Saturday, September 19, 2015

Border Ballads

My husband and I enjoyed Hank Roberts' and Tom Refiner's "Border Ballads" concert down at the Bates County Historical Society Museum in Butler, MO. this morning along with a donation luncheon afterwards.

Tom wrote two books about Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing's Order No. 11 that affected the citizens in Jackson, Cass, Bates, and the northern edge of Vernon County in August of 1863. My 3rd great-grandfather, Martin White had passed away by that time ( April 21, 1862), so it didn't affect him, but it did his wife, Kiturah, and the rest of their family. They heard about the order a little late, so only had a few days before the deadline to vacate Bates County. They moved across the county line into Henry County about half-way between Germantown and present-day Montrose, Mo. They lived there until after the Civil War and then returned home. One third of the citizens of Bates County returned and those that did, had to pay back property taxes during the years of the war. Those who could not afford to pay, forfeited their land.
Tom had an idea for a collaboration after hearing Hank's concert during the Order No. 11 Memorial Marker dedication last year in Butler (March 22, 2014). Hank agreed and the rest is history, so to speak! Tom gave Hank especially moving stories he read during his research which Hank composed into ballads. He sang a few today as a teaser to their CD which has thirteen songs altogether.  I purchased Tom's second book today for $25.00 -- "Cinders and Silence: A Chronicle of Missouri's Burnt District 1854-1870." Burnt District Press, Harrisonville, MO. 2013, which he signed for me.  As in his first book, "Caught Between Three Fires," Tom wrote about Martin in his second also, but with a correction to the story concerning Martin's "demise" at the hands of Charles Jennison.

You see, Martin had been "killed" a number of times in the papers since the summer of 1856 in the territory of Kansas and Missouri, but, then, oops!, he shows up alive somewhere.  I know several recent authors who have mistakenly written about Martin's death based on one or two newspaper articles, however, at the time that Jennison supposedly killed Martin in Morristown, MO., Martin was on his way south to Republic, MO.  (Wilson's Creek) with the Missouri State Guards. And speaking of Wilson's Creek, Tom is currently researching R.L.Y. Peyton  who was Martin's Colonel in the Missouri State Guard. You can find all about his other projects on his website.

To purchase either Hank's CD's or Tom's books, please visit their websites which are linked into their names above in the first paragraph. By the way, my husband took a photo of us together for my blog post today. Thanks, guys! You did good!  :)


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Millard and Ethel Akers

Photo courtesy of Aker family
Rev. Millard Merle Akers (1890-1945) = Carpenter, School teacher, Farmer, Minister. Millard was born to Oliver and Clara Isabelle (Shaffer) Akers in Linn County, Kansas near Mound City on August 7. The Akers emigrated to Seward County, KS. Millard learned the carpenter trade from his father and then became a school teacher when he grew up and taught two years after he married his wife, Ethel Julia (1890-1974; great-granddaughter of Elder Martin White) on November 6, 1910 at her parent’s home, Alfred Jefferson and Fannie Viola (Bogart) White, east of Liberal, KS.
To this union, six children were born – Richard, Alfred, Fannie, Nellie, Arlene, and Donald. Richard, Alfred, and Don owned menswear clothing stores in Kansas – Richard, Pioneer Men’s Store in Elkhart; Alfred, Al’s Clothing in Kinsley; and Don in Dodge City. Fannie worked in the canteen at the Veterans Hospital in Wichita, KS; Nellie was a nurse and Arlene was a teacher and pastor’s wife.
Millard and Ethel moved to Baca County, Colorado after his school teaching days to a claim about fifteen miles west of Elkhart, Kansas. During this period of time, he felt God calling him to ministerial work. He pastored Church of God (Anderson, IN.) churches in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, and Florida. He was the pastor at the Liberal, Kansas church when his youngest daughter, Arlene was born. Millard filled the pulpit of the Pleasant Prairie Church of God near Satanta, KS. from time to time during the year of 1938-39 when the church was without a pastor. He was in Beaver County, Oklahoma at the time of his death with cancer on November 4, 1945. He was buried in Liberal’s city cemetery and Ethel was laid to rest next to him.

* I have happy memories of spending a week with Great-Aunt Ethel at her home in Liberal, KS during campmeeting one summer. She lived in a tiny bungalow across the street from the Church of God campmeeting tabernacle. Ethel’s granddaughter also had the privilege of staying that week too. Donna and I went shopping uptown, bought some liquid dip film in a can and wire to make plastic flowers from the dime store that was all the rage then and spent our week making bouquets of flowers to donate to the ladies missionary store on the campgrounds. The WOCG supplied linens and craft items to sell and the money collected went to help support Church of God missionaries, like Edna Thimes.

More to Read:
2. Haskell County, Kansas. 1887-1987. 100 Years Beneath the Plow, A Historical Anthology. Ed. By Janice Lee McClure, Haskell County Historical Society. Mennonite Press, Inc., Newton, Ks. 1988.
3. “The Old Timers: As I Remember Them” by Chester C. Tucker. Printed c. 1963
4. White’s Family and Their Kin. Mrs. Gladys Esther White O’Neal and Elma Leota White Stoops. Paper Graphics, Garden City, KS; 1983.
5. Findagrave #10328566
6. Elkhart Today, Episode 23

Places to Visit in KS:
1. Church of God campgrounds, Liberal
2. Pleasant Prairie Church of God, Satanta
3. Morton County, Kansas Historical Museum, (Pioneer Men's Store exhibit), US Highway 56,  Elkhart 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Nuts to Brick Walls

"Brick Walls" are when you've come to the end of your ancestral line research and you can go no farther. If you can't break through, because information is not available to you at that precise moment or what you found may be incorrect, then you might have to take a little detour around the brick wall. Find another family expert and pick their brains to see what they know, however, be forewarned, some genealogy nuts are harder to crack than others.
I've been researching one particular ancestor, Martin White,  and have found much new information which  has enriched the historical environment he lived in. I have found some of his FANS (friends, associates, and neighbors) and, with the help of others, have uncovered journals and letters by these people that mention him.  
A girlfriend sent me this funny this morning, knowing that I'm a history/genealogy nut too. Enjoy!
Nuts in the Cemetery

On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. "One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me, " said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.
Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, 'One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me!' He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. 
'Come here quick,' said the boy, 'you won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!' 

The man said, 'Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk.' When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, 'One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.' The old man whispered, 'Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord.'

Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord. 

At last they heard, 'One for you, one for me. That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done.'

They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile before the kid on the bike passed him.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Martin White Program and Query

Elder Martin White's Biography
Although I have presented the White's family story in Lincoln, IL, I'm continuing to dig for more information on Martin, Kiturah, and their children, so I still  have a request -- I am completing my grandmother's research on them because I am a promise-keeper and I have found much new information that she was not able to obtain during her own research because 1.) she was collecting as much as she could on all the descendants which was a huge undertaking in the days before the internet and 2.) the information was just not available to her or her assistants, even though she traveled to Kentucky where he was born, to Illinois, Kansas and the Missouri border area where he eventually died even though they corresponded by letter with many descendants.
I'm seeking two things especially, but do have a list of other things I'd like to have. The two things I would like to have especially is a photograph of Martin and Kiturah (Kitty, Katie). Grandma was able to obtain photographs of some of their children and grandchildren which was eventually published in her 1983 red hardback White book.
The other thing I would like to have is samples of his handwriting. Do you have any letters or documents with his signature that's been handed down in your family that is not from the internet, that you would be willing to scan or photocopy to share with me? I need family samples to verify what I have found on the internet. If you have either thing, please leave a comment for me in the comment section below. I moderate all comments before I publish them, so if you have personal information such as an email or a home address in your comment, it will not be published -- it's safe with me. However, if you wish to be counted as a member of the family, it would be best to make two comments -- one for me to keep containing your personal information and one to publish here.
You would make my day if you have either requested item or another personal object of Martin's such as his Bible, his hymnal, a ministerial logbook or church minutes from Liberty Mosquito, Elk Fork or Pleasant Gap Primitive Baptist churches, sermons, his pulpit or powder horn or something of Kiturah's like a handwritten recipe, a list of Bible family records, her favorite Bible verse, a hand-crafted object and so forth. Thank you in advance!

Monday, June 29, 2015

My Dad's Birthday

Today would have been my dad's 88th birthday had he lived this long! He was a handy man to have around as he was an air-conditioning and heating serviceman. He also knew about refrigeration and motors and electricity. It would irritate my mother to no end when he would take a small greasy engine apart and put it back together on our kitchen table. I took his talents for granted until he passed away 26 years ago, four days before my parent's anniversary, of a sudden heart attack.
His funeral service verse was,
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write:
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on."
"Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor,
for their deeds will follow them."
~ Revelation 14: 13,
because I made a note of it in my Bible.
A girlfriend found this bazaar poem for work gloves somewhere and sent it to me when I was a preschool Sunday School teacher.  I had to rework it a bit so that my class could give a gift of gloves to their daddies for Father's Day; however today I'm posting this in memory of my dad!
Dad's Gloves Craft.

Supplies needed:
a computer generated copy of the poem
1 pair of men's brown jersey work gloves per child (I saw some at a salvage store for 50 cents a pair here; sometimes you can purchase them in a bundle; my Dad's favorite thing to do was to buy in bulk! *grin*)
1 brown paper lunch bag per child
a piece of brown twine, abt. 8 inches long or so
appropriate tool rubber stamps and dark brown or black dye ink pad
or black and white printed clip-art 
glue or paste, hole punch, & pinking sheers

Stamp tool images all over the front of the bag with the ink or color in the clip-art, cut out and glue to bag.  Trim around the pre-printed poem with pinking sheers, and paste it to the front of the bag. Then place the gloves in the bag, fold the top over a couple of times, and punch two holes in the middle about an inch apart. Thread the jute through and tie into a bow. Dad's gift is finished! 

(Note about poem: "I", in the personal sense, was written as their Sunday School teacher, but it can changed to the corporate "we", as in siblings shopping together. Use as needed.)

Father's Gloves
Author Unknown.

 I went shopping store to store
For one gift that fits all,
Some were too tall, some too wide,
But many were just too small.

 The mystery was solved when I saw
The perfect gift for every male,
It’s just the right size for their dads
And it even was on sale!
It fits the hands that mow the grass
And takes the garbage out.
It fits when dads are pumping gas
Or moving things about.

 It fits for this and fits for that,
And on and on you see.
I’m sure you might have a chore or two,
Or maybe even three.

 So free your hands of cuts and scrapes, dad,
On all the jobs you do.
As you slide each hand in a glove;
remember the love they have for you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Rush Report. 2003

Gaynelle Jenkins Moore has compiled and published several books of her family history and its allied lines. "The Rush Report," is one such book and it is of the descendants of William and Henson Rush, along with the allied families of Bittle, Farley, Johnston, Loveall, Mertell, McAlister, Spalding, Williams and Winters. It covers 3433 descendants and 15 generations on 530 (8 ½" x 11") pages. It has over 200 photos with an index and comb binding.
Previous books were "The Spalding Report," "The Jenkins Family @1998," and "Eugene, Missouri: The Town that Lived (and Died) with the Railroad." Her newest book is  "The Loveall Report" published in 2010. Each of her books have been published in limited editions, so if you want one, buy the one you want now because after they are gone, that's it!
2015 Update: Gaynelle sent me word that she has completely sold out of "The Rush Report" genealogy, but she does have a couple of Loveall books left. They are $30.00 postpaid, so if you want one, order now!  Send your printed name and return mailing address on an index card along  with a mail order check to  Historical Data Services,  34 Willowbrook Road, Suite #209, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Her Relatives' Recipes

From: Willie Green (O'NEAL) CANADAY
Zucchini Squash Relish
10 cup ground zucchini squash
8 large onions
4 green peppers
4 red peppers
4 tablespoon salt.
Grind above ingredients and let stand overnight. Drain and wash twice.
2 ¼ cup vinegar
2 ½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 tablespoon celery seed
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon green food coloring
1 tablespoon turmeric

Mix all ingredients together and bring to boil on top of stove. Boil 10 minutes. Can while hot. Makes 6 quarts. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’. WCOG (Women of the Church of God), Pleasant Prairie Church of God, Satanta, KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1986, p. 6.
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From: Mabel May (ULLOM) GRIFFITH
Jellyroll Cake

4 eggs well beaten
2 tablespoons sweet milk
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder sifted into 1 scant cup of flour
Flavor with lemon

Bake in moderate over until done, take out, turn pan upside down on bread towel, spread with jelly and roll-up.
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From: Lily Marie (LARUE) RANKIN HALL
Date Bars

1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 package dates, chopped
½ cup nuts

Cream together butter & sugar. Add eggs, vanilla. Beat well. Sift flour and baking powder together. Add to mixture. Stir in dates & nuts. Bake 30 minutes, 375 degree F. oven.
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From: Belinda “Linna” (ULLOM) KARSTEDT and Hannah (ULLOM) WARNER.
Soft Gingerbread

Put all in bowl & beat good together.
1 egg
½ cup sugar
½ cup shortening (bacon fat is good)
½ cup good New Orleans Molasses

Sift these next ingredients together then add to the first mixture.
1 ¾ cup flour
1 teaspoon each of ginger & cinnamon, sifted together with
A pinch of salt

Add these next:.
¾ cup boiling water
1 teaspoon soda
Beat in last. Bake in moderate oven, very light and good.
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I received this recipe for the cream cheese mints from my paternal Aunt as she had made mints for her parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration (1st row, rose on right) when I was preparing for my wedding. I made the heart-shaped mints. I obtained the rubber molds from a kitchen specialty shop. Anybody remember Function Junction? These rubber molds (or silicone molds) are very flexible, unlike the stiff clear plastic sheet candy molds found in hobby stores now. You can obtain them online at Sugar Craft (search engine: type in "crème cheese mint molds").

Since then I’ve made mints for other family events. The two on either side, 2nd row, are Christmas peppermint molds and in the back center are baby shoes. Wouldn’t these mints be cool for a tea-in-the-garden party too?

Cream Cheese Mints
Makes approximately 100 mints.
Make two per guest.

1 (2 lb.) package powdered sugar
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
1 teaspoon mint flavoring
Dash cake frosting paste food color
Mix and knead all ingredients like dough. Butter your fingers & rubber candy molds. Roll candy dough the size of marbles and press into mold. Tidy up bottom of candy & unmold. Put on wax paper to dry. Can be frozen ahead of time.
Since these mints are relatively soft in nature, they can be easily mashed with rough handling. To serve, place one layer of mints on a paper-doily covered glass, china, or silver platter or tray on the cake table. Looks very pretty and are so yummy to eat!
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From: Deliah E. (BAILEY) LARUE

2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons melted oleo
2 cups flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Drop by tablespoon in hot broth. Cover and cook 10 minutes or more until done.
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From: Eunice Lavon (O'NEAL) ROBERTSON
Broccoli Casserole

1 package chopped broccoli
1 can cream corn
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons melted butter
Dash of tabasco sauce
Mix all above ingredients together. Pour into a buttered casserole dish. Cover with ½ cup buttered cracker or bread crumbs. Bake 1 hour at 350 degree oven. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’. WCOG (Women of the Church of God), Pleasant Prairie Church of God, Satanta, KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1986, p. 22
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From: Mrs. James E. “Jessie” ULLOM
Oatmeal Cookies

½ cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cup flour
2/3 teaspoon soda
½ teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cup oatmeal
2/3 cup raisins
2 eggs
4 tablespoon milk
Cream shortening until light and creamy. Add sugar slowly working it into the shortening. Sift the flour twice then measure lightly. Do not pack. Then sift flour, soda, salt, cloves and cinnamon. Add oatmeal and mix well. Add raisins which have been finely chopped. Add chopped nuts if desired. ½ to ¾ pecan nuts. Also dates may be used. Beat one egg well. Add milk. Alternate the milk and egg & dry ingredients beating well between additions.
Mixture should be a fairly stiff drop batter. Drop by teaspoons into a greased pan 1 ½ inch apart. Bake in moderate oven 350 degree F. to 400 degree F. until lightly browned and cookie springs back in shape when lightly pressed.
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From: Maurine Hester (LARUE) ULLOM
Birthday Cake

2 cup sifted pastry flour
½ teaspoon Arm & Hammer soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter or other shortening
1 cup sugar
3 eggs yolks, beaten until thick
2/3 cup milk
3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
Sift flour once, measure, add baking soda, cream of tartar & salt and sift together 3 times. Work butter with spoon until creamy, add sugar gradually, beating after each addition until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, blend well, add flour, alternately with milk, a small amount at a time, beating until smooth. Add vanilla. Fold in egg whites. Bake layers in moderate oven 350 degrees F. for 25 minutes.
Soft Chocolate Frosting =
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg slightly beaten
dash of salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 squares of unsweetened chocolate

Add sugar to egg. Beat until smooth. Add salt & chocolate. Add vanilla. Cool before spreading.
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From: Maurine Hester (LARUE) ULLOM
Easy Corn Pudding

2 cups of fresh corn (cut off the cob)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 eggs slightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups milk
Combine corn, sugar, salt & pepper. Add eggs and mix. Add butter to milk. Heat until butter is melted. Blend the milk with the corn and eggs. Put in a baking dish. Bake at 325 degree oven for 1 hour or until knife comes out clean.
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From: Mildred Marie Ruth (CARTWRIGHT) WHITE
Applesauce Cake

2 cup sifted cake flour
½ teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
2 well beaten eggs
1 cup nutmeats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
½ cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup applesauce
1 cup raisins
½ cup unsifted all-purpose flour.

Sift dry ingredients 3 times. Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and soda and applesauce mixed together. Stir in dry ingredients, raisins, and nuts. Beat mixture thoroughly. Bake in loaf pan in moderated oven for 45 minutes.

1 cup brown sugar
About ½ cup thick sour cream.
Cook together. Then beat until creamy. Spread over cake. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’. WCOG (Women of the Church of God), Pleasant Prairie Church of God, Satanta, KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1986, p. 94.
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