Here is a Christmas Memory
from my grand aunt,
Viola Cathern (Mark) Nothstein, 1913 – 2004,
daughter of Thomas K. &
N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark.
She talked about Christmas in Ohio when she was a girl,
one of seven children.
Viola said her father, Thomas Kenneth Mark (1879 - 1975), dressed up as Santa Claus for the program at church. He wore a red costume from the church. Viola said, “I remember one year when we were pretty small Owen got up in church and said, ‘That’s my Daddy!’ Another time Dad had a turkey for the church. After the program Daddy come over to home and he had the red suit on and he’d said. ‘Now you guys better be in bed before I get back.’ He always done a lot around the church. If they wanted anything fixed they would always ask Dad.”