Ella Mae Walker – The Little Things

EllaMaeWalkerDuring World War 1, and the Influenza Epidemic of 1918, sixteen-year-old Ella Mae Walker lay sick in bed for a week. “People died like ants,” she said. Everyone wore masks. “No one seemed to be exempt from the terrible disease.” No one visited. Lot’s of boys were dying abroad, animals were dying from the cold, and people were dying from the disease. Finding strength in prayer, Ella Mae recovered and with her hard working family remained grateful, and went about making soups, bread, and puddings. “Father and I would go in our wagon and take it to the homes.” Ella Mae was allowed to attend the funeral of a childhood friend. It wasn’t always that way; recalling her happy childhood, “The boys all played marbles, and we girls like to run and kick them out of their rings, and were often caught and had our braids pulled good and hard.” During setbacks, “The Lord has always helped me find many little things that just had to be found. I have knelt down by sage brushes or big tumbleweeds many times to ask him for help.” After the war and epidemic, those who remained, like Ella Mae went on, cheerfully, in honor of those who didn’t. Now, almost 100 years later, when I think of the bread pudding my grandma made for me as a child, I remember the goodness of her life, the “little things, the things that just have to be found,” and want to be like her. (by Ken Hardman, Ref. HARDMAN BIOGRAPHIES, Ancestors of Sidney Glenn Hardman and Dorothy Mae Griffin, Dec. 2009) #AncestorClips

4/30/2017: Note from the author. I am learning genealogical research skills. To practice, I chose Ella Mae Walker Griffin as a subject to research her birth records to document birth date, location, and parents. In the process, I discovered that there is a discrepancy regarding her birth year. Was it 1901, 1902, or 1903? If interested in helping to resolve this question, please see the Walker Ella Mae 1902 Birth Research Log.

About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips
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