You may also like to read:

If you enjoy reading this blog, you may also like to read the articles I write each week as the Springfield Genealogy Examiner and as the Ozarks Cultural Heritage Examiner. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a one. You may also enjoy reading about the family stories in my novels at The Homeplace Series blog. You can sign up for e-mail reminders.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday - Bill and Gary

I could not pass this one up going through old photos - had to be a Wordless (nearly) Wednesday - hope I haven't used it before... actually, it doesn't really matter. I like it. I'm on the left, my only older Smith cousin is on the right. Summer of 1940, I'd guess... couple years ago, for sure!  ;-) 'nough said.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 29 June 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 29 June 2010

This is my third report of entering Tombstone Tuesday entries into Find A Grave, per my Challenge #22 and #23 resolution. This is 3 Nov 2009 entry for the Lyon family in Kansas.
[She was my second great grand aunt]

Young Harry LYON was born 5 Mar 1887 and died 15 Sep 1894, over seven years old. He was the first person to be buried in the Utica Cemetery, Ness County, Kansas.
Find A Grave Memorial# 53849333

Harry's father was William Eugene LYON (1851-1930)
Find A Grave Memorial# 53849621

Harry's mother was Fanny Susan KINNICK LYON (1851-19250
Find A Grave Memorial# 53849853


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Follow Friday - 25 Jun 2010

Follow Friday - 25 Jun 2010

My recommendations this week. As usual, I normally pick a good post from my week's readings, or left from the prior week! Hope they are useful or at least interesting to you, as well! If it is your first visit, even better!  ;-)

POST:
Census Searching: Ancestor Not Home? Ask the Neighbors post at Bayside Blog is my favorite this week. We each have our own techniques, but this post provides a well documented and useful reminder of how to go about a minor brick wall that we each face from time to time in our research. And, it has worked for me a couple of time, in the past.


BLOG:

I first had just the Family History Research Tips post: Tracing a family through addresses listed as a post recommendation. After some addition thought, and a few more posts going by, I am simply recommending Family History Research Tips as a most interesting and consistently useful blog, even though it is new. I get email updates, so do get to see it regularly. Thanks, Jen, for what you do!


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Uncle back from Japan

Treasure Chest Thursday - Uncle back from Japan


I came across this clipping from about 1947, I think it was. All I could think about was the cardboard model Jeep that Uncle Buzz brought back for me. I sure wish I still had it. I wonder what happened to it?? I was a Jeep driver, for officers in the intelligence service, right after the end of the war. At least, that is what he told us he did! What memories!  ;-) I do treasure them.  ;-)

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wisdom Wednesday 2 - What we can continue to learn from Mister Rogers

What we can continue to learn from Mister Rogers

As part of my continuing study of family communications, I get a regular email from Mister Rogers Professional Development: Helping Adults Who Help Children. It is also useful as a older grandparent with very young grandchildren.

This month, Hedda Sharapan, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, shared some highlights of a recent presentation on Emotional Inelligence:

  • Help children know that feelings are natural and normal - and sometimes hard to deal with
  • Let children know they have ways to manage their feelings
  • Recognize that different strategies work for different children
  • Choose healthy ways
  • Ask the children - what helps you?

For more from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit Family Communications, Inc. at http://www.fci.org/






Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 22 June 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 22 June 2010

This is my second report of entering Tombstone Tuesday entries into Find A Grave, per my Challenge #22 and #23 resolution. Again, today I am focused on my family, at the Coon Rapids, Iowa, Cemetery, my hometown; this week is Smith (2-9-16 Feb 2010).

I started with my Dad's older sister, Irene Smith (1909-1997).

Find A Grave Memorial# 53816710
She has a simple tombstone in the Coon Rapids, Iowa, Cemetery plot of her parents and several siblings.

The other two I did this week are my paternal grandparents, Dad and Irene's parents, William Emanuel Smith (1869-1939) first.

Find A Grave Memorial# 53816786
He died four months after I was born.

His wife, of course, my grandmother, was Ellen Rebecca PRESTON BALLARD SMITH (1880-1923).

Find A Grave Memorial# 53816956
She died very young, of course, and left several young children to be looked after by her husband and the older sisters.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

More 1692 BRIGHTWELL records in Maryland Historical Magazine

Continuing from my post yesterday, this is more BRIGHTWELL in the Maryland Historical Magazine of June 1921, Vol. 16, #2:

The title of the article was 'The Baltimore County "Garrison" and the Old Garrison Roads' by William B. Marye beginning on page 105 - here are the first 3 of the 7 BRIGHTWELL references:

From p. 107-108:

The following order was issued by a Council held at Saint Mary's October 6th, 1692: "Ordered that six men with two Officers be appointed in the most considerable and exposed Places on the Frontiers vizt Captain Richd Brightwell with six men under his command well armed & provided to range from the head & Branches of Pottomuck to the branches of Potuxent one other with six men more armed &ea as aforesd from the head of Pottuxent to the head of Pottapsico and one more with the like number of men from thence to the head of Susquehanno River {footnote in the manuscript: This expression is, of course, not to be taken literally. It meant some part of the river at or not many miles above the head of tidewater} to be nominated and appointed, as also their pay agree for and acertained, by his Excellency the Governor." (Md. Arch., VIII, 378).

At a Council held at Saint Peter's October 14th, 1692, the following order concerning rangers was issued:
"Rangers appointed for the year ensuing upon the Frontiers of this Province vizt
"Captain Richard Brightwell with six men from the Falls of Pottomuck to the Branches of Pottuxen Captain Thomas Richardson from the Freshes of Pottuxen to the falls of Potapsicoe with six men Captain James Maxwell from the Falls of Potapsicoe to Susquhanno River with six men to be paid men and Officers p Ratio as in Virginia." (Md. Arch., VIII, 398).

At a Council held at Saint Peter's near Saint Mary's March 9th, 1692, the following resolutions respecting rangers were passed: "Advised thereupon and resolved by the Board that three Forts be forthwith erected in each of which a dwelling House sufficient to retain and accomodate a Captain or Commander and nine Souldiers together with a small Cabbin for four Indians to be found and sent thither by the Emporer of Nantecoke the Emperor of Pascattoway and the King of Choptico the said three Forts to be erected & built one in Charles County by the Direction and appointment of Captian John Addison one in Anne Arundell County at the direction & appointment of Coll Nicholas Greenbury & the other about the Fall of Potapsicoe toward or near Susquehannoh River in Baltimore County that Captain Richard Brightwell command the Fort at Charles County Capt. ------ at Anne Arundell and Captain Thomas Richardson that in Baltemore County, ordered also that the aforesaid Captain John Addison and Coll Nicholas Greenberry be desired, authorised and empowered to press and procure Carpenters work labourers provision tools and other necessarys for erecting and building the said Forts and that they have assurance given them from this Board of being satisfied and paid for the same at the publick charge to be allowed p rato at the price current when such things are got and procured. Ordered also that Captain John Addison be and he is hereby desired authorised and empowered to treat with and procure of the Emporer of Pascattaway four of his Indians for the Fort at Charles County, ...

[Dr. Bill comment - this is the first time I have seen this reference to BRIGHTWELL commanding a fort - he did live in Charles County. I've seen ranging stories, but not this one.  ;-)]

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Prolific Dad

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Prolific Dad

Saturday Night Fun with Genea-Musings

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, in comments to this blog post, or in comments on Facebook.


A Dozen seems to be my max - with two in direct line, one on each side!
2nd Great Grandfather, Michael SMITH (1829-1902, a Civil War Veteran), had three children with his first wife and nine with his second. The first child with his second wife, was my Great Grandfather, and namesake, William Smith, Dad's Dad!  ;-)


On my mother's side, also 2nd Great Grandfather, Walter Watson KINNICK (1840-1919, also a Civil War Veteran) had 12 children with his wife, Mary, between 1864 and 1887; all but one lived to adulthood.

Note the one common factor, both were Civil War Veterans!  ;-)

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Surname Saturday - BRIGHTWELL in Maryland Historical Magazine

First, thanks to Randy Seaver's 16 Jun 2010 post at Genea-Musing.com for pointing out that the Maryland Historical Magazine is now available on line.

Second, I first mentioned BRIGHTWELL in a Surname Saturday earlier this year. I also followed up with a mention on my Ancestor Approved Award comments.

My ancestor, Captain Richard Brightwell, my 6th Great Grandfather, and members of his family, are mentioned 19 times when I entered BRIGHTWELL into the search (some are index entries, some are simple mentions in lists, of course). Through the first 9 of the 19 references, I have gleaned the following two quotes from the Archives of Maryland, reported in the Magazine, that are worthy of further note, here.

Royal Province of Maryland in 1692 (In MHM 1920, Vol 15, #2, p. 127)

The colony was in an uneasy state of mind with reference to the Indians. Though treaties had just been signed, on May 18, about three o'clock in the afternoon, a negro woman was scalped and mortally wounded by a band of about ten Indians in Charles County, while she was going between two houses of her master. The friendly Piscattaway Indians joined the rangers in the pursuit, but apparently failed to capture the miscreants. Then rangers had been ordered to go out, is uncertain, but, at this time, Major Ninian Beale and Capt. Brightwell were in command of two bodies of men so employed.

(In MHM 1920, Vol 15, #4, p.392) The Old Indian Road 1737

The place called the Sugar Lands lay on Potomac River between Broad Run and Seneca Creek, and extending back some distance. It appears to have been a belt of heavily timbered rich land. Probably the earliest mention of this place is in a survey called "Brightwell's Hunting Quarter" laid out August 29th, 1695, for Captain Richard Brightwell " about twenty miles above the falls of Potomack River on the land called the Sugar land." in 1697 Captain Brightwell made a report of his "ranging" between Potomac River and the headwaters of Patuxent. (Archives, Vol. XXIII, p. 261.) In this report he mentions the Sugar Lands. Captain Brightwell then commanded a fort called "New Scotland," which appears to have been situated at the Falls of Potomac River.

[More to follow, next tomorrow - links forward will be added]

Families are Forever! ;-)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Follow Friday - 18 Jun 2010

Follow Friday - 18 Jun 2010

My recommendations this week. As usual, I normally pick a good post from my week's readings, or left from the prior week! Hope they are useful or at least interesting to you, as well! If it is your first visit, even better!  ;-)

POST:

This post is a nice thought provoking piece, by Chery Kinnick, a distant cousin by marriage (irrelevant, but full disclosure): History by Fact, or by Faith? Some musing on how we interpret history at Nordic Blue.
You may agree or disagree with elements of the post, but I'll bet you will think about it for awhile after reading it...  ;-)


BLOG:

Today I am recommending: Dan Curtis~Professional Personal Historian

Dan was the first "Professional Personal Historian" I encountered, and his blog and newsletter opened up a whole new area of endeavor, to me... one that is most fascinating... even another professional organization to consider. Enjoy visiting Dan on a regular basis.





Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Dad's 49th Birthday


Dad's 49th Birthday


I suppose this could have been a Wordless (nearly) Wednesday item, as well. But, I really treasure that smile, the farmer's tan, that joy of life... it was snuffed out way too soon. This was August 1964. Less than thirteen years later, he was no longer with us, due to a very complex set of cancer issues.

This is the man I remember, and will always remember. Thanks for being a part of my life, Dad!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday - Paul and Dorothy KINNICK 50th

Paul and Dorothy KINNICK 50th Wedding Anniversary



August 1964, Coon Rapids, Iowa, Smith Farm House Dining Room
These are my maternal grandparents

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 15 Jun 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 15 Jun 2010

This is my first report of entering Tombstone Tuesday entries into Find A Grave, per my Challenge #22 and #23 resolution.

I began with my maternal grandparents, Paul and Dorothy (SORENSEN) KINNICK from 17 Nov 2009.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53646087 Paul
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53646234 Dorothy

I also contributed his parents, my great-grandparents, Alonzo and Nettie (WILLIAMS) KINNICK, from 29 Dec 2009, all four at the Coon Rapids Cemetery, Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, Iowa.


http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53647009 Alonzo
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53647404 Nettie

Finally, I did create the relationship links for each and uploaded the gravestone photos.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, June 14, 2010

My Hometown on Monday - Iowa Great Places - Week 24

My Hometown on Monday - Iowa Great Places - Week 24

Following the original designation as an Iowa Great Place in 2005, and a couple of years of working through existing organizations, the citizens of Coon Rapids, Iowa, my hometown, recognized that ongoing efforts required formation of a separate non-profit organization to lead further development in the community. Two years ago, they created that organization that is now known as "Creating Great Places" (CGP), with a volunteer board of directors.

The two main elements of the CGP mission are:
1. To provide area public and non-profit organizations with technical assistance, particularly in the areas of planning, fundraising and communications, and
2. To enhance rural  vitality through carrying out its own projects in the areas of rural arts, the environment, outdoor recreation, diversity and historic preservation.

The 27 May 2010 issue of the Coon Rapids Enterprise, upon which this report is based, carried a full report of the 2008-2009 activities of the CGP. The following is an abbreviated summary of that report.

Over the past two years, the CGP has raised more than $754,000 for other groups. This included $355,000 in federal funding for Whiterock Conservancy to build a 22 mile internal trail system for mountain bikes and equestrians, a $365,000 in State Transportation Enhancement for neighboring Guthrie County to begin to secure right of way for the trail to Herndon, $10,000 in state and private funds to support the downtown survey conducted by the Coon Rapids Historic Preservation Commission, a donation to the CR-B School Foundation, and planning dollars to the cities of Bayard and Breda as well as to Guthrie County tourism.

 For their work, CGP has received two recent awards:
1. On 6 Mar 2010, the Governor of Iowa and Iowa Sisters State awarded CGP the "Robert D. Ray Service Award for 2010,"
2. On 20 May 2010, CGP received a "2010 Preservation At Its Best" Award from Preservation Iowa.
Each of these awards was in relation to the efforts of CGP on the "Khrushchev in Iowa" program, the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1959 visit to Iowa, including Coon Rapids, of the world leader.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Follow Friday - 11 Jun 2010

Follow Friday - 11 Jun 2010

My recommendations this week. As usual, these are not in any particular order, I normally pick a good post from my week's readings, or left from the prior week! Hope they are useful or at least interesting to you, as well! If it is your first visit, even better!  ;-)

POST:

This post by Susan Kitchens likely tells more than you want to know, but I think it asks some very useful questions and meaningful answers that just might be valuable to you one day.
It is: Interviewing Family: What Should I Ask? Major Life Events, at:
http://familyoralhistory.us/news/view/interviewing_family_what_should_i_ask_major_life_events/


BLOG:

Today I am recommended one of the blogs or Thomas MacEntee. Each of his blogs is well done and full of useful information... this one is: Destination: Austin Family at:
http://destinationaustinfamily.blogspot.com/


INTERNET RESOURCE:

footnoteMaven is a one of a kind blog - you've likely already visited, but this is my recommendation for this week. If you haven't visited, by all means take the time to check it out, at:
http://www.footnotemaven.com/



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Outside Dad's Shop

Outside Dad's Shop


This is a Treasure on several levels. First, it is a scan of a 35 mm camera slide photo. I did the scan a few years ago, luckily, because many of these slides from the 1950 are now seriously deteriorating - and we cannot predict which ones will soon and which ones later.


This is one of my few photos of my Dad, Pete, [more properly Delbert Leverne Smith, but always known as Pete] in his work environment. He was a FARMER, but here he is outside his shop with the welder and all of this farm implement equipment tools. With him are my next three younger brothers [fifth not yet born, it appears, so this is about 1955]. Tom, or T.K. later, on the left on the tricycle. Jim, with his bicycle, in the middle, and little Barry, perhaps 2 years old. He just retired as a college professor!

What fun to see again!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Henry and Anna WILSON BROWN

Henry and Anna WILSON BROWN

Anna L. WILSON (1872-1940) was the oldest daughter of Norman and Mary OFFILL WILSON. Anna married Henry E. BROWN (1865-1939) and they lived their lives on a farm in the Star Community north of Coon Rapids, in Union Township, Carroll Co, Iowa. They are buried in the Coon Rapids, IA, Cementery.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, June 7, 2010

My Hometown on Monday - Babe Towne Baseball Manager, 1935

Babe Towne Baseball Manager

Notice how the Daily Herald in the County Seat town designates our Coon Rapids (Iowa) hometown baseball player as the "only Carroll county star to ever participate in World Series play." A nice touch!


Daily Herald, Carroll, Iowa Friday May 10, 1935

Seven Men Comprise
Board Of Directors;
15 New Suits Ordered

Babe Towne, veteran of several major league campaigns and only Carroll county star to ever participate in World Series play, was selected as manager of the Carroll baseball team this morning at a meeting of the newly elected board of directors.
Backed both financially and morally by many of the business men of Carroll, plans are under way for making the 1935 edition of Carroll baseball teams as much of a "home town" club as possible and at the same time build up the color necessary to attract the cash customers.

Board Elected
  Serving on the board of directors, who were chosen last night at a meeting of interested parties, will be E. J. Broderick and W. E. Schmich, insurance agents, S. S. Kudsk, retail store manager, J . H. Schmidt, cafe owner, and Henry Walz, retail store owner, as representatives of the business men, and Fire Chief Joe Daniels and Orvil Ward, representatives of the Carroll Firemen's Athletic association.
  Manager Towne, who took over the Carroll nine late in the season last year and met with better than fair success, today issued a personal invitation to all players interested in trying out for the Carroll Merchants baseball' team to report at Minchen field Sunday afternoon, May 12, a t 2:30. .

To Use Local Players
  Carroll players will be given the preference in selecting the personnel, according to the policy outlined by the board of directors, but a "foreign" battery probably will be used most of the time - unless local candidates for the mound and backstopping positions show outstanding development as the season progresses.
  Fifteen new suits, made possible because of contributions by Carroll merchants, have been ordered. The suits are of a color between a cream and gray, trimmed in light red. The sox are red with white rings. The caps have a red top and gray beak and the names of the business firm buying the suit will be inscribed in red letters on the back of each suit.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Challenge #23

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Challenge #23

Thanks again to Amy Coffin of We Tree (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) for the inspiration for this set of challenges.

This week we were challenged to come up with a personal genealogy challenge of our own. Well, I am taking on the challenge #22 from last week, related to  Find-a-Grave, by pledging to myself to become an active Contributor to FInd-a-Grave.

Frankly, I had become a bit worn out, even bored, with the Daily Theme of Tombstone Tuesday. I have done all the "easy ones!" Well, of course, the work is not done.

First, I will use my prior work on Tombstone Tuesday blog posts [it appears I have done 32, to-date] to create Contributions, meaningful Memorials, and Add a Photo to Find-a-Grave for most or all of these.

Second, in coming weeks and months, I also know I have other tombstone/grave photos in my vast unsorted boxes and files of photos. My wife and I recently agreed that getting a start on sorting them, scanning them, etc. [all those photos] needs to be part of our YEAR TWO retirement goals, starting next month. Therefore, I have and will retrieve those other tombstone/grave photos and post them to Tombstone Tuesdays as well as contribute them as Memorials on Find-a-Grave.

Wish me well on this new initiative in the coming year(s).

Thanks, again, to Amy at We Tree and to Thomas at GeneaBloggers for the inspiration!


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Challenge #22

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Challenge #22

Thanks again to Amy Coffin of We Tree (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) for the inspiration for this set of challenges. (http://wetree.blogspot.com/2010/01/52-weeks-to-better-genealogy.html)


This week we were challenged to spend some time at Find-a-Grave and report on the experience.


While I have used the site, admittedly sparingly, in the past, this was the first time I really looked at it. Here was my experience:

I first saw a link: Search by Location, I clicked on USA - Iowa, and got 365 results.
To my surprise, I saw a list of individuals, not cemeteries, as I expected. Then, I realized I had clicked the "location" link under "Find a Famous Grave" not under "Find Grave" - First lesson learned!  ;-)

Under Find Grave, I used Search for a cemetery, then entered Coon Rapids, USA, Iowa, Carroll County - my hometown cemetery.

Coon Rapids Cemetery came up, with 392 interments listed along with 8 Photo Requests. There was also a very nice, active map of the location, which I knew to be true.

I entered 5 surnames in the search, to see what I would find:

SMITH - 31 names listed, none of them 'my family' - the first Oops; no excuse, I should have seen that 'mine' were entered before this.
KINNICK - 0 - surprise, again... shame on me, as well as others, for no entries.
SORENSEN - 0 - ditto!!
BOLGER - 0 - my wife's name; she and her family have not entered them either.
WILSON - 5 - Happy to see these, by a cousin of my wife, Shawn Brown

I followed up by looking at Shawn's activity - he had entered 42 memorials - good for him, along with 3 photos.

Well, I committed to do this Challenge because I thought it was important to do - even though I am "on vacation" this week. Now I understand why.

I registered as a Contributor and completed the Contributor Page.

One of my new projects will to be to begin converting my many blog entries under Tombstone Tuesday to memorials on Find-a-Grave. Thanks, again, to Amy at We Tree and to Thomas at GeneaBloggers for the reminder!



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Follow Friday - 4 Jun 2010

Follow Friday - 4 Jun 2010

My recommendations this week. As usual, these are not in any particular order, I normally pick a good post from my week's readings, or left from the prior week! Hope they are useful or at least interesting to you, as well! If it is your first visit, even better!  ;-)

POST:

Just Don't Call It An "Interview" - What do you think??  ;-)
http://scribbler714.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/just-dont-call-it-an-interview/

BLOG:

A good specific post,  on a blog full of them: Genealogy's Star:
http://genealogysstar.blogspot.com/2010/05/doing-genealogy-in-cloud.html

INTERNET RESOURCE:

I have linked a particular post, but it is just a sample of what you'll find here at "The Ancestry Insider"
http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2010/05/why-cant-you-get-it-right.html



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vacation Report

Although I have a number of postings ahead, you may have noticed I have missed a few days, and will miss a couple more. We are visiting our daughter, Annette, and her husband, Larry, in their fine home on the north slope of Boulder Mountain, near Teasdale and Torrey, Utah (Wayne County). We are here for two full weeks, with nearly another week going and coming.

If you would like to join us in some of our adventures, you may click over to my Blog: Dr. Bill on Retirement at: http://drbillonretirement.blogspot.com/2010/06/hilgard-mountain-surprise.html for example.

Feel free to look around. You are among friends.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Treasure Chest Thursday - Babe Towne Baseball Card

Babe Towne Baseball Card

Discovering this card tops off the story of Babe Towne, for me. THANKS to Steve at White Sox Cards for posting this just a few days before my search began - and for giving me permission to post it here, today!



From Steve's post comments:

"Despite only playing one season in the majors (1906), and his contract not being purchased from Des Moines of the Western League until July, Babe was part of the winning team of the 1906 World Series. Towne made his MLB debut on August 1, 1906. He appeared in 14 games with the Hitless Wonders and sported a .278 average with 10 hits (all singles) and 6 RBI. Babe even managed 7 walks.

Perhaps Babe's greatest thrill came on October 10, 1906, during the third inning of Game 2 of the World Series. The White Sox were down 4-0, when Babe Towne pinch hit for Doc White. Babe proceeded to ground out to the second baseman, Johnny Evers, but it was his only appearance in the World Series. I would imagine that it's still quite a feeling, no matter what you do."

You can put 1906 World Series in a Google search and get lots more, including more photos, about this series!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Elmer and Laura WILSON ANDERSON

Elmer and Laura WILSON ANDERSON

Laura WILSON (1876-1970 was the daughter of Norman and Mary (OFFILL) WILSON. She married Elmer O. ANDERSON (1874-1926) and the made their home on a farm north of Coon Rapids, in Union Township, Carroll Co, Iowa, in the Star Community. After his untimely death at a young age, she continued to live in the community as an active member for many, many years. They are buried in the Coon Rapids, Iowa, Cemetery.


Families are Forever!  ;-)