One of Joyce’s childhood treasures is a small, black autograph book. The earliest entries are dated December 25, 1940 (when Joyce was 11 years old), suggesting that the book was a Christmas present. The latest entry is February 4, 1943 (Floyd Williams wrote: “Dear Joyce, When your an old maid and live by the sea, will you not come and marry me?”) Many of the entries are similar rhymes, with the following from June Hill a favorite:
Dated January 8, 1941, it reads:
I’m not a Southern beauty,
I’m not a Western Rose,
I’m just a little Wellsville girl
With freckles on my nose.
On the left margin: Yours till Bear Lake has cubs.
In the small scalloped circle: Forget me not
Another special entry is from Blanche Reynolds, brother Edward Reynolds wife. Edward was killed in a B-17 training accident in Texas in 1943, just one year after Blanche wrote this on June 15, 1942:
“Dear Joyce –
Remember me and bear in mind
Real friends are hard to find
Now you have some really true
Trade not your old ones for the new.
Always your Friend
Take care of your sweet mother
For you could never find another like her.”
The autograph books also contains entries by Joyce’s siblings: