Dear Aunt Annie,
I wish you were here for me to wish you a Happy Birthday.
You were born on this day, March 18, 1885.
Because of you I know so much about my family.
The tireless work you did for so many years, to find out who we are, where we came from is used almost everyday by me.
I am so grateful to you that because of the journals you kept, I know so much about my Great Grandparents that I too refer to them as Mama and Papa. You brought them to life for me by your words, your description of their day to day life.
Since I never met your sister, my Grandmother, the words are priceless.
You seem to be able to transform me back in time.
I feel as if I am at my Great Great Great Grandmothers 90th birthday party in 1915, only because you told us the weather that day, who was there, and who made the 90 layer cake!
Cousin Fred gave me your bookcase for my birthday in October
I cherish it so and have put all your things back in it. All the journals, the letters, the bibles.
The pictures have all been scanned and put on the Internet for any descendants to see.
You would of loved the Internet to do your research.
I have met many a Mitchell and Galbreath family member through your work I try to continue on.
You would love the research days we have with our extended family before the Galbreath reunion, which is in its 105th year!
I have even scanned all the pictures you took and developed in your dark room. They are now on the Internet for all too share.
One cousin even wrote a historical book about the Mitchell's and he mentioned you in the sources, some 40 years after you left us. You would love reading about Adam Mitchell your Great Great Grandfather.
I hope today you are with Mama and Papa and all the Galbreath Clan.
If there was ever a person that brought a family together, it is you.
Your spirit and love of family lives on everyday we are at 1515.
Thank you for being such a huge part of my Sentimental Life.
Annie Rebecca Galbreath Meyer