Mary Malinda (Hall) Alger
(By Frances Alger – May 1999)
Grandmother was an awesome woman. She
In the early 1900, before television, the women in the community would get together and quilt. Some of the women loved to talk about someone who was not there; and usually the words were not too kind. My great-grandmother would listen for a minute or two, then would say something like “yes, but Sister Jones is so talented in playing the piano”, or some other nice thing.
One of the other women got so upset that Mary would stick up for everyone that she finally said in disgust “Mary, you have something nice to say about everyone. I’ll bet you would even say something nice about the devil himself.”
Grandma replied, “The devil? Well he is an ambitious fellow.” Everyone in the room had a good laugh at that.
I love my Great Grandmother Mary Alger. I know she loves me too.