I bought myself what I wanted for Christmas – a slide scanner.  I couldn’t put it under the tree and wait the next few weeks before I got a chance to use it.

Why wait?  If you didn’t know it already, I can be very impatient.:)

Later I’ll write a post on the model I bought and what I think of it.  I had it up and running very quickly.

And I have been finding such great pictures amongst these piles of slides.  Stuff I haven’t seen in years.  Stuff I had forgotten.

Like my 2nd birthday party, complete with Bert & Ernie cake.

Or my 3rd.  Gotta love Snoopy.

Or my 8th with a Care Bear cake.  I’m rockin’ that side ponytail.  Love the jelly bracelets all the way up my arm too.

I even found an embarrassing one of me powdering our entire bathroom.

And a great one of my brother!

And here is my other brother with a giant zucchini!

I am having so much fun!!!

  • Amy Coffin - December 10, 2010 - 11:47 am

    These photos rock. You made me laugh, especially the powder incident. I plan on scanning photos when I visit my parents over Christmas. Thanks to your post, I’m really looking forward to this. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 10, 2010 - 12:52 pm

      Have fun!!! I hope you find some good ones!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - December 10, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    Great pictures! Can’t wait to hear about the scanner. We’ve boxes and boxes of slides sitting in a closet to tackle…ReplyCancel

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I’ve been waiting on a death certificate for the final proof for my DAR packet.  I needed something that listed Matilda Jane Brittain’s parents and I had been hoping for her death certificate.  I can get it, but it’s going to take some waiting.

Lucky me, I got a present in the mail the other day.  A marriage record for Matilda’s second marriage, to Jasper Marion Miller.  It lists both of her parents!!!

Now I need to get all of my papers together and see if I can finally get this thing submitted!

  • Wendy Brittain - December 9, 2010 - 7:45 pm

    Hooray!!! Hopefully, we can both be accepted in February. Congrats on finding your missing piece. =)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - December 9, 2010 - 8:41 pm

    Wonderful!! Congrats!! I’m stuck in the early 1800s trying to make some connections. I’m hoping to hit the books hard during Christmas break to make some connections.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Norris - October 6, 2012 - 10:09 pm

    Did you ever get Matilda’s death certificate? I am related to Jasper Marion Miller. My husband may be related to Matilda and we are trying to chase that connection. It would be great if you could help. Thanks.ReplyCancel

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I have no idea when this picture was taken.  I actually don’t even know who is in it, but I am guessing that it is either Melhus or Sanchez family.  I think that the man on the right looks like he may have been a Melhus – one of Patricia Melhus Sanchez’s brothers.  This is purely speculation though.

Look at all of the tinsel on the tree!!

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I know for a fact that the woman in the bottom picture is my great-grandmother, Patricia (Melhus) Sanchez.  I am assuming that it is also her in the upper picture.  She looks to be of the same build and has the same tights/shoes on.  I am also assuming that these were taken on the same day since it’s pouring down rain in both – and in both she is holding a large bunch of flowers – what kind I can’t tell.

My question is, why was it so important to be picking these flowers while it was obviously raining outside?  It looks like a hot-cocoa-by-the-fireplace kind of day to me. And why take a picture of this?  Was she going to a gravestone with flowers?  I will probably never know, but I’d sure love to hear your ideas!

  • Susan - December 8, 2010 - 9:48 am

    Given how bundled up she is I suspect it’s late in the season. She could be gathering the last blooms, not wanting to lose them to the rain. A cemetery visit is another strong possibility.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 8, 2010 - 11:50 am

      She looks like an old babushka in the first photo, but she just seems way too dressed up in the second photo to be simply picking the last of the flowers. She has her cute little hat on. :) I just thought these were kind of odd photos.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Graham - December 8, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    The flowers look like they might be chrysanthemums (sorry about the spelling) perhaps she was rescuing the last of them before the first frost came? I guess it depends on where she was, and what time of year it was. It’s snowing cats and dogs here in Scotland :-(ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Casteel - December 8, 2010 - 12:30 pm

    Looks like she’s dressed for church in the second photo – so I think the cemetery visit might be in line.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)ReplyCancel

  • Nick Woods - December 8, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    The house is a lovely 2 storied cottage. It must have a large front porch, which can’t be seen in this photo.
    The clothes line is visible beside the garden. Note the heavy posts and the”Y” arms which hold the lines apart? The garden was well cared for, the supports for crops are in neat rows behind the flowers.
    Could it be falling snow & rain??
    The shoes were dress shoes. They had heels, and laced in front.
    Older women wore these all the time for dress up. I remember seeing my older Grandmother wearing these, then Grandma Davidson wore them.
    The hose were cotton type hose. They didn’t get runners like nylon and they wore very well. There weren’t many colors. Usually light brown and dark brown or black. (Nurses wore white ones.]
    The 1st picture was probably when your Great Grandmother picked the flowers. She was wearing her everyday clothes, but her good shoes & socks, & had a bandana tied over her nice hairdo.
    The next photo was when she was ready to go to the affair. It could be she had a bouquet of the last flowers from the garden for church or ? She’s smiling. A wedding?? That’s why I wondered if it was a nice affair not a funeral where she might be more thoughtful or sad in the photo.
    Do you suppose her husband or adult child took the photo? If it was during WW II mostly military personnel had film for cameras.
    Thanks so much for the photos, they bring back warm, good, memories of a happy childhood. Mom W.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 10, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    Thank you guys for your observations and ideas. It’s always nice to get someone else’s opinion.ReplyCancel

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Brantly Stafford


on the 10. of the 10. Mo.



71 Years

He is buried in Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie, Leavenworth County, Kansas.

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