Monday, December 15, 2008

GeneaSanta Baby!

Dear GeneaSanta (I still say he looks just like Randy Seaver):

Merry Christmas GeneaSanta and thank you for all the GeneaLuck I've had this year, for myself and for others. Careful coming down the chimney and safe journey around the world with the sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. Oh, by the way, I know Donner and Killa personally.

I thought deciding on three wishes would be an easy task, but it wasn't. You see, I would like so many precious family heirlooms, but I've settled on three, things that actually exist and are in the hands of others.

The Rose Museum at Carnegie Hall has my Great Grandfather Louis Salter's autograph book. I would love to have it if only for a little while. Something he touched everyday, something that contains reminders of his life as the Superintendent of Carnegie Hall. I read in a book once that it was worth a King's ransom, but that was in the thirties. Today, Carnegie Hall assures me it is only worth about $15,000. They're wrong, it's worth everything to me because it belonged to him. I held it once, Santa, before such things meant so much to me.

For my second wish I would like the hat my Grandmother wore for her wedding. I have always loved the hat and this picture of my Grandmother. The photograph is framed on the wall over my dressing table, but the hat in a shadow box would be a lovely addition. Originally it was thought to be safeguarded by my Godmother, but she is gone and its whereabouts are unknown. But GeneaSanta you know everything so I'm counting on you.

My last wish is for the photograph of my Great Great Grandfather, John Campbell. It is mentioned in a manuscript written in 1940 by Frank Tull, John's grandson. Frank's mother Jennie Reed had died giving birth to Frank and he was adopted by Jennie's sister, Hattie Tull. Hattie had become the keeper of the Campbell heirlooms and she had a photograph of her father, John Campbell. Frank Tull became the keeper of the family history and inherited the photograph on Hattie's death. I want this more than all my other wishes combined.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

I remain,



Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

I hope your wishes come true. The first might be a bit hard to pull off but the others are certainly possible.

December 16, 2008 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you Apple! What would life be if we had everything we wanted and there were no wishes. Rather boring I think.

The first wish isn't impossible, the book is on loan and I am the oldest surviving grandchild.

I do think the museum is the best place for it, but I'd like to hold it again.


December 16, 2008 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Sheri Fenley said...

Calling Santa "Baby" will clinch it for sure fM!

December 16, 2008 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

We use what we got!


December 16, 2008 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Colleen Degnan Johnson said...

That hat is GORGEOUS!!! So is the picture. I hope genea-santa grants your wishes. Happy Holidays!

December 17, 2008 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you, Colleen & Merry Christmas!

I love that hat. Don't you think the Maven would look good in it?


December 17, 2008 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Sheri Fenley said...

PS. Dear Genea-Santa,

All I want for Christmas is to be included on fM's quilt.

Your Ever-Loving Educated Genealogist


December 19, 2008 at 2:25 PM  

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