Monday, May 4, 2009

From Judy Dietel of South Hadley

Judy:

With your permission assumed, I am again going to post this interesting message of yours at http://southhadleyhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/. I just posted Bill’s latest.

Your comments about the Village Cemetery are interesting. This kind of comment about a well-known S. Hadley family is what makes the Society valuable to many people!

-----Original Message-----
From: Judy Dietel [mailto:jdietel@econs.umass.edu]
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 4:49 PM
To: Bob Judge; caryjuly@aol.com
Subject: Re: Hopeful addition to email list

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May 4, 2009

Thanks for your help and your kind reply, Bob. I'll be glad to be on the Society's mailing list, and I am thankful to you for conveying to the Society how grateful we are to you hardworking volunteers--we just too often forget to tell you, or we mean to say something, but we get distracted. We know that our So. Hadley Historical Society members are “unsung heroes" of the Town, who are quietly, without fanfare, volunteering so many hours of their personal time, to preserve the history of our fair "burg."

We appreciate all you folks do to give us "the long view," help us to see where we came from, so perhaps we can better steer more wisely into the future.

While Cousin Bill Cary was up here from Florida the weekend of April 24-25, 2009, to attend the NEARA (New England Antiquities Research Association) Spring meeting in Keene, NH, we took time on Sunday to go down to the Village Cemetery to check the two Dietel plots. I wish I had better knowledge of my family history, because, in the older plot, we found the little grave markers of daughters born around 1875, who were sisters of the father of my grandfather Charlie Dietel and of Cousin Bill's mother, Lil Dietel Cary. These little daughters died young--I don't remember them, though I may have been told of them when I was younger, and I don't recall Grandpa Charlie saying he had aunts who died in childhood. It is so sad that so many little ones were lost early in those days. At least in some areas of life, there has been some progress!

We also noticed that the "urn" on top of the older Dietel plot's "obelisk" has tilted at at angle (thank heavens for the rod that apparently holds the urn onto the obelisk, or else the urn would likely have fallen to the ground by now). We will try to get this repaired.

So, thanks again, Bob, for all your efforts for the Town, and with all best wishes,

Judy Dietel
45 Bardwell St
So. Hadley, MA 01075

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