- A first aid kit.
- Bug spray.
- Business cards.
- a Donation to help defray costs of annual family cemetery care, renting the park shelter and stationery/postage for reunion reminders.
- Family historians = bring your laptop, scanner or recording devices and/or spiral notebook and pen.
- Family memorabilia to share = photo albums with ancestors or new family members; or scrapbooks of newspaper clippings to announce baptisms, births, deaths, graduation, honors, marriages, sporting events, etc.
- For Pool, if open to public = entry money, modest bathing suits, flip flops, beach towel, sunscreen, water bottle. Optional = nose plugs, ear plugs, swimming cap, flotation devices, and money for the snack bar.
- For Potluck = main meal, sides, dessert, iced drinks in cooler, picnic tablecloth and table clips, disposable dinnerware, paper towels or napkins, waterproof matches, plastic trash bags.
- Lawn chairs.
- Musical Instruments = if you can play a kazoo, pick a banjo, guitar or a fiddle or sing, by all means, bring it on!
- Name tags.
- New Address? = Bring a sticky address label with it for me!
- Samples of your handiwork, recipes, seeds or plant starts to share.
- Sign-up sheet on clipboard and pen.
- Sun and Heat Protection = Caps, fans, hats, sunscreen, water bottle.
- Toiletry items = paper towels, toilet paper, water in a jug, and wet wipes (in case the park’s johnny-on-the-spot runs out or if the water hydrants are shut off like last year). Two ideas: a. cut a fist size hole out of the top of a clean milk jug or bleach bottle, leaving the handle on, to carry toilet paper and a small pkg. of wet wipes to the concrete commodes. b. Poke holes into the screw-on lid of a milk jug with an ice pick, fill jug with water, and fasten lid for washing up. Fasten a roll of paper towels to the lid of a cooler with a bungee cord.
- Toys for the young'uns like badminton rackets, balls, bats, Frisbees, Pitch, and squirt bottles.
- TV Trays (if city double books the shelter by mistake again) = Food and Drink park.
Monday, June 13, 2016
What to bring to your next family reunion:
Be There Or Be Square! :)
Thursday, May 12, 2016
|Facsimile of US Flag|
In the Rush family, I have observed that Decoration Day is practiced religiously. I don't know how it came to be such an important tradition in the life of this family, but it has been practiced every year by both David's grandparents and continuing the custom, his parents.
Right after I met David, I was invited to come down to meet his grandparents and to their Decoration Day commemoration picnic at the Rush Chapel Cemetery. I was unfamiliar with this ritual of eating together at a cemetery, because my immediate family did not observe it nor did any in my circle of friends. Most of our family members were scattered across Kansas and Oklahoma and we only saw them twice a year -- during Christmas and mid-summer holidays from school. Only after I had become a member of the Rush family, did I learn there had been a pioneer Methodist church on the spot where their picnic was held that had been torn down sometime in the 1960s. Family came from near and far to decorate the graves of their loved ones with flowers and it was almost a family reunion of sorts. Since the cemetery is located in hilly terrain between Mary's Home and Tuscumbia, Mo., when driving between all the parked cars on the downhill slope of the gravel road became somewhat of a problem, someone suggested moving the family reunion to Eldon where it has been held every year since then at the Air Park, however, decorating the graves is still practiced.
Recently I learned about how Decoration Day came to be. It seems that on May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Commander-in-Chief, John A. Logan, Jr. of Illinois, by General Order No. 11, had assigned May 30, 1868, as a memorial day which was to be devoted to the strewing of flowers on the graves of deceased comrades who had died in the defense of the country during the Civil War. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a national organization begun in Decatur, Illinois on April 6, 1866 for former Civil War Union soldiers and sailors who served between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865. It was organized to preserve brotherly feelings between veterans and to provide for those in need of assistance -- orphans, widows, and disabled servicemen.
Ironically, John A. Logan, Jr. was the son of Dr. John Logan, Sr. whom Logan county, Illinois was honorably named for as suggested by his friend, Abraham Lincoln. My third-great Grandfather, Elder Martin White, was the first elected representative of Logan and (Dane) Christian Counties in the Illinois State House of Representatives (1840-42) after they were divided from Sangamon County, IL.
Decoration or Memorial Day has come to be a national holiday, not only for decorating soldier's graves but also for decorating the graves of family members who have passed on. To David's knowledge, there were no GAR members in the Rush or allied families, however there were several who fought on the Union side, namely Jacob Bittle, Granville Carrinder, Wm. S. Golden, Levi Morgan, Rufus B. Roberts, James M. Rush, John Wm. Rush, and Alexander Sullens.
More to Read:
1.) How Rush Chapel Came to Be
2) The Photographic History of the Civil War: Armies & Leaders. Edited by Robert S. Lanier. Fairfax Press, New York, 1983.
3.) Elder Martin White biography
3.) Elder Martin White biography
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
I just found the coolest thing on Pinterest -- Ancestor Trading Cards. This website will tell you how it's done:
Update (4/20/2016) : These cards are similar to the Kansas State Historical Society's Trading Cards: click here for details about them.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
What’s the official name for postcard collecting? Deltiology. Postcards are the third-largest collectible, behind coins and stamps according to the Flea Market Style magazine. Postcards reflect history and cultural customs with pictures that depict buildings, travel destinations, advertising, and photographs of people like your ancestors.
To date old postcards, therefore getting the approximate date your ancestral photograph might have been taken, this list gives the general times as to when these type of cards became available or were popular.
US Post Cards -- to 1898
Private Mailing Cards (1898-1901)
Undivided Back (1901-1907)
Divided Back (1907-1915)
White Border (1915-1930)
Real Photo Postcards (1900-Present)
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I compiled a "Paper Postcard Unit Study" for our son when he was homeschooled. Click here if you would like to review it.
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Update: There will be a Postcard Show coming to Lenexa, Kansas on June 24-25, 2016. My hubby and I went to one in Lenexa several years ago and I could not believe the variety of postcards that were being sold. In addition to the historic genre, they had artsy postcards and papers as well. Check out this website for other shows being held near you. You might just find a missing relative's photo, a photo of their business, the church they attended, or an event they participated in just like the postcard we found on vacation below. This mountain in Colorado was named for one of my hubby's distant Stout cousins, Zebulon Montgomery Pike. To read a short biography of his life, click here.
|D. Noble. Cooper Post Card Co., Colorado Springs, CO, USA.|
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Here is the current Missouri Law concerning protection of cemeteries and the consequences of defacing or destroying any part therein:
From the Missouri Revised Statutes -- Chapter 214, Cemeteries, Section 214.131 (passed into law in 1987).
Tombstones, fences, destroying or mutilating in abandoned family or private cemetery, penalty--abandoned or private burying ground, is defined as
214. 131. Every person who shall knowingly destroy, mutilate, disfigure, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument or gravestone, or other structure placed in any abandoned family cemetery or private burying ground, or any fence, railing, or other work for the protection or ornamentation of any such cemetery or place of burial of any human being, or tomb, monument, or gravestone, memento, or memorial, or other structure aforesaid, or of any lot within such cemetery is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. For the purposes of this section and subsection I of section 214.132, an "abandoned family cemetery" or "private burying ground" shall include those cemeteries or burying grounds which have not been deeded to the public as provided in chapter 214, and in which no body has been interred for at least twenty-five years.
Source: "History Spotlight: MoSGA Fights to Protect Abandoned Cemeteries." By Martha Henderson, MoSGA Historical Director. Show Me State Genealogical News, Columbia, MO, Spring 2014. Vol. 35, No. 1.
Monday, January 4, 2016
Brand: Craft Smart #409173
Found this tombstone rubber stamp in the bargain bin at our local Michaels Craft Store this afternoon (1/3/2016). Must be a leftover from last Halloween, but it works just perfect as a decorative element for heritage photo scrapbook albums.
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Sunday, January 3, 2016
- A birth certificate shows that you were born, a death certificate shows that you died, but a scrapbook shows that you lived.
- All in the Family
- A man is born with his relations; he picks out his friends for himself.
- Ancestors Activist
Ancestors run in my family
Ancestors R US
Ask me about my ancestors!
Beware! Genealogy Fever is Contagious!
- Blessed is the man who hears the gentle voices call him grandfather.
- Born to be an Ancestor!
- Days gone by.
- Every family is a history in itself and even a poem to those who know how to search its pages.
- Families are tied together with heart strings.
- Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at the people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.
- Family History: A Neverending Story!
- Finding my roots bit by bit
- Folk Finder
- Forebears & Heirs Genealogy’s Law = The one document you need to prove your ancestor’s line is lost due to fire, flood, or war!
- Genealogy: A Celebration of Heritage
- Genealogy: A Key to the Past.
- Genealogists are ancestrally challenged!
- Genealogists are into Relative Riches
- Genealogists are pioneers into the past!
- Genealogists are Time Travelers
- Genealogists are Tree Tracers.
- Genealogy is my cup of tea!
- Genealogy Detective
- Genealogy Fever: It's Inherited!
- Genealogy: Life in the Past Lane!
- Genealogists Haunt Cemeteries
- Genealogy is a Past-time.
- Genealogy -- Piecing together the Past
- Genealogists Invest in Family Bonds!
- Genealogists look for lost leaves.
- Gone Ficheing!
- Grandma's are antique little girls.
- Hangin’ with the Family.
- Have Roots, Will Travel
- Heritage Hunter
- He who has the most surnames in the end "WINS!"
- How blessed I am, how fortunate I've been that you are my Daughter-in-law and also my friend!
- I'm the crazy aunt everyone warned you about
- In Loving Memory.
- It’s all in the Genes!
- Leaves of Time
- Love and laughter makes a happy family.
- My family tree is full of nuts.
- My life in a nutshell.
- My Roots.
- One Big Happy Family.
- Our family is like fudge sweet with a few nuts in it.
- Our family is a patchwork of memories and love.
- So Many Ancestors, So Little Time!
- Success is relative. The more success, the more relatives!
- The best antiques are grandparents.
- There are many treasures in Grandma’s attic, but the old button box is my favorite.
- This is our branch of the family tree.
- This is what an awesome dad (brother, uncle, granddad) looks like!
- Treasured Times
- When A Child Is Born, So Is a Grandmother
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
- Years Gone By
- You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your relatives.
- You won’t make a place in the sun by sitting in the shade of the family tree.