Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ 02/25/2009

[Jack and Robert Quick ~ after a bout with ringworm!]

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Elsah (IL) Cemetery

I'm not related to the BESTERFEDLDT's but one day when I was walking the Elsah Cemetery looking for a few stones for photo requests on Find-A-Grave, I just had to take pictures of these as well.

Lydia A.B.
Died July 24, 1873
AGED 1 Yr, 6 Ms, 12 Ds

Lucy S. B.
Died Nov 16, 1869
AGED 3 Ys, 7 Ms, 3 Ds

John F.B
Died Oct 26, 186[3/8]
AGED 1 Yr, 2 Ms, 11 Ds

Henry W. [B.]

Died Mar 3, 186[2/7?]
AGED 2 Ys, 1Mo, 21 Dys

It seemed so sad to me - all 4 of these children dying so young. It doesn't appear to be the result of any type of epidemic as they all died at very different times...but all so young. Not only did I take the pictures, but I also had to find this family in the census. In the 1880 census the family had six children:
Addie - 10
Leander - 8
Lena - 6
Lilly - 4
Albert -2
George -1

I also found Leander in the 1900 census married and living in area, but haven't traced any of the others. I just wanted to see that Selinda and Christian did have children that lived to adulthood.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Family Events ~ February 22 - 28

Something that I am shamelessly stealing from Julie over at GenBlog is this idea of showing what events happened during the coming week in my family history. Thanks Julie!!

David Washington RITCHIE - my grandfather was born on February 22, 1908 in Cleveland, Ohio. His middle name was due to the fact that he was born on Washington's birthday.

VENETTE - my [step] great-grandmother died on February 22, 1923 in Boulder, Colorado.

- [potentially] my 7x great-grandmother died on February 24, 1747 in Eggiwill, Berne, Switzerland

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday Night Fun ~ My Number 21

Just having fun reading blogs tonight and see that Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Fun post asks us who is #21 on our Ahnentafel report. Well #21 for me is Caroline Flory, born 20 March 1844 in Wayne County, Ohio; died 16 May 1884. She was my first Random Relative of the Week post back in January. Caroline is buried in Tracey Cemetery in Apple Creek, Ohio. Next to the marker for Caroline and her husband is one for their young son William who died 16 Dec 1881.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday Evening Excitement ~ Kreativ Blogger Award

I was so excited when I got home tonight to find that I'd been given the Kreative Blogger Award!! I'd like to say a huge thanks to Judy Shubert over at Genealogy Traces for giving me my very first blog award!

The instructions for the Kreativ Blogger Award are:
1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers. (how to choose only 7!!)
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.

My nominees for this award are:
When I read these, and ALL the wonderful genealogy blogs out there I realize just how much work I have to do to bring my blog "up to speed." Fortunately for me the community of GeneaBloggears is a wonderful, helpful group so I don't worry about my short comings as a blogger and just try to learn as much as I can as I go along.

Thanks to all - and tonight especially to Judy!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ 02/18/2009

[Laura Graber and her nephew Roy Saurer - probably about 1908/1909]

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Laura & Charles Rittenhouse

RITTENHOUSE, Charles L 1900 - 1975 & Laura H 1901 - 1985
From Apple Creek Cemetery, Apple Creek, Ohio

Laura was my great-great aunt and deserves a post (or 2) just on her own. It's because of her that I have so much information on the Grabers. I'll try to post about her later this week. I have some great pictures!! Oh...maybe one for tomorrow :-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ 2/11/2009

[my Mom -3rd from the left - and cousins up at their Grandma's cabin in Colorado]

Tombstone Tuesday ~ More from Watt Cemetery

[William Sisler born Jan 31, 1832 died June 19, 1888]

This is not one of my relatives, it's another stone in Watt Cemetery which I am (slowly) mapping. Since my first post about the cemetery, I've learned just a little bit more. One day when I was there, a lady walking her dogs stopped to talk to me. She asked if I was a relative of the people buried there. I told her no, that I was just taking pictures. She told me that until recently the family used to come out every year to clean up the cemetery. [The cemetery is now in a subdivision and this lady lives next to it.] She said they used to have a lot of people there working - almost like a reunion! She didn't know why they stopped coming out, but they haven't been there for several years.

If we would get some nicer weather, I'd like to go back and get the rest of the pictures.

10th Edition Smile for the Camera ~ Costume

For the 10th Edition of Smile For The Camera the theme is Costume.

This is defined as "dress in general; especially the distinctive style of dress of a people, class, or period. Show us that picture that you found with your family collection or purchased that shows the costumes of the rich to the not so rich, from the civil war to the psychedelic sixties."

I have chosen this picture of my grandmother when she was a nursing student in Cleveland, Ohio. The year would have been 1931/32. My Grandma, Lela SAURER, is in the middle. Unfortunately I have no idea who her friends are.

Imagine walking around a hospital ward all day in those shoes! They certainly don't look comfortable to me.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Random Relative of the Week

[In truly "random" fashion I am posting this on Monday instead of Sunday...but as the postcard itself says, better late than never!]

I believe this rather intense looking child could possibly be Edna GRABER born 18 Jul 1891 in Apple Creek, Ohio and died 27 Sept 1965.

The picture is on the front of a postcard that Edna sent to her sister, my great-grandmother, Ella GRABER SAURER.

The postcard is postmarked Apr 22 1913 and reads as follows:

"Dear Sister: Well how are you making it by this time? Did you mind what I told you about getting up before your birthday. I came pretty near forgetting about it until now. but they always say better late than never. How is the little girl have you named her yet. I suppose you will not know this picture it's not very good but I thought I would send it any way Don't forget to ansr. I Remain Your Sister, Edna"

Edna would have been married by this time and living in Rittman, Ohio. I don't believe that the picture would be of one of her children however, as the picture seems too old.

Oh, and the unnamed "little girl" would be my grandmother, Lela Mable SAURER, born March 21, 1913.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday ~ David & Lela RITCHIE

[Sorry I've been MIA the last week ~ just a little under the weather but getting back in the swing of things!]

Didn't want to miss Tombstone Tuesday!!

This marker is in Apple Creek Cemetery in Apple Creek, Ohio. David and Lela are my grandparents.

My Grandpa's middle name was Washington because he was born on Feb 22 - George Washington's birthday.

Grandma is Lela Mable SAURER and she once told me that her nickname in school was "Pickles" as a play on Saurer/sour I guess.