I have been writing about the grandmothers in our family tree since August of 2012. Beginning with "A is for Anna" each entry introduced you to a different grandmother. Telling the Grandmother stories was a fun way to share my research with family and friends. Now I am looking at our Revolutionary War ancestors, their service records, the story of their families and of course the stories of their wives, our grandmothers. After all, "Who's Your Grammie?" is about our grandmothers!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Immick... I is for Sarah Immick
Someone once said what mattered most of all was the dash between the years. There is more to the story of Sarah E. Immick than is told here on her tombstone in the Three Church Hill Cemetery in Lower Mount Bethel Pennsylvania.
Sarah E. Immick, the great, great grandmother of my husband Ron, was the daughter of Aaron Immick and Catherine Morey. She was born in November of 1845 and even though her parents were living in the Mount Bethel Pennsylvania area I can't find a baptism record for her. She died on April 7, 1924. So what went on in that dash between her years?
Sarah was the second of four children in her family. Her older sister Adelaine married and remained in the area, but younger sister Susan and brother Ruben moved to Michigan after they married. Sarah married Samuel Frey of Lower Mount Bethel, PA on November 24, 1866. Together they became the parents of only one child, a son Isaac, born January 14, 1868. In the three census records of 1870, 1880 and 1890, Sam is said to be a farmer. So Sarah must have done the typical chores of a farm wife and mother during those years. When Sam died April 6, 1900 they had been married 33 years.
So what was special
about grandmother Sarah? (That's her standing on the porch with granddaughter Edna.) I have been saving this!
In the late 1800’s the telephone came to Lower Mount Bethel. Households subscribed to the phone service and rural homes
were connected via party lines with several households on a line. When
the telephone first arrived in the rural neighborhood there was a
need for someone to operate the switchboard to connect the calls of
telephone subscribers. This was the perfect job for a lady to do in her home. She could take care of her daily housework activities while listening for a call to come in.
Sarah Frey was the
first telephone operator for the exchange on the Belvidere - Martins
Creek Highway. The switchboard was in her house located on
the Belvidere - Martins Creek Highway. As a recent widow Sarah had the time needed
to stay by the switchboard waiting for calls. She was a technology pioneer, taking on a tough job that required skill and
confidence. And as a rural
telephone operator she was on top of all the news in the neighborhood too!
Here is granddaughter Edna with her grandmother Sarah Immich Frey, circa 1910.