|Postcard to Elizabeth from a suitor|
In our house while I was growing up was a very small cedar box, about the size of a jewelry case. It contained a few items that belonged to Elizabeth when she died in January 1937. The contents contained two diaries, one from 1931 and the other 1935, a few postcards, a valentine card, two address books, a small hand fan that was stamped "Capitol Albany, N.Y." and a few photos of Elizabeth with boyfriends.
Her diary secures her place as a popular young lady of Cohoes and it seems young men were eager to give her rides to the theatre picking her up and bringing her here and there. She loved to write to pen pals and the two little address books are full of friends in Scotland, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Hamilton Ontario, New Brunswick. She kept diaries. She was beautiful and full of life. Her untimely death was another event in the downward slide of the family. Her mother, Elizabeth "Libby" Bissonnette Wills, died eleven months before. Her father, John Wills, would die less than two months after her. For her sisters and brothers, it was a most difficult period emotionally and financially.
Contents of Betty's Box:
|January 12th, 1931 - Entry on her 19th Birthday|
|Elizabeth's two "miniature" address books|
|Inside Elizabeth's Address Book|
|Hand Fan with "Capitol Albany, N.Y."|
with the Lucky 13 Club when they visited Albany.
Oct 4, 1932 is handwritten on the fan
Her diary entry for January 12th 1935 tells us the girls in the Lucky 13 Club gave her a black silk umbrella and pocketbook.