Saturday Tidbits

Courier Tribune
List Nemaha Serial Numbers for the Draft
24 Oct 1940

List Nemaha Serial Numbers for the Draft

Over 1600 names are in the County Roll

A Master List Will Be Chosen in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday to Determine Order in Which Local
Numbers Will Be Called

The Courier-Tribune prints today a list of names and numbers important to almost every home in Nemaha county. It is the list of men between ages of 21 and 36 who enrolled on Wednesday, October 16th, for possible service to their country, and with each man’s name, the county serial number which has been drawn for him by the local draft board.
The arrangement is by number rather than by names because numbers will be the important thing next Tuesday, October 29th, when a master list is to be drawn at Washington, D.C. to determine the order in which local numbers will be called. President Roosevelt will draw the first number.

The local drawing and listing was completed Tuesday except perhaps for a few straggling cards. The board officially posted the list yesterday and sent a copy to state headquarters. The Sabetha Herald and Courier-Tribune joined in setting the large amoung of type necessary and the list is printed in the two papers. TO avoid runing the type to still greater length, a key system is sued to abbreviate names of towns. Where two letters make the name of the town clear, only two are used. Seneca becomes Se; Sabetha Sa; Corning Co; Centralia Ce; Goff GO; Wetmore We; and Baileyville, Bern, Kelly, Havensville, Soldier, Pawnee, Axtell and other points are similarly abbreviated. Oneida and ONaga addresses required the use of Onei and Ona. The Nemaha County list follows:

201 Albert Benedict Hermesch Go
202 Walter Leughold Sa
203 Orlo Henry Drinkwater Ce
204 Leo Arthur spring Se
205 Jesse James Heiniger Se
206 Donald Henry Fox Ve
207 George W. McDaniel Sa
208 Lawrence Glenn Walton Sa
209 Fredrick Phillip Thomas We
210 Paul Leon Irwin Sa
211 Erle LeRoy Tallman Go
212 Floyd Henry Most Ce
213 Phillip Fredrick Metzger Sa
214 Harold Lee Ransdell Sa
215 Robert Edward Foltz Se
216 Joseph Vondemkamp Se
217 Albert Frank Tangeman Ba
218 Lyle Arthur Steck Ce
219 Floyd Leroy Coulter Ce
220 Wayne W. Donaldson Se
221 Norbert Leo Huerter Se
222 George Raymond Hittle Go
223 Theodore Locher Sa
224 Charles Francis McMahon Go
225 Eli Brunner On
226 John Charles Baldwin Se
227 Reginald Daring Ayers Ce
228 Merle Vernon Chase Sa
229 Fred Ukele Sa
230 Melvin Milo Most Ce
231 Rolland Paul Grote Sa
232 John Irven Dailey Sa
233 Clinton Barlow Hash Se
234 Bennie William Feed Sa
235 Dale Lurand Edwards Go
236 Aloysius Francis Krogman Ba
237 Milan Edward Strahm Sa
238 Vincent John Eisenbarth Co
239 Paul Benidict Schmitz Ba
240 Elmer John Jorden Ce
241 William Ard Weir Sa
242 Donald Ray Elliott Se
243 Virgil Everett Nightingale Co
244 Harold Dean Dunn On
245 William Clark Hard Go
246 Clarence Richard Hazlett Ona
247 Donald Lee Brown Go
248 Phillip Culver Moser Sa
249 Albert Charles LaFond Co
250 Cyril William Eisenbarth So

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Hey genea-folks, 

it’s Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  This SNGF is based on the 100 Word Challenge ( that school children are participating in around the world.  They are given a word or phrase to write a story about in one hundred words.

2)  Write a short 100 word story using the phrase “,,,an ancestor I would like to meet…” in 100 words. Why would you like to meet him/her?

3)  Share the story with all of us by writing your own blog post, writing a comment on the Genea-Musings blog or put it in a Facebook post.

An ancestor I would like to meet my 6th great grandfather: Hendrick (Henry) Banta. Hendrick and his first wife, Rachel DeMarest Brouwer were the parents of 8 children. Hendrick and his second wife, Antjin Demarest were the parents of 13 children. During his life, Hendrick moved westward from Bergen County to Somerset County and then to Conewago, PA. About 1780, Henry Banta was a member of the Low Dutch Colony that settled near Boonesborough, Kentucky. I would like to ask Henry about his Dutch ancestry and how he is related to the other members of Conewago and Low Dutch colonies.

Low Dutch Settlement


Low Dutch (articles found in Gettysburg Times and other newspapers)

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  Did you attend the RootsTech 2023 conference this weekend in-person in Salt Lake City or virtually in your genealogy cave on the computer?  What one keynote talk, class session, or Expo Hall feature impressed you the most?

Did I attend RootsTech 2023?

While I was registered to attend virtually and have a ‘play list’ of sessions I wanted to watch, life got in the way. Thus, I’ve only watched a few sessions.

During the past week, I frequently looked at my ‘Relatives at RootsTech’. While writing this post, I have 67,170 relatives participating in RootsTech. Even though figuring out my relationship with over 67,000 people is not on my radar, I have looked at some of those relatives. Primarily, I’ve checked to see how we are related.

In the process, I discovered that my great-great grandmother, Polly Ann Evans was attached to a Polly Ann Evans whose mother was identified as Mrs. James Evans versus Sarah Garrett, wife of James Evans. While I need to do more research on the family of James and Sarah (Garret) Evans, I had sourcing identifying Polly Ann Evans as Sarah’s daughter. Thus, I made the changes to place Polly Ann Evans in the family of James Evans and Sarah Garret. I also attached a copy of the source that places Polly Ann in the James and Sarah Evans family. Now there are several daughters with similar names in the family. Thus, additional research is required on the descendants of James and Sarah Evans.

To further support placing my ancestor, Polly Ann Evans Thompson, in the family of James Evans and Sarah Garret, I need to look at Ancestry’s ThruLines for the 4 DNA tests I manage. Even though I can’t identify a specific DNA segment that I share with other descendants of James and Sarah, these DNA matches can support the paper trail.

Even though I wasn’t a live participant in #NotAtRootsTech, I am thankful that the ability to participate virtually is available. Not only do I have a long playlist of sessions to watch, I need to check out the session Randy Seaver mentioned in his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Genea-Musings post:

Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! Do you have any special memories of Valentine’s Day?

My special memory is from 50 years ago. It was Valentine’s evening when my husband proposed to me. We were both juniors at Kansas State Teachers College, majoring in physical science education. We were married just after graduation 49 years ago this coming May.

Curious about what valentine’s day events are in my genealogy file, I used the ‘On This Day List’ report in RootsMagic 8 to create a report.

Below is the list of Valentine’s Day events in my file.

Family Events — On This Day — February 14

1658 – Birth: Lamrock Flower-19575, Chewton Mendip, Somerset, England

1665 – Birth: Lydia Hewett Smith-19576, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, British Colonial America

1667 – Christen: Martje Roelofse Schenck-19485, Flatlands, Kings, Colony of New York, British Colonial America

1667 – Birth: Martje Roelofse Schenck-19485, New Amersfort, , Kings, New York, British America

1717 – Birth: Hephzibah Peabody-19200, Boxford, Essex, Mass

1744 – Death: Charles Cheney-19834, Anne Arundel, Colony of Maryland, British Colonial America

1746 – Birth: James S Dooley-13318, Bedford City, Bedford, Virginia, United States

1763 – Birth: Robert D. Gordon-14972, Virginia, United States

1765 – Death: Benjamin Fiske-19363, Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

1765 – Death: Benjamin Fisk-19361, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America

1770 – Birth: Nancy Elizabeth Crawford-8506, Augusta, Virginia, United States

1795 – Will: Samuel Crawford-8383, Augusta, Virginia, United States

1798 – Marriage: Benjamin Foster-775 and Catherine Prather-797, Allegany, Maryland, United States

1802 – Birth: George Judd Hammond-824, Bolton, Tolland, Connecticut, United States

1809 – Birth: Nathaniel Manton Nelson Hammond-792, Bolton, Tolland, Connecticut, United States

1816 – Birth: Basil Prather Foster-882, Franklin, Ohio, United States

1828 – Marriage: Joshua Crawford-8531 and Mary Howard-12324, Fleming, Kentucky, United States

1828 – Birth: Girard Robinson Ricketts-4003, Front Royal, Warren, Virginia, United States

1830 – Birth: Louisa J. Seller-8211,

1833 – Marriage: Zebulon Foster-214 and Caroline Ostrander-215, Pike, Ohio, United States

1843 – Death: Jesse Bland-14425, Saline, Saline, Arkansas, United States

1847 – Birth: Jonathan Crawford-15080, Between Otter (North Fork) Creek and Macoupin Creek, Macoupin, Illinois, United States

1850 – Birth: Margaret E Clippard-14507, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States

1853 – Death: Robert Ricketts-3233, Ohio, Indiana, United States

1855 – Burial: Christy-17901, Tipton, Indiana, United States

1855 – Death: Christy-17901, Tipton, Indiana, United States

1858 – Marriage: Henry Thompson-12558 and Angervin Myrick-12559, Warrick, Indiana, United States

1859 – Birth: Charles Walter Johnson-9718,

1859 – Birth: Viola Cordelia Eyestone-15871, Lexington, Washington, Iowa, United States

1859 – Marriage: [Unknown] [Unknown]-0 and Enoch Buchanan-3604,

1860 – Birth: John William Clippard-14503, Oak Ridge, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States

1863 – Birth: Oliver Asberry Gallatin-21567, Springhill, Livingston, Missouri, United States

1865 – Birth: Conrad C. Funk-20289, Illinois, United States

1865 – Birth: David Harvey Young-3371, Lexington, Washington, Iowa, United States

1865 – Birth: Sterling P. Currie-1346,

1867 – Birth: Howard Burrel Gardner-15864, near Lexington, Iowa

1867 – Death: Mary Buckles-5749, Berlin, Clinton County, Indiana

1868 – Birth: Viola Ann Chapman-14262, Indiana, United States

1868 – Death: Holland Briles-2380, Randolph, North Carolina, United States

1870 – Death: Priscilla Buckles-6815, St. Joseph, Indiana, United States

1870 – Birth: John William Young-3375, Johnson, Kansas, United States

1872 – Marriage: Hugh McCain Briles-2458 and Eunice Farlow-2473, Randolph, North Carolina, United States

1874 – Death: William Coke Foster-856, Ohio, United States

1875 – Death: Roxana King Jones-21675, Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States

1875 – Birth: Nancy Murrah Crawford-14306, Palmer, Ellis, Texas, United States

1876 – Birth: Lewis A. Kent-3743, Eureka, Woodford, Illinois, United States

1877 – Birth: Adeline Elizabeth Marcellus-21387, Ontario, Canada

1884 – Death: Abraham Hawk-18230, Busseron, Knox, Indiana, United States

1884 – Marriage: Clemuel W. Ricketts-2742 and Ella Cooper-2830, Clinton, Indiana, United States

1884 – Birth: Orion Clyde Watson-9138, North Dakota, United States

1885 – Burial: Frank Currey-5278, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States

1885 – Death: Frank Currey-5278, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States

1888 – Death: George Donnell Crawford-12017, Palmyra, Macoupin, Illinois, United States

1893 – Birth: Dot Elma Ward-15647, Silver City, Owyhee, Idaho, United States

1895 – Death: Andrew Jackson Reed-22656, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, United States

1898 – Birth: Opal Bogan-3106, Clinton, Indiana, United States

1900 – Birth: Mary Lillian Harrison-3424, Rush, Indiana, United States

1901 – Burial: Harvey Tague-16880, Hebron Cemetery, Jefferson ,Indiana, United States

1904 – Birth: Ethel Dorinda Hadley-15351, Union Gap, Yakima, Washington, United States

1905 – Burial: Martha Crawford-17272, Petersburg, Menard, Illinois, United States

1905 – Birth: Wade Myron Dawson-1099, Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States

1907 – Marriage: Marian J Ashmore-12764 and Louise K Goudy-10817, Adams, Nebraska, United States

1909 – Birth: Frances Briles-7586, Kansas, United States

1911 – Birth: Darwin Stanley Whetstine-18580, Colorado, United States

1911 – Birth: Margaret Blythe-11097, Windsor, Shelby, Illinois, United States

1912 – Birth: Arthur Frederick Ostertag-21383, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

1915 – Birth: Angela Ruth Ricketts-3861,

1917 – Death: Mack Brown-8178,

1921 – Burial: Sarah Clementine Lee-1624, Lakeview, Lake, Oregon, United States

1921 – Death: Sarah Clementine Lee-1624, Lake, Oregon, United States

1922 – Birth: Emily Jane Morris-15193, Vermilion, Illinois, United States

1922 – Burial: Jennie Clarissa Gaines-1376, La Grande, Union, Oregon, United States

1927 – Death: Mary E. Kirkpatrick-599, Gentry, Missouri, United States

1931 – Death: Isaac Elmer Ricketts-4195, Utahville, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, United States

1938 – Death: Edwin Albright Crawford-22693, Granville, North Carolina, United States

1942 – Draft: James Victor Wells-12096, San Diego, California, United States

1942 – Draft: Wells M Wait-21760, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

1942 – Draft: Glen Elmer Marts-6497, Los Angeles, California, United States

1942 – Draft: Howard Ray Lighter-18893, Costa Mesa, Orange, California, United States

1942 – Draft: Forrest Dale Wells-1758, Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

1942 – Death: Ray Gillis Hutchinson-530, Contra Costa, California, United States

1946 – Burial: Guy Thomas Hutchinson-526, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States

1947 – Death: Sarah Ann Burke-11825, Yale, Payne, Oklahoma, United States

1954 – Burial: William Edward Harding-689, Rulo, Richardson, Nebraska, United States

1971 – Death: Homer Ervin Hadley-15355, Sacramento, California, United States

Friday Find

Another Briles newspaper article in the materials given to me by Mildred Barby was about a hunting trip taken by Lon and Glen Briles, Cecil Potter, Lewis Wall and Berkey Wehmeier.

Contrast Hunt With One Taken 49 Years Ago

Lon and Glen Briles, Cecil Potter, Lewis Wall and Berkey Wehmeir of Turping, Okla. returned Tuesday from a few days deer at turkey hunt at Folsom, N. M. Their trip was both successful and enjoyable since they returned with their limit of game.

Forty-nine years ago Lon Briles and his brother J. M. Briles, now of Albany, Ore., hunted in these same mountains, killing their first deer.

Their trip then was made by covered wagon, their only means of transportation, which was quite a contrast to their going this time in a pick-up, pulling house trailer, also a jeep used for hauling game back to camp.

While I haven’t been able to locate this article in a digital newspaper, I found a different article about the trip in the 6 November 1958 issue of The Hooker Advance.

Leave on Hunting Trip

A group of men left Friday morning for a hunting trip around Folsum, N. Mex. Those going on the trip were: Lewis Wall, Glen Briles, Cecil Potter, Burkey Wehmeier and Lon Briles. They will return when they get the [?nes], turkey, and bear.

2022 Numbers

Do you track your genealogy progress? If so, do you measure your progress in terms of goals met? Or, do you rely on numerical data to document your progress?

For the most part, I’ve been concentrating on my goals and I feel good about the progress I made during 2022. (2022 Goals Summary)

However, it is fun to look at the numbers to see what they reveal.

  • 22,246 People
  • 7,404 Familes
  • 73,184 Events
  • 9,729 Places
  • 5,635 Sources
  • 26,475 Citations
  • 13,182 Media Items

While tracking these numbers from year to year is one way to measure growth, the numbers alone can be deceiving.

  • The number of people in my file is NOT the number of people in my tree. I have people in my file who are not connected to my ancestral tree. In fact, I have quite a few floating trees of people that don’t connect to my ancestral tree (yet).
    • This helps me document the various men named James Crawford and their descendants who lived in the same area of Kentucky and Ohio as my ancestor, James Crawford.
    • This helps me document that I do NOT descend from another line such as the Alexander and Mary (McPheeters) Crawford line.
  • While I hope that the number of sources, citations and media items grows as I progress in my research, cleaning up my RootsMagic file might result in a decreasing number of those items.
Ancestry Tree
  • 21,652 People
  • 18,323 Photos
  • 1,782 Stories
  • 22,024 Records

Since I use TreeShare to transfer my RootsMagic data to my tree on Ancestry, one might question the difference in the numbers.

  • Many of the living people in my RootsMagic file have not been transferred to Ancestry.
  • Even though I accept hints for family photos and stories, I don’t tend to download them from Ancestry to add to my RootsMagic data.

While I’m not crazy enough to set it as a goal, it is fun to look at the numbers for Ancestry hints.

  • 13,606 people with hints (out of the 21,652 people in my tree)
  • 115,327 hints
Blog – 2022 Year in Review

When it comes to my blog, I do check my stats. While I like getting mentioned on the list of ‘best’ blogs for a week, I don’t write/post with that goal in mind. Many of my posts are in hopes of connecting with a distant cousin versus seeking readership from the genealogy community.

  • 369 Posts
  • 311 K Words
  • 21,297 Visitors
Ancestry DNA Matches

When I first tested my DNA, I loved to watch the numbers grow. However, I now have more matches on Ancestry than I can ever document.

MeBrother 1Brother 2Mom
Paternal Matches36,02840,32936,76429,020
Maternal Matches30,74835,86731,04215,415

The 8 BOTH matches for my mom are easily explained since I have several first cousins who have tested. Thus, they would show up matching both her maternal and her paternal side. However, the 3 and 4 BOTH matches for my brothers are a little harder to explain. However, these mysterious BOTH matches are distant cousins. Since my tree is deeply colonial, it is possible that we could have common ancestors from both sides of my tree. Unfortunately, these mysterious BOTH matches do not have trees of their own to help figure out the mystery.

yDNA Matches

While the autosomal DNA results are interesting, they’ve primarily helped to support what I’ve learned over the years from the paper trail. When it comes to breaking down brick walls, I’ve been hoping that yDNA testing would help find James Crawford’s father. Thus, I have sponsored three BigY tests on FamilyTree DNA.

Big Y111 Markers67 Markers
Brother 1282967
Brother 2272967
4th cousin272444

These numbers represent over forty years of research with some of it still being ‘messy’ notes from my early days. While I hope that these numbers grow in 2023, my main focus will be on updating my research for my 4th great grandparents and sharing my tree via Ancestry, FamilySearch, WikiTree and this blog.

May you have a fantastic 2023 filled with wonderful discoveries in your genealogical research.

Christmas Carols

Merry Christmas

Do you have a favorite Christmas song or carol?

My all time favorite is O Holy Night. I’m not sure why this song is my favorite but it may involve the piano. Growing up, my mother would play Christmas carols during the holidays. When I learned to play the piano, this was one of the carols that I also learned to play — and was the only one I practiced.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed a wide variety of Christmas music. A couple of my favorites a by Chris Tomlin.

During 2020, the musicians at the church I attend (online) did a special Advent program that I still often go back and listen to.

May you have a wonderful holiday!

Colorado Miner

Do you have any DNA results that cause you to want to dig deeper to document a relationship? Well, a fourth cousin of mine agreed to submit his DNA for a BigY test. His preliminary results are back and they may show a DNA relationship between our CRAWFORD line and the other CRAWFORD lines of Warren County, Indiana and Garrard County, Kentucky.

Since I don’t want others to claim he doesn’t descend from my James but from one of the others, I’m trying to put together documentation to support the link to Nelson G. Crawford, son of James and Sally Crawford. Unfortunately, this line goes thru Nelson’s son, William who died in November 1860 when his wife was about six months pregnant with their first child, William Clay Crawford.

I do have the probate file for William C. Crawford that has his wife, Mary E. Crawford along with James H. Crawford and Nelson G. Crawford post bond toward the appointment of James H. Crawford as the administrator of the estate. (James H. Crawford was William C. Crawford’s older brother.) But what I’m missing is documentation that William Clay Crawford is the son of William C. Crawford and his wife Mary Bell.

Thanks to my cousin, I have a photocopy of an obituary clipping for William Clay Crawford. This obituary talks about the parents of William Clay dying when he is young. Unfortunately, it does not identify the parents.

Newspaper clipping
Herald Democrat (Leadville, Colorado)
16 April 1929

Page 1
Death Took Good Citizen

Wm. c. Crawford Passes
Away Suddenly from
Heart Attack Early Mon
day Morning — Body Will
Be Taken to Longmont

Is Loss to Leadville

Because of his unusual good health and daily appearance in local life, Leadville was shocked Monday morning upon learning of the sudden death of W. C. Crawford, resident of Leadville for twenty-five years, prominent in local fraternal circles and well known thruout the community.
Death claimed Mr. Crawford shortly after 1 o’clock Monday morning at his home, 133 East East Eighth street. Mrs. Crawford was awakened by his heavy breathing and a few minutes later he had passed away with a heart attack. He was 68 years old.
Mr. Crawford enjoyed unusually good health throughout his lifetime and Sunday afternoon he had motored to Twin Lakes with Mrs. Crawford and his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Crawford. That night he had taken lunch with them and from all appearances seemed in his usual good state of health.
For years he has walked to and from the A. V. smelter daily in connection with his work as ore shipper’s agent for local mining men. Saturday he visited the smelter as usual, making the trip down and back on foot.
William Clay Crawford was born Jan. 30, 1861 in West Lebanon, Ind. He was left an orphan at an early age by the death of his parents. On May 4, 1886, he was married to Miss Anna E. Paul in Brashear, Mo., and moved west in the early eighties.
He first settled in Aspen, Colo., where he began his career of handling shipments of ore from mining companies and individuals thru the smelter. After following this work in Aspen, for three years and making many acquaintances there, he came to Leadville in 1890 to follow the same occupation. Because of his reliability and honesty, he quickly enrolled practically all of the mining companies as his customers and for the past many years has acted as an agent for most of the ore that has been shipped to the A. V. smelter, both from the immediate Leadville district and from outside points such as Aspen Breckenridge and Gilman.
In 1893, when there were [seven] smelters operating in Pueblo, Mr. Crawford moved to that city where for fifteen years he followed the same occupation which he had begun at Aspen. While in Pueblo he continued to handle much of the ore produced in the Leadville camp, besides that from other Colorado mining areas.
Because of his familiarity with all types of ores and his local connections with the smelter, Mr. Crawford [acted] for several years as deputy customs inspector for the United States government looking after ores shipped here under bond from Canada and other places.
For many years he was a director of the American National Bank of Leadville and when that institution was consolidated with the Carbonate National bank in 1925 he was made a director of the Carbonate American National bank, a position which he held down to the time of his death.
Having joined the Masons many years ago and taken numerous degrees, he was prominently connected with that order. He was a member of the Leadville Lodge No. 51, A.F. & A. M.; Leadville Chapter No. 10, R.A.M. and Mount of the Holy Cross Commandery NO. 5, Knights Templar.
The Masons will have charge of short services at the Masonic Temple tonight at 7 o’clock and the body will be sent on NO. 16 train tonight for Longmont, Colo., for interment. Funeral services will be held in Longmont Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Masonic Temple there.
Active pallbearers at the services here tonight wiil include William Harvey, W. E. Bowden, F. L. Smith, George Casey, E. P. Chapman and Charles Bargler.
Honorary pallbearers will be John A. Ewing, Jesse F. McDonald, Alex G. Thomson, M. A. Nicholson. W. H. Cole, D. P. Bonner, Frank E. Mercercau, Charles E. Mullow and C. M. Rice.
Mr. Crawford is survived by his widow, Mrs. Anna E. Crawford, two sons, Clarence Clay Crawford, Johnstown, Colo., and Paul William Crawford, Leadville, and two grandchildren, Clay and Ann Crawford of Johnstown.
In speaking of the sudden death of Mr. Crawford, Fred L. Smith, vice-

(Continued on page 6 col. 5)

Death Took Good Citizen
(Continued from Page 1)
president of the Carbonate American National bank, said Monday night that he had been closely associated with him for over twenty-five years both as a Mason and at the bank and that he had found him to be a reliable diligent, honest and energetic citizen. In his capacity as director of the bank he will be greatly missed, he said, and his place will be hard to fill.
“He was a good father, a substantial citizen and well liked in the community,” Mr. Smith stated. “In his work he was reliable, honest and capable. As ore shipper’s agent, he handled ore from the Ibex property for many years, both while in Leadville and in Pueblo and in this connection he was always found to be honest and reliable.”
E. P. Chapman, employed by the A.S. & R. company, and an associate of MR. Crawford for about twenty-five years, both in lodge and business relations also spoke highly of him. He was an energetic and capable man and well liked by those who knew him, he said.

“Death Took Good Citizen,” obituary of W. C. Crawford, newspaper clipping, from Herald Democrat (Leadville, Colorado) 16 April 1929; Crawford Family Papers

Day Off

Have you ever taken a day off of research to rearrange furniture? Well, I finally bit the bullet and took the day off to rearrange my office.

Since I worked in an office with no windows or outside light of any kind for the bulk of my career, I love being able to look outside while working at my computer. Until last winter, I didn’t have any problem with my computer facing south since we had a large tree that helped filter the sun. Unfortunately, a storm last December took that tree down. This caused me to have to keep my blinds closed during the winter because of the sun shining in my eyes.

Thus, for the past year, I’ve been contemplating how to rearrange my office so that my computer would face the East windows. I had measured all of the furniture and graphed it out but couldn’t figure out an arrangement to keep the filing cabinets and book cases while having the space for my computer table, the printer and scanners.

Today, with the help of my wonderful husband, we dismantled my office and rearranged the furniture. Now I can watch out the window while working at my computer without having the sun shine in my eyes. Not only do I have rearranged furniture, but in the process, everything got dusted and cleaned.

Now to get back to research tomorrow!

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night

Time for Some More Genealogy Fun

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

A)  We all need to document some of the special moments in our lives so we can recall them, or our descendants can learn more about us.  Today’s question is “What was your Thanksgiving Day like this year?”

My Thanksgiving Day can be summarized with 3 words.

  • Cooking
  • Travel
  • Family

Like many of the cooks hosting Thanksgiving dinner, my day started early. However, I wasn’t in my kitchen at home, but in the kitchen at church. My local church hosts an annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Prior to covid, people were able to gather in the church basement and share the meal together. We also offered delivery to shut-ins and those working on Thanksgiving. When covid hit, we eliminated the dine-in option but provided the ability for people to pick up meals to take home. Delivery is still an option within the city limits.

While the turkey is cooked in advance and just re-heated on Thanksgiving day, the stuffing is prepared that morning. I typically work the ‘stuffing prep’ shift that begins between 6 and 6:30 am. Once we have the stuffing in the oven, the turkey is placed in the oven or in roasters and we start heating the corn. While the other two people on the early shift monitor the cooking and continue getting things ready for the next shift to prepare the mashed potatoes and gravy, I start cutting and packaging the pies. Since other help arrived early, we were able to get the pie and most of the jello salads packaged before I left around 10 am.

We served over 225 meals that day which is over 10% of the size of Seneca.

The second portion of my day started around noon when my husband and I travelled to Kansas City to spend the day with my brother’s family. The weather was fantastic and the traffic light making for an enjoyable trip.

The evening was spent with my brother and his wife, their daughters and son-in-law where we enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared by my sister-in-law. (While baking pies and making jello salads on Tuesday, I made extra to take with us to KC.) During dessert, we were joined by my sister-in-law’s nephew and family.

While it was a tiring day, I enjoyed the time with both my church family and with my brother and his family.