Saturday, May 3, 2014

1940 - 1941 Drives to Minnesota Noah Elwood and Edna Helena Eicher Weaver - Visit to Son Paul Henry and Daughter in law, Margaret Glessner Weaver, and new grandson

 In 1940, likely in the late summer,  Noah Elwood and Edna H Eicher Weaver drove to Minnesota to visit their only child and son, Paul Henry Weaver and his wife, in their new home town of Faribault MN.  Margaret Weaver in her Memoir, Rememberings p44-45 "Needing a home with more than one bedroom, we discovered that the Zuehlkes had a two-story, three bedroom house for rent at 318 Southwest Third Street, in the same section of town in which we were living. (See picture #1, p. 136.) We moved before Jim was born. Our furniture was quite adequate, except that we needed another bed when Pete's parents came for a visit. "
Some of the photos in their large format album appear to document their visit in 1940

On page 46 of the large format album, begun in 1929, is this photo of a Sioux Tepee, with Edna in a dress and hat among the 1940 photos. 
On the same page, is Noah Elwood Weaver with a bark covered structure, perhaps ash bark, as this may be in Wisconsin on their way here.  I know the Ho-Chunk Nation, Winnebago ,has had displays of American Indian lore for many years.

Post Card, ca 1940, Mayo Clinic at night.

Here is a photo of the Mayo Clinic in 1940, in downtown Rochester, where they stopped along the way. P 47  In the letters from Noah Elwood to his doctor son, they had considered a second opinion with a Mayo Clinic Doctor.  Wonder if that was part of the stop here. I have found nothing written in that regard.
 520 Tatepaha Blvd SW Faribault.  Likely in the winter of 1939-40. Posted on p 47 of the Noah Elwood album, 10 x12 format of 1929-1941-
From Rememberings, p 41 by Margaret Weaver, "The first of July 1939, we moved into a small house at 520 Tatepaha Boulevard (See pictures #5 & 6, . 135.), a bungalow with a porch across the front, a very small living room, a large dining room with a wonderful view of sunsets across a golf course, a kitchen, one bedroom, and a small room next to the living room where we placed the second-hand piano which we had bought in Columbus. The Columbus icebox had been replaced by an automatic refrigerator, but we needed a stove, purchasing a Tappan gas range "on time" from Donaldsons Department Store in Minneapolis, paying two and a half dollars a month. We were excited when the moving van arrived from Columbus with our belongings. Our
furniture fit in, though the dimensions of the linen curtains had to be adjusted.
Being very friendly to us newcomers, our neighbor, Claude Hunt, publisher of the Faribault Daily News, gave us a handsome big walleye that he had caught. Knowing absolutely nothing about cleaning and preparing fish, we invited the Fosters for dinner, preceded by John's fish cleaning and Bern's assistance in cooking."

In the 1930's and 40's, my parents and the elder Weaver kept up a regular correspondence by US Mail.  My father sent this from the winter of 1939-40 photo of there rental home at 520 Tetepaha Blvd in Faribault, and it ended up in the Ohio Weaver photo album.
Edna E Weaver, by Cannon Lake, late summer 1940 (note license plate).  Putting in a pillow.  She was recovering from breast cancer surgery she had in Ohio in May 1940. I see in the photos of my grandfather, the care he had for his wife and companion, whom I never met. She lived with the cancer until April 2, 1942, and her remains were buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Miamisburg. 
 A letter from N Elwood Weaver to Paul H Weaver describing Edna's recovery from surgery in May 1960 for breast cancer.
Stationary from the Miamisburg Paper Company where Noah Elwood worked as an accountant, clerk, mailed to his only child June 1, 1940 who lived in Faribault MN in a rental home, starting his rural medical practice, with his first son, to be born in Sept of 1940.
Ohio car and MN car at the second rental home, occupied in the summer of 1940, three bedroom house at 318 Southwest Third Street, Faribault.

View from the southwest of rental home, 318 SW 3rd St, Faribault, by Noah Elwood Weaver 1940

By 1941, the three Weavers, Paul H "Pete", Margaret "Peg" and their new son, Jim, Jimmy, James Cowles Weaver, had moved into this stone home at 201 4th Ave S, on the same block as the last home.  

Here is Peg on the right with toddler Jim AKA James C Weaver, with unnamed neighbors on the front of the home at 201 4th Ave S, Faribault.  

Grandma, Edna H E Weaver with her only grandchild, Jim, AKA James C Weaver in the lawn, Faribault. 

Grandson, Jim Weaver with granddad Noah "Elwood" Weaver in Faribault 1941.
Edna Eicher, summer of 1941 resting on her trip from Ohio to Minnesota with Noah "Elwood" Weaver.   She died of breast cancer in April of 1942, two years after her diagnosis and surgery. 

Faribault School for the Deaf early 1940's post card.

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