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.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Salt and Pepper Shakers

A while back I found these salt and pepper shakers at a flea market. I could not resist them because grandma Smedley had a pair just like them.

Even though they aren't the exact ones that sat on her table, I treasure them just the same.  When I look at them I am immediately transported back in time to grandma's dinner table surrounded by any amount of family members. I can smell her pot roast.  The table is fully set with plates, glasses and silverware.  In the middle of the table is a small plate stacked with bread next to a cube of butter. There's a bottle of home canned peaches, pears, or cherries and a stack of bowls to put them in. Open bottles of home canned bread & butter pickles and pickled beets, with a spoon stuck in each, sitting next to the salt and pepper shakers. And best of all, there is grandpa wearing a flannel shirt sitting in his usual spot holding his spoon like a toothbrush and slurping up his peaches (If it was morning, he would be slurping his mush). And that my friends, is a wonderful place to be!

Mom, aunt Vella, uncle Darrell, grandpa Smedley

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

1950 Postcard From England

I can't remember which flea market I got this postcard at, but I thought it was pretty.  It is also the first one I have ever seen written from overseas.

It is addressed to: 
Mrs. Richard Brauner
3040 Vista St. N. E.
Washington 18, D.C.

The flowers are
beautiful of this
hotel. Your letter
was forwarded here
from London.  So good
to get all the office news.
We leave for London
early tomorrow.
Weather fine. Took
an all day trip to the
Lake country today.
Where did you celebrate
July 4th? They put up
an American flag on 
our hotel for us.
Will soon be sailing
home. Am looking forward
to the boat trip.
           Elizabeth I.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Grandma's Stationary

Among the items that Daniell scanned for me was this sheet of stationary from the courthouse where grandma Piggott worked. 

I thought it was neat to see the word "deputy" listed after her name. I never knew that was her title.  I used to love visiting her while she was at work. One of the judges always gave us a wintergreen lifesaver when we were there. And there is just something about wondering around a creaky old building (it was creaky even back then).

Boy, if I would have known about twenty years ago that I could have sat in that very courthouse and looked through archives I would have way more documentation than I do now!

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