Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ima's & Mike's Summer Travels, 1910: Umbrella # 4.

Left Brussels Tuesday [Aug. 2] 4:15 P.M.
       Arrived Bruges  6:25 P.M.

       Hotel du Londres 3.50 Fr.[francs] a bed, Table de Hote meals, excellent and moderate prices. We had a little walk after dinner.       

       The next morning [Wednesday Aug. 3] we continued our walk through the old streets, and over the canals, enjoying the same quaint Gothic houses, the picturesque views at every crooked turn. The Belfry, the many churches and cathedrals give a beautiful outline to the roofs of the little town. We went to the Hospital St. John where I again marveled at the exquisite workmanship and the beauty of Meurling’s pictures: The Legend of St. Ursula, Adoration of the Magi, and the Marriage of St. Catherine, etc. Mike, too, enjoyed these pictures as no others he has seen I think, with perhaps the exception of some in the Tate Gallery in London.  
Umbrella No. 4.

To lose three umbrellas is unfortunate; to lose four is "extremely careless"! 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ima's Summer Travels, 1910: 2 Umbrellas Lost.

Ima and Mike left Berlin for the city of Cologne, Sunday July 31, 1910: 

       Arrived Cöln [Cologne] 9:00 P.M.
Hotel here 4 M. [Marks: German currency] bed and breakfast each--very good. After seeing the Cathedral went to the Church of St. Ursula with the bones of the 10,000 virgins used to decorate the walls. Took a drive through the city and along the Rhine. Raining. Lost umbrella. Bought another.

Left Cöln Monday [Aug. 1] 2:30 P.M.
Arrived Brussels 9:30 P.M.
Fair was going on. And here we had the most terrible experience.--We could find no place to stay. All the good--and then indifferent hotels were “full up.” Finally, as a final resort we went to the Metropole where we thought it would be impossible to get anything--and we found a place for 12 F.[Francs: French currency] apiece. The next morning we had a glimpse of the gallery, a beautiful drive through the Exhibition grounds, a walk through indifferentlly interesting exhibits, then lunch. Mike was disgusted with the city and so was I. We had a pleasant walk through the “old place” where are the buildings--Hotel de Ville etc.
       The second umbrella was left on the train, and as it as raining, bought No. 3.

Did she lose # 3?  Watch this space to find out.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ima’s Berlin Secrets: Still Secret!

This is 22 Mommsenstrasse, Charlottenburg, a suburb of Berlin, as it looks today. Ima Hogg lived here in 1907-08.

This is a page from the Berlin City Directory of 1908, listing the owners/residents of 22 Mommenstreasse. 

         Eight owner/residents are listed in this multi-unit building.  One of them was the German novelist/playwright, Felix Hollander.
         None of them is named Grandberry or Cranberry, the family with whom, according to Ima’s 1908 diary, she was living.
         This must mean that the Grandberry/Cranberry family were renting or leasing their apartment.
         But who the Grandberrys were, and why they (or Mrs. Grandberry, or Cranberry, as Ima calls her) were living here is a research work in progress. Ima’s diary says that she knew Mrs. Grandberry from Houston.
         The likeliest candidate is Mary Belle Grandberry, the wife of a Houston oilman, Prentiss Grandberry, who lived at 241 Heights Boulevard (a house no longer there). In 1908 this Mrs. Grandberry was 35 years old. But this Mrs. Grandberry of Houston was born October 26, 1872. The Mrs. Cranberry in Charlottenburg in Ima’s diary celebrates her birthday January 27.


It’s summertime! See the next blog on August 6.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Ima's Summer Travels: a Berlin Mystery

From Galveston to Bremen
via “Hanover” N.G.L.

       Sailed June 30th arrived July 18, 1910.
A most pleasant voyage with a very jolly, and interesting number of passengers.
       This time I am attempting to “conduct” a party--of two--Mike and myself. So far we have not gotten on the wrong train, our tickets have been good, and nothing outside the experiences Mike and I create for ourselves has occurred
       Our tickets, second class, from Berlin to London were $18.00 apiece.
A short account of our trip would be as follows:

       Left Berlin Sunday [July 31] 10:55 A.M.

A “short account, indeed! This brief notation s all we get about the ten days she and Mike spent in Berlin.

Ima Hogg had lived there for nearly a year, from November 1907 until October 1908.



Saturday, July 2, 2016

Ima sails again for Europe, 1910

Tugboat Ima Hogg

This item appeared in the Galveston Daily News, July 1, 1910.

Friends of Miss Ima Hogg of Houston, who gathered at the North German Lloyd pier Thursday to bid Miss Hogg and her brother, Mr. Mike Hogg, bon voyage on their departure for Europe, noted with pleasure the pretty courtesy paid by the tug Ima Hogg. When the ocean liner was leaving the pier the tug named for this daughter of the late Governor Hogg drew alongside the Hanover and gave a salute of three whistles while passing around the vessel upon the deck of which stood the fair lady whose namesake the tug is. Miss Hogg was pleased with the pretty compliment, and smilingly waved a good-by to those whose thought prompted the salute.

Was she secretly gritting her teeth behind that smile?  Her name followed her everywhere!

Note to blog readers: can you diagram this sentence?

When the ocean liner was leaving the pier the tug named for this daughter of the late Governor Hogg drew alongside the Hanover and gave a salute of three whistles while passing around the vessel upon the deck of which stood the fair lady whose namesake the tug is.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Time Out

Ima took vacations. So do I. 

Watch for more blogs--later. (Research in progress)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Puzzle for Memorial Day


     This delicate pencil sketch appears at the end of Ima’s 1907 travel diary. No indentification, no explanation. She was a talented artist, and the portrait was no doubt drawn by her.

     Was this young man killed in World War I?
     Was this perhaps the reason for the sudden changes in Ima’s notebook  in the summer of 1918?

     If so, Memorial Day must have always been a sad one for her, even though only she knew why.