The Joy block can be found on page 94 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 206 for template instructions.)
Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Cutting Coupons in North Dakota can be found on page 12.
January 1935 opened the New Year with a somber mood. Bruno Hauptmann's trial for the murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr. began on January 2, 1935. For several years the country had followed the reports of how Charles Lindbergh's 20 month old son had been kidnapped from his second story nursery in March 1932, how his parents received a series of ransom demands and paid those demands in April 1932. Unfortunately, shortly after the Lindbergh's paid their son's ransom, his remains were found in a wooded area, badly decomposed and partially consumed by scavengers.
For the next several years, the investigation focused largely on those close to the Lindbergh house hold, including an intermediary between the Lindbergh family and the kidnappers, and a servant who later committed suicide. Finally the only clues left to authorities were the random discoveries of gold bonds (the manner in which the ransom was paid) that had been spent all over the Midwest. The individuals who spent those bonds were not discovered. Even when in March 1933 by presidential order, gold bonds where to be discontinued and exchanged for new bills, no identification was made for nearly $3,000 in ransomed gold bonds that had been exchanged.
It was not until September 1934 when a gold bond was submitted to a bank teller with a licence plate written in the margins. The plate numbers were registered to Bruno Hauptmann, a German immigrant with a criminal history in both Germany and the US. Police and the FBI arrested Hauptmann and discovered around $14,000 of ransom bonds in his house. He was charged with capitol murder and after a quick trial was sentenced to death in February 1935. Both of his appeals were rejected despite the only evidence against him where a quarter of the total ransom amount found in his possession and handwriting comparisons. On April 3, 1936, at 8:47 p.m., Bruno Hauptmann was executed via electrocution. He maintained his innocence through the entire ordeal, even when offered the opportunity for a commuted sentence in exchange for a confession
I find this tragic familial event, so publicly displayed is such an antithesis to the message that Cutting Coupons writes about in The Farmer's Wife, but perhaps Cutting Coupons' message was exactly what the country needed to hear. Even when there are sad and difficult circumstances in our life, there is still joy to be found the comforts of everyday little things. There is joy in household harmony and the comfort of a cup of coffee with a friend.
That's not to say the Coupons' inconvenience of missing canning rings can compare to the Lindbergh's loss of a child. But it is important to remember that joy nor comfort can be found when we take for granted those dearest to us, the simple things we enjoy in life, and when we take life too seriously.
I really enjoyed this block. So much so that I jumped right into piecing it without taking a picture of the fabric pieces I pre-cut. Sorry about that!
I used a template for the B1 and C1 pieces, the green diamond shapes. Also, remember to cut the B2 and C2 pre-cuts diagonally into half square triangles.
A1 (9) 2x2" B1 template C1 template
A2 (4) 1 3/4 x 1 3/4" B2 (4) 1 3/4 x 1 3/4" C2 (4)1 3/4 x 1 3/4"
No matter where you are in life, remember that there are always things to be thankful for and relationships to find joy in. I for one and very thankful, and incredibly joyful over the future state of our house! I know I've mentioned before, but back in November the first floor and basement of our house flooded and we have been living in a construction zone ever since. Well insurance FINALLY got its butt in gear and we can now move forward with reconstruction! WooHoo! Our new wood flooring should be arriving next week, Handsomepants and I are still debating new paint, and drywall work begins soon!
I can't wait to have my house back!