• Handwritten letter from gr-gr-grandma Cornelia Lee Mortensen

    Cornelia Lee Mortensen congratulates her granddaughter, Estella Mortensen Orchard, on the birth of her baby, Roberta.

    Cornelia Lee Mortensen congratulates her granddaughter, Estella Mortensen Orchard, on the birth of her baby, Roberta.

    There’s a special connection as I hold this handwritten letter in my hand that our great-great-grandma Cornelia Lee Mortensen wrote to our grandma Stell in 1932 to congratulate her on the birth of her new baby Roberta, our mother. . . a connection to women in my life who have had such a tremendous influence on me, and a connection to a woman who I never met, though her strength of character, hard work, and dedication to family have now impacted many generations.

    And there’s the connection of motherhood spanning five generations as I hold this letter from Cornelia. It gives me pause to think that someday I may have a great-great-granddaughter feel connected to me through some small thing I’ve left behind.

    Hopefully you can feel a connection, too, as you read the digital version.

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