There was a very happy development in the extended family that I learned about during Christmas break.
About a week before Christmas I got this photo greeting by snail mail from Uncle Sammy, Aunt Kathie, her son Michael and daughter-in-law Katy. I love getting holiday cards of all kinds and added this to the impromptu display on top of my cupboard. We were busy at work and I was busy with my creative activities during the lead up to Christmas so there wasn’t much energy for a fancy display. But where there’s a will there’s a way.
I decided to use the tree I use for my 1:6 scale doll house each Christmas. I didn’t have the focus to set up the doll house so this tree was free. In lieu of a Nativity crèche I found a small, well detailed scene of the Holy Family cast in pewter. It was waiting for me in a box of carefully wrapped collectibles my late Mom left me. This card from the Serrapede Lingle family went up on the cupboard next to the little tree. The photo for this card is from Michael and Katy’s wedding I attended in Baltimore in June 2016.
A few days later I got another photo greeting card from Michael and Katy. The Lingle family is growing. This holiday card from Michael, Katy and Baby Lingle was delightful to receive. What a good time to share the news, at Christmas! Baby is due some time in February 2017.
We’re very happy for Michael and Katy and look forward to Baby’s arrival.
Uncle Sammy and I decided to include brief entries whenever possible about the towns near Wilmerding. During our visits to Pennsylvania we sometimes went to visit these towns because relatives lived there. The towns were very close and at times it seemed like one flowed into another. This was because of the closeness the relatives maintained and the frequency of their visits.
The towns of Turtle Creek Valley: Pitcairn
Pitcairn Street Scene, circa 1910.
Public Domain. Image courtesy of Monroeville Historical Society.
Map of Pitcairn, circa 1901
Pitcairn started as a village where a railyard was constructed near Turtle Creek. It was incorporated as a village in 1894. The town had a major switching yard for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Population peaked between 1910 through 1940. After this time there was a decline in the ability of the railroad yards and shops to provide employment.