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Saturday, February 11, 2012


Just this week I have come across 3 vintage/ antique highschool year books from schools in my hometown of Duluth, Minnesota

I found a copy of The Central Duluth the Zenith 1915, then a copy of Duluth Cathedral 1927
and then tonight at auction I was able to buy a copy of Duluth Central 1914.
What 3 wonderful pieces of history that would be a perfect addition to family history.
Sadly I do not have any family living in Duluth at this time. My grandparents did not move to Duluth until about 1943.
These great books not only offer pictures of some one ancestors but also can give us a glimpse into how life may have been.
If you have family members who were seniors during these years you may find a picture of them in these books.  I will be selling these on eBay and hope that family members find them.

Until I sell the year books,  I have them if you want me to look up a name. 

Friday, February 10, 2012


This week's photos involve people holding or reading books. I love books and have since a child. My sister and I would walk weekly to the library every Saturday.
A beautiful old building that wa a palace to me. The books I wanted were on the top floor and you got there by taking a set of stairs. The floor was glass so you could see the people below you.  I still love to think of that wonderful place of my childhood.

When I got home I would lay in the grass of a private club called the Kitchi Gammi Club. It was a block away from our home. No one ever chased this little girl away who could lay for hours on their property.
Other times I would walk a block away and sit on the steps of this apartment building. There was statues of lions at the end. Today the building is in terrible repair and I feel so sad when I see the building of my childhood memories.

And best of all when I grew up this little girl owned her own used bookstore with her dear hubby. We even had two bookstores at one time. Dreams can come true. Retirement came and we closed down both stores but I still love to go into used bookstores, to go to estate sales and head directly to the book shelves. 

I love the feel of books and the smell of books and I still love to go to our local library.

 This building is new and modern, but if you go to the second floor and wander into this one area you will once again be surrounded with beautiful bookshelves, books and funiture.  Of course this is the genealogy area and dreams happen there too while searching for family history.

So while I have no sepia pictures at this moment, I do have great memories of books. Will have to take a search through my family pictures for something in the color of sepia.

I will be sharing this over at Sepia Saturday, stop in for a moment and see what others are sharing.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little girl's memories of books. Grace

Thursday, February 9, 2012


It has been almost a year since I wrote on my great grand uncle George Day and his death on the docks of Duluth, Minnesota.
I wrote this post on April 14th 2011
My great grand uncle George Day was shot while on duty as a watchman on the Duluth docks here in Minnesota. This took place October 26, 1928.

I knew about his tragic death from family history and a distant cousin of mine had found one article at the Minnesota History Center which she shared on ancestry. I have been spending some time at the library to find newspaper articles about the shooting.
The picture below is of George Day years earlier when he was working in Duluth as a police officer

Duluth Minn Friday October 26, 1928

Duluth Herald
Dock Watchman Slain Defending His Charge
George Day Murdered in Early Hours
On D., M. & N. Coal Dock

      George Day, aged 59, night watchman at the D. M. & N. coal dock, Twenty ninth avenue west and the bay front, was killed early this morning by bandits, who attempted to rob the tool house in the plant transformer building.

      Day was either shot in the left temple or clubbed to death with a large file in a desperate fight, which resulted in the apparent wounding of one of the bandits, who left blood trails over the dock. Two empty chambers in Day's gun gave evidence of his firing on the bandits in his attempt to drive them from the dock. Two empty chambers in Day's gun gave evidence of his firing on the bandits in his attempt to drive them from the dock.
You can read more of this article by clicking on the above link.
     This is the story I knew and read on the first trip to the library. I never shared the other newspaper articles until now because they were just more of the same story.  This last month I revisited the library and the newspaper articles and found more articles I had missed. 
     I have held off sharing these additional articles because the story will change as the articles are written.  What is written is not what I was told.  Did my mother, her sister and brother know the rest of the story or was this kept from them also?  Do George's direct family know what was written or was this kept from them also ?  Family secrets are an interesting fact, stories whispered behind closed doors to just certain family members.
Duluth Minn Saturday October 27 1928

Duluth Herald
Signs Indicate Victim Fought
Three Men Thought to Have Attempted Robbery
Police Have Clues.
     George Day 59, night watchman of the D. M. & N coal dock. twenty night ave west and the bay front, who was found dead on the dock early yesterday morning, was killed by a bullet from his own revolver which was either wretched from or discharged in his hand in a struggle with his assailants in  the belief of Dr. C. F. McComb, county coroner who preformed an autopsy on the body late Friday. No arrests were made up to late last night.
Resting against the inner wall of the right side of the skull was found a battered bullet believed to be of a 38 calibre, the same type found in the revolver carried by the watchman.  The bullet entered the left side of the head near the ear and passed through the brain.
 Evidence Points To Fight
     The autopsy revealed several bruises about the head and face which led Coroner McComb to suggest that Day engaged in a fight with with his assailants after they were discovered in the act of loading into a nearby boat a quanity of tools taken from the plant transformer building.  Day who was of stocky build, is believed to have engaged in combat with the robbers, but was over powered by superior force and killed by a bullet with his own gun.
At least three men are believd to have attempted the robbery one of who left several clues which police are investigating.  Robert E Donaldson, chief of detectives, reported a find of two caps, one brown and other gray, and a large file near the scene of the murder.
Robbery was the motive, according to investigators, who believe that there had been no intention of murder until the watchman disturbed the men in making their getaway.
Found by Roundsman
     The murder occured some time between 3:30 am and 4:30 am police point out.  Day, in fullfilling his duties as watchman, reported his duties as watchman, reported hourlyy to the Western Union up to and including the 3:30 report.  When no report was received at 4:30 am, Ray Murray, roundsman for the Western Union , went to the dock and found Day's body near the transformer house.
The murder and attempted robber is believed to be the work of the same gang that robbed the house of Elliot Packing company early Wednesday morning.  Day was competing his 10 th year of employ on the dock.
     Survivors include a wife and two daughters living in St. Paul and one son, Curtis N. Day, employed as a cransman at the plant of Minnesota Steel company in Morgan Park.  Day recently moved from the Western hotel and was due to check into the Rex hotel Thursday morning.  
This is the second article written in the local newspaper, I will share more articles soon. Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I have been busy writing a story about my 5th great grandfather Joseph Cheuvront and his family. To add some depth I wanted to get an idea to what life was like in Virginia during the 1775 period to the early 1800's. I found a wonderful article on the Virginia Colony.  By the time my ancestors came to Virginia it was one of the first thirteen states but I am sure life had not changed much in the way life was lived. 
The following was copied from the site. I will incorporate the following into my story of Joseph and his family to add substance. Click on the link at the bottom to find more information if interested.

While life was difficult for everybody living in the Virginia Colony, this was especially true for women, who married young (16 was a popular age for marriage) and had an average of eight children. Childbirth was one of the main causes of death for women as well, as there were no drugs to stop bleeding and most births were attended by midwives or even family members rather than doctors. Once married, women usually spent their lives caring for their families and preparing or storing food for the winter.

Medical care in the Virginia Colony was a real problem. There were very few doctors there at the time and not only was the care expensive, but it was also mostly inadequate. Folk medicine was widespread at the time, and most doctors use leeches to treat a variety of problems, from cancer to common infections (antibiotics were not known at the time). As time went by, many doctors incorporated the use of certain indigenous herbs, like snakeroot, to treat conditions they had no other medication for. Calomel, a drug based on mercury, was popular, although it caused lots of poisonings and killed more patients than it actually helped. There was no anesthesia available and surgery was actually prohibited by the church, so doctors avoided it, even in cases of life and death. Diphtheria, malarial fever, yellow fever and tuberculosis were all common diseases in Colonial Virginia.

The road system in the Virginia Colony and its surroundings was poorly developed. When travel was necessary, people would use a horse or take off on foot, but this was mainly avoided in winter because the conditions were too difficult and too risky for most colonists to attempt. Most people traveled by boat if the distances were long or time was an issue.

The social life of those living in the colony included folk music and reading as the main forms of entertainment. Cider and whiskey were considered common drinks and served along with everyday foods, including family dinners, afternoon teas and BBQs organized by the town, church or close friends. People often socialized in groups or as a family, rather than separately.

Basically everything used in daily life was manufactured at home. This included candles, clothing, all metal and wood artifacts for the home and farms and even school supplies. Silver and iron were used for practically everything, from shoeing horses to making dinner dishes

Read more: What Was Life Like in the Virginia Colony? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_4588658_was-life-like-virginia-colony.html#ixzz1lo28N9OC

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


TOMBSTONE TUESDAY today is Augustus Eddington
born May 13 1819 in New York
died September 7 1903 in Janesville Wisconsin

 Henrieta Curtis who was born 1818 in New York and died in 1882 in Wisconsin
Augustus and Henrieeta M Curtis Eddington are my 3rd great grandfather

Rest in peace grandpa and grandma

Monday, February 6, 2012

Writing Challenge My Family Day 5

Writing Challenge My Family Day 5

Day 5 was Super Bowl Sunday, hubby and I are not really into football but we were invited to son’s house for some good grub and I do love to watch the commercials. We left at half time and headed home to watch something else that was on our watch list. If I told you what we wanted to see on TV you would scratch your head and go " You got to be kidding".

To keep my Internet time in control we headed to McDonald’s after church and spent several hours there. I did not go much further in time but instead added depth to what I had written. I separated the sections of my writing more so I can see what I am doing. So far I have 2747 words written so I was able to add a bit over 500 words. I am enjoying what I am doing with putting down Joseph Cheuvront's story on paper and look forward to continue with his family.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy: Week 6 Family Heirlooms

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy: Week 6 Family Heirlooms

This is the sixth week of Amy Coffin’s series on Abundant Genealogy.

Week 6 – Family Heirlooms: For which family heirloom are you most thankful? How did you acquire this treasure and what does it mean to you and your family
I have many family heirlooms.  How do I possibly pick  my favorite or what I am thankful for ?
I treasure my mother's wedding ring that I wear most days.  If I still had her I would not have it and would gladly give it back to her.  Same with my aunt Daisy's ring, she wore it to work and church and I admired it every time I saw it.  I would gladly turn it back over to her.  I have my grandmother's ring, I do not remember her wearing it but I also would love to give it back to her also.
I have vintage albums and family photos, other pieces of jewelry and glassware.  Any furniture I was given I have passed on to my boys already.  This is from my mother's side.
I have very little from my father's side. My grandmother died before I was born and we lived in Minnesota while grandpa Zion lived in Washington.  But I do have from that side my grandmothers autograph book from when she was a teenager which my grandpa wrote in before they married.  I have a souvenier from the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair that was given to my great grandmother Mabel Coleman Hall from great grandfather Arthur Hall.  I also have several bibles from that side of the family.
I also have letters and cards that both grandmother's wrote to the family and a couple letters from grandpa Zion. I love to see their handwriting.  I have letters from my mother to me and from my father to my mother.
I guess what I treasure most is the letters, with these I am seeing their thoughts and their hand writing.  They are still with me when I read them, as the jewelry when I wear it I feel they are still with me.
What family treasures are you most thankful for?

Wandering The Internet Doing Genealogy Research

Do you every just wander around the Internet using Swag search to see what you may find. While writing my family history challenge I added the other night that my 5th great grandmother Elizabeth had died in 1800 of Typhoid fever. So I decided to do a search to see if I could get a little background of this disease. Yuck is what I have to say. The symptoms are horrible and how you catch it is just as bad. Unsanitary conditions are all I will say. From there  From there I saw a link for diseases of the past 1800 to 1920. This was found on a site named Bella On LineA Site  For Women. There are some links that may interest you besides genealogy.

Then I read an article on the process of becoming a member of the Daughters of the Revolution. I know that I have more than one ancestor that found in the American Revolution but did not realize the work that has to be done to become a member should you wish to.  I am proud of my ancestor who fought in the Civil War and I am proud of my grandfathers who fought in the Revolutionary War.  I have thought of applying and may see if we have a local member in our area who can guide me. 

When I visited our local library recently I saw books on the Daughters of the American Revolution and the members family line. For a fee I can hook up with some one who comes from my same line.

Should I attempt to do this I will let you know how it is going or went.  Some may ask why bother but I am proud of my ancestors and their fight for our country.


Writing Challenge My Family Day 4

Today I spent my time writing at McDonalds again. I am up to 2223 words in my story. Lots of editing needs to be done but that will be done with the second draft. I spent time adding some history to my story yesterday so did not really get past the year 1802. I feel like I am back in school and studying history except this time it is in context with my family’s history. I spent my time reading about the border warfare or the history of the settlement by the whites in northwest Virginia. On my to do list is to find a copy of the Chronicles of Border Warfare: the Colonial & Indian Wars of the Early American Frontier 1742-1795 written by Alexander Scott Withers. After I finished with my daily writing I spent time on the Internet using Swagsearch to search for more history that would fit into my story. I think today went well with my writing. Will be interesting to see where day 5 takes me. One thing I have learned is I did not do my writing outline with enough details. It was to basic to start. Will do different the next time I write a family story.