Tuesday, May 7, 2019

View From The Bridge 5/8/19

By Muncie

This is the FULL FLOWER MOON. In most areas there are abundant everywhere during this time. Other names are the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Full Milk Moon.

The full moon this moon is Saturday the 18th. Enjoy!

Dear Readers, I am almost back to normal. I feel as though I can type today but only time will tell how much. I was out and about this week and it was so good to get outside with all the fresh air.

Tuesday evening, son Randy took me to the Ag Center for the program about the mid-wife Mary Kassmeier. Who knew about her and her most interesting life? Many of her descendants were in attendance and there was a grand reunion amongst the families of today.

The biggest attraction was the scrape book that Mary put together. She did not accept any money for her services and asked only for a picture of the baby.

Randy had known ahead of time that his dad, Wally Morger, had his picture in the book.  He was born in 1923 and was in the hospital at the same time with Lorene Stranahan and Kenny Morrow. Randy also found a picture of Wally’s first cousin Ernie Good. Ernie was about 3 years old and he was holding a basketball. He turned out to be one of the best basketball players in Fort Benton sports history. This is a personal story of our family and those other close friends. The attendance was very crowded and many learned much about their genealogy.

Because many of the baby pictures were unidentified, Women’s Reproductive History Alliance would like to hear from you if you had grandparents or great grandparents born from 1915 through the 1920’s.

For more on this story read Connlee Gray’s article in last week’s River Press. If you need to get in touch with Professor Jennifer Hill go to her website to see if you can identify any baby pictures and add stories. If you do not do the computer thing, then contact Ken Robison at the Museums Library and Archives located in the Montana Agricultural Center on Tuesdays.

I really enjoyed this program and all the historic information it brought to light. These wonderful women not only delivered the babies but they stayed around the family for several weeks doing “the woman thing” like caring for the baby and other children, cooking cleaning, laundry and in general everything that needed to be done. God bless these women because I never could have done what they did. 

In this day and age I would like to commend the Army of Nurses and everyone who works at the hospital. In my one day stay there, I received the best of care from these devoted women who knew exactly what they were doing. I met many women I had never met before and many I had not seen for a long time. I did see one man, Stan, who came to check on me. Otherwise, it was all women and I consider them the Mary Kassmeier’s of today. God bless them too.

I had an appointment to get what is called a perm or permanent. All you ladies know what that is. The question is, if it is a permanent, why doesn’t it last longer?

So I ask you to rename this procedure. I will have a prize for the best name. I know that many of you have very clever minds and will come up with great suggestions. Call me. I expect that my phone will be ringing constantly.

I think I have had enough for now. I start P.T. on Tuesday. Things are looking up and it is supposed to be in the 70’s this coming weekend. I can hardly wait.