Nell M. Kraft's obituary (oddly it does not mention her education; she had a BA from the College of Wooster and a master's from the University of Chicago):
Edward G. Maxwell's obituary:
Gladys M. Maxwell's obituary (found on findagrave.com; I have a clipping here somewhere and will post it when I find it):
Gladys McGrath Maxwell, 96, of Virginia Beach, died Aug. 11, 1995, in her residence.
Mrs. Maxwell was born in Fruitland, Md. She was the widow of Edward G. Maxwell. Mrs. Maxwell attended the Blackstone Teachers College in Virginia, received a bachelor's degree from Barnard College in New York and a master's degree from Columbia University.
She is survived by a daughter, Anne DeGeer of Urbanna, Va.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 1995, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, by Dr. Paul B. Watlington. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, will be handling the arrangements.
Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) - August 13, 1995 Page B6
Copyright (c) 1995 The Virginian-Pilot
I went to Oak Grove Cemetery in Portsmouth and took some photos of my ancestors' graves:
Ira and Hattie Wilkerson were Carl's grandparents (parents of his mother, Marguerite Wilkerson Kraft). The younger Hattie was Marguerite's older sister, called "Sister," who never married. There is a picture of the family here.
This was Carl's younger brother, who died in a boating accident (the story of how he died is related here).
Summer vacation begins for my children next week, which prompted this conversation.
Carl: You know how you knew it was summer when I was a kid? Shoes. You took them off when school ended, and you didn't put them on again, except to go into town or to Sunday school. We ran around barefoot all summer.
Ellen: Ugh. I bet you all had worms.
Carl: Probably had all sorts of stuff. But that's how it was, all summer long.
Ellen: I suppose there weren't any cheap shoe stores back then.
Carl: Right, the only shoe store was Hofheimer's, downtown. And shoes were expensive. So in the summer... *makes expansive gesture and quotes John Greenleaf Whittier wryly* "Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan."
Carl, while traveling through the Downtown Tunnel (which goes from Norfolk to Portsmouth): I remember when this went in. It'll never work, they said. Portsmouthers love their ferry. Three months later... (He laughs).
Ellen: It's a lot quicker than a ferry.
Carl: Well, not really. I mean, if you were driving a car you had to line up. But if you were a pedestrian, you just paid your ten cents and walked right on.
Ellen: But this was built when the car was becoming the major source of transportation, right? In the fifties sometime?
Carl: Yeah. Before the war, most people didn't have cars. They took buses or streetcars, or just walked everywhere. But in the fifties... that was really the first era when everyone had cars.
Carl: I guess I got into jazz because of WTAR. You know, "we'll try another record." They meant it. Back then jazz was an integral part of popular music, and they might just as well play a Red Nichols record as a Guy Lombardo record. I started to figure out what I liked.