Wishes to Evalena

While digging through a box of old letters and junk mail from my mother’s storage shed, I found a little red book entitled “Class Autographs. schooldays Memories of Evalena McGrew, Freshman”

Evalena is my maternal grandmother, and a woman I never had the opportunity to meet as she had passed away suddenly at the age of 50 because of a blood clot to the brain.

I have been paging through this book, and it is full of quotes from her classmates. I can’t decide if they are made up, or if they were common poems/lyrics back in the day. Or if each student just picked one as a signature quote and wrote it in everyone’s autograph book.

I thought I would share a few of them with you. Most are dated November 21, 1933.

Dear Evalena, (They all begin with this saluation)

Some like the tulips
that grow in the park,
But I like the two-lips
That meet in the dark.

Your friend, “Aggy”


Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet
and so are you.

Yours till you see Bronner in a gym suit – Howard


The higher the mountain
The cooler the breeze
The younger the couple
The tighter the squeeze.

(And more thrilling, especially a kiss from a certain guy.) Yours till you marry P.K, “Jerry”


When evening drops it curtain, and pins it with a star,
Remember you still have a friend
Though she may wander far.



When the golden sun is setting
and the path no more you trod
May your name in gold
be written
in the autograph of God.

-Your cousin, Violet


I wish you luck, I wish you joy
I wish you first a baby boy,
and when his hair begins to curl, I wish you
then a baby girl, and when her hair is straight
as pins, I wish you then a set of twins.

Love Martha


When you get married
and your husband gets
cross, pick up a rolling pin
and say “I’m boss”

Yours till (ice creams ?) Jean


Hold on, Neenes just woke up in a fury. More later!

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