Grandmother's House

376 Linden Ave.

My maternal grandmother, Florence Alberta Buckley (later Francis) was born on April 1, 1919, in this house in Southgate, Kentucky.

She was the eighth and last child of James Coleman and Ida Sophia Buckley.

My great-grandmother was 48 years old when she had my grandmother.

The pregnancy embarrassed my great-grandmother, mostly because it was very public evidence that she and her husband maintained a healthy sex life.

My grandmother told me this as we sat in front of the house on Linden Avenue.

I had been driving my grandmother to her regular weekday bowling league when she asked I take a detour.

My grandmother laughed as she talked about sibling fights and how she never got in trouble because she was the youngest child in the house.

This announcement appeared in the “Random Notes” section of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday, April 22, 1928.

She also sadly recalled the night her father sat in the basement with the family dog comforting it as it slowly died.

My grandmother always owned two or three dogs. She regularly donated to the SPCA.

She also pointed to a place in the front yard where a tall oak tree once stood and then to a stained-glass window that was still framed above the front door as we sat there.

Her family was forced out of the house during the Great Depression. Her father was a house painter; not too many people could afford to have their houses painted at the time.

I sat behind the wheel fascinated while listening and watching my grandmother relive those moments as she shared them with me.

I have more glimpses to share like these and plan to again soon.

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