Happy Birthday Grandma!

March 5, 2010

Today, March 5, is my grandmother’s birthday. This day, 101 years ago, Ruth Esther Eliza Bertha Hooge was born, beloved daughter of Carl and Emma Hooge and sister to 2-year-old brother Carl.

Happy Birthday Grandma!

I suppose green beads and shamrocks are somewhat misleading since Ruth wasn’t the least bit Irish. She was German through and through. But March just seems to be a month when we all look forward to seeing the color green.

Funny thing about my grandmother’s birthday—it was usually white. Very white, as in lots and lots of snow. As adults, many of us moved away from Michigan and, inevitably, whenever we came back to celebrate her birthday, we ran into snow, ice, and everything else Midwestern winters offer. I have pictures of some of those birthdays. Ah, but they’re in that chaotic box of family photos and finding them could take some time.

In the meantime, on with the green!

March is going to be Ruth’s family history month. We’ll look into the Hooge and Hornburg families and figure out how names like Lola, Frieda, Minnie, Nuttie and Hattie fit in—names I grew up hearing all the time but never knew whose they were.

Stay tuned.

Ruth Esther Eliza Bertha Hooge, 1909
Picture provided by Terri Baur

Ruth and her brother Carl. Look at the bow on his shirt—no wonder he’s not smiling.


4 Responses to “Happy Birthday Grandma!”

  1. Lori Says:

    I love this; what a great idea! I remember one of Grandma’s birthdays that was very green. It was probably 1987 or 88; I think it may have been her 79th. The weather was unusually warm; around 75 (I may be exaggerating) and everything was turning green. Your Mom planned a big surprise party for Grandma at the Waugh Rd. house. All of Grandma’s lady friends were invited. About an hour before Grandma’s arrival all of the big old Buick’s and Chevy’s started arriving. Joel and Dave provided valet parking; where they parked the cars I don’t remember but there was no sign of any of them when Grandma showed up. It seems like it was a day long job taking and returning the fleet to the ladies. Grandma was very surprised; the party was lovely and a good time was had by all!

  2. adunate Says:

    I remember hearing about that party. I think Mom had as much fun planning and preparing for it as Grandma and her friends had attending it. I’d love to post a picture of it, if we can find one.

  3. Ann Says:

    You’re so right about the expression on Carl’s face!

  4. Rhonda Says:

    Ruth Esther Eliza Bertha… wonder why so many names back then? My grandma was Florence, Bertha, Martha, Emma. Too funny!

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