Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Today, I have posted the wedding announcement of my maternal grandparents, Leland and Gladys Marling Norris. Up until this week, I never knew this article existed. Not only that, until my mother read this newspaper clipping, she wasn't aware that her parents had had a church wedding. She had always just assumed they had recited their vows in front of a justice of the peace. So, it was quite a surprise to read that they were married at the Presbyterian church in Elkhart, Indiana and then had a wedding supper at the home of my great grandparents.
I have to thank Genealogy Bank for giving me the chance to own this treasured bit of my family history. I hadn't looked at their website for a couple of years and this week when I discovered they now had the Elkhart, Indiana newspapers available, I knew I had to get a membership. Within the first 10 minutes of researching, I found this wedding announcement. I also found an article pertaining to their marriage license and my grandmother's bridal shower.
I discovered another fact while searching within the pages of the Ekhart newspapers. My great grandfather, Ralph Marling, who was a moulder by profession, also happened to be the financial officer of the moulder's union. Pretty exciting news for someone who makes her living at being a bookkeeper! His name is mentioned numerous times during the newspaper's coverage of the union's strike in Elkhart. My great uncle, Chet, is not left out. His marriage announcement and several articles detailing his World War I army service are included.
This is just further proof that family history research cannot be done with just one website, at one time, and even when you think you are "finished" with a branch of your family tree, you can always discover something new, wonderful, totally unexpected! You never know when you might find a new "treasure"!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
There in the old box, among the scattered postcards, photographs, and blueprints, I found an old, dusty, ragged scrapbook. Inside were pasted newspaper clippings detailing recitals and appearances where Aunt Grace performed as a singer. The articles called her a "dramatic soprano". Under each clipping Grace had lovingly described the event, listed the songs performed, and even detailed what she had worn, such as "a peach taffeta dress" and "an orchid chiffon". Even though my mother remembered her aunt singing in church occasionally, she had no idea of the scope of her singing career and we were both surprised as we read of her accomplishments. Several pages into the book, on the side of the page she wrote, "been having a terrible time with my throat this winter so haven't been able to do much. Don't know if it will ever get better." On the following pages there are a few other clippings and then underneath a church program she wrote, "Solo at church one evening. Got through it all right, but don't know how it sounded to listeners". Then, on the page following the clipping that I have attached to this post, she wrote "Ralph Thomas gave another recital on June 2. He was quite angry that I did not sing but finances said NO! and so did Dr. Sullivan, my nerves are very bad. This Fall I hope to study earnestly - I can notice my voice is getting rusty."
After this, the scrapbook ends. Did her voice fail her? Was this the reason why her career went no further? Was this when she decided to become a teacher? How I wish I had known about this portion of her life! How I wish she was here now to answers these questions and so many more! I am very grateful that she never threw this scrapbook away and I wonder if there were times when she opened the book to remember those days. The box has revealed many treasures that I will share in the future, but I had to begin with this discovery and the revelation that my Aunt Grace was a diva!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
In 1984, my mother bought a very small audio cassette recorder and began to hide it during our various holiday family gatherings. At the time, we all teased her about recording us as much as she was, but now, I am so thankful for those recordings. We eventually purchased a video recorder, but those audio cassettes contain many wonderful times and voices that were no longer with us by the time the video technology arrived. One of those voices belongs to my grandmother, Gladys Marling Norris. Grandma spent quite a lot of time in our home during those years and one day my brilliant mother decided to sit down with her and ask her questions about her life. It was and remains one of my greatest treasures. I have converted many of those old cassette tapes to CD's and MP3 files. In honor of Mother's Day, I would like to share a portion of one of those interviews here. So, here's to my mom and both of my grandmothers. I am who I am because of you!
Please be patient. The video takes a few minutes to load.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The beautiful lady in the photograph above is Elizabeth Routsong Norris, my maternal great grandmother and the portrait and the obituary underneath are my Treasure Chest items for this Thursday.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Marriage Announcement of Effa Norris and Frank Rowe
Obituaries of Frank and Effa Norris Rowe
Gravesite at St. Elias Lutheran Cemetery
Emmitsburg Shoemaker Had Plied Trade 65 Years at Same Stand
Emmitsburg: 65 years at the same stand is an enviable record of Emmitsburg’s oldest business proprietor, venerable, M. Frank Rowe, who last week announced his retirement.
Mr. Rowe has plied his trade, shoemaker, at the same location, on West Main Street, that is a familiar location to both old and young residents of the town, beginning his trade under his grandfather, James A. Rowe. The younger Mr. Rowe was taken into the concern as a full-fledged partner at the early age of 21. That was in 1887.
A native son of Emmitsburg, Mr. Rowe recalls that his grandfather had the distinction of making boots for the cavalry of officers when they were engaged in conflict at Gettysburg. He imparts the boots then sold for $16.00 a pair. At that time the concern ----and cut the patterns for the custom made footwear.
Not content with shoemaking alone as a business, the energetic Mr. Rowe opened a grocery store in the same building 14 years ago at age 72. He continued operating the store until until the past week when he suddenly decided to sit back and take it easy.
At 86, the enterprising Mr. Rowe has a keen sense of humor and is an active conversationalist, well versed in current events and possesses a keen memory of events of long ago.
The only photograph I have of my great great uncle Frank is the one above where he is standing outside my grandparent's home with my grandfather. I am still trying to find a way to contact the children or grandchildren of Frank and Effa's daughter's, but so far, I have had no luck. I am very pleased with what I have learned so far, though, and I'm going to keep on searching!