Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

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Monday, December 31, 2007

Meme Slacker: Slow-Thinking Blogger Wraps Up 2007

I was flattered when Becky at Kinexxions tagged me with the Thinking Blogger award six months ago, and a little embarrassed, as I feel like a pretty inadequate thinker when I read the terrific work of others in this genea-blogging community. Well, my moment of undeserved glory has long since passed, and I'm even more embarrassed to say that I never finished writing my response to the award.

So, in the interest of wrapping up the business of 2007 in my usual meme-slacker style, I'll dispense with the rules and instead just offer up some links I think might be of interest to you:
  1. strange maps - You'll have to go there and see! History, fantasy, even a map tattoo, it's always interesting and you're bound to learn something new.
  2. Paleo-Future - a look back at what people of the past thought the future would be like.
  3. Michigan in Pictures - more than just pictures, interesting text too!
  4. WordReference - an excellent online translation tool for Spanish, French, Italian, and now Portuguese. Unlike the quick & dirty translators, this one aims to help you use a language correctly. I hope they add German someday!
  5. Fashion-Era - a wonderfully informative source for fashion history and more. Learn about clothing rationing during WWII, Edwardian corsetry, Victorian hair and hat styles... you get the idea. You may find information that will help you date your old photos.
Have a healthy and happy new year!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

My Grandfather's 120-Year-Old Murphy Bed

R.P. Kerr, reflecting on his folding bed, ca. 1951

Back in 1986, when I was still young and foolish enough to do such a thing, I moved across the country. I didn't have a destination address. I simply packed my grand essentials into my Toyota hatchback and drove 2500 miles. On the day I arrived, I rented an apartment, unloaded the car, unrolled my sleeping bag on my new floor, and called it a day.

I did not bring Grandpa's Murphy bed. Okay, technically, it's not a Murphy bed. My grandpa's bed predates the Murphy Wall Bed Company by more than a decade. The Murphy Wall Bed Company did not come into being until around 1900, when William L. Murphy applied for a patent on his folding bed design. But the folding bed had already been around in one form or another for over 200 years. In the 20th century, the term "Murphy bed" caught hold and came to be used in reference to folding beds in general, and by 1989 it was declared a generic term in court.

On the back of Rosmer's bed is this information:
A.H. Andrews
New York
Pat'd. Nov. 10, 1886
Aug. 10, 1886
I used Google Patent Search to learn more about the bed. This particular folding bed case was designed by Charles Teufel, and only his name appears on the patent. (There were many other interesting folding-bed patents, including one belonging to Charles Teufel and Sanford S. Burr, who patented various folding bed designs over the course of more than twenty years, and another in which Charles Teufel was named as assignor to A.H. Andrews & Company. Because I found the patents rather interesting, a chronological sampling appears at the end of this post.)


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An interesting online biography of Alfred Hinsdale Andrews includes some history of A.H. Andrews & Co. which manufactured the bed. The company was headquartered in Chicago and had factories there and in Buffalo, New York.

I can only speculate about when the bed was purchased and by whom, but I believe it originally belonged to Rosmer's father, Milton E. Kerr. Milton was married first to Bess Zahniser on 16 September 1886, and after her death to Kate Pettis on 15 December 1889. Perhaps the bed was a wedding gift? Regular readers may recall that Milton was in the furniture business in Omaha at that time. Was he able to purchase the bed wholesale? His first son was born in Chicago in 1891. What was Milton doing in Chicago? Could he have been working in the furniture business there, maybe even as an employee of A.H. Andrews & Company? A little session with the Chicago city directories for 1890-1896 could help answer some of these questions.

As far as I know, the bed spent the first half of the 20th century at a Kerr home in Mercer, Pennsylvania. Around 1951, after Rosmer and Evelyn Kerr bought their home on Lakeshore Road (Lexington, Michigan), Rosmer went to Mercer and, with the help of his son-in-law Karl Parker, moved the bed to Michigan.

I believe the snapshot at the top of this post was taken soon after the bed had been placed in the spare bedroom of the Lakeshore Road house. (In fact, as sharp-eyed observers may have suspected, that's actually a composite of two snapshots which I manipulated in Paint Shop Pro.)

As young children, my sister and I slept in that bed a few times on overnight visits. The mattress seemed quite a bit higher than our beds at home! In my memory, the bed was not positioned by the window, but rather against the wall that Rosmer is facing in the picture.

In the mid-1960s, my grandparents decided to sell the Murphy bed. My mother didn't want it to leave the family, so she and my dad bought it and moved it into the breezeway of their home. A few years later, when I had a home of my own, my mother gave me the bed. Unfortunately there was no way to get such a large piece of furniture into my house due to the floor plan, so I had to leave the bed right where it was.

Over the years, circumstances have prevented me from ever taking the bed, so eventually my mother once again gave the bed away, this time to her youngest grandson. He's never had a place for it either, and thus the bed has now spent forty years in my parents' breezeway.

Last month, Apple wrote about the uncertain future of family heirlooms, and I thought about Rosmer's bed. There's been no mattress in it for years, but the case is in great condition. Although it would bring only about $1200 at auction (a guesstimate, based on a fairly similar piece sold at auction a year or so ago), it's a remarkable piece of furniture which, in the right setting, would be a great conversation piece and, with a new mattress, would also provide comfortable sleeping accomodations for overnight guests.

It's been in our family over a hundred years, and like my mother, I can't bear the idea of letting it go. But I've moved fifteen times in the last twenty years. More often than not, I've done the moving myself. Even though I've graduated from hatchback to minivan, the Murphy bed is obviously more than I can handle. And, just like Apple's family, others in my family have their own limitations of space, lifestyle, or whatever. The day may come when there's no one who has a place for it. Then what?

I don't have an answer for that.


A Bit of Folding Bed History in Patents


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Saturday, December 22, 2007

From Movie Extra to Female Lead: My Meteoric Rise to Stardom

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Just a week or two after I moved to Portland in 1986, I happened to hear about a casting call for extras to appear in an HBO movie being filmed here. I went to the audition, and was soon called to spend a day on the set.

I participated in two scenes shot in the courthouse lobby. My first appearance, as someone waiting for an elevator, either ended up on the cutting room floor or else I did a fine job of acting like someone who was hiding behind a pillar while waiting for an elevator. In the second, I was "a member of the defense team" and walked into the courthouse behind the stars of the film, Ed Harris and Roxanne Hart, who were joined by David Suchet upon entering the building.

And now, after only... gosh, it seems like only 21 years!... the famous and prolific producer/director Janice Brown of Cow Hampshire awarded me the female lead in the remake of that great old holiday classic, It's A Wonderful Life. My costars are David Lambert of NEHGS and the David Lambert Blog, Blaine Bettinger of The Genetic Genealogist, Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family, and Christina G. of Shaking the Family Tree, and a surprise guest (who plays the chauffeur). Now showing at a blog post near you! Very, very near!

Don't miss Janice's holiday movie marathon starring other famous or infamous genea-bloggers!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

From my mother's collection of 78 rpm records . . .

...a winter classic... not exactly a Christmas carol, but it sets the mood for the post below...

The proof is in the putting on.

Fellow genea-bloggers and Advent Calendar participants, there's something you should all know about me, and by way of explanation, I offer the following snippet of personal history.

In the late summer of 1992, I moved from my home in Portland, Oregon to a small apartment in Salt Lake City. My apartment was just a couple blocks' downhill walk to the Family History Library, where I planned to spend my days. My intention was to obtain some credentials as a researcher and make a small living doing what I most enjoy. For a multitude of reasons, this plan changed by the following spring and I returned to Portland, but let us not digress. That is not what today's little story is about.

I was quite happily adapted to Portland's moderate climate, so my first hot and dry weeks in Salt Lake City wreaked havoc with my sinuses. But soon enough, it was winter, a much worse fate. I came to think of my new home as Salt Lake City, where the evening news is always about whose roof caved in from the weight of the snow. In fact, I said as much to my Portland friends when they called.

In December, two of my Portland friends pooled their funds to send me a gift of clothing. Responding in the spirit in which the gift was given, I decided to send them a photograph of myself wearing their gift, so that they would know they'd chosen the proper size. I wanted to assure them the gift was every bit as flattering as they had surely imagined it would be.

To give the photo a festive look, I strung Christmas lights on the only tree I had room for, placed my little angel on top, donned the gay apparel, and struck a pose.

Genea-bloggers, in case there is any confusion or doubt, I offer the photo today as indisputable proof that I am a she-blogger, not a he-blogger!

Wishing you all many giggles, good times, and a union suit of your own this holiday season!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Who was Chick Kerr?

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These two items belonged to my grandfather, Rosmer Kerr. On the carte-de-visite at left, someone has identified the girl pictured as Chick Kerr. I don't know whose handwriting that is, and except for these two items, I've never heard of anyone called Chick Kerr.

To the right, the picture side of this postcard was inscribed by two people. The first, presumably the sender of the card, wrote This is "Betty" in the back yard. Later someone added Chic Kerr's daughter. The card was mailed from Mercer, Pennsylvania on March 22, 1909 to brothers Milton and Rosmer Kerr in Slippery Rock. The message is:
Kids, We just heard that you have 9 weeks vacation. Come up and hear about the trip south and see the new Court House. Uncle R.
I believe the uncle who wrote this card was Ralph Kerr, brother of the boys' deceased father.

I'd like to find out how Chick Kerr and her daughter Betty were related to the descendants of Andrew Jackson Kerr. If you can help, please use the Comments feature to share information. You can also use the Comments feature to provide your email address and I will respond to you personally. Any Comment which includes an email address will not be published to this blog. Your email address will be kept private.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Does this belong under your tree?

As I mentioned last week, a few years ago I purchased several items of genealogical interest at an estate sale in Portland, Oregon. In hopes of finding a family member interested in claiming these materials, I placed a notice on a message board and was soon contacted by someone who thought my collection pertained to relatives of one of her lines. I emailed scans of several items which were most genealogically significant and offered to mail the collection to her. Unfortunately I relocated soon afterward and lost track of the items, and by the time I came upon them again, her email address was no longer valid.

I've moved again, at least three times since then. The fact is, I have no idea where the items are at this moment in time, but as a little Christmas giftie for anyone who might be interested, I've uploaded the entire collection of scans to a Picasa Web Album.

Actually, I'd be very surprised if our own genea-blogger Becky at Kinexxions wasn't interested in this. Last month I saw her photo and post about Lysander Joslin, and when I saw how much he resembled the Alonzo Joslyn in my estate sale find, I nabbed his picture to make the side-by-side comparison below. Could a universe exist in which these two heads of hair don't spring forth from the same DNA?

The photo of Rev. A.J. Joslyn appears in a booklet, 1906 Year Book and Directory of the Gilman Park Methodist Episcopal Church of Ballard, Washington, which includes an alphabetical listing of the church members. The pages of the booklet appear in the slideshow below.

Also included in the slideshow is a four-page letter dated February 2, 1906, written by Alonzo Joslin (note the alternate spelling), who was also familiarly known as Lon. The letter was written to his nephew Marshall (E.M. Joslin of Weiser, Idaho). In it, Alonzo mentions several family members by name and relationship, along with the date of his wife's death (June 19, 1905) and that of his brother Ben, who died the next day (June 20, 1905) in Salem, Oregon.

The rest of the collection is postcards, some of which have photographs or messages of interest. Postcards are shown image side first, then message side, except in two instances. The "Owl Camp" postcard is shown front-only, no back. And the final postcard, a Christmas greeting "To Father from Lon," is displayed message-side first. Most items date between 1906 and 1920. Most names and places appearing in the collection are listed below the slideshow.

(To pause on a particular slide, mouse over the lower edge to make control arrows appear.)

Names and places appearing in the Joslin correspondence slideshow:
  • Rev. A.J. Joslyn, aka Alonzo Joslin, called Lon
  • Ben Joslin
  • Harry Joslin
  • E.M. Joslin, called Marshall
  • Mr. & Mrs. C.A. Joslin (possibly Carl & Emma?)
  • Wesley S. Joslin
  • Joe Joslin
  • Dan Joslin
  • Mrs. Hoff
  • M.L.B. (initials)
  • Alice M. Fox
  • Eula Marshall
  • Lillian Marshall
  • Eva M. Reedy
  • Oliver Calmar Reedy
  • Margaret Maribel Reedy
  • Mr. & Mrs. W.T. Ferguson
  • Joslin Asbury Association
  • Terre Haute
  • Pollock
  • Riley (in 1906), formerly known as Lockport
  • Weiser, Idaho
  • Boise
  • Salem, Oregon
  • Gervais, Oregon
  • Kirkwood, Missouri
  • Ballard, Washington
  • Osceola, Nebraska
  • Cameo, Colorado
  • Buttonwillow, California

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

This family history stuff is for the birds.

And now for something completely different . . .

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I'm really enjoying all the interesting posts to the genea-bloggers' Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Many bring up memories of my own Christmases past, but yesterday, Terry Thornton's story about Snow Birds, Catching Birds in Parham, brought up a great spring memory. I rummaged through a few boxes of "old" photographs (and by "old" I mean "from the days before digital") and found the family history I was looking for, that of my Oregon Junco friend, Li'l Peep.

Photographically speaking, these photos are not the best. I never felt fully in control of my 35mm film camera, but I did have a really nice 200mm zoom lens for it. In my own defense, this series of pictures was shot at an angle through a glass doorwall (a thermally-correct double layer of glass) while I hid behind the slats of my vertical blinds standing on a kitchen chair, so the camera was not the only challenge!

Li'l Peep made her nest in the middle of a flower bowl inside my enclosed front patio. The bowl hung less than a foot from the doorwall in my dining area. I noticed her going into the greenery in the bowl one day, and she didn't come out for quite awhile. When she did, I went out there for a look. Sure enough, she'd made a nest, and there was an egg in it. The next time I looked, two eggs. And the next, three!

I began watching her, peeking through the vertical blinds, with my camera in hand. She noticed me sometimes when the blinds were open. I stood very still, as I didn't want to scare her.

One day I was upstairs at the back of the house, sitting at my desk next to the balcony doorwall. It was a nice day so the glass slider was open. As I worked on my family history newsletter, the sound of chirping penetrated my thoughts and I looked through the screen to see Li'l Peep sitting on the railing, looking and chirping right at me. Did she realize I was the same person? Call it ego, I like to think so! She visited me at the balcony several times that spring. I'm usually not one to feed the birds--I think they've been managing pretty well for themselves for quite some time and I'd rather not make them dependent on me--but I took to scattering a bit of millet along the railing for Li'l Peep once I knew she would find it there. I wanted her to know I was friendly.

The adult Oregon Junco (Junco oreganus) grows to be 6.25". They usually lay three or four eggs, whitish with reddish brown speckles, measuring about .75 x .55" which is about the size of a dime. Hard to believe a bird could fit in there!

This grass Junco nest weighs a fraction of an ounce.
Outer diameter: 4" - Inner diameter: 2"

The nest in this photo was one I'd found in a hanging pot of fuschia the previous autumn. It's a miracle of construction, held together primarily by love and good wishes. There were two little eggs which I believe were abandoned by the mother when she found the environment too wet. The pot hung from my balcony so it was higher than my head and I watered it generously from below, never suspecting the harm I was doing. Oh, the lingering guilt!

Li'l Peep's babies appeared one by one, so vulnerable-looking with their naked bodies and their tiny heads too small for their eyeballs. The third one, unable to compete successfully with his two older siblings for food, didn't live very long. I couldn't wait to get home from work every day to photograph the development of the other two.

I was very lucky to be off work they day they prepared to leave the nest. They had become more active in the flower bowl (which was hung at my eye level this time!), and I had spread a blanket on the concrete below the nest so they would have a soft landing. The older one jumped first. When he landed, he seemed a little surprised. Freedom! A blessing or a curse? I don't think he had any idea what to do next.

Although a little reluctant, the younger sibling didn't want to be left behind. He soon jumped too.

Li'l Peep was standing by, and she ushered her babies across the patio and under the privacy fence to a low bush on the other side. The babies were able to make their way up into the bush, where they could hide in the dense foliage.

That would be the end of my story, except for one thing. I was afraid the babies wouldn't be able to hide well enough from the stray black cat that had been lurking about. A neighbor had been putting food out for the cat, but she'd moved and he was on his own. I didn't want my Peeps to be reduced to cat food, so I took the cat in, named him Orion, invested in a trip to the vet for vaccinations and neutering, and tried to integrate him into my little family. As the weeks went by though, he made it perfectly clear he did not want the pampered life I offered him, and my other two cats made no effort to change his mind. Eventually I took him to a shelter where I handed over another fistful of money to give him a chance at finding a home more to his liking.

Some said I was a little too invested in the Peep family and their branch of the family tree. I don't think so. Li'l Peep gifted me with a privilege and opportunity most people never get. I just tried to be worthy of it. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Friday, December 07, 2007

What the heck is this? (Updated)

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I found this little doodad in a box with tie clips and such. The items belonged to my grandfather, Rosmer Kerr. Neither my dad nor I could figure out what its purpose might have been.

On the top side, there's a leaf design in the center--my best guess is that it's a buckeye leaf--and what appears to be a tiny horseshoe at each end. Readers may recognize the leaf design, from which I made a digital ornament to use in the Kerr Family Homes slideshow last week.

It doesn't appear that any part of this thing was made to slide, but there seems to be some kind of spring inside the center box which allows the two end sections to flex to a slightly flatter position.

Turning the piece over, you can see that the horseshoes are mounted on little hollow cups. The tubes also seem to be hollow.

Anybody got a clue?


After reading Apple's comment, I thought I should reconsider this little doodad. Apple suggested it might be some kind of collar bar, an idea I had rejected. I got out the two collar bars that I'd found with the doodad, and indeed they were just about the same length.

But why, I kept wondering, does this thing flex? I fiddled around with the pieces for a minute and voilĂ !, the mystery is solved. When flexed, the little cups of the doodad slip over the bent ends of either collar bar. Release and the two pieces are latched together. (See image below.)

Unfortunately, there's no date or manufacturer's name on this ornament. The wee printing on the back indicates that a patent was applied for. A Google Patent Search turned up a couple of patents for collar bar ornaments. Although neither drawing resembled Rosmer's item, both patents dated from the mid-1930's, so that's my best estimate as to its age.

Thanks, Apple!

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

He had an office in the Marquette Building? Who knew?

Posted in December 1926, a letter to Santa from the Kerr sisters

Honesty or Catholic guilt?
Either way, Bonnie thought to offer improvement.
But... a wash board? Who was she kidding?

Mary had a few things to say to Santa too.
She continued her letter on the back of her page.
I decided not to publish that side.
Trust me, she just repeated herself.

As you can see here,
Mary and Bonnie did
try to be better in 1927.
Santa must have delivered!


This early writing sample from poet Bonnie Elizabeth Parker doesn't begin to hint at the skills to come. Read her amazing later works at Dark Tigers, daily through the end of this year.


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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Meme Slacker: Goin' Off on the 161...

My new cousin Miriam recently tagged me with the 161 Meme at her blog Ancestories. What a pity she didn't tag me instead for the other one she posted that day, Can You Top This?, for which you post about your most prolific ancestor. My response to that one would have been so easy: "Nope! Can't top that!" because Miriam posted about her most prolific ancestor, Elder John Strong, who also happens to be my 10th great-grandfather (my great-grandmother Kate Pettis Kerr is descended from his son Jedediah and Freedom Woodward).

Miriam didn't even know we're cousins until, well, right now. So I guess she can be forgiven for not knowing that I'm not much of a reader. Plus, I was in Michigan visiting my dad at the time. But hey, I can't sit here forever with this meme hanging over my head, and since I was mildly stimulated--I admit it--by the discussion about mystery novels with a genealogical twist a couple months ago at West in New England, off I went to the library for an armload of books. I'm gonna play your little meme game, Miriam, but in exchange, I leave it to you to determine exactly what our relationship is. Heh. Good luck with that!

So, okay, I picked up A Comedy of Heirs by Rett MacPherson, and the sixth sentence on page 161 was:
My children and I were enjoying a pepperoni and mushroom pizza, thin crust with extra cheese and a big pitcher of soda.
Hmm, as sentences go, there's really nothing genealogical about that, I thought, so maybe another book would provide a more thematically-appropriate sentence.

I turned to page 161 in the next book on the stack, A Misty Mourning, also by Rett MacPherson, and what to my wondering eyes should appear? This:
We were quiet a moment while we ate our pizza.
I'm not always a quick study, but I sensed a theme developing here, and it was decidedly not genealogical! A little more research was in order, I thought, so I sat down with A Misty Mourning, a tall coffee, and some simple note-taking supplies. I enjoyed a good read, and my notes appear below:

Each numbered entry in this list represents a single page. Numbered entries are listed in chronological order, but list numbers do not correspond with page numbers due to the fact that not all pages had specific food references.

Specific Food References in A Misty Mourning
  1. coffee
  2. bottle of wine
  3. bread, pinto beans, pinto beans
  4. Hershey's candy bar
  5. taffy
  6. navy beans, two desserts
  7. orange juice
  8. coffee, chocolate, sugar, soda
  9. Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, alcohol, spirits, booze
  10. alcohol, six-pack of beer, fifth of whiskey, gin, bottle of wine, potato salad
  11. potato salad, baked beans, potato salad, sliced tomatoes
  12. pork steaks, deviled eggs
  13. potato salad, chocolate ice cream cones
  14. pork steak
  15. cookies, crackers, iced tea, lemonade
  16. muffin, blueberry muffin
  17. coffee
  18. turkey sandwich, sliced tomatoes, cottage cheese, Dr. Pepper, Dr. Pepper, cottage cheese, tomatoes, turkey sandwich
  19. cottage cheese, sandwich, soda
  20. Dr. Pepper
  21. bread, chocolate
  22. fried chicken, mashed potatoes, beets, peas, homemade biscuits
  23. fried chicken, chicken leg
  24. chicken leg, chicken leg
  25. chicken leg, grease
  26. chicken leg, chicken leg
  27. spirits
  28. biscuits & gravy, juice, dough, orange juice, dough
  29. oatmeal, coffee, biscuits, juice
  30. biscuits, coffee
  31. homemade biscuit, excruciatingly delectable strawberry jam, biscuit, milk
  32. biscuit, shellfish
  33. low-fat, low-sugar, low-caffeine, low-calorie, or low-carbohydrate foods
  34. iced tea
  35. whiskey
  36. beer
  37. 7Up, 7Up, Dr. Pepper, 7Up, soda, soda
  38. pie
  39. soda
  40. oatmeal-raisin cookies, milk
  41. cookie, milk
  42. cookie crumbs
  43. spicy cheesy pizza, pizza, nice gooey piece of pizza, bottle of Rolling Rock, pizza, round red layers of pepperoni, piece of pizza, pizza, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, pepperoni, pizza
  44. pizza
  45. pizza
  46. Rolling Rock
  47. beer
  48. tomatoes
  49. beer
  50. beer
  51. beer
  52. chocolate bar
  53. bologna & cheese sandwich
  54. milk
  55. Dr. Pepper
  56. Dr. Pepper
  57. roasted chicken, vegetables, minced-meat pie
  58. cookies
  59. oatmeal-raisin cookie
Specific Restaurants Mentioned One or More Times
  • McDonald's
  • Burger King
  • Denny's
Food Words Used as Descriptors, Idioms, or Lyrics
  • pizza parlor
  • empty pizza box
  • Samuel Adams beer T-shirt
  • cake plate
  • tomato plants
  • grocery store
  • cream-colored marble
  • strawberry red hair
  • smart cookie
  • spill the beans
  • crying-in-your-beer music
  • Ninety-Nine Bottle of Beer on the Wall
A Non-Comprehensive List of General References to Food
  • breakfast
  • pail lunches
  • lunchtime
  • dinner
  • food was served
  • stomach rumbled
  • three fast-food stops
  • ate their food
  • snatching at her food
  • eating as fast as I could
And last but certainly not least,
  • "All I could think about was food."
Yeah . . . [sigh] . . . me too . . .

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Christmas Postcard

Oliver Calmar Reedy and Margaret Maribel Reedy offer
Christmas greetings from the Reedy family,
Cameo, Colorado, ca. 1913-1919
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Postmarked at Cameo, Colorado, Eva M. Reedy mailed this card to Alice Fox of Osceola, Nebraska. The year is illegible.

According to the very interesting history of the Grand Valley Diversion Dam, Oliver T. Reedy assumed the position of Supervising Engineer in charge of construction on June 27, 1913. Work on the Grand Valley Project went on for several years, and Reedy wrote an article about it in 1919. [Reedy, O.T. "The Construction of the Grand River Roller Crest Dam." Reclamation Record (August 1919): 374-378.]

I bought the Reedy greeting card, along with some other items, at an estate sale a few years ago. Watch for more on this estate sale purchase next week.

I'm not related to the Reedy family, nor to Alice Fox, original recipient of the postcard. If you are, please contact me via the Comments feature at the end of this post. Include your email address for a personal response. Comments containing your email address will not be published.


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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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