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Name Wiley, Bessie Oldham
Date of Birth 12/7/1896
Birthplace NC
Date of Death 6/6/1972
Place of Death High Point, NC
Father Andrew Jackson Oldham
Mother Mary Clark
Spouse Franklin Alexander Wiley, Sr.
Children Mary Wiley Fogleman
Franklin Alexander Wiley, Jr.
Charles Henry Wiley
Thomas Marvin Wiley
Relationships Sister:
Lillie Oldham Culberson
Number of Archives Records 23
Number of Library Records 0
Number of Objects Records 0
Number of Photos Records 0

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Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.018 A-B

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.018 A-B

2015.008.018 A: Greeting card, wedding anniversary, to Frank A., Sr., and Bessie Oldham Wiley from Frank A. Wiley, Jr., dated October 1942. Side-fold card on beige paper. Front features relief illustration of red roses with small, gray flowers and leaves in background. The a wide, red ribbon is affixed as though it were extending from behind the large, central rose. Sides are bordered with gray lace-like design. Across top is red and gray printed text "Anniversary / Greetings"; printed above the message, in black ink, is "26th". Flanking illustration is vertical black text "SEASON'S / GREETINGS". Handwritten in black ink below the illustration is date "Oct. 1942". Inside, additional ro

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.008

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.008

Greeting card, Mother's Day, to unknown recipient from Mary, Clayton, and Bobby Fogleman. Side-fold card; front printed with illustration of bunch of yellow and red flowers and border resembling red lace trim. Clear glitter is glued over the flowers. Rectangular cut-out in upper right corner reveals text from inside "On / Mother's / Day". Inside, left page features floral illustration similar to that on front. Right page printed with "On / Mother's / Day" message visible through cut-out on front; around the message is a light purple rectangle. Text on bottom half of right page reads "With fond thoughts / and a loving wish / that Mother's Day / and every day will bring you / happiness, De

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.009

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.009

Greeting card, Mother's Day, to unknown recipient from Mary, Clayton, Peggy, and Bobby Fogleman. Side-fold card; front printed with relief illustration of white/light pink flowers and buds across left half. In lower right corner is an uncolored relief illustration of a smaller floral arrangement. Upper right area printed with blue text "TO / Mother / on / MOTHER'S DAY". Inside, right page printed with blue text "Happiness on Mother's Day / And joy your whole life though - / That's the loving wish / this brings / Dear Mother, just for you." Handwritten in black ink below message is "Mary - Clayt / Bobby - Peggy". Back of card printed with manufacturer's logo (a young girl wearing a sailor

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.010

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.010

Greeting card, Mother's Day, to unknown recipient from Mary, Jakie [Clayton?], Peggy, and Bobby Fogleman. Side-fold card, tall and narrow; front printed with illustration of three-tiered pedestal holding arrangements of fruit and leaves; some of the fruits are outlined in silver glitter. Across top is printed text "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY / 'You're the Dearest MOM / of All'". Inside, right page printed with black text "You're the dearest / Mom of all / And so this wish for you / Is not just for / your special day / But each day / all year through! / HAPPINESS ALWAYS". Handwritten in blue ink below message is "Mary, Jakie, Bobby, Peggy". Back of card printed with manufacturer's logo and text "f

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.011

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.011

Greeting card, Mother's Day, to unknown recipient from the Foglemans (Mary, Clayton, Peggy, and Bobby). Side-fold card; front printed with illustration of a very leafy branch of pink roses with a white and airbrushed blue background. A knotted pink ribbon is affixed to the card to left of illustration. Above ribbon is printed black text "To my / MOTHER / on / Mother's Day". Right edge of cover is trimmed along edge of illustration, revealing the airbrushed blue interior of the card. Inside, left page is printed with color illustration of a gate and walkway leading to a small house; flowers line the road and surround the gate. The right page is printed with black text "To the dearest Moth

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.012

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.012

Christmas card, to Bessie Oldham Wiley from Mary, Jakie [Clayton?], Peggy, and Bobby, dated 1955. Tri-fold card; front printed with illustration of a man and woman, wearing winter clothing and carrying wrapped packages, outside a grand home entrance with snow-covered stone fence. Along bottom edge of left flap is printed red text "Christmas Greetings". When left flap is lifted, more of the illustration is revealed, showing the home entrance; on back of flap is illustration of the man and woman walking by a stone fence. Left flap partially covers the right flap. When right flap is lifted, interior of card with message is revealed. Message, in black text, reads "To your door come greetings

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.013

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.013

Christmas card, to unknown recipient from Mary, Jakie [Clayton?], Peggy, and Bobby Fogleman. Side-fold card on vellum-like paper; front printed with illustration of four shepherds and sheep gazing at a golden, many-rayed star in the sky over a distant town. Inside, left page is printed with color illustration of a leafy holly branch bearing red berries and tied with a red bow; below is text "'God hath given to us eternal / life, and this life is in His / Son.' / JOHN 5:11". The right page is printed with black text "With / Best Wishes / for a very merry / Christmas". Handwritten in blue ink below message is "Mary - Jakie / Bobby & Peggy". Back of card printed with very small illustration

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.014 A-B

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.014 A-B

2015.008.014 A: Birthday card, to Bessie Oldham Wiley from Mary and Clayton Fogleman. Side-fold card with die-cut edges; front printed with illustration of a short, round vase holding a large arrangement of red, blue, purple, and large pink flowers; background is airbrushed light pink. Above illustration is printed black text "WITH LOVE - - on Mother's Birthday". Inside, left page is printed with color illustration of a patio table and chairs with red and white umbrella. The right page is printed with black text "Many returns / of this day so dear / Many good wishes / for Birthday cheer, / May it find you / remembering Mother, too, / the Love that lies back / of each wish for you." Handwr

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.015

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.015

Christmas card, to Bessie Oldham from Eunice Jones and Holland Holton, 1911. The card appears to have been made for and given to the fifth grade students of West Durham Graded School, Durham, NC. Card is two pieces of cardstock tied together at top center with thin red cord. First page is printed with wreath or arrangement of holly leaves and berries; superimposed on illustration is a large white rectangle bearing black text "West Durham Graded School / West Durham, N.C. / Christmas, 1911 / Fifth Grade, 1911-12". Second page is printed with illustration of an arrangement of large green leaves and white or light blue berries; superimposed on illustration is a large white rectangle bearing

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.019 A-B

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.019 A-B

2015.008.019 A: Greeting card, Mother's Day, to Bessie Oldham Wiley from Frank A. Wiley, Jr., dated 1944. Side-fold card. Front features color illustration of a room scene - an armchair upholstered in floral fabric and a two-tiered side table covered with potted plants before a tall window with blue and pink drapes on a blue-striped wall hung with two small framed flower pictures. a knotted pink ribbon is attached through two small holes along left edge. Window "panes" are covered in tiny beads or glitter. In upper left is printed black text "TO / MOTHER / On Mother's / Day". Inside, small illustration of lamp, books, and vase of flowers is printed in lower left corner of left page. Rig

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.020 A-B

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.020 A-B

2015.008.020 A: Christmas card, to the Frank A. Wiley family from Bobby and Peggy Fogleman, dated 1947. Side-fold card. Front features color illustration of a young woman wearing dress with hoop skirt and puffed sleeves and a small cap with long blue feather. Beside woman is a two wheeled cart loaded with red and yellow flowers(?). In background is a red house or barn and yellow trees. The colored portions of the illustrations are formed with small X-marks, resembling cross-stitch work. Printed red border across top and bottom. Below illustration is printed black text "Merry Christmas". Inside center is printed with red, blue, and yellow illustration of three gabled buildings surround

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.021 A-B

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.021 A-B

2015.008.021 A: Christmas card, to Bessie Oldham Wiley from Judy, dated 1949. Side-fold card. Front features color illustration of a bouquet of poinsettias, pale pink flowers, and holly branches in a gold-colored basket. Background is blue and yellow/gold. Above illustration is printed black text "Best Wishes / FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS / AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!" One of the large poinsettia flowers is partially cut away from the card, so that, when the card is opened, the flower pivots and is viewed with the interior illustration. Inside center is printed with illustration of red, snow-covered house behind a wooden fence adorned with flowers and holly branches. Below illustration is printed

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.022 A-B

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.022 A-B

2015.008.022 A: Christmas card, to Bessie G. Wiley from Charles and Faye, dated 1949. Side-fold card. Front features square cut-out backed with clear, crinkled plastic (cellophane?), through which is visible an illustration, depicting snow-covered houses and a church, on card interior. Around the cut-out is illustrated wooden frame and, at upper right corner and lower left corner, large red poinsettia flowers. Above illustration, in upper left corner, is printed black text "TO / MOTHER / at Christmas". Inside, left page is printed with illustration of small holly branches at two corners of the cut-out square. Right page is printed with illustration visible through cut-out, of houses and

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.023 A-B

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.023 A-B

2015.008.023 A: Christmas card, to Bessie G. Wiley and family from the Foglemans, dated 1949. Side-fold card. Front features color illustration of a man and woman in old-fashioned/"Victorian" dress caroling under a snow-covered street lamp. Around the edges is a border of holly leaves and berries. Below the singing couple is printed blue text "At Christmastime". Inside, left page is printed with illustration of the faces of the same man and woman; the man's red and white striped scarf appears to be blowing in the wind behind/above them. Right page is printed with blue text "It's time for Christmas cards / And time for wishing you / A Very Merry Christmas / and a / Happy New Year, too!"

Image of Letter - 2015.008.031

Letter - 2015.008.031

Letter, to Mary Wiley Fogleman from Vera Wiley, February 25, 1945. Handwritten, black ink on unlined yellow paper. One page, front and back. Transcription [sic]: Sun. nite / Feb. 25th 1945 / Dear Mary: Well it looks like it is / getting to be a habit, writting, bt as I / don't know about the yarn yet, just thought / I would send you a picture of the bag / to see if you like it, I guess the / pattern will be here some time. I don't / know what size it will be, but if it / is not big enough, thought maybe I / could enlarge on it. Show bessie & Lillie / the picture, & see if they like it. I / have got their hats started, but had to / shop & make 3 Or. baby bootees. / Pearl & Billy ha

Image of Letter - 2015.008.034 A-B

Letter - 2015.008.034 A-B

2015.008.034 A: Letter, to Bessie Oldham Wiley from George, Gaynell, and Gwyn, dated November 16, 1948. Handwritten, blue ink on blue paper. One page. 2015.008.034 B: Envelope, light blue paper, postmarked November 16, 1948, Norfolk, VA. Addressed to "Mrs. Bessie Wiley / 1016 Albert St. / High Point / N.C." Return address reads "201 - 13th St. / E. Ocean View / Norfolk, Va." Transcription [sic]: 201 - 13th St/ E. Ocean View / Norfolk, va. / Tues. 16, 1948 / Dear Aunt Bessie, / We are, indeed, very sorry that / we couldn't get there, in your time / of need, but we thought of you constant-/ ly and prayed that you would be / able, with God's helping hand, to bear / the cross. / Ther

Image of Letter - 2015.008.035

Letter - 2015.008.035

Letter, to Bessie Oldham Wiley from Cora E. Jones Wiley, February 6, 1949. Message handwritten in blue ink. Stationery is off-white, textured, and printed with Bible verse in upper left corner: "Blessed in the man that maketh / the Lord his trust - PS. 40:4". One page. Transcription [sic]: Statesville, N.C. / Feb 6 - 1949 / Dearst Bessie and all, / Your card received and was / glad to hear from you and that / you all got home safe but was sorry / you all could not stay longer. we / enjoyed you alls visit lots. I thought / about you all lots after you left as / it went to snowing we did not have / a big snow. It was right cold last / week but is warmer to night and / has been raing

Image of Letter - 2015.008.036 A-B

Letter - 2015.008.036 A-B

2015.008.036 A: Letter, to Bessie Oldham Wiley from Cora E. Jones Wiley, dated April 24, 1949. Handwritten, blue ink on yellow paper. One page, front and back. 2015.008.036 B: Envelope, yellow paper, postmarked April 25, 1949, Statesville, NC. Addressed to "Mrs. F. A. Wiley / 1016 Albert Street / High Point / N.C." Return address reads "Mrs. Cora E. Wiley / 616 S. Race St. / Statesville, N.C." Transcription [sic]: Statesville, N.C. / April 24 - 1949 / Dear Bessie and Children. / Your card received a few days / ago, and was glad to hear from / you. hope all are well. This leaves / us about as usual. It is right cold / to night we have a fire in the / heater. we had a good rain

Image of Notecard - 2015.008.037 A-B

Notecard - 2015.008.037 A-B

2015.008.037 A: Notecard, to Bessie Oldham Wiley and Lillie Oldham from the family of Cora E. Jones Wiley, early June 1960. Side-fold card, white cardstock, with message printed in black ink on front: "May-16-1960, age 87 years old on Monday - The family of / Mrs. Cora E. Wiley / sincerely appreciate the kindness / and sympathy you have extended / to us in our bereavement / Died on Sat May-21-1960 / Mother of Frank. A. Wiley Sr." 2015.008.037 B: Envelope, white paper, postmarked June 3, 1960, Statesville, NC. Addressed to "Mrs. Bessie Wiley / Miss Lillie Oldham / 1016 Albert St. / High Point / N.C." No return address.

Image of Card, Greeting - 2015.008.038 A-B

Card, Greeting - 2015.008.038 A-B

2015.008.038 A: Greeting card, to Bessie Oldham Wiley from Mrs. Roy Kearns, July 17, 1952. Front features illustration of bouquet of yellow flowers on green background. Inside is handwritten message in blue ink. Back of card printed with small manufacturer's logo and text "Hallmark". 2015.008.038 B: Envelope, white paper, postmarked July 17, 1952, High Point, NC. Addressed to "Mrs. F. A. Wiley / 1016 Albert St. / High Point / N.C." No return address. Transcription [sic]: Dear Mrs. Wiley, / I learned last / Sunday that you / were sick. Lillie / said you had / the shingles. I / have never had / that disease / but I've heard / that it can be / painful and make / you very sick. / I c