Wednesday, February 25, 2015

From the Paper Trail

Lately, I've been keeping busy with sharing information with new-to-me relatives who have found a couple of the little biographies on my History Nut blog, extracting and transcribing old magazines for the Missouri State Genealogy Association Journal (MOSGA), which by the way, the first in a series of extraction articles called "Missouri Contributors to National Women's Magazines" has been published in the newest issue (Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, 2014).

Have a great week!
Postscript Note: The second of this series has now been published! Mr. Hough, the editor, is looking for other submissions. My articles will be ending as of the last issue of this year (2015), although I have more I could contribute. If anything I have extracted has been helpful to your relative research or if you have enjoyed reading the articles, please contact Mr. Hough and express it. Thank you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hannah's Heirship Letter

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1735 Thorndale Ave.
Ravenswood Station

April 18, 1929
Dear Folks All,

I received Frank's letter written early in April, and also the one with the heirship proof that papa had made out last year this morning.

I am very busy packing up my things to get them ready to put in storage. I have no help from anyone unless I hire them at $1.50 an hour for labor, and that counts up pretty fast. I can get the Janitor to help me carry heavy things upstairs but real help comes very high. I sometimes wonder how people can charge and pay such high wages. It cost more to put things away and pay rent on them than it does to buy new things, almost, only the new things are such poor stuff. You pay a big price and get little back in value, compared to what you got a few years ago.

Am glad Mabel got through having her baby all right, and am anxious to know how the baby is getting along after what you said about its throat.

Am so glad you got Mr. Lorenz to let you have the ground you wanted. Guess he wanted to be as sure as he could be that he wouldn't be gypped by a dishonest man again. He had experience in, I believe So. Dakota, and Florida and lost quite heavily. He wanted to go slow the next time. Clarence wrote your mother while she was east on her visit about them drilling for oil in or near Elkhart. Can you tell me what is going on and what the prospects are for oil?

A conducted trip such as I am going on is ideal in many ways especially for one travelling alone as I have to. We have guides in nearly every port we stop. We are put up at first class hotels and am sure of good rooms without the worry of hunting rooms in a foreign city. Don't have to worry about changing our money into the coin of the country we are in. Guides take us to the most interesting and important places. The company we go with get Visas for us for every country we visit, (that is a permit to land in these foreign ports), furnish all means of transportation for us while we are ashore, and especially in Palestine, and Egypt, and Syria. We are to have a guide who instructs us from the Bible. We study each day from the Bible the places we are visiting and in that way places and events will stay with us better.
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Many say its cheaper in the end to travel as I am going considering the service they give us, and the protection we have. I would hesitate to go on a long trip such as I am going on, from June 18th to Sept 10th (from New York back to New York) all alone for if I got sick, who would look after me? Living and travelling alone has many disadvantages.

The letter you sent me from Mr. Wehking in St. Louis simply means, it takes a lot of money to fight a case in court especially the higher W.S. Courts. Most of the officers of the Emerick Heirs Association are poor men and they have it the money to take out of their own pockets and fight the case alone. The Association should come forward and each one contribute toward this expense. If the court decided the case in favor of the Emerick Heirs, then there will be one grand rush of heirs to claim a share. They are not willing to help pay for the fight and take a chance of losing but they will want a big
share in what others have fought for and won.
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Cora Bircher, in her last letter to me says there is a J.D. Butcher in Pennsylvania who can give dates of Alexander and his wives. If that is true, then that is a big victory for Alexander & his heirs getting in on this claim. She also says she was told that Attorney Hay, who is lawyer for the Emerick Heirs Association, is going over to Holland, to Amsterdam and search the records for to see what he can find out about the estate in Holland. That will be interesting if its true for he knows how to go about it, and I would not know the first step to take. These are things I hear and I pass them on to you as I hear them. Ellsworth says he wants to join the Association but I haven't written him about it. Now that I have the papers papa made out, I can, when I get time send him a copy of what papa sent in.

Many names are misspelled in the paper papa had made out. I shall spell them correctly when I send them to Ell.
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Quite awhile ago, but since Christmas I wrote Uncle Henderson and Ray that I would like to have them pay the note Ray owes me. Neither of them have written me a word in reply and I do not know if he is going to pay it or not.

I wish you would write me at once for I may not get your letter if you don't. I don't know yet where I am to stay until I leave Chicago about May 30th so I can't give you any address to send me mail later than Apr. 26th I have to look around for a place to stay until I go away.

I hope you Frank and Lawrence are planning to pay up the loans I made you last summer. I will be away from United States when they fall due. The way Lawrence kept me uneasy last summer over not paying up when he promised me faithfully he would has cause me to be uncertain as to what to expect of him this summer. The letter you wrote me two weeks ago you never mentioned your mother's name as to how she was or how she was getting along since she came home. I will send you the Heirship Proof papers in the near future.

Love to all,


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Patti Page (1927-2013): A Tribute

Used by permission.
There were 11 Fowler children born to Benjamin and Maggie between 1910 and Christmas Day, 1929. On album liner notes and print interviews -- the children were just a number; here, they are Hazel, Daniel Benjamin, Trudie Jane, Sarah Louise, Mack Bolin, Charles Edward (Ed), Rema Ruth, Ruby Nell, Virginia Bell, Clara Ann, and Margaret Ellen (Peggy). Why mention them? That’s simple: Christmas is about family!
Their father worked on the Midland Valley Railroad in Eastern Oklahoma and supported all 13 of them on less than $50 a month; their mother picked cotton to augment that income. Over the years, a highlight of every family get-together became a happy time of reminiscing as each Fowler sibling related knee-slapping, laugh-until-you-cry stories – and how they tried to hide everything from their strict mother, Maggie. The Fowler family was rich beyond words when it came to their memories. They all had beautiful singing voices but there was one musical storyteller in the group who could interpret a story in song, who set the world on fire with hit after hit from 1948 until her last charted single in 1980. Through her final interview in December 2012, that storyteller reiterated that she wanted to be a commercial artist; she never wanted to be a singer. But “It just worked out that way. I guess God had other plans for me,” exclaimed Clara Ann Fowler, a.k.a. Patti Page.
The world lost one of its greatest ladies of song when Patti Page passed away on January 1, 2013. She left us a storehouse of recordings to cherish.
From our extended Fowler family to yours, here’s a heartfelt wish --
in every Christmas season –
you love, cherish, and enjoy your family and friends.

More to Read:
1. The Liner Notes from the tribute 2013 CD recording of “Christmas with Patti Page.”
2. Patti Page Relatives Preserve Her Life: Tim Akers and Dena Roeder
4. Baltimore Radio's Tribute to Patti Page
5. Wikipedia -- Patti Page
6. Travel Oklahoma's Tribute Page to Patti.
7. Oklahoma's Music Hall of Fame -- 1997 Inductee
8. Mohalo - Patti Page
9. Findagrave #103010674
In the News!
1. Oklahoma State Historical Society (insert "Patti Page" into their search engine for current exhibit info)
2. OKPOP Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (ditto for current exhibit info)
3.  Brandy McDonnell's Blog

Here's a sampling of some of Patti's songs:
(click on lower right hand corner of Youtube videos to enlarge screen)

Christmas Song

Happy Birthday, Jesus!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Findagrave's Community Day!

Spray bottle full of water (only)? Check. Cemetery map? Check. Good shoes for walking? Check. List of photo requests outstanding? Check. Ok, I think most of us are set for our first ever Community Day taking place tomorrow (Saturday, October 18th).
We are pleased to see events scheduled around the world - some in the US include San Francisco (CA), Kansas City (MO), Lansdowne (PA), Knoxville (TN), Bristol (CT), and Victoria (TX). In Canada, folks are gathering in London (ON),... Lethbridge (AB) and on Pender Island (BC). In Australia? Join your mates in Minchinbury! You can check out the full list here:
Don't see your city/cemetery on the list yet? It is not too late to add it! Enter the city where the cemetery is located and then add the details. Make sure to promote it on your Facebook page, on Twitter, Google+, etc. to get other folks to join you. Oh, and be sure to take a photo of *yourself* at the cemetery tomorrow and post it on Facebook (or Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtag ‪#‎FGDay‬.  We want to see your smiling faces and want to share all the good work you are doing with our global community! And we want you to have this badge too. Because we love you. Have fun!!
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David and I are a day late and a dollar short. I didn't see the notice about Findagrave's Community day until it was too late in the evening for visiting cemeteries and taking photos.

Blue Ridge Cemetery, Grandview, MO

Blue Ridge Cemetery, Grandview, MO.

So this afternoon we decided to visit several small cemeteries within a five mile radius of the area of south Kansas City, MO. where I grew up. 
New Santa Fe Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

All of these cemeteries have already been read and placed on Findagrave, but wanted to take snapshots of us at the front gates.

Mt. Pleasant--King Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

Martin City -- Klapmeyer Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.
It was a beautiful day for walking and our dog, Lily, enjoyed it too! See you on Findagrave! 
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Decoration Day

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, that I learned 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 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.

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.

Ironic Twist: The John A. Logan of Illinois mentioned above was the son of Dr. Logan whom Logan county, Illinois was honorably named for as suggested by his friend, Abraham Lincoln. My third-great Grandfather, Rev. 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.
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.
4.) Rev. Alexander Sullens biography

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Butterfield Overland Mail Company

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To keep up with the pace of territorial expansion of the United States and to establish mail routes through it, in March 1857, an Act of Congress authorized the Postmaster General to hire a company to convey letter mail from a point on the Mississippi River to San Francisco, California for six years. So on the morning of September 16, 1858, the first overland mail from St. Louis, Missouri to San Francisco, California, under contract with John Butterfield's Overland Mail Company, began its first westward trip of approximately 2,651 miles.

Mr. Butterfield (1801-69) persuaded the Postmaster General that the most practical route from St. Louis would be west to Jefferson City, then southward through Springfield to Arkansas where it would merge with a wagon coming from Memphis, Tennessee. On the first leg of the trip, Mr. Butterfield personally accompanied two leather mail pouches from the post office to the train, leaving St. Louis at 8 o'clock in the morning, traveling all the way to Tipton, Mo, arriving at 6:00 pm. Waiting for his father at Tipton, young John Butterfield rushed down the old Boonville Road, arriving at the station on the northeast corner of the square in Springfield four hours ahead of schedule around 3:15 pm on Friday, September 17, 1858. Beginning again at 4:00 pm, dashing along the Wire Road, the mail wagon arrived in San Francisco 24 days later.

Each relay station was ten to twenty miles apart along the route and teams were harnessed and waiting in advance of the wagon's arrival to save time. Jumping off, the driver's grabbed a bite to eat, transferred the mail bags and drove off down the line. Stations in Missouri were: near Tipton (1858), Syracuse (1859-1861), Florence, Cole Camp, Warsaw, Fairfield, Quincy, Elkton, Bolivar, Brighton, Springfield, Cassville, and Seligman.

More to Read:

1. Butterfield Overland Mail. by Waterman L. Ormsby, special correspondant for the New York Herald. Huntington Library Press, 1850; reprinted 2007.
2. The Butterfield Overland Mail markers along the route. 
3. "Butterfield Overland Mail Co.." By F. P. Rose. The Battle of Pea Ridge 1862. Pea Ridge National Military Park, P. 31-37. Repository: Midwest Genealogy Center, Mid-Continent Library, Independence, MO
4. Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge & Prairie Grove: A Battlefield Guide with a Section on Wire Road. By Earl J. Hess, Richard W. Hatcher III, William Garrett Piston, and William L. Shea. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Neb., 2006. Pp. 229.
5. Butterfield Overland Mail Route
6. The Driver's Guide to the Butterfield Overland Mail Route: Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. By Kirby Sanders. Heritage Trail Partners, 2008. Vol. 1.
7. Trails West

Places to Visit:
1. Jefferson Landing Museum, Jefferson City, MO.
2. Markers along the route -- See Historical Marker Database
3. Morgan County Historical Society Museum, Versailles, MO.

4. Wire Road near the Battle of Wilson's Creek National Park, Republic, MO.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Weekend Ramblers

One habit that remains with us is the learning lifestyle from our former homeschooling days. Long extended vacations remain out of reach of our pocketbook, so we watch armchair travelogues on our three channels of the local PBS TV station KCPT of faraway places and take weekender holidays to explore our home states of Missouri and Kansas.
Kansas City's Passport to Adventure

Locally, there is a Passport program called "Kansas City’s Passport to Adventure" we have participated in several years in a row (fully completed one year), the Missouri state parks had a passport patches program we almost completed, and the Missouri Conservation Department had a Lewis and Clark Passport Pin Program we completed two years running. My husband would like to do a Orienteering geo-cache program next.
Missouri State Parks Passport Program

We pack in as much as we can in one weekend, visiting historical sites and cemeteries for family research as well as hitting thrift stores along the way. I take a journey bag with me which includes a travel diary (spiral notebook) and pen to record when and where, a camera, state and county maps, passport program booklets, scissors to trim the grass around flat gravestones and a large paintbrush to brush it off. Also included are mosquito and tick spray, bottles of water, our laptop, and change for photocopies if we happen to stop in a library or historical/genealogical society to do a little research. It is fortunate for us that most of my husband's family resided in central Missouri and some have only recently began to emigrate to the larger cities of Missouri.
2005 MO Conservation Louis & Clark Passport Program

If we are planning a weekend jaunt, we usually make a trip up to the Missouri Tourist Welcome Center off of I-70 highway (Exit 9, 4010 Blue Ridge Cut-off) above the Kansas City Ball Stadiums for FREE tourist brochures along our route and to pick up a new Missouri Vacation Guide. There are a couple of little free advert-papers like "Discover Mid-America" that cater to shopping locations that we also take. Recently while attending an Order No. 11 Memorial Marker Dedication at the Butler, Mo courthouse lawn (3-22-2014), we learned of a new tour guide by Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart called "The Big Divide." It features historic and Civil War sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region. We found a hard copy that we ordered through our local library, but there is an e-reader version if you wish to take it on the road with you available through their website.

2006 MO Conservation Louis & Clark Passport Program

And speaking of weekend jaunts, the annual Rush Reunion is coming up the second weekend of July. We still snail-mail out reminder sheets every year to the event. If you aren't on the list and would like to be, please leave a message in the comments below. I have comment moderation set up on this blog so unless I have your permission to do so, I will not publish your home or email address under this article.
[Postscript: I found this article on cleaning gravestones along with a list of supplies needed here. ]