(This is a second installment of a writing assignment from my daughters – begun last week.)
Both of my parents were born in Pennsylvania but opposite sides of the state
Frances Van Cleve graduated from Radcliffe in 1926
My dad’s sister Marjorie Morse graduated from Radcliffe in 1926
more about that later
My mother’s sister was Frances VanCleve Hitchcock..Aunt Iaye to me. She graduated from Radcliffe college in 1926. I have no idea what her major was, but she became a missionary for the Presbyterian church in Mexico and later in Columbia, South America. She would visit us when she had a chance.
My aunt was a Presbyterian missionary. Sea’s brother was a Presbyterian minister, occasionally doing missionary service as well.
She visited us one year when we lived in Massachusetts (love to spell that). She brought a monkey with her. I never wondered until now how she travelled with the monkey from Columbia, S.A. to New England, but I do recall it running about the house. My dad was a super neat-nick and I am sure he was not that happy to see the monkey.
The monkey was not “trained” and Iaye would put a diaper on it. But monkeys know how to take diapers off. I recall seeing the monkey bounding around the knick knack shelves on the stair landing. I think we were all happy to have the monkey return home with Iaye.
When she retired from her missionary work she moved to Florida. I can still quote Bible verses she asked us to learn – well, really she paid us a dollar to learn some of them. (She knew how to reach her nieces!)