Gladys Ione STRITE

Gladys Ione STRITE

Female 1895 - 1990  (95 years)

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  • Name Gladys Ione STRITE 
    Born 29 Oct 1895  Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1900  Tama, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Age 4, lives with parents, George and Lou Strite, siblings, Velma and John, Catherine Coffits, John Coffitts, George Coffits, Genevieve Coffits and Carrie M. Cook, a servant
    Census 1905  Tama, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1910  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Renting on Stevens Ave.
    Residence 1916  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • flat 5, 2716 Hennepin Ave.
    Residence 1917  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • flat 5, 2716 Hennepin Ave.
    Residence 1918  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • apt. 5, 2716 Hennepin Ave. (bookkeeper)
    Residence 1918  Two Harbors, MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1927  Sioux Falls, SD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 2005 South Dakota Ave. (Letter to Gladys from Dorothy)
    Residence 1927  Sioux Falls, SD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 2005 South Dakota Ave.
    Census 1930  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Age 34 (almost), living with husband, Franklin, and children, Virginia, Franklin James and Grace. Also a servant, Louise Bertrand age 17. Residence at 4811 Park Ave.
    Residence 1930  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 4811 Park Ave.
    Residence 1934  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1936  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 24 Winona Ct.
    Residence 23 Dec 1937  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mrs. Franklin J. Grist, 24 Winona Ct, has returned from Minneapolis, Minn., where she spent two weeks with her mother. John Grist, Ottawa, Canada, who is visiting in Appleton, will be the Christmas day guest of the Grists at their home.
    Residence 1938  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 24 Winona Ct.
    Residence 1938  24 Winona Ct., Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 2 Mar 1938  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • A month or six weeks in California and Mexico was planned by Mrs. F.J. Grist, 24 Winona Ct., when they left Appleton March 2.
    Residence 17 Jun 1939  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • When Mrs. Franklin J. Grist, 24 Winona court, returned Friday from Minneapolis, Minn., where she attended a reunion of her grade school Wednesday night at the Curtis Hotel, her mother, Mrs. Lue Strite, and her sister, Mrs. Frank Flemming, both of Minneapolis, came with her for a visit of several weeks in Appleton. …
    Residence 17 Jul 1939  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mrs. Lue Strite and Mrs. Frank Fleming, Minneapolis, Minn., who spent last month with Mrs. Franklin J. Grist, 24 Winona court, left Sunday for their homes. Mr. Fleming came from Minneapolis to get them. Mrs. Strite is the mother of Mrs. Flemming and Mrs. Grist.
    Residence 1951  24 Winona Ct., Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence May 1958  Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • The Delphian Club will meet … A program on Chopin will be presented by Mrs. Gladys Grist.
    Died 14 Nov 1990  San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried
    • Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, WI
    Person ID I26  Tree1
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2021 

    Father George Trevor STRITE,   b. 25 Feb 1869, Anamosa, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1928, Rochester, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Louise (Lue) Catherine COFFITS,   b. 19 Jun 1870, Central City, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1941, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 29 Nov 1894  Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    Photos
    Louise Coffits
    Louise Coffits
    Louise Coffits holding Franklin James Grist Jr., with Virginia Grist at her side.
    George Trevor Strite and Louise Coffits, house at 4936 10th Ave. South in Minneapolis
    George Trevor Strite and Louise Coffits, house at 4936 10th Ave. South in Minneapolis
    Louise Coffits, Gladys Strite and John Strite
    Louise Coffits, Gladys Strite and John Strite
    Remembrance from Virginia Grist:

    This the front door of my grandmother Lue's house [Louise Coffits], which George bought for her. He must have died soon after that. And that is John Strite, mother's brother, who always lived there with her. He was very quiet, and had a canoe and exercised a lot!

    This is 4936 10th Ave. South, and a very nice house. It had a cool basement with a pool table in it. When it was very hot, we ate meals in a makeshift kitchen there. There was a garage in back with a flat roof, where we went to watch shooting stars! Fun!

    When in Minneapolis, we always had Sunday dinner there with Aunt Mae [Mary Leona Coffits] and Uncle Will Dunn, a barber. Aunt Mae was very sweet to us. their daughter Ethel [Dunn], who I adored, was maybe 10 years older than me. June [Flemming] and Doris [Flemming] and I played with handmade quilts that we were allowed to make into houses. The grown-ups ate in the dining room with the pink crystal and good china. We kids ate in the nice kitchen.
    4936 10th Ave. South in Minneapolis
    4936 10th Ave. South in Minneapolis
    Home of Louise Coffits and George Strite;

    Google map below shows how the house looked in 2010.


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    Histories
    Letter from Gladys, Nov. 7, 1918
    Letter from Gladys, Nov. 7, 1918
    From the days just before Armistice Day.
    Family ID F35  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Franklin James GRIST,   b. 10 Dec 1893, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1953, Madison, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 27 Jun 1917  Gethsemane Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Gladys was 21; Franklin 23
    Notes 
    • ca 1917-18-?: Gladys and Franklin raised poultry and livestock on a farm in Orrelton, MN. They lived in a tent.
    • 1936: Construction begins at 24 Winona Ct., Appleton, WI. Newspaper account: Construction of a 2-story birck residence at 24 Winona Court has been started by Franklin J. Grist. The new home, which includes five rooms on the first floor, four bedrooms and two baths on the second floor, is of English-Gothic type.
    • 1921: Virginia Ann born on July 25. Bought new home--white bungalow--4811 Park Ave. So, Minneapolis, MN, for $6,500.
    • 10 May 1937 Mr. and Mrs. Franklin J. Grist, 24 WInona Ct., are in Chicago today, attending the seventh annual fur style show and banquet at the Palmer House.
      -Appleton Post-Crescent
    • 27 Dec 1937: First place winner, class B, in the Post-Crescent Christmas Home Lighting Contest
      -Appleton Post-Crescent
    Children 
    +1. Virginia Ann GRIST,   b. 25 Jul 1921, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 2013, Ashland, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +2. Franklin James GRIST, Jr.,   b. 14 Feb 1927, Sioux Falls, S.D. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 2019, Appleton, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    +3. Living
    +4. John Roger (Jack) GRIST,   b. 28 Nov 1933, Appleton,WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1992, Menasha,WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Photos
    Holiday greeting card
    Holiday greeting card
    From Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite

    Greeting inside says:

    In our home we think of you
    From our home we write to you
    To our home we welcome you

    The Grists
    Franklin Grist with holiday decor
    Franklin Grist with holiday decor
    Giant electric candles at 24 Winona Ct.
    Gladys in Zion National Park
    Gladys in Zion National Park
    Viola Schuman
    Viola Schuman
    Worked at Grist Furs in Appleton, WI
    Grist Furs
    Grist Furs
    Grist Furs billboard
    Grist Furs billboard
    Wornall (Bill) Farr with his in-laws
    Wornall (Bill) Farr with his in-laws
    Front: Wornall (Bill) Farr, left, and Franklin Grist
    Back, from left: John Roger (Jack) Grist, Grace Louise Grist, Virginia Grist, Dorothy Grist, Gladys Strite and Franklin James Grist, Jr.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Cookbook at 24 Winona Ct.
    Cookbook at 24 Winona Ct.
    Virginia Grist:
    We always had a notebook with recipes in it. Because mother was working so much at the fur store, we needed help with the cooking and such. Each night of the week had a certain meal associated with it. Monday Macaroni, I remember. And Pea du Hick (Creamed Dried Beef with Peas).

    Eventually, we got a real cook, Mrs. Lowrey, but that was after I went to school. Before that, most of the cooks were just country girls, so mother had to give them exactly what to do.
    Winona Court in 1936
    Winona Court in 1936
    The first photo shows construction; the second shot shows the holiday decorations in 1936. Franklin won the city prize for lighting that year. The bottom photo shows the holiday greeting from 1952.
    The Spiritual Foundation of 24 Winona Ct.
    The Spiritual Foundation of 24 Winona Ct.
    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of how 24 Winona Ct. came to be.
    Grists to Mexico
    Grists to Mexico
    From Grace Louise Grist:

    I remember that trip to Mexico in February l946 (?). Jack and I persuaded our parents to take us along, pleading that my recently learned Spanish could come in handy (it did). We drove to see Ginny [Virginia Grist] and Bill [Wornall Fisher Farr] in Dallas, then on down through the mountains to Mexico City. We stayed at a "motel" (new concept in those days) and met Mexican friends of theirs: Meurta (in pic with Daddy) and her mother (with Mother; I don't remember her name). They entertained us lavishly, took us to a bullfight. From there we drove to Cuernavaca, just a small pretty village and on to Taxco, where we bought lots of silver jewelry and a silver tea service (which Ginny and I still share). The road to Acapulco was treacherous, dusty, with vultures peering at us from the cliffs overhead. We spent weeks on the "morning beach," afternoons reading and snoozing, enjoyed interesting and delicious meals (octopus one day!)... The photo shows our hotel, overlooking the Pacific. I've forgotten the name of it.

    Our return trip included a stop at Garci Crespo, a spa with three swimming pools, and kids for Jack and I to play with. And then the hotel at Fortin de las Flores: the photos show the pool, which was covered with fresh gardenias each morning. A beautiful village, with a view of the mountain, friendly people.
    Gladys and Friends
    Gladys and Friends
    From Grace Louise Grist:

    Cora Harvey (we called her Cody) she was an office partner and best friend of mother's. She took care of us sometimes; she taught Jim and I how to oil paint, and had us go to her "art camp" in the summertime ... and had us enter our paintings in the annual county fair (and we won awards!!) She was a kind, sort of funny lady -- a salt-of-the-earth type.

    Dr. Busch (dentist) was our neighbor on Winona Ct. He and his wife Mary (photo) were very good friends and his kids were our pals, especially mine. Stevie and I played together a lot,he was a super pianist. Carol and I played paper dolls at her house. Their mom, Mary, made delicious schaum torte with strawberries. Dr. Busch had this sailboat (probably 20 ft.) and he took us out on it quite a lot (but never enough) on Lake Winnebago. A really nice man, even if he was a dentist. He teased me a lot.
    1972 Reunion in Waupaca, WI
    1972 Reunion in Waupaca, WI
    Reunion portrait and illustration by Franklin James Grist Jr.

    At Long Meadow cottage at the end of Long Lake (near the mouth of the Crystal River).
    Franklin James Grist Jr., Franklin James Grist, Wornall Fisher (Bill) Farr, Louise Grist, Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Franklin James Grist Jr., Franklin James Grist, Wornall Fisher (Bill) Farr, Louise Grist, Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, John Roger (Jack) Grist
    At 24 Winona Ct. near the old hickory tree.

    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of how 24 Winona Ct. came to be.
    Franklin Grist (holding Sambo), Franklin James Grist Jr., Louise Grist (foreground), Virginia Grist, Gladys Strite and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Franklin Grist (holding Sambo), Franklin James Grist Jr., Louise Grist (foreground), Virginia Grist, Gladys Strite and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Louise Grist writes:

    The dog is our beloved Sambo. Daddy and I were the only real dog lovers in the family. I cried and cried and searched for days for Sambo when he ran away.

    This was taken in our house on Winona Court. Our grandfather clock in the background; I don't know the history of it, but it was always there since I was born. I was about 8 when this was taken, so it must be about 1937.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, Franklin Grist, Velma Strite and Franklin James Grist Jr.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, Franklin Grist, Velma Strite and Franklin James Grist Jr.
    Virginia Grist:

    I recognize the drapes: green and cool for the time. Big windows faced College Ave. This was in our apartment over the Melody Shop. About 1947. Pretty fancy table -- probably two card tables! Mother's crystal and silver. I don't remember the occasion, or that we entertained like that! Both of us worked six-day weeks -- too tired!
    Histories
    Model T
    Model T
    Sioux Falls, and back to Minneapolis
    Sioux Falls, and back to Minneapolis
    Open House
    Open House
    Franklin Grists on Southern Vacation
    Franklin Grists on Southern Vacation
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Letter from Gladys Ione STRITE to Julie Ann GRIST
    Letter from Gladys Ione STRITE to Julie Ann GRIST
    Gladys describes her father, George Trevor STRITE
    Gladys Ione Strite, 1896
    Gladys Ione Strite, 1896
    Velma (age 4) and Gladys (age 5.5) Strite
    Velma (age 4) and Gladys (age 5.5) Strite
    Grist Family at 24 Winona Court, Appleton, WI
    Grist Family at 24 Winona Court, Appleton, WI
    Gladys STRITE writes on back: The whole family
    Summer 1938
    Virginia, 17; Franklin; Jim, 11; Grace Louise, 9; Jack, 4 1/2.
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Family
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Family
    Jack Grist (back) with Judith Radtke, David Grist, Gladys Strite and Karsen Grist
    Gladys Strite and Vera Aul, Christmas, 1978
    Gladys Strite and Vera Aul, Christmas, 1978
    Taken in the front hall at 24 Winona Ct., Appleton, WI
    Gladys Strite at 'Hello, Dolly'
    Gladys Strite at "Hello, Dolly"
    Gladys Strite writes on back of photo: GG and Thelma Keaton "upstaging" Barbra Streisand on 20th Century Fox set of "Dolly".
    Sept. 1968
    Gladys and Velma with a Friend
    Gladys and Velma with a Friend
    From left: Irene Halisey, Gladys Strite, Velma Strite
    Gladys and Velma with a Friend
    Gladys and Velma with a Friend
    Not sure who the boy in the photo is. Gladys Strite is in center; Velma Strite is at left.
    Gladys and Chums
    Gladys and Chums
    The top photos feature some of Gladys' friends. The top two shots are Edith and Edie. On the back, photos are marked "In Peoria, 1,000 years ago!"
    The bottom photo, Gladys writes, is "Gladys Strite's 'chum', Ramona herman, 16th and Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, MN

    Postcards to Gladys-1
    Postcards to Gladys-1
    Postcards from friends:

    1. Sent from Waubay, SD:
    Hello you: How you was? Expect tickled to death that Ramona is back. It's kinder lonesome without her. Believe me! Wish you could have been with her. You'll have to be next summer. Write soon. You owe me a letter. Lovingly, [? Beth, Ruth?]

    2. Sent from SD:
    Hello Gladys,
    Those letters which, of course (?), you have sent must have gotten lost in the mail. Won't you try again?

    3.Friend Gladys,
    Received your card last night. Please write and let me know when you are going home adn your address in Minneapolis.
    [?]
    Gladys at 16
    Gladys at 16
    Velma, John and Gladys Strite
    Velma, John and Gladys Strite
    On Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, MN
    Gladys in 1916 (approximately)
    Gladys in 1916 (approximately)
    Blossom, the cow
    Blossom, the cow
    At Gladys and Franklin's first home in Two Rivers, MN.
    Home of Genevieve Lonergan and George Coffits
    Home of Genevieve Lonergan and George Coffits
    Gladys Strite writes on back: "Aunt Vieve and Uncle George Coffits' 'shack' in northern Minnesota (Knife River, Molde, etc., near Two Harbors).
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Gladys Strite
    John Roger (Jack) Grist and Gladys Strite
    At the home of Pat Gray and Louise Grist in Livermore, CA. About 1985
    Splendid New Homes
    Splendid New Homes
    From the Appleton Post-Crescent: No mater which section of Appleton one visits he finds attractive new homes, of which the two above are quite typical. At left is the home erected at 1932 S. Memorial Dr. for Arthur Wenzlaff, and at the right is the new home at 24 Winona Ct, in the far northeastern section of the city, built for Franklin J. Grist. The grist home is occupied and the Wenzlaff home will be completed in a short time.

    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of how 24 Winona Ct. came to be.
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in Mxico
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in Mxico
    Gladys Strite and Dorothy Grist
    Gladys Strite and Dorothy Grist
    In front of Gladys' mother's house (Louise Coffits).
    Gladys Grist, Jessica Madigan and Thelma Keaton
    Gladys Grist, Jessica Madigan and Thelma Keaton
    At Asilomar, CA in 1970
    Gladys in L.A.
    Gladys in L.A.
    Gladys Strite: Lillian, Mary Johnston and GG at Carmen's Home (L.A.). Feb. 1969
    Gladys atop the Pan Am Building
    Gladys atop the Pan Am Building
    Gladys Strite: With Gladyce Cooke and Jean Wallis for luncheon atop the Pan Am Building, July 1968.

    [Now the Met Life building]
    Park La Brea
    Park La Brea
    Gladys Strite: Gladys Grist at Gladyce Cooke's Park La Brea apt. (8 E with Harriett Clark)
    George Coffits, Genevieve Lonergan, Gladys Strite and (in front) John Roger (Jack) Grist
    George Coffits, Genevieve Lonergan, Gladys Strite and (in front) John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Dorothy Grist and her sister-in-law, Gladys Strite
    Dorothy Grist and her sister-in-law, Gladys Strite
    Dorothy Grist writes on the back: "Gladys Grist (right) and Dorothy Grist (left). How fat I look! I must have been bursting with joy at Gladys being in California with me. In front of Lillian Griswold's home in Alhambra, Calif. Apr. 1938.
    Gladys Strite and car
    Gladys Strite and car
    On Winona Court in Appleton
    Franklin and Gladys
    Franklin and Gladys
    East Rockaway, NY (on Long Island)
    Gladys in Zion National Park
    Gladys in Zion National Park
    Franklin James Grist Jr. with his parents, Gladys Strite and Franklin James Grist
    Franklin James Grist Jr. with his parents, Gladys Strite and Franklin James Grist
    At 24 Winona Ct.
    Letter to Dorothy Grist and John S. Grist from Franklin Grist
    Letter to Dorothy Grist and John S. Grist from Franklin Grist
    Friday 3:30 p.m. [Nov. 2, 1918]

    Dear Dorothy & Dad

    I am at the sub guard #1 station and have time to write a letter. I came on guard at noon today, and will be off at noon tomorrow. That will suit me fine, for now I can spend my Saturday and Sunday with Gladys. I have asked for a pass over Sunday, so will not have to stand any formations until Monday at 6:10.
    This may be my last time to act at Corporal of the Guard. No, I have not been "busted" but I am to be promoted to a sergeant. My name with two others went over to the Col. Offices to be signed, and will be back in a day or so. Then I will discard my two stripes for three. I feel pretty good over that, as there were two corporals set back to the ranks as privates this month so to be promoted means a little more to me.
    The next big happening is the news Gladys just brought to me about 30 minutes ago. She said she couldn't keep from telling me so came down to this substation as I had told her I would be here.
    She said that she had a job at the Embarkation Hdqts. In the Finance Dept. as bookkeeper at $100 a month. Her hours are to be 8 till 5 and one hour at noon. Now that's what I call a pretty good job to start at anyway. She looked all around at different places, including the shipyards & it wasn't a case of getting work, for there seems to be oodles of it for girls, but just a question of who would pay the most and give the best hours. It is a government job, and a very busy place. As soon as she told them her experiences and where she worked, etc., she was hired. It all only took about two minutes, she said. I feel very proud of her.
    Now with my pay & her allotment, it will mean a monthly income of $152.40 for the two of us. That sounds good, but when you figure our living expenses, it knocks all the joy out of the big figures. We are now paying $10 a week for a room. At the same place (private family). Gladys will be able to take her breakfast & supper. Her breakfasts will cost 50 and her supper 75. Then her lunch she thinks will average 30 to 40 each (light) so her chow each day will be about $1.60. Then by adding her car fare, 10, and the room rent $1.43 a day. We have a grand total of $3.13 for living expenses per day. That does not include laundry or clothes. She is buying a liberty bond, also. So in all, it will easily take the $100 to live on. Then her clothing will come out of the rest of what I get.
    I am so glad that she did so well. It will mean she can be very comfortable, and will get good home-cooked meals. She has already had one super at the new place (Wilsons) and said it was wonderful. It isn't a boarding house. The man of the house is a commissioned man at Camp Stewart and their home is a beauty. We have French windows in our room; they are really doors and open on a cute little porch. The furniture all matches in our room. The bath is just across the hall and very nice and modern. We just moved into the Wilson place this morning. The people are very refined and so nice to us.
    At the first place we had 3 nights. It was all right, but the room wasn't very up to date and it was downstairs while the bath was up. She could get no meals there, and the price was the same as the Wilson room. The Wilsons have a very sweet daughter with whom Gladys has taken a liking.
    Mr. Wilson serves at the table and its all very home like. Didn't want her to go eating at different places, it would cost as much I think and it wouldn't be as well-cooked or as clean. The surroundings of a place make a difference, you know.
    Wilsons is only a 15-minute walk from my barrack, just outside the camp. The car line is right at the corner and the same car runs right to her new place of business.
    She starts tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock. I am to meet her at 5:30 downtown and go home with her. I get off guard at noon, & have a pass for over Sunday. Last night we went tot the "Y" & heard a few stunts put on by boys around the camp. Then we went over to the dance and it being Halloween night, a big crowd was out and we had a good time. It also was pay day at our camp and all the boys were celebrating. Gladys sure was the popular girl. I had a hard time getting in a dance with her myself. She sure loves to dance. I wish you could see the wardrobe she has. Dorothy knows most of it. Well, I'll say she has it on all these southern girls for dress. So many have asked if she wasn't from N.Y. City.
    We were honored last night bye a singer (professional) at the dance. He gave two selections and after the encore, he made a beeline for Gladys & asked her for a dance & hoped to land one with her. So many have told me what a fine dancer she was. I'm beginning to think I have some wife. What say?
    The nice gift you send came today from Mpls. She was very pleased with it. Was all out of talcum [?].
    Must go to chow now. Hope you are both well. Write when you can.
    Franklin


    Gladys Strite and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Grist
    Gladys Strite and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Grist
    On back, Dorothy writes:

    See my new green felt hat?
    Franklin Grist with the Strites
    Franklin Grist with the Strites
    Franklin James Grist, Gladys Strite, George T. Strite, Louise Coffits and Velma Strite
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist
    Virginia Grist: "In the front yard at 24 Winona Ct. on the south lawn near the street. The tree is a much-loved hickory, long gone now. It had been saved with cement in its innards and prudent trimming by professional, Mary [Lamers] says."

    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of how 24 Winona Ct. came to be.
    Grists at the IHOP
    Grists at the IHOP
    Judith Radtke (far left) at the International House of Pancakes. With friends and Gladys Strite (center), Karsen Grist and David Grist
    Gladys Strite and her son, John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Gladys Strite and her son, John Roger (Jack) Grist
    In California for a seminar on holistic treatment.
    Gladys Strite with forsythia
    Gladys Strite with forsythia
    Virginia Grist: "She LOVED hats!"
    Gladys Strite in pool
    Gladys Strite in pool
    Virginia Grist: "Dad [Franklin James Grist] especially loved Mexico and they went, driving, almost every winter for a month (after they had the money). It was after building 24 Winona Ct. I was still in school. We always had live-in helpers, but I felt very responsible for my siblings!"
    Gladys Strite with her children Franklin James Grist Jr. and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Gladys Strite with her children Franklin James Grist Jr. and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Virginia Grist: "This was 1741 N. Superior St., where Jack was born!"
    Dorothy, Gladys and Jack
    Dorothy, Gladys and Jack
    Dorothy Grist, Gladys Strite and John Roger (Jack) Grist at 24 Winona Ct.

    Gladys Strite writes on back:
    Dorothy and Gladys Grist and Jack
    Nov. 1959
    Appleton, Wis.
    at 24 Winona Court
    (note butterflies in grease wall paper)
    Velma Strite, Gladys Strite and Dorothy Grist
    Velma Strite, Gladys Strite and Dorothy Grist
    Louise Coffits, Gladys Strite and John Strite
    Louise Coffits, Gladys Strite and John Strite
    Remembrance from Virginia Grist:

    This the front door of my grandmother Lue's house [Louise Coffits], which George bought for her. He must have died soon after that. And that is John Strite, mother's brother, who always lived there with her. He was very quiet, and had a canoe and exercised a lot!

    This is 4936 10th Ave. South, and a very nice house. It had a cool basement with a pool table in it. When it was very hot, we ate meals in a makeshift kitchen there. There was a garage in back with a flat roof, where we went to watch shooting stars! Fun!

    When in Minneapolis, we always had Sunday dinner there with Aunt Mae [Mary Leona Coffits] and Uncle Will Dunn, a barber. Aunt Mae was very sweet to us. their daughter Ethel [Dunn], who I adored, was maybe 10 years older than me. June [Flemming] and Doris [Flemming] and I played with handmade quilts that we were allowed to make into houses. The grown-ups ate in the dining room with the pink crystal and good china. We kids ate in the nice kitchen.
    Gladys Strite and Dorothy Grist at 4811 Park Ave. South in Minneapolis
    Gladys Strite and Dorothy Grist at 4811 Park Ave. South in Minneapolis
    On the back, Dorothy writes:
    "Yes we are here
    Gladys is broad but
    I'm thick thru

    Hear Gladys Strite describe the house on Park Avenue in Minneapolis (7 minutes).



    Mar 1925"

    John Roger (Jack) Grist, birthday card to mother
    John Roger (Jack) Grist, birthday card to mother
    Franklin James Grist Jr, Gladys Strite and Virginia Ann Grist
    Franklin James Grist Jr, Gladys Strite and Virginia Ann Grist
    John Strite and Gladys Strite
    John Strite and Gladys Strite
    Gladys Strite
    Gladys Strite
    Cookbook at 24 Winona Ct.
    Cookbook at 24 Winona Ct.
    Virginia Grist:
    We always had a notebook with recipes in it. Because mother was working so much at the fur store, we needed help with the cooking and such. Each night of the week had a certain meal associated with it. Monday Macaroni, I remember. And Pea du Hick (Creamed Dried Beef with Peas).

    Eventually, we got a real cook, Mrs. Lowrey, but that was after I went to school. Before that, most of the cooks were just country girls, so mother had to give them exactly what to do.
    Dorothy Grist, Gladys Strite and Louise Coffits
    Dorothy Grist, Gladys Strite and Louise Coffits
    Gladys and Velma Strite
    Gladys and Velma Strite
    Beatrice (Trix) Watson and Gladys Strite
    Beatrice (Trix) Watson and Gladys Strite
    Gladys Strite writes on back:
    Mother's day May 1963
    So good of your mother. Isn't she lovely?
    She asked me to have some of these made to send you girls and I neglected to do so but found this one, which I know you will cherish.
    Gladys Strite and Velma Strite
    Gladys Strite and Velma Strite
    Lillian Griswold, Trix Watson and Gladys Strite
    Lillian Griswold, Trix Watson and Gladys Strite
    L to R: Lillian and Don Griswold, Trix Watson
    L to R: Lillian and Don Griswold, Trix Watson
    Gladys Grist writes on back:

    Rose trellis in background with huge, pale pink (Rose of Portugal) roses all over it.

    Isn't it good of all of us?
    Gladys Strite and Dorothy Grist
    Gladys Strite and Dorothy Grist
    Griswolds' Golden Wedding Anniversary
    Griswolds' Golden Wedding Anniversary
    Gladys Strite and friends
    Gladys Strite and friends
    Virginia Grist:

    On the right is Gladys with Lillian Griswold; on the left, maybe her daughter, Donnalyn. Both seem to be in California. Could be in the 1960s after Gladys sold Grist Furs and Fashions. The Griswolds, Lillian and Don, were next-door neighbors when Gladys and Franklin lived at 4811 Park Ave. South in Minneapolis. They remained life-long, close friends.


    Hear Gladys Strite describe the house on Park Avenue in Minneapolis (7 minutes).

    Appleton in 1949
    Appleton in 1949
    Gladys and Friends
    Gladys and Friends
    From Grace Louise Grist:

    Cora Harvey (we called her Cody) she was an office partner and best friend of mother's. She took care of us sometimes; she taught Jim and I how to oil paint, and had us go to her "art camp" in the summertime ... and had us enter our paintings in the annual county fair (and we won awards!!) She was a kind, sort of funny lady -- a salt-of-the-earth type.

    Dr. Busch (dentist) was our neighbor on Winona Ct. He and his wife Mary (photo) were very good friends and his kids were our pals, especially mine. Stevie and I played together a lot,he was a super pianist. Carol and I played paper dolls at her house. Their mom, Mary, made delicious schaum torte with strawberries. Dr. Busch had this sailboat (probably 20 ft.) and he took us out on it quite a lot (but never enough) on Lake Winnebago. A really nice man, even if he was a dentist. He teased me a lot.
    Gladys Strite
    Gladys Strite
    From Louise Grist:
    I believe I photographed this. It's a pic of Mother [Gladys Strite] in the middle. The little woman in the back, I don't recognize, but all the rest worked at the fur store with Daddy [Franklin Grist], and later with Mother after he became ill. Probably this pic was dated 1954 or 55. The lady next to Mother is Peg du Pre. She always wore ALL BLACK every day, head to toe. But she was a marvelous saleswoman. On Mother's left is Edna, who did the sewing and repairing, and then Florence? Francine? Her name escapes me, but she did secretarial work. After she left, and Mother took over the store at Franklin's death, I resigned my teaching position in Milwaukee and took over her duties for a year, helping with whatever: cleaning, advertising, delivering coats, just general go-fer. It made me realize I wouldn't ever want to be in retail sales.
    When Grist Furs and Fashions Closed
    When Grist Furs and Fashions Closed
    Group of shots includes:


    • A postcard that was sent to announce Gladys' retirement in 1957
    • An account statement, including a special message about the store closing in 1957
    • Gladys (with hat) in 1939. She writes: Gladys leaving home for church, spring 1939 (good view of the Strite teeth)
    • Gladys in Nov. 1936 (looks to be taken by Dorothy Grist)
    Events at Grist Furs (and Grist Furs & Fashions)
    Events at Grist Furs (and Grist Furs & Fashions)
    Gladys Strite with Maury Stack (Jack's friend)
    Gladys Strite with Maury Stack (Jack's friend)
    Gladys Grist with pink car
    Gladys Grist with pink car
    Gladys' 80th Birthday
    Gladys' 80th Birthday
    Birthday wishes from Franklin James Grist Jr. (top) and John Roger (Jack) Grist
    Invitation to Gladys' 80th birthday
    Invitation to Gladys' 80th birthday
    Created by Franklin James Grist Jr.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Gladys Strite and the Altrusa Club
    Gladys Strite and the Altrusa Club
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Gladys Strite and Alice Babcock
    Gladys Strite and Alice Babcock
    Alice was a dear friend to Gladys
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist at Pelican Lake
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist at Pelican Lake
    Dorothy Grist writes on back:
    Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Freede at Pelican Lake, Wisc.
    Aug. 1949
    Friends of Gladys Strite
    Friends of Gladys Strite
    L to R: Alice Babcock, Leone Lamers and Mary Busch. Mary Busch was a neighbor on Winona Court in Appleton.

    Louise Grist:
    "Alice was a very dear, faithful and steady friend of Gladys who had the millinery department at Gloudemans Department Store in Appleton."

    Dorothy Grist writes on back:
    "Taken in Aug. 1954. D.G."
    Ruth Matteson and daughter Joan Buesing
    Ruth Matteson and daughter Joan Buesing
    Ruth Matteson was a Christian Science friend of Gladys.
    Writing on the back is hard to read. I think it says:
    "...blue gabardine suit with orchid hat and violets. Usually wear white gloves and light blue coat over shoulders. Just love the outfit. Not so good of Joan but best one of my face and I thought that is what you'd want to see."
    John Strite, Gladys Strite, and Ethel Dunn
    John Strite, Gladys Strite, and Ethel Dunn
    Virginia Grist:
    Probably near the retirement home where John lived the last years of his life.

    Ethel was a retired librarian in the same area and looked in on him sometimes.

    I do remember helping clean out John's apartment. This must have been in the '70s. Much junk: old clothes, no books, but a stack of his pastel drawings, large and on newsprint. Probably made in the '20s. Fragile. They interested me. His technique was excellent. He must have been self-taught, He was always a loner and kind of strange. Often the pastels featured moonlight scenes, most of them dark, mystical landscapes. Never any people in them. I doubt that anyone ever saw them! I still have some, thinking I would show them to an art teacher. I also have a box of his big soft pastels. Hard to use because they are so fat. I should give them to the art teacher!

    Mother always sent him birthday cards and post cards. And, yes, she felt responsible. There is a picture of him: erect, solemn. I do remember some letters from the Haven Home about him and his daily walks. But I doubt he made any friends. So sad. It was fortunate that Mother found a place for him. And it was good that she knew he was cared for, and that Ethel went to see him some.

    Ethel was a darling, and I last saw her at the 1973 family reunion at the lake. She was well and so enjoyed being with family
    Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, Trix Watson and Margene Watson
    Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, Trix Watson and Margene Watson
    Virginia Grist:

    Margene and I were born on the same morning in a Minneapolis hospital. July 25, 1921!

    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of Vigrinia Grist's birth (10 minutes).


    Gladys Strite and Trix Watson
    Gladys Strite and Trix Watson
    Virginia Grist:

    Gladys and Trix in front of her house in California. Best friends for their long lives!
    Trix Watson and her daughter, Margene
    Trix Watson and her daughter, Margene
    Virginia Grist:

    Trix and Margene. Both widowed for a long time.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite, skating in Minneapolis in 1912
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite, skating in Minneapolis in 1912
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Gladys Strite and Ethel Dunn
    Gladys Strite and Ethel Dunn
    Gladys Strite writes on back:

    With cousin Ethel Dunn in her home, Red Wing, MN.

    January 1970

    Cold!
    Loraine and Lloyd Strite, Gladys Strite and Charles Strite
    Loraine and Lloyd Strite, Gladys Strite and Charles Strite
    Strites
    Strites
    Top: Gladys Strite and Kaye Sophia Folleso
    Middle: Gladys Strite and Robert Strite; Gladys Strite, Lloyd Strite and Loraine
    Bottom: Robert Strite
    Program from Gladys Strite's memorial service in Wisconsin
    Program from Gladys Strite's memorial service in Wisconsin
    Memorial service for Gladys Ione Strite in San Francisco, CA
    Memorial service for Gladys Ione Strite in San Francisco, CA
    Gladys Strite
    Gladys Strite
    Portrait by Harwood in Appleton
    Gladys Strite
    Gladys Strite
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite at the Masonic Dance
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite at the Masonic Dance
    Letter from Dorothy Grist to Gladys Strite
    Letter from Dorothy Grist to Gladys Strite
    Sent to Gladys in South Dakota from Dorothy in Minneapolis.

    To Gladys

    For weeks the papers have been full
    Of Lindberg and his flight
    And what is more his character
    With force has come to light

    They set to going a contest
    For boys fourteen you see
    To have them write and essay on
    "What Lindbergh Means to Me.

    Somehow this started me to think
    (I very seldom do)
    That we as individuals
    Each have our meaning, too.

    The folks I know come to my mind
    But out of all I see
    So few express God's loveand that's
    What you dear mean to me.

    (Written sometime in Aug. 1927 but never sent so will send on now for your birthday. D. Grist)
    Wedding announcement
    Wedding announcement
    The Minneapolis newspaper got Gladys' name wrong, listing her as Glady J. instead of Gladys I. Photo is from 1916.
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite -- Their first home
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite -- Their first home
    From pages of an album created by Franklin
    It's all jake
    It's all jake
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in 1916.

    Note: "jake" is slang for "all right, fine".

    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in Two Harbors
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in Two Harbors
    Good Times in the Camp
    Good Times in the Camp
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite
    Our second home -- Two Harbors, Minn.
    Jan. 1918
    Gladys Strite, ice rink
    Gladys Strite, ice rink
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in Two Harbors
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in Two Harbors
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in 1920
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in 1920
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in 1920
    Gladys Strite and Franklin Grist in 1920
    Gladys Strite
    Gladys Strite
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in the 1920s
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite in the 1920s
    Postcard from Franklin Grist to Dorothy Grist and John S. Grist in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Postcard from Franklin Grist to Dorothy Grist and John S. Grist in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Camp Hill, Va.
    Wed. a.m.

    Dear D&D [Dorothy and Dad].

    Your card came yesterday. I was so excited over Gladys' arriving that I rammed it in my pocket with two other letters and forgot all about it until I went to bed.
    G. arrived at 11 a.m. Tuesday, had a very enjoyable trip. Met sailor boy headed for Norfolk and had a good chat. He bought her a box of candy. She looks just fine. Am so proud of her. Looks like a million dolllars. Have had so many T.L's [?] for her. We looked up rooms after getting lunch at the Red Circle Club. Went to a movie in the afternoon and out to camp for retreat. Took her around places of interest here. Was very warm when she arrived. Left Mpls. in a snow storm. Didn't bring any summer clothes with her. We have a room about 2 blocks outside the camp limits cost $10 a week. We took it for the present, as it was best we could do. Hope to find something better this week (in price). We are going to dance tonight. Boys anxious to meet her. Believe me, a looking girl is a curiosity in N.N. [Newport News]. I can see envy in the fellows' eyes. Will write letter later.
    Love, Franklin
    Bill Watson Returns from WWI
    Bill Watson Returns from WWI
    Nigbor Furs
    Nigbor Furs
    College Avenue store
    College Avenue store
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    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Velma and Lue visit Gladys in Appleton
    Velma and Lue visit Gladys in Appleton
    Because of the rain which missed scarcely a day this week, out-of-town visitors in Appleton homes had to confine most of their activities to porches or indoors. Mrs. Franklin J. Grist [Gladys Strite], 24 Winona Ct., is shown with her mother, Mrs. Lue Strite [Louise Coffits], and her sister, Mrs. Frank Flemming [Velma Strite], both of Minneapolis, on the porch of the Grist home.
    Gladys Strite, driver's license
    Gladys Strite, driver's license
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At the Airport, 1970-something
    At the Airport, 1970-something
    Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, Franklin James Grist Jr. and Mary Lamers
    Christmas 1929: Fire truck and dollhouse with electric lights
    Christmas 1929: Fire truck and dollhouse with electric lights
    On the back of the photo: "Hook and ladder Co. located at 4811 Park [Minneapolis, MN]. "Chief Jim Grist in charge.

    Dollhouse operated by Miss Virginia Grist gets "on fire" many times a day.
    Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, Franklin James Grist
    Gladys Strite, Virginia Grist, Franklin James Grist
    Not sure where this was taken, but it's not a wedding photo. Possibilities from Grace Louise Grist: "That dress of Grandma's looks pretty familiar (like what she wore for the wedding?) but she and daddy often danced at the Mason's ... so no.

    Ginny looks SO young, like maybe high school, but why the elaborate
    bouquet? Her hair looks shorter than how she wore it for the
    wedding photo, but could be it was for the rehearsal dinner, (which I don't even remember... was I invited? Must have been, short memory).

    Documents
    Letter from Gladys at age 9
    Letter from Gladys at age 9
    Written just before the move to Cedar Rapids
    Marriage Announcement
    Marriage Announcement
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite Marriage Certificate
    Franklin Grist and Gladys Strite Marriage Certificate
    Witnesses include George T. Strite and Dorothy Grist
    A birthday letter to Gladys Strite from her father-in-law, John S. Grist
    A birthday letter to Gladys Strite from her father-in-law, John S. Grist
    Ottawa, Oct. 25, 1929

    My Dear Gladys,

    I rather hate to do it, but it's no use. I must again remind you that you are another year older. But really, from the snaps just to land, you don't look it! Indeed the years just seem to improve appearance s rather than otherwise. Gee! It must be nice to keep on getting three good meals a day. I'm lucky if I get two now that my girl has left me.

    But the year has brought such joy! That darling baby [Franklin James Grist Jr.]. Am taking the pictures to the folks to see. The truck comes today to move Vio's [?] furniture to Windsor. Laura proposes to move hers in right away and stay and keep open house to the friends, But Bryson's poor old mother, left alone in the world now -- I feel sorry for.

    Am mailing a pair of gloves today. They will do to drive the car. Love to all.

    In haste, Your Father, John S. Grist
    Gladys Strite Becomes Owner of Grist Furs and Fashions
    Gladys Strite Becomes Owner of Grist Furs and Fashions
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Franklin J. Grist draft card, WW2
    Franklin J. Grist draft card, WW2
    Headstone application, Franklin J. Grist
    Headstone application, Franklin J. Grist

    Histories
    Gladys Strite -- Growing Up in Iowa, Move to Minnesota
    Gladys Strite -- Growing Up in Iowa, Move to Minnesota
    Memories of Tama
    Memories of Tama
    Gladys Grist describes her father, George T. Strite
    Gladys and Trix
    Gladys and Trix
    Recollection from Virginia Farr about Gladys Strite's journey to California with Trix Watson.
    4811 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN
    4811 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN
    Grade School Contest
    Grade School Contest
    Gladys Strite -- Minneapolis Days
    Gladys Strite -- Minneapolis Days
    Gladys talks about high school, Trix Watson, Franklin and courtship
    89th Birthday Ode
    89th Birthday Ode
    Gladys Strite's Memories of Tama
    Gladys Strite's Memories of Tama
    The first car, native Americans, the paper mill, moving to Cedar Rapids and the Quaker Oats fire.
    Memories of Two Harbors
    Memories of Two Harbors
    Gladys and Franklin get married and try living off the land.
    Blossom the Cow
    Blossom the Cow
    Gladys learns to care for a cow
    Letter from Gladys Strite to her sister, Velma Strite
    Letter from Gladys Strite to her sister, Velma Strite
    Letter from Gladys, Nov. 7, 1918
    Letter from Gladys, Nov. 7, 1918
    From the days just before Armistice Day.
    Letter from Gladys
    Letter from Gladys
    Shortly after arrival in Newport News, VA
    Franklin Grist, after World War I
    Franklin Grist, after World War I
    Franklin's training in the fur trade; early memories of their first home in Minneapolis.
    A letter from Gladys Strite
    A letter from Gladys Strite
    This was written to Dorothy Grist, who was in Ottawa, Canada; written five days before Virginia Grist was born. They were expecting a boy to be named "Jimmie".
    Franklin and Christian Science
    Franklin and Christian Science
    Sioux Falls, and back to Minneapolis
    Sioux Falls, and back to Minneapolis
    Driving to California in 1943
    Driving to California in 1943
    A Gladys & Franklin timeline
    A Gladys & Franklin timeline
    By Virginia Grist

    Hear Gladys Strite tell the story of what happened in the years surrounding Franklin Grist's death (15 minutes).

    Gladys Goes to Two Harbors
    Gladys Goes to Two Harbors
    What Dear Gladys Grist Means to Me
    What Dear Gladys Grist Means to Me
    Franklin Grist discovers Appleton
    Franklin Grist discovers Appleton
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    Gladys Strite
    Gladys Strite
    Memories of Tama, her brother John, Ethel Dunn and the Strites
    Gladys
    Gladys
    By Linda Farr
    Celebration for Gladys Grist -- San Francisco
    Celebration for Gladys Grist -- San Francisco
    Words from Donald Haddick at Golden Gate Spiritualist Church
    Celebration for Gladys Grist -- Appleton, WI
    Celebration for Gladys Grist -- Appleton, WI
    Words from Joan Johnson, First Congregational Church, Appleton, WI
    Gladys Strite and Christian Science
    Gladys Strite and Christian Science
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    Franklin Grist, letter from D.C.
    Franklin Grist, letter from D.C.
    Reminiscence from Gladys Strite about 1930
    Reminiscence from Gladys Strite about 1930
    Jack Grist and Judy Radtke, 1961 and 1962
    Jack Grist and Judy Radtke, 1961 and 1962
    You can see video of the wedding day at:
    http://gallery.me.com/davidgrist
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    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Gladys and Franklin host John S. Grist at 24 Winona Ct.
    Gladys and Franklin host John S. Grist at 24 Winona Ct.
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    Recordings
    The Victory Garden at 24 Winona Ct. (10 minutes)
    The Victory Garden at 24 Winona Ct. (10 minutes)
    Gladys Strite tells the story of Franklin Grist's abundant tomato harvest, and the subsequent canning production.

    She was interviewed by Charles Robert Grist, Terri Lynn Moore and Patty Morgan.
    Building 24 Winona Ct. (40 minutes)
    Building 24 Winona Ct. (40 minutes)
    Gladys Strite tells Charles Grist the story of the Grist homestead in Appleton, WI.
    When Franklin Grist Died (15 minutes)
    When Franklin Grist Died (15 minutes)

    Charles Robert Grist talks to Gladys Strite about what happened in the years surrounding Franklin Grist's death in 1953. Topics include:




    • Louise Grist leaves her job as an art supervisor in Milwaukee to help Gladys in Appleton. After Franklin dies, she helps Gladys run Grist Furs and Fashions.

    • Gladys eventually sends Louise to California to fulfill her dream of teaching art there. She gets a job in Benicia.

    • Pat Gray follows to "convince Wese that he loves her."

    • What to do about the house at 24 Winona Court? Jim and Mary Grist are living in a small apartment; Charlie is on the way (born 19 May 1954). Gladys is in a too-big house.
      Lillian Cook [Coffitts] advises Gladys to wait on selling the house.

    • 2 April 1955: While Gladys is on vacation in Los Angeles, she goes up to Santa Barbara to meet up with Louise and Pat, where they got married. For a honeymoon, they stayed with Gladys in the home of Glady's cousin, Lloyd Strite. He and his wife, Lorraine, were away at the time.

    • Gladys proposes to share the house with Jim and Mary, creating a small apartment upstairs where she could live. They shared 24 Winona Ct. from about 1954 to 1959, when Gladys sold Grist Furs and Fashions.

    The Story of Virginia Grist's Birth (10 minutes)
    The Story of Virginia Grist's Birth (10 minutes)

    Gladys Strite tells the story of Virginia Ann Grist's birth in 1921. Interview took place at her apartment in San Francisco on 22 July 1988. On hand were Melissa Gray, Grace Louise Grist and Virginia Ann Grist.



    • Friend Trix Watson has her daughter, Margene, about the same time.

    • Franklin: "Ma, it's a girl, but I don't care."

    A tour of 4811 Park Ave. South (7 minutes)
    A tour of 4811 Park Ave. South (7 minutes)

    Gladys Strite tells the story of the house at 4811 Park Ave. South in Minneapolis, MN. House cost $6,500 when they bought it. Interview took place at her apartment in San Francisco on 22 July 1988. On hand were Melissa Gray, Grace Louise Grist and Virginia Ann Grist.


    Summer in Ottawa (9 minutes)
    Summer in Ottawa (9 minutes)

    Gladys Strite tells the story of Franklin's trip to Ottawa. Gladys and Virginia were in Ottawa for the summer to spend time with the Grists who lived there. Franklin remained in Minneapolis, but decided to go to Ottawa on his new motorbike. During this trip, he stopped in Appleton, WI, for the first time. "He just thought that it was the prettiest little town he'd ever seen." Interview took place at her apartment in San Francisco on 22 July 1988. On hand were Melissa Gray, Grace Louise Grist and Virginia Ann Grist.

    Grists to Sioux Falls; Jim's Birth (6 minutes)
    Grists to Sioux Falls; Jim's Birth (6 minutes)

    Gladys Strite tells how Franklin got started in the fur business. (6 minutes). Interview took place at her apartment in San Francisco on 22 July 1988. On hand were Melissa Gray, Grace Louise Grist and Virginia Ann Grist. Also:



    • Moving to Sioux Falls, SD

    • Birth of Jim Grist ) Franklin James Grist, Jr.

    • Moving back to Minneapolis.

    Mother's Day 1983 (17 minutes)
    Mother's Day 1983 (17 minutes)

    A Mother's Day brunch at the Gray's house in Livermore, CA. With Julie Grist, Virginia Grist, Louise Grist, Gladys Strite, Pat Gray and Melissa and Becky Gray.


  • Sources 
    1. [S37] 1900 U.S. Federal Census.

    2. [S75] Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925.

    3. [S20] 1910 U.S. Federal Census.

    4. [S90] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

    5. [S19] 1930 U.S. Federal Census.

    6. [S70] Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, WI.

    7. [S4] (Self-published, J. Hart Rosdail, Chicago, IL (June 30, 1937)).

    8. [S159] Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992.

    9. [S245] Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992.


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