Week 3: Cars.  What was your first car? Describe the make, model and color, but also any memories you have of the vehicle. You can also expand on this topic and describe the car(s) your parents drove and any childhood memories attached to it.

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.

I don’t think I have any pictures of my first car.  It wasn’t anything to brag about. I was thankful to have something of my own to drive though.  I can’t even remember what type of car it was.  It was a 1978 and it was a huge green boat of a car.  It had belonged to my Grandpa, Ed Thompson.  Soon after that,  I began driving another big car, this one a cream-colored 4-door Chevy Nova.  Not super-exciting either.  When I left for the Air Force, I was carless for a couple of  years.  It kept me in shape!

Since I have nothing exciting to write about my own vehicles, I thought that I’d focus this post on my Grandpa Don Sanchez.  He was an auto mechanic and had an obvious love of cars.  The majority of the pictures I have of him include a car.   He had his own mechanic shop for a number of years.  I think that I need to read up on cars a bit – I might have an easier time dating some of these pictures!

I found this picture among these things.  My mom had said that she thought it was the place he owned with his brother, Floyd.   Unfortunately, all I can read of the sign is “ARAGE”.  Not very helpful.:)

In this one though, I can read “Burien Service Associates”.  A clue. There is another small sign behind the car, but I can’t read it.

And this, I believe is one of my Grandpa’s nephews.  I thought the Indian on the car was interesting.

And I wonder where he is in this picture.  Doesn’t it look like he might be on a track or field of some sort.  Those are a lot of steps behind him.

Even though I have no idea what any of them are, I like looking at them!:)

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This post has nothing to do with my own family history.  I’m just naturally drawn to cemeteries, as many genealogists are.

Bonaventure Cemetery is very beautiful.  The interesting old gravestones and hanging Spanish moss make it different than most.

This particular gravestone, of a little girl named Grace Watson, touched me.

She was only 6 when she died on a pneumonia in 1889.  Her father was the manager of a big hotel and she was a favorite of many of the guests. When a sculptor named John Walz came to town, Grace’s father had this gravestone carved from a photograph of his little girl.

I guess it just gets me, because it’s not often that you can actually “see” the person as you’re walking through the cemetery. Have you ever come across a gravestone like this before?

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This is a stretch for Madness Monday.  No, he wasn’t crazy, but he was drunk and acting crazy.

I found this in the Omaha World Herald, dated March 3, 1907.

Solomon Madison Hattery was my great-great grandmother’s brother.  He seemed to live a pretty rough life.


Solomon M. Hattery. Demented or Drunk.  Gets in Way of Illinois Central

Solomon M. Hattery, of 1737 South Seventh street was struck by an Illinois Central passenger going east at 6:30 o’clock last evening.  He stood on Broadway between Sixteenth and Seventeenth and the engineer was right upon him before he was noticed.  Shrill alarm from the whistle had no effect for it struck him and knocked him some distance to one side.  The train was stopped the man picked up and he was conveyed to the depot and from there taken in the ambulance to the new hospital.  There a careful examination disclosed no broken bones and the man was decided to be very much under the influence of liquor.

Hattery was picked up demented last summer and taken to the hospital.  It is said that his wife has left him with the intention of procuring a divorce and that this fact is believed to be responsible in a measure for the condition in which he was found last evening.

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This is another Genealogy Bank find.

Theodore F. Sanchez was my great-grandfather. I never met him, because he died before I was born.

The obituary is from the Seattle Times, dated 30 March 1962.

Theodore F. Sanchez

Funeral Services for Theodore F. Sanchez, 89, a retired barber who died in a hospital Wednesday, will be at 1 o’clock tomorrow at the Washington Memorial Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Washington Memorial Park.

Born in Ottumwa, Iowa, Mr. Sanchez came to Seattle 35 years ago.  He resided at 6518 40th Av. S. W.  He formerly was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.

Survivors are six daughters, Mrs. James Keene, Mrs. Leonarda Radovich and Mrs. Dwayne Runte, all of Seattle; Peggy Sanchez, St. Paul; Mrs. Clarence C. Hansen, Minneapolis, and Mrs. Arthur Loraas, Wayzata, Minn.; two sons, Theodore F., Jr. South San Francisco, and Donald Sanchez, Lynnwood; a sister, Mrs. Nanny Morgan, Ottumwa, 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

This death notice was further down on the same page:

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One of the interesting articles I found with my new GenealogyBank.com membership, was this article on my husband’s great-grandfather, Nicholas Van Cossaboon.  He was a Methodist Minister and apparently had allegations of misconduct brought against him.  They seem to be unfounded though and the investigation was dropped. I’m sure that he wasn’t thrilled that this was in the paper. This was published in the Bridgeton Evening News, on July 10, 1909.


Declares That He Did Not Kiss Her or Act in Improper Manner.


Stewards Sustain Pastor Cossaboon, Asserts District Superintendent N.J. Wright.

The following dispatch, under a Bridgeton date line, appeared in the Philadelphia Ledger this morning.

BRIDGETON, July 9 – Allegations of unbecoming conduct made by Mrs. Elmira Scull, wife of a farmer, against the Rev. Nicholas V. Cossaboon, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Churches of Dennisville and South Dennis, are not likely to be subject of further investigation by the church authorities.

On three separate occasions, Mrs. Scull declares Mr. Cossaboon made proposals to her which caused her to request him to leave her home.

The Rev. N.J. Wright, superintendent of Bridgeton District of the Methodist Episcopal Church, said last night that the matter had not been brought to his attention officially and he did not expect that it would.

“Unless the affair assumes a more serious phase,” declared Mr. Wright, “I will take no action.  I understand that the Boards of Stewards have paid no attention to the woman’s assertions, deeming them without foundation.  No charges have been made and the stewards attach no significance to Mrs. Scull’s statements.  The stewards will stand by the pastor.”

Stewards of the two churches were to have held a joint meeting last night in Dennisville, at which it was expected accuser and accused would meet face to face.  The three church officers from South Dennis did not attend.  Their brethren informed Mr. Cossaboon that they would take no action, at least for the present.

At this moment, Mrs. Scull stepped up and grabbing the pastor by the coatsleeve exclaimed: “Mr. Cossaboon, I hear you deny that you misbehaved at my house?”

“I do, ” replied the minister.

“You deny that you insulted me?”


“You deny that you kissed me?”

“I do”

“Well, you may deny it before these gentlemen, ” said the woman, “but you cannot deny it to your Maker.”

Mr. Scull, who stood by his wife, said after her colloquy with the preacher:

“He called at my house the first time, the Friday after Decoration Day.  He said something then that my wife resented and twice after that he visited her and said things he shouldn’t say.  If I could have met him alone when she told me about it, I would have trounced him.”

Mr. Cossaboon after the meeting said “Nobody who knows me believes these charges.  I cannot understand why this woman should so malign me.  I have made several pastoral calls upon her, but only in the interests of her family and the church.

“Some time ago I made a remark about the number of children she had, and I understand she and her husband take offense at it.  I think it made them have a grudge against me, and I believe that my work for the Law and Order League has inspired animosity against me by individuals who are eager to circulate any evil report about me.”

Mrs. Scull is 34 years old and the mother of six children, the eldest whom is 13.  Mr. Cossaboon’s accuser is not a member of either of his churches.  He has been in charge of the two congregations two years.  Mrs. Cossaboon is outspoken in her belief of her husband’s innocence.

Dennisville is in Cape May County, on the Reading’s line to Cape May.

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