the kittens? Do they need to be trapped? I can get a voucher for their spay/neuter & vaccinations, I think, unless the shelter has run out of vouchers for the month. If there are no vouchers at the shelter, I know some other people I can call for help. Stop worrying about them. If those people poison them (and they probably won’t – it’s just a threat), we will prosecute them. Let them know, if you can, that the kittens will be removed from the area. I’ll help you. I have this morning and tomorrow morning off, and also all day Thursday. Thank you for your worry but don’t let it make yourself sick.

7/23, 8:45am

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

RUTH, THANK YOU SO MUCH. IF YOU CAN SUPPLY THE TRAPS THAT WOULD BE GREAT. TOMORROW B/C I HAVE TO TAKE JIM IN FOR PREOP IN SAVANNAH AROUND 10:30 AM AND SHOULD BE BACK AROUND AFTER NOON BUT I CAN CALL YOU WHEN I GET BACK. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY I WON’T BE AROUND EITHER BUT I WILL BE AROUND SAT. JIM HAS TO SEE 2 OTHER DOCTORS THOSE DAYS ALSO AND I DON’T KNOW THE TIME LINE ON THOSE DAYS. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW THIS WILL HELP SINCE I MAY NOT BE AROUND TO EVEN TAKE CARE OF THEM. LET ME KNOW IF 40.00 OR 50.00 WILL HELP FOR THEIR CARE. I WILL LET THE NEIGHBORS KNOW WHAT I AM DOING SO THEY DONT HARM THEM. MY NUMBER HAS CHANGED SINCE LAST WE SPOKE. IT IS (number removed) IF YOU NEED TO CALL ME. IS YOUR NUMBER THE SAME? LET ME KNOW. IT LOOKS LIKE TOMORROW IS THE ONLY GOOD DAY FOR BOTH OF US AND SAT. THAKS AGAIN, RUTH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. CHERYL

7/23, 8:48am

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

OH, I CANT HANDLE THE CATS, I WILL NEED TRAPS, PLEASE. THANKS.

7/23, 8:54am

Ruth Rawls

My phone number is the same. I’ll update your number in my cell phone. The vouchers cover the surgery, leukemia testing, rabies and FVRCP vaccinations. You can have them microchipped for an additional $8, which I have been doing, in case the kittens can be tamed and rehomed. So it you have 2 kittens & can donate $16 for the cost of the microchipping, that would be great. I have been getting food donations from Maranatha Farm who has access to a pet food bank, so I don’t need food. The lady at Maranatha said to call her anytime I need food. Saturday might not work for me b/c I work from 8-1. I’d only be available in the afternoon.

7/23, 8:56am

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

I AM AVAILABLE ALL DAY SAT JUST LET ME KNOW. ONE OF THE CATS IS A KITTEN I THINK HE OR SHE IS SMALL, TINY. THE OTHER IS AN ADULT CAT BUT THEY HANGE TOGETHER. IS THAT OK? LET ME KNOW IF TOMORROW IS GOOD FOR YOU IN THE AFTERNOON ALSO. THANKS, CHERYL

7/23, 9:14am

Ruth Rawls

Tomorrow (Wed 7/24) I work 2-9 PM. Thursday I am off. Friday I work 10-4 and Sat 8AM to 1PM. I’ll have to get some traps. I’ve loaned all mine out.

7/23, 9:29am

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

MAYBE SAT. IS THE ONLY GOOD DAY. I MAY NOT BE HOME UNTIL NOON TOMORROW,WED. I CAN CALL YOU WHEN I GET HOME BUT YOU HAVE TO BE AT WORK BY 2 SO IF SAT. IS BETTER AFTER 1PM THEN ITS OK I GUESS. MAYBE BY THEN YOU CAN GET THE TRAPS.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY WE WILL BE IN AND OUT OF DR’S OFFICE AND I DONT KNOW WHAT TIME I WILL BE HOME. ITS HARD TO SAY.

YOU CAN LEAVE THE TRAPS ON THE FRONT PORCH CHAIRS TOMORROW IF YOU GET THEM. IF NOT SAT. WILL BE OK.

OR YOU CAN LEAVE THE TRAPS ANY DAY YOU ARE OFF ON THE FRONT PORCH CHAIRS IF WE ARE NOT AT HOME. THANKS.

7/23, 9:32am

Ruth Rawls

I’ll make a plan & then I’ll let you know. What’s going on with Jim?

7/23, 9:35am

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

THANKS RUTH. JIM IS HAVING KIDNEY PROBLEMS FROM THE SURGERY HE HAD 2 YRS AGO AND ALSO THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON THAT THE DR. WANTS TO CHECK OUT. WE DONT KNOW YET. HOPING IT IS NOT SERIOUS BUT I AM STRESESING ABOUT IT AND SO IS HE. THANKS FOR ASKING.I WILL WAIT FOR YOUR CALL. THANKS.

7/23, 9:36am

Ruth Rawls

Can you take your cats and dog if you go to your daughter’s?

I just left a message for the lady who borrowed my traps. She is a school teacher and probably won’t get the message until tonight.

7/23, 9:46am

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

YES, I CAN TAKE MY CAT AND DOG WITH ME. IT WILL BE TOUGH FOR A LITTLE WHILE SINCE SHE HAS 2 DOGS AND A CAT OF HER OWN BUT WE WILL WORK IT OUT IF WE HAVE TO GO. WE WONT HAVE A CHOICE. IT MAY ONLY BE FOR 2 OR 3 MONTHS. DONT KNOW YET. ITS TOO SOON TO SPECULATE.

OK ABOUT THE TRAPS. JUST GIVE ME A CALL OR MESSAGE ME. THANKS.

  • July 26, 2013

7/26, 10:49pm

Ruth Rawls

I have a new trap. I can bring to you on Monday afternoon after I get off work at 3:30PM. Going to bed now. Chat more later.

7/26, 10:52pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

ok, see u then,,,thx.

  • July 29, 2013

7/29, 8:19pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

Hi Ruth, I hope I didn’t get my days mixed up. I thought you were coming today after work. It’s ok. Just want to make sure you are ok. Let me know when you can come. If I’m not here my husband will be. Text me or message me here on fb. Thanks. I hope everything is ok. Cheryl

7/29, 8:57pm

Ruth Rawls

Hi Cheryl, FB is not showing your entire message. I sent you a text message this afternoon to say that I have to postpone for one week. Perhaps you did not get it. I’m sorry for the delay.

This area is having terrible phone problems, both land and cell.

Perhaps because of all the storms. Leslie’s house phone has not worked in two (three?) days. There was a lightning strike right by his house on Saturday during a horrific storm.

It’s thundering now.

7/29, 9:03pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

Sorry I never received that message, Ruth. Anyway, it’s ok. Next week is ok, just let me know. I tried earlier to send you a text message by cell and it wouldn’t go thru. about an hr ago. I will let u go now. thanks. we are getting some lightning and thunder right now too. bye.

Next week Jim is going in for surgery on Tuesday Aug. 6th and will be out on Wed. Aug 7th. I won’t be around Monday but Jim will be home. Let me know, I’m sure we can work something out. bye.

7/29, 9:09pm

Ruth Rawls

I checked to see that the text actually went through, and it appears that it did. Perhaps you will get it yet! I think that next Tuesday morning will be better for me. My schedule has changed slightly for next week so Tuesday morning looks the best for me to drop off the trap. If you decide to get a trap for yourself, you can find one at Home Depot, or sometimes the local shelter will loan one with a deposit.

7/29, 9:10pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

We will be home afternoon sometime on Wed. after I pick Jim up from hospital if that is better than Monday. Or you could just leave it on the front porch.

7/29, 9:18pm

Ruth Rawls

Unfortunately Monday won’t work for me. I’ll leave it on the porch regardless, and I’ll send you a text to let you know it’s there. Raining now. I’m starting to mildew.

7/29, 10:22pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

Hi, I shut down my computer and cells, the storm was bad…Just stopped a few minutes ago. My dog was freaking but finally got her calmed down now. Yes it would be fine to just leave it on the porch. One of us will be there. Thank you so much.

7/29, 10:24pm

Ruth Rawls

Still storming here. I’m working on a logo for a business card to attach to the trap to identify it with contact information. Hope your medical concerns are resolved soon. Take care!

7/29, 10:25pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

Ok. Thanks and you take care in this storm too.

  • September 16, 2013

9/16, 5:09pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

HI RUTH, HOW ARE YOU? SORRY IT IS TAKING ME SO LONG TO TRAP THE CATS. WE WERE AWAY FOR OVER A WEEK ALSO. I ALSO TRAPPED MY NEIGHBOR’S CAT TWICE. THEY MOVED IN ACROSS THE ST. FROM ME A FEW MONTHSF AGO AND ARE LETTING THEIR CAT OUTSIDE NOW AND IT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THE 2 I AM TRYING TO TRAP. I THINK I CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM NOW. WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK IF I SHOULD TRAP ONE OF THEM THIS WEEK? THE ONE THAT I WANT TO TRAP, HE HAS BEEN AROUND FOR AWHILE. HE CAME TO MY DOOR THE VERY NIGHT YOU PICKED UP MY MOMMY KITTY THAT I TRAPPED 2 YRS AGO AT THANKS GIVING TIME. I SAW HIM A FEW TIMES AFTER THAT THEN NOTHING FOR QUITE SOMETIME. HERE AND THERE BUT NEVER AT MY HOUSE. I REMEMBER HIM B/C HE HAS AN INJURY OR SOMETHING AT THE CORNER OF HIS EYE. I HOPE HE IS NOT BLINDED IN THAT EYE. ANYWAY THE OTHER ONE IS YOUNGER AND LOOKS LIKE HIM IN COLOR BUT HAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SKY BLUE EYES. WELL LET ME KNOW. OK? YOU CAN TEXT ME IF YOU WANT ALSO. THANKS.

9/16, 5:13pm

Ruth Rawls

I am available all mornings. I have to be at work – finally a job! – either at 10AM or noon. I just left 4 male cattens at Hardeeville Vet Clinic today for surgery. They are from the orignal bottlefed litter that I got back in April. Long story. The Hardeeville Vet Clinic will do a male surgery for me cheaper than the Spay/Neuter clinic so YAY! Let me know when to pick up. I’ll turn up the ringer on my cell phone.

9/16, 5:15pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

SO U ARE AVAILABLE ALL MORNING? ALL THIS WEEK?

IM GLAD YOU HAVE A JOB NOW. WHEN DO YOU GO INOT WORK?

INTO I MEAN.

9/16, 5:16pm

Ruth Rawls

Mornings I’m available. I might have to come super early like 8. I have to be at work at 10 or noon.

9/16, 5:17pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

  1. OK. I WILL LET YOU KNOW. ALSO DOES IT COST 17.00 PER CAT TO SPAY/NEUTER AND SHOTS?
  • Tuesday

10/28/14, 12:59pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

Hi Ruth! How have you been? Havent talked to you in awhile. Well I have managed to do it again. I have a Mommy, Daddy and 6 month old I think son. I wanted to get them spayed and neutered and keep them here. The 6 mo. old one she had while we were away in the spring. didn’t know she was pregnant. Didn’t see her for awhile but then she showed up several months ago and looked like pregnant again. She had 3 this time. She brought them to our house 2 wks ago to eat. I am guessing they are at least 8 wks old. She actually nurses them right on our front porch. I have tried to catch her in the past and kept catching the neighbors cat across the st. My husband is on me to get this taken care of before they have more babies or someone says something since they are in the front of my house. I am still having trouble and cant function making these decisions. I am at whits end. I am sick about this. The kittens are a little squeamish near me. I am so upset. I need help desperately. No help from anyone else. They only want to put them down. I have one trap that you lent to me last yr. I have no place to keep them once I trap them if I do. I am also having trouble doing this whole thing by myself. Please help. cant sleep cant eat. Just worry.

10/28, 1:11pm

Ruth Rawls

Can you handle any of them?

10/28, 1:20pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

No they run to their mom. They are little still and the cutest looking kittens.

10/28, 1:20pm

Ruth Rawls

Set the trap, and when you catch someone, call me.

10/28, 1:21pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

  1. I will let you know. thanks.

is your # still (number removed)?

10/28, 1:26pm

Ruth Rawls

I have one here that I can’t catch, either. I keep catching my own cats. I understand that you feel responsible, and that your husband is not supporting you, but just keep calm and stop worrying and do the best you can. No one needs to give you any criticism if they are not helping. This is not your problem but you have chosen to take action and you are to be commended. I really have needed my trap back, and have asked you for it in the past but have not gotten a response, but I’m not being critical – I know that you are doing the best you can. Yes, that’s the right number.

10/28, 1:26pm

Ruth Rawls

If they don’t go in the trap, there are really very few options.

10/28, 1:32pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

Im am sorry but I didn’t get any messages from you about the trap. none on my cell and none here on fb. I haven’t talked to you in person so when did you ask for it back. Sorry. I thought you would call me when you needed it back but I didn’t hear from you and I just kept forgetting. its in my garage. out of sight out of mind. maybe you have an old cell number. again sorry.

10/28, 1:39pm

Ruth Rawls

I mentioned it once in a conversation. It looked like you weren’t using it even though you sounded desperate to get it in the first place. I’m not mad, I’m just not understanding why you needed it so badly but after I drove it over to your house, I never heard from you saying that you had trapped a cat. I thought that I was the only one helping you, and I didn’t know what was going on. I actually went to Home Depot and bought that trap just to bring to you. I had loaned out my other traps and have not gotten them back. I have the same cell, and likewise have not heard from you that you didn’t need the trap. Do you want to use the trap with this latest batch? Just tell me what you want to do.

10/28, 1:49pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

I tried to catch that cat when you offered the trap to me. I told you that I kept trapping the neighbors cat. You weren’t sure of your schedule at the time and we couldn’t settle on a time and you said you didn’t have any place to keep the cats either for me. I told you I was leaving to go away a yr ago this month. family emergency in NJ. I had someone coming to feed my cat inside and she also put food outside. I was gone for some time. When I got back the neighbor had moved and took her cat with her. Problem solved. I only had the one daddy cat then. Since this past spring I have the mommy cat and one 6 mo. old kitty of hers she had when we were away in June. Have been trying to catch them since July but no luck. Only catching the other neighbors black cat they keep outside now. Now mommy cat has had another litter. I need to catch them all and neuter and spay. Would like to get homes for the kittens if possible. I apologize about the trap but I don’t remember you asking for the trap back. I don’t remember the conversation after at all. we didn’t speak again until now. again I am sorry for the miscommunication.

10/28, 2:10pm

Ruth Rawls

I’m looking back through the messages and I see where I gave you my schedule, and told you that I was only available during morning times b/c I have to go to work at 10AM or noon. This is still true. I get my schedule on the Friday or Saturday before it starts the following Monday. I do not see where I told you that I didn’t have a place to keep the cats. I also do not see where you told me that you were leaving to go away a year ago this month on a family emergency. But that doesn’t matter. I have been the only person who has aided you. I didn’t create the situation, but I’ve tried to help you resolve it. I have never turned you down. The issue now is to set the trap EVERY DAY. Once you have trapped the one you want, call me, and I’ll figure something out.

10/28, 2:18pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

ok sounds good to me. I know you have helped me in the past and it is appreciated. I did tell you I was leaving to go away and that is when I didn’t hear from you again. I thought you just got angry at that time when you didn’t respond but I had to leave. I have not talked to you since that last message. I did try to trap that cat but no luck before I had left. .It doesn’t matter now only matters that I take care of this issue now. we could go round and round. again I appreciate your help and again I am sorry. I will let you know when I trap if I can trap. thanks again Ruth.

10/28, 2:20pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

I think I know what the problem was about all of this. You guys were having a bad storm at the time we were communicating back and forth and we both had trouble with the cell phones and messages if you go back and read some of the fb messages. maybe that’s what happened.

you will also see where I told you about me being away in the fb messages.

10/28, 4:30pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

You know what? I have thought about this and you can come and get your trap any time after tomorrow. I will figure something out. I may let the problem grow until the health dept. steps in and puts them all down. I don’t have any other options. Thanks anyway.

  • Tuesday

10/28, 11:10pm

Cheryl Wescoat Melendez Rundio

Btw after tomorrow means Thursday. Want to make that clear. Wouldnt want you to make a trip here tomorrow for nothing.

  • Today

7:42pm

Ruth Rawls

I will not be able to pick up the trap. If you would like to return it to me, you may, or you can keep it to use or to donate.

Seen 7:44pm


I donated the trap to her because she posted a FB status that I was stupid and that I had lied. Why would you call someone stupid in a public forum when the “stupid” person has access to it? Yes, after I sent a message that I would not be going to her house again to pick up the trap, I unfriended her. Life is too short. Game over.

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I might be a slow learner, but I’m not stupid.  And the part about asking me if my number is still the same? My number is on a laminated tag attached to the trap.

 

 

 

The Gold Mine in the Closet: Louis F. Garrard & the Georgia General Assembly’s Biographical Sketch

December 9, 2014

While in the gold mine in the closet, this page was also in the envelope that contained the crumbling pages from the State of Georgia’s General Assembly. You perhaps read the post from yesterday about William Starr Basinger.

Basinger had two daughters, Margaret and Mary “Leslie”.  Leslie married Edward Percival Lawton, who was a first cousin to Corinne Elliott Lawton, the daughter of Basinger’s law partner, Alexander Robert Lawton.  It was Corinne’s life and death that stirred so much ado on this blog, because her life and death has been misreported by “storyists” who give tours in Savannah, Georgia. The true story was found when I found her mother’s diary in the Georgia Historical Society’s collection, donated by Sarah Alexander Cunningham.

Hey, Corinne, I've got your back.

Hey, Corinne, I’ve got your back.

All these families are tied together through life, work, marriage, and community.

Leslie’s oldest daughter Margaret married William Garrard, a relation of Louis F. Garrard. I suppose that’s why this page was saved. Everyone knew everyone. If we digress even more, I believe that Basinger passed the Bateson Toy Shop on Drayton on his way to and from work.

Here’s the Honorable Louis F. Garrard…

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HON. LOUIS F. GARRARD.

(MUSCOGEE COUNTY)

Mr. GARRARD was born November 25, 1847, at Columbus.

His father, Mr. W. W. Garrard, was one of the leading citi-

zens of his city and State.  His mother’s maiden name was

Urquhart.  Louis F. Garrard was a member of the Alabama Corps of

Cadets at the outbreak of the war; at the age of sixteen was trans-

ferred to the Nelson Rangers, which acted as escort to General Ste-

phen D. Lee.  At the battle of Nashville, for gallantry on the battle-

field, he received a flattering recommendation from General Lee, secur-

ing for him a commission in the Regular Army of the Confederate

States, to take effect upon the close of hostilities.

Since the war he has been prominent as a citizen of Muscogee

county, serving as one of the Commissioners of the county, and, by

his marked financial ability, has the entire confidence of the whole

community.  After a service of four years in this capacity, he received

a unanimous re-election.  He was put forward by the people as a can-

didate for legislative honors, and, in the election, led the ticket.

In the house, Mr. Garrard is a member of the Committee on Fi-

nance.  He is the author of the celebrated Garrard bond bill, which

has elicited wide-spread discussion and most favorable comment from

men of distinguished financial ability throughout the State.  This bill

is an original idea with Mr. Garrard, and stamps him as a deep thinker

upon financial subjects.  He is looked upon as one of the rising finan-

ciers of the country.

Mr. Garrard is a member of the legal profession, and enjoys a lucra-

tive practice.  He was a member of the House in 1878, 1879 and was

again elected in 1880.

 

The Gold Mine in the Closet: William Starr Basinger & the Georgia General Assembly’s Biographical Sketch

December 8, 2014

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GEORGIA’S

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

OF 1880-1.

*****

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

OF

SENATORS, REPRESENTATIVES, THE GOVERNOR, AND HEADS

OF DEPARTMENTS.

ILLUSTRATED WITH PORTRAITS.

*****

COPYRIGHTED BY JAS. P. HARRISON & CO.

*****

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

JAS. P. HARRISON & CO., PRINTERS, ELECTROTYPERS, & BINDERS

1882

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1882, by

JAMES P. HARRISON & CO.,

In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

 

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HON. W. S. BASINGER.

(CHATHAM COUNTY.)

We have been unable to secure the necessary data for a bio-

graphical sketch of this distinguished gentleman, and conse-

quently can give only a brief glance at some of the more

recent events in his public life.

For several years previous to his election to the present General

Assembly, he was a member of the eminent law firm of Jackson, Law-

ton & Basinger, his partners being General Henry R. Jackson and

General Alexander R. Lawton, gentlemen who have won the highest

honors as military commanders and legal advisers.  No law fim in

the State had a more substantial reputation.

Colonel Basinger therefore came to the Legislature with a standing

in legal circles that placed him at once in the front rank of the ablest

members of the House, and secured to him positions on the most

important committees.

Speaker Bacon knowing well his capacity and fitness for the several

duties assigned him, placed Colonel Basinger at the head of the Com-

mittee on Banks, an right well has he discharged the delicate trusts

connected with this chairmanship.

As Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs, and as a

member of the General Judiciary Committee, and the Committee on

Corporations, he has likewise displayed his thorough knowledge of all

legal questions, of military organization and discipline, and of the laws

governing corporations.  No committeeman has done better or more

conscientious work than he.

Colonel Basinger is a quiet, unostentatious member, and seldom speaks

on any question; if he does address the House, it is where he has

something to say that is worth listening to, and which is always pre-

sented in a dignified, pointed and practical manner.  He wastes no

words, resorts to no tricks of oratory, yet never fails to hold the close

attention of the House to the close of his brief but comprehensive

speeches.

In January, 1861, by order of Colonel A. R. Lawton, of the First

Georgia Regiment, under instructions from Governor Joseph E. Brown,

the Oglethorpe Barracks, in Savannah, were taken possession of by

Colonel Basinger then a company officer for the State of Georgia,

thus making him one of the earliest actors in the opening scenes of

the “War between the States.”

 


 

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And Colonel A. R. Lawton?  That’s Corinne Elliott Lawton’s father.

The Gold Mine in the Closet: A Bluffton Postcard

December 7, 2014

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The Gold Mine in the Closet: Aunt Betsy

December 6, 2014

Sugar’s mother had two brothers, Edward and William.

Mary "Leslie" Basinger Lawton with her two sons Edward and William.

Mary “Leslie” Basinger Lawton with her two sons Edward and William.

Edward married Elizabeth “Betsy” Rounds.

Someday I'll know who all these people are.  Until then, we have Betsy and Edward P. Lawton, Jr.

Someday I’ll know who all these people are. Until then, we have Betsy and Edward P. Lawton, Jr.

This passport photo show Mr. and Mrs. Rounds and their children Stowell and Betsy.

This passport photo show Mr. and Mrs. Rounds and their children Stowell and Betsy.

Betsy with her mother-in-law.

Betsy with her mother-in-law.

But the very best photo of all…

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Betsy with her one and only baby girl.

The Gold Mine in the Closet: The Twins

December 5, 2014

Sugar is a twin.

I’ll bet that was a surprise in 1947. The story goes is that they weren’t expecting twins.

Sugar is the younger of the two, and had to stay behind at the hospital for a bit until he caught up.

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(Added January 5, 2015)

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These next photos were taken at 122 East Taylor Street in Savannah, Georgia. We’re guessing that the boys were christened that day. We know that Dr. Tucker christened them at Christ Church. The reasons we think it is Christening Day are these: the boys are two months old, they are wearing white, their dad is wearing a tie, and they are gathered in the garden at their grandmother Mary “Leslie” Basinger Lawton’s house.

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Sugar’s mother holds him on the left, and her sister Margaret holds his brother.

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Sugar thinks that this is a photo of him and his grandmother because his mouth is open. He said that he was told that he cried a lot. I pointed out that this baby is yawning, not crying.

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The crying baby is probably Sugar.

 

The grumpy baby is probably Sugar. (Added 1/3/2015)

The grumpy baby is probably Sugar. (Added 1/3/2015)

 

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Sugar’s mother is sitting on the left with one of the boys on her lap. Her mother is standing in the middle with the other twin. Her sister Margaret is to the right with Gumpy the dog.

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Easter at the house on Duffy Street.

Easter at the house on Duffy Street.

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Sugar said that someone went around their neighborhood with a pony and took photos. This is taken at the house on Duffy Street, and his mother is standing on the porch.


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Charles Morton Strahan married the twins’ grandmother’s sister. He was a professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, and he and his wife Mag had a mountain house. The twins and their parents would vacation at the mountain house in North Georgia, and would recall many happy times there.

 

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In North Georgia at the Strahan house. (Added 1/9/2015)

 

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There was a place near the mountain house called Darling Springs. That’s where they kept their perishables, like milk, butter, eggs, and cheese. I can’t imagine having walk down the road to the refrigerator. (Added 2/18/2015)

 

 

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Sugar is probably the one on the left. He thinks this photo was made behind their house on the marsh. (Added 1/3/2015)

Sugar is probably the one on the left. He thinks this photo was made behind their house on the marsh. (Added 1/3/2015)

Are there more twin photos in the gold mine in the closet?  Probably not, but if there are, we’ll find them.

The Gold Mine in the Closet: Mary Garrard

December 4, 2014

You know about Mary Garrard.  We’ve all been to see her before at Laurel Grove Cemetery.

Billy on the left, with wife Alice, and Mary on the right.

Billy on the left, with wife Alice, and Mary on the right.

Here’s Mary as a small child.  She was the daughter of the oldest Lawton daughter, Margaret, who married a Garrard.  The youngest Lawton daughter was Sugar’s mother, so the two girls were only about 4 years apart, even though they were aunt and niece.

The Garrards lived in a house in Gordonston, an early subdivision of Savannah.

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This next photo looks like later in the same day as the previous photo.  Genette has removed her coat, but Mary looks like she’s wearing the same clothes and expression.

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Now this next photo makes me wonder what’s going on here.  Is this a family member, or perhaps a nurse, holding a baby?  Is this baby Mary’s little brother, Billy?

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"Billy, William & Mary". This is Mary, her little brother Billy, and their father William.

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This is Mary, her little brother Billy, and their father William.

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 “MISS ANNE WARING, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Antonio J. Waring, and MISS MARY GARRARD, daughter of Mrs. M. L. Garrard (Mrs. Margaret Lawton Garrard), at the debut dance given in honor by Dr. and Mrs. Waring Thursday evening at the Hotel De Soto.”

An unidentified woman and Mary in the military during World War II.

An unidentified woman and Mary in the military during World War II.

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Somebody, somewhere, knows the answers.  It’s just not me.

32 Drayton Street

December 4, 2014

Just yesterday I was sure that the Bateson Toy Shop was at the southeast corner of Congress and Drayton, and I was pretty sure that a photo of a building at 32 Drayton was the exact location. Pretty sure, but not 100% positive.

Today I’m 100%.

I found this photo online.

Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.

Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.

The description?

”In front of the Old Telephone Co.”
32 Drayton St
East Congress Street
South east corner

Now, to find a photo of DeMartin’s Livery, then work our way backwards to the Bateson Toy Shop.

At the Corner of Congress and Drayton

December 2, 2014

If you’ve been reading this blog, then you perhaps already know about the Christopher Remington Bateson family.  Christopher was from Lancashire, England, and was Sugar’s great-great-grandfather’s brother, but we didn’t know that until this year.  Christopher Remington Bateson died in 1855, and is buried in Plot 322 in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.

After Christopher Remington Bateson died, his widow Mary and his two sons, Christopher H. and Thomas, ran the family business, which was a toy shop, which also sold fireworks and confections.

Mary died, Christopher H. died, Thomas’s wife Martha Mann Bateson died, and Thomas died.  Martha and Thomas left three little children.

After we found the plot was unmarked, Sugar decided to have a marker installed.

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And now we want to find out where they lived.  The Savannah City Directory tells us that the Bateson toy store was at the south east corner of Congress and Drayton. Thomas Bateson’s death and funeral notices tells us that the store and the residence were in the same building.

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Savannah Morning News Nov. 7, 1877:  3/2 – Mr. Thomas Bateson, the proprietor of Bateson’s Toy Shop, at the corner of Congress and Drayton streets, a place which has been known to the children of Savannah for a quarter of a century, died suddenly at his residence, adjoining his store, about half-past ten o’clock yesterday morning.

The deceased was native to the State of new York, but came to this city, when quite young, with his father, who established the business which had descended to him.  He was about thirty-five years of age, and leaves three little children, who had the misfortune to lose their Mother a year or two ago.

 

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Savannah Morning News, Nov. 8, 1877:  3/1 – Funeral Invitation –

Bateson – The friends and acquaintance of Thomas Bateson, and of Mrs. Agnes Mann, are invited to attend the funeral of the former, from his late residence, corner of Congress and Drayton streets, this morning at half past 10 o’clock.

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Georgia show the corner of Congress and Drayton in 1884 is R. DeMartin’s Livery. The Batesons resided at 101 Congress.  The Toy Store fronted on Drayton.

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I found some old photos on the Georgia Historical Society’s webpage of old buildings. While the photos aren’t old enough to show the Bateson shop or residence, they do provide some landmarks that are still there today.

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It appears that we are looking across the street at the southern side of this ten-story building that is still in Savannah. The short side of the building that we see is the eastern side. The western side fronts on Drayton. Are all these cars at a car dealership?

Remember this ten-story building.  It will help you keep your bearings.  I’ll point in out in some of our photos.  There’s another one that’s similar to it, but not as tall and wide.

24 Drayton Street 1940

The left side of this building fronts onto Drayton Street. Drayton is one-way headed north towards the river.

 

24 Drayton Street

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31 Drayton Street, Corner of Congress, in 1940.  This is the southwest corner.  See the corner of a building on your very right?  You’ll see that again in modern-day photos.

 

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32 Drayton Street, Corner of Congress.  This is the southeast corner, I believe, and I think this is our corner.  It’s clearly not a one-story livery any more.

 

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On Drayton Street looking north from Congress. I think the building on the right is the same building in the previous photo, and I think that’s the location of the Bateson shop and residence.

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Still looking north on Drayton.

You know what this means, don’t you? We have to go look for ourselves.

Now we’re on Drayton headed north, because that’s the only way you can go on Drayton.

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In the next photo, look on the right side of the street.  See the ten-story building?

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At the intersection of Oglethorpe and Drayton.

Closer still.  Now at the intersection of Drayton and Broughton.  Broughton Street is part of the shopping district.

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I’m driving, and Sugar suggests that I turn left and circle around one of the squares, so that we can come out onto Congress and face across Drayton.  He points out that this is Christ Church Episcopal where he was baptized by Dr. Tucker.  (Remember Dr. Tucker?  We took him an Easter lily.)

I believe that this is where Thomas Bateson met Martha Mann from Beaufort.  When Beaufort, South Carolina, was occupied early in the Civil War, everyone fled for refuge, anywhere, any place they could go.  After the war, the Manns returned to Beaufort, and Martha married Thomas Bateson.  They are both buried in Plot 322 in Laurel Grove.

Johnson Square is to our left.  We’re on Congress approaching Drayton.  There’s the parking garage at the right of the photo which is at the location of the Bateson’s Toy Shop and residence.

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http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/sanborn/CityCounty/Savannah1884/Sheet4.html

From the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Georgia.

So we just sit for a minute at the stop sign and pretend we’re tourists.

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And we stare at the parking garage as if for just one second we can imagine that it’s a toy shop and confectionary, and the little children are calling out with delight that they are at Bateson’s.

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We look off to the left, and there’s our friendly landmark, Mr. Ten-Story.

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We drive across Drayton, and circle around Reynolds Square so that we can approach Mr. Ten-Story on our right.

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As we approach Drayton, Sugar tells me that the white building? Is the back of Christ Church!

I stop the van pretty much in the street before we get to the stop sign, because I can’t stop looking to my left.  It’s a building.  In a building!

 

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I thought at first that it was the inner wall of a building that was demolished.  The longer I looked at it, I thought that perhaps the existing building was simply built over an older building, incorporating it into the entire structure.

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If we shoot across Drayton, we’ll be back at Johnson Square.

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But we don’t.  Instead, I get out of the van and take a photo of Mr. Ten-Story, even though he wasn’t here when the Batesons were.

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We head home, hearing the echoes of little children at Bateson’s Toy Shop.

And now I want a confection.