From Miss Kate’s Autograph Book

an autograph to Miss Kate

From Miss Kate’s Autograph Book

Mary Katherine Link, the oldest daughter of William Booker Link and Amanda Randolph Link, was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, 6 August 1850 but most of her life was spent in the vicinity of Thomasville, Cheatham County, Tennessee. As the oldest daughter in a rural farming family, she had many responsibilities. She accepted her role with grace and was both practical and thrifty. She began teaching at a young age, a career that spanned forty years. She taught at Cheatham County schools and offered subscription tutoring when needed. After her brother, Samuel Albert Link, opened the Link School in 1900, Kate taught there.

A member of Mallorys Church, she was involved in both Sunday school classes and programs for the Missionary Society. She was also a successful business woman who used her earnings to build a small house on the Link property.

Miss Kate passed away on July 27, 1917 in Thomasville, Tennessee. She is buried at Mallorys Cemetery in Cheatham County where you will find a monument listing most of the Link family, including her.

Miss Tot

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Marjorie Barker was born January 3, 1920 in Chattooga County, Georgia. Her father called her Tot and although he would die before her second birthday, her nickname stayed with her the rest of her life. Growing up during the great depression and losing her first husband in World War II was tough but it only made her stronger.

Today is the 98th anniversary of her birth. Happy birthday Mom. We miss you.

Video

Heidelberg Christmas Market

One of my fondest memories of our time in Germany was visiting the local Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market). In Mannheim it was set up in the big park surrounding the water tower. This video shows the market in Heidelberg which in our day was held on the streets in the old city. We loved them both. It was the perfect place to do all our Christmas shopping and get them in the mail before the shipping deadlines.

Our tree and house was decorated with ornaments and other goodies found in these markets. Of course we enjoyed lots of delicious goodies to sustain us as we explored the many shops. There were wonderful pastries, lots of wurst (sausages) and of course gluhwein – hot mulled wine.

After a delightful afternoon and evening of Christmas spirits, we’d pile ourselves and our bundles onto a streetcar which would deliver us to the corner of our street.