Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sentimental Sunday - Teachers

I am a teacher!

So was my grandmother, Frankie Joy Root Prime!

My grandmother lived the last years of her life at Leisure World in Seal Beach, Orange, California. Many of her siblings also lived there and were able to share a lot of time, memories, friendship and fun together.

When she passed away, I helped clean out her home, distributing and packing up her belongings. In one of the cabinets I found this small ceramic jar, an apple. I asked if I might keep it, and was granted permission.

I have no idea what the story is behind this apple. Was it a gift from a former student? An item my grandmother purchased for herself? I will never know.

What I know now, but I did not know as a child when I found it, was how this small apple connects my grandmother to me, representing both of our teaching careers.

Frankie Joy Root Prime was born April 24, 1895 in Murray, Cass, Nebraska.

She attended Nebraska State University at Lincoln, Nebraska to earn her Teacher's Certificate, and later, the University School of Music.

Frankie taught at the following locations:
McCoy School (Imperial, Chase, Nebraska), 1913-1914
Spring Green (Beaver City, Furnas, Nebraska), 1914-1916
Tobias Elementary (Tobias, Saline, Nebraska), 1916-1918
West A Street School (Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska), 1919-1920
Bluff School (Arapahoe, Furnas, Nebraska), 1922-1923
Torrance Extended Day Care Center (Torrance, Los Angeles, California), 1944-??

My grandparents were married September 28, 1920. My grandfather, Elmer Campbell Prime, passed away September 19, 1943, due to complications following an automobile accident.

Frankie Joy Root Prime died June 1, 1968, and is buried at Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery in Gardena, Los Angeles, California.


  1. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  2. It was probably a wedding gift. My mom had one, only hers looked a little more grimy and after a time the paint just kind of wears off.There is something about a grandma's cookie jar that says welcome.
    thanks for the post.

  3. Its amazing what one finds with the passing of a loved one. I really like stories and memories from the past.
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  4. Hello Patti,

    Memories are always sweet if it is told by a good story teller. You have the great impression of your dignified Grandmother. And you are definitely got her immense grace. Thats great. God bless you.



  5. came through reading blogs. I have been so slow and need to catch up. Rereading yours, I need to add I also have family in Cass county at Murdock and have spread. OPen your eyes wide if any of yours connect with Schlaphof[f]Luitjen, theres a few others but enough, I guess.Nebraska must have been a great place to settle. Several groups settled there.

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  7. Patti

    Can you email me at I need your email address so I make sure you get a GeneaBloggers welcome bag at SCGS Jamboree in June!

    Thomas MacEntee

  8. What a lovely little apple! Looking forward to meeting you at Jamboree!