Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mrs. Jessie Utt

I've been wanting to share this little book with you for a long time. I don't remember if I bought it in Warrenton or in Canton, Texas. It apparently belonged to Mrs. Jessie Utt. She lived in Chickasha, Oklahoma. It's basically an altered address book!
Looks like she did some doodling! She kept minutes it appears...for her Sunday School Class and bought the cards for the members' when they had birthdays or were ill. A job I have had before. And..in this same little book...she made lists of gifts she gave. I do that! I just have a separate book for it. I can tell you what gifts I gave for Christmas over 20 years ago! We would've been BFFs - Jessie and me!! She even sometimes wrote upside down in her book. That is helpful if you are in a group and flipping through your book... people can't read it as well. Smart!
Here is her shopping list.... guess what.... she sewed! Of course she did...didn't everyone "back then"? She wanted a "piece of black ribbon"!!! And I love how she wrote (hand) after "bag".
She must've had some "journal prompts" cause here's an entry where she was journaling about a school experience in 1916 and 1917.
...and here is one more shopping list. I didn't copy all the pages for you...just a sampling.
I don't know what to do with this little book. I guess I can colorcopy the pages and use them. I think I should find some old photographs that could be Jessie and do something with all of this. Any ideas?
I googled her...found this:
Rosehill Cemetery - Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma
UTT, Hubert, 8 Apr 1886 - 16 Jan 1967 (burial 18 Jan)(SS/W Jessie May Utt, Block 10, Lot 14)
UTT, Jessie May, 17 Nov 1870 - 4 Jun 1957 (burial 6 Jun)(SS/W Hubert Utt, Block 10, Lot 14)
Makes me wonder about the school journaling....maybe she taught... or her children were in school those years. Don't know...

9 comments:

Lorrie said...

Wow, Linda, what a treasure. You could copy some of the pages and use them as backgrounds for your art.

Tie the book up with a ribbon, tuck in a flower and use it in a table display.

Have fun!

Lorrie

natalea said...

Don't you just treasure old writing like that!? I have a marriage book I won from Beth Leintz that I just love! Life was so simple then...
xo nat

Julia said...

Beautiful handwriting......a lost art these days with computers.

You are lucky to have found this treasure.

xoxo, Julia

Nathalie Thompson said...

What a wonderful find! I have an antique composition book, also filled with mottos, class work, etc. I haven't done anything to mine because I hate to touch it! It is so precisou as-is!

Margaret said...

How absolutely adorable, what an amazing find, now don't you go chopping it up, promise!! I could so imagine this copied and used as a backing for collage, perfect for those canvases you need to get started on! so much inspiration in every page

Shannon (Faith and Chocolate) said...

What fun little book and treasure! Don't ya just love finding these wonderful little treasures?!

Jeanie said...

I love things like this. I have my grandmother's journals -- similar. While out on surgery leave, I plan to take a good look! (Something I can do with one arm!)

Amanda said...

That is so amazing! She is like an
"angel" in your little world. Her handwriting reminds me of my grandmother's. It is so touching that you tried to find her. She seems to have been a very happy lady, well taken care of, for her to be able to "shop" and do all those amazing things for the time era.

Gunnels blog said...

This is a treasury! It´s always so fun to look at these old handwritten journals, and to think of who the person was ? and think ? Thanks for sharing!