For the first sixteen years of Sylva’s life, January 20th was her birthday, to be shared with no one, especially not ‘the nation’. But, as luck would have it, in 1937, January 20th was chosen for the inauguration of American Presidents.
So, much like Aunt Doris in the later years of her life shared her birthday of September 11th with ‘9/11’, Sylva began to share her birthday with another sort of history--the beginnings of Presidencies. And, so, while we on this blog remember our Sylva, we also remember and honor the new beginning of today in Washington, DC and wish our new President, Barack Obama, congratulations, and good luck.
Sylva Howland Emhof—Jan 20, 1921 By Aunt CB
Second daughter of Lil and Elmer Howland, Lil being sister to Ethel B. Taylor, she was always received with great joy by all the Taylors. Well-to be honest, ALL of the Howland girls were. They were a part of all the joy and mystique which emanated from Grandma Baker and Adin’s farm!
Sylva was closest in age to Esther and they both were piano and organ players. Both covered every minute of their adult lives with talk and playing music.
She married young and had three children, a son, Freddy D, and two daughters, Linda and Christine. Fred was a farmer for years, so they seldom could take a REAL vacation, but encouraged others to come to them, and come we did. The Lochners, particularly, came almost every summer for a few days, fishing, swimming in the creek, and just plain playing on the farm!
She had reunions there, at whichever farm she lived on at the time—and Freddy, who drove school bus to supplement his income, took us all for a ride—what a treat!
The Kinsella kids still remember their visits there—that’s where they met a lot of Gladys’ and Philly’s kids!
Picture One: Back, Esther, Sylva, Ethel Taylor Front, Lucille, Harold Picture Two: Freddie & Sylva
Picture Three: Five Generations-- Lil 91, Sylva 62, Linda Arnold 42, Kathy Arnold Miller 19, Melissa Kristen Miller-born 8/19/83 Picture Four: Sylva and Esther
Picture Five: Sylva and Esther