Saturday, March 25, 2017

Free Clinic Today

Indianapolis Star, 8 Apr 1939
Following yesterday's post of an article in the Indianapolis Star from April 1939 about my great-grandfather Harry E. O'Brien, above is an advertisement for Harry's free clinic at Pearson's. It is interesting to see how Harry offered his expert services around Indianapolis over the years, working with musicians and serving clients for his glass-blown clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Expert Consultation

Indianapolis Star, 7 Apr 1939
I have written quite often about my great-grandfather, Harry E. O'Brien. Here is another article from the Indianapolis Star, published on 7 April 1939, describing how Harry regularly offered consultation and advice to musicians in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Star, 7 Apr 1939.
For a 1945 article on Harry, see this link.

Friday Photo - One Year Ago

Photo by Patrick Jones. Cemetery at Xcaret Park. 24 Mar 2016.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Banksy at the Moco Museum

Photo by Patrick Jones. Girl with Balloon by Banksy. Moco Museum, Amsterdam.

While in Amsterdam over the weekend I was able to visit the Moco Museum's exhibition Banksy: Laugh Now. In my years of photographing street art around the world I have yet to run across any of Banksy's works. These are usually picked up quickly and fall into private collections. So I was really excited to see the exhibition at the Modern Contemporary (Moco) Museum, a fairly new space located in the historic Villa Alsberg next to the Rijksmuseum.

Photo by Patrick Jones. Painting & stencil by Banksy.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Leopard by Banksy. Moco Museum. 18 Mar 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Swat Van by Banksy.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Swat Van by Banksy. Moco Museum Amsterdam.
The exhibition runs through 31 May 2017 and is currently paired with a Salvador Dali exhibition. It includes about 90 pieces of Banksy's artwork. Tickets were 12.50 Euros.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Walking where they walked almost 400 years ago

Photo by Patrick Jones. Amsterdam, 17 Mar 2017.
Back in January, I wrote about Philippe Du Trieux and Susanna Du Chesne, my 10th-great-grandparents. They were married in 1621 and lived on Runstraat, a nice little street in Amsterdam between the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. Over the weekend I had an opportunity to visit Amsterdam after meetings in Copenhagen. The photo above is from a little bridge where Runstraat goes over Prinsengracht. The next photo shows the street sign on the corner of Keizersgracht and Runstraat.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Runstraat, Amsterdam.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Runstraat, Amsterdam.
Photo by Patrick Jones. 10 Runstraat.
The street now has shops on the ground level and homes or apartments on the upper levels. It is nice to see the neighborhood where they lived nearly 400 years ago. The next photos are of the Prinsengracht canal. While the buildings may have changed from their day, the canals are in the same place, and this gives me a good sense of their neighborhood.
Photo by Patrick Jones. End of Runstraat. 17 Mar 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. 17 Mar 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by the London Police. 18 Mar 2017.
The photo above was taken further up the Prinsengracht canal, with a mural by artists the London Police behind a row of houseboats. I've captured art by the London Police in Dubai and Miami, so this was a nice find in Amsterdam.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Treasures from the National Gallery of Denmark

Photo by Patrick Jones. Virginie by Albert Edelfelt, 1883.

On Saturday I had the opportunity to walk through the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK, Statens Museum for Kunst). I was not sure what to expect, but I was really impressed. This is one of the better national art museums I have seen in a while. The photo above is from the Japanomania exhibition, by Albert Edelfelt. The painting of Virginie really draws you in. I don't capture it well enough on my phone. Really a captivating painting. Along with the painting below by Erik Henningsen of a marching band in Denmark. Below that, the painting of the runners during a full moon. We had a full moon on Saturday after I left the museum.

Photo by Patrick Jones. Changing of the Guard by Erik Henningsen, 1888.
Photo by Patrick Jones. C. W. Eckersberg.
Photo by Patrick Jones. C.W. Eckersberg, 
Photo by Patrick Jones. C.W. Eckersberg. 1824.
Two paintings by Vilhelm Hammershei were also quite stunning.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Vilhelm Hammershei. 1901.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Vilhelm Hammershei. 1905.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann, 1876-1878.
The painting above was one of my favorites from the Danish-Nordic permanent collection. This one by Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann (1819-1881) has incredible detail, made during her travels through the Eastern Mediterranean and Ottoman Empire.

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Photo by Patrick Jones. Nyhavn, Copenhagen, 11 Mar 2017

I am currently in Copenhagen, Denmark for meetings this week. Yesterday afternoon I had some time to break away from the venue and wander around the picturesque city. These photos are from Nyhavn, a 17th Century waterfront with colorful buildings, restaurants and old ships. Our team had a wonderful dinner at Cap Horn, a restaurant in an old warehouse and former hotel.

Photo by Patrick Jones. Nyhavn, 11 Mar 2017
Photo by Patrick Jones. Nyhavn, 11 Mar 2017
Photo by Patrick Jones. Nyhavn, 11 Mar 2017
Photo by Patrick Jones. Nyhavn, 11 Mar 2017
Before dinner I visited the fantastic National Gallery of Denmark, and I will highlight this in a subsequent post.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Correcting errors

Painting by Frederick Whitaker. Saguaro Country, 1966.

A helpful researcher contacted me through Ancestry about a branch on my Campuzano side of the tree. This led to some back and forth email, and a realization that I had made an error in my documentation of the family of Juan Bautista Calles and Maria Antonia Campuzano. I have fixed this in my tree and on my blog entry from February 2016. I will take a moment to write about Ramon Calles, a son of Juan Bautista Calles and Maria Antonia Campuzano.

Ramon Calles was born 16 December 1870 in Hermosillo, Sonora. He was baptized on 24 January 1871. Ramon had at least two children with Maria Metzler.
- Abelardo Calles, born about 1896 in Hermosillo
- Maria Enriqueta Calles, born 10 January 1897 in Hermosillo

Ramon worked as a customs agent on the Mexican border in Naco and Agua Prieta, Sonora. His son Abelardo later took over this role.

At some point Ramon separated from Maria Metzler, and moved to Cananea. He started a family with Rafaela Corral, and they were later married on 1 March 1935. Ramon and Rafaela had at least the following children:
- Artemisa Calles, born about 1906
- Ernestina Calles, born 21 April 1909 in Cananea, Sonora
- Jesus Antonio Calles, born 25 October 1911 in Cananea, Sonora

They appear in the 1930 Mexico National Census in Nogales, Sonora.

In February 1923, Ramon crossed the border at Naco, Arizona, going to visit the family of his sister-in-law Domitila Corral de Moreno in Cochise County, Arizona.
Source: Ancestry.

The marriage record for Ramon and Rafaela lists Ramon's parents as Juan Bautista Calles and Maria Antonia Campuzano, and also includes Ramon and Rafaela's signatures.
Source: Ancestry. Image 684 of 995.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Richard and Nancy

Source: Ancestry. Kentucky Marriage Records, 14 Dec 1829.

Above is a copy of the marriage bond for Richard Wheatley and Nancy Phillips, my 4th-great-grandparents. The bond shows that Richard and Nancy's father Morris paid a bond for 50 pounds on 14 December 1829 in Barren County, Kentucky. I have written about Richard previously, as a son of my 5th-great-grandfather Robert Wheatley. I'm a little surprised in looking back over this line that I have skipped over Richard, so I will try to rectify that here.

After Richard and Nancy were married, they settled in neighboring Warren County. The appear in the 1830 US Census.
Source: Ancestry. 1830 US Census, Warren County, KY.
Richard and Nancy had at least the following children:
- Jane Wheatley, 1831-
- Sarah Sally Wheatley, 8 May 1833-10 Apr 1899 (married David Grinstead)
- Mary H. Wheatley, 20 Dec 1835-18 Dec 1922 (married John W. Caplinger)
- Robert Jackson Wheatley, 28 Jun 1838-12 Jan 1922 (my 3rd-great-grandfather)
- Morris J Wheatley, 19 Feb 1840-17 Jan 1913
- William J. Wheatley, 13 Apr 1843-29 Jul 1915
- Anne Elizabeth Wheatley, 2 Feb 1846-25 Apr 1932
- Nancy Wheatley, 9 Feb 1847-6 Nov 1925 (married John William Beckham)
- Kitty Ann Wheatley, 1850-

Richard and family appear living next door to Richard's father Robert Wheatley in the 1840 US Census in Warren County. He was a farmer.
Source: Ancestry. 1840 US Census, Warren County, KY.
Source: Ancestry. 1850 US Census, Warren County, KY.
In the 1850 Census, Richard and Nancy were living two houses away from Nancy's father Morris Phillips. Nancy is also listed as someone who cannot read or write. The family is listed again in the 1860 US Census in Warren County, see below:
Source: Ancestry. 1860 US Census, Warren County, KY.
By 1870, my 3rd-great-grandfather Robert Jackson Wheatley and 2nd-great-grandfather Thomas were living in the household of Richard and Nancy in Warren County.
Source: Ancestry. 1870 US Census, Warren County, KY.
In the 1880 Census, Richard and Nancy were in Smiths Grove, Warren County, Kentucky. Nancy is listed as having pleurisy. Their daughter Jane could not write. Son Morris was living next door with his wife Judy and family.
Source: Ancestry. 1880 US Census, Warren County, KY.
I do not have a death record for Nancy. Richard Wheatley died on 12 April 1893 in Warren County, Kentucky.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Infinity Mirrors

Photo by Patrick Jones. Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors.

Last Friday my sister and I visited the Hirschhorn Museum in DC for the 2nd day of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors exhibition (see more in this video from the NY Times). Like last years' Wonder exhibition at the Renwick, the Kusama exhibition is likely to be heavily Instagrammed in DC. My photos do not give a sense of how cool this was. You step into small rooms, where the lighting and mirrors create a contemplative effect. Tickets are free but timed entry.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Hirschhorn Museum, 24 Feb 2017.

The lines are long for each room, but the Infinity Mirror rooms only hold 3-4 people at a time. The museum staff seemed to be doing a good job of keeping the flow moving. People were limited to about 20 seconds in each room.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Kusama at the Hirschhorn, 24 Feb 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Kusama's pumpkin, outside the Hirschhorn.
Kusama's playful pumpkin sculpture sits outside the museum and is easily accessible. In addition to the Kusama exhibition, I recommend Bettina Pousttchi's World Time Clock on the 3rd Floor of the museum. This shows 24 clock photos representing 24 different time zones.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Bettina Pousttchi's World Time Clock.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Bettina Pousttchi's World Time Clock.