"Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought him an old hand-made rag doll and he drew a face on it. From his bookshelf, he pulled a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley and combined the names of two poems, 'The Raggedy Man' and 'Little Orphant Annie.' He said, 'Why don’t we call her Raggedy Ann?' Marcella died at age 13 after being vaccinated at school for smallpox without her without her parents' consent. Authorities blamed a heart defect, but her parents blamed the vaccination. Gruelle became an opponent of vaccination, and the Raggedy Ann doll was used as a symbol by the anti-vaccination movement."
I never knew that there was such a sad story behind these charming dolls and stories.
Thank you Aunt Helen so much for thinking of me and sending me these delightful cookbooks! I love them all and I love you! The scripture below is dedicated to you, you have truly been a Titus 2 woman! Thank you!
"Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God." Titus 2:3-5