Galbreath,  Dorothy Aileen

Galbreath, Dorothy Aileen[1]

Female 1914 - 2002  (88 years)  

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  • Name Galbreath, Dorothy Aileen 
    Born 19 Mar 1914  South Haven, Van Buren County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Dec 2002  Lanham, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21912  Sackett
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2009 

    Father Galbreath, George Levi,   b. 6 Aug 1893, South Haven, Van Buren County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1964, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Youngblood, Eva Marie,   b. 28 Oct 1882, Berrien Center, Berrien County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1939, Berrien Center, Berrien County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1913  Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children
    1. Galbreath, Dorothy Aileen,   b. 19 Mar 1914, South Haven, Van Buren County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 2002, Lanham, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    Family ID F8050  Group Sheet

    Family Gilbert, Truman Judson,   b. 17 Mar 1911, Dorr, Allegan County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1962, Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1936  Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Gilbert, Jusdon Truman,   b. 31 May 1940, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1985, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     3. Gilbert, Mary Ellen,   b. 19 Oct 1943, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1988, Homestead, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     4. Living
     5. Living
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F8037  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Mar 1914 - South Haven, Van Buren County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Jun 1936 - Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Gilbert, Jusdon Truman - 31 May 1940 - Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Gilbert, Mary Ellen - 19 Oct 1943 - Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Dec 2002 - Lanham, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Dorothy was born on the Dye farm in Allegan county where her mother, Eva Galbreath, was living at the time with her parents. When labor began, Eva simply went up to her bedroom and called down to her mother to bring up some hot water. A doctor was summoned after the birth and he recorded the event at the court house, giving the name of "Bertha Galbreath". Her name as recorded in the family Bible was Dorothy Allene Galbreath, and the name she always used was Dorothy Aileen. The court house records were changed to Dorothy Ailene Galbreath in 1963 when the discrepancy was discovered.

      Dorothy lived on the Dye farm for her first several years. She remembers typical farm scenes: the great rows of corn, the fruit trees, the pigs and piglets, and the large watering trough for horses in front of the house. The Dye house is eight miles north of South Haven and was still there in 1982.

      The family left the Dye farm where they were share croppers and moved to the octagon house nearer South Haven. Dorothy remembers climbing up the dark, carpeted stairs to the attic, with all of its old house smells and shadows so frightening to a young girl. Here she would look out the windows on the eight sides of the cupola.

      From there, the family moved to the big house on Phoenix road. This was a large, elegant, red house with a windbreak of stately evergreen trees with their soft cushion of needles underneath. There was trumpet vine on the side of the house that attracted hummingbirds in the summer. There Dorothy had a pet hen named Biddy who followed her around whenever she was outdoors. She also had a pet pig. It was a runt and had been raised in the house until strong enough to join its littermates.

      This house had a smaller tenant house down the lane and Dorothy's Uncle Roy and his family lived there. The house also had a smoke house made out of the stump of a huge, grey tree. This is where the hams were cured.

      The big house had a large parlor. One Christmas the family blocked the door with large sacks of beans, one of that year's crops, so that Dorothy could not get in. On Christmas eve, sleigh bells were clandestinely rung outdoors, the sacks of beans were removed, and the doors opened to reveal a fully decorated Christmas tree, which everyone assured young Dorothy had been left by Santa Claus.

      The family moved to Jericho, half way between South Haven and Bangor. It is here that Dorothy started school. The soil there was very sandy, and down a lane behind the house was a brook with a sandy bottom and a beechnut tree leaning over it. When the nuts were ripe, Dorothy would crack them open and pick out the meats with the patience only available to children. Sandburs abounded in the area, and since she often went barefoot, there were many places she could not visit. Once she found herself trapped in the middle of a sandbur patch and had to be rescued by her grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Youngblood.

      Dorothy started school at Jericho School, a small building of tan brick. It was a one-room school house with the same teacher teaching all classes. Dorothy was very good at spelling and was looking forward to showing off in front of the class but there was never a spelling time. When she finally asked the teacher why there was no spelling, she was told that spelling was held after the afternoon recess. Until that time, she had always assumed that afternoon recess was the end of the school day and had gone home. After that, she stayed for spelling. The teacher would work with each class in turn, giving commands such as "Seventh grade, turn, stand, pass" to which the seventh grade students would turn in their seats, stand, and on the command "pass", would march to the front of the room to the recitation bench. The fact that one group was in the front reciting never seemed to distract the others who were in their seats studying.

      At Christmas, names would be drawn, and the entire community would gather for a party with a Santa Claus that would call out each person's name and deliver presents.

      After her daughter, Mary Ellen, died, Dorothy received grief counseling from Hospice. During this, she expressed the desire to eventually move to Maryland to be closer to her eldest son, Walter. She was advised to move while she could still adapt to the area, not when she was incapacited. On March 13, 1989, she called Walter and Betty and announced that she was moving to Maryland. They bought her a condominium in Greenbelt less than a mile from their home in Lanham and advised her to buy a car with air conditioning. In September, 1990, she moved.

      On November 10, 2002, Dorothy suffered a stroke. A CAT scan showed it was her second. She was hospitalized for three days then moved to a nursing home for rehabilitation. She was seriously demented: she should recognize familiar people but did not comprehend where she was. She died there about two weeks later. Per her wishes, she was cremated and no ceremony was held. -[Walter Gilbert]

  • Sources 
    1. [S600] Walter Gilbert, Gilbert, Walter, (Walter Gilbert: 3941 Perry Hall Road; Perry Hall, Maryland, USA; 1128-9751; http://www.otal.umd.edu/~walt/gen/htmfile/frames.htm).


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