Friday’s Faces from the Past: Holiday

 

Probably 1956/7

Probably 1956/7

In the very back row, the two boys, happen to be uncle and nephew. From left to right there is my mom’s cousin, then her Uncle Rod, her brother Bob, and then my mom (isn’t she cute?). My great-grandparents had their last (that would be Rod) when their oldest son had his first (that would be Bob). Could you imagine being pregnant at the same time as your mother-in-law? Or having to call your playmate uncle?

 

Oh, family :)

 

In an aside, I finished the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate Program!! So now my time will be dedicated to starting my business. Can you believe I started this venture only a year ago? :)

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Wordless Wednesday: Nice Catch

448 Arthur and Ken Almy 1927

 

Kenneth Almy on the left and Arthur Almy, his father, on the right – 1927.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Eva (Raifsnider) Donahue

Eva (Raifsnider) Donahue

Eva (Raifsnider) Donahue (1)

 

Eva Raifsnider I have a bit of a soft spot for. She’s my great-grandmother’s older sister and closest in age to her as well. I found documents with both Eva and Ada in school census records, in fact.

1909 White Pigeon School Census

1909 White Pigeon School Census (2)

She’s technically still in school yet married! I find that crazy although maybe it wasn’t so much at that time, since she was 19 and legally able to marry.

The part that makes me have a soft spot for her, is that she died so young. At 25. Younger than me; in fact I wasn’t even married yet by that age! That hits close to home. She died of a not unusual item: tuberculosis of the lungs but she left two young children. (3) One child, Thelma, I’ve been able to identify and see what happened to her after her mother died as she had been adopted by Eva’s mom and later Eva’s brothers. (4) I love the fact that the family came together to make this happen.

I can’t seem to find the second child – not with other Raifsnider’s or with the child’s father (at least so far that I can tell). The children were two young to be on the 1910 census as Arthur (Eva’s husband) and Eva both lived with Eva’s mother at the time and Eva had had no children by that point. (5)

 

It’ll take some more research to find out more about her other child and really, what’s not exciting about that? :)

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1)  White Pigeon Township Cemetery (White Pigeon, St. Joseph County, Michigan), Eva Donahue, section Catton Addition, lot 5; personally read, 2014.

2) St. Joseph County, “White Pigeon Schools: School Census Record, 1909″ (vertical file labeled “White Pigeon History N-Z,” n.d., White Pigeon Library, History Room, White Pigeon), entry for Eva Donahue, 1909.

3)“Michigan death records 1898-1920,” digital images, SeekingMichigan.com, Eva Donahue, registered no. 5, stamped 188.

4) 1920 U.S. Census, St. Joseph County, Michigan, population schedule, White Pigeon Township, ED 178, SD 4, sheet 14A (penned), dwelling 179, family 184, Minnie S Raifsnider; digital image,  Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 April 2014), citing National Archives microfilm publication T625, roll 796, image 26.

5) 1910 U.S. Census, St. Joseph County, Michigan, population schedule, White Pigeon Township, ED 144, SD 4, sheet 11B (penned), dwelling 135, family 137, Minnie S Raifsnider; digital image,  Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 April 2014), citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 674.

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Amanuensis Monday: December 24 1946

24 December 1946

24 December 1946

Tuesday 24 December 1946

Bob, Press, Mom, Ned, Dad, + I stayed home + played cards. Gave mom her coffee table. Jack + Marge came over. Went to bed. Please Dear Lord let this be a very merry Christmas for all. Amen. 

 

And that is the end of my grandmother’s journal! Oddly, even though it wasn’t always very informative, I feel like I got to know my grandmother much better through this process. I hope those who read these enjoyed them as well as I did. :)

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Amanuensis Monday: August 9-16th 1946

9 Aug 1946

9 Aug 1946

Friday 9 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. After work met Char. went shopping with Pat + her. Bought me a horse picture, sketching paper + pencil carons. Got home at 5:30. Frances called but didn’t talk to him. Going to break the date with Dick + go with Fran. Went to the Court + saw “Roy Rogers” + “the Spiral Staircase.” Went with Eggs. Marion + Grant were over. Put up my hair went to bed at 1:00. Ate crackers in bed.

10 Aug 1946

10 Aug 1946

Saturday 10 August 1946

Dear Diary,

No work.  Went over town with mom. Bought a new light green three corner length sleeved coat + a black and white plade skirt. Betty birthday tomorrow. Got her a pair of nolons stockings. Mom got her an umberall. Frances took me to the Temple saw “The Green Years” with Tom Drake was it good. Went to Fuzzy’s ate a ham. + coffee. Went for a ride. Saw Chrisholm’s farm. Got home at 1:00. G.T.K.’s F.F.

11 Aug 1946

11 Aug 1946

Sunday 11 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Didn’t get up till 11:00. Was doing breakfast dishes when Marilyn came over. Went to the Franklin with her + saw “The Bride Wore Boots,” with Barbara Stanwyck + Bob Cummings. Came home. Sat around + drew. Took a shower + put up my hair. Listen to the radio. Jack, Grant, + Marion came over. Mary Jane called me up. She’s visiting her sis.

12 Aug 1946

12 Aug 1946

Monday 12 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Seems heaven at work without Marie. Came home. B. Betty gave me a diet to go on. Went to the store for her. Was supposed to go to the Baneroff Hotel with Pat but changed my mind. Went to Eastown + watched them bowl. Bought two movie books + got a coke. Got home at 9:30. Stayed at Buds till 10:00. 

13 Aug 1946

13 Aug 1946

Tuesday 13 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. Pat got sick went home. Came home with a bad headache. Took care of Marion. Mom + Dad went with Jack + Marge to the Temple + saw “The Green Years.” Got Marion a sunday. B.Betty came over look at movie book. Put up my hair + went to bed.

14 Aug 1946

14 Aug 1946

Wednesday 14 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Had to work suppose to be my day off. Worked from 7:30 to 1:00. Went over to Tonkins talked till 4:00. Came home got ready for my date with Frances. Today we’re cel. “VJ Day” Went to Hoyt big fireworks. went to the Aud. Had a street dance. It was packed. So was the Aud. Got home at 11:00.

15 Aug 1946

15 Aug 1946

Thursday 15 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. Got mad at Pat. Came home went to the stores. Ate. Went to the Court + saw “Laura” with Dana Andrews + Gene Tierney. Made the fifth time. Got out of the show at 8:30. Went over to Budd no one was there but Ray talked a while with him. Came home put my hair up went to bed by 10:30.

16 Aug 1946

16 Aug 1946

Friday 16 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. Got paid $21/00. Bought 2 book Jane Eyre + Serenade. Went to the show with Bud at the Court saw “Blondie” + “Greenwhich Village” with Don Ameche, William Bendix + Vivian Blain. He got me a ice cream cone. Came home + dance with Dickie for a while. Gave Brian + Dick their toy watches I got them.

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Friday’s Faces from the Past: 1921 California Students

1921

1921

My great-grandmother is the last girl on the left. I know that the Almy family went out to California during this time, along with my great-grandmother’s grandpa, Judson Almy. In fact, Judson shows up twice in the 1920 census. Once in Oakland, Alameda County, California and once in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. My great-grandmother may not have been out in California for as long as him as her family showed up in Saginaw in the 1920 census. However, I have many pictures like the one above featuring her with several other young people and normally labeled something like “California Grads.” This makes me believe she was at least out there long enough to have attended school.

I also know her aunt and uncle, Delaney (Almy) and Chauncey Wiltse, also lived out there with Judson. Why? The family were all back in Saginaw for the 1930 and 1940 census. Chauncey’s job was a pipe fitter for a ship yard, which he was also in Saginaw before moving out to California according to his WWI draft card. Before and after that he was a machinist in garages – nothing seems specific to California with just that information. According to Delaney’s obituary, they moved back to California in the 1950’s.

I may not ever know why the family went out there for a few years. I wish I would have asked my great-grandmother questions when she was still around.

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Thankful Thursday: Civil War Records

Yesterday I received one of my favorite things in the mail: records from NARA :)

436 Civil War Records

These are the Civil War Pension Records for my 3x Great-Grandfather, Judson Almy. He was a private in the 15th New York Volunteers Engineers.

There are 118 different pages in this file. 118!!!

Not only that, but it explained why I haven’t been able to find his marriage certificate:

437 Affidavit 1921

 

“I was legally married on the 8th day of May 1876 to Nancy Abby by Reverend O.B. Hale, a Methodist Pastor at Lees Corners, Ingersoll Township in Midland County, State of Michigan, and that said O.B. Hale promised to forward to me a proper marriage Certificate, but that he failed to do so and I verily believe that he failed to have said marriage Certificate properly recorded as I have carefully searched the Township and County Records at the place of marriage and I am unable to locate any official record of the said marriage between myself and Nancy Abby.”

These wonderful records also mention that Judson had a homestead that he co-owned with another person. That gives me a place to look up his land records :)

Judson created many records over the years. In his last years, he had very bad health. The description of these are rather humorous, in a dark way, and mostly because these aren’t used anymore. He asked for an increase of $2 in 1901 because of his health issues and was denied. He had disease of the liver and a disease that effected his lungs. In parentheses it was marked as simply old. He continuously applied for an increase because as a farmer, he could no longer do hard labor. He also had several people, including his doctors, write in to say that he was an honorable man; in other words, that his liver disease did not come from too much drinking. His physician also wrote in in 1921 and said that Judson was 80 and “in a state of practiced decrepitude.” Interesting wording.

There is also mention of a family Bible. I did not think there was one in any of my lines! Well, I hoped but had yet to see that there was anyway. The family Bible was used to confirm Judson’s birth date. The Bible was in the hands of his sister. Judson had two sisters, as far as I can find anyway. One sister died in 1904 and this affidavit was written in 1913, which means the family Bible was with his sister Carrie Agnes (Almy) Cooley. I am going to see if I can track down her relatives to see if that Bible still exists.

 

I’ve ordered records through NARA before – including Civil War records – but I have never had this much information come from them. I am very excited and can’t wait to dive into them even further!

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Wordless Wednesday: American Gothic – Hagerl Style

Frank and Anna Hagerl

Frank and Anna Hagerl

These are my great-grandmother’s grandparents, making them my 3rd great-grandparents. They were immigrants from Germany and came over with their young children in 1889. This was probably taken in the late 1920’s maybe 1930 or 31.

I can’t help it but this picture reminds me of American Gothic – especially Anna’s face. :)

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Travel Tuesday: 1927 Plane to Detroit

Written in Erma (Almy) Witherell's hand "my first plane ride" 1927

Written in Erma (Almy) Witherell’s hand “my first plane ride” 1927. Can you imagine that kind of plane ride???

"Glenn took picture from the plane. James Rd. Airport. Arrow showing where we landed."

“Glenn took picture from the plane. James Rd. Airport. Arrow showing where we landed.”

Detroit from the air - arrow pointing to Second National Bank

Detroit from the air – arrow pointing to Second National Bank

James Rd. Runway

James Road Runway. I have no idea if this is from Saginaw (if that’s where they started from) or Detroit. I couldn’t seem to find what used to be called James Road Airport or Runway. It could be in Bay City actually, which is very near Saginaw. I know Bay City has a similarly named airport that is now called James Clements Municipal Airport. Could be the same place.

One of the many plants of Detroit, I'm sure. The arrow is point to the Grey Iron Plant

One of the many plants of the area, I’m sure. The arrow is pointing to the Grey Iron Plant. I’m not sure if this is near Saginaw or part of Detroit.

Probably this was the reason for the trip - Erma's cousin, Ivan Wiltse, in Detroit 1927

Probably this was the reason for the trip – Erma’s cousin, Ivan Wiltse, in Detroit 1927. Ivan was the son of Erma’s father’s sister, Chauncey. I wonder if this house is still standing in Detroit…

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Amanuensis Monday: August 1-8 1946

1 August 1946

1 August 1946

Thursday 1 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work and worked harder than usual. Saw some darling slacks, am going to buy them. Went for a ride with Mom + Dad. Frances called up. Going on a date Sat. nite. Went down to Dick + Betty’s. Got home at 10:20. Put up my hair.

2 August 1946

2 August 1946

Friday 2 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. After work went to the store to buy the slacks and they were gone. Went to Enmisgu + got two new school dresses. One red, one blue. Went to eat some eggs with Mom + Dad. Went bike riding alone. Came home took a shower in the bath tub for the first time. Washed + put up my hair. Jack, Marion, + Grant was over.

3 August 1946

3 August 1946

Saturday 3 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. Went shopping afterwards bought a new yellow dress + white shoes. Got home + Uncle Dick + Aunt Anna were here so was Evenlea. Went to the Bay with Francis, Bub + Barb. Fran won me a white piggy bank. Got home about 12:30. Went to get something to eat at Harry G.A.K.F.B.

4 August 1946

4 August 1946

Sunday 4 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Didn’t have to work. Went for a ride in the morning with Mom + Dad. Marilyn came over she got her new bike. Went to the show + saw “Night + Day” with Cary Grant. Got a malted + walked home. Went over to Mrs. Holbrock got our fortunes told. Came home put up my hair went to bed at 11:00. 

5 August 1946

5 August 1946

Monday 5 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. Worked part time all alone. Went over to Shaw’s she’s going to make my dress. Ate supper did dishes. Went to the Court + saw “Tokyo Rose” + Arturo De Cordova + Dorothy Lamour in “Masquerade in Mexico” Put up my hair. Made a sandwich. Went to bed at 11:00.

6 August 1946

6 August 1946

Tuesday 6 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. Got my pattern for my dress. Frances came over. Took me to the Drugstore + over to Hines. Introduced him to the family + Mom. Went bike riding with Marilyn + Hazel. Got home at 10:00. Went over to Buds got home at 10:30, Marion helped put up my hair. Went to bed.

7 August 1946

7 August 1946

Wednesday 7 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. Had to work alone. Got home went to sleep about 2 hr. Ate. Got ready for my date with Francis. Bud called said he couldn’t go. Went to the Court by myself saw “A Bell for Adano” with John Hodiak + Gene Tierney. came home along put up my hair went to bed. Bud + Barb came in the show sat with them. 

8 August 1946

8 August 1946

Thursday 8 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work. Got in my overhauls. Ate. Listen to Gene’s new Spike Jones record. Went bike riding alone. Went over to Shaw’s. Bud, Dick + I went bike riding about 9:00. Went to Mae Firys, got a … book. Came home listened to records. Danced with Bud. Made a date for Sat. nite with Dick. Don’t know what to do about Frances. Went to bed at 11:30. 

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