|1910 West Virginia Census|
Jessie, her daughters and 28 boarders
Jessie had fostered independence and self reliance in her girls. She always stressed that they were ladies, first. Gloves and hats were a must for certain occasions and hankies! She was a mother that told her daughters to consider each circumstance in life with great thought and to make the best of each situation, even those that were not going in the right direction. She did not like quitters.
My aunt remembers her as a warm, outgoing and friendly individual, but was also strict and would not tolerate any insubordination11.” My father told me that Jessie’s response to personal tragedy was to sigh and say, “It must be God’s will” and then go on with her business12. Another grandchild of Jessie’s related a story to me about wanting to pay her grandmother back some money she owed and Jessie wouldn’t hear of it13.
Those lessons continue to move down the generations, from my grandmother, to my father, to me and on to my own children. Little did Jessie know she would be influencing family members into the 21 century….wouldn’t that give her a smile.
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1. Monongalia County, West Virginia Register of Births, (Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia), Film Number: 840895, Digital GS Number: 4229130, Image Number: 136, Reference Number: P 130, rn 78.
2. George Ethelbert VanGilder, George Ethelbert VanGilder Autograph Album, Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia, 1888-1887.
3. Catherine Wallace Billik, granddaughter, personal interview.
4. Earl L. Core, The Monongalia Story A Bicentennial History: IV Industrialization, (McClain Printing Company, Parsons, West Virginia, 1982), Chapter 122: 1898, page 227.
5. "Morgantown Weekly Post," Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia, May 24, 1904, page 7.
6. 1900 West Virginia Federal Census, Morgantown, Morgan District, Seneca, Monongalia County, ED 83, Sheet 15A.
7. Faith Hughes Roolf, granddaughter and my aunt, personal interview.
8. 1910 West Virginia Federal Census, Morgantown, Morgan District, Monongalia County, ED 80, Sheet 15A.
9. "The Charleroi Mail," Charleroi, Pennsylvania, June 16, 1913, page 3.
10. Ohio Death Certificate, (Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics), State File # 71714.
11. Faith Hughes Roolf.
12. George VanGilder Hughes, grandson and my father, numerous interviews.
13. Catherine Wallace Billik.
Updated September 18, 2022
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