Back in January on this blog, I told the genuinely happy story of how I helped a woman from Illinois, Martha Eads Ward, find her ex-husband’s obituary, only to find instead that the former mate was still very much alive and living in Hamlin, NY. After several communications, Martha wound up visiting her ex, and expressed hope that one day I would be able to meet up with her as well.
Just a few weeks ago, that day came, as I got to meet Martha, former librarian, children’s book author, and 92 years young, as she made one of her trips to see her one-time spouse, Vince, and his lovely home looking out on Lake Ontario. Martha is just as delightful as her letters and our phone calls have been, and she regaled my wife and I with tales of working in New York Public Library, as well as writing her reference books which are still in use today. The whole adventure from my initial discoveries to seeing her in person will remain one of my favorite accomplishments as a librarian. I should be hearing more from Martha for quite some time.
Below are a few shots of our visit, as well as a copy of one of her books which she signed for RPL.
—Bob Scheffel, Librarian, Local History Division