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Friday, August 29, 2008

Katie's Show-and-Tell

Kate Efner Pettis, age 6
1.5" x 2" tintype secured to 2.25" x 3.8" embossed paper

Born in Winona, Minnesota on October 2, 1864, my great-grandmother Kate Pettis was six years old in the photo above. Two months before her seventh birthday, she made the news:
A little girl named Katie Pettis, about six or seven years old, daughter of Mr. D.J. Pettis, was bitten by a dog this forenoon under the following circumstances: The little girl, in company with one or two others, was returning home from the post office, and on the way passed the Eppert House, on Washington street. A large dog belonging to the house lay on the walk, and as the little girls passed, a boy of about fourteen, who drives the omnibus for the house, hissed at the dog, probably more with the intention of scaring the girls than of doing any harm, but the dog, obeying the signal, bounced forward and seized the little Pettis girl in the face. Some men, who were near by, immediately jumped forward and took the dog off, but he had inflicted a fearful wound in the cheek and chin of the little girl. She was taken home and received prompt medical attendance, under which she is doing as well as could be expected. Mr. Ewald, the proprietor of the house, feels very badly over the affair, and offered to have the dog killed if Mr. Pettis desired it, but the dog has never shown any ugliness before, and would not in this case, doubtless, if he had not been set on by the boy, who is deserving of severe censure and punishment for the act. He is old enough to know better.

Bitten by a Dog, Winona Daily Republican, 2 August 1871, page 3.
Katie would probably have featured her wounds for show-and-tell, but hey, if you ask me, the newspaper story is pretty cool. What a kick it was to find this bit of drama from my great-grandmother's childhood! And I owe it to fellow geneablogger Denise at Moultrie Creek. She's been poking around the internet this week looking for online newspaper archives, found several, and shared them with the Genealogy Research Resources group at Diigo. On days when new links are shared, I receive them in an email from Diigo. When Denise's link to the Winona Newspaper Project landed in my inbox, I couldn't resist dropping everything to search it for pettis. The effort netted more than forty nuggets of Pettis family history. I'll be sharing more of them here soon, but this one is my favorite. Thanks, Denise!


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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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