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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
(click to enlarge)

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 Comments containing your email address will not be published.


For more holiday topics, visit the Genea-Bloggers' Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories
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Thomas MacEntee said...

Hey T.K. - thanks for your post on the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. This postcard is neat - the wittiest I have seen. I hope you'll post more entries at ACCM this month!

Thomas MacEntee

T.K. said...

Thanks, Thomas, I do have another post or two up my sleeve. Thanks for your time and effort on this fun idea!

Apple said...

This is a great find and incredibly original! I hope one of the families find it here. I think it's time to resurrect the photo postcard.

T.K. said...

I love photo postcards, Apple, but sometimes those high-speed sorting machines at the post office scar them up pretty bad.

RealMac said...

Oliver Calmar Reedy is the son of Oliver Thomas Reedy and Eva Mary McCune. Oliver Thomas Reedy is the son of Oliver Kerr Reedy. Oliver Kerr Reedy is the son of William Michael (or Michel?) Reedy and Catherine Kerr. I descend from Rev. James Jay Hamilton Reedy, brother of Oliver Kerr Reedy.

T.K. said...

Thanks, RealMac, for adding this interesting lineage. I wonder if you have any further information on your Catherine Kerr? My Kerr lineage has Pennsylvania roots. What about Catherine's?

Did you find my post with other items from the same estate sale purchase? The first couple of postcards in the slideshow may be of interest to you.

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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