The Calling

Old pictures are so addictive… and speak so much to us…
Such a wonderful story and so beautifully written

Real People Real Stories

ImageThis is Lois Astleford, my grandmother, at her first violin recital in 1908.  Her mother, Sallie Vale, wanted Lois to learn music and language as she had.  But Lois had a different calling.  She played horribly at the recital.  Her mother never again insisted she learn the violin.  Years later, Lois retold the story in vivid detail and with a faint smile.  Did she bomb the recital on purpose?

Perhaps.  Lois was a strong women overcoming hardships during her life.  Her father died when she was baby.   Her high school sweetheart was severely wounded in World War I. They never married.   She later married Cliff Wiedeman and had four boys.  Lois divorced Cliff during the Depression and raised her sons alone.  During this time she took up smoking Pall Mall cigarettes privately in bathrooms. Women were not allowed to smoke publicly or even vote at the time.  In later years, she…

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