Today’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge from Genea-Musing‘s Randy Seaver involves timelines.

1) Do you use Timelines to help you in your research?  Create a Timeline (a chronological list with dates and events) for one of your ancestors that includes their parents, siblings, spouse(s) and children.  Tell us how you did it, and show us your work. 

This timing of this challenge is perfect! I’m currently trying to figure out whether Howard Hutchinson who drowned in the Missouri River in 1905 is part of my Albert Hutchinson family. If his age is reported correctly, this Howard Hutchinson was born in 1881. Since this is a difficult time period to find records showing family relationships, I need a timeline to help figure out where the members of the family were living between 1890 and 1905.

I tried using the timeline report from RootsMagic.

This report is too wordy for this particular task – especially when I add the children and spouses of Albert Hutchinson. Thus, I turned to a spreadsheet. Since my goal is to determine who was living where at a particular time, I limited the information I entered to those events that place a person in a particular community. I then color coded each of the children and his second wife. Once I had the data entered, I sorted the data by date and then by location.

This spreadsheet proved what I subconsciously knew about this family: they lived on both sides of the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri. It also provides hints of where to look for a 1900 census record for Howard Hutchinson or for a death notice outside of St. Joseph, Missouri for Howard Hutchinson.

Thank you Randy for challenging me to actually get this spreadsheet created.

The Dash

Do you try to find details about an ancestor’s life for the time between their birth and their death, i.e. the dash? Census records help fill in that ‘dash’ since they put a person in a specific place at a specific time. However, I’ve found that gossipy newspapers also help fill in that ‘dash’.

The value of newspapers was brought home when I uploaded images to FamilySearch for my grandfather, Edward Osmund Briles.

It was a ’40 Years Ago’ clipping that my grandmother kept that provided a major clue to my grandfather’s life.

That clipping led me to articles and court records about the time my grandfather defied the law to show movies on Sundays. My grandfather was arrested and convicted for that ‘crime’.

It was while researching newspapers in the communities where my grandfather lived prior to Emporia that I learned that he owned Briles Garage. Not only did he own a garage but he was part of a ‘Grand Tour’ in the early days of the automobile.

All of these findings reinforced my previous experiences with newspapers – pay attention to those local news items. One never knows what they will uncover for the dash.

Facebook Memories

Does your hometown have a Facebook group for sharing memories? One of my favorite groups is ‘Growing Up in Dodge City’. The posts cover a wide range of topics from cowboy history to high school memories. Even though I moved away while in junior high, I have had extended family living in Dodge City until the present.

I often share stories and photos with this Facebook group. In late January, I shared a picture of my grandmother and a group of other Dodge City women who were members of the ‘Old Timers’ Club.

Top Row: ? – Winnie Crawford – ? – Elna Paulon – Lena Tucker – Bertie Bro / 2nd Row: Ida Tester Sister – ? – Dora Jones – De Ette Zimmer – Florence Sullivan / 3rd row: Nina Dellar – Edna Williams – Ida Olive – Ethel Moody – Gertie Falkner – Cora Wood & L.R.

I expected discussion about the other women in the photo. However, I did not expect the personal comments from my second cousins.

I am so thankful to have these memories!


I recently wrote a blog post, Proving Death, based on two documents that I found in a military and pension file for an ancestor. As I was writing that post, I kept thinking about the fact that I have this folder full of images that will likely get lost when I no longer work on my family history. In addition, I have a lot of family photos going back generations.

Not wanting these documents or family photos to hit the recycle bin, I’ve been pondering where I could put them so others could also benefit from these photos and documents.

Since I have been sharing my work online for quite some time, my experience is causing me to question whether my current methods of sharing will be accessible in the future. Thus, I’ve been considering adding my photos and documents as memories on the FamilySearch collaborative tree. I was leaning toward putting the photos, etc. on FamilySearch since it is freely accessible. I also think it is the one site that will work to migrate these memories into the future as technology changes.

This decision to use FamilySearch as a way to share the family photos was finalized when I saw their Ancestor Discovery pages.

These pages are easily sharable and put the family information in a format that non-genealogist will understand. The thumbnails of the memories provide a glimpse into the attached memories. Viewers can easily access all of the memories from this page. (Note: users will need to login to a free FamilySearch account.)

So, I have started uploading more memories. I want to start with items that are buried in my notebooks and files that others may not have. This will include

  • Family Photos
  • Audio files of interviews
  • Birth, Marriage and Death certificates
  • Military and pension records
  • Homestead documents
  • Deeds
  • Wills and probate records

Yes, I have money invested in some of these documents. However, if an archive does not accept my genealogy files due to lack of space or funds to handle, then these same documents are the most likely items to hit a trash can.

Based on the Fan Chart colored to show the quantity of photos attached, it is obvious that I have my work cut out for me.

Muster Roll

From Albert Hutchinson’s Civil War Military File

Mustered In

H 1 Cav Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Appears with rank of Pvt on
Muster and Descriptive Rolle of a Detach-
ment of U.S. Vols. forwarded
for the 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry. Roll dated
Davenport Iowa, Sept. 30, 1962
Where born North Hampton New York
Age 25 years; occupation farmer
When enlisted Sept. 1 186_
Where enlisted Independence
For what period enlisted 3 years
Eyes Black; hair black
Complexion dark; height 5 ft 4 in
When mustered in – _ 186_
Where mustered in – _ 186_
Bounty Paid $ _ 100; due $ ___100 Whee credited _______
Company to which assigned _
Valuation of horse, $ _ 1– Valuation of horse equipments, $ __ 1000
Remarks: Bounty $25; Premium $4
Bookmark General Notation, 2601 A, 1876
Easterling, Copyist

Supplies own horse

H 1 Cav. Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Pvt, Co. D, 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Jan. & Feb. 1863
Present or absent Presents
Stoppage, $ _ 100 for __
Due Gov’t, $ _100 for _
Valuation of horse, $ _ 100 Valuation of horse euqipments, $ _ 100
Remarks: furnished horse
& horse equipments
since Jan 1/63.
Equipments not
paid for but charged
on Dec’r rolls
Book mark: __

Mustered Out

H 1 Cav Iowa
Alberth Hutchinson
Pvt, Co D, 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry
age 25 years
Appears on
Detachment Muster-out Roll
of the organization named above. Roll Dated
Little Rock, Ark Mch 14 1864
Muster out date Dec 31, 1863
Last paid to Dec 31, 1863
Clothing account:
Last Settled , 186 ; drawn since $ __ /100
Due soldier $ _ /100; due U.S. $ _ /100
Am’t for cloth’g in kind or money adv’d $ 36 37/100
Due U.S. for arms, equiments, &c., $ _ /100 Bounty paid $25 00/100; due /100
Valuation of horse, $ _ /100 Valuation of horse equipments, $ _ /100
Remarks: Clothing account settled
to Aug. 31, 1863. Clothing allowance
due from Aug. 31, 63 Stop
for one sabre knot, one [screw]
Book Mark: _
G W Davis


H 1 Cav. Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Pvt, Co D, 1 reg’t Iowa Cavalry.
Appears on
M. and D. Roll of Veteran Volunteers
of the organizaton named above. Roll dated
Little Rock Ark, Mch 14, 1864
When enlisted Jany 1, 1864
[to date from] re Enlistment
When mustered in Mch 14, 1864
Bounty paid $ _ /100; due $ 60 00/100 Company to which assigned D Valuation of Horse, $ /100
Valuation of horse equipments, $ __
Remarks: $13 advance pay & 2 00/
premium due
Residence. Independence
Buchanan Co Iowa 3rd Dist
Book Mark:

Absent without Leave

H 1 Cav. Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Pvt, Co. D, 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for May & June 1864
Present or Absent Absent
Stoppage, $ _ /100 for _
Due Gov’t, $ _/100 for
Valuation of horse, $ /100 Valuation of horse equipments, $ /100
Remarks: Vet Vol Third Enstall-
ment Bounty due absent
without leave since June
Book mark: _

Docked Pay for absence

H 1 Cav. Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Pvt, Co. D, 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for July & Aug 1864
Present or absent Present
Stoppage, $_____/100 for _
Due Gov’t, $ /100 for
Valuation of horse, $_____?100
Valuation of horse equipments, $ _/100
Remakrs: Vet Vol. 3rd Install-ment bounty due [Slot] for
absence without leave
from Juen 18 to June 30th
64 by order of Gen B Fisk
Book mark:__

Mustered Out

H 1 Cav. Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Pvt, Co. D, 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry
age 27 years
Appears on Co. Muster-out Roll, dated
Austin Tex, Feb 15, 1866
Muster out date Feb 15, 1866
Last paid to June 30, 1865
Clothing account
Last settled , 186 ; drawn since $ /100
Due Soldier $1 10/100; due U.S. $ /100
am’t for cloth’g in kind or money adv’d $ /100
Due U.S. for arms, equipments, &c., $ 14 48/100
Bounty paid $ 200 00/100; Due $ 140 00/100
Valuation of horse, $ _ /100
Valuation of horse equipments, $ _ /100
Remarks: Joined as a recruit
as within state. Reenlisted
as a veteran Jan 17 64
arms retained per G.O.
no 101 series of 1866
Book mark: 885-B-188 (over)
S W Williams

June 14 10524559 1891
driver & cone wrench &
one bushe wiper & thong
mustered out pursuant
to circular from the War
Dept. dated Feb 11, 1864
authorizing the renenlist
ment as Vet vols of
recruits of 1862 in old
organizations of the
state of Iowa, with the
condition that he for
foeits the $100 Bounty
provided by Sec. 5, act
of congress approved
July 22, 1861
Dischrged by virtue
of reenlistment as Vet
vol. per G.O. No. 191 &
War Dept, Series
of 1863

Golden Anniversary

As we have recently celebrated Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d reshare one of the poems my great-grandmother, Josie Winifred Hammond wrote, titled “Our Golden Wedding.”

Fifty years, ’tis a long look back
To that far off winter day,
When we started out, just a pair of kids.
Together to tread life’s way
There were no airplanes or radios then
Automobiles were unheard of too
There wasn’t a telephone in the town
And electric lights were few.
When we started housekeeping by ourselves
There wasn’t much work to do,
For the house we had was very small,
And the table was set for two.
Then the babies started coming along,
And we worked early and late,
By the time we moved into a home we owned
The table was set for eight.
Then another girl happened along
But before she had a place of her own,
The oldest girl and the man of her choice
Had started another home.
Then two boys went away to war
And things were in an awful fix.
We worked for the Red Cross and sold liberty bonds
And the table was set for six.
Then the boys came home, but soon Cupid’s darts
Drove a boy and a girl from the hive.
And death’s cold hand took another boy
And the table was set for five.
Then a boy and a girl went away to school
A teacher and a nurse to be.
And now the table looks awfully small,
When its only set for three
The boy at school found a wee small girl
That he just must have for a wife
But the nurse still seems content
To live a single life.
Then the youngest girl met a farmer
And married as most girls do.
And we’re right back where we started from
And the table is set for two.
But as the years have come and gone.
And good times or hard times we’d see
I’ve never grown tired of seeing
That same face across the table from me.

Josie kept a ledger containing poems and other writings about her family and her life in Dodge City, Kansas. Josie’s ledger was transcribed and shared via the Kansas Collection.

Alfalfa Mill

I recently posted a photo from my grandmother’s collection of an Alfalfa Mill to the Facebook group, Growing Up in Dodge City.

Since my grandparents lived in Dodge City their entire lives, I just assumed that the caption was correct. However, comments on the post questioned whether there was an alfalfa mill in Dodge City.

So, I turned to the newspapers to learn more about an alfalfa mill in Dodge City. I did verify that such a mill existed. Unfortunately, I haven’t located information for the construction of the first mill. Below is a synopsis of what I found.

Feb 1911

Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 09 Feb 1911 Thu

The alfalfa mill will be opened again this week. It is a little unusual for the mill to be in operation at this time of year but the farmers held over much of their alfalfa for better prices and are now ready to place it on the market.

The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 23 May 1912 Thu

May 1912

Alfalfa Mill Is a Total Loss

Fire Started Early This Morning and Burned Rapidly

A fire loss which will probably amount to between $6,000 and $7,000 occurred early this morning when the W. B. Martin alfalfa mill on west Santa Fe trail street was destroyed.
The building and its contents including machinery and supplies were burned, and no insurance was carried to relieve the owner of the loss.
The fire started between the main building and the shed and many believe it was the work of some incendiary, as there had been no workmen or others about the mill since Saturday evening.
The fire was discovered about 3 o’clock this morning and by four the building was in ashes. Besides a considerable amount of expensive machinery it contained several car loads of alfalfa and other food stuff.
The fire department was powerless to save the building as it was covered with flames before the fire was discovered, but the work of the department, saved quite a number of residences in the neighborhood
The residence of Frank Osburn on the east side of the mill was almost completely destroyed, and the one belonging to Archie T. Keech directly west of the mill was badly burned on one side, but no other buildings were damaged.
Sparks from the fire blew over nearly all of the town from the mill ot the stand pipe on the Central Avenue hill, but most of the people of the town had been wakened by the siren whistle at the city power hose and watched their roofs.
W. B. Martin, the owner of the mill is spending the day in Garden City and he had not announced before his departure whether the mill would be rebuilt or not.

May 1912

The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 24 May 1912

New Alfalfa Mill Is in Prospect

New Building May Go Up on the Site of the One Which Was Burned

It Would be Fire Proof

The New Mill Would Be a Cement Block Structure and Would Be Larger than the Old One — Some Are Protesting

Dodge City may soon have another alfalfa mill. It is possible that one will be built this season on the site of the mill which was burned last Monday morning on west Santa Fe Trail street.
Manager W. B. Martin was talking about the matter this morning, and he said that contractors had been asked to make estimates on the kind of a building that would be required for the purpose.
If a new alfalfa mill is put up it will be a thoroughly fire proof building and will probably be larger than the old mill which was burned. Mr. Martin said today that since most of the debris had been removed it was found that much of the machinery had not been seriously damaged and that with a little overhauling it would easily be put into commission again.
It was stated this afternoon that W. P Kilesen of the Farmers’ Elevator company was circulating a petition protesting against the rebuilding o the alfalfa mill but it is not known what objection is made to the enterprise.

June 1912

The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 06 Jun 1912, Thu

No Action Taken about Alfalfa Mill

Mayor Bell Favored New Mill While Other Commissioners Opposed It

There is still some difference of opinion abouth whether Dodge City is to have a new alfalfa mill. The matter was presented to the city commissioners again last night and was supported by a petition signed by eighty-one business men of the city asking that the commission rescind its former action denying the company the privelidge of putting up a fire proof mill on the site of the old one which was burned. Mayor Bell was in favor of allowing the mill to be rebuilt. Commissioners Miller and Laughead opposed it, but they took no action last night. They said they would consider the matter again at the meeting next Friday evening.
Manager W. B. Martin was there to represent the company and several of those who opposed the proposition for rebuilding the mill were there to speak to the commissioners.
In speaking to the intention of the company, Mr. Martin said:
“I am unable to tell what we will do. Evidently the city commissioners intend to oppose our putting in a mill here. The quesiton is whether it would be better to go ahead anyhow and be the subject to all kinds of annoying orders, or abandon the field and put up a mill at some other point.”

June 1912

The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 15 Jun 1912, Sat

Considerable opposition is developing to having the alfafa mill re built on the location where it burned down. It is argued that it is too close to the oil tanks and would be a menace to the city water works. The Commercial Club may take a hand at securing new site for the company.

July 1912

The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 20 Jul 1912 Sat

Produce Company to Build

Site of Old Alfalfa Mill Has Been Purchased and Fireproof warehouse Is to Be Erected There

The wholesale produce company has purchased the lots where the alfalfa mill stood before it was burned and will erect a fireproof warehouse there. Work has already commenced clearing out the rubbish left after the fire and the building will be completed this summer.
C. B. Young of the wholesale company says it has not been decided just the size of the building but that it will be either about 25 by 175 feet or 37 by 75 feet It will be one story of either concrete or brick. The location is an ideal one for a warehouse as it is beside the railroad track and will give a storage house which is needed on account of the growing business of the company

October 1912

The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 04 Oct 1912, Fri

The warehouse of teh Dodge City Produce company is to be ready for occupancy in two weeks. It is being erected on the Santa Fe tracks on the site of the old alfalfa mill.

November 1912

The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 21 Nov 1912

Plan to Build an Alfalfa Mill Here

Ford County Growers May Form Company to Replace the One Burned Last Winter

Ford county growers of alfalfa are planning to build an alfalfa mill here to take the place of the one that burned last winter. A meeting of some of the leading alfalfa men was held last week to discuss plans for rebuilding. Will Martin, who owned the other mil, has been asked to take a part in the formation of a new company.
It is estimated that a new mill can be put in operation for form $3,500 to $5,00. Alfalfa growers say the mill tends to keep up the price of the hay by providing a steady market. Some growers say that $8 alfalfa cannot be fed here profitably that the grower makes a greater and more certain profit by selling to the mill.
The alfalfa crop in this county this year has been exceptionally good, and the amount of hay produced has resulted in the agitation for a mill.

March 1913

The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 12 Mar 1913

Build Larger Alfalfa Mill

Contract Let by Dodge Company and Work Is to Start at Once

The alfalfa mill company has let the contract for the new mill and work is to start at once. Morley Bros., of Wichita, get the contract for the machinery and the shed for it. The latter is to be 16 by 24 feet and 24 feet high. A wetterhold grinder is to be installed, and electric power from the Midland company is to be used. Fairbanks A Morse received the contract to supply the motors.
A large hay barn is to be erected and a store room. Both buildings will be put up by the farmers who comprise the company. The plant is to be built on the Santa Fe spur near the Chris Behl tract, east of town. It will cost, complete, about $4,30000 and will be considerably larger than the plant which burned down.

May 1916

The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 26 May 1916, Fri

Young Brides

Last week, I re-looked at the 1920 census data across my tree. In the process of looking at that information, I was struck at how young my grandmother was, especially where she was a recent bride at the time. Thus, I decided this Valentines Day to look at the marriage ages of my ‘grandmothers’ in my tree.


  • Winnie Letha Currey – married at age 16
  • Pauline Edith Mentzer — married at age 19

Great Grandmothers:

  • Josie Winifred Hammond – married at age 16
  • Winnie Mae Hutchinson — married at age 20
  • Frances Artlissa Ricketts – married at age 21
  • Nettie Adell Wells – married at age 20

Great Great Grandmothers

  • Mary Foster — married at age 17
  • Sarah Ellen Ralston – married at age 17
  • Angelina Jane Burke – married at age 19
  • Julia Harding – married at age 19
  • Sarah Jane Thompson – married at age 23
  • Rachel Elmeda Christy – married at age 21
  • Emeline Minnick – married at age 18
  • Salome Adell Crandall – married at age 24

3rd Great Grandmothers

  • Martha Smith – married at age 18
  • Caroline Ostrander – married at age 18
  • Louisa Fisk – married at age 18
  • Nancy Jane McCormick – married at age 18
  • Rachel Harris – unknown birth date
  • Elizabeth Ann Bland – married at age 21
  • Sarah Merry – unknown marriage date
  • Elizabeth Fowler — married at age 26
  • Sarah Rush – married at age 20
  • Polly Ann Evans – married at age 21
  • Orinda Matilda Reed – married at age 18
  • Lyda Gallmore – married at age 17
  • Orinda Miles – married at age 18
  • Elizabeth Mary Jones – married at age 34
  • Mary Kennedy – married at age 19
  • Almira Nafus – unknown birth date

As I was compiling the above information, I wondered whether some of my ‘grandmothers’ could have had previous marriages since their marriage age seems a bit high. Thus, this information might be a clue for further research.

Valentine’s Love

It’s Saturday and time again for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! It is also the day before Valentine’s day and there is a ‘Valentine’s Day Challenge’ going around Facebook.

Mike and I met while attending Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas. I’m not sure when we first met. It was sometime during our sophomore year when we were both chemistry lab assistants and also in a class together. We became engaged on Valentine’s Day during our junior year and were married after graduation. We will be celebrating our 48th year of marriage this May.

So here’s our Valentine’s Day Challenge story

How’d we meet? chemistry class in college
First Date? I don’t remember
How long have you been together? Engaged February 1973
Married? Yes – 47 years this May
Age Difference? 5 months
Who was interested first? Not sure
Who said ‘I Love you’ first? probably him
Most impatient? likely me
Most sensitive? not sure
Loudest? him
Most stubborn? likely equally stubborn in our own ways
Falls asleep first? Me
Cooks better? Both
Better morning person? Me
Better driver? Me of course (he is a good driver)
Most competitive? Neither
Who is the funniest? him
Who is more social? neither very social
Who is the neat freak? neither
Where was your first kiss? parents’ front porch
How long did it take to get serious? don’t remember
Plans date night? neither
Who picks where you go to dinner? Usually mutual discussion
Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong? Usually both admit errors
Who wears pants in relationship?
Who has more tattoos? Neither of us has a tattoo
Who sings better? not sure
Hogs the remote the most? Me — early in the evening
Spends the most? Me
Did you go to the same school? No – until college
Who drives when you are driving together? Share driving
Where is the farthest you have traveled together? West coast