Thoughtful musings on various topics by interesting people at Blithewold

Red Cross Stories

Marjorie Lyon volunteered for the Red Cross beginning in 1917 when she was living in Columbia, South Carolina, to be near her husband, Captain George Lyon, who was at Camp Jackson training recruits for service … Read more.

My Three Blind Men by Marjorie Lyon

They are quite varied – not at all like the three blind mice of the rhyme who always did everything in unison. One is independent and likes to go as much alone as possible. He … Read more.

Red Cross Dividends

By Marjorie Lyon April 23, 1952 Dividends are hard to explain. Sometimes you earn them and sometimes they are just thrust upon you. It seems to me that the dividends that come from Red Cross … Read more.

A Shared Sense of Humor

In February, 1949 Marjorie Lyon wrote an amusing short essay on ‘Confusing Traffic Signs.’  She said: As a small schoolgirl, I was taught to read either from left to right or from top to bottom. … Read more.

A New Portrait of Augustine

When visitors take the special tour of our extensive Archives and Collections department on the third floor, they invariably comment that we must know everything there is to know about the Pardee/Van Wickle family. But … Read more.

Captain George A. Lyon

George Lyon was a captain in World War I. In July 1918, as he waited for orders to Europe, he wrote a touching letter to his wife, Marjorie, “…a farewell note to tell you how … Read more.

Shared History

At the end of August 2018, on a beautiful sunny day, two Pardee cousins got together at Blithewold to reminisce about ninety years of shared history. Marjorie Jeffries is the granddaughter of Bessie Pardee Van … Read more.

The First Pardee Family Reunion

Bessie Pardee Van Wickle McKee was the twelfth of Ario Pardee’s 15 children. She was raised in a large mansion in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, as a strict Presbyterian with strong family values. The Pardee children remained … Read more.

Le Bosquet by Samuel Dean

Upon a gentle upland Bordering on a sunlit bay There lies a sylvan glade; Its length o’ertopped By waving branches Of lofty trees That offer cooling haven To those who seek their shade. When beams … Read more.

The Missing Portrait

In 1912 the French portrait painter Henry Caro-Delvaille sailed from Cherbourg to New York on the S.S. France. Among his fellow passengers was Walter Kilham, an old friend of Bessie and William McKee and the … Read more.