Lydia and Ralph

Lydia Low BAIRD (10 Feb. 1902 – 1 May 1996) and Ralph Waldo MUNCY (26 Apr. 1902 – 28 Mar. 1992) were founding members of the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County (Michigan). Lydia was my 1st cousin 3 times removed on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family. When Lydia died, she donated most of their genealogy research (and other items) to the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.

Meanwhile… I found this letter from Lydia and Ralph to my grandparents in a family bible which was passed down to me from my mother. The letter is a short history of their lives (and is political – they were involved in Michigan politics) and includes a hand-written message at the bottom as well as the addresses for both Lydia and Ralph and my grandparents. The transcription of the handwritten message is:

“Thanks for the map and info. re: Bruce St. Think I picked out the right house when I was there with Nancy and her girls. My parents lived on Bruce St. when they were first married. Theobald my brother was a baby when the house was struck by lightning. My mother rushed out in the storm with [him] in her arms. He died of convolutions some time after that. That part of town is known as the R B Baird subdivision developed by Dr. Baird – my father’s youngest brother – father of Eunice and Beth.”

Thank you Lydia and Ralph!

Lydia Low BAIRD

Lydia Low BAIRD

Ralph Waldo MUNCY

Ralph Waldo MUNCY