Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mabel Knew Ma Bell As Well

Mabel Grosvenor, a granddaughter of Alexander Graham Bell, died Monday at 101. She may have been the last person alive with personal recollections of the famous telephone inventor, who died when she was 17.

In the early 1920s, as Mr. Bell neared the end of his life, Ms. Grosvenor travelled with her grandparents to Scotland, where Mr. Bell searched for long-lost ancestors.

"He called it a farewell visit," Ms. Grosvenor said during an interview in 1994.

"He didn’t really get interested in genealogy until his father died and one reason he went back was to try and look for more information. We went to parish offices to look through records and visited cemeteries. He found several cousins he didn’t know existed." [Link]

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