I can’t tell you how happy I was to find the information you have put together on the Van Grundy family. I inherited a box full of beautiful old photographs and news clippings that start with the Richard Vannier – Ada Van Grundy union. My family was close friends with their eldest child, Ida Vannier Burrus, and her daughters, Aileen Burrus Holcomb and Ruth Burrus.
So the story goes, my mother, while my father was fighting in WWII, lived in an Indianapolis apartment building where the 3 Burrus women also resided. While my mother worked, Ida and, whichever daughter wasn’t at work at the time, babysat for my two elder brothers, born in ’39 & ’42.
From that point on, the families’ friendship grew. I remember* their being present at many family Christmases because they always brought beautifully and intricately decorated figurine cookies (many of which, in cellophane, decorated our family tree for years) plus they later had a cottage in Brown County where we, and 2nd generations of “we”, celebrated many a beautiful but rustic Thanksgiving together.
Which brings me to one correction that needs to be made to your records…since I was born in 1947 and remember Ida Burrus vividly; I am sure she did not die in 1934. Although I am sorry to report that I do not know the exact year of her death, I am guessing it was in the early 1950’ and I will see if I can pin the year down. Of course, you also now know that Ruth was also a daughter.
With Aleen’s divorce and Ruth never marrying, there were no offspring to carry on the Ida Vannier Burrus line. Aleen died first and when Ruth became ill, my mother had her move in so that she could care for her. With the passing of my mother, Beatrice J. Lingeman, in April of 2000, this box of memorabilia came home with me. I just could not throw these items away and made several phone calls throughout the US to try to find a relative to pass them on to. I would be more than happy to mail these things to you if you would like to have them.
Just let me know,
In 1930 Ida was a 44 year old widow and head of the house in Peoria, IL. Living with her were Ruth, 24, and Allene, 23. Ida was a practical nurse in a private home, Ruth was a clerk in a department store, and Aleen's occupation was unit control in an office.
Indianapolis, Marion Co, IN. The exact date and reason for moving is unknown but according to the above letter they lived there.