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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Ethel Widler, Shanghai 1914

George who only spoke Russian was tutored in English by grandmother Ethel Widler. The family decided to change their primary language to English so George would have a easier time adjusting to the Cathedral School. He played with the Aracapana statue that is the subject of a fictionalized family history, 'If a Family Heirloom Could Tell All.'


Kay Dennison said...


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Parapluie said...

Thank you anonymous and Kay. I am hoping someone could tell me if well groomed ladies of a certain age in Shanghai around 1914 would have died their hair with henna. I also wonder if my great grandmother Ethel learned her English in England as a school girl and then worked as a nurse in the Red Cross in Egypt before settling in Shanghai.
I hope to do ksome reality checks to make the story as accurate as I can.