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.
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.
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.
I expected discussion about the other women in the photo. However, I did not expect the personal comments from my second cousins.
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
Audio files of interviews
Birth, Marriage and Death certificates
Military and pension records
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.
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 (339)
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: __ Lowny Copyist (358)
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] covey Book Mark: _ G W Davis Copyist
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, $ __ /100 Remarks: $13 advance pay & 2 00/ premium due Residence. Independence Buchanan Co Iowa 3rd Dist Book Mark: Meding Copyist
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 1786 Dismounted Book mark: _ [Furman] copyist
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:__ [Furman] copyist
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 copyist
Over 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
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.
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.
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
Alfalfa Mill Is a Total Loss
Fire Started Early This Morning and Burned Rapidly
(Monday) 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 26 May 1916, Fri
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
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.
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