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2016-08-13 10:30 am

Bits and Pieces...Ollie Mable Kinzie

I've written before about looking for one thing, and finding another.

And so it was with Ollie Mable Kinzie.

I was at the Arkansas History Commission in mid-May, plowing through microfilm of old newspapers in 1914, and stumbled upon a very sad story. That story started me on a quest.
Little Rock - "No home, no money, no friends, and can't get work." In that terse, tear stained sentence she had hastily scrawled on a piece of paper which lay on the bed beside the body of pretty Mable Kinzie who had taken her own life in a rooming house at 215 West Third street at 12:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon is told the pathetic story of hardships, loneliness and final desperation that drove the friendless girl to swallow the contents of a vial of carbolic acid.

"I have been wandering friendless and penniless for weeks, and when my money ran out I could think of no other recourse by which to better this scheme of life than destroying it," read the farewell message. "My friends were not friends in times of trouble.The world was sweet when all went well, when I had money and work, but the cup of bitterness has blighted whatever sweetness there is in life for me and this is my time to leave." The letter was addressed to her sister, Mrs. Frank Bentley, at the Barnfield house, Texarkana.

"Miss Kinzie came to my house Monday afternoon," said Mrs. Willie O'Connor, who conducts the rooming house, "and paid me for one night and left her grip in the hall Tuesday afternoon when she went out in search of work. She didn't come back Tuesday night. Yesterday afternoon, I saw a light in the room she had formerly occupied. I knew that it should not be lighted at that time of day and went in the room not expecting to find anyone there.

"I saw Miss Kinzie lying on the bed, and supposing she was only asleep went over to the bed and began to shake her, and then I noticed the paleness of her face and called to her but she did not answer. Then I saw the note and thinking she might be saved I called a doctor who said she was dead. She couldn't have been dead very long when I entered the room."

Source: Southern Standard, Thursday, 14 May 1914.
But even in death, Mable appeared to have no friends.

Couldn't Find Work; In Despair Ended Her life
Lifeless Form of Mabel Kinzie Still at Morgue

The body of pretty Mabel Kinzie, who ended her life Wednesday afternoon at 215 West Third street by swallowing the contents fo a bottle of carbolic acid because she was without funds, friendless and could not obtain work, still lies unclaimed at the Healey & Roth morgue.

In a note to her sister, Mrs. Frank Bentley of Texarkana, she said that her reason for taking her life was, "No home, no money, no friends, and can't get work." This sister was notified and said that her husband, Frank Bentley, would arrive in Little Rock yesterday afternoon to take charge of the body, but at a late hour last night Mr. Bentley had not appeared.

It is said that the girl is a native of Missouri and that her parents are living there now. Wednesday night Bentley did not announce the home of the girl's parents, and it is the belief of the local authorities that they have never been notified of their daughter's death, as no word has come from them.

The verdict of the coroner's jury last night was that the girl committed suicide. The investigation was conducted by Deputy Coroner Frank Martin.

Source: Arkansas Gazette, Friday, 8 May, 1914
So now, I wondered if Mable was one of the people buried in a pauper's grave at Oakland & Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park - at that time, still the City Cemetery.

After waiting for two months for the Arkansas Department of Health to get its act together on the printing of the 1914 death certificate - apparently you have to have a special printer for those, and theirs needed parts, to which I finally said, PRINT THE FRICKING CERTIFICATE ALREADY! - I got it.

The Gazette must have gone to print before Mable's body was sent - probably by train - to Webb City, Missouri on 8 May 1914.

There are two cemeteries in Webb City, which is in Jasper County, the county of her birth in 1892. Her death certificate says she was born in Independence, and that she was 22 years old. The informant for the certificate was her sister, Mrs. Frank Bentley, who didn't know her own sister's date of birth.

One of those cemeteries is the Webb City Cemetery, and the other is Mount Hope Cemetery. I cannot find a grave for her, even using alternate surname spellings, in either cemetery. It's possible the grave was not marked, or it was and an online record of it just doesn't exist.

But I do know who her parents were - Charles Henry Kinzie and Mary A Kants/Koonts, both born in Indiana. I found Ollie Mable Kinzie living with her father and step-mother in the 1910 census in Carterville Ward 1, Jasper Co., MO. I know she had an older brother named John, but I can't find out what happened to him after the 1880 census.
By now, I am very curious about why it took so long for someone from Mable's extended family to claim her body. Why she found herself nearly 300 miles from home, alone in Little Rock, AR, without friends and not a penny to her name.

And I want to find her grave.
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2015-02-12 08:20 am

I'd like to get these photos back home...

Found some more orphaned family photos at one of my favorite flea markets.

All three were labeled on the back
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Leta K Kennerly was born on 13 Jun 1884 in Texas, and was 5 months old when this photo was take (so says the back of it).

She married Giles Dougherty Houston. Leta died on 24 Sep 1951 in Los Angeles County, CA. She is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA.
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Aaron Woodruff Lyon, the grandson of Aaron Woodruff Lyon (1797-1888), an early Arkansas settler and pioneer of education in Arkansas, was about 22 years old when his photo was taken on 2 Jun 1890 in Bakersfield, CA.

Sadly, I cannot seem to find much other information about "Woodruff" Lyon - as the photo has him labeled. I have not found a gravesite for him.
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This photo was labeled Ethel McGuire Mrs. Blake Evans on the back.

Ethel was born in Independence Co., AR on 2 Mar 1874 to Walter Sharpe McGuire and Adaline Powell Street. She married Robert Blake Evans on 9 Jan 1912 in Independence Co., AR.

Ethel is buried with her husband in Oaklawn Cemetery, Batesville, Independence Co., AR.
I am happy to re-home these photos to descendants or family members at no cost.
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2014-08-10 07:54 am

Bits and pieces....

This is the part I love about collecting old postcards. From a flea market last week, I purchased a bit of Arkansas history.

Three sisters, the daughters of Abner Clark Evans and Mary Catherine Morrow. It appears the family lived, worked and died in Izard County after Abner and Catherine's marriage in 1855 in Independence County. All of these are buried in Barren Fork Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Izard Co., AR.

Identification of the sisters on the back, and the date was 20 Nov 1922.

From left to right:
Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Evans McSpadden - Jan 1867 - 9 Aug 1936
Minnie Kate Evans McSpadden - 26 Sep 1874 - 18 May 1936
Alice C Evans Sims - 5 May 1862 - 13 Nov 1947

I'd love to get this card home to direct descendants. If any of you have connections in Izard County and are able to locate direct descendants, please comment below or email me at sharpchick13 at hotmail dot com with an address to mail the card.
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2014-04-30 06:15 am

One of those I-was-looking-for-one-thing-and-found-another...

Name: John Rush Johnson
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date (Formatted): 07 Sep 1957
Event Place: , Logan, Arkansas, United States
Age: 54
Birth Year (Estimated): 1903
Residence Place: State Sanatorium, Logan, Arkansas
Spouse's Name: Doris Cline
Spouse's Age: 49
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1908
Spouse's Residence Place: State Sanatorium, Logan, Arkansas
Marriage License Date: 06 Sep 1957
Page: 612
GS Film number: 2069449
Digital Folder Number: 004331522
Image Number: 00063
"Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Apr 2014), John Rush Johnson and Doris Cline, 07 Sep 1957; citing , Logan, Arkansas, United States; FHL microfilm 2069449.

Name: Don Hooker
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date (Formatted): 10 Dec 1957
Event Place: , Logan, Arkansas, United States
Age: 22
Birth Year (Estimated): 1935
Residence Place: State Sanatorium, Logan, Arkansas
Spouse's Name: Erma Lee Johnson
Spouse's Age: 23
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1934
Spouse's Residence Place: State Sanatorium, Logan, Arkansas
Marriage License Date: 10 Dec 1957
Page: 628
GS Film number: 2069449
Digital Folder Number: 004331522
Image Number: 00071
"Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Apr 2014), Don Hooker and Erma Lee Johnson, 10 Dec 1957; citing , Logan, Arkansas, United States; FHL microfilm 2069449.
Two things, actually.

Both of these couples' place of residence was the State Sanatorium in Logan County.

So I know something more about them.

They were Caucasian.

The State tuberculosis sanatorium for white people was at Booneville, in Logan County.

It was later converted into a warehouse for people with disabilities that Arkansas now very disingenuously calls a Human Development Center.
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2013-10-19 03:41 pm

Bits and pieces...

Twenty farmers pledged their support for the extension of the electric power line through the Hopewell and Economy communities at a meeting held at Hopewell church Wednesday night. The proposed line will start at the C L Davis store on Highway 105 and the main line will extend to Burnett Cove with the laterals tapping nearby residences and covering a total of approximately eight miles. County and home agents were present and explained the advantages of electricity on the farm and in the home. Excerpted from The Atkins Chronicle, 28 Oct 1938.
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2013-10-03 10:49 am

Bits and pieces...

While scrolling through reel after reel of microfilm at the Arkansas History Commission earlier this week, I found the following - and nothing more on either event after these snippets.


Hope, April 17 - (AP) - A man and a woman identified as Elwood Hatch, 41, and Mrs. Pansy Dobson Curtis, 26, were found fatally shot about noon today in a tourist cabin on the west edge of town, Hempstead county sheriff Frank Hill reported today. The Helena World,
Tuesday, 17 Apr 1945.


Bud Parks, Helena white man, was in the county jail today facing a charge of first degree murder in connection with the death last January 11 of Mack Alexander, aged negro, on the highway north of Walnut Corner.

Sheriff's officers, who arrested Parks at his home, 204 Jefferson street, late yesterday, said that he would also be charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to officers, another man, Mohlar Crews, was a passenger in Parks' Plymouth car at the time the negro was run over and fatally injured as he walked along the highway in front of the approaching car. The Helena World,
Wednesday, 18 Apr 1945.
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2013-02-03 10:10 am

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge: B is for Bits and Pieces


I loved reading this in The Atkins Chronicle, 23 Jan 2013 issue, at page 3.

75 Years Ago
From the files of Feb. 4, 1938
People of Hector will celebrate the installation of electric power Tuesday, Feb. 22. The celebration will begin at 4 o'clock. J M Danley of Scottsville is in charge of the program. H M Cheek of Hector will deliver the welcome address. Other speakers on the program will be W P Strait of Morrilton, Lieutenant Governor Bob Bailey, Judge A B Priddy, Reece Caudle and E W Hogan of Russellville.

Rural Arkansans have always been last to get most of the modern conveniences.

As early as 1913, Arkansas had, in addition to city and town electrical utilities, an electric utility that connected cities on the power grid.

So I imagine that a quarter of a century later, it was a really big deal for the little Pope County town of Hector to get electricity.

In my mind's eye, I see someone ceremoniously flipping a switch, and I hear the "oohs and aahs."
Got this photo in my email the other day.


That's my dad, and one of his favorite hunting dogs - a pointer named Rex. The year was 1972.

Dad always loved to bird hunt - back in the day when Arkansas had an abundant quail population.

Before humans destroyed their habitat.

When I was very young, he had English setters. The pointers came later. Dad and his dogs competed in field trials.

And Rex was a very cool dog.
As I read other blogs, I've noted that most bloggers try very hard to credit information they use in their blogs to appropriate sources, if it's not original content.

It does kind of bug me to see a blogger's copyright symbol displayed on so many old photographs. While I understand that the blogger is probably trying to prevent indiscriminate copying and re-use of photos, just possessing a photo doesn't grant you copyright.

From the FAQ page of the United States Copyright Office:
Copyright is the right of the author of the work or the author's heirs or assignees, not of the one who only owns or possesses the physical work itself. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Who Can Claim Copyright.”

I am taking the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge, albeit starting a few months late.
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2012-11-21 09:15 pm

So while I was noodling around in the Webb family tree...

I found something else.

Isn't that the way it always works?
In 1880, there were some people unrelated to Robert Newton Caldwell and Selina Sophia Webb in their household in Fenter, Grant Co., AR.

And one of them had a line drawn through his name when I looked at the image of the form.

Name: George Dallas
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1858
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1880: Fenter, Grant, Arkansas
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother's Birthplace: Mississippi
Occupation: Work On Farm

When I finished looking at the form, I went back to the transcription of the record.

And saw that little hint in the sidebar.

So I clicked on the link.

U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
Name: George Dallas
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Marital Status: Single
Place of Birth: Mississippi
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1858
Age: 22
Month of Death: Aug
Cause of Death: Thrown From Horse
Census Year: 1880
Census Location: (City, County, State)
Davis, Grant, Arkansas
Enumeration District: 96

So the 22 year-old farmhand, George Dallas, died in August 1879 after being thrown from a horse.

And his name was crossed out on the form why?

The instructions say the census year began June 1, 1879 and ended May 31, 1880.
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2012-11-21 02:41 pm

Bits and pieces...

The person who emailed me answered my reply. She is interested in John Webb (some folks say his middle initial was L). I have a date of birth of 10 Sep 1798 in Tennessee, but no date of death. His wife, Sarah "Sally" Waters, died in 1882 and was buried in Fairplay Cemetery, Benton, Saline Co., AR

And that's all I know.

And that's all I know about what she wants to know.

Webbs are collateral members of my family tree. There have been scattered intermarriages of Webbs with my Stricklands and McCarleys - sisters of John Webb.

So now, I'm taking a look at the Webb family. There appears to be evidence of a large, well established family in Grant County made up of the children and grandchildren of John Webb.

It would be nice to have specifics about what my correspondent wants to know.

But I am intrigued anyway...
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2012-01-29 07:01 pm

Bits and Pieces...

From Aunt Ruth's scrapbook...

Ruth and her family took a trip to Oakland, CA in 1926.

I don't know if they knew Virginia Bliss or not, but Ruth snapped a photo of Virginia and her baby anyway.

Caption reads, "Virgie Bliss and baby."

From a quick check of the 1930 census, I found Virginia Bliss (born about 1903), wife of James Bliss, living with her husband, 3 1/2 year old daughter, Frances E., and 24 year old brother-in-law, Adam, in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA.

I'll haunt the Ancestry trees to see if I can find descendants to offer them a scan.

Probably will upload to Dead Fred if I can determine if no one in the photo is still living.

If you are related, just right click and save...
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2011-08-18 06:21 pm

Funeral Card Friday: John Watson

Another of the buys from eBay...

Mr. Watson was not related to me, as far as I know.

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2011-07-25 06:03 pm

Bits and pieces...

Okay, I confess.

I've been eBaying again.

Because when I see a lot of cabinet photos available for song, and some of them are labeled...

Well, I just have to see if I can find the family whose treasure chest would not be complete without them.

This lot had 14 photos and one funeral card. Where there were photography studios ads and marks, they were from all over the country, so I don't think these photos came from any one estate.

I'll be haunting the Ancestry family trees and surname message boards to see if I can reunite the labeled ones with their families.
I think there's perhaps a possibility these two ladies were related.

Same photography studio.

Sarah Brooks Wilson, front of photo

back of photo

The back of Sarah's looks to me like it says Grace mother.

Callie Wilson Shook, front of photo

back of photo

Okay, we have the whole genealogy on the front of this one.

Callie Wilson Shook. Stephanie's Great Great G-mother. Callie Wilson Shook. Mother of C L. G Mother of Sheila. G G M of Rita. G G G of Stephanie Hare.
I'm looking to send these home.

If you know of folks with these surnames who lived around Nashville, TN, send 'em a link, please.
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2011-04-06 07:22 pm

Bits and Pieces

When I went to Pope County to see my folks this past weekend, they loaned me a couple of local history books.

One was History of Pope County, Arkansas. (Pope County Historical Association of Arkansas and Hunter Publishing, 1979.)

I found several entries of interest in the section of family biographies for people in our family tree.

An entry about Joshua Alfred Ashmore at page 136:

Joshua married Sept. 1, 1853 in Gum Log, Nancy Melinda Guest, who had recently come on a wagon train with her parents, Moses Holland Guest...and Sarah Minerva Turner from Milledgeville, Georgia. In spite of his southern wife, Joshua was a northern sympathizer when the Civil War broke out. A target of the "night riders," he hid out in swampy places until he got to the Union Army where he enlisted. He became sick with malaria, and Nancy went to his camp to nurse him, leaving their children, William Anderson (b 1854), Samuel Henry (b 1857), Sarah Elizabeth (b 1860), Nancy Ann (Nannie) (b 1862), and infant Eliza Adelaide (b Jan 1865) at home. She got pregnant while at camp and Mary Jane was born 11 months after Eliza in 1865. Robert Holland was born in 1870.

Joshua died May 11, 1871, never fully recovering from the exposure he endured during the Civil War....
Originally written by Helen Peters Mauk.

More information on page 16 about little Grace Electra Shinn, daughter of Josiah Hazen Shinn and Mildred Carleton Williams:

...About where the pool hall is on Main Street, the Judds lived in a two story frame house. They may have kept boarders, but at least Mrs. Judd fed folks. Every day at noon she would come out of her front door and ring an old fashioned dinner bell, loud and long.

It was at Mrs. Judd's house where I first came in contact with death. Professor Josiah H Shinn, who later wrote a history of Arkansas, was superintendent of our public schools, and his family lived at the Judd home. His daughter, Gracie, was a classmate of mine, and she died at Mrs. Judd's house. Her classmates marched from there to the cemetery, the girls dressed in white, and all of us with a black band on our arm.
Originally written by Miss May Russell.

I learned on page 27 that Mary Ann Shinn was a heckuva housekeeper, but often late with supper.

Mary Ann Shinn Booher kept a neat house. Her table was always set at all times with the plates turned down and the whole table covered with a misquito (sic) net. Her dining room floors, as were all the floors in her house, was scrubbed with a shuck mop end (sic) lye soap as thick as molasses, then rinsed and dried. She had mirrows (sic) hanging on all walls above the washstands. As she passed through a room, she would glance into the mirrow and smooth her hair or dust the puff cotton across her nose that took the shine off. Her one failing was her slowness to get things done. Many times she would be 9:00 o'clock at night getting the supper on the table. Originally written by Geneva Taylor Booher.

And was surprised to read on page 35 of the decidedly unpastoral conduct of the Rev. Warren Washington Strickland when provoked to righteous anger...

It is said the Rev. W. W. Strickland, first moderator of the Sulpher Springs [Cumberland Presbyterian] Church, believed in strict order while he was preaching. During those days there were a lot of ruffians and it was nothing unusual for Rev. Strickland to ask the boys to behave and if they didn't, he would walk back and slap or hit them with his fist and keep on preaching. Originally written by J. B. Lemley.
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2011-03-09 06:17 pm

Please allow my cousin to soothe your ills...

Just amazing the things you find when you are scouring old newspapers...

Apparently John W R Williams, my first cousin three times removed, from Franklin, KY was a ~ gasp ~ salesman. (This bunch of Williamses should not be confused with the Georgia Williamses who moved to Clark County and had no parents...I know, sometimes it's confusing to me, too...)

Frankfort Roundabout, 15 Jun 1895

Who knew that [c]onstipation causes more than half the ills of women?

I thought it was men...

Live and learn.
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2011-03-05 01:57 pm

One of the nuggets from the Arkansas History Commission...

From the Gurdon Times, dated 24 Feb 1906:

Valentine Party
Mrs. Tom Callaway, in her charming manner, on last Saturday afternoon, from 3 to 5 o'clock, entertained the Kadohadacho Club with a Valentine party.

The weather was propitious and a large number of ladies were present.

The Valentine idea was carried out in the decorations, the house being artistically decorated in red and white hearts in the spirited contest in which all were so interested; also in the score cards, and last but not least in the delicious and dainty refreshments, after which we were served with most refreshing punch.

In the contest Mrs. Fitzgerald won first prize and Mrs. Kress won the booby prize.

The guests lingered and departed reluctantly, enthusiastic over the afternoon's pleasure and hoping Mrs. Callaway would entertain again at an early date.

Comment: The Kadohadacho Club was apparently the fledgling effort in Gurdon by women of the community to establish a library in their town. The Club was named for a local Indian tribe.

I do not know the identity of Mrs. Tom Callaway for sure - I suspect she may have been the former Mattie Estelle Moore, wife of Thomas F Callaway, who was the son of William "Little Bill" Callaway and Emily L Bevil.

But there are a bunch of Tom Callaways in the Clark County family tree around the same age. I eliminated the widowers...
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2010-12-09 06:13 pm

Bits and Pieces: Russellville [AR] Courier Democrat, 11 Nov 1897

John S Bowden has moved near Mountain View, at which place he will teach the winter term of school.

The Center Valley school opened Monday with Prof W S Grimstead as teacher. This is the Prof's third term there, and a successful term is assured for he always gives satisfaction.

Ashmore & Loyd, our enterprising merchants, have by courteous and honest dealings built up a good trade here.

Card of Thanks
To the undersigned persons and others whose names we have not we extend our thanks for assistance given us after the loss by fire of our home near Caglesville:
Russellville: R L Lawrence, R B Hogins, S A Henry, R B Wilson, D B Richardson, Lawrence Russell, M H Baird, Twiggs Brown, Chas Henry, Tate & Peeler, W M Hillis, John Quinn and Rans Shinn.
Dover: Jas A Webb, Ruff & Truett, W H Poynter, J R Neal, J I Simpson, John Hatley, Chas Talkington and Willis Berry.
Moreland: F M Hudson and Son.
Hector: Jas Baily and Ellis & Simpson.
Appleton: J B Turnbow, J B Cawhorn, J J Richardson, George Rankin and J W Stokes.
Cagelsville: Rufus Yow, W H Hampton, R F Rainey, J B Kyle, G W Garrigus, B F Garrigus, J E Garrigus and J R Pullen.
Atkins: R C Horton, Reynolds & Bro., Will Lemley, H Bledsoe, F P Henry and Wilson & Brooks.
The above please accept our heartfelt thanks.
J K Biffle and Family
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2010-12-09 05:54 pm

Bits and Pieces: Marriage Announcements

From the Russellville [AR] Courier Democrat, 3 Nov 1898:

Since our last reports, County Clerk Mourning has issed marriage license to the following persons: J M Epps to Miss Lula Epps; W R Freeman to Miss Rena Dunlay; Everett McGorven to Miss Ora Butler.
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2010-11-27 08:53 am

Bits and Pieces: Miss Mary Bond

This is one of the many photos of people unrelated to me that are falling out of the Williams family photo album.


Unlike others, this one IS labeled.

On the front, it says Miss Mary Bond.

On the back, it says 1876. This is the lady who started me in Art needlework.

The album belonged to my great grandparents, Jo Desha Williams and Maxie Leah Meek. In 1876, Maxie was 7 years old. Her mother, Mary Emily Conner, had re-married in 1871, in Grenada County, MS. By 1880, the family lived in Pope Co., AR.

So the photo could have have been acquired in either location - I don't know where Miss Mary Bond lived. The photo was taken by John A Scholten of St Louis, and two addresses for his studios are listed on the back of it.

I'd love to re-unite the photo with the family of Miss Mary Bond.

Maxie obviously put more than just Williams family photos in the album. Although I'm told Grandma had many sterling qualities, labeling her photographs was not one of them...

Note to self...
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2010-11-10 06:31 pm

Bits and Pieces: Obituary for Josiah Womble

Russellville Courier Democrat, 3 Nov 1898:

Mr. Josiah Womble one of Pope County's oldest and best citizens died at his home in Bayliss Township Monday Oct 24th. He was perhaps the oldest educator in the county, having been an active and prominent teacher back in 1860 and '62. Mr. R Hogins and Jno R. Young of our city are some of the many prominent men of our county who were his pupils during the time of this good old man's days of usefulness. Peace to his ashes.
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2010-11-10 06:01 pm

Bits and Pieces: Old Newspapers

Although I do not enjoy scrolling through microfilm in search of historic bits about the family, occasionally I find some stuff in old newspapers. I print off the pages, and bring it home to enter on the record of the family member in my genealogy software.

And some of the other stuff is pretty entertaining.

Some recent finds:

About one of my grand uncles, from the 2 Jul 1896 edition of the Russellville Democrat:

A number of Russelville's juveniles were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J D Williams last Monday afternoon, by their son, Master Cedric, in honor of his fourth birthday. Refreshments were served at 6 o'clock.

From the same newspaper, all under the heading of "Local Generalities."

Until July 10th we will receive new subscribers to The Democrat at the rate of 25 cents for the paper until November 5th. This means cash.

Corsets! Corsets! All shapes, grades, styles and sizes. The world renowned Featherbone corsets at 45 cents, at the Racket only.

Okay, that got me to wondering...what did it look like?

Forty-five cents was a bargain in 1896, because that was an 1895 ad...

More tidbits...

If you bought your shoes at Wilson's store, get 'em shined free July 4th.

Dr. Alvin Quinn came down from Wagoner, I T [Indian Territory], last week on a visit to his parents for a few days. He is captivated with the Territory.

Henry Bingham was arrested at Paducah for housebreaking. Bingham's wife is in jail for stealing money from a dead man.

To Get Married: Marriage licenses were issued by County Clerk Mourning to the following parties last week: James Motebean to Mary Redden, Riley Hopson to Laura Rackley, O F Herrin to Amanda Stevenson, R S Adams to Kate Strickland, W R Sweeten to Mollie Akin, J B Chronister to Lon Duvall.