Introduction -- From a Shoebox

Welcome to "My Dearest Dorely". This blog is to showcase letters and postcards and other small documents from the late 1800's into the late 1900's. These were found one day by my husband as he was throwing trash into the dumpster at the hardware store where we worked. We have saved them, never quite knowing what to do with them--just knew that we didn't want them to end up at a landfill.

With the ability to blog, this means that we can show these letters to the world, and get help with interpretation (there are many written in a foreign language) and we can get some help with identifying some of the photos on the postcards and the locations from where these documents originated.

(Since two World Wars have taken place since these letters and postcards were written, some of the scenery might well have changed from those days.)

It would be our ultimate goal to get these letters to the relatives or family of the authors of them.

Come along for a fun adventure as we try to solve some mysteries!

I will show each piece of correspondence, and will include any other information that I can with each piece, such as the postmark and what address and country the letter originated from.

There is a good quantity of letters and postcards to go through, so I shall be here awhile! Interesting subjects can be found in some of the letters. In one, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping is discussed, in another, the Hindenburg explodes! I hope you find the handwriting as beautiful as I do, some letters are five and six pages long! They come from many countries spread around this great big world.

(I have no idea who is pictured in the above photo. Several photos were in the shoebox, but the people pictured in most of them are not identified.)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

(8.11.1927) From Lucille Brabazon of Clio, MI

This is a letter to Dorely dated August 11, 1927 from Clio, MI  This letter appears to be from a childhood friend, not sure if it is a cousin or not.  Clio is about 20 miles or so from Dorely's home in Flint.  It would have been considered "out there" or a trip to the country back then.

Dear Dorothy:

Maybe you will come out here after all.  I hope you can.

When you were out here last Sunday, did you go out to our play house and store underneath the straw stacks? Wilma has another one on one side and I have a house on the other side.  We can play out there if it rains or not.  You see there is some logs laid across on posts and last summer when we threshed we piled the straw on top of the logs.  It makes a good place to play when it rains or any time. 

Do you remember when you were here last summer and we went to a picnic called a community picnic over at Taymouth.  Well they are going to have the same thing again this year and maybe we will go.  Don't you hope so?  You will be here then if you come.  It is the 23rd of this month.  

I am able to talk now and will be more able to talk by the time you come anyway.  Wilma can talk as good as anyone.  My throat is kind of sore yet.

Your brother will come if you do so Peter will have a bed partner won't he?

I have a wrist watch now, a good one that keeps good time. 

I have two new dresses and a pearl gray skirt and a white waist that goes with it.  I thought I was going to have a new coat the other day but I guess I will wait and get a new winter coat this year instead of a summer coat and get a new summer coat next year.

I went on a trip with my aunt and Uncle to Harbor Springs.  Do you know where that is?  It is on Lake Michigan!  We had a very nice time.  It is 235 or 250 miles up there.  We camped out.  That was fun.  We put up our tent and cooked some of our meals over a camp stove.  We had some of our meals at restaurants. We slept in cots in our tent.  One night it rained.  It was not very nice that night.

Well I will close.
From Lucille Brabazon

PS:  If you come we will have a good time playing out under the straw stack, won't we?  

PS:  If you don't know what SWLOLAAK means, I will tell you when you come.


  1. Gosh, Joni! I LOVE things like this. Love a good, many years ago-mystery!
    Thanks for taking your time to translate these for us and in hopes of finding the family they belong to. I can only imagine what a long a tedious process it is!
    Have you checked out any court-house records, or census info from that time? The census records were what helped me when I researched my Ga. home that was built in 1879 :)
    I will be looking for the next post!
    xo, misha
    p.s. don't forget about the giveaway :)


    13. Earl Wenzel born 18 March 1915 and died 21 January 2001 in Clio, Michigan. Earl married Ida Lucille Brabazon July 1, 1960 in Millington, Michigan. He was employed with Universal Engineering for 32 years retiring in 1972. Survivors according to his obituary in the 23 January 2001, Flint Journal, he left his wife Ida Lucille, step-children; William A. Stiles and fiancee Sally Quinn of Saginaw, Norman E. and wife Luella Stiles of Alaska, Dale R. Stiles of Tennessee; 9 grandchildren; 10 greatgrandchildren, many nieces and nephews. He is buried in the Thetford Township cemetery, Mt. Morris, Michigan.


    WENZEL, Ida Lucille - Of Saginaw, formerly of Clio, age 91, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at Covenant Healthcare-Cooper. Funeral services will be held 11AM Monday, March 15, 2004 at the Thetford Center United Methodist Church, Rev. Bruce Nowacek officiating with burial in Thetford Township Cemetery. Friends may call at the O'Guinn Family Funeral Home in Clio on Sunday from 2-7PM and at the church on Monday from 10AM until time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thetford Center United Methodist Church or the Visiting Nurses Hospice of Saginaw. Lucille was born February 25, 1913 in Clio, Michigan, the daughter of the late Edward and Jennie (Johnson) Brabazon. She had resided in the Clio area all of her life. Lucille married Earl Wenzel. He preceded her in death in January 2001. She was employed with Universal Engineering for over 20 years before retiring. She was lifetime member of the Thetford Center United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. Surviving are: children, William (Sally) Stiles of Saginaw, Norman (Lou) Stiles of Alaska, Dale (Norita) Stiles of TN; 9 grand-children; 11 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Ike Stange; several nieces and nephews. Lucille was also preceded in death by her sister, Wilma Stange.

    Joni, you may have already found this info!

  3. Thanks, Misha, for posting this! I appreciate all the information I can get on the cast of characters here. Perhaps one day, I will be contacted by the family and they will be able to hold these letters in their hands! I would gladly mail them!

  4. Sealed wiyh lots of laughter and a kiss, oh how I enjoy reading these letters.