Guest Blogger - Ann Tilton Higgins
A Snapshot of the Tiltons 1930s-1940s (sans brother?)
My children don't recall my grandfather (he died in 1986). However, they might recall my grandmother Elizabeth Tyson from her visits to her daughter's house late in life. Babies and old people nap a lot. So, my children probably recall her napping:
|Elizabeth & cat. Napping, abt 1988, Sundown, NY|
A few years ago, my mother (& her daughter) shared a few memories from her youth in the Tilton family. Ann's memories form this post. Read below for the Guest Blogger's memories:
My mother, Elizabeth Charity Tyson, was born in August 23, 1904, and her husband Charles Bancroft Tilton was born October 12, 1902.
When I was young, my mother worked for a while at the Kraeger Furniture Company in Jenkintown, PA. My father Charles worked for a small landscaping firm where he was the designer/salesman. This was a similar job to the one he had prior in Tarrytown, NY, after they were first wed. For a time both Pat Moore and Flora (Bancroft Tilton), Charles' mother and stepfather, lived with my family (Pat died in the early 1930s, Flora in 1949).
|Pat Moore & Flora (Bancroft) Tilton Moore abt 1929|
[My father's field of study at State College (Pennsylvania) was in dairy (animal husbandry). He liked landscape design, but chose dairy as a major. He wanted to go to college out of his home area of Butler/Pittsburgh, and State College offered him a scholarship if he chose this as a major. He didn’t mind it, as he said it offered him the most latitude with regards to choice of courses: he could select more "academic" courses (such as literature) while finishing his major field.]
After Pat Moore died, my grandmother,"Nana," continued living with us until she died in the late 1940s. I think they had lived with my parents most of their married life. Pat Moore had lost his business in the 1920s before the Crash of 1929.
The living room set of furniture that my mother took to Naples, Italy (during Charles' time with Air Force/NATO in the post-war reconstruction of Europe) was the same furniture she eventually gave to my sister Margaret (“Mardy” Tilton Walmer). The living room set was from Kraegers where she had worked.
It was rumored to have cost $10,000 and that was in the 1930s, but it may not be true.
|Elizabeth, Mardy and Ann|
|Alan Tyson - Elizabeth's brother|
Alan and (another brother) Norman lived with Tiltons at different times. I recall that Alan lived in the basement, rather roughing it. He was pretty messy but we didn't mind.
|Norman Tyson - another brother of Elizabeth|
|Norm and a car|
Mardy was friends with a girl named English, who was a wild daughter of divorced and wealthy parents. She did very exacting micro-work in a defense plant.
The Tilton girls had adventures with her. She got Mardy to go with her to a bar and go in (or look in) in order to see if this girl’s boyfriend was there. And, she took me to her family's estate where we swam in the in-ground pool on the spacious grounds.
Our brother Bill was born when we were older -- about 10 years old.
|Bill with Grandmother "Nana" Flora (Bancroft)|
|Ann, Charles, Bill, Elizabeth, Mardy|
|Infant Bill, parents kiss, kids playing|
The firm could no longer employ my father. And, the other work was in sales, which wasn’t his forte. He realized he needed a different job--and more money.
He went to a going away party for a friend in Gettysburg, and later saw an ad for the Air Corps. Later the name was changed to the US Air Force.
He enlisted and after batteries of tests, and because of his past profession (in landscaping), he was given a job in intelligence.
He had been ROTC at Penn State (State College) and so was automatically a 2nd Lt. His specialty was photo intelligence as it required the ability to look at and interpret arial photos. He first went to Florida for training and lived in the Roney Plaza. He was also in Idaho and other places for training. He was sent to England during the war and worked on intelligence there, mostly on bombing.
|Charles B Tilton in uniform|
|CB Tilton (front row, to left) & others- US Air Force|
|From Charles' calendar|
|Bill, Charles, Mardy and Flora -mid to late 1940s|
|Elizabeth, "a War Widow", plays ball with Billy at house in Flora Dale, PA.|
Eventually, the Hill House (ancestral Tyson home) in Flora Dale, PA (across from Menallen Meeting House) became home till Mardy and I left for college.
|Hill House today|
|Mardy & Ann, circled; Mapleton, 1994|