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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

4th of July, 1909

Marceline Corneilson, 5 years old
116 Townsend Avenue, Detroit, Michigan
Click on this 98-year-old photo for a closer look at
the interesting 4th of July display created by Marceline
and her big sister Evelyn Hauer (my grandmother).

What Does America/Independence Day Mean to Your Family?

That's the topic at the 27th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, posted at Becky Wiseman's Kinexxions. Reconnect with the meaning of this special holiday as you read the excellent posts submitted for this carnival, and don't miss the great bonus links Becky found. Have a happy and safe Independence Day!


Juliane's granddaughter said...

What a fantastic photo and how fortunate that you still have it. Wouldn't your grandmother (and great aunt) be proud to know that you are preserving this for all time! I love it.

Jasia said...

Priceless. Without a doubt the most wonderful Fourth of July themed photo I've ever seen. Such patriotism leaves me in awe. All I do is put up the American flag. Maybe I should do something more this year... and take a picture of it. It won't be as great as your photo but maybe it will say more about my love of this country. Thanks for sharing!

The footnoteMaven said...

Obviously, being proud to be an American is timeless.

Your family has the trait of respect in full measure. And you have shown the respect you have for your faimly through your very accomplished efforts to preserve their lives and stories.

Thank you for allowing all of us to catch a glimpse into an earlier 4th of July.


T.K. said...

Thanks for your comments, ladies! I've always been fascinated by this photo. The Corneilsons lived just off Jefferson Avenue, right across from Gabriel Richard Park and the Belle Isle bridge. I imagine a lot of people enjoyed this display on their way to the park for Independence Day festivities. I bet Evelyn and Marceline never dreamed, though, that their display might be seen a century later by people anywhere in the world!

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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