|Elizabeth "Bess" Ann Madden Torrance|
Today would have been my paternal (step) great-grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Madden Torrance's 124th birthday (1888-1985)!! "Bess" or "Grama T" to us was always fun to be around. She helped raise my father and his siblings when my grandparents married. My father absolutely adored her. It was always so funny to see how he acted differently when Grama T was visiting. Loved it!!
I would sit and listen to her for hours talking about her experiences in the one room school house in Essex County, New York to the first time she saw a "horse-less carriage". I so wished I would have recorded her or wrote down every word is said to me. But hindsight right??
One of my favorite memories of Grama T was after my grandfather, David Francis Coughlin, died and everyone was at the house in Jay. From the kitchen door I could see my father and uncle were loudly "discussing" something in the dining room where Grama T was reading in her chair. The next thing I know she's saying "Boys" and they both started with "but, but". She would have none of that and said "I don't want to hear it". In unison they said "yes, ma'am" with the dejected faces of reprimanded boys.....and then she turned down her hearing aid!!! I laughed and then quickly got out of there.
So to Grama T I say "Happy Birthday" and hope you are enjoying a "nip" on your special day!!