Mailing Miss Daisy
Daisy's great-nephew J. C. Gladhill recalls, "My Great Aunt Daisy was a real character and we were great buddies at the end of her life. She was my grandfather’s sister, born in Harmony. She was a teacher and was married to a teacher, Professor McClure Haupt. They kept their marriage secret for a long time because married women could not be teachers.
"When she became pregnant she had to stop teaching. For many years she became a well known antiques dealer. Carlotta Hays used to say she got some of her finest things from Aunt Daisy. Aunt Daisy passed her knowledge on to Carlotta and Carlotta shared her knowledge with me. Aunt Daisy started to suffer with arthritis in her 80s. Her doctor told her to take up bowling so on her 100th birthday she was on the Washington, D.C., news program bowling. I still have a box of her trophies in the attic. In her 80s, she also took a trip on Pan Am Airlines around the world. I have her certificate. I wasn’t very impressed about that feat when she told me but now that I’m this age and realize it takes me three days to recover just flying to Europe, I have wonderment about her journey. She was also an avid gardener and continued that into her 90s.
"One of her dearest friends in her later years was Nan Rehnquist, wife of the Chief Justice. Aunt Daisy Died when she was 101. She gave me the daguerreotype of her father, Daniel (1819-1888), that he had given to her and she carried it her whole life. She told me the story about her crawling into their Fessler Clock, it fell over and the glass shattered, she was crying when her father lifted her up and said, 'Don’t cry Daisy the clock can be fixed.'
"I still have collections that she gave to me including her dolls bed made by her father for her and lots of fond memories."