Gleanings From A Lifetime – Part 1
Sun. 26 Dec 2010. 10:41 am
Part memories, part hearsay…
And so begins the autobiography of Leone Elizabeth Dolan Harmon.
This is the personal account of one women born in Michigan in 1904. It is also a story of middle America at the turn of the 20th century. Entitled “Gleanings From A Lifetime”, and typewritten starting in 1982 Leone documented her life from Ubly, Michigan to Sylvania, Ohio and then to Battle Creek, Michigan.
This also begins a project of transcribing Leone’s manuscript and presenting her story to you in a series of posts.
I hope you enjoy Leone’s story.
Part memories, part hearsay and possibly part imagination. I will not be responsible for the exact truth but this should be fairly close to the real thing.
On the third day of April, 1904 a daughter was born to Patrick H. and Maude Mae Stevens Dolan in Ubly, Michigan. They named her Leone Elizabeth. Leone from a recent novel her Mother had been reading; Elizabeth for her Grandmother Stevens. I have been raised under the impression it was Easter Sunday and I was dropped off by the Easter bunny. I was a colicky baby and couldn’t have been much joy to my new parents as I have been told they really didn’t know what I looked like until I was about nine-months old since I never had my eyes open and my mouth shut at the same time. We continued to live in Ubly until I was about two-years old when we moved to Sylvania, Ohio.
During the time we lived in Ubly my Dad made a fairly lengthy trip to Canada. Why? There are many things I wish I had learned about while the folks were still alive. Now there is no one to ask. All too sadly when we have the folks we are so young and so involved with getting alone with our own lives we neither the time nor the inclination to unravel the old days. That is one of the reasons I started these memories. Possibly sometime in the future my children or grandchildren will wonder as I do now and maybe these memories will answer some of their questions.