I have spent this week in a hotel room, with nothing much to do except tell the kids to be quiet.  (I’m so sorry to whoever has to share a wall with our hotel room!! )  At least we’re on the bottom floor, so their jumping and running around isn’t bugging people below us. 🙂

Since we’re done with our homeschool year, I no longer have a house or any household responsibilities, and I’m just looking for things to do, I was able to get a lot of reading done this week.

  • I was so excited to read about the new “World Memory Project”. What a wonderful idea!!
  • My friend Cherie was hard at work again this past week and created a 1790 census form, which you can input your information onto.  Thanks Cherie!!
  • I hate that I have so many unidentified photos in my collection.  (I’m glad to have them, I just wish that I knew who was in them!).  I love to hear stories of solved photo mysteries.  Cynthia of Heritage Zen had someone contact her this past week and identify a lovely couple which she posted last year.  That’s one of the many reasons I love blogging! 🙂
  • Have you ever heard of a Housewife’s diploma?  I probably could have used one of those before getting married. 🙂  I loved Jo’s post about her tree-climbing granny and her diploma over at Images Past.
  • Heather of Leaves for Trees had a beautiful post about WWI embroidered silk post cards.  They’re gorgeous!!
  • If you’re attending the NGS Conference next week and you “tweet”, note that the hashtag for the conference is : #ngs2011  I’m planning on trying out my Twitter skills a bit more during the conference. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to like it as much as Facebook.  Am I alone?
  • Debi from Who Knew? had a great post about her great-great grandmother’s certificate, which she had restored by a professional.  After taking Maureen Taylor’s Legacy webinar the other day, I was interested to see someone use a pro to restore their document.
  • The 105th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is out!  Head over to Creative Gene to read about everyone’s favorite current technology. Submissions to next month’s Swimsuit Edition are due by June 1st, so pull out those pictures of your bathing beauties. 🙂
  • How many of us can claim we have a goat-trainer in our family tree?  Wendy’s tales of her Grandpa John are always amusing.  He must have been such a character!!  On another note, if you can figure out why her ancestor, Frederick Harmon Brittain,  was in jail in OK in 1900, she’d be forever grateful.
  • Michelle’s series on using land records to solve genealogical problems was very encouraging.  I often find myself less than excited about land records, even though I know that they are a valuable resource.  Head over to The Turning of Generations to read the entire series.
  • Amy of The We Tree Genealogy Blog found her #16! What a wonderful gift for her to be able to give her 83-year old grandmother – the names of her grandparents.
  • I loved the post “Confessions of a Genea-Conference Groupie” over at Luxegen Genealogy and Family History.  If I had a babysitter, I’d definitely attend more conferences!
  • And lastly, in case you missed my earlier posts, I have started highlighting a year each week (or so) as I shop through the Sears Catalog.  I’ve posted 1896 and 1897. 1898 will be posted tomorrow.  I have had so much fun paging through the old catalogs!
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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…

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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.

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