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Virginia Dale (Genie) House, My Grandmother

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads, News | Posted on 07-04-2013


California Jo by Genie House Genie House was my Mother’s mother. She died shortly after giving birth to my Aunt Lenoit McCool, my mom’s youngest sister. She was born sometime in the late 1800, like 1890 or so, and married my grandfather, J. I. Bonner 10/7/1907. Sometimes in her teen years before marriage she wrote an epic poem. I had seen it and had a copy of it but have misplaced it.  My nephew sent me another copy the other day and I it did not want to let it get away from me this time. So I am going to publish it here and I hope that all of you will read it, but I especially hope that all my cousins and kin will read it. It is a great honor for me to publish it on this web site. I think she did a super job. I tried to leave the spelling as she had spelled it and the name Jo, spelled as she spelled it. A hundred years or so later I think it is still good reading….Pete Hester   update: Cousin Norma Bonner Elmore supplied me a picture of Genie House Bonner’s tombstone, which reads, born Aug 1876 died Mar 1920. Thanks, Norma   Update: Cousin Sandra McCool Acker enlighted me on Grandma Genie’s real name…..Harriet Emma Virginia House Bonner, born August 16, 1878, died March 21, 1920, the day after Sandra’s mother, Lenoit Bonner was born. Thanks Sandra for the update.


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Thanks Pete! I remember my father talking a lot about his mother, Virginia Dale House. He was nine years old when she died; consequently, her death was etched in his memory quite well.

Yes, she was spoken highly of in all of the family. Mom spoke fondly of her often and had mentioned this poem several times.

Thank you for sharing this poem. I enjoyed it.

Thanks for reading it Elisa. I too, think that it is a very good poem. I think she was very young when she wrote it…..

That is quite a beautiful poem. Mother also wrote a number of poems that are also beautiful. She inherited the talent I guess.

Thanks, Sandra and let me know if you want to publish your Mom’s poems on this web site. Does not pay anything but it will be read by several, I hope. Thanks for your comments. Pete

You’re so cool! I don’t think I’ve really read a single thing like that before. So good to discover somebody with some original thoughts on this topic. Truly.. thanks for starting this up. This site is one thing that’s required on the web, someone with a little originality! hosting http://www.dancome.org

You came in under spam, but you know what, this is my grandmother’s poem from many years ago. Your comments must get posted. So thank you and I appreciate you coming by…Pete Hester

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