Now, this story is particularly interesting to me, because my husband's grandmother grew up in the Springfield, Massachusetts area, as did Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Her family knew the Geisel family through, I believe, some sort of German community club. Namo didn't actually remember young Theodor, though she remembered his sister.
My mother-in-law, her daughter, mentioned a couple of times that Seuss was pronounced Soice, not Soose, but I ignored her! Because what red-blooded woman doesn't ignore her mother-in-law?
Sorry, Ruthie. Easter flowers will be arriving next week.