More "Bella" stories

Shortly after we were married, the neighbors, McQuitys, had come up with a horse and buggy and when they left Mrs. McQuity said, "Good bye, Mrs. Grant." Bella said, "Don’t call her that, that was my mother’s name." But the neighbor said, "Well she got married and was good enough to take that name, so it’s good enough to call her that."

One time during the war, we had to go to the school house and Bella was asked where her mother was born. She said, "the United States," but when asked where her father was born she said, "I don’t know." When Bob was asked, he said, "Germany," loud enough for all to hear.


Shortly after we were married, Bella got a job in Pembroke doing house work. A couple of months later, we went into Pembroke for groceries and also went to see Bella. Bob said to Bella, "We have to buy a new stove," and Bella said, "Oh why?" She thought that was terrible. "Because Annie made bread and it rose so high it lifted the top off the stove." She did not like to hear that at all. She married later in life to Elvin Koch, a German, so she made him change his name to Cook.

Bob's family was Protestant and Bella was very anti-Catholic.  When Bob's (and Bella's) nephew, Gordon Gurlitz married Melanie, a Catholic, Bella refused to go to the wedding because it was in the Catholic Church