These items, nestled together with the note, in a small box, belonged to Myrtle Lair. The note reads, “The little baby’s hair brush belonged to Myrtle Lair age 1 in 1889. The photo pin is her at the age of 10 or 12.”
Myrtle was the youngest daughter of Lawson F. and Margaret (Nickeson) Lair. Her sister, Nettie, was my great great-grandmother. After the death of her mother, with most of the rest of the surviving children married and/or gone from the area, Myrtle stayed on and cared for her father in his old age. She never married. She died in 1941 in Princeville, Illinois, where she had spent her entire life.