Grandma's picture

Grandma's picture
Grandma's Passport photo

Friday, August 1, 2014

4 - Grandma's Passport - 7 April 1936

Click here to read story from beginning

Story so far: Grandma was trying to figure out how to get to Czechoslovakia so she could see her siblings. Seeing an ad by a travel agency in a newspaper with information about a trip to Germany for sightseeing and the Olympics, she cut out the ad and sent in her name. They reserved a spot for her, answered questions about cost for a child's travel and gave her some advice on what she needed next.


The letter from the Val J. Peter Travel Agency was written March 24, 1936, advising Grandma Cecile to get her passport, since they had reserved a space for her. By April 7, 1936, Grandma's passport was signed and certified, ready for her travel.

Grandma's passport was not one of the items in her collection in the trunk. Apparently my Aunt Betty had it. Thanks to my cousin Marilyn Pursley, we can see that passport. Marilyn shared scans of the original.

A few facts gleaned from the document:
The Beitel farm address changed over the years. Here it is listed as Box 207, Route 1, Stayton, Oregon. By the time I lived there, 20 plus years later, it was Rt 1, Box 275, Stayton. Today it is given as a "Coon Hollow" address, no more "Route 1".
Grandma was 5 feet, 1 inch tall with grey-brown hair and green-gray eyes.
She was born in (then) Austria, April 2, 1878.

One thing that this passport brings to my mind is citizenship. If Grandma had a US Passport, then she was an American citizen. I don't ever remember hearing about Grandpa and Grandma becoming citizens. Maybe only Grandma did? Maybe that's why Grandpa would not go back with her to visit. Do any of you relatives know anything about that subject? If you do, please share! Thank you!


inside front of the passport

pages 2 & 3 of the passport
pages 4 & 5, with photo, signature and a stamp
pages 6 & 7 - note swastikas on one of the stamps
pages 8 & 9, more stamps
page 32 - more stamps, then regulations

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Story to be continued...... 
To read Post "5 - Sr Agnes' Letter To Betty", click here

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