I just love looking through old newspapers.  It’s so entertaining!

I was doing some searches on www.GenealogyBank.com, looking for my husband’s Cossaboon ancestors in New Jersey, and I found this strange news article (no relation that I know of). Very interesting…


Stuck in a Woman’s Foot It Comes Out at Her Head.

Special to The Republic.

Clayton, Pa, March 27 – Mrs. Mary C. Cossaboon stepped on a needle 28 years ago.  It entered her right foot and was never removed.  While combing her hair yesterday Mrs. Cossaboon felt a pricking sensation on the top of her head, and in a few moments pulled out the needle.

During three years she had experienced no pain until a few days ago, when she noticed a sore spot on the top of her head, where the needle came out.  It was as bright as new.


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The young woman on the left is Roselie Melissa (Hollingsworth) Davidson.  I am unsure as to who the girl next to her is, but she has some very large bows in her hair!

The data I have with the picture says that it was taken in 1917 in Hastings, Nebraska.  I’m wondering if that is correct though.  Does the clothing fit in with 1917?  That would put Rose at about 27 years old, since she was born in 1890.  She would be married with 2 kids and living in Kansas in 1917 (neither one of her kids would be old enough to be the child in this picture).  Could this possibly be from 10 years earlier, when she was 17?

Any thoughts are appreciated.  🙂

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I’ve been blogging for about 5 years now (although only for a year as a geneablogger).

When I first started out, all of the badges and widgets in my sidebar were randomly placed. Some to the left. Some to the right. Some centered.  It looked awkward to me.

HTML code is scary though and I had no idea how to fix my badges and make them beautifully centered in the middle of my sidebar.

Somewhere along the way, I figured it out.  And it’s really simple.  Like, why-didn’t-I-figure-this-out-earlier simple.

And I want to share it with you fellow bloggers who might not already know how to do this.

All you need to do is go into the area where you add your widgets and open it up to where the HTML code for your button/badge it.

At the very beginning of all of that code, add <center>  and at the very end of all of the code, add </center>

That’s it.  Easy peasy.

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Week 12: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place?

This challenge runs from Saturday, March 19, 2011 through Friday, March 25, 2011.

I was born in 1976, so my childhood was spent in the 80’s.

I watched movies like The Goonies, Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, The Karate Kid, and the best movie ever made – The Princess Bride.  That movie has the best quotes ever in my opinion.  My husband and I use them often and we’ve passed them on to our kids.

We didn’t go to the movies much when I was younger.  I was the oldest of 4 and taking that many kids to the theater is expensive (trust me I know now that I have 5 of my own!).

I think that I was about 7 or 8 when we got our very first VCR.  The magic of VHS.  We could watch movies at home!  And we did – a lot!.  We would head down to the local movie rental store and grab a few on weekends, but we mostly just watched the movies that we owned – over, and over, and over again.

One thing that we did do once in a while is head to the drive-in.  Cheaper rates, you could easily bring your own food, and get comfy in your car (or more often in the back of a truck on a mattress). Plus, it was always a double feature, so more bang for your buck!

Amazingly, that drive-in is still open.  When I went back to visit my family this past summer, I took all of my kids to the movies.  I just made sure that I parked next to the bathrooms. 🙂  I wish that there were more drive-ins still around.  They seem to be dying out, don’t they?

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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Dr. Elam Stafford was the brother of my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather, Eli Stafford. They were both sons of Thomas Stafford and Elizabeth Boswell.
undefinedDr. Elam Stafford died at the residence of his niece, Mrs. Dan Bradbury 815 Second avenue, February 26, 1899, aged 73 years; death resulted from a stroke of paralysis.  The funeral was held from the residence February 27th with interment in Forest Cemetery. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Sarah Stafford, and a daughter Dr. Emma Richardson.

Dr. Stafford was an old time resident in Oskaloosa and for a long number of years followed his profession, having a very lucrative practice.  He was also at one time auditor of the county. Failing health compelled him to go west, where after remaining a short time he again came to Oskaloosa. Of late months he has been living with his daughter, Mrs. Dr. Richardson, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He came to Oskaloosa on a visit last Friday evening and when he arrived here was not feeling well. He went to the home of his niece, Mrs. Bradbury, and during the night the family, hearing a noise, went to his room and found him unconscious. He died Sunday morning about 4 o’clock, not having regained consciousness.  His wife and daughter were telegraphed of his serious condition, but did not reach Oskaloosa until about three hours after his death.  They were compelled to return to Cedar Rapids Monday evening owing to the serious illness of Mr. Lafe Richardson. Many friends deeply symphathize with them.

I found it interesting that Elam’s daughter, Emma, was a doctor also.

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