Last month, we picked up this rocking chair from my husband’s grandma.  Her parents, Clyde and Rose (Hollingsworth) Davidson, had it since they first set up house.  Clyde rocked his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in that chair.  It is truly a family heirloom and we are very thankful to have it.

My husband is a great woodworker.  He sanded the old varnish off and simply oiled it down.  Isn’t it beautiful?  The last part of his project is putting a new cushion on the seat.  I love old furniture, especially pieces that have family history like this one.

  • Jo Graham - December 23, 2010 - 10:08 am

    I’m sure you’ll all enjoy rocking in it all the more, thinking about all the family who have sat in it :-)ReplyCancel

  • Susan - December 29, 2010 - 2:38 pm

    What a wonderful heirloom to have! The only thing better than a rocking chair is one broken in by your family.ReplyCancel

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Just what we all need, right? Can you imagine something being marketed as the “toilet mask” in this day and age?

This is from the Spring 1905 Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalog, but it looks like the same ad was in the 1899-1913 issues.  I wonder if it was a big seller.

  • Amy Coffin - December 22, 2010 - 10:04 pm

    Acid-cured transparent rubber? Sign me up!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Graham - December 23, 2010 - 3:21 am

    Your post title conjured up some odd visions! A mask for the toilet? A mask to wear in less-than-perfect public WC’s? I wonder if you were meant to wear it overnight in bed? Not an attractive look! :-)ReplyCancel

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From left to right: Mina, Albert, Roselie, Joseph David Hollingsworth, Ora, Rosanna Jeanette (Pewsey) Hollingsworth.

Their home was in Tonganoxie, Leavenworth county, Kansas.  It is small and simple, but beautifully made.

Mina, Albert, and Roselie were 3 of Joseph and Rosanna’s 5 children.  Ora was their grandson, son of their son Michael, who died of typhoid fever in 1896.

Ora was born in 1894, and Roselie in 1890, so my guess is that the picture was taken in about 1896-1897.

  • Susan - December 22, 2010 - 9:30 am

    I am completely smitten by this picture. It seems to perfectly represent those families settling on the plains. The house IS beautiful and such a testament to their plans and hopes. I’m rambling here, but this just took my breath away this morning. Thanks for sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Woods - December 25, 2010 - 1:13 am

    Jennifer, the house is still standing in Tonganoxie, Kansas.
    It was built by Joseph David Hollingsworth for his family.
    Little Ora Hollingsworth, is the 1st son of Michael Hollingsworth and his wife, Betsy(?). Their baby boy is sleeping in the house.
    This is in September or October of the year Michael Hollingsworth died. His wife had left after their baby was born.
    The photo was taken by a photographer.
    Mother said her Mother, Rosalie Melissa, said The Photographer has asked them to all stand still and not move. A chicken had walked across the yard, little Ora saw the chicken, never moved his head, but his eyes followed the chicken from one side of the yard to the other.
    Joseph & Rosanna were caring for their 2 grandsons as well as their three other children. Their oldest daughter, Mina Treat,was married and lived in the Caldwell, KS. area with her husband. comments by Granddaughter of Rosalie, “Mom W.”ReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 25, 2010 - 10:35 am

    Thanks! That is funny about the chicken. :) We’ll have to go and see the house next time we’re in KS.ReplyCancel

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December 21 – Christmas Music
What songs did your family listen to during Christmas? Did you ever go caroling? Did you have a favorite song?

When I was a kid, I remember listening to Elvis Presley’s Blue Christmas Album and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Didn’t most kids in the 1980’s listen to the Chipmunks at Christmas? I shudder to think of how many times I listened to that cassette tape.

I know that we caroled once or twice as a kid.  I can’t seem to recall what for though – maybe with Girl Scouts or youth group?  I do remember caroling with my German and French classes in high school.  They went together – and I just happened to be in both of them.  I always loved languages. We sang “Stille Nacht”, “O Tannenbaum” and “Ode an die Freude”, amongst others.

I posted some of my favorite Christmas songs on my Blog Caroling post, last week.

Here are a few more from Enya, which I think are absolutely enchanting.   They aren’t what I listened to as a kid, but maybe I will start a new tradition.:)

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