This next set of short stories is dedicated to the life of Baby Grandma. If you have been reading my blogs, you know that the first stories were dedicated to Big Grandma. Why such funny nicknames? Big Grandma was my maternal grandmother; tall, busty, and strong. Baby Grandma looked like a tiny doll next to Big Grandma. She was my Dad's mother. She was barely 5 feet...actually, she may not have even been 5 feet tall. When I knew her, she never weighed over 100 pounds. She was little in every feature and quite frail and sickly. She had whiskers and wore her hair in a hair net.
|Iness Marie Walls Bowser, aka Baby Grandma|
If ever there was a complete opposite in body and spirit to Big Grandma, it was Baby Grandma.
Baby Grandma was born Iness Marie Walls. She was born on 16 Sept 1907 in Twin Township, Ross County, Ohio. She was the 5th born child to Alonzo and Chloe Yoakum Walls. Her mother Chloe was also quite frail. She apparently never did well during pregnancy, delivery, or post pregnancy. In fact, she never recovered after the birth of Baby Grandma and died 11 months later.
They carried her body up the hill behind their house and buried her in an unmarked grave near the back of Storms Cemetery. She was laid near her one week old child who had passed away in 1901.
|Lulu, Harvey, and Fred Walls, ca. 1908|
Baby Grandma's older siblings stayed with their father Alonzo. Oldest brother Fred was 11 years old, sister Lulu was about 9, and Harvey was just 3 years old. I always wondered why Harvey, who was practically a baby himself, never went to live with Grandma Clark too.
|Harvey and baby sister Iness, ca. 1908|
When I was about 11, I remember the one and only time I ever heard her say "I love you too" after I obliged her with my obligatory hug, kiss, and declaration of affection. I was so surprised, I nearly gasped. Perhaps she thought she was dying or perhaps she just wanted me to know that she really did love me in her own way.
Never before have I understood more clearly than when I think of her, that all people show love in different ways.
Tomorrow will begin the fun and sometimes sad stories of the life of Baby Grandma. We will start off with a funny story of the time she got "hung up"!