Linda Seibert Kline

A few months ago, my dad showed me a picture of his mother, Linda, that he keeps in his wallet. It was pretty tattered and rough around the edges. For his birthday, I fixed up the photo and made it into a 5×7.

There are several things I love about this photo. For one thing, if you look closely, you can see that her nail polish is chipped. I don’t wear nail polish often, but when I do I wear it until it is chipped and awful looking. Now I know where I get that from!

I also noticed that she’s wearing her engagement ring on her finger. Gerald and Linda were married when she was about 16. I’m not sure how long they were engaged before that so she could be as young as 15 in this photo. On the other hand, I have no idea if she wore a wedding band, so this could be after she was married. I’d say she’s somewhere between 15 and 18.

She’s also wearing what looks like my grandfather’s class or Navy ring around her neck. I wonder what happened to all these items. More questions!

We don’t look strikingly alike, but there are definitely similarities. The wavy hair, the unruly eyebrows and, of course, the chipped nail polish. I’ve definitely got a little Linda in me!

Questions

  • What happened to Linda’s engagement ring?
  • Whose ring did she wear around her neck?
    • What happened to it?
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About formerkline

My name is Courtney. I'm a copywriter in Philadelphia. I've recently started digging into my family history and trying to find out information about my grandparents. They were killed in 1965 by a drunk driver. This blog will chronicle the search to find out who they were, what they were like and what the world is missing out on now that they're gone.
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9 Responses to Linda Seibert Kline

  1. Tori says:

    What a great picture! She’s so pretty! Our engagement rings match :) And I have a feeling that our children are going to get those lovely eyebrows.

  2. Dorene from Ohio says:

    You did a great job restoring the photo! Linda was beautiful!

  3. Linda Gartz says:

    Hi Courtney Great photos and—another Linda! 25% of all the girls in my grade school graduating class were named Linda. It was in the top five names for about 20 years, approximately 1943-1961 or so — not exact dates, but I looked it up recently. I like how succinctly you write your posts and still get so much fascinating information in.

    • formerkline says:

      Thanks so much!

      I’ve bookmarked your blog, all your stories look fascinating!

      My grandmother was born in ’46, so that’s right on time for the “Linda” phenomenon! :)

  4. What a great photo and wonderful that you were able to restore it for your father. Best of luck in your hunt of the Klines!

  5. What a great gift for your father. I bet he loves his new picture.
    Regards,
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  6. Thank you for this, my sister was a great sister, I visit ther grave site often. Even now at 62 years old, I miss her greatly. Untill she met Jerr, we were inseparable

  7. waffles says:

    Hey Courtney, it’s Kudela. I stumbled on your blog from linked in and wanted to take a look to see what you’re writing about (because it must be important to you). Talk about interesting! I hope you find all of the answers you’re looking for-sooner than later! The one thing that I wanted to say is that I noticed a resemblance between you and your grandmother instantly-the second her photo popped up. Pretty crazy-and so cool to be able to uncover your past and solve the mystery around your family’s background. Good luck!

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