Thursday, December 31, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1911 Postcard to Gr. Great Grandma Piggott

Today's treasure from great-grandma Piggott's stuff is a 1911 postcard that was sent to my great-great grandma Piggott from one her daughter Nora Hess. It is a Christmas postcard, however it was sent in March.

The postcard is stamped MAR 4, 1911 9 PM and is addressed to Mrs. E. C. Piggott, Bloomington, Idaho. It reads....

Dear Mother:-
We arrived home
in good time and
found everything
all right. Will send
those scraps in
a day or so. The
boy misses you.
Love to all
Lovingly Nora

I wonder what kind of 'scraps' Nora was going to send, maybe material scraps for a quilt?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Meek Boys Telegram from Santa Claus

Here is a telegram from Santa Claus to John Meek and his brother. There is no date on it, but I would guess it was sometime between 1922 and 1925.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

John Meek III -- Continued

Here we have a couple of newspaper articles and three photos from little John Meek's fourth birthday partiy. Unfortunately there is no date on the articles or any indication of the name of the newspaper, but we do know it is the Jacksonville, FL area. The year was probably 1922. It is also unfortunate that there are no names written on the back of the photos to indicate who is who, however some of them are mentioned in the articles.

The first article reads:


Mrs. J. M. Meek, Jr., entertained
with a children's party Friday after-
noon at 3 0'clock in her home, 46
East Sixth street, honoring her
young son. John Meek, 3rd, who
celebrated his fourth birthday anni-
versary on that occasion.

A pink and white color scheme
was carried out in the decorations,
quantities of garden flowers being

Games were played, and at the
conclusion of one of the contests
the winners, Jack Neff and Anita
Geer, were presented with prizes.
Billy Thomas was awarded the con-

The kiddies were then invited into
the dining room, where ice cream,
cake and candles were served.
The dining table was laid with a
lace cloth and centered with a birth-
day cake, topped with four lighted
pink and white candles.

Mrs. Meek was assisted in enter-
taining and serving by Mrs. John
DuBose, Mrs. William Mallett and
Mrs. J. W. Clark.

Grown-ups present included Mrs.
Nell Stewart Mrs. Mary Tarratus,
Mrs I. R. Bowen of Miami, Mrs.
Thomas Heath, Mrs. H. Brooks, Mrs.
Bert Mallett, Mrs. J. W. Bibb, and
Miss Sara Meek.

Children enjoyng the affair were
Joyce Stewart, Mary Maude Tar-
ratus, Marie Tarratus, Evelyn Chau-
man, Lois and Lorraine Bowen of...

(The rest of the article is missing.)

The second article reads:

Master John Meek Is
Honoree at Birth-
day Party

Complimenting her little son,
John Meek III, who celebrated his
fourth birthday. Mrs. J. M. Meek
Jr., entertained with a party last
week at her home on East Sixth

Games and contests were played
during the afternoon, prizes being
won by little Miss Anita Greet and
Masters Jack Neff and Billy

At 5 o'clock the little guests were
invited to the dining room, where
ice cream, cake and candles were

Mrs. Meek was assisted in enter-
taining by Mrs. John DuBose, Mrs.
William Mallett and Mrs. J. W.

Among the little people were
Joyce Steward, Mary Maude Tar-
fatus, Marie Tarratus, Evelyn Chap-
man, Lois and Lorraine Bowen of
Mami, Elizabeth Mallett, Florence
Malleett, Anita Greer, Mary Lila Bibb,
Celeste Carples, Mary Ellen DuBose,
J. M. Meek, Jr., Evelyn Tarratus,
Billy Thomas, Thomas Hearth, Jr.,
J. Koons, Jack Neff, John and Wil-
liam Meek, and Others.

The grown-ups were Mrs. Nell
Stewart, Mrs. Mary Tarratus, Mrs.
W. E. Thomas, Mrs. I. R. Bowen of
Miami, Mrs. Thomas Heath, Mrs. H.
Brooks, Mrs. Bert Mallett, Mrs. J.
W. Bibb, Miss Sara Meek and Mrs.
J. M. Meek, Jr.

Friday, December 18, 2009

John McCaw Meek III -- 1918

Here is another piece of family history from the Meek - Tarratus family. It is a newspaper clipping from the Jacksonville, Florida newspaper with some sort of announcement or name card attached to it. There is no date on the article, but it was published sometime around late 1918/early 1919. It reads: J. M. Meek, 3rd, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Meek, Jr., of 2875 Hubbard Street, Springfield.

On the reverse side of this clipping is a pretty little girl who although is not a member of this family deserves some attention. Her name is Frances Almyra Clark one year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Clark of Springfield (Jacksonville).

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Christmas Cards Past

Today I want to share some Christmas Cards that were among great-grandma's treasures. They are all addressed to Mr. and Mrs. William Piggott. The first three are from my other great-grand parents, John T. and Esther Barker.

This one was sent in 1940:

I am not sure when this one was sent because the postmark has faded:

This one is from 1954:

This next one is actually from my mom and dad and me in 1964:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Wm Piggott Ledger

Here is yet another goody from great-grandma's stuff. It is part of a ledger for his lumber business and some account information written on the back.

William was listed in the E. L. Sloan & Co. 1874 Salt Lake City Directory as a sawyer. He held the position of buyer. He always went to work wearing a white linen suit which was starched. It was so starched that it could stand alone.

He measured the logs and decided how each one should be cut and how many board feet should be credited to the men delivering the load.

Sometime before 1880 church authorities requested him to go to Liberty, Idaho and set up a saw mill to furnish lumber for the people of the Bear Lake area. William and his family lived in Liberty, Idaho for three years until he moved the saw mill to Bloomington, Idaho.

Source: Cannon Family Historical Treasury, George Cannon Family Association, 1967, Pages 295-298.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1952 Thank You Note

Here is another precious treasure from great-grandma Piggott's box of goodies that I would like to share. This is a thank you note that my mother wrote to my great uncle Oliver when she was 10 years old.

It reads (I did not correct her spelling. It was hard not to, but I managed) ==>

Bloomington, Ida.
Feb 16, 1952
Dear Uncle Oliver,

Thank you for the
wallet. I like it very
much. I have another
cold it is't so bad. To day
in school I missed five in
a spelling test but it was
only a practtess one.
We are going to have
a new bishop.
Why don't you and David
and Phyllis Rebecca come up.
how are they. Say
hello for me to them.
Larue has a baby
girl. Eugene Hart wife
his a baby boy
and Larue's baby is
so cute.
I miss you so much.
I have to write to lots of people.
and I am going to
write to Aunt Adale.
Say hello to her for me.
I am glad mother got me
this stationary.

Well I better
close now,So
and come up
you'r Love
Joyce Pigott

Friday, November 20, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

Thanks to Missy Corley of Bayside Blog I have been given the Kreativ Blogger Award for Lost Family Treasures -- Cool beans!

Recipients of this award are to list seven things that others may not know about them and pass the award along to seven other 'Kreativ Bloggers'.

Here are seven (more) things about me==>
  1. I won an honorable mention in the American Song Festival's Lyric Competition 6 in 1979 for Dream Life.
  2. I love looking through antique stores even if I don't buy anything.
  3. I love to go fishing and camping. Haven't been camping since we left Idaho : (
  4. I sing Karaoke.
  5. I belong to Women of the Moose.
  6. I love me some Ellianos!
  7. Ghost Whisperer is my favorite show.
I scoured the net this morning (since most everyone already has one) trying to find seven different blogs that I wanted to give this award to. Here is what I came up with ==>
  1. Cannundrums -- You can find Cannon Family history here among other interesting things.
  2. Advice With Dr. Julia Chicken -- She is just so dang funny -- kreativ-ly funny.
  3. The Vintage Nest -- She posts vintage stuff and fleamarket finds.
  4. Wanderlust & Pixie Dust -- Vintage and Victorian related posts.
  5. Simple Farm Fancy -- A place for antiques and family.
  6. Appalachian History -- Name speaks for itself.
  7. The Virtual Dime Museum -- Adventures in Victorian New York.
Keep on blogging guys!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1910 Postcard

The treasure that I am sharing today is another postcard from great-grandma Piggott's stuff that thankfully she saved. I sure am glad that mom sent me this stuff because I was running out of treasures to share!

This one is particularly special because it was written to my great- grandma from her mother on her first Christmas as Mrs. William C. Piggott.

It is postmarked Dec 24, 1910 from Bloomington, Idaho and addressed to Mrs. Wm C Piggott, Pegram, Idaho.

It reads:

Dear Daughter
May you enjoy the
present xmas with
hope of a happier
one next year.
We will be nearly
alone this year &
our aim will be
to strive to be
better prepared another
year. Lovingly mother

Friday, November 13, 2009

Get Well Card to Hazel Meek

This is the second post involving the Meek - Tarratus pieces of family history that I found. You can find the first one here.

Here we have a get well card that was sent to Hazel from Rosa (Ling?).

She wrote quite a bit inside and I will attempt to translate it.

Dear Hazel, Didn't hear from
you all this a.m. & I am
just praying no news
is good news. It is so hot
here that we can't hardly
stand it today & raining
too. Surely will be glad
when we can get some
relief. I do hope you will
be feeling fine & know
whats your trouble
when we do hear.
Wm Seth still here but
is going down on the
coast for two or three
days this next week.
Marie said she had
written you also Birdie
& Sara hope you have
gotten by now as
I know you need mail
while there. Am so sorry
they couldn't help John.
Wish there was something that could be
done for him. They are really fishing in
the pool now every day __ __ __ comes
to want to fish & they are catching the
fish. To hot for fish for me.
Hope you will let us hear from
you as soon as you can hear something.
I have no help in the store right now
except Gladys. Birdie gone to Mobile to
see Geo & Earnestine & Gladys is planning
on going to Montg next week. I guess I
can manage some way. We love you
all lots. Love & prayers.
Yours Truly
Rosa (Ling?)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1909 Postcard to Hazel Madsen

Last week I received a package from my mother that I had been anxiously awaiting probably for about a month. This package contained letters, postcards, photos, Christmas Cards, and other precious items that belonged to my great grandmother, and this is just a portion of the memorabilia that she left behind. It seems that great grandma never threw anything away; (my kiinda gal!) The rest is divided between my aunts and uncle. Gee, I didn't even think to ask mom if she kept any.

I will have to find a small "treasure chest" to put these precious treasures in. The first item I would like to share is a postcard that great-grandpa sent to great-grandma for her birthday before they were married.

The postcard is stamped Point of Rocks, Wyo. Apr 13, 1909 and is addressed to Miss H. R. Madsen, Montpelier, Idaho. It reads:

It is still
blowing so that
we canot work
at anything it is
as bad as
Biron (Byron)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Grandma's Cookbook

Today's treasure that I want to share is a cookbook that once belonged to my paternal grandmother. She gave it to me sometime in the eighties. It is filled with recipes contributed by the LDS Relief Society ladies of the Paris Ward in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho.

There are six of grandma Smedley's recipes inside. My favorite one is her applesauce cookies. We just call them "grandma's cookies". I didn't notice until the other day that one of my aunt's put a recipe in there titled "MOM'S ORIGINAL SPICE CAKE". The 'mom' she refers to would be my maternal grandmother. I had no idea that grandma Dunn had an original spice cake recipe. You know I am going to have to try that -- spice cake is my favorite!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hazel Tarratus -- Jacksonville, Florida

I found some very interesting treasures a while back in the Ribbons of Pink Antiques store all related to the same family. I will post these treasures over the next few posts beginning with this Certificate of Vaccination issued by the State Health Officer of Florida to Hazel Tarratus November 15, 1909.

Here is what I was able to find about Hazel ==>

Name: Hazel Terratus
Age in 1910: 13
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Birthplace: Florida
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Birth Place: Florida
Mother's Name: Mary
Mother's Birth Place: Florida
Home in 1910: Jacksonville Ward 2, Duval, Florida
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female

Household Members:
Name Age
Mary Terratus 52
Robert Terratus 19
Thomas Terratus 18
Hazel Terratus 13
William Terratus 7

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Jacksonville Ward 2, Duval, Florida; Roll T624_159; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 72; Image: 201.

Name: Hazel Meek
Home in 1920: Jacksonville, Duval, Florida
Age: 22 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898
Birthplace: Florida
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: John M
Father's Birth Place: Florida
Mother's Birth Place: Florida
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 74

Household Members:
Name Age
John M Meek 25
Hazel Meek 22
Joh Meek 1 2/12
William Meek 4/12

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Jacksonville, Duval, Florida; Roll T625_219; Page: 36B; Enumeration District: 71; Image: 74.

Name: Hazel Meek
[Hazel Tarratus]
Home in 1930: Jacksonville, Duval, Florida
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Age: 33
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Mother's Name: Mary C
Spouse's Name: John M
Race: White

Household Members:
Name Age
John M Meek 36
Hazel Meek 33
John M Meek 11
William V Meek 10
Mary C Tarratus 72
John E Dekle 24
Allen Way 27

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Jacksonville, Duval, Florida; Roll 312; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 1; Image: 168.0.

I also found Hazel's mother Mary in the 1920 Census==>

Name: Mary Tarratus
Home in 1920: Jacksonville Ward 1, Duval, Florida
Age: 61 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1859
Birthplace: Florida
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Florida
Mother's Birth Place: Georgia
Marital Status: Widow
Race: White
Sex: Female
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes

Household Members:
Name Age
Mary Tarratus 61
Robert W Tarratus 38
Thomas Tarratus 36
William Tarratus 17
William Cooper 30
McCottery 30
Nelson Register 22
Chapman 23

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Jacksonville Ward 1, Duval, Florida; Roll T625_217; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 42; Image: 626.

If you are related to Hazel and would like this lost family treasure, please let me know.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- The Lord's Supper

It was the year 2003 when we moved to Florida to be closer to my husband's family.

When ever we went over to Ma's house (We call her ma because she was married to his dad - long story) I would admire the beautiful Lord's Supper picture that she had hanging in her kitchen. Starting that year I was on a quest to find the right Lord's Supper for my own kitchen.

It was probably about 2004 when I finally found the one I wanted. It was at an antique store in Glenn St. Mary, FL. The picture and the frame, I believe, were made some time around 1940 or 50.

I must have admired it hanging in the store about four or five times. I didn't really want to pay what they wanted for it. Finally, I decided that I was going to go get it. Well when I went to get it, it was gone -- go figure.

Months later Christmas morning I opened one of the presents from hubby and low and behold there was that precious Lord's Supper picture! It turns out that he went to the house of the woman that owned it and purchased it from her!

Needless to say, this is a very special treasure to me.
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