I love it when newspapers post things from 10, 20 or 50 years ago on that date. This particular obituary is for my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather, Hedger C. Pierce. It was in the “Twenty Years Ago Today” section.  I was surprised and excited to find it. It was in the 18 December 1912 edition of the Bridgeton Evening News, Bridgeton, New Jersey.  Have you ever had a great find in one of these sections?

Hedger C. Pierce, an old soldier, died at the home of his son, Ward Pierce, 196 Broad street.  He had been in poor health for several years.  The deceased was a member of the Tenth Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers.

  • Mariann Regan - June 3, 2013 - 11:30 am

    Yes, I too like the “twenty years ago today” billing. Let’s see, Tenth Regiment, New Jersey volunteers. Is this a state militia? Is this why they call him an “old soldier”? Or was there another war that he had participated in on a national level? It is indeed great to have an ancestor’s anniversary marked.

    In my family, the only newspaper anniversary I can think of is the 75th anniversary in 2009 in the Sumter, SC newspaper of my Uncle Coit (in 1934) as a young motorcycle officer, stalking and shooting two armed robbers at the Claremont Hotel in Sumter. He got the robbers as they were in the act or robbing the safe and threatening the hotel clerk and the elevator boy with guns. Uncle Coit killed one robber, but the other escaped, wounded, and was later found. Eventually Coit became Chief of Police. (All in my book.)ReplyCancel

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Here is yet another great photograph of my 3rd great-grandmother, Louisa Pottgen Thornton (1836-1919).  This was taken by H. A. Seymour in Sioux City, Iowa.

  • Mariann Regan - May 30, 2013 - 9:31 am

    Here she looks more wistful and thoughtful. And what an attractive lace collar!ReplyCancel

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This is the gravestone of Palmer M. Melhus (24 Oct 1900- 31 July 1966), son of Peter Lornts Melhus.  He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Dunseith, Rolette County, Nebraska.

  • Mariann Regan - May 28, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    I have a special respect for WWII veterans. My father was in WWII, an Army Captain/Major.ReplyCancel

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Austin Agee was a brother to my great-grandmother, Viva Lena Agee Edwards.
Their father, Ari Austin Agee, died in 1938. Austin signed over his interest in the inheritance (not that it was a lot of money) over to his wife, Cleo.  I’m not exactly sure why he would do this.


I, Austin Agee, of full age and under no legal disability, do this 7th day of July 1938, assign, transfer, and _______ any and all interest that I have in the estate of my father Ari Austin Agee, late of the County of Ringgold and the State of Iowa, to my wife, Cleo Agee, for the sum of One Dollar and other valuable consideration, the receipt thereof is hereby acknowledged, and I further authorize the person or person whosoever in charge of his estate to pay my inherited interest to the said Cleo Agee, she having bought my interest in the estate of my father.

Dated at Hastings, Nebraska

{signed} Austin A. Agee

{signed} Ernest Johnson, Notary Public   Adams County, Neb.

  • Mariann Regan - May 27, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    Interesting. Why was this step even necessary? Maybe there was some tangle in the state law that would have prevented her automatically receiving this inheritance as his wife? Or some peculiarity in the will? Or maybe his father had something against her.ReplyCancel

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