The five Daniells sisters enjoyed doing things together, and there were many opportunities for group pictures. In previous posts, I have focused primarily on individual sisters. Today, I will share group pictures.
Eleanor Grace, the fourth daughter of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells, was born April 30, 1916, at the Pivot near Wacousta, Michigan. She attended school in Wacousta and then moved to Eustis, Florida, where she graduated from high school. Like her sisters, Eleanor attended Florida State Womens College and graduated with a degree in music education. She later earned a Masters in Music from Northwestern University. As a graduation present for her Masters degree, her father W.C. Daniells bought her the finest violin he could find, a Claude Pierray violin made in the 1700’s. The violin is now owned by Eleanor’s niece Katy Webster.
Eleanor taught music at Culver Stockton College in Missouri. She then accepted a position to teach in the Escuela Americana in El Salvador and taught there for several years. At the end of her assignment there, her sisters Mary and Betty and I flew to El Salvador and drove back with her through El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. We had many adventures in her four passenger Austin Cambridge.
Eleanor never married, but she was very close to her 11 nieces and nephews.
Eleanor taught for one year at the University of Tampa and then transferred to East Tennessee State University where she taught in the music education department until her retirement. She then moved to Bishops Glenn Retirement Home in Holly Springs, Florida, where she had an apartment near her sister Mary. She selected an apartment with an over-sized living room to accommodate her large Baldwin grand piano.
Besides her work at the University, throughout her life Eleanor was involved in P.E.O. and with the Presbyterian Church. Up until shortly before her death, she played the organ at her church in Daytona Beach. She also played the piano for chapel at Bishops Glenn. She played the viola de gamba and the recorder in various musical societies.
Eleanor loved to travel. She attended music workshops all over the world and enjoyed Smithsonian tours. Sometimes her sister Betty would join her.
Eleanor died in 2008 and is buried in Wacousta Cemetery, Wacousta, Michigan, next to her beloved sister Betty and near her mother and four sisters. To view a memorial for Eleanor Daniells, click on the highlighted link.
Estella Elizabeth “Betty” Daniells was the third daughter of Will Carleton and Iva Daniells. She was born at the Pivot in Wacousta, Michigan, on September 30, 1912. She attended elementary school in Wacousta and high school in Eustis, Florida. Like her two older sisters she attended Florida State College for Women and graduated with a degree in Education. She never married. I believe that originally she taught English, but at the beginning of World War Two there was a need to teach mathematics to servicemen. Betty volunteered to do this, saying that, since she had struggled with math, she could understand her students’ problems and could help them. Apparently, the subject appealed to her since she spent the rest of her career teaching math. Most of her career was spent teaching at Lake Wales High School in Florida. Her strength in language was also obvious, and she was the family grammar expert.
After retirement, Betty devoted much of her time as the family historian and genealogist. She traveled widely in the U. S. and England collecting information, and she corresponded with numerous researchers. I still have boxes of her data that I have not had time to organize and enter into Family Tree Maker. She tracked each of her ancestors back as far as possible and found one line through Julia Coleman and the Plowmans that she traced back to around the first century. The family trees became so extensive that she plotted them on window shades which could be unrolled to follow them. According to her records, we are descended from many European kings including Old King Cole who really did exist around the 5th century in England.
Betty died in 1995 and is buried next to her sister Eleanor.
Click on the highlighted link to view the Betty Daniells Memorial.
My mother Mary Deone was born to Iva Bliss and Will Carleton Daniells on December 15, 1910, in Mercedes, Texas. She was the only one of the five Daniells sisters who was not born in Wacousta.
When she was about six months old, the Daniells family moved to Chicago and, about 18 months later, to Watertown Township near Wacousta. Except for her third grade year, Mary and her sisters attended Watertown Center School until she completed eighth grade. The family spent her third grade year in Tavares, Florida. In 1923, the family moved to Eustis, Florida, where Mary graduated from high school.
Like her sister Dora, Mary attended Florida State College for Women, now Florida State University. She completed three years of college there but was forced to drop out due to health problems. She moved to Wacousta where her mother was living. Mary completed her college education and received her degree in music education from Albion College in Michigan.
In 1938 Mary married Donald Stephenson Winegar at the Pivot in Wacousta. The newly married couple honeymooned at the cottage built by Orla and Kate Bailey and which my wife and I now own.
Mary and Donald had four children, Donna Lorraine, Mary Elaine, James Steven, and Carleton David. After her marriage to Donald, Mary devoted her life to raising their children and assisting Donald while he completed his education and in his ministry.
More details on Mary’s life can be found in the July 26, 2009 post.
To see a Memorial for Mary Daniells Winegar, click the link.
Dora Katherine Daniells was born in 1908 at the Pivot in Wacousta, Michigan. She grew up in Wacousta, Michigan, and Eustis, Florida. She was the first of the five Daniells sisters to attend Florida State Woman’s College, now Florida State University, and graduated with a degree in music education. She taught music in the public schools in Detroit and was involved in the music programs of several churches. She helped her sister, Mary pay for her education at Florida State. This tradition of one sister helping to pay for the next to attend college was continued until all five sisters graduated from college. This was an amazing accomplishment in an era when few women attended college at all.
Dora married John Panchik in 1950 at the Pivot in Wacousta. She lost her sight due to diabetes but still played the piano. Family recordings made shortly before her death show a very powerful performance. She died in 1983.
Dear Fellow Traveler:
I have the distinguished honor of being a member of a committee to raise 50 billion dollars for placing a statue of Truman in the Hall of Fame in Washington.
We have decided not to tease it by placing it next to George Washington who never told a lie, not next to Abraham Lincoln who is known as “Honest Abe,” not next to Thomas Jefferson who spurned a third term. The committee was in quite a quandary, but after careful deliberation, it was decided to place the statue next to Columbus, who, after all, did not know where he was going, did not know where he was when he got there, not where he had been when he returned home. But he did the whole trip on borrowed money.
The inscription to be engraved on the Truman statue will read: “I pledge allegiance to Harry Truman and to the indebtedness for which he stands – one man, indispensable, with corruption for all.”
Five thousand years ago, Moses said: “Pick up thy shovels, mount thine ass and camel, and I will lead you to the promised land.” Five thousand years later, Truman said, “Lay down thy shovels, sit on thine ass, light up a Camel, this is the promised land.”
If you are one of those who dare to have money left after your taxes are paid, we will expect a liberal contribution.
The last five posts have focused on photos of individual children of Carey Reed and Katie Daniells. Today’s post includes the group family photos that I have. If anyone wants the names of the individuals in the pictures, please contact me and I can provide the names.