Monday, October 18, 2010

Tecumseh Tidbits

Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

One of the books published by the Lenawee County Family Researchers, is titled:  "Extractions of Births, Marriages, Deaths and Miscellaneous News Items From The Tecumseh Herald, Scattered Dates From 1880 - 1895" 

A volunteer extracted these news tidbits from actual copies of the newspaper. The newspapers were found at the Lenawee County Historical Society.  They are in fragile condition, and during this extraction project were transferred from a pile in the top of an old cupboard to archival safe Hollinger storage boxes.  Many of the issues found were not represented in the excellent collection of newspapers on microfilm (available at the Tecumseh Public Library).

Yesterday while working on the "9 books need re-printing and 1 new book needs to go to the printer" extravaganza, I picked up this 27 page booklet and started re-reading.  I hope you will enjoy these tidbits as much as I did.


From the August 23, 1883 issue:

Local news - On Thursday evening, August 16, the many relatives and friends of Mr. P.V. Woodward and Miss Kate Boyce donned their finest apparel and assembled at the residence of B. J. Rector to witness the solemnities of the marriage vows.  Among the gifts was a warranty deed of village lot in Tecumseh from Mr. and Mrs. V. J. Woodward and  a bed quilt marked as follows: "From your grandmother, pieced when in her 88th year, containing 900 blocks."  Cloe Woodward

From the December 8, 1887 issue:

Grandma Easlick is in her 78th year and during odd spells, for the past 20 months has pieced 15 quilts of twenty blocks each and 72 pieces in each block making 21,000 pieces; and gave a quilt to each of her children.


*Quilt graphic courtesy of Dawn's Quilting Clip Art


Nolichucky Roots said...

I'd hate to see what Grandma Easlick could have accomplished if she'd really been working at it - instead of just using "odd spells" of time. What a woman! I suppose reading and tv are to blame for my dramatically lower production rate - not to mention genealogy.

footnoteMaven said...

These are the bits of family history I love the most. I once found a newspaper article that told of my ancestors dancing all night.