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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fearless Females Post 10 ~ Religion


Fearless Females: March 10: Religion

Religion was important in our family with my father being a minister. I have no female members that were active in any real capacity of the church like a minister.

They always were very active with going to church more than once a week, singing in the choir and being Sunday School teachers.

Thanks for stopping by for Fearless females. Previous post shows the church my great grandmother was a member at. Grace

Fearless Females Post 9 ~ Family Documents


Fearless Females: March 9: Family Documents
The picture shows Fairfax, George Warner and Great Grandma Carrie holding her granddaugher Helen ( son Lester's daughter)
Among my family papers on my mother's side I have a certificate of Church Membership for my great grandmother Carrie Lockwood Day Warner. She is the mother of my grandpa Bill.

This certificate tells me that she became a member of Grace Lutheran "Pineneedle" in McGregor Minnesota ( Sandy Lake) on the 10th of May 1942. The minister was Rev C Zimmerman

I also have a real picture postcard showing the inside of the church from that time period.





I have a feeling that this was a happy time in her life. She was married for a second time, first husband has passed away. She was living on a lake with George Warner her husband and her son Fairfax probably lived near by.

Thanks for stopping by for Fearless Females. I am behind but slowly trying to catch up.

Fearless Females Blog 8: DIaries, Letters, and Journals



Fearless Females Blog Post: March 8: Diaries, Letters, and Journals
Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

I have letters written by my mother and both of my grandmothers. I shared a letter here my mother wrote 9n June 8th 1952 when she was not feeling well. With in days she was in the hospital with Polio.

Here is another letter she wrote on June 11, 1952 Baytown Texas

Dear Daisy

Just a short letter to explain about the contents of a small package I'm sending you. Its sort of a joke package although I know you'll like what I've sent you. the joke package conatins about four cucumbers. Some people gave them to us and Arthur and I just do not like cucumbers. I thought of you folks and how you like them and how you paid 35 cents for two one time. Ha! I don't know if thse will be good or not and maybe you have all you want and they may be cheap but never the less I think you can use them or give them to someone. I hope they do not spoil onthe way to Minnesota. The joke will be on me if you open them and find 4 rotten cucumbes. They were nice and firm when I mailed them.

The people that gave us the cucumbers gave us a big bag of potatoes. ( you know are scarce they are? or are tehy plentiful up there?) Potatoes are like gold to us and as scarce as hens teeth. They ration them out 10 pouns to a person here and most of the time you can't find them at all.

Well we found out what Marys fever was for . She broke out today with chicken poxs. My kids are like me. They get all kids diseases. I'm glad they are getting them young before they start school and in this warm climate they have everything mild. They say chicken pox will not scar. We must of had small pox when we were little. Your real sick with small pox but chicken pox is a much milder disease. mary was a little sick Friday but really hasn't acted to sick any of the time. She's wanted to play and run around all the time. I try to keep her quiet but doctors say if they feel able to play it won't hurt them. Her appetite wasn't so good Thursday Friday and Sat. Well I''ll say by now I'm much better myself.

I know you'll let mom and dad and the rest have a bite or two of the cucumbers but I remember you are especially found of them. Like I am of tomatoes ha! You paid 79 cents for some for me once 2 or 3 huh? Ha! We paid the freight remember.

Love and kissses Muriel and all

Fun old letter and it is written on company letter head of a company my father probably worked for. She was frugal and would of used this paper rather than buying stationary. I have her letters in mylar sheets and in a three ring binder to protect them.

Thanks for stopping by for Fearless Females and hope to see you again soon... Grace

Fearless Females Post 7 Favorite Recipe


Fearless Females Blog Post: March 7: Favorite Recipe
March 7 — Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

My mother made Watergate Salad for family gatherings. Easy and tasty treat. We still make it for large family gatherings. I have shared the recipe over at my food/coupon blog. You can get the recipe here if you like.

Fearless Females Post 6 ~ Heirlooms

March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor.


I have several heirlooms. I wear my mother's wedding rings every day. They are so fragile they have been connected.




These two darling bears are made out of my mother's mink coat and my grandmother's fur coat. There was enough fur that not only do us girls have them but my brother and the grand sons also have one or two bears.


I have dishes that belonged to both grandmothers and have started to share these with grandchildren and family bibles. I posted about these Bibles before. You can read the posting at the link.


The most treasured are my mother's rings and family bibles that have been passed down . I have started to pass on some of the bibles but I have kept these two for now.

thanks for stopping by..hope to see you again soon. Grace

Fearless Females Post 5 ~ How They Met



Fearless Females Blog Post ~ March 5 ~ How They Met?

I really do not know any stories how any of my ancestors met other than my parents. My father was in the Merchant Marines and docked in Duluth Minnesota. It was May of 1943. My father found a little church to attend church services at and there he met my grandparents Bill and Grace. Of course being the sweet people they were, he was invited for Sunday dinner. After all he was in uniform.

At my parents house on a table was my mother's picture. Story is my father fell in love with her at that moment.

He found out where she worked which was the Asia Cafe. He just happened to stop in and introduce himself.

They dated from that time until October 1943 when they married. During the months between meeting and marrying at times they were separated because of his job. They wrote to each other and I have the postcards my father wrote my mom.

This is a true love story and they were together till mama passed away in 1998. Dad passed on in 2008 and I know they are together again.

I wish I had other stories of ancestors meeting but I do not.
Thanks for stopping by... hope to see you again soon.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fearless Females Post 4 ~ Marriage Records


Fearless Females Blog Post~ March 4~ Marriage Records
The only vintage marriage record I have is of my great grandmother Katherine Gallagher to Appleton Esler and it is into pieces. But I have it and it is beautiful.
I posted about it before in October of 2010. It is treasured that is for sure.

Thanks for stopping by for my Fearless Female series .. Grace

Fearless Females Blog Post 3 ~ Names and Naming Patterns

Fearless Females Blog Post ~ March 3 ~ Names and Naming Patterns...

I was named after my two grandmothers..
Grace after my mother's mother

This picture is probably taken at my grandparents wedding anniversary. I am on the left hand side and my sister is on the right side. The other two girls are my cousins.

and Alta after my father's mother.

Grandma Alta is on the right hand side. This is a graduation picture with two of her friends

I have always loved my name feeling it is so special to be named after love ones.

Alta is a name of other ancestors on my father's side. My great great grandmother is Alta Cheauvront.
Alta Cheuvront is on the right hand side back row. I think there are other Alta's in this family line but do not have that information handy at the moment. May have to pull that information together some day.
Thanks for stopping by as I try to catch up on the Fearless Female series. .. Grace

Monday, March 7, 2011

Fearless Females Post 2 ~ Photograph


Fearless Females Blog Post: March 2: Photograph
March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?
This is a photo of my great grandmother Carrie Lockwood Day with her sister in law Anna Day Norton. Anna is my great grand aunt.
This picture would of been taken in Minnesota and some time around 1912 to 1913.
I love this photo, it shows great grandma Carrie in her early 40's. I am not positive but I think that grandma Carrie is on the right hand side. I will be comparing her to other photos to be sure.
I know so little about my great grand aunt Anna at this time. Need to spend some time with the siblings of my ancestors.
Thanks for stopping by for Fearless Female series. I am late but will work at catching up the best I can. Grace

Fearless Females Post 1 ~ Favorite Female Ancestor

This morning I stopped over at geneabloggers to read some postings and get ideas for what I wanted to share today.

I came across The Accidental Genealogist and she is doing a series on Fearless Females.

Okay I am late for the party but thought I would try to catch up over the next days.

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 1 - Favorite Female Ancestor ..
How can you possibly pick a favorite female.

Favorite in terms of love of course is my mama.
Female I wish I had met is my grandma Alta. She passed away in 1944 and I was born in 1948.
Female I admire for what she must of gone through in the late 1890's is my great grandmother Katherine.
this is Katherine with husband Appleton. They married shortly after she gave birth to Grandma Grace.
She had my grandmother Grace out of wedlock and her parents
supposedly turned her picture to the wall. I do not know the whole story, but I would of loved to sit with her and listened to her stories.

Female I enjoyed being with eating cookies and drinking ginger ale is my grandma Grace. She never shared the above story and I did not learn any of this until after she had passed away.
I wish she had shared more with me.


Female I want to learn more about .... all of them .
There are so many stories out there. So much to learn and share with my grandchildren. I want them to know some of the stories.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace