Elizabeth Rife, Letter to Ruth Chapin Hill from Elizabeth Rife, written in the 1980s, when she was a resident of the White Hall retirement community in Lancaster, PA.



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  • Title Elizabeth Rife, Letter to Ruth Chapin Hill from Elizabeth Rife, written in the 1980s, when she was a resident of the White Hall retirement community in Lancaster, PA. 
    Short Title Letter - Elizabeth Rife 
    _BIBL Elizabeth Rife. Letter to Ruth Chapin Hill from Elizabeth Rife, written in the 1980s, when she was a resident of the White Hall retirement community in Lancaster, PA. 
    _SUBQ Elizabeth Rife, Letter to Ruth Chapin Hill from Elizabeth Rife, written in the 1980s, when she was a resident of the White Hall retirement community in Lancaster, PA. 
    Source ID S1043 
    Text Dear Midge, I want to write to wish you a happy Christmas season. How are you plans working out? At White Hall, we started the Christmas season by having a big dinner Dec. 18th. I invited Louise and Leroy, as we could have guests. Otherwise, it has been quiet here. We all keep well and go out to lunch weekly. There is not much more gossip on the Cadwalladers, as everything was kept quiet. Mama wouldn't talk, but Aunt Belle (Uncle Doc's wife) let out hints. She knew the family well. Anyway, Hammond and Kathryn Spindell were not illegitimate. His daughter got his birth certificate from Va. and his father (who was an alcoholic) was born there. I do remember Mama saying that Aunt Gertrude visited friends in Va. I always felt sorry for her as Mama said she had been engaged and her fiancee' died. Then Pop-pop moved the family to Phila. for a year. Mama was 13 or 14 yrs. so did not remember much. There was a child then (I remember hints) but what ever happened to it? It is hard to explain but I gathered from talk that when Hammond and Kathryn had to be placed in foster homes that the Children's Aid Soc. was familiar with the family. I gathered lots of gossip when we lived at the store as I spent a lot of time there, my ears were always open. I was five or six then and Daddy liked my company. He was guardian for Hammond and Kathryn as none of the C. family would touch it. Aunt Belle wanted to adopt Hammond but Uncle Doc would not let her. So Hammond and Kathryn spent holidays with us. Hammond was my age and lots of fun. Daddy arranged for the two to live in foster homes. When Hammond was ready he was sent to Williamson Trade School. Kathryn had epilepsy which she has outgrown. Uncle Austin said Pop-pop had it but it was hushed up. He also had a brother who was an alcoholic. So you see, there was much to keep quiet. Aunt Gertrude sewed beautifully. She designed and made Mama's wedding dress. She sewed for a living. She was sick the last years of her life and I remember going with Dr. Burke and Daddy to the little hospital to visit her, altho (sic) I did not see her as I had to stay in the hy' yard and play. I suspect she had TB as I had read of a big epidemic in Phila. at that time. None of the rest of the family would visit her. Love, Elizabeth 
    Linked to CADWALLADER, Albert
    CADWALLADER, Gertrude Hammond
    KOONS, Marion Isabella
    RIFE, Charles Norman
    SPINDELL, Hammond Cadwallader
    SPINDELL, Sarah Kathryn
    Family: SPINDELL, Lueling Garnett / CADWALLADER, Gertrude Hammond