Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Monday, February 4th, 1935

Been on the hummer

Mary's diary records these next four day the very commonplace. Cold weather. Work. Puzzles. Sore toes. She's sure been on the hummer. Lloyd spend the last $5 and Leo steals a dime.

Included with this post is a picture of Leo as he appeared around 1935. He is the first child of Lloyd and Mary Benson, born July 1st, 1926 in Marion, Ohio, and died September 11th, 1997 in the same city.

The picture survived a house fire Mary had later in life, after her children were grown and gone, she'd been through a divorce with Lloyd, and remarried Art McKibben.

She was always known as Grandma McKibben to me.

Lloyd spending their last $5 reminds me of a story I remember Grandma (Mary) telling. She told how much she laughed when one of the two boys, Leo and Paul, observed the other rolling home some old tire, as kids did for play in those days. Shouted the one to the other with the tire, "How much did that cost you, Benson?"

She thought it was so funny because it was exactly the phrase she'd use when Lloyd would come home with something. The kids had picked up on it. If you know a Benson, go ahead and ask them, how much did that cost you, Benson?