Clipped From The Alton Democrat
Susie AbMt Tho --X- Absence Mr. and Mrs. Ray Thomas (nee Susie Ablett) vrere at breakfast in their home at Green Mountain (Iowa) Saturday morning, when a news broadcast mentioned the Orange Citv Tulip Festival. "Why, that's just three miles from my home town of Alton," remarked Mrs. Thomas. No more was said on the sufoiect, but an hour later Postmaster Thomas returned home after distributing the Saturday morning mail and said to his wife. "If you would like tto drive over to Alton, get on your things." Mrs. Thomas did, and they arrived in Alton Saturday afternoon ((Green Mountain is (near Marshalltown) too late for the Tulip Time'oarade, but ;in plenty of time to look up the old friends of Mrs. Thomas and her family still living in Alton. First on the list was Mr. W. Slagle, old-time friend of Mrs. T's parents, the late Rev. and Mrs. Ablett. Rev. Ablett was the pioneer pastor of the local Congregation (now Presbyter- lian) church, and his five daughters were lively members of the Alton community. Susie the eldest, graduated in 1898 from Alton High School, along with Bessie Braskamp Nieuwenhuis Mina Houwers Meylink "ht Hull, Esther Minten otf Snint Paul. Elizabeth Schmidt Brennan of Minneapolis, and Peter Lucas of Alton. Mr. Lucas was the only classmate she saw while hiere. but they exchanged reminiscences and praised their high school teacher and superintendent. Mr. T. B. Hutton. Two of Mrs. Thomas' sisters. Miss Edith and Bernice (Mrs. W. E. Johnson Jr.,) live in Chicago, while Addie and her family live in St. Louis. Letty passed on about ten, years ago. With Mr. and Mrs. Thomas was their sister-in-law. Miss Winters, also of Green Mountain. This was Mrs. Thomas' first return to Alton since she left here after graduation to teach in tlie small town of Green Mountain where she married an has lived ever since, with the exception of 17 years spent in New Jetrsey. Th.e visitors dined here and left for Orantre Citv to see the evening parade and other festivities before leaving for Green Mountain.