“But a man is not forgotten, as long as there are two people left under the sky. One, to tell the story; the other, to hear it.” - Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn
Katherine JamisonIn many ways my mother's aunt, Katherine Jamison, was a mother to her. She provided physical and emotional support to Mom throughout her high school years. She also filled the Gramma niche for me, and it is easy to call and remember her as Gramma Kit.
On March 1, 1917 she married the love of her life, Lonnie Parker. Throwing caution to the wind, the couple were often seen riding a motorcycle with a side car up and down the dirt roads on the Colorado mountainside.
Born: October 7, 1893 at Good Hope, Illinois
Married: March 1, 1917, Katherine Jamison
Died: October 30, 1918
Father: Ellsworth Parker, born January 1862, in Illinois (his father was born in Wisconsin and mother in Ohio)
Mother: Amy L. born, December 1870, in Illinois (her parents were born in Canada)
Parents Married: 1887
Siblings: Rena, born April 30, 1887
Charles, born August 11, 1889
Earl L., born November 9, 1891
(1900 and 1910 US Census)
Kit's mother-in-law, Amy, gave her this quilt:
In 1917-1918 Lon and his brother Earl registered for the draft in Boulder Co., Colorado. Lon's brother, 2 years older, also worked for the Welch Farm at Big Elk, Colorado. (Colorado Draft Registration 1917-18)
My Aunt never remarried and loved her Lonnie with all her heart for the rest of her life.