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Monday, August 27th, 2012 01:17 pm
Yes, I know it's not Thursday, but I am planning ahead...so go with it, please...

I went to my dad's house last week, and took my aunt (his "big" sister) along for the ride.

Along the way, I asked her how she met her husband, and got a new little tidbit of information for the family archives.

Went graving at St. Joe Cemetery, which I refer to as the Burris burying ground. Found Aunt Margaret Jane Burris Moore's stone and photographed it.

After lunch at Dad's, we wandered downstairs and I spied a couple of photos I didn't have in our electronic archives.

A photo of my step-mom's dad in 1956 with his dog, Lonesome.
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Paul Pettit, with Lonesome


There was one of Aunt Emma, and her husband, Tom Crites, taken about 1935. They don't look 50 years old to me.
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Dora Emma Burris and Walter Thomas "Tommy" Crites


I asked my step-mom to scan and email the pics.

Got them today.
And a bonus.
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When I called to thank her, dad answered the phone. I asked him about this last one, which is a photo of my dear step-mom on her 60th birthday.

He said he had been out and about and just ran by a store that made birthday cakes.

When he got it home, my step-mom told him it was the first birthday cake she ever had.

Ever.

So this one is precious to all of us...
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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 06:47 pm
The video below is not old. It's the contents of the video that represents the treasures.

One of my Williams cousins and his wife traveled to Franklin County, KY last summer to photograph the graves of his great grandmother (who was my great-great grandmother), Catherine (Mueller) Williams. He videotaped all the graves in the Williams' family plot and included some wonderful bonus material.

The family plot is in Frankfort Cemetery.

Click here to view the video.
My thanks and gratitude go to cousin Cedric, who generously shared the video with me...
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 03:19 pm
I was really suprised to be able to pull up a patent on any of my ancestors.

Victor C. Balding was my maternal great-grandfather. This patent was granted before his marriage to my great-grandmother, Hattie Chapin.

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Transcription:

UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE

VICTER C. BALDING, PERCY M. BAINBRIDGE, AND JOHN NUSBECK, OF LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

TOY

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 676,297, dated June 11, 1901.
Application filed November 15, 1900. Serial No. 36,587. (No model.)


To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that we, VICTER C. BALDING, PERCY M. BAINBRIDGE, AND JOHN NUSBECK, citizens of the United States, residing at Little Rock, in the county of Pulaski and State of Arkansas, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Toys; and we do declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

The invention relates to a toy of the nature of a magic ball, within which is inclosed a motor designed for rolling the ball when it is placed upon the floor or other level surface, thus mystifying those unacquainted with the construction of the ball and causing a great amount of amusement.

One object of the invention is to provide a toy of this character which shall be simple of construction, durable in use, and comparatively inexpensive of production.

With this and other objects in view the invention consists of certain features of construction and combination of parts, which will be hereinafter fully set forth.

In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of our complete toy. Fig. 2 is a similar view, on an enlarged scale, of one section of the ball, showing the manner of mounting the motor therein; and Fig. 3 is an end view of the frame, showing the different adjustments of the weight.

In the drawings, 1 denotes the body of the toy, which preferably consists of a hollow sphere composed of sections a b, secured together in any suitable manner, but preferably by a thin strengthening-band d. Inclosed within the spherical body thus produced is a spring-motor comprising an adjustable winding-shaft 2, having mounted therein a spring 3 and gear 4, which meshes with a pinion 5, secured to a shaft 6, carrying a gear 7, which in turn meshes with a fixed pnion 8, secured to a shaft 9, which may be provided with a fly-wheel 10. These gears are all mounted within the frame 11, which is preferably hung eccentrically loosely upon the shaft 9 and is retained in this position by a weight 12, attached to the frame. The shaft 9 has its ends fixedly secured at diametrically opposite points to the interior of the wall of the section a of the speherical body.

The gist of the invention is to mount the motor within the hollow body in such a manner as to overcome the force of the spring and thereby prevent it from rotating in the rolling movement of the hollow body. If the weight 12 is secured to the frame at one side of the hollow body, which may be done by inserting a key through a curved elongated keyhole-slot c, the hollow body will roll around in a circle. By changing the position of the weight centrally between the side pieces of the frame the body will roll in a straight course.

A toy thus constructed will prove to be very amusing and will greatly mystify those unfamiliar with its construction.

We wish it to be understood that we attach importance to the securing of the shaft 9, with its rigid pinion 8 thereon, to the sides of the section, as shown, the gear-wheel 7 being connected with said pinion 8, whereby to rotate the ball. This action is accomplished by means of the spring 3 on the winding shaft 2 and the counterbalancing-weight 12, the frame carrying the operating mechanism being capable of having vertically-vibrating endwise movement by means of its being loosely mounted on the shaft 9. The weight 12 is capable of being removed from its present position in connection with one of the side members of the frame, as shown, and adjusted centrally at 21 between the walls of said frame, as shown in Fig. 3, by any suitable means, thereby prescribing the direction of the sphere when the motor acts on teh drive-shaft.

From the foregoing description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, the construction, operation, and advantages of our invention will be readily understood without requiring an extended explanation. The device is exceedingly useful for the purpose for which it was designed and may be placed upon the market at a comparatively small cost.

Various changes in the form, proportion, and the minor details of construction may be [Page 2] resorted to without departing from the principle or sacrificing any of the advantages of this invention.

Having thus fully described our invention, what we clain as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent is -
The combination of sections to form a hollow ball, a drive-shaft rigidly secured to one of said sections, a pinion rigidly mounted upon said shaft, a frame pivotally suspended from said shaft, a moor supported by said frame, a train of gears actuated by said motor, one of said gears engaging the pinion on the drive-shaft, a weight attached to said frame, means whereby said weight may be adjusted relatively to the center of said frame, thereby prescribing the direction of motion of the sphere when the motor acts on the drive-shaft, substantially as specified.

In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.

VICTER C. BALDING
PERCY M. BAINBRIDGE
JOHN NUSBECK.

Witnesses:
CHARLES E. LENZ,
E.E. LASH.

Now I have questions...

Where is the prototype? You know each of them must have had one... Was someone going through boxes in later years, hauled out the toy, looked at it and said, What is this? What did they do with it?

Was the toy ever manufactured and marketed? Did they sell their patent?

And who were Percy M Bainbridge and John Nusbeck, and how did they know Pop Balding?
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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 08:09 pm
This is another of my recent eBay purchases.


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Back of the photo was labeled.
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And ding! ding! ding!

I think we have a winner.

According to several Ancestry family trees, this was probably a young Lina Blanche Hill, daughter of William F Hill and Mildred Collins.

According to those trees, Lina was born on 24 Jan 1891 in Westford, Crawford Co., PA, and died 31 Jan 1979 in Holidaysburg, Lycoming Co., PA. She married John B Holmes on 27 Nov 1912 in Crawford Co., PA.

So I'm off to see if someone would like to add this photo back into their treasure chest...
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Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 08:58 pm
I have two pieces of "handwork" done by my great-grandmother, Hattie Belle Chapin. (We called her Mema.)

They were framed by my grandmother, Hattie's daughter, Doris Balding.

Hattie instilled a sense of reverence and respect in handwork in all her daughters.

In some way, a woman's handwork was for them a measure of her worth.

This was Mema's favorite type of decorative handwork - crewel embroidery.


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On the paper cover of the back of each frame in her flourishing script, my grandmother wrote:

Done by Hattie Chapin Balding, 1970, in her 83rd year.

I hope to save them for my granddaughters when they reach an age where they can appreciate them.
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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 06:50 pm
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Far right: Doris Balding Williams
Far left: Her daughter, Judith Williams Neumann
Standing: Doris' granddaughter
Seated in middle: Doris' great-granddaughter

Photo taken in 1995.
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Thursday, February 17th, 2011 10:22 am
More flea market finds...

Somebody's family album is missing these photos.

I have messaged Ancestry tree owners, and nary a reply...

What we have here are original photos of twin sisters, and one of their husbands.



Aunt Mattie Hall Chapman




Sarah and Wm Yeisley
Daughter of Thos and Ann K Hall




Sarah Hall Yeisley Twin of Mattie Hall


I am posting them to DeadFred too.
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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 05:00 pm
I've always loved this photo for its simplicity.


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They are Mary Jane Franklin and James Franklin Burris, sometime before her death in 1888 in Allen County, KS.
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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 02:15 pm
Mt Vernon School was in Pope Co., AR.

The text accompanying the photograph starts with identifications in the back row of the photo.


PhotobucketAt left is the teacher, Floy Beason. Others include: Front, from left - Arkie Burris, Ethel Wright, Gertha Wright, Alvis Coffman, Winford Coffman, Manuel Freeman, Melissa Coffman, Eula Wright and William J Coffman; second row - Edna Burris, Etta Coffman, Victoria Coffman, Nona Wright, Myrta Wright, and Laura Huffman; front - Hester Jobe, Iva Freeman, Minnie Coffman, Mabell Coffman, and Laura Coffman; bottom - Burris boy, Neadan Burris, Edgar Wright, Bill Jobe, Mike Jobe, Marvin Coffman, Fred Burris and Paul Burris. (Photo courtesy of Gertha Melton.)

From the surnames listed, it looks like this was a very small school and very much a "neighborhood" school.
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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 06:35 pm
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Front row, left to right
Walter Homer Burris, 1887-1974
Ernest Arthur Burris, 1880-1952
Ottis Gileston Burris, 1893-1979

Back row, left to right
George Washington Burris, Sr., 1856-1929
Mary Mathilda (Wharton) Burris, 1859-1938
Richard Benjamin Burris, 1878-1944
George Washington Burris, Jr., 1890-1974
Dora Emma (Burris) Crites, 1885-1982

The George W Burrises had moved from the farm to town. My grandfather (back row, second from right) would shortly be on his way to the Panama Canal Zone.