Memories of Uncle Stanley and Luella Smith
The following was written by
Clair Hoffman to Leah Michlatcher, daughter of
Luella (Ziegenfus) Smith after Luella passed on.
------------------------------------Sunday, June 2, 2002
Dear Leah and George,
Thank you for your recent letter received this past week.
By coincidence, I also talked to cousin Mary Parsons yesterday! I
call Mother Hilda at about 10 A.M. every Saturday. When I called
Mother said here is Mary who wants to talk to you! I thought Mother
kidding, as she does at times, but she was not this time. I told Mary
your letter noting that Alma had sent a letter about "Growing up with
Luella". I told Mary that I too had a few memories of Aunt Luella and
Stanley. They are as follows.
1. About 1928--Aunt Luella going to Kutztown State Normal School. Pop
Mom Ziegenfus (grandparents) purchased a big steamer trunk in which
packed her clothing. It was so BIG that I could stand erect in it!
loaded it on the trunk rack of his car and off we went to Kutztown, Pa.
was in "old Main" building that I had my first elevator ride.
2. Upon graduation Luella taught in a one room country school in
Aquashicola, Pa. which had an outhouse and a big pot belly stove to
room. Luella and Stanley, years later, purchased a new home in
located on land which included that old schoolhouse!
3. In the early 30's Luella went to East Stroudsburg College for
teaching courses. I recall visiting her with Mom and Pop, and it was a
4. About 1934 Aunt Alma and I accompanied Luella and Stanley (plus
brother and wife) on a trip to the New England states in an old Essex.
of our stops was Plymouth Rock and I still have a 10 cent salt shaker
souvenir purchased at the "Rock". I note today that it was imported
Germany for a Willard H. Parson in Plymouth, Mass.
5. Parryville, Pa. in the early 30's. Stanley was the school
Luella was one of his teachers. My best friend, Renny Andreas, and I
our bicycles from Palmerton to Parryville to fish. We stayed overnight
slept in the living room so we fished two days. Luella fed us well,
did not catch many fish.
6. Luella and Stanley lived on Main Street in Parryville next door to
and Mrs. Rinker. Mr. Rinker had a slaughter house in the back of his
he owned a well-known butcher shop. Luella showed me a broken wrought
fence in back of her home where a cow had bolted through supposedly.
impressed me. I also recall Mary in her white crib located during the
the living room.
7. In 1936 Stanley was my ninth grade science teacher at S.S.P.H.S.,
the Palmerton High School. By the way, Luella was a member of the
class to graduate from that school. It was during one of my first
classes that Stanley corrected one of my erroneous scientific thesis
noted: baby chicks are born only from eggs laid by roosters! I well
remember Stanley noting that I certainly was not a farmer.
8. When Luella and Stanley moved to Palmerton they lived in the four
block of Lafayette. (Leah--they first lived on Franklin. Charles was
when they lived on Franklin and I when they lived on Lafayette). Mom
(our grandparents) and my parents also lived in that block. I recall
parties in that house and as I recall, Charles and Leah were born
Stanley attempted to make a clarinet player out of me, but I was not a
student. He did, however, make beautiful fishing flies up in the attic
that home and was an excellent fisherman.
ALL GOOD MEMORIES!!
------------------------------- Love, Lillian and Clair
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