I think that this might be one of my great aunts, washing her hair outside.
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.
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:
- Don’t miss out on tonight’s edition of Geneabloggers BlogTalk Radio. Bring Out Your Dead! Cemeteries and Genealogy. I’m hoping that I can make it. Bunco is calling though.
- Happy Fourth Blogiversary to Elizabeth O’Neal over at Little Bytes of Life. What an accomplishment!!
- My good friend, Cherie Cayemberg, has a great series of posts on the Peshtigo Fire over at her blog, Have You Seen My Roots?: The Great Peshtigo Fire: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, The Peshtigo Fire: Illustrating an Absence of Ancestors, Peshtigo- Why Did it Happen? and finally A Miracle from the Ashes. Great series Cherie!!
- I loved Linda Gartz’s post Falling in Love – 70 Years Ago at Family Archaeologist. I can’t wait to read her new series – I ♥ Love Stories!!
- Head over to Curbow-Montoya Family and read about the weatherman on Bikini Island on the day of Bravo Blast. What an interesting story!
- There are a lot of great Legacy webinars coming up!! Check them out!! I’m especially interested in “Is My Pet Frog a Part of My Family?”, “The Three C’s of Irish Research” and “It is Well With My Soul”.
- I love weddings. Check out Wedding Wednesday: Ed Lanctot and Maxine Slowey over at Are My Roots Showing?
- Dr. Bill reminded me that I have some loose ends in more recent generations that I have skipped for too long. I often focus on my lines a hundred or two hundred years back when there is so much I don’t even know about my own grandparents! His treasure this week was his great-grandmother’s obituary.
- If you happen to be in the El Paso area, this Saturday, October 15th, there will be a “Walk Through History” at the historic Concordia Cemetery. I’m hoping to attend. Just have to talk my husband into spending our weekend at a cemetery.
And a few pictures from this past week, because I can’t help but share…
I hope you have a great week!!!
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
- 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.
- 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.
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