In a week, a niece will be marrying and I wonder what
Christmas holiday traditions she will carry on and make new with her fiancé. I
know one of her mother's (my sister) traditions was to purchase dated Christmas
ornaments at every place they traveled to on vacation.
When David and I married, we made the mistake of not
talking about how we wanted to celebrate the holidays with each other and our
parents. David just assumed that I would go along with his family's traditions
and his toe tripped over a speed bump when he discovered his bride had some
wishes of her own in addition to both our parents expecting us to celebrate the
holidays with them that first Christmas. Oops!
One thing common to both of us was that we had celebrated
Christmas together with our extended families -- grandparents, aunts, uncles,
and cousins. We decided that we wanted to continue that tradition, however,
deciding who got first dibs without ruffling feathers became a major struggle
as both of our parents lived in the same metro area and our grandparents lived
out of town in opposite directions. A few years ago, I read of a couple of
capital ideas I wish we could have implemented in the beginning of our journey
together as man and wife -- alternate holidays every month on an annual basis
(I'd have to write it in on my calendar so I wouldn't forget) or make one
holiday such as Thanksgiving a paternal holiday always and Christmas a maternal
one or visa versa.
My family stayed home for most of the holidays during the
year and celebrated them together, along with school parties. We were only able
to visit my grandparents in southwestern Kansas and the panhandle of Oklahoma
two times a year as they lived an 8-10 hour drive away. First my parents and
siblings would open gifts at home, around my brother's birthday on the 21st,
then drive to the Kansas grandparents, spending several days there and then
going on to the Oklahoma grandparents before returning home. We had three
Christmas' in one!
Some of my favorite memories from those times
are -- looking up and seeing the "great star" (Jupiter and another
planet's conjunction) in the sky as from a mattress in my folk's station
wagon (mom and dad
almost always made up a bed for us four kids so we could
sleep while they drove all night); getting out of school because of a blizzard
that roared through Oklahoma; playing with our cousins; attending church with
our grandparents and seeing old friends; Christmas dinner; watching for
familiar towns along the way down and the mounting excitement of being almost
there and the alternate -- the growing homesickness as we pass those same towns
coming back and the longing to be home; and watching my grandmother's eyes
mist with tears as they waved goodbye to us. My grandparents have all
graduated to heaven and as I write this, I miss them very much and know I
won't be able to celebrate holidays with them again until I meet them in the
David's immediate family spent the night at his paternal
grandparent's home and woke up at dawn on Christmas morning to open gifts. Then
in the afternoon, they would all pile in the car to go visit his mother's
parents. He said his favorite memory was hanging out with all his cousins. And
let me tell you, he has quite a few in Cole and Miller Counties, MO.
Some of our blended Christmas traditions came when we had
our son. I found a recipe for a Christmas cottage in the newspaper and we'd get together, either with his cousins or his homeschool
friends and make them from poptarts, frosting, and Christmas candies. It's very
much like a gingerbread house.
We also had a birthday party for Jesus withcake and ice
cream after my aunt gave our son a book about
celebrating Jesus' birthday with a party. We made Christmas ornaments together
and exchanged them with friends' homemade ones. Between Thanksgiving and
Christmas we drove around to see the lights and generally, we'd wait until
after Thanksgiving, usually on my birthday to decorate the house for Christmas.
We also collected one or two Christmas books or
videos a year and sit and read or watch them together before Christmas day. And
we still love to play games and put puzzles together with our friends and
At my Kansas grandparents we would open gifts after
Christmas dinner at noon and only after all the dishes were done and she read
the Christmas story from her Bible. It seemed like it took forever before we
actually got to open the gifts, but imagine our son's excitement when he was
allowed as a first time reader to read his shortened version of the Christmas
story at his Grandma's house! After all, Jesus is the reason for this season!
As preschool Sunday School teachers, David and I have participated in our home church's children's pageant --
me helping with costumes and David/stage and props. In previous years, we
participated in a Living Nativity (next time you see David ask him how cold it
gets without long handles under a costume and about the braying donkey) and
choir cantatas. This year we're
reading a new devotional book called "Anticipate: An Advent
Experience" by Paul Sheneman and published by Beacon Hill Press. I'm decorating paper tags based on this book's Jesse Tree symbols called "24 tags of Christmas" to hang on my Christmas tree. This would be a good book to have for your own family tradition of
celebrating Advent preceding Christmas. A Jesse Tree is a version of an advent
Hey Family, I would love it if you would add your favorite Christmas
memories to the comment section below. Thanks!
I love Mary Engelbreit, a St. Louis, MO. artist and have
several books of hers as well as other items like teacups and coffee mugs, a
cake plate, a teacup kitchen curtain topper, cards, stationery, rubber stamps,
a tissue box cover-up, salt and pepper shakers, tins and hatboxes, refrigerator
magnets and so forth.Most of the items
I find junking at thrift stores, garage sales, and at flea markets. David recently
unearthed a 1993 book for me she illustrated called “A Mother’s Journal: A
Collection of Family Memories.” It’s a fill-in-the-blank scrapbook with many
questions to jog mom’s brain cells, help her organize her collection of family
memories, and to present to her descendants. There are even pages for
If you aren’t qualified to join the Daughters of the American
Revolution but can prove that your lineage descends from pioneers who
settled in America during the colonial days (from your school days,
do you remember what the 13 original colonies were?), then perhaps
this group is for you instead.
My encyclopedia seems to indicate that there are two groups of
Colonial Dames of America. One was founded in 1890 and the other in
1891. The membership for the first depends on whether you are
descended from an ancestor of distinction who resided in the colonies
previously to 1776 or in the second, you were descended from a worthy
ancestor settling in the colonies previously to 1750. Both groups
collect and preserve records, documents, manuscripts, etc. that
pertain to the colonies and the revolutionary period activities.
Most of my ancestors were ordinary men. Take for instance on my
maternal grandfather’s side, the family traces back to a Peter ULLOM (me, mom, Grandpa John, Alford, Lorenzo Dow, Stephen, Peter). Peter was born
in 1748 or 49 in Lancaster County, PA.
A cousin on my maternal grandmother’s side always told me I was
descended from Robert MORRIS, the financier and signer of the
Declaration of Independence, but it’s not been proven.
In years, we may be just shy of the requirement of colonial days,
unless another family researcher has gone further back than I have.
I’d love to know.
One of David’s cousins called him last year asking for
help to fill out some admission papers for the local chapter of theDaughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Her dad got sick shortly after that and we haven’t heard anything recently
concerning her paperwork.
We talked to the regent of the local chapter at the
Grinter Applefest in Wyandotte County, KS. last weekend. The DAR is a volunteer
service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American
history and securing America’s future through better education for children.
But in order to be a member, one must be a woman 18 years or older, regardless
of race, religion, or ethic background, who can prove lineal descent from a
patriot of the American Revolution. They have a DAR library and archives. The
genealogy library is said to be the second largest research center in the
world, with more than 300,000 files, 185,000 books, and 65,000 microfilms, in
the national headquarters. The Archives has nearly 5,000 early American
manuscripts and imprints.
Some of their activities involve awarding scholarships
and financial aid to students, locating and marking historical landmarks and
graves of countless Revolutionary War patriots, volunteering at VA hospitals,
preserving local landmarks and historic structures in communities across the country,
conserving pre-Industrial American decorative art objects, giving copies of the
DAR Manual for Citizenship to immigrants studying for naturalization and
becoming docents at local museums.
I was interested in learning that over thirty DAR state
societies maintain a state or period room at the National Headquarters in
Washington, D.C. and the Kansas Chapel contains stained glass sunflower windows
assembled from twelve panels removed during the 1967 remodeling of the Carnegie
Library in Wichita. The sunflower is Kansas' state flower. Talk about preserving
David’s 5th great-grandfather, Abel Stout, from New Jersey, fought in the American Revolution.
For more information on either thelocal chapteror thenational organization check out their websites. Revolutionary War Ancestors: Fletcher, William (1750-1792), DAR #A209074 Griffin, Richard (name posted on DAR plaque at the Montgomery Co, KY courthouse). Morgan II, Morgan (1737-1797), DAR #A080522 Stout, Abel (1740-1797), DAR #A110657
Todd, Peter ( 1756-1841), DAR #A114383
Morris, Sr., Lewis (1726-1798), DAR #A101275
Our family reunion day dawned pleasant, cool, and fair. Actually it wasn’t too bad under the shelter at the park. It helps when there is a little breeze, however, I heard that the pool numbers were down from the previous years. And I’m sorry about the miscommunication about the time. Hope it didn’t spoil your fun!
The attendee that came the farthest drove straight through from California. Also, the cousin who introduced David to me via a blind date was there. We were delighted to see all who attended!
And yes, I did write the reunion invitation poem. I’ve had several poems published, mostly in literary magazines in my youth. I decided this year I would crank up the creaky writing skills and get to work. It took me awhile without a rhyming dictionary, but I’m glad to say, I believe the poem came out all right! It said what it needed to say! *smile*
I must say though, I don’t know what happened to all the picnic tables (must make note to self = remind folks to bring lawn chairs and card tables next year). There wasn’t enough seating to go round. Hey, family, if you are reading this, call or write Eldon, MO’s Chamber of Commerce and urge them to purchase or build more picnic tables or get up the 4-H’ers, Boy Scouts or a high school shop class to make and donate some more. I’m sure they would appreciate it! We will!
Did you get to visit our table at the reunion? We had “Rush Report” order forms and copies of each of Gaynelle Moore’s books for your viewing pleasure as well as many ancestral photos to view. Also, I think the neatest thing was Rev. Alexander Sullen’s certificate, signed by the President of the United States, for his service in the Civil War which we received when David ordered his veteran tombstone from the government. Alexander is buried at the Spring Garden, MO. cemetery where the Christian church once stood.
There was electricity at the shelter. David had his laptop hooked up to it.
In regard to the Reunion invitation address list – I do not share it with anyone except those members of the family directly involved in the reunion planning. And we are often the last ones to know when family members move, pass away, or get married. In the past few years, I’ve sent out directory update forms but few have been returned. IF you are interested in receiving a notice to the next reunion, please try to remember to contact us when your situation changes. I especially need your descendants’ (grown children who move out) addresses. And even if your last name isn’t RUSH, but you are descended from a RUSH, or are related to one through marriage, you are welcome to come! The more the merrier!
And for your information, only dead relatives are allowed on our blog, unless we get your permission to relay your personal data such as in the “Family Links” for research or advertising purposes (at our discretion, see side menu) or if you make a comment under an article. If you wish to comment or ask a question and feel uncomfortable about leaving your full name, please leave your first name and I will answer underneath yours via the pop-up comment page (return to blog for answer) or leave your email address (again I state I will not share it) and I will answer you via our reunion email. Use whichever method that suits you best.
David and I tried to get to the Miller County Museum before they closed, but didn’t quite make it. One or two family members headed over to Rush Chapel Cemetery to check it out! Then at suppertime, a large group gathered at Lehman’s Mennonite Restaurant over in Versailles for the best open-faced roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and brown gravy (they also have a dinner/salad bar w/ dessert; Yum!) and a few split off to go miniature golfing in Osage Beach. There was worship at the Eldon Nazarene church the next morning and shopping at the local flea markets in the afternoon with lots of visiting in between. I enjoyed myself, did you?
Journaling in your heritage album should include names and dates. And THE STORY, if you know it.
Be sure to use acid-free pens and markers.
I’ve seen some very creative ways to tell THE STORY in scrapbooks, especially if you don’t wish to tear your audience away from the focus of the page which, of course, should be the photograph of your ancestor. Some write down the story on the back of the background page, some write the story on a card and slip it down into a small envelope fastened to the background or fashion tiny numbered file folders that flip open. Some add the important stuff to tags and attach it in some fashion to the page like with tiny brads or through an eyelet. I’ve seen extra pages fastened accordian style into the page spread ditch with THE STORY written inside each page.
Your descendants won’t know THE STORIES unless you tell them.
Miss Tacy Emma Berry was hired on as a nanny to Mr. Alford Ullom's
six children after their mother, Samantha, and baby sister passed
away after childbirth. Eventually, she cooked for Mr. Ullom. He ran
two businesses in Coffeyville, Kansas, a café on Main Street and an
inn called the Farmer's Home . Tacy and Alford were married two weeks
before the Dalton Raid on the Banks in 1896. Here are some of her
recipes that fortunately have been recorded by her youngest daughter,
1 cup sugar
1 ¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder.
Mix together = ¼ cup melted
butter 2 eggs in cup & fill with milk flavor Put all
these in bowl together and beat 5 minutes. Layer or loaf.
Cornmeal Griddle Cakes
2 cups milk
2 cups cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon melted shortening
3 level teaspoons baking powder
Mix by stirring thoroughly, let stand a few minutes for meal to
2 cups whole, sour milk
½ cup brown sugar 2 teaspoon soda dissolved in milk 4
tablespoon butter 2 cup cornmeal 2 cup flour 1 teaspoon
salt 2 eggs Bake in moderate oven. Raisins or date gems may be
made by adding ¾ cup of chopped & seeded fruit to the batter.
Milk Pie Crust
(for one two-crust pie)
Ingredients = ½ cup lard, ¼ cup milk with just enough flour so you
can roll and handle the crust.
2 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup sour milk
4 cup flour
To Can Beans
Pick beans. Put in clean jars cold to 1 half gallon jar. Add 1
teaspoon salt. Put in boiler and boil for 3 hours. Fill jars up with
cold water before cooking. Fill up in a inch or so of top. Put false
bottom so cans don’t break. Cook for 3 hour.
Dill Pickle Recipt
1 quart vinegar
2 quarts water
1 cup salt
Heat real hot & seal.
Put in some dill.
Wash cucumbers. Put in glass jars. Pour liquid hot over the
cucumbers. Seal tight.
Mustered Pickels Recipt
1 gallon vinegar
3 cups sugar
½ cup salt
½ cup dry mustard
have pickles in glass jars. Put over cold. Seal tight. They are fine.
Don’t weaken vinegar.
I recall a recent conversation with a desk librarian at the library we visit quite frequently. She asked me if I had ever heard of the phrase “poke and grits?” I wasn’t sure what she was referring to, so asked her where she had heard this term. She said her mother always told anyone who asked what they were having for supper that they were having “poke and grits.” As a young girl she was curious to know where the expression came from so she asked her mother about it and her mother said it was her mother's expression. So the next time her grandmother came to visit, her grandma told her, “poke your feet under the table and grit your teeth,” meaning “get ready to eat.”
I don’t recall that my mother ever saying this to us, but I do remember her telling us to wash up right before she brought the food to the table.
In David’s family, the saying was "come to the table before the food gets cold,” which sometimes meant wild greens –young poke sprouts, lambs quarters and burdock, fried morel mushrooms (YUM! 😋), fried wild meats like squirrel, rabbit, fish, frog legs, turkey, eel, coon or tame meat and vegetables. Often there was wild grape or elderberry jelly to spread on Grandma Marie’s homemade lightbread and sometimes wild blueberry pie or custard pie to eat. And like us, they didn't eat grits except as a hot breakfast cereal.
I asked my mother after we were married, why our family never ate wild things and she relayed a story about how after the first winter after her grandparents moved to Oklahoma, they were starving for fresh greens in the spring and gathered a big bunch up, cooked them and about poisoned all of themselves to death, not knowing the proper plants to pick in that area. After that time, her family stayed away from picking wild plants to eat. My dad, however, loved to hunt deer and we fished (mostly catfish) at Grandpa's pond on the farm. And my husband's family also has another saying in their family about eating -- "chickie fly high, no good eat." A wandering gypsy, tramping through their part of the Ozarks, in his broken English, told them that one must be careful about what wild birds one eats -- certain flying birds were not edible -- one had made him sick! 😛
I was thinking of the things my dad used to say today. He was an air conditioning and heating serviceman and a trustee at church. He took care of all our church’s air-conditioning and furnace systems and some of the plumbing too and I remember that he told me “to leave a place better than I found it!”
David said he can remember his dad saying that if he got into trouble at school, expect trouble at home.
Do you remember any sayings or “proverbs” your dad used to say to you? Do you mind sharing your daddy quotes with me? I’d love to hear them.
We have FREE TV and David has “discovered” a new television show advertised by Ancestry.com called “Who Do You Think You Are?” Last week's episode featured Martin Sheen. He was most interested in researching his ancestry in Ireland and Spain (two uncles) and the biggest surprise discovered was about his 4th great-grandparents. I was most interested to learn that his paternal grandmother’s name was also “Dolores.” I don’t know of too many “Dolores’.” David said it must be nice to visit Europe and being able to afford to pay other genealogists and historians to dig up information about one’s ancestors, but as a bonus, Martin was able to visit his sister who lives in Spain. She had been able to dig up some information already on their background and shared photographs with him.
Anyway, I’d recommend the show for both family researchers and history buffs. It was on last Friday night at 7:00 pm on NBC station here.
Some people like to use 3-D decorations in their heritage scrapbooks of the ancestors, but I, personally, don’t like bumpy albums with dented pages. I do like using personal keepsakes, however, that bring my ancestors to life and thought I would compile a list of flat ephemera one could use. Take time to plunder the attics, closets, dressers, hope chests, jewelry boxes, junk drawers, photo albums, recipe boxes, scrapbooks, sewing cabinets, and writing desks of your grand-relatives for mementoes before the estate sale.
Note: Reproduce good quality permanent copies of paper documents at your local printer and archive the originals in a fireproof document box. Ink-jet photocopies are temporary in nature and might fade over time.
address labels, alphabet stencils (new & used), autographs, baseball trading cards, botanical illustrations, bookmarks, calling/business cards, cancelled checks, car keys, certificates (adoption, award, birth, death, guarantees, marriage, military, prize, stock, Sunday School promotion, warranties) children’s artwork, church bulletins, clothing tags, candy packaging labels (candy bar, crackerjack, gum wrappers, Valentine), dance cards, desk calendar pages, dog tags, flashcards, garden catalogs, garden seed packets, hair ribbons, embroidery thread, favorite poetry (Bible verses, quotes), feathers, flattened spice tin fronts, foreign coins (tokens), funeral leaflets, graduation diploma, handwritten recipes, hankies, images from a favorite book, lace, lacy gloves, ledger, guestbooks (guest check receipts), journal and diary accounts, letters, a lock of hair (hair-nets), locker tag, maps, menus, old-fashioned packaging labels, old greeting cards & postcards, old schoolbook pages, measuring tapes, needle threader, newspaper clippings, old magazine ads, old patterns (envelopes with images & tissue patterns), old typewriter keys, paper doilies, paper dolls, patches, photos of heirlooms (favorite toys), photographs of their homes, perfume bottle labels, pinked swatches of calico and gingham feedsack fabric, playing cards, pressed flowers, printed tablecloths, quilt patterns, receipts, report cards, rickrack, school papers, a sequin from a special dress, sheet metal jewelry (photos of jewelry), sheet music, silhouettes, slides, stereoscopic viewing cards, suitcase stickers, theater programs, ticket stubs, traced hands or feet cut-outs, travel brochures, used envelopes, used postage stamps, vintage Valentines, vintage wrapping paper, wallpaper remnants, watch parts (crystals, faces, hands, gears), wedding invitations, and wedding dress fabric.
Postscript: I stumbled across a Civil War quilt blog and she had an article on Albums: Silk and Paper. Another item to add to the list to look for!
In my last article on Heritage Scrapbooking, I explained the basics of what to collect to put into your scrapbook. My husband and I have been looking at hobby stores when we go out and about and online and there are companies out there that are now producing product that cater to family historians. Here are a few.
For starters, my mother gave me a thin paperback book from Deja Views, called “Heritage Technique and Idea Book”. It’s from their Time and Again Vintage Inspired Collection by Lori Pieper, Sharon Kropp, and Norma Manak; 2002 that went with a couple of vinyl decorative scrapbook templates. I love this book! I plan to use this book as a jumping off point when I re-create our family albums. (Note: previous photo albums were damaged in a flood, but that’s a story for another time.)
Next I found three, very good books at my local library on scrapbooking old photographs. The first one is called “Scrapbooking Your Family History.” By Laura Best. A Sterling/Chapelle Book, NY; 2005. The second and third ones are both by Maureen A. Taylor = “Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present,and Restore Precious Family Images” Betterway Books, Cincinnati, OH; 2001 and “Scrapbooking Your Family History” Betterway Books, Cincinnati, OH.; 2003. If your library doesn’t carry them, perhaps you can order them through World Cat (it’s an interlibrary catalogue of books from other library systems around the world). My library doesn’t charge for interlibrary loans within the USA, but I know some libraries do. If that fails or is too costly for your pocketbook, perhaps you can purchase them at a local new/used bookstore or online.
We have found product in different nostalgic styles and colors. What do you like best? If you don’t know, here’s a variety below that might help you decide =
Antique Toys/Comics/Literature/Old School (think old paper dolls; baby handprints; old comic books; Alice in Wonderland, early Disney illustrations; jacks, jumpropes, rocking horses & wagons; old one room schoolhouse; blackboards, block printing; alphabet strips);
Like me, you may decide you don’t want one style of scrapbook decoration, but a happy eclectic mixture of what you love.
Next, decide on the color combinations you are drawn to and incorporate them into your scrapbook. Personally, I like to stick to certain color combinations in one project as I feel it gives a harmonious look to the whole book. I usually purchase enough scrapbook paper to make a photo spread (two pages that face each other) and rubber stamp stickers to match. You can purchase stickers or die-cuts, if you aren’t into rubber stamping. Sometimes, certain styles, like those mentioned above, dictate color choices. For instance, faded colors of cream, beige, putty, parchment, sand, tarnished gold, tea brown, olive green, smoky grey, jet black, linen, and French country blue evokes an antique mood. When artist Mary Engelbreit first hit the market, her bright colors caught my eye and I was riveted, but as we’ve both matured, she and I have added lighter colors to our palettes. I also like the cottagey tea garden theme of rose pink, sage green, and off-white of Shabby Chic. It makes me feel deliriously romantic. LOL!
David and I have been trying to collect enough scrapbook supplies (ie. Paper, rubber stamps or stickers, charts, etc.) to reconstruct his and her heritage albums. His color choices are different than mine. He dislikes pink, mint green, and white and is drawn to blue. I would add neutral colors to his blue, like tan, off-white, and black or brown in woodtones or rich leather plus maybe deep burgandy for a pop of color –a traditional vintage color combination!
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* American Traditional Designs Family Tree paper = Family Tree Men (in blues) #PA-0394.
* Anything Tim Holtz is definitely vintage!
* Civil War Paper! #KCW4. Kersten Scrapbook Collection license exclusively by Sugartree. Also #KCW10. And Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, #KCW12. Civil War Flags, #KCW1.
* Creative Imaginations, www.cigift.com. #8214 Heritage Gold Imprint of John Deere Tractors in tarnished gold.
* EK Success Family Traditions vellum and papers, www.eksuccess.com = Almanac #OTM284V. Looks like old newspaper. And “Blessed Grandfather”, #OTM278V.
* Graphic 45 Fashionista Collection Bon Marche #4500073. Very Vintage. And Playtimes Past Collection Dollie’s Teaparty #4500032.
* Karen Foster Design (www.karenfosterdesign.com) has a Family Tree Scrapbook Paper Kit #20441 and includes 8 (12” x 12”) papers and 2 sticker sheets. I would say it’s a campy retro style.
She also has #64098 Family Reunion Collage paper.
* Life’s Journey Family Record paper by K & Company. # 64077 638426. Traditional Vintage in style.
* October Afternoon, www.OctoberAfternoon.com = “Recess, #PP-090 and Story Hour, #PP-092 are antique schoolhouse papers with coordinating patterns on the back of each.
* Paperbilities Scrap-N-Treasures Antique Kit, #MPR-72024. Includes 2 (12” x 12”) printed cardstock papers, 2 (8” x 12”) printed papers, 2 (8.5” x 11”) specialty papers, 9 (6” x 8”) printed papers, 1 (6” x 8”) printed tag, 5 assorted tags and 2 miniature envelopes in vintage colors of oatmeal, black, brown, and gold.
* Rusty Pickle/Pickle Press = “Taylor Made Lumber” #RP33 will suit those lumber loggers or carpenters in the family. I picked up a tiny checked paper print in olive green to coordinate.
* It Takes Two, ittakestwo.com = #COTOB LS152 Generation paper.
David’s kin, Cherie Compotaro, recently found us through a link on the Find-a-Grave website and we’ve been swapping photos and stories and an invitation to the next Family Reunion to which we hope she’ll come to along with her mother. She’s likes genealogy as much as we do and I have added links to her family research website to my side menu. She has several family related blogs, lots of pictures and family recipes. Go say your howdys!
Once upon a time, many young ladies were taught practical skills necessary to run households and provide clothing and meals for their future families. Mothers were the primary teachers, but grandmothers and aunts, if they lived nearby, assisted in the lessons. Boys learned from the men in the family to furnish their families' meat for the table by hunting and fishing. Woodworking skills helped build log cabins and furniture, but today we mostly craft, not out of necessity, but as fun hobbies.
Deliah (BAILEY) LARUE was a milliner (ladies hat-maker) and seamstress by trade. Mom said she can remember Grandma Deliah coming to visit and making several dresses for her out of matching feedsacks when a schoolteacher sent a note home from school saying mom’s dresses was immodestly too short.
One of her daughters, Maurine ULLOM, crocheted lovely afgans and doilies for all her children and grandchildren and taught me how to crochet too. I have a quilt she made me for high school graduation. Later, my mother sewed clothing for my siblings and I. To earn a badge, I learned some simple embroidery skills and knitting from a girl scout leader. My sister, joining the home sales team of Creative Moments, taught us how to photo-scrapbook. I took that a step further and taught myself how to rubber stamp, thinking to use it in my scrapbooks later.
Gladys (WHITE) O’NEAL made wedding cakes for years and to decorate them, she made ceramic figures. She taught my mother how to make and paint molded ceramics and my mother, in turn, taught ceramic classes for many years at Janet’s Ceramics. Mom crafted a lacy background arch with a light on a white ceramic base for our Precious Moments wedding figurine that decorated our wedding cake. Sadly the whole thing broke during one of our moves. She also made porcelain dolls and now paints realistic watercolors.
Bertha (GOLDEN) CARRENDER, crocheted also. She made us a lovely white crocheted tablecloth for a wedding gift. David's mother also crochets and makes tied patchwork quilts.
Nanny Marie RUSH, sewed quilts out of feedbag fabric and crocheted. She was a member of a homemaker’s craft club near where she lived. Both she and my mother-in-law showed me how to make several small crocheted gift items and I have written out the directions to several on my craft blog. Click on links to articles.
Below is a timeline of helpful dates for a family historian to know. To find clues about our ancestor's lives, one must know where to place them in American history.
1755-1763 = French and Indian War
1704 = First U.S. Newspaper
1749 = Calendar standardized..
1752 = Switched from Julien calendar to Gregorian calendar with 11 days difference.
1775-1783 = War of Independence
1776 = July 4. USA Birthday!
1790 = First USA Census
1803 = Louisiana Purchase
1812-1815 = War of 1812.
1817-1818 = 1st Seminole War
1820 = Missouri Compromise
1821 = Missouri Statehood
1821 = Santa Fe Trail began
1830 = Oregon Trail
1832 = Black Hawk War
1833 = Train
1835 = Telegraph;
1835-1842 = 2nd Seminole War
1837 = Osage River Steamboat; Miller County, MO.
1838 = Trail of Death
1839 = Daguerreotype photos
1843 = Typewriter
1845 = The New England Historic Genealogical Society
1846-1848 = Mexican War
1849 = California Gold Rush
1849 = Cholera Epidemic
1850 = Family Names in Census
1854 = Ambrotype photos
1856 = tintype or ferreotype photos
1858 = Colorado Gold Rush
1859 = Paper Photographs
1861 = Kansas Statehood; Color Photography
1861-1865 = Civil War.
1862 = Homestead Act; Tax Act
1862-1870 = Missouri's Oath of Loyalty Law
1865 = Black marriages legalized in MO.
1869 = First Transcontinental Railroad
1884 = Flash photography
1885 = Fingerprints
1888 = Eastman’s Kodak Camera
1889-1899 = Spanish-American War
1890 = American Frontier closed. 1892 = Ellis Island
1897 = Alaska Gold Rush 1899 = Philippine American War 1910 = Registry of Births & Deaths in Missouri. 1914-1918 = World War I.
1921 = Fire destroys most of 1890 Census
1929 = Depression
1933 = State Birth Certificates
1935 = MO. Sales Tax
1939-1945 = WWII.
1950-1953 = Korean War
1953 = DNA Structure Discovery
1954 = International Confederation of Genealogy and Heraldry.
1961-1975 = Vietnam War
1976 = Roots! By Alex Haley
1980s = Human Genome Mapping
1984 = Family Tree Maker software
1991 = Persian Gulf War
1996 = Memory Makers Magazine
Postle, Oklahoma was named for one of the first pioneers of Northwest Texas County -- George and Anna POSTLE. They moved to a claim of 160 acres in a prairie schooner, arriving in March, 1904. It was free land, 28 miles from Guymon and 30 miles from Hooker. The government first gave a patent to the land while the claimant lived on it and improved it. After five years, the official deed was given to the owner. Their closest neighbor, the MARKHAM'S, were six miles away east across the prairie.
Two years later, the WELSH family bought the quarter of land west of the Postle’s. Dan Welsh commenced to building a general store with a post office in the back. Win SCHNAUFER was an early day mail carrier, bringing mail to Postle three times a week. Later W.D.FRANKS built a blacksmith shop and a livery stable there. Postle was a stopping point between Hooker and Elkhart, KS. (f. 1913) on the Denver-Canadian-Dallas highway.
In 1915, when Alford and Tacy E. (BERRY) ULLOM, moved to Oklahoma from Streetor, Illinois, they purchased Postle (Section 1-4-12) from Dan Welch. In an area where building materials had to be trucked in, Dan physically moved his store building to the State Line between Kansas and Oklahoma the day lots in Elkhart, Kansas were sold. After settling his store, he was open for business the same day.
Postle became their homestead. Alford and Tacy’s son, John Henderson, brought his bride, Maurine Hester (LARUE) there in 1931. Their second child, Maynard and his wife, Ronda Faith (ARCHER) built their home between where the blacksmith shop and store once stood. They told of finding metal buried in the ground when they dug out the basement hole. The Postle School District No. 5 finally transferred to Elkhart, KS. in 1945.
More to Read:
1. "DOWN THE LONG ROAD TO POSTLE, OKLA." By Gloria Bayne. The Old Timers New Year BookLee Tucker, Editor. (First Printed in the Guymon Daily Herald, Friday, April 25, 1975; reprinted, Keyes, OK., 1978-1979).
2. “Northwest Flats” Heritage: A History of Five Townships in Northwest Texas County, Allie Mitchell. Oklahoma. Times Publishing, Texhoma.
3. The Old Timers As I Remember Them. By Chester C. Tucker c. 1963.
4. "Leave It To Miss Annie" By Georgia Tucker Smith.
The Allen Press, Lawrence, KS; 1952.
Update: My mother filled in a few more neighbors that she remembers from the Postle area: " Willie and Bessie Haar lived 1/4 mile east of us. Two miles west of us was Chester Lewis and his family. Two miles north and two miles west was L. Simmons. Two miles more north of the Simmons was my Aunt Mable and Beryl Griffith. Howard Kerns lived one mile North of the Griffith home.
Bessie was the daughter of Lemuel Simmons----------Chester Lewis' daughter taught school that I attended in the Richland Center School.
After the Postle school was closed we were moved to the Richland Center School where I attended the 6th. 7th and 8th grade. Then we went to Elkhart School where I started as a freshman. Mom took a bunch of kids in a sort of bus. She drove us for a time and then Claude Bayer that had taken over the Haar place when they moved drove us. We had 6 or 7 kids that rode with us to school. "
Cookbooks can be another source to document your ancestors, especially your female side. Churches, clubs and periodicals such as newspapers and magazines often compiled submissions from members or readers into book form as a fund-raising project. Most document the person who submitted the recipe. In my small collection of cookbooks at home, I have a cookbook from the The Wichita Beacon (1933); Capper’s Weekly newspaper (1980); the La Leche League International (1981); the Taste of Home magazine (1995); Tea: The Magazine (2006; I submitted a recipe to “Scones, Shortbread and More”); Mary Engelbreit (2010); and several church cookbooks. Most of the church cookbooks I have were published by Cookbook Publishers, 2101 Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas.
Below are a couple of recipes of my paternal grandmother’s recipes that her church ladies group—the Women of the Pleasant Prairie Church of God, published in their cookbooks in the 1980--90s. I was gifted with one copy of each for Christmas and now have tangible link to the past when I make the recipes my Grandma Gladys made.
1 ½ cup boiling water 1/3 cup
sugar 3 Tablespoon butter or oleo 1 2/3 cup spoon-size Shredded
Wheat or 1 1/3 c. rolled Put it all together. Let stand until
warm. 2 pkg. Yeast ¼ cup warm water 1 teaspoon sugar 1
egg, beaten 2 cup flour 3 ¼ cup flour Put yeast in warm
water with sugar. After the yeast begins foaming, add to Shredded
Wheat mixture with 1 beaten egg. Stir well and add 2 cups flour. Beat
until smooth. Stire in remain 3 ¼ cups flour, a little at a time (or
enough flour so it won’t be sticky). Put into a greased mixing
bowl. Seal bowl tightly with lid. Refrigerate 2 hours but no longer
than 2 days. Divide dough in half. Roll each half 13 inches in
diameter and cut into pie wedge shapes. Butter roll, starting at the
wide edge. Preheat oven 18 to 20 minutes. Bake until light brown.
NOTE: Grandma used 1 cup whole wheat flour in place of 1 cup of white
flour. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’ Volume II. Pleasant
Prairie Church of God Women of the Church Of God (Glady's church
ladies), Satanta, KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1992, p. 100. ---------- Baked Zucchini Casserole
3 small or 2 medium zucchini,
washed and sliced then 6 to 8 slices bacon, fried crisp and
crumbled 1 (No. 2) can whole tomatoes 1 can V-8 tomato
juice Salt, pepper, and garlic powder (to taste) 1 large or 2
medium onions, diced Saute onions in skillet that bacon was cooked
in. Take from fire and add crumbled bacon mix. Place one half in
buttered casserole dish and add the other half to the zucchini. Salt
and pepper and add garlic salt to taste. Add half tomatoes, cut up.
Layer remaining onions and bacon. Layer zucchini, salt, pepper,
garlic salt, and chopped tomatoes. Spread over mixture in dish. Pour
V-8 juice over top. Bake 1 to 1 ½ hours or until zucchini is done. ~
Recipe published in Country Cookin’. Pleasant Prairie Church of God
WCOG, Satanta, KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1986, p. 28 ----------- Main Dish Zucchini
1 pound ground beef 1 large can
tomatoes 1 ½ cup sliced zucchini 1 tablespoon flour 1
teaspoon basil ½ teaspoon dill seed 1 teaspoon salt ¼
teaspoon pepper Brown meat. Add all other ingredients. Simmer
slowly for about 20 minutes, or can be put in crock pot for 2 hours
on LOW. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’. Pleasant Prairie
Church of God WCOG, Satanta, KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS;
1986, p. 34 ---------- Vegetable Soup
Cook your oxtail or soup bone until it
will come off bones. Remove all meat off of the bone. Strain liquid
to get out any small particles of bone. Add the following vegetables
(any or all): Onions, potatoes, carrots, celery, tomatoes, green
peppers, peas, beans, or cabbage. Add according to taste: Seasoning
salt, pepper, basil leaves, parsley, garlic powder, and dash of red
pepper. Simmer until vegetables are tender. ~ Recipe published in
Country Cookin’ Volume II. Pleasant Prairie Church of God WCOG,
Satanta, KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS;
Photo by Cherie Compotaro. Used by permission.
and dice 3 heaping cups of apples. Mix together ½ cup white sugar, 1
heaping tablespoon flour, and cinnamon to taste. Pour over apples and
toss lightly. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 8 x 10 inch
cup quick cooking oatmeal¾ cup flour ¾
cup brown sugar ½
teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup butter into mixture till crumbly, then spread on top of
apples. Bake at 350 degrees till apples are done and crumb topping is
nicely browned. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’., Pleasant
Prairie Church of God WCOG, Satanta, KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe,
KS; 1986, p. 128.
----------- Cranberry Salad
1 pkg. Cranberries 2 cup water ½
to ¾ cup sugar 2 cup boiling water 2 (3 oz.) pkg. Raspberry
Jell-o 1 cup whipping cream, whipped, or 1 pkg. Dream Whip
cranberries. Place in 4 quart kettle. Add 2 cups water. Bring to boil
and cook slowly until done. Run through sieve to remove skins and
seeds. There should be about 1 ¾ cups of juice and pulp. Rinse the
cranberry kettle to remove any skins or seeds, then cook juice, pulp,
and sugar in same kettle until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
Add 2 cups boiling water and 2 packages of Jello; stir until Jello is
dissolved. Pour into bowl and let thicken, then fold in whipped
cream. Let is set until hard. ~ Recipe published in Country
Cookin’ Volume II. Pleasant Prairie Church of God WCOG, Satanta,
KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1992, p. 23. ---------- Frozen
Cranberry Salad (NOTE:
This was a standard recipe at her holiday dinner table).
quart cranberries, washed and drained 2 cups raw apples 1 pound
marshmallows (miniature or diced) 1 cup sugar ½ cup nuts (more
if desired) 2 cup whipping cream, whipped Grind cranberries and
apples. Add marshmellows and sugar. Cover and let stand overnight or
several hours. Add whipped cream and nuts, mixing well. Turn into 13
x 9 x 2 inch pan (preferred-glass or plastic). Cover and place in
freezer until ready to service. Remove from freezer 15 to 20 minutes
before serving. Cut into squares and serve on lettuce cup if desired.
~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’. Pleasant Prairie Church of
God WCOG, Satanta, KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1986, p. 11. ---------- Date
A holiday tradition on the Oneal’s dinner table.)
pound graham crackers 1 (8 or 10 ounce.) pkg. Borden’s pitted
dates 1 (8 ounce) pkg. Miniature marshmellows 1 cup chopped
nuts (prefer pecans) 1 ½ to 2 cup half & half and whipping
cream, mixed, or either (Pet evaporated milk can be substituted—not
as good) One pound of graham crackers makes 5 cups of rolled
cracker crumbs. If you use an 8 ounce package of dates, just ude 4
cups of graham cracker crumbs; use 5 cups of crumbs if your use the
10 ounce package of dates. Pour boling water over the dates, then
drain immediately. Roll cracker crumbs; add the chopped nuts and mix
well, then cut the dates in small pieces into the cracker crumbs. Mix
after you cut a few to get them coated with crumbs so they won’t
stick together. Add the marshmallows and mix. Add the 1 ½ cups of
liquid; stir well and gradually add more until the crumbs are sticky.
Pour into a plastic or glass bowl and place in freezer until about 1
hour before you serve it. Better made up several days or a week
before you want to serve it. Put in refrigerator if you plan to serve
it in the next day or 2. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’
Volume II. Pleasant Prairie Church of God WCOG, Satanta, KS. Cookbook
Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1992, p. 121. ---------- Oatmeal Cake
1 cup quick oats 1 stick oleo 1
¼ cup boiling water Put oats and oleo in mixing bowl. Pour
boiling water over them. Let stand 20 minutes. Mix, then add.
1cup brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs (one at a
time) 1 ½ cup flour 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon
cinnamon 1 teaspoon soda ½ teaspoon baking powder Mix well;
pour into floured and greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 300 degrees
for 50 to 60 minutes. Test with toothpick. Icing: ½ cup nuts 1
stick melted oleo ¼ cup cream or Pet evaporated milk 1 cup
coconut 1 cup brown sugar Mix and spread over cake when taken
from oven. Place under broiler and brown slightly. ~ Recipe published
in Country Cookin’ Pleasant Prairie Church of God WCOG, Satanta,
KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1986, p. 103 ---------- Orange Cottage Cheese Salad
2 cups cottage cheese 1 (3 oz.)
pkg. Orange Jello (dry powder) 1 small can crushed pineapple,
drained 1 (No. 2) can fruit cocktail, drained 1 cup cream,
whipped Sprinkled Jello powder over the cottage cheese. Mix well.
Add fruit. Mix well. Fold in cream. Pour into serving bowl and
refrigerate for 2 hours. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’
Volume II. Pleasant Prairie Church of God WCOG, Satanta, KS. Cookbook
Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1992, p. 26. ---------- Peach Cobbler
3 cups fresh peaches, peeled and
sliced 2 tablespoon flour 1/3 cup butter, melted ¾ cup
sugar 1 box Jiffy yellow cake mix 1 cup pecans (broken, if
desired) Mix together the peaches, sugar, and flour. Pour in
bottom of buttered pan, approximately 8 x 8 inches. Sprinkle cake mix
over peach mixture. Pour butter over peach mixture. Bake at 350* for
about 40 minutes. Pour pecans over after a little baking. They get
too brown if baked for 40 minutes. ~ Recipe published in Country
Cookin’. Pleasant Prairie Church of God WCOG, Satanta, KS. Cookbook
Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1986, p. 137. ---------- Pastry
two 8 or 9 inch pie crusts: 1 ¾ c. unsifted all-purpose flour 1
teaspoon salt ½ cup corn oil 3 tablespoon water or enough to
make the dough hold together. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. F. Measure
flour exactly; place in mixing bowl and add salt. Blend in oil
thoroughly with fork. Divide in half; press firmly into a ball. If
too dry, add a little oil or water only a spoonful at a time. Roll
dough between 2 pieces of wax paper. Dampen table until bottom of wax
paper to keep it from moving. When rolled out, double dough in half
over top paper and place in pie tin. ~ Recipe published in Country
Cookin’ Volume II. Pleasant Prairie Church of God WCOG, Satanta,
KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1992, p. 160.
---------- Popcorn Balls
6 qt popped popcorn 1 ½ cup
peanuts (cooked) 1 ½ cup sugar 1 ½ cup white syrup 1 ½
cup peanut butter 2 teaspoons vanilla In large deep pan or
kettle which has been buttered, pour popcorn and peanuts in. In
another kettle, cook 1 ½ cups sugar and 1 ½ cups white syrup. Bring
to full rolling boil that can be stirred down. Remove from fire; add
peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over popcorn and peanuts. Mix well
and make into small balls. Dip hands into cold water while making
balls instead of using butter. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’.
Pleasant Prairie Church of God WCOG, Satanta, KS. Cookbook
Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1986, p. 143. ---------- Pumpkin
1 ½ cup
cooked pumpkin, mashed 1 cup Pet milk or half & half 1 cup
sugar 2 eggs, slighty beaten 1 tablespoon butter or oleo 1
tablespoon flour or cornstarch, mixed with sugar ¼ teaspoon
salt 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon
cinnamon ½ cup nuts (if desired)
Combine ingredients. Mix
thoroughly. Pour into an unbaked pastry shell. Bake 1 hour at 350
degrees or until a toothpick or knife inserted comes out clean. Serve
plain or with whipped cream. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’
Volume II. Pleasant Prairie Church of God WCOG, Satanta, KS. Cookbook
Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1992, p. 167.
---------- Sheath Chocklet Cake
Sift into Mixer bowl. 2 cups
flour 2 cups sugar ½ teaspoon salt. Put in pan and bring
these ingredients to a boil. 1 stick oleo ½ cup shortening 4
tablespoons cocoa 1 cup boiling water. Start mixer, pour this
mixture over flour and sugar. Add ½ cup buttermilk, 2 eggs
(one at a time), 1 teaspoon soda, ½ teaspoon baking powder 1
teaspoon vanilla. Bake one hour. Five minutes before cake is
done, melt 1 stick oleo, then add 6 tablespoons cream or Pet
evaporated milk and 4 tablespoons cocoa. Bring to a boil. Then add
1 pound powdered sugar (3 ¾ cups). Beat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla
and 1 cup broken nuts. Stir. Pour over cake as soon as it is taken
from oven ---------- Sweet and Sour Beans
8 slices bacon, fried crisp,
drained, and chunked 4 large onions, cut in rings ½ to 1 cup
brown sugar 1 teaspoon dry mustard ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1
teaspoon salt ½ cup vinegar Saute onions in skillet that bacon
was friend in, using some of the bacon grease. Add sugar, mustard,
garlic, salt, and vinegar. Cook 20 minutes over medium heat. Stir
occasionally. Drain. Add the following: 1 pound (No. 2) can
(baby) lima beans 1 pound (No. 2) can green lima beans 1 pound
(No. 2) can red kidney beans 1 pound (No. 2) can garbanzos 2
(20 ounce) can homestyle pork and beans, undrained Mix all the
beans and sauce; pour into 3 ½ quart casserole dish. Top with
crumbled bacon. Cook 1 hour. This may be frozen and used later. ~
Recipe published in Country Cookin’. Pleasant Prairie Church of God
WCOG, Satanta, KS. Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1986, p. 21. ---------- Best Green Tomato Sweet Relish
½ peck (4 quart) green tomatoes 6
large onions 2 pound (4 ½ cup) suga 1 pint vinegar ½
teaspoon tumeric 2 tablespoon mustard seed 2 tablespoon celery
seed 2 tablespoon salt 2 whole cloves (may omit if desired) 6
green peppers Grind tomatoes through the coarsest knife on the
grinder, along with the peppers. Drain well. Grind onions; add all to
the hot syrup made of sugar, vinegar, and spices. Heat to boiling
point and simmer 3 minutes. Seal in hot jars. Water bath for 15
minutes to can. ~ Recipe published in Country Cookin’. Pleasant
Prairie Church of God WCOG (Gladys’ church ladies), Satanta, KS.
Cookbook Publishers, Olathe, KS; 1986, p. 7