Karl Ingersol BOND (1881-1938)
Hilda Elizabeth LENVILLE (1890-1985)
Harris Joseph BOND
Jul 12, 1921
Jul 31, 1921 (age 0)
May 1, 1978 (age 56)
West Springfield, MA
Although Karl was handicapped due to polio and walked with a cane, he
was an accomplished pianist. He played in the movie houses before
there was sound -- suspense music for mysteries and so forth. He is
said to have had a wonderful sense of humor.
Karl worked for the Springfield Street Railway in the trolley car days
as a bookkeeper.
Karl had blue eyes and brown hair, and he was short with a medium
build, according to his draft registration card. He was disqualified
for WWI service on Sept. 12, 1918 because of his withered limb.
Hilda was the youngest of 13 children. She quit school when she was
13 and took what was probably a blue-collar, minimum-wage job to help
support the family. She also used to sing in theaters before they had
When her son Harris married Germaine Boire, she moved in with them.
Hilda spent most of her time up in her room. She was very
intelligent, though, and loved crossword puzzles. She also watched a
lot of TV, including football games.
The other 12 siblings died fairly young, but Hilda lived to be almost
95 years old.