Mary Louisa (Mary Lou) Nelson 524
- Born: 31 Aug 1924, Missouri 3,72
Sally Packard wrote in a letter to Ellen Woods dated 11-2-2005:
"Grandmother and I used to go to St. Louis every summer. Esther [and hence her daughter, Mary Lou] lived in University City, a large suburb. We took the Wabash; got on the train at the Englewood Station in Chicago and after 8 hours got off at the Delmar station in University City; no need to go downtown in either place. St. Louis was hot in those days. Esther slept with electric fans. (Paul was a traveling salesman for Phoenix hosiery and was usually away.) Grandmother got the sleeping porch, and Mary Lou and I slept usually on the living room floor, the coolest place in the house. We went to the municipal swimming pool, to the Art Museum and the Municipal Opera (outdoors, cheapest seats 25 cents). We played cards and made paper dolls and read all the old stories for girls. On Saturday, a triple feature at the movies, 10 cents. Once we took an excursion boat that went up the Mississippi as far as the mouth of the Illinois and then turned around and went back to St. Louis. They had a German band and slot machines that they unlocked as soon as they got away from shore. We went to Sunday school and once went to see Principia. Mary Lou was very domineering and liked to rub it in that we didn't have as much money as her family. When we were in high school I got fed up with her and didn't have any contact for years. Later when I heard that she was seriously ill I wrote to her and we sort of made it up.
Noted events in her life were:
• Residence, 19 Apr 1930, 7304 Lindell Blvd. University City, MO. 3
• Residence, 6 Apr 1940, 6835 Waterman Ave., University City, St. Louis, MO. 6 Living here are Paul A. Nelson as head, wife Esther, and children Mary Lou, Alice R., Paul A. Jr., and sister Ruth Nelson.
Mary married Living