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BC: December 1983 Family Portrait | THE POTTHOFFS Tom and Sue Casey and Aaron

FC: Susan (Smith) Potthoff's Family Tree 2011

1: 1 | Contents MY MOTHER'S FAMILY photos.....................................................2-19 genealogy...............................................20 photos.....................................................21 letters from my mother..........................22-23 "Rainbow's Almost End".......................24-25 more letters............................................26-31 map of Alsace Lorraine.........................32 "The Place Lift".....................................33-35 autobiography........................................37-41 certificates: birth, marriage, death.........43-45 poems.....................................................46 postcards................................................47-51 genealogy..............................................52-55 MY FATHER'S FAMILY photos...................................................56-66 map of U.K...........................................67 photos...................................................68-75 letters from my father..........................76-79 photos...................................................80-81 genealogy.............................................82 photo....................................................83

2: Louisa Clementine Amore, DOB March 12, 1874 Died in 1956 My mother's mother Married to Benjamin Franklin Baker | 2

3: Benjamin Franklin Baker, DOB May 25, 1874 My mother's father 18 or 19 years old in the photo | 3

4: Charlotte Christina Baker (my mother) DOB Nov. 11, 1904 Died July 2003 Age 16 in her Indian princess Halloween costume. | 4

5: My mother (at right) had two sisters: Clara (below left age 18) and Ann (not in photo) and a brother Donald (below) | 5 | Clara, Donald and Charlotte Columbus, Ohio ~1920

6: My mother, Charlotte Christina Baker East High School photo - class of 1922 Columbus, Ohio | 6

7: Charlotte - 18 or 19 | Ann, Clara & Charlotte ~1921 Franklin Park, Columbus, Ohio | Charlotte 18 | Ann (Baker) Foster (on left) Notice the electric car! | 7

8: Charlotte Christina Baker | 8

9: Ann, Louisa, unknown , and Charlotte | Ann (Baker) Foster, husband Harry Foster and Charlotte | John Smith (my father) and Charlotte before marriage | 1922 | 9 | 9

10: Standard Oil employees on roof of Standard Oil Bldg, Long & Fourth, Columbus, Ohio. Charlotte is 2nd from the left at top. | 1923 | 10 | Charlotte on far right in front

11: 1924 | 11 | The Stenographic Department at Standard Oil | Top: my mother holding the purse (or camera?) Bottom: my mother 3rd from the left

12: My parents John & Charlotte Smith were married Sept 1, 1925 and traveled from Cincinnati to Pomeroy, Ohio, on a packet boat paddle-wheeler called the Betsy Ann steamer. | 12

13: They are walking down the gangplank as the band plays "The Wedding March" according to my father who tended to "enhance" his stories. I doubt there was a band. | 13

14: Charlotte 1925 | 14

15: CHARLOTTE ON VACATION | Lake Lure, NC | Golden Brothers & Charlotte | Ray Massey, Charlotte, Golden & Earl Brothers | 15 | 1932? 1935?

16: Letter from my mother (Charlotte) about her mother (Louisa) in the photos below. | 16

17: 17 | Donald Baker, my mother's only brother. She thought he was in his 40's in this photo. He had two children, Francis and Walter. Walter died at the age of 3 months.

18: 1953 The Smith Family Buffalo, NY | My parents, Charlotte and John, brother Stanley (L) and sister Sonia (R) and me holding the dog. | 18

19: Skerryvore, Canada, July 7, 1954 Charlotte - age 49 Inset: 1994 - 40 years later my mother was still beautiful at the age of 90. | 19

20: 20 | My mother sent me the following in one of her letters to me:

21: 21 | One of my mother's sister's, my Aunt Ann had four daughters. Three of them are now deceased, but Ruth (Foster) Tuttle is still living (as of 2011) and came to CT in 2010 with one of her sons, Mike and wife Teresa for a visit. It was so nice to see her, and she is now on Facebook! | My cousin Ruth and her 5 sons. | 2010 | Ruth (Foster) Tuttle

22: Excerpt from letter dated 12-17-74 | 22

23: Translation: The "deathless prose" is a children's story my mother wrote called "Rainbow's Almost End" on the next 2 pages. The "holocaust" was a flood that destroyed a lot of papers (before I was born) including her birth certificate, which is ANOTHER story! | 23

24: 24 | "Rainbow's Almost End" - a children's story written by my mother, Charlotte.

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26: 26 | Zadie's real name was Isaiah. His photo is on page 16. I remember meeting him at least once at a family reunion, but I was very young.

27: 27 | Excerpt from March 4, 1977 letter from "Mommy."

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29: 29 | Continued on next page...

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31: 31 | Excerpt from Jan 18, 1978 letter from my mother, Charlotte Baker | Continued on next page...

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33: 33 | The following narrative was written by my mother possibly for submission to a publication of some sort. | Continued on next page...

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36: 36 | When my father died in 1995, we took my mother from Rocky Mount, VA, to live with my sister Sonia Olsen in Foxboro, MA. My mother was 91 years old and suffering from dementia, so her short-term memory was mostly gone, but she was able to recall many of the details of her younger years. Two years later, my sister had her write down as much of her life as she could remember...

37: 37 | Autobiography of Charlotte Baker Smith | Continued on next page...

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41: 41 | * should be Washington

42: 42 | My mother always claimed that her real name was "Charlotte" since she | My mother always claimed that her real name was "Charlotte" since she was named after a relative, but that they weren't too particular in those days when they drew up the birth certificate and put her nickname "Lottie." She also insisted that she was born on November 11th - not the 15th, but the 15th was when they got around to filing it, since the 11th was a holiday. Her records were lost in a flood, and it wasn't until 1965 that my father sent for their birth certificates and found out his wife's "real" name. I was in my bedroom stifling my laughter with a pillow, as I heard him yelling, "Forty years I've been married to a woman, and I never knew her name!" He was even more angry to see that her middle name was Christina and not Christine. My father was such a controlling man, my mother never got the best of him until then. It was one of the best moments of my teenage life.

43: 43 | My father must have had her birth certificate changed to show only the initial "C" for my mother's middle name, since this is the only copy I have, and I know he saw "Christina" on the one he got.

44: 44 | My Parents' Marriage Certificate

45: 45 | My Mother's Death Certificate | Maples Rehab and Nursing Center, Wrentham, MA

46: 46 | Some of my mother's poetry written when she was very young~

47: 47 | Sending postcard greetings were the way to go when my mother was a girl. | front | back

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51: 51 | I also had some Christmas cards, but decoupaged them, and they got ruined in the attic. | The following pages are a genealogy that my mother put together...

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55: 55 | The next section of this book is my father's side of the family...

56: Father of Lou Chase Smith who was the father of John Smith who was my father. | John Hudson Smith I - DOB Jan 3, 1832, Died Nov 3, 1901. He grew the beard to cover a large hole in his chin when he tried to remove a large mole by applying lye to it. | 56

57: Mother of Lou Chase Smith | Mariam Thomas Smith - DOB July 3, 1852, in Wales. Died Oct 10, 1943. Photo taken in June 1933 at the age of 81. aka "Maw" | 57

58: Mary Elizabeth Holt - DOB Jan. 5, 1877 Died Feb. 9, 1955 According to my mother, "All the Smiths were nice gentle people - the temper and all that came from the Holts." | Mother of John Smith (my father) | 58

59: Father of John Smith | Lou Chase Smith - DOB Feb. 22, 1873 Died Feb 17, 1946 | 59

60: MY FATHER | John Watson Smith - DOB Aug 19, 1904 Died Nov 27,1995 I guess they dressed little boys like this at one time. He was not happy about it at all. | 60

61: MY FATHER | Photo taken in 1907 with dog "Spain" born in 1898. My father liked the overalls better and the fact that he could stick his thumbs in the pockets. | 61

62: MY FATHER'S BROTHER | James Meredith Smith - DOB Oct.-4-1896 Died Oct 19, 1965 He was my father's only sibling and my Uncle "Bud." | 62

63: My Aunt Gladys and Uncle Bud and their only child Vern Lee Smith, who had 3 daughters: Rachael, Rebecca and Deborah. | 63

64: JUNE 1933 HARTFORD, WEST VIRGINIA FOUR GENERATIONS | John Smith on the left (my father) Lou Chase Smith on the right (his father) Mariam (Thomas) Smith (Lou's mother) and Stanley Ferris Smith (my brother who is the little boy, but 17 years older than me.) | 64

65: Early 1940's? | Mary (Holt) Smith and Lou Chase Smith (standing) Their son John Smith (my father, kneeling) My sister, Sonia and brother Stanley. I wasn't born until 1948. | 65

66: OCT 10, 1943 Mariam's sons at her funeral... | L to R: Grover Cleveland Smith Lou Chase Smith (my grandfather) John Hudson Smith II Charles Albion Smith Walter Earl Smith | 66

67: The United Kingdom includes: England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland | Mariam Thomas married John Hudson Smith from West VA and had 10 children - one was Lou Chase Smith who had 2 children - one was John Watson Smith, my father. | Mariam was from Neath, Glamorgan, Wales | 67

68: I was born in 1948 in Buffalo, NY, and we lived in this rental house in the early 1950's. | My brother, Stanley, must have snapped this photo (below) of my father, me, my sister and mother in our tiny backyard. | 68

69: Before I started 2nd grade, we bought a new house in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, called Fox Chapel at 55 Chapel Ridge Place. | We had a 2 1/2 acre corner lot and had to plant a lot of grass, trees and shrubs. | 69

70: We had a Dalmation named Chappie and a tractor to cut the 2+ acres of grass. It was a big job, and my father was the only one that did it. | He was a regional manager of the Federal Glass Company, a wholesale restaurant supplier, based in Columbus, Ohio. | 70 | The photo at left shows him in his last office in Fox Chapel. He retired in 1965 after 40 years with the company and sold the house shortly after I graduated from college in 1970. He and my mother moved to VA where they bought an even bigger house.

71: 71 | From 1972-1979 my parents owned this house/gas station in Ferrum, Virginia, which they named "Point of View" for the nice view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They removed the gas pumps during the renovation. | We were never invited to visit due to a falling out with my father, but were told that they found some graves and remnants of a still on their property. Franklin County was infamous for its moonshiners.

72: The "before" and "after" photos show the dramatic results of what a new roof and some landscaping can do. | 72

73: In the 1980's my folks owned this house in Clarksville, Virginia. | We were invited to visit, but were not told that my father would not be there. The middle photo is my mother, Charlotte (Baker) Smith with me holding Casey. I was pregnant with Aaron at the time. The bottom photo is of my mother with Tom holding Casey at the marina where my father had his fishing boat. | 73

74: 1988-95 The house in Rocky Mount, VA, that my mother named "The Last Stop," because she didn't want to move anymore. We were finally invited to visit, and the boys met Granddad for the first time. Casey was 8 years old. | The bottom photo shows Uncle Stan beating Casey at a game of chess. | 74 | Casey told me later that, "Granddad's a pretty interesting guy, but I don't like his attitude." Amen to that!

75: 75 | 1988 L to R: Tom, me, Granddad & Grandma Smith, Stanley Smith, Casey and Aaron Potthoff. | Bottom: Granddad shows the boys how to shoot the old BB-gun after having them draw their own targets.

76: Letter from my father to Casey with the enclosed article below telling about how my brother, Stanley, at the age of 19, beat the U.S. Chess Champion in 1950. | 76

77: 77 | I sent my father an article from "Selling Power" magazine asking for stories about the "most memorable sale." He submitted the one below and was published. | He received a check for $50, and sent me a check for my "commission" of $15.00.

78: 78 | Letter from my father, no doubt dictated to my mother, telling about marble games he played as a boy.

79: 79 | Marble Game The marbles pictured on these two pages are my father's clay and ceramic marbles. I have hundreds of them in the attic.

80: 80 | My father died the following year, two days after our 7th annual Thanksgiving visit. He suffered from emphysema due to many years of smoking before I was born. | September 1, 1994 My parents' 69th wedding anniversary.

81: 81 | We went back to VA, had my father cremated and buried his ashes in the courtyard of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rocky Mount, VA. A day later, I found a letter saying that he wanted his ashes scattered on "the mountain" in his hometown of Hartford, West Virginia. - oops! | Buddy Boy relaxing in my father's recliner and missing him terribly.

82: 82 | My father prepared this genealogy in 1984 for his granddaughter, Renee Smith. The inset at bottom is an excerpt from a letter my mother wrote to me.

83: 83 | August 2008 Stanley and Renee came to CT for a brief visit. L to R: me, Tom, Aaron, Renee, Stanley and Casey.

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