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What’s in Your Wallet?

Another Mom post. These are mostly for me, helping me sort through some things belonging to my mother that I just can’t throw away. I won’t throw them away, but will send them to my brother — he’s better at throwing things away than I am.

Today’s post features several of Mom’s IDs — things she carried in her wallet at some point — except for the school badge — that would probably have been on a lanyard around her neck.

Jewel-Osco Preferred Customer Card

Jewel-Osco card

Here’s her Jewel-Osco card. Jewel was her grocery store of choice. (Osco is the pharmacy within Jewel stores, at least the stores I am familiar with). In the Jewel-Osco on the west side of Elgin, half the store (left as you look at it) is Osco and the other half (right side) is Jewel. The Osco side has a few aisles dedicated to booze.

Women of the Moose Membership Card

Mom (and her mother before her) belonged to the Women of the Moose. Women could not (and still can’t as far as I know) be actual members of the Moose but they could belong to the Women of the Moose. From what I recall, the women did the cooking and, according to their official web page:

The Women of the Moose provides social, educational and community service opportunities to its members, as well as sporting events and activities geared toward the entire family. Our members are enthusiastic; they bring a special passion and commitment to the Moose fraternity. But don’t think the Women of the Moose are all work and no play – they also bring a unique brand of fun and energy to their meetings and functions.

Women of the Moose Web Page

I don’t remember much about her involvement with the organization — I remember my Grandma Green’s more — but I do know that when my mom was in her decline the next door neighbor (another member) said that the members paid for Mom’s membership.

Metra Reduced Fare Permit Card

Reduced rate for transit card

It’s highly likely that Mom never used this card. I don’t remember he using public transportation ever, except with someone else (like me). I guess this card could get her on the train to Chicago and local buses at a reduced rate. It expired a little less than 2 years after her death.

Club Victoria Card

Club Victoria Card

I’m sure Mom used her Club Victoria card. The Grand Victoria is a casino on a boat in the Fox River in Elgin. I don’t know that Mom gambled, but she definitely used her senior discount at a buffet at the casino. I never accompanied her — although I think she asked once or twice if I wanted to go. I hated the casino and she knew it.

This card is probably very old — it has no scanner, but does have those punch outs instead. There does not seem to be a Club Victoria any more, but there is a Grand Victoria Club that seems to be only for gambling.

Larkin High School Work ID

U46 ID

From sometime in the 1970s through at least 1995 Mom worked for the Elgin school district’s lunch program. For most of the time she worked at Larkin High School.


Looking back at this post I probably should have put the cards in chronological order, but I cannot be bothered to change it.

Mom’s Grade School Report Cards

In a box in the kneewall of our attic is a box marked “Mom’s Stuff” that contains some things I took from my mother’s house that are particularly relevant to her. Here are her grade school report cards.

Mom went to Garfield Elementary School in Elgin, Illinois. In her later years she reconnected with some of her grade school classmates and met often for lunch or other activities.

Grade 1

Her first grade teacher was Marion D. Korby. Under Citizenship and Character Development it looks like my mom was satisfactory in everything except respecting law and order. For the first half of the year she either needed improvement or was improving but still unsatisfactory.

Academically it seems she was fine except that she needed improvement in reading silently without lip movement. WTF? Is that even something?

Also interesting is that she was absent for 9 days (out of around 40) for the last grading period.

Grade 2

Mom in January 1944

Mom’s second grade teacher was Helen Bartlett. This year she was satisfactory in everything and hardly absent at all.

Grade 3

Mom’s teacher in third grade was Clara Wechter and Mom was again satisfactory in everything.

Grade 4

Mom, April 1946

In fourth grade the report card not only changes color, but the academic section changes, adding more subjects including Social Studies, Spelling, Handwriting, Music, Art, PE and Manual Arts (whatever that was). Mom’s teacher was Edna Gage (possibly a distant relative on Mom’s father’s side) and Mom was satisfactory in everything.

Grade 5

In fifth grade where Mom had M. Parlasca for a teacher (M for Mrs or Miss or Mary or Mr.?) the report cards changed again. A whole page for Citizenship (where no check = good) and another page for Scholarship and Attendance. Another change is that now grades A, B, C, D, and E are used instead of S, N, and I. It looks like Mom was a solid B student in most subjects with English, Spelling and Handwriting turning to A second semester.

Grade 6

M. Roberts taught Mom in sixth grade. Mom was again a solid B student, except for Arithmetic where she received A- most periods.

My grandfather’s elusive father

Albert Green
Albert Green

I’ve known my maternal grandfather’s lineage from his mother’s side for a very long time. It made such a huge impact on me that I vowed to be married in the church that our ancestors built near Elgin and loved to tell people that the creek that flows on the West side of Elgin is named after the Tyler branch of my family.

I knew very little about my grandfather’s father, however except that he divorced his wife and was out of the picture early in my grandfather’s life. Apparently, he knew his mother’s second husband, Frank Harris, as a father.

Yesterday, however, I discovered more than I’d ever hoped about that great grandfather’s family.

Harold, Hildur, Amanda, Albert

His name was Albert Green and was the son of Swedish immigrants. His father, Emil Green married Amanda Johnson on March 19, 1887, in Cook County, Illinois. His occupation is listed as a carpenter. He was 22 and she was 24. Emil and Amanda had two other children besides Albert. Their first child, a girl named Hildur was born on November 19, 1888, and they lived at 6005 May Street in the Englewood part of Chicago when she was born, according to her birth certificate. Albert was their second child, born on February 25, 1891. Their third child, Harold, was born April 2, 1898. Emil died of Typhoid fever on June 17, 1899, and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery. Amanda died in Elgin on August 8, 1934, and is buried at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin.

Albert married Jessie May Tyler on May 5th, 1909. My grandfather, Walter Tyler Green was born January 31, 1910. And according to the census of 1910, both Albert and Jessie lived with her parents (and brother and his wife) at the house on Highland Avenue (615 West) in Elgin.

Albert died on October 19, 1921, in South Elgin, Illinois. The family story is that he was struck by a train on the railroad tracks in South Elgin, but the death record does not tell the cause of death. He was a roofer. He is buried at Bluff City Cemetery.

Jessie married Frank Harris, a German who arrived in the United States in 1900, by the 1930 census because he is listed as being the son-in-law of Jessie’s father with whom he, Jessie and my grandfather lived.

I cannot find a record of Jessie’s or Frank’s death, but according to John McCornack, Jessie died in 1949 and Frank died in 1958. According to family legend Jessie was struck by a car while crossing the street and Frank hanged himself out of grief over Jessie’s death. However, 9 years is a long time to grieve and then commit suicide. Something doesn’t seem right.