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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wordless Wednesday, No Worts Linda, Just a Weed, a Day of Yellow

Linda, from Flipside, seems to love plants with names that include "wort" in the name. I told her, Linda, I don't have worts.  For some reason, she seemed to think that was humorous.  Glad that I could get her to giggle just a little, because her son is still quite ill and I am still praying for her family. 

So, today at Flipside, Linda posted for Wordless Wednesday, St. John's Wort, a beautiful yellow bloom. I offer, no worts, but, a weed, a pretty weed.  Found this growing near our home when we were out seeking a pulled pork sandwich.   The sandwich was yummy and the weed was pretty.

* Photo darkened to highlight the flower detail, flower actually sunny yellow.

** More yellow over at Reflection's Flora and Fauna today.

*** And, once again, I fail again at Wordless Wednesday, think I fail every week.  LOL

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Family Photos

Father and Mother of the Bride.
(Don't believe we ever got her entire family together for one photo.)

Twins M & L.  Their mother did a wonderful job with their hair.  So pretty!

Reflection's clan, from left,
Wife of Son # 1, twin M, Man, Bride, Groom (Son # 3),
twin L, Son # 1 with his hands on shoulders of Man's Mother,
Moi and Son # 2.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

The Ceremony

The following words are from the first several minutes of the celebration of the marriage.  The entire ceremony was filled with wonderful words of family and heritage.  You know as a researcher, I loved it all!

"...You stand on the highest floor of a symbolic family owned several story building, the construction of which was begun generations before you were born. The ground floor of this strong and sturdy building was laid by your European ancestors whose commitment to their religion and culture were to serve as the foundation upon which all additional floors would be built. The tools with which they labored were basic principals rooted in their tradition, and among these were, devotion to family, love of learning, commitment to hard work, a determination to succeed, and a desire to make the world a better place, within which their children and grandchildren might live. And the succeeding generations of your family committed themselves to the proposition of building the next great levels of this marvelous edifice. And, by virtue of your decision to join today in matrimony you inherit from them a baton, as well as an obligation, and it is to join your siblings and your cousins for the completion of the next great level of this essential building. And you do so not only for your selves but for your prosperity."

Now, let the photos tell the story.

*Thank you to Barry Jaffe, for your wonderful words.  The disclaimer, yes, this is a direct and full translation of the first several minutes of the celebration of marriage.   Full credit to Barry Jaffe.

**Yes, there are a few more photos on Reflection's Flora and Fauna, or here.  Tomorrow I will have just a couple more photos from the wedding, of the rest of the family.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I Hear Wedding Bells


I've packed the tissues and the camera.

Reflections is off today.

We're having a wedding!

*Graphic courtesy of webweaver.nu

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Friday, June 25, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #25, and a Follow Friday

Thanks to Amy Coffin, of We Tree  for the 52 Weeks challenges. Week 25 is: Write one good, solid comment on at least one genealogy blog every day for a week. (Well, I hope they were good and solid!  LOL)

Sunday, June 20th  Left a message on Dorsey's post for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, her first participation, Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Prolific Father, a very nice job and a great photo as well.

Monday, June 21st  Would have let a comment on Footnote Maven's piece on Splogging, but, her comment button was on the blitz, no matter, you should go read Splog Happens anyway.  I learned a lot by reading it.  Ohhh, and she got that comment thing going.  Wahhooo.

Tuesday, June 22nd  Left a message on Barbara's "Life From the Roots".  She has great photos, and today's was no exception.  Wait till you see that cemetery gate, at her Tombstone Tuesday post.  Also left a message on Terri Buster's blog, Southwest Arkie, her Tombstone Tuesday entry was also outstanding, so unusual. Go see for yourself, Tombstone Tuesday ~ Welcome to Earth.  (Sadly, this blog is no longer viable, March 2019.)

Wednesday, June 23rd.  Left a comment on Cynthia Shenette's blog, "Heritage Zen:". her post with photos of her wedding dress and cake.  Lovely and that cake is so special!  And, her template, can we say fab??  Yes we can!

Thursday, is Treasure Chest Thursday, what fun reading, great photos, lots of foder for comments.  Like:  Jennifer at "'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History", who posted some of those fun photo booth photos at her post, Treasure Chest Thursday: Old photos found.  Go take a peak.  Or how bout Terri Buster's post Treasure Chest Thursday ~ Samuel Buster Marriage License?  (Again, note this blog no longer on line.)  Now, that is a treasure.  Michelle Goodrum over at "The Turning of Generations" has been revealing treasures found in her Time Capsule, such as Treasure Chest Thursday-Time Capsule-Frances' Necklace.  As soon as I see she has added a new post, I surf right over, great series of posts.

Friday, left comment on 'Begin with "Craft"', where Valerie was talking about scanning a probate case packed with pages and pages, all 11 X 17 inches.  I suggested she might try photographing the documents, as I discussed here a few weeks ago.  I joined as a follower, she researches heavy in the SE of USA, an area I am very interested in, hoping I will pick up a few hints and ideas.

Saturday, would be day 7, but, I am going to beg off, asking forgiveness. Got that wedding, I think that will qualify a "forgive".

So, I am going to publish this on Friday, Follow Friday.

Thanks Amy for another great challenge.

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Happy Birthday, Nephew

Happy Birthday # 22 to a great guy, my nephew. 

We are so proud of his accomplishments.  He is a well balanced young adult, and smart as a whip. 

* (Ya, a bit prejudiced Aunt Carol, but, you should see the grades this kid pulls! WOW!)

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday, Shadow Box

Man bought me this shadow box when we were first married, a great many moons ago.  It is an old frame hinged (on the top) onto a box with shelves.  It was made for us in Blissfield Michigan by a wonderful older couple (well, they were older then, probably about my age now, GULP!) who ran an antique store out of their home.  We painted the interior shelves white to show off the porcelin collection.  This shadow box has hung in every home we have lived in, with the exception of the two villas we inhabited in Morocco, the box stayed safely stored in Man's parent's home during that time.

Many items in the collection were given to me by my grandmother, Florence Ruth Dews Bowen.  I shared another such shadow box, also filled with the gifted minatures.

Several of the collectibles in this box on the second shelf from the bottom on the right side are actually salt and pepper shaker sets.  I have quite a few salt and pepper shaker sets from Florence.

In total I have 4 shadow boxes filled with these mini-treasures, treasures within a treasure.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday, Prayers Today

I am spending my wordless Wednesday watching the weather bug and the storms.  BOOM!

Also spending the day quietly praying for two dear friends, Linda, from Flipside, whose son is back in the hospital and friend "P", who has almost every family member in the midst of crisis, medical and other wise. 

I trust you will join me in sending prayers and positive vibes forward for these two.


*Check out Linda's entry in Wordless Wednesday this week, Flipside of a Water Lily, rather clever title, eh??  My attempt at a weekly response is over at Flora and Fauna today, Upside of Flipside's Water Lily.

**Graphic courtesy of Webweaver.nu

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Coke Cooler and The Wedding

Man's father brought this home one day many many moons ago, and gave it to us.  I stripped the paint (yes, I did antique lovers everywhere, please don't beat me up, I wanted to use it for purpose intended, not make $$ on it).  I re-painted it this RED!  REALLY REALLY RED!  LOL  The cooler has not been plugged in for years, maybe 20 years. It did work then. 

This cooler is mechanical,  in that it is filled with water (and Coke, bottled Coke, of course)  and plugged in.    The mechanics keep the water C-O-L-D.  It has, if I remember what Man told me, a refrigeration unit that cools and circulates the water.

In a little internet snooping the other day I found a reference that stated the water would be about 40 degrees F.  I never stuck a thermometer in there, but, I can tell you digging in there for a beverage that had tipped over was an eye opening, B-B-R-R-R-R experience.

The Bottle Opener 
Man purchased somewhere, sometime.
The one that came with the cooler was plain.
But, we had to have this one, isn't it fun?

At least I did not paint over the label!  Just nicked the edges.

In my google seaching the other evening I found that this probably was manufactured during the 1930's to 1940's.  Actually, I suspect, that the little "37" in the upper right hand corner may be the year of manufacture.  Attempt at googling the serial number did not turn up results.

The cooler has been stored in our garage for 15 years, becoming a storage shelf.  I have unearthed it so that Son # 3 can use it at his wedding.  Shhhhh, don't tell the people at Coke, I suspect it will be filled with home made beer that all three sons brewed together for the wedding.

* The disclaimer, Coke, Coca Cola and all other forms of the name for the beverage and the company, are but of course, copyrighted by them!

**Alas time has taken its toll, we filled it with water the other evening and plugged it in, and waited. After about 3 hours, the water temperature had only dropped 1 degree. 59 degrees F just will not do.  So, we will fill it with beer and pop and wine and bottled water and lots of ice.  The cooler lives on, building memories for the bride and groom.  Cooler has been delivered to the wedding site, they were both almost giddy with excitement.

From left:  Groom aka Son# 3, THE Cooler, Man, and the Bride

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Relatively Speaking, It's Hot Out There, You Say it is Carol's Turn??

OK, what with the heat, the yard work, the family issues, cemetery stomping, preparing some blog posts for publication later this week and the wedding activities, I did not realize it was my turn at the helm until Karen reminded me.


All the Wild Ones have been so busy that the email numbers have been reduced to almost zip!  Bill must be wondering where we all are (insider joke, we always say that Mr. Microsoft Bill (Gates) must get our MIA email, we just cannot figure out why he would want to read our ranting about indexing at Ancestry, or how we found the latest death certificate/obit/burial record - - - - ).

What we do know:  Two of us have family members dealing with heart issues, we are praying.  One of us has a very banged up auto from the storms the other night.  Tree and car, mmmmm, not a good mix.  Could have been worse, no one was hurt.

We are ALL busy in our yards and gardens.  We go out and weed a bit, come back in and do a bit of computer work or house work, then go back out in the heat and try to do a bit more weeding, weeding and more weeding.  Seems we all have LOTS of weeds.  SIGHHH  Must be all that heat, they are growing, like, well, like weeds!

Our kids are getting new jobs, going to school, graduating from college, moving to new digs, getting married. We all celebrated Father's Day with the special men in our lives. 

Ya, baby, it is hot out there, and Carol has NO more for Relatively Speaking this time around.

*Pssstttttt, I can tell you that Karen will be talking genie and cooking this week (maybe even today) on her blog.  Anne has a fab story coming soon on her blog about a news article she found in Lexington this week.  Later this week I will have a post about the cooler and the wedding, and depending on how the week plays out, I might even have one bout dead eye and knockin' knees.  But right now, I am gonna schedule this for publication early Monday, and I am headed for the land of ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

**Graphic courtesy of webweavers.nu

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hippy Father's Day to the Men in My Life

*Graphic courtesy of http://desktoppublishing.com/ . (Link non functional as of October 2018)

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Prolific Dad, Well, Maybe - - -

Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings has posted his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, and I know, I said I was gonna take it easy this week, but, oh, dear me, I read this challenge and could not resist nor could I stop laughing, as the name of one of my ancestors popped right into my ole tired brain mass.  Randy's writes:

Your mission for Father's Day, if you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Determine who is one of the most prolific fathers in your genealogy database or in your ancestry. By prolific, I mean the one who fathered the most children.

2) Tell us about him in your own blog post, ...

Even though I just knew who I would be chatting about, I did give the data base a quick lookie see, and both Man and I have several male ancestors that had fathered 10, 11 and 12 children each. 

However, I just don't think there is a better (as in humorous, if you have a dark sense of humor, and I do!) story than of Benjamin Trumbo.

Benjamin (1821-1891) was born, married, lived and died in Rockingham County, Virginia.  He was married twice, first to Cynthia Ann Riddle with whom he had 7 children.  Cynthia died in 1865 and Benjamin remained a widower for quite a few years, as he did not marry his second wife, Samantha Catherine Emswiler until 1874.  Benjamin and Samantha had 6 children.

So, what is so humorous about all of this??  Nothing, pretty normal, marry, have kids, lose wife, marry again, have another batch of kids, 13 in total, not outrageous.

There is however, the report in a local cemetery book, which no one can substantiate, where it is written, "it is reported that Benjamin Trumbo was the father of 52 children."  Ya, you read that right, someone told the compiler of this cemetery records book that Benjamin was the daddy of all daddies of Rockingham County.  Fifty-two kids!

I learned of this tidbit when cousin Alva made a copy of the page and sent it to me.  She was outraged that someone would accuse/write this about Benjamin.  I on the other hand, nearly fell out of my chair laughing, tears running down my face.  I still get a very serious case of the giggles when I think of the story, her outrage and my delight!

Can you imagine all the really messed up family lineages in Rockingham County, if this were true?  Benjamin is not named as the father to children, other than his 13, in the record books of Rockingham.  Alva would have found any such record.  She lived nearby, walked to the courthouse several times a week, and despite the fact that she is a proper southern gal, dressed to the nines in heels, hose, dresses, perfect make up and all the finery she can muster, she tore up that courthouse!  If there was ANY record of a child of Benjamins, other than the 13 by the 2 legal wives, Alva would have found it.  It became her mission.

Course, there is also the possibility that ole Benj really did father 52 children, and not a one of the mothers reported same or sued him for any support.  If you believe that, I have this swamp land in Florida I want to sell, really, I do!

And, Carol giggles on.  Sorry, it is that dark sense of humor, I mean, really 52 kids??

* The quote from the cemetery book is not a direct quote, but, a close one.  Quotes used for affect.

** Had to google it, reportedly, the man who fathered the most children, ever, could have been Mulai Ismail who historians think could have had somewhere around eight hundred children in his life between 1646-1727 where he ruled as the last Sharifian Emperor of Morocco.

***Graphic thanks to webweaver.nu

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Saturday Stuff, Some This 'N That, From Reflections

Kinda expect that I will be slowing down a bit the next week or so on the blogs, excuse, got this wedding next weekend.  [GRIN]

Summer starts WHEN??  Seems it started here in lower Michigan a few weeks ago, but, you won't hear me complaining.  Cept, gotta say yesterday with high humidity is a bit uncomfy, and the storms that frequently come with that high heat/humidity, well, no thanks Momma Nature, ick!  Last night, with the weather radio screaming at me, yelling about 1 inch hail and possible 80 MPH winds, I even brought most of the potted plants in from the deck.  Even brought in the hummer feeders.  We thankfully missed most of the action, but, hear reports of several houses hit by lightening just north of here.  Prayers going out to them, lost most everything, but, all got out safely, including pets!

Mr. G (Gallagher the yorkie with a mouth and a sharp bark) is talking to me, time for breakfast and then, I need to take the hummers their food as well.

*Grahic thanks to Webweaver

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Birthday Obsevances, Sarah aka Nellie Glenn Lashbrook Welch

Yep, that is about the extent of my images of Sarah, aka, Nellie.  (On edit at 4:14 PM Friday:  A generic silhouette, this is NOT Nellie, oh, but I wish it was really her.  Sorry to my readers if you thought it was, I realized after I posted and left for errands that this did not read the way I meant it to read.  Oooops!)

Other than her death certificate and her marriage record, I have no images for Nellie.  Nellie married our man of mystery, the dude that captured my imagination early on in my research and has managed to keep surprising me, some 20 years later.

So, what do I know about Nellie?  She was born to Thomas Glenn and Sarah Morgan June 18, 1873 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. 

Nellie married Archibald N. Lashbrook (who later will be known as Arthur Norman Stevens, Sr.) on March 22, 1901 in Hennepin County, Minnesota.  Together they had one child, Letty Lorraine Lashbrook.

They lived together as man and wife for, oooooo, about 14 years.  Then Archie went missing.

Our next records of Nellie are city directories from Minneapolis, Minnesota where we find:

For 1919 Nellie Lashbrook, clerk at The Leader, boards 513 S. 6th, with her daughter Letty.

For 1920 Nellie Lashbrook, widow Archibald, boards 2955 Newton Ave. N.  (Interesting to note she is NOT found on the 1920 census at this address.  Her daughter is also listed on the 1920 directory as living at this address.)

By 1930 Nellie has remarried, her new man is William E. Welch, they are living in Minneapolis with his two sons, George S. and Kenneth.  They live at 2955 Newton, William owns the home, and has lived there at least since 1920.

At some time Nellie moves to California, where on 4 Sep 1945 she dies in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.  Nellie was laid to rest at the Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California.  Her death certificate states she is a widow.  Her "usual" residence is 2104 Portland Street, the informant on her death certificate is her daughter, Miss Letty Lashbrooke, whose home address is the same.

*Graphic courtesy of clker.com

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday, Grossman Phone Switch Box

This phone switch box was used until the late 1980's in the real estate offices where I worked for about 9 years.

I cannot tell you how many people were "cut off" by yours truly while I was learning the proper way to operate the toggle switches.  More than I really want to admit to!

No intercom set up in this office either, so, you had to, well, bellow out, "Mr. Grossman, Line 1".  "Rust, Line 3."  "Please hold."  "Ooops!", followed by whispered purple words!  LOL

A treasured memory and artifact.

* If there were clients in the office, no bellowing, ya got up and walked to the office of Mr. Grossman or the specific salesman.  Gotta have some class in the office, ya know??

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday, Alice is Gonna Have to Climb a Bit

Linda has a great photo today at Flipside, and I LOVE her title, Go Ask Alice.  As some of our readers know, Linda posts a photo on WW, and I try to respond.  So, today's response, is:

Alice is gonna have to climb a bit!

*If you skip over to my other blog, Reflection's Flora and Fauna, you can see what Alice sees, closer.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

GYR July 2010--Scavenger Hunt, Hunting Symbolism

I saw this challenge over at Linda's Flipside, and it was not long before I was wondering, hmmmmm??

This is my entry in the The Association of Graveyard Rabbits Scavenger Hunt. Bloggers were asked to find fifteen items found in cemeteries. Thank you to Julie Cahill Tarr over at Chicagoland Cemeteries who submitted this idea.

Spiegel Cemetery
Blissfield Township, Lenawee County, Michigan
Burial place of:
Gattin von
Heinrich Retter
Geb 4 Mai 1822
Gest 27 Sept 1905

Caplinger Cemetery,
Criders, Rockingham County, Virginia
Burial place of:
Lewis Harvey Yankey and
his wife, Mary Ann Yankey
(From my data base)

Oyster Bay Baptist Church Cemetery,
Oyster Bay, Baldwin County, Alabama
Fraternal Order of Police
Burial place of:
Adrian J. "Mac" McGinnis

Franklin Civil War Monument
Franklin Cemetery
Franklin Township, Lenawee County, Michigan
July 4, 2006, Rededication Ceremony

Daphne Methodist Church Cemetery
Daphne, Baldwin County, Alabama
Burial place of:
Caroline E. Dunn

Caplinger Cemetery
Criders, Rockingham County, Virginia
Burial place of:
Ernest H. Halterman and
his wife, Melvie R. Halterman
(From my database.)

Rock Cemetery
Robertsdale, Baldwin County, Alabama
Burial place of Denver Wayne Alvin Carr

Daphne Methodist Church Cemetery
Daphne, Baldwin County, Alabama
Burial place of:
Edwin H. Lee

Trumbo Family Cemetery
Fulks Run, Rockingham County, Virginia
Burial place of:
Cynthia Ann Trumbo
(From my database.)

Brookside Cemetery
Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Michigan
Burial place of:
Fannie M. Lester Halstead

Ivy Hill Cemetery,
Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Gwaltney Burial Family Plot
The Smithfield/Gwaltney Ham Family
(From my database.)

Hillside Cemetery
Addison, Lenawee County, Michigan
Burial place of:
Dale Otto Marowelli

Hillside Cemetery
Addison, Lenawee County, Michigan
Burial place of:
Gregory Thomas Davis II

Bethesda Primitive Baptist Church
Madray Springs, Wayne County, Georgia
Burial place of:
Hezekiah Bowen
(From my data base.)

Exterior and Interior
Greenlawn Abbey Mausoleum
Blackwell Cemetery, Blackwell, Kay County, Oklahoma
Burial Place of:
Charles Clinton Lashbrook and
his wife, Maud McLaury Lashbrook and
their son, Charles Arthur Lashbrook and
his wife Mildred ??

Well, this has been quite the exercise, hope you enjoyed it.  It took me a lot longer than I thought it would.  Along the way, I added several new memorials to Find A Grave and photos to several other memorials at Find A Grave.  Funny how that happens!  LOL

Once found,, I had to include it,
could have saved a lot of time and used this one for: 
Photo, Cross, Bird, Angel
Shell Banks Baptist Church Cemetery
Fort Morgan, Baldwin County, Alabama
Burial place of:
William "Manzy" Fuller Ewing.
(Isn't it great??)

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