You write about Harold Bird GLEAVES. He was the father of my beloved "aunt" Helen Gleaves CRAKER. Since you refer to the love note on the invoice I gather that you are in contact with the woman who is the daughter of the woman that H.B. had the affair with. If not, I now own the note as she put it up for sale on the Internet. She also sold me his driver's licence That is how I know ghis middle name is Bird, it's typed there.
Email me as I have a picture of the man, the email address of the woman who regularly offers items from his papers on Ebay as well as other Monett things, and I also have a picture of Dicy Gleaves' headstone and many many MANY pictures of Helen Gleaves craker and her husband Clovis D. Craker as well as many of her letters!
I am no relation to the Gleaves family at all but my grandmother, Elsie Belwood Jaques Stivers was a *lifelong* friend of Helen's and one of her letters to Helen was read as eulogy at Helen'sw service in 1998 when Helen died.
So great was the love between the two, when Helen died, my grandmother Elsie followed her in death less than a month later. "Helen's gone," she told me "I have no more reason to linger,"
Write to me! I have so many memories and mementos to share with her family. I cannot add any information genealogically, but I do know that without Helen, my grandmother would have been VERY lonely and without Clovis, I would be dead! He saved my life when I was running (at five years of age) toward a snowy cliff edge. He made a desperate lunge and grab and caught me before I went over a 200 foot embankment!
I owe both of them more than I can ever repay.
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