Since this is not a traditional crants, in that I made it in
memory of a much younger girl, I took a few liberties.
I attatched a small frozen charlette doll to one of the gloves.
Down through the center I hung two white leather gloves,
and a vintage handkerchief.
One glove has the doll and Idas name....
as well as her date of birth and date of death.
The other glove has a sweet poem .
Be always ready no time to delay
I in my youth was called away
Great grief to those that's left behind
But I hope that I'm great joy to find
(I copied this from a crants from the 1700's)
Wax flowers from an antique bridal headpiece
in the center of the rosettes.
I attatched a small religious medal and a button
from a childs high button shoe.
(like Ida wore)
OK, let's meet Ida Estelle Walster:
Ida, with her Father , Charles Lloyd Walster
Ida, with her little brother Harry,(my Dad)
I'm disapointed..... in this picture they have on the sweetest high button shoes
but they don't show.
(there was one more sister and five more brothers to follow)
I don't know a lot about Ida. She was the first born child
of Charles Lloyd and Edith Carolina Walster, my paternal grandparents.
She was named after both of her grandmothers.
She died when she was five years old. I have heard a couple of different
accounts but think it's safe to say she had a brain tumor. She was taken to
a hospital in Seattle, a distance of over 30 miles. I am not sure how they traveled,
but at that time there was a train depot in Maltby and they may have traveled by train.
It had to have been an ordeal.
Ida did undergo brain surgery (remember this was in 1927)
She survived the surgery, but briefly.
I do know she liked to draw and apparently was fairly gifted for
a child of her age.
She lived her short life on a dairy farm,
and I think was happy and very much loved
with extended family also living nearby.
Lets take Ida her crants.
This is Bear Creek Cemetary
in Snohomish County,Washington State.
This cemetary dates back to the late 1899
or early 1900's. It is still in use today.
A view of the simple country cemetary.
This has been an interesting study for me,
I don't think I am quite done with crants.
(You can see my previous post for a brief history of crantses.)
(crants is the singular, crantses is the plural)
Some pictures for my family:
Maltby Community Church, as it is today.