Thursday, August 8, 2013
And there you have it. A long, heartfelt and thoughtful letter to my great grandfather, David Bovine, from his old friend, J.D. Hourigan. I looked at that address, it is estimated at over 2 million dollars with "walking distance to the beach," in Santa Monica. That was ONE of his properties. (Seems a steal to me...)
The 1926 letter hoped for another visit. Grandpa David died 13 years later. Maybe I will find a later letter in my boxes from my great-aunt Violet. (David's youngest child.)
David and Emma were married in 1883, so J.D.'s math was correct---43 years of wedded bliss. In 1933 they celebrated their 50th anniversary. Photo above is of their wedding day.
So this mystery letter comes to an end. I had never heard of a J.D. Hourigan before, but then, I wouldn't know most of his friends. To think he knew someone so wealthy, even by 1926 standards, I would assume owning so much property and having hired help tend to it during trips "East," was considered well-off. My great grandfather worked for the railroad, and owned the house he built on a plot he owned in Ft. Wayne, IN.
Now I will research Mr. and Mrs. Hourigan more. What became of them? Did they ever see my family again? How did he and my great grandfather become friends? What mysteries await me inside those boxes from Aunt Vi?