This was a newspaper clipping just sent to me a week or two ago. I have read it before even though I do not have a copy. I probably read it at Grandpa Ross’ home. Either way, the occasion was just as momentous for Grandpa as it was for Hobart.
As I have mentioned before, Hobart is Grandpa’s half-brother through his father’s first marriage to Nanna May Day. Hobart was born a Ross but at some point took his mother’s maiden name, Day. John “Jack” William Ross married Ethel Sharp, Grandpa’s mother. Milo James Ross and Hobart Day only met once. Grandpa and his brother, Harold, paid for a bus ticket for Hobart to come to Utah in 1972. Hobart was blind by that time.
Grandpa always told the story of when Hobart arrived at his home he gave him a little tour of the home. Grandpa would walk into the room and would turn on the light. Hobart would keep telling him, “You don’t need to turn the light on for me.” Apparently they repeatedly got a kick out of that.
When Hobart returned to Virginia he spoke to the local newspaper about his visit. That is where this article comes from.
Since it is hard to read (I was given a photo carbon copy of the newspaper), I will type what is says. The scan of the article is available at the end.
“Day Reunites With Brothers
“By Cindy Conte
“‘I never saw my half brothers, but I thought of them often,’ said Hobert Day of 47 Peppers Ferry Rd, Fairlawn. Hobert sat by the kitchen window, the rain beating against the panes as steadily…(fold in newspaper). He continued, ‘I was sitting by the phone about eight weeks ago and decided to call them. Milo Ross who is now 55 and his brother Harold, 52, invited my wife Edna and me to come out and visit them in Ogden, Utah. Edna fell and was unable to go with me. My half brothers paid for my tickets and I was on my way. Every mile of the way I wondered if they would accept me or not, I had so many doubts. When I arrived, my doubts were erased.’
“Hobert spent three days and nights with Milo and his wife Gladys and their children. He visited Harold, his wife Joanne and their two children.
“‘They are carpenters and are doing real well’ said Hobert. ‘It was a wonderful and very happy reunion.’
“Hobert was 11 months old when his parents separated. His father traveled to California and in 1913 moved to Ogden, Utah, where he remarried a (unclear, her name was Ethel though) Sharp. John Ross had four children by his second wife. Milo Ross, Harold Ross and Paul Ross who died at the age of 12. (Crossed-out, Ethel handwritten in) died in 1932 (actually 1925) giving birth to a girl (girl is crossed-out and ‘boy’ is written in).
“‘It was in 1939, I was 28 when I first saw my father. He stood at the door and said “Hobert I’m John Ross your father.” Then one Sunday he was gone and I never saw him again. He died of an unknown illness in 1948.’
“Hobert is blind, but he is content with his life and he and Edna generate a lot of warmth in their home.
“Hobert smiled and said, ‘My brothers and their families are going to visit me and Edna some day. I told them we couldn’t offer them as much as they could, but we can love them as much.’
Hobart died in 1983. Grandpa and Harold did not make it to Virginia to visit.