Guenevere Crum is an artist and a great granddaughter of Edith and Paul Eisler. She has been actively sleuthing her Eisler – Vail Ross family heritage since 1999.
“My grandmother’s refrain was she had nothing for me. There was nothing. No papers, no music, no dresses. She knew this because it had all been thrown out of an attic window straight into a garbage bin. One day Auntie Kay called and told her that she had to come over right way because the people that owned the old Ross house on Church Street were renovating. Everything that had been left in the attic was unceremoniously being tossed through the window and falling into a garbage bin.
My grandmother’s sorrowful recounting of this event was as close to an apology she would ever give. She did not heed her friend’s phone call. She could not be bothered to collect her ex-husband’s family papers when it was a perfectly beautiful day to garden. She had divorced that family and was emancipated for having to care for their past attic relics. She announced to Kaye, who was not an actual blood relative but a close friend, that she was no longer responsible. None of Auntie Kaye’s pleading on behalf of the children of the marriage met with any success. My grandmother hung up the phone that summer day sure of her position…”
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