I am so thankful that this last week is finally over.

Everything we own has been packed and is on its way to Texas.

Our house has been scrubbed and vacuumed and cleaned.

We turned the keys over and are now sitting in a hotel room – with high speed internet thankfully!

Now we’re just hanging out for the next few days until my husband takes off with the younger kids and I head to Charleston next week for the conference!!

I’m getting SO excited!:)

The only trouble I’m having is deciding which classes I’m going to attend.  So many choices…

  • Michelle Goodrum - May 4, 2011 - 12:27 am

    At least you get to be homeless while you are at a national genealogy conference! Sounds like nirvana of sorts.

    I’ll be interested in hearing how things go in Charleston and what you learn.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - May 4, 2011 - 12:39 pm

      True Michelle!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Roelker - May 4, 2011 - 9:32 am

    What a familiar photo! This is the best time of a PCS…no more packing or cleaning and not quite time to search for a house and unpack. Good luck and enjoy!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - May 4, 2011 - 12:39 pm

      You’re right! It’s so nice to know that the hard part is done and that we have a month of leave before unpacking everything!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shaz - May 4, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    You are certainly going to enjoy the conference.
    And you will find that there are always more
    than one lecture you are interested in at the
    same time. Here’s a hint: If you can, sit
    near the back on an aisle (unless it’s a huge
    room). That way if after a few minutes you
    decide the lecture is not what it appeared to
    be in the syllabus, you can leave and arrive
    a little late to the other one of interest.
    Sacrilege, I know, but better to be a little
    obvious in leaving, that sitting through some
    thing you don’t like. I’m going to attend the
    So. Cal. Jamboree in June and there is one two-
    hour lecture that overlaps with a one hour.
    I’ve already decided that I will do the first
    hour of the two-hour and leave for the other
    lecture — unless I just can’t tear myself
    away. I’ll be anxious to hear your impressions
    of both the conference and Charleston. When
    we lived near Beaufort I loved both Charleston
    and Savannah (A little more prejudiced toward
    Savannah). I don’t miss the humidity, however.
    Safe journey to El Paso, too.ReplyCancel

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The following obituary was a clipping belonging to my husband’s grandmother.  There was no newspaper info or date on the clipping, but I know that the family lived in Tonganoxie, Kansas and that Mr. Davidson died July 31, 1913.

Three Accidents Prove Fatal

A succession of three accidents proved fatal to John Clifford Davidson last Thursday morning about half past eight o’clock, at the home of his father-in-law John Osborne five miles southwest of town.  Mr. Davidson was in his 23rd year and lived north of Pleasant Prairie school house.  The Sunday morning preceding his death he noticed the fire on the farm occupied by Shelby Walker and jumped on a horse, and rapidly rode several miles to the place of the flames.  He evidently injured himself in some way on the trip for he returned complaining of his back.  Tuesday morning he started with a hay rack to help Mr. DeHoff thresh over in the Pony Creek neighborhood.  In going down the Millar hill a neckyoke broke and the horses could not hold back the wagon on the steep incline.  There is a stone fence at the foot of the hill and one of the horses went over the fence and the hayrack was upset.  The rack caught Mr. Davidson and he was injured in his back again but he was able to put the rack back on unaided and keep on his journey.  After he had unloaded a load of wheat at the DeHoff place the wagon struck a small ditch and he was thrown on his back and injured a third time.  He, however held out till noon and after dinner started back home in a buggy.  When he got as far as his father-in-law’s he was in such pain that he could go no farther and he stopped.  Medical attention brought no relief from his injuries and he was in such pain that large quantities of morphine had to be administered to relieve him.  His sufferings ended Thursday morning.

Funeral services were held in Hubbel Hill Cemetery Saturday by Rev. Ballard, and the young man was there laid to rest.

John Clifford Davidson was born in this township December 18, 1890, and has spent all his life here.  On October 6th, 1910, he was united in marriage with Miss Hattie Bertha Osborn, who with one daughter survives him.  Beside the wife and baby he leaves a father, sister, and four brothers as well as many other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

Card of Thanks

We wish in this manner to thank the many friends and neighbors for their kind assistance and sympathy during the sickness and death of our beloved husband, father, son, and brother.  We also desire to thank the Fraternal Aid, the singers and the pall bearers for their extra efforts, and for the beautiful floral offerings.

Mrs. Hattie Davidson and family. Thos. Davidson and family.

I find his death so heartbreaking.  He was so young (23), had only been married for 3 years, had  a young wife and a baby, and what this article doesn’t mention is that his wife was also pregnant.  He died on July 31st and his wife gave birth to a son on September 19th.

I wonder what his the injury to his back may have been.  It must have been pretty bad to have killed him.

  • Dee Blakley - May 1, 2011 - 9:32 pm

    Oh wow. That is so sad.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Cayemberg - May 2, 2011 - 9:44 am

    I agree! Very heartbreaking! If you order the death certificate make sure to let us know what it says!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Palmer - May 12, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    How did you cite that obituary? I have several clippings of newspapers that do not have the date or newspaper information on them. Just wondering… :)ReplyCancel

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Here is my second installment of “Shopping Through the Ages”. To read last week’s post, click here.

This week, I found some great buys in the 1897 Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalog.  Come shopping with me!

Let’s start with men’s fashion. These guys look very dignified.  I wonder if my ancestors dressed this stylish.  Even farmers had to dress up and go to church, right? Can’t you picture these men strolling through Central Park?  I’m sure many of our hardworking ancestors were wearing the clothing to the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The catalog includes pages and pages of different styles and fabrics.  It is a daunting task to choose the perfect outfit. If you can’t make up your mind, why not have it all?  The Reversible Revolving Bosom is the answer to your problem.  “You can amuse your friends by changing the color and pattern of your shirt at a moment’s notice”.  Wow.  I’m sure this was a big seller.:)This was probably my favorite find from 1897 – just for the pure absurdity of it.  Isn’t it hilarious?

Let’s move on to some fashion for women. Aren’t these tea gowns lovely?  1897 is definitely still in the poofy shoulders era.  I suppose the big arms make your waist appear even smaller.  I thought the “collarettes” were quite interesting too – sort of in between a cape and a scarf.


Maybe you were too skinny though and needed a bit more padding in the spots that count.  No fear!  Sears had you covered. Literally.

I thought these “fascinators” were well,  fascinating.  They look very exotic.  I’m not sure where you would wear one of these.

And how about these poor little boys?  I don’t think I’ve ever seen such frilly blouses as the ones to the left – even on a girl.  I think they would have been laughed off the playground wearing these to school, don’t you?  The second outfit isn’t quite as girly, but reminds me a lot of Little Lord Fauntleroy. And look at the poor saggy baby diaper.  I used cloth on my own for a number of years, so I can understand!

One of my favorite departments is medicine.I always find the medicinal ads so fun to read. “Nerve and Brain Pills”, “Pink Pills for Pale People”, “Female Pills”, “Arsenic Complexion Wafers” “Obesity Powders”, “Pasteur’s Microbe Killer”.  I am very thankful for modern medicine!undefinedundefined
It’s fun to see what new contraptions they had in the kitchen too.  What about this gasoline stove?  Apparently “any child can operate it”.  Would you want your child operating a gasoline stove?


Have you ever heard of a polyopticon?  I hadn’t. It appears to be kind of like a slide projector, except not slides.  If I understood right, you use pictures.

Anyone up for a game? This sounds….interesting.

There were some very odd flavors of chewing gum.  Not sure if my kids would go for these…

Anyone up for some light reading? I wonder why this didn’t become a classic.

Need some exercise?  How about a trapeze bar?

Or a football?

Or maybe a new baseball uniform?

On a more serious and somber note, have you ever seen one of these grave guards before?  I wonder how sturdy they were and if they lasted through the years.

I posted this a few months back, but I had to include it here also.  Dog Power. Am I the only one that finds this funny?  Dogs churning butter.

I lived for three years in Alaska without one of those automatic ice makers (it was there but for some reason it wasn’t hooked up).  I was annoyed that I had to use ice cube trays.  I should be thankful that I didn’t have to “shred” my own ice.:)

Have you ever heard of a lamp chimney stove?  It was a small “stove” that fit onto the top of a lamp.  You could then boil water on your lamp.  This looks really dangerous to me.  Boiling water, balancing on the top of a lamp.  I can’t decide which one of my kids would be the first to knock it over, but I know that I definitely would have passed on this one.

Maybe you’re thinking of repainting your dining room.  How about some lead paint?

And lastly, I’ll leave you with this “Wood Butcher’s Set”.  My husband is quite the carpenter, so I don’t think this small set would be adequate for him.  I however am mechanically challenged and I would definitely “butcher” the wood.  Have you ever heard this term before?

I’ll see you next week, when we go shopping through the 1898 catalog.:)

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Well, all of my worldly possessions have been boxed up and are being put onto a truck and driven to El Paso today.  I could care less if my TV breaks or my shoes get lost.  I’m praying that all of my genealogy documents and pictures make it though.  It always makes me nervous having to transport them across the country.

Oh, and that reminds me, I need to add the dates we lived here in Savannah to Legacy (only 11 months by the way!!).  I always wondered why my ancestors moved around so much and wished that I had exact dates for when they were at different places.  I’ve since realized that it’s hard for me to remember when we’ve moved from place to place over the past 12 years we’ve been married (this is move #6).  I’ve since started keeping track of that for my own descendants (and for myself!).:)

You would think that I was super busy this week with preparing for the move and that I didn’t have any time to surf the internet.  I was busy earlier this week, but as our things were being packed up these past two days, I kept out the way (with the kids) and let Andy handle dealing with the movers.  I took the kids to a place called “Monkey Joe’s” yesterday and blissfully sat on my laptop for three and a half hours while the kids bounced and played and ate pizza until they collapsed.

Here are some of my favorite finds this week:

  • The post “The Culprits Detected” over at Luxegen Genealogy has really made me think about all of the extra “stuff” in my sidebar.  Is my webpage taking way too long to load?  When I have a some free time, I’m going to run my blog through the tests and see what I an do to improve my load time.  I am thinking that I might create a “page” to put all of the links/etc. on so that they’re still there if you want to see them, but they won’t cause the site to be so slow.
  • I loved this tea party photo at Climbing My Family Tree (my “twin” site – we share the same name).
  • Jaisa, of Creative Gene, has a great Technology Review posted this week.  I love reading about what gadgets and sites others use in their research.
  • Head over to Curbow-Montoya Family and read Judy’s post entitled “July 18th – One Day in 1949 –”  It’s beautifully written.
  • Kerry from Clue Wagon will have you in tears with her post Breaking News: Scientists Pinpoint the Origins of Piles of Genea-Crap.
  • Since I home school my children, I always try to incorporate their ancestors into our history studies.  I want them to see that history was experienced by “real” people.  Someday, I would love to teach some basic genealogy classes to either a homeschooling co-op or maybe a Girl Scout troop.  I want kids to get excited about their ancestry.  Professor Dru over at Find Your Folks had a great post  – “The Thrill of Teaching Historical Research and Genealogy to Youth” – about the classes she’s currently teaching to young people. So inspiring!
  • Cheryl didn’t make it to the final cut for The Great Swedish Adventure.:(  She did make it incredibly far though!  Many of us have enjoyed following her experience and are very proud of her.  Head over to Heritage Happens to give her a pat on the back.
  • My good friend Cherie, over at Have You Seen My Roots?, did us all a favor and created a blank 1900 census sheet which we can type on and save!! She’s a genius.:)
  • Joan Miller (Luxegen) - April 29, 2011 - 11:15 am

    Thanks for the mention! The fine tuning on my website has made a big difference so I’m glad I searched out the “culprits”. Still more to do but at least it is on the way.

    All the best with your move.ReplyCancel

  • Marian Wood - April 29, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Jen, good luck on your move! I’m sure your genealogy treasures will arrive in perfect condition :) And many thanks for mentioning my blog. I’m quite honored! Take care, MarianReplyCancel

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This is the “Pewsey Salt Dish” which was given to us by my mother-in-law.
It belonged to someone in the Pewsey family – perhaps Rosanna Jeanette Pewsey Hollingsworth.  She was born in Canada in 1851.  Both of her parents, David Charles Pewsey and Alpharetta Althier Harmer were originally from England.
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It is fairly small. Of course, I have nothing to compare it to.  I don’t own a “salt dish” in my own tableware set.  Do you?

Apparently, these were used before people had salt and pepper shakers.  You could take a pinch of salt from the dish.

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I love the raised pattern just inside the rim.undefined

I had originally thought that this piece may have been brought with the Pewsey family from England.  After doing some research, I realize that could not be true.

It was made by Johnson Brothers in England.  From what information I could find online, this company began in 1882.  The Pewseys left England in 1843.  David died in 1887 and Alpharetta in 1891.  It still may have belonged to them.undefined

I did some more sleuthing on Replacements.com and Ebay.  I found that the pattern is called “Lace”  You will notice the name above the Johnson Bros stamp.  It appears that there is a newer pattern which is also called Lace, and so (Older) seems to be added to the description for this above pattern.

I couldn’t seem to figure out when this was produced though.  Are you a china expert?  Any ideas?

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