[Marvel Skeels, likely in New York, from my private collection]
This is her with my grandfather George Hartley and his mother Minnie (Nosler) Hartley, Marvel's aunt, who were on a tour of the East Coast. Marvel's mother was Minnie's sister, Alberta Evaline "Birdie" (Nosler) Skeels.
[Minnie (Nosler) Hartley, Marvel Skeels, and George Hartley, likely New York in the late 1930's. Marvel and George are referred to as "two fine lads" which seems an inside joke.]
After she had retired to San Diego she taught me to play piano when I was young. This is one of those cases where I could just kick myself now for never having asked her anything about her life. Ah, the selfishness of youth. She was a great teacher and very nice lady, if a bit of an enigma. She held class in her immaculate apartment, and in her bedroom she had a large poster of a Hindu spiritual leader or yogi (I don't remember the name). I have found records of her traveling to Europe in 1936, but now I wonder if she ever made the trip to India? Her father William Nosler had been a Methodist Episcopal minister among other things, and I don't know if she had rejected that religion or just included the spiritual guru in her life?
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