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Friday, February 24, 2012

A Nice Garten Mit Flowers: Postcard to Grover Hootman, Plainsfield, OH


We've been enjoying spring-like weather here on the island lately, which does tend to lift one's spirits after the winter rain.  The snowdrops are up and the daffodils and tulips have poked their way through the mulch and will be blooming before you know it.  I found this Little Dutch Girl postcard last week and had to share it. 



Mr. Grover Hootman of Plainfield, Ohio received this card from his aunt, "Missorie"  Oddly, the postmark doesn't carry the year, so I don't know the exact date, but there are a few clues to go on.  First of all, the reverse of the card is divided.  Prior to 1907, the back would not have a dividing line, separating the address from the body of the message.  When the US entered the war in 1917, the price to mail a postcard was increased to 2 cents.  After the war, it was reduced back to 1 cent.  So we can guess that the postcard dates between 1907-early in 1917, or perhaps after 1918.

I found Grover's birth record in Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962.  He was born in Linton Township, Coshocton, June 26, 1884 to Andrew Hootman and Sarah A. Magness.  I found Sarah in the 1880 census for Linton, Ohio, and she did, indeed, have a sister named Missorie Magness (b.1856).  Sarah and Missorie were the daughters of James and Rebecca Magness.

In the 1900 US Census, Grover is living in Linton, Coshocton with his father Andrew H. Hootman, 41, widowed, and his siblings Mary, 17; Frederick, 10; and Walter.  He died the 17th of June 1973 at the age of 89, in Coshocton.


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