I think that this might be one of my great aunts, washing her hair outside.:)

  • Wendy - October 19, 2011 - 5:24 am

    I’m sure that was quite refreshing, but whew that makes my back hurt just thinking about it.ReplyCancel

  • NoOceanInKansas - October 19, 2011 - 6:56 am

    Makes me appreciate my indoor plumbing and hair dryer all the more!!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - October 19, 2011 - 8:55 am

    Oh I’m loving the picture! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - October 19, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    It makes me wonder if they were camping, or if they just didn’t have a shower inside!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lanctot - October 19, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    Looks like something straight out of “South Pacific”! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Greta Koehl - October 19, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    I’m with Jenny – I felt like humming “I’m Going to Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” when I saw that picture!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lee - October 19, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    I was about say the same thing Greta! Great call!ReplyCancel

  • Dee - October 22, 2011 - 9:54 am

    Love that photo! Not a lot of women would let someone photograph them washing their hair.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - October 22, 2011 - 10:12 am

      I agree Dee!ReplyCancel

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I was surprised to learn that there is actually a Chinese Cemetery within Concordia Cemetery in El Paso, TX.  Who would have thought it?

Here is one of the tombstones, which I obviously can’t transcribe.:)

  • Cherie Cayemberg - October 18, 2011 - 4:58 am

    That is really neat! It makes you want to know more about the cemetery (and to read Chinese).ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - October 18, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    What an interesting tombstone! You are an awesome photographer. The cracked curb really adds to the context.ReplyCancel

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Is it really halfway through October?  I’m still in flip-flops here in Texas and I’m wondering when it’s going to cool down.  Apparently not any time soon. Do you still have warm weather or have you pulled out your sweaters and scarves??

I attended the local genealogy society’s meeting this week.  It’s so nice to actually meet with other genealogists in person, isn’t it?  I’m hoping to attend a DAR meeting next week and get the ball rolling on my membership paperwork again.  It’s been sitting in the file cabinet for way too long.

This week’s favorite finds:

And a few pictures from this past week, because I can’t help but share…

I hope you have a great week!!!

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Besides the wonderful picture that I was reunited with last week, the woman who contacted me also gave me a glimpse into my Grandma Eleanore’s life in 1941, when she was 18-19 years old. (when this picture was taken)

Her mother kept a diary, which thankfully mentioned my grandmother quite a few times.  This is very helpful to me, since I don’t have any diaries to read through.

What a treasure!!!!  I am so thankful that this woman took the time to find me, to send me the picture, and to write out the diary entries which mentioned my grandmother.  I can’t thank her enough.  It makes you wonder how many hidden sources are out there, just waiting to be found, doesn’t it?  And it really makes me remember that I need to be better about paying attention to who my ancestors were friends with – because they could often have pictures or diary entries about my ancestors!!

One of the interesting things that I discovered through this diary, is that my grandma appears to have attended the University of Washington for a while.  My mom had no clue that her mom had ever gone there.

Here are a few of the diary entries and some of my thoughts on them:

  • April 30, 1941.  “Elinor Bergman and I are going to “The Penthouse” tomorrow night to see “Holiday””.   The Penthouse Theatre was on the University of Washington campus.  It was a 172-seat theater with an elliptical stage and a domed ceiling. The following picture was found on Flickr.com

RPPC Ellis 1146 Penthouse theater

  • May 22, 1941. Ellie came over and we went to song fest….Bill showed us the back stage of the Showboat and we drove around until after twelve. I believe that song fest was an annual spring event at the UW.  Here is a picture of the Showboat Theatre.  I never imagined my grandma going to plays and driving around until midnight.:)

RPPC A363 Showboat theatre

  • May 27, 1941.” …Ellie came to the Commons at noon and had lunch with me.  We had 1:00 quiz and lab from 2-4.   Ellie met Paul at 4.” It appears that my grandma was in class at the UW in May of 1941, which confuses me a bit since she didn’t graduate from high school until June 10, 1941 (according to her diploma).  Maybe she started college classes early?  Any ideas?  I wonder who Paul was….:)
  • May 28, 1941. “I skipped my swim class and ate lunch with Ellie. Nan and Bill were there too – Paul asked Ellie to go out Friday night”  My grandma had a date!!!
  • June 2, 1941. “Ellie told me that she and Paul missed the bus after the show Friday night and he took her home in a taxi.”  I wonder if they missed the bus on purpose….
  • June 9, 1941. “Ellie made reservations at the “Penthouse” for Friday night.  It looks like grandma attended plays quite regularly!
  • June 10, 1941. “We all sat under a tree at the Commons and talked.  Ellie and I went down in the evening and got “Cokes” Fun!”
  • June 13, 1941. “…came by this afternoon and took me for a drive.   We went to Ballard and after much trouble found Ellie’s house!  … We went to the Penthouse.  Good show!…Ellie is staying here all night. Lake tomorrow”  My grandmother lived in Ballard, a neighborhood in Seattle.  It had a large Scandinavian population – and her parents were both from Sweden.  Her friend lived in another part of town.
  • June 15, 1941.  “At Pine Lake. We slept late, about 1 o’clock….Ellie and I went swimming before we ate.  The water was fine…Ellie, Dad and I were going to stay all night but 11:30  and decided to come in town. Val, Rex, Charlie, Ellie, and I saw a beautiful view of the lakes.  We went to Dave’s and then danced at La Pine.  Ellie is sleeping with me tonight.”  It sounds like grandma was having a great time with her friends!
  • June 23, 1941.  “Ellie called me up and she got an A, C, and D on her grade sheet. I got a C, C, C.”  It sounds like grandma was having more fun than studying!!!:)
  • July 9, 1941.  “I called Ellie this evening.  I haven’t seen her in a long time.”
  • July 12, 1941. “Ellie came over this afternoon and we went to town and saw a show. When Mom got home from work, we went to the Lake and got there after midnight”. 
  • July 13, 1941.  “We got up rather late.  Ellie and I went swimming twice.  John Isaacson went in too.  We had a bonfire on the beach this PM…It was a lovely day and this PM too.  We didn’t get to bed until 1 o’clock.” 
  • July 16, 1941.  “This was the hottest day in Seattle’s history. 99 degrees.”  No wonder why they were spending so much time swimming at the lake!
  • September 22, 1941. “Ellie called this AM and came over.  I gave her the little souvenirs I had bought her…”
  • September 29, 1941. “I started back to school….I saw Ellie in Chem.  I had lunch in the Commons and met the old crowd.”  Apparently Grandma continued school into the fall.
  • October 6, 1941.  “Ellie, Adele and I had lunch at the Chalet this noon…”
  • October 9, 1941.  “I studied in the library with Ellie and Adele until noon today.”
  • October 25, 1941. “I slept late and then got ready to go to the football game… Ellie and I waited for Adele.  We walked down to the stadium.  We lost 13-7 but it was a good game.”  Thanks to Wikipedia, I found out that the Huskies were playing the Stanford Indians this evening.
  • December 7, 1941.  “This may be the Most Important Day in modern history. Japan has declared war on the U.S. and has attacked Hawaii, Wake, Guam, and the Philippines.  The whole west coast is in a state of emergency and it is all so frightening…”  I can’t even imagine what a scary day this must have been!  Especially living on the West Coast.
  • December 11, 1941.  “I worked at the phone company again this PM.  I came home with Ellie and Don.” I believe that this “Don” is actually my grandfather, Donald Sanchez.  They were married in July of 1943. 
  • December 16, 1941. “…Ellie came home to dinner with me and then we went to work from here. Then Don and Ellie brought me home again.” I wonder if she also worked at the phone company.
  • December 31, 1941. “I got up rather early this AM and went down to meet Ellie and Adele at the Paramount and saw Louisiana Purchase.  Wow was it good.”  Louisiana Purchase came out on this day, so it sounds like they went to the opening show of this Bob Hope movie.  I think I might have to add this one to my Netflix queue since I’ve actually never seen it before.:)
  • Wendy - October 13, 2011 - 6:15 am

    What a wonderful post! Isn’t it fun seeing our parents and grandparents as young people? The Dec 7 entry is especially interesting — gave me chillbumps reading the thoughts of someone there in the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Shoer - October 13, 2011 - 7:01 am

    Absolutely amazing and an even more amazing woman to have shared all of this with you. She is a geneaangel for sure.ReplyCancel

  • NoOceanInKansas - October 13, 2011 - 7:17 am

    Thanks for sharing! This was a great read. Also, love your site!!! I can tell you’ve put a lot of time into it.
    Happy Thursday!ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - October 13, 2011 - 8:22 am

    Priceless! I was also especially interested in the December 7 entry – another glimpse into a historic day.ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - October 13, 2011 - 8:23 am

    Oh, and since I live in the Seattle area and my daughters both graduated from UW, it was also especially interesting to read about places that I can visualize.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - October 13, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    You are right…what a great treasure!ReplyCancel

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  • Sheryl - October 16, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    What an awesome find! It’s really cool how diaries can provide glimpses of what our grandmothers were like when they were young.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lee - October 18, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    What a wonderful treasure! And it is hard to believe how much “fun” she was having back in 1941!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - October 19, 2011 - 11:58 am

    Cool! That is a treasure!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lee - October 20, 2011 - 11:42 am

    And I was just thinking… this was a summer in the middle of WWII! What was she thinking? LOL! As noted in the friend’s journal… it wasn’t really made real to Americans until 1941 when Japan attacked…. So it is not just our era of “not in our face not on our minds” it was even an epidemic in 1941 during WWII.ReplyCancel

  • […] at “Climbing My Family Tree“,  has a good post this last week about her Grandmother, A Glimpse into my Grandma’s life: 1941. What an amazing treasure she received & shared with everyone. Her grandma seemingly had a […]ReplyCancel

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The following testimony was given by my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather.  He was not an actual witness to the murder, but he gave testimony as to what he knew.  This was published in Kansas Affairs (Report of the Special Committee appointed to investigate the troubles in Kansas with the views of the minority of said committee) in 1856.

Life in Kansas Territory at this time was definitely not dull!  Charles Dow was murdered on November 21, 1855, near Lawrence, KS.

John C Davidson called and sworn.

I live about 8 miles from here, and about 4 miles from Hickory Point. I know Mr. Buckley and Mr. Coleman and Mr. Hargous, and had seen Dow once or twice before he was killed. Since Dow was killed, I heard Mr. Buckley say, that on the day of the difficulty, he went to Mr. Hargous to help him kill a beef. At dinner time, Mr. Coleman came to Mr. Hargous’ with a gun and looked rather mad; and when asked to eat some dinner, said that he did not want any. They asked him what was the matter? And Coleman said he had been driven off his claim. There was nothing more said about it then; and Mr. Buckley said that after he got through dinner, he got on his horse and went to the grocery near Mr. McKinney’s to get some tobacco and a horn. From the grocery, he said he went to the blacksmith’s shop. At the shop he found Mr. Dow. Someone had told Buckley, so he said, that Dow had said something about him but he did not tell me what it was. He and Mr. Dow said, talked the matter over, and Mr. Dow denied ever saying anything of the kind; and he told me that everything was right between them. He did not tell me how he got to where Dow was killed, and he did not tell me he was there. He said that after Dow was killed, a Dr. Chapman came on, and Coleman said he wanted to give himself up. Buckley said that Mr. Coleman wanted him to go with him and he went to the mission with him. But he said if he had known that he would be implicated in the matter by going with Coleman, he would not have gone. Buckley told me that Coleman had shot Dow – that Mr. Dow had driven him off his claim. He said that before this, Mr. Dow had had his claim marked out, and when the reserve line was run, it threw Mr. Dow’s claim over on Coleman’s claim. Mr. Coleman was engaged in burning of lime, and Mr. Dow came and told him to stop; and he wouldn’t do it. And Dow went down and got Mr. Branson; and when Coleman saw them coming, he left. He told me that the controversy about the lime kiln took place the day of the murder. There were not witnesses subpoenaed in our neighborhood, and no examination made of the charge against Coleman that I know of.

John C Davidson
Lawrence, K.T. May 3, 1856

  • Debi Austen - October 13, 2011 - 8:17 am

    Fascinating. I wonder why he bought a horn at the grocery store.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - October 20, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    Very exciting! Love a good story.ReplyCancel

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