Thursday, December 23, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Precious Gift

I received this beautiful piece of artwork in the mail a couple of days ago from my 3 year old grandson. This is the first artwork ever from one of my grandchildren so it will probably end up in a frame.

You should have seen me when I opened the envelope and unfolded it. I was a blubbery mess. I certainly hope I get more of these.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Christmas Boot

 I am sharing a Christmas treasure today.
This boot was crocheted by my grandma Blanche and she gave it to me for Christmas sometime in the late eighties.

This is it's first Christmas in Florida. It has been in a box   with my other Christmas stuff still sitting in mom's basement in Idaho since 2003.

It used to have an empty quart sized milk carton with the top cut off inside to put nuts or candy in, but I had to throw it away cause it got all yucky.  So last week I bought a quart of eggnog so I could use the carton when it was empty.

Well a couple of days ago I finally found some old fashioned Christmas hard candy after searching for days.

It comes in it's own container so I was able to just slip it inside the boot.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Christmas Program

Another treasure from aunt Jean's collection of ephemera that cousin Daniell scanned for me is this Christmas program from 1953.

(click on image for larger view)

This little Christmas play was presented by the Edison elementary school in Bloomington, Idaho Dec 22, 1953.  My mom, aunt Jean, and their cousin Susan Piggott were among the cast of characters.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lost Family Photo of Susan Villetta Keller

I found this photo at the AVONDALE ANTIQUE MART in Jacksonville a couple of weeks ago. (I also saw a gorgeous old wood filing cabinet that I would love to have.)

I was able to find enough census information to know who her family is.

Name:Villetta Keller
Age in 1860:2
Birth Year:abt 1858
Home in 1860:Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa
Post Office:Mount Pleasant

Household Members:
Jno Keller34
Harriet Keller30
Isabella Keller9
Charles Keller4
Villetta Keller2
Elenora Keller9/12

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa; Roll: M653_324; Page: 47; Image: 47; Family History Library Film: 803324.

Name:Susan V Keller
Birth Year:abt 1858
Age in 1870:12
Home in 1870:Center, Henry, Iowa

Post Office:Mount Pleasant
Household Members:
John Keller42
Emeline Keller29
Charles B Keller14
Susan V Keller12
Norman E Keller8
Alice Keller6
John W Keller2
Eva E Barker9
David F Barker5

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Center, Henry, Iowa; Roll: M593_395; Page: 181A; Image: 366; Family History Library Film: 545894.

It looks like Susan had a step-mother by 1870.  Since she was about 12 years old in 1870 I estimate that the photo was taken around 1875.

Hopefully we can get this photo into the hands of a Keller descendant.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Amanuensis Monday - 1948 Postcard

I found this postcard at the AVONDALE ANTIQUE MART in Jacksonville yesterday.

It is postmarked 
Williamsburg, VA.
Aug 11, 1130 AM
1948 and addressed to 
Miss Joanna Potter
Atlantic City

So glad we decided
on this trip. It is all
you say. We love it.
Virginia is beautiful.
Went to Jamestown and
Yorktown yesterday.
Love to you & your mother.
Feeling fine.  Ethel & Blanche

Unfortunately I have not been able to find anything on Miss Joanna Potter or learn how she is connected to Ethel and Blanche. Hopefully a relative will find this post so I can reunite them with the postcard.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Amanuensis Monday - 1909 Postcard to Mrs. Crump

I found this postcard a while back at the St. John's Flea Market.

It is postmarked Oct 12, 1909 and addressed to Mrs. M. R. Crump, Box 191, Mart, Tex. It reads:

Dear Edith-
sure you think
I am never going
to write you, but
I surely am in
a few days. En-
joyed your letter
very much. Like
my work fine and
am getting along
nicely. Kiss the
little girls and son for me, and write soon. x Jane

I have been able to find the Crump family in the census, but have not been able to find out who Jane, the author of the postcard was or how she was connected to Edith.

Name:Edith May Crump
Home in 1920:Mart, McLennan, Texas
Estimated birth year:abt 1885
Relation to Head of House:Wife
Spouse's name:Morris R Crump
Father's Birth Place:Illinois
Mother's Birth Place:Illinois
Marital Status:Married
Able to read:Yes
Able to Write:Yes
Household Members:
Morris R Crump42
Edith May Crump35
Fred Crump16
Agnes L Crump14
Irene Crump11
Johnie Crump9
Amie Laura Crump1
[1 11/12] 
Edith Crump0

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Mart, McLennan, Texas; Roll: T625_1831; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 131; Image: 572.

Maybe a Crump family descendant would be interested in this postcard, or knows who Jane is and we could get the postcard to her relatives.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1909 Postcard

Today's treasure comes from grandma Hazel's stuff. It is a postcard written to my gr-great- grandma Piggott.

It's postmarked Salt Lake City, 1909 and addressed to Mrs. E. C. Piggott; Bloomington, Idaho.  It reads:

Dear Mama
All well. I am
at Aunt Abbie's.
She sends her love
to both & was glad
to hear from you.
Am going to Aunt 
Alice's soon (today)
and have been 
in store all a.m.
having a small 
black hat trimmed
so you see I'm
busy Uncle & Annie
will be home today.  Best love, Alice

The Aunt Abbie she refers to is Abbie Piggott, sister of William Henry Piggott, Alice's father.  I haven't yet figured out who "Uncle & Annie" are.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Barker-Pickett Family Reunion

I found this Barker - Pickett Family Newsletter among the items that Daniell scanned for me.  Even though there is a page missing it's a priceless little treasure to me because I never knew that there were Barker family reunions.

Page 2 of this particular newsletter is missing.  Page 1 announces that this is the last newsletter and I especially love these two sentences - "Save your copies please. In twenty years or so those of us still living and descendants not yet born will value them."

It also announced "The end of the reunion". No fair, I never got to go to one, or so I thought until mom told me that this picture was taken at a Barker family reunion.

Mom & I at Barker - Pickett Family Reunion in Logan
Canyon, Utah, September 1963.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - The Cannon Chronicle

Among grandma Hazel's things are a few issues of The Cannon Chronicle which is a leaflet put out by The George Cannon Family Association. This one in particular pulled on my heart strings because it has a picture that I have never seen before of the house in Nauvoo, Illinois where George and Mary Edwards Cannon(my 3rd gr-great-grandparents)lived in 1844.

It also includes an interesting interview with Charles Dickens and George Q. Cannon.

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