Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Get Well Greeting

I found this get well greeting card in an antique store in Jacksonville.

The note inside reads:
Dear Hazel, -
I have looked for
you to come home for some
time can't you get away from the "Gold Coast" - I miss you
so much, I am tired of second
hand news - I am still on
the no good list, I can't gain
any strength, I hadn't gotten
out yet, but, maby I can next
week to see Dr - I still get
out of breath - & feet & legs swell.
Am getting anxious to see
you Hazel - Lots of Love Ella Mae

Unfortunately there is not enough information to know who Hazel, the recipient is.

There are several Ella Mae Perkins and I am afraid singling the correct one out is going to be difficult. Hopefully a family member will spot this and know.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1910 Postcard

Today's treasure comes to you from great-grandma Piggott's stuff. This postcard was stamped Oct 10, 1910 which was ten days after Hazel Madsen and William Piggott were married so I am assuming that the unknown author was congratulating great-grandma on her marriage. I guess the stork was an attempt at a sense of humor (or was there something to it?). Their oldest child (my grandpa) wasn't born until 1912 so maybe there was a child that didn't survive and I just don't know.

The card reads:
Mrs. William Piggott
Bloomington (scratched out) Pegram, Idaho

I just want to
you on that little
stop you made in
Paris last Wed.
as ever

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ledger of the Estate of Wm E. Griffin, Deceased

I found this lost family treasure at the Bargain House of Fleas in Jacksonville. It is a ledger book of The Estate of Wm E. Griffin Deceased April 1st 1867. This is indeed a wonderful piece of family history that should be in the hands of a Griffin family member.

I still haven't figured out who the keeper of the ledger was, but across the top of both pages it says, "The Estate of Wm E. Griffin Decsd In Account Current With B. B. Griffin From April 1st 1867 To Decr 31st 1868".

Page 8 reads:
April 1st 67 F.E. Tebean , O. E. C. Pd voucher No. 1 $7.00
April 25th/67 To Cooper Alcotts & Fanelly for this book, for voucher 2 .75
April 1st 67 To F. E. Tebean ordinary pd voucher No 3 6.30
May 15th/67 To A & J. R.R. C. pd voucher No 4 2.86

Page 9 reads:
No 1 Recd of B. B. Griffin Seven Dollars for printing Notices
of application for letter of administration on
Est of William E. Griffin Decd
April 1st 1867 F. E. Tebean ordinary

No. 2 Estate W. E. Griffin Savannah April 25th 1867
To Cooper Alcotts & Fanelly Do
1 Q (?) Cap ledger 75
Recd Payment, Cooper Alcotts & Fanelly
Per George T Quanto

No. 3 Burton B. Griffin Admin on Est of Wm E. Griffin
To F. E. Tebean ordinary Do
1867 April 1st To citation for Letter Admin $1.25
" " To Cash Paid ? 7.00
May 6th To Granting Letters 1.50
" " " Copy of letters .50
" " " Recording Do .50
" " " Bond & Recording Bond 1.00
" " " Warrant of Appraisement .50
" " " Receiving & Recording Appraisement 1.00
" " " Stamp on " .05
Apl int Recd Cash for Printing 7.00
Recd payment F. E. Tabean O. C. R.
no. 4 B. B. Griffin Admin Estate of Wm E. Griffin Decd
1867 To A & G. R. R. Co do
May 15th To Shipping of one Lot of Beding & furniture
from Station Seven $2.86
Received Payment
Savannah May 15th 1867 A. Williams

There is an entry dated July 27th 1871 that reads:
Received of B. B. Griffin
Guardian for Gordon B. Griffin Six 30/100 Dollars
in full for Medical Sirvices
A. B. Lamen M.D.

There are 37 pages of entries in a 110 page book. I have not been able to find much on William E. Griffin, but I was able to find some records regarding Burton B. Griffin the Administrator of his estate.

Burton B. Griffin was a Corporal in the Fifth Georgia Calvary

I have found the following census information:

1920;Census Place: Militia District 12, Effingham, Georgia; Roll T625_255; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 107

1910; Census Place: Militia District 12, Effingham, Georgia; Roll T624_185; Page: 17B

1900; Census Place: Militia District 12, Effingham, Georgia; Roll T623_194; Page: 14A

1880; Census Place: District 12, Effingham, Georgia; Roll T9_145; Family History Film: 1254145; Page: 381.1000; Enumeration District: 48

1860; Census Place: Georgia Militia District 12, Effingham, Georgia; Roll M653_120; Page: 693; Image: 154

1850; Census Place: Division 26, Effingham, Georgia; Roll M432_68; Page: 354B

I believe that Burton was the brother of William E. Griffin.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Pageant Program

I found this program among the items that belonged to great-grandma. She was my maternal great-grandmother and the only one that I was lucky enough to know and share memories with. Ironically the two names mentioned in this historical pageant program are from my paternal side. The pageant entitled "A Certain Hillside" was written by my great-uncle Ezra who I talked about last week. My great-great-grandfather, Robert Price is listed as one of the characters.

I can't be sure when this pageant took place because there is no date, however it must have been the same day the programs were printed. The time of the show was 'Sunset of Today'.

The story was about the history of Fielding Academy, An Educational Institution of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Avis Anderson

I found this photo of cute, little Avis Anderson at the Ramona Flea market in Jacksonville.

The picture was taken in June of 1930 by photographer Louis Oliver of Providence, Rhode Island. According to the 1930 census she was seven years old when this photo was taken.

Louis was elected first vice-president of the Photographers' Association of New England.

The above article about him is from The Photographic Journal of America, Vol 57 at Google Books:.

Here is little Avis with her family in the 1930 Census:

1930; Census Place: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll 2178; Page: 13B

I just found her obituary and she has only been gone about a month.

Avis M. Anderson

Birth date: January 13, 1923
Death date: February 13, 2010


Avis M. Anderson, 87, formerly of Cranston passed away Saturday at Cherry Hill Manor in Johnston.

Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Mary (Wynkoop) Anderson. Avis was a registered nurse for over 30 years before rtiring from Rhode Island Hospital in 1972.

Her funeral and burial were held Wednesday at Sprig Vale Cemetery in Rumford.


Spring Vale Cemetery, Rumford
Frank P. Trainor and Son Funeral Home
It looks as though she never married. I hope there is some family member out there who would appreciate this photo.

*Update - This lost family treasure has now been found!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Letter to Grandma

Today I bring to you another shoebox memento. This is a four page typewritten letter dated Jan. 27, 1973 from my great-uncle Ezra to his sister (grandma Smedley) concerning the publication and promotion of his book "Behold The Sun Rises"

You can click on the images and read the letter with no problem, but I wanted to transcribe a couple of paragraphs that touched me.
I greatly appreciate, your love and loyalty, Grace, particularly in my long, arduous struggle in the most difficult of all professions. In any other profession you can start at the bottom and work up. In writing, you are merely a screwball, or perhaps even worse, a bum, in your own locality until someone a long way off begins to take notice of you. I am still relatively unknown, and I like it that way. It must be an awful nuiscence to be unable to go out on the street without being accosted by a mob, friendly or otherwise. Still, I do have the inner satisfaction of knowing that millions of people have read something somewhere I have written. And I know of nothing among my published material for which I have regrets.

Though I have never mentioned it before to anyone, I am mentioning it to you now that all my life I have felt mother has been close to me and watching over me. At times she has seemed so close I felt as I should be able to reach out and touch her. I am sure she has protected me from danger more than once; and somehow has been associated with those spiritual forces that directed me, often against my will.

On page 1 he mentions helping to promote a book by Bonnie. Well of course I had to google this and here is where I found her book.

Included with the letter was this promo page:
You can learn more about Ezra James Poulsen at the tribute page on my website.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Kelty Four Geneartion Photo

This is a four generation photo that I found in one of the flea markets in Jacksonville. ( I can't remember which one.)

There is a sticky note on the back identifying each person.

1. Emer Kelty
2. Alice Kelty
3. Elizabeth Votaw
4. Thomasine Teeters

According to the 1900 Census, Emer was born Feb 1885 in Ohio.
I figure the photo was taken somewhere between 1888 and 1890.

Alice Kelty and her family lived next door to her parents Lidley and Elizabeth.

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Alliance Ward 2, Stark, Ohio; Roll T623_1322; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 122.

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Alliance Ward 2, Stark, Ohio; Roll T624_1232; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 200; Image: 223.

It looks like Emer Kelty was a dog breeder:

He was secretary of the Pittsburgh Collie Club:

Hopefully this photo can find it's way to a member of the Kelty family.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1942 Tax Forms

Coming to you today from my special shoebox is grandma & grandpa Smedley's 1942 tax records. Notice on page 2 that you actually list the names of your dependents.

The next form is a 1040 F -- Schedule Of Farm Income And Expenses. I guess he didn't have to report it on his 1040.

I even have a couple of pieces of paper that he wrote his tax figures on.

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