I have come across an autograph book, which was in my fathers possessions (I
thought I had misplaced it). It is a bit of a mystery so, as much as I am
offering copies of this book, I am also hoping to try and solve the mystery.
Any help will be much appreciated.
It is not an autograph book in the sense we know them. It looks like someone
has got a lot of people to write little poems, draw pictures, etc and sign
them and has given this book to a good friend in the way of a present. It
seems to have been started around 1916 (the pages have been signed and
dated) and finished around 1919. There is also an index at the back, giving
all the names and pages of the people who contributed. The poems and
drawings are absolutely brilliant, especially for the times, and funny also.
Some of the pages have reference to Cavan but I am sure the book spent most
of its time in Rosslea as it was in my father's mother's (Susan McConville,
nee Beggan) possessions when she died and got passed down to my father.
I'm sure I remember my father telling me that this book belonged to his
Aunt, Sarah Beggan (b. 1890 d. 1969). The mystery is, in the front of the
book, there is a message that reads, "To Dear Violet, From her chum Etta
with Love". I have only ever heard of the name Violet in reference to a dog
my father and his brothers and sister had and that was her name. The Etta is
an Etta Levinson (her name is in the index pages). I have never heard of
that name before.
Links to the index pages are
Anyone interested in having the book. I have it in a winzip folder (just
under 5mb). If you email me privately, I can either send the zip file
directly or, as I have also uploaded it to my site, can give you a link to
download it from there.