Happy Birthday, Grandma Nellie

Now and then, I’ll come across a find that brings a little love to my heart for these people I’ve never met. Here’s one:

My great-great grandmother, Nellie Cornell Smith, was born July 16, 1885, and lived to the age of 83. You can see a picture of her and her parents and siblings at Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice.


Update (9/27/2013): Sometimes you don’t know how much you don’t know! When I originally posted this clipping, I thought “Hello Girl” was a nickname Gramma Nellie picked up, maybe by having a smile and a greeting for everyone she met, but this Fold3 spotlight shows that “Hello Girls” were switchboard operators (who later became invaluable during WW1.) Turns out Gramma Nellie was a modern workin’ woman! Thanks Finding Forgotten Stories for the tip via Twitter!

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