Monday, November 26, 2018

Charity for those in need

Indianapolis Star, 26 Jan 1941
I thought I had posted this before, but perhaps not. The photo above shows members of the Order of the Eastern Star, including my great-grandmother Blanche Lamon O'Brien (2nd from right), collecting donations around Indianapolis in 1941 for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Blanche contributed many years of work with the Order of the Eastern Star.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Carving Turkey 1955

Dad & Gumpy carving turkey, 1955.
I should have shared this yesterday. This is a photo of my Dad and Gumpy, Thanksgiving 1955. I now see that in the conversion of the image from the original slide to digital I didn't reverse the photo, so it is backwards from the original. In any case it is funny to see this now, with my Dad staring at the turkey leg and my Gumpy wearing a tiki-style shirt.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Good Wishes for Thanksgiving

NYPL Digital Collections, 1908.
It is becoming an annual post for me on this blog, featuring a Thanksgiving postcard from the NY Public Library's Digital Collections. See 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2014, we were in Columbia, South Carolina. Back in 2013, I shared a flashback photo of the 2008 Thanksgiving checklist from another visit with family in Columbia.

Good luck and best wishes to anyone running a Turkey Trot tomorrow morning. In the Northern Virginia area, we're supposed to have a frigid morning. The low is forecast around 27, the race starting temperature may be around 30, with wind chills it will feel like 16. Ouch! Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!


1850 US Census, Harrison County, Indiana.
I have previously posted a photo of the marriage record for my 3rd-great-grandmother, Rebecca Muck, and followed her husband Jesse A. Smith. After covering Rebecca's parents, John Muck and Ursula Fellme, it makes sense to move down the tree to Rebecca. She was born in Indiana in 1837. Her death certificate lists her place of birth as Harrison County, Indiana. Rebecca and Jesse were married on 27 May 1856, she was 19 years old.
Indiana Marriages, Gibson County.
In the 1860 Census, Jesse and Rebecca were sharing a home with her sister, Julia Ann Muck, and her family with first husband Robert Redman. By 1870, Rebecca and Jesse had their own farm in Gibson County. My earlier post includes photos of the census records for the family.

She passed away on the family farm in Ft. Branch, Indiana on 3 February 1901, after several weeks of battling bronchitis.
Source: Findagrave.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Indiana Pioneers

BLM Records, Land patent for John Muck, Gibson County, Indiana. 1835.
Following from yesterday's post, I am continuing with a recap on the life of my 4th-great-grandfather, John Muck. He was born in Indiana on 18 June 1812, a son of George Muck and Mary Gander. John married my 4th-great-grandmother Ursula Fellme (also spelled Felmey, Foelmey and Foelmy) on 31 December 1835 in Harrison County. She was born on 1 May 1816, the daughter of Swiss immigrants John Felmey and Ursula Imhoff.
Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001.
John and Ursula first lived in Harrison County, and then later moved to neighboring Gibson County. They appear in the 1850 US Census living near Ursula's mother (also named Ursula).
1850 US Census, Gibson County, Indiana.
John and Ursula had at least the following children:
- Rebecca Muck (my 3rd-great-grandmother), 1837-1901
- Julia Ann Muck, 1838-1933
- Esther E. Muck, 1840-1873
- Mary Elizabeth Muck, 1843-1923
- George E. Muck, 1846-1931
- Sarah C. Muck, 1850-1926

In the 1860 US Census, the family was living in Montgomery Township, Gibson County, Indiana.
1860 US Census. Gibson County, Indiana.
Ursula passed away on 17 January 1868. Many of the online trees have this date as 1888, but I cannot find her in the US Census after 1860, and I think the error is a misreading of her headstone (photo below from Findagrave). The 1880 Census lists him as widowed.
Source: Findagrave. Headstone for Ursula Fellme Muck.
In the 1870 US Census, John was living in the household of his daughter Esther and her husband James Epperson. Esther died on 3 May 1873. John then moved into the home of his daughter Sarah and her husband Lee Tomlin, as seen in the 1880 US Census.
1880 US Census. Gibson County, Indiana.
In 1885, John moved to Crawford County, Kansas, where he was living with the family of his daughter Julia Ann. He appears in several of the Kansas newspapers during the time. By 1900, he was back in the household of Sarah and Lee Tomlin, who was superintendent of the schools in Grundy County, Missouri.
El Dorado Daily Republican (KS), 7 Mar 1896.
John died on 23 December 1902. He is buried in Columbia Church Cemetery in Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana.
Source: Findagrave.
Princeton Daily Clarion, 27 Dec 1902.

Monday, November 19, 2018

County Fair Winner

While taking another look through, I found some new-to-me entries on my 4th-great-grandfather John Muck. It looks like he had some winning entries in the Gibson County Fair back in 1873. He won for Irish potatoes and dried beans, as well as for blackberry cordial, blackberry wine, grape wine and currant wine.
Source: Princeton Clarion-Leader, 25 Sept 1873.
This was an improvement over his 2nd-place finish for rhubarb wine in the 1870 Gibson County Fair.

It looks like I may not have covered John's story on the blog, although I have mentioned his wife, my 4th-great-grandmother, Ursula Fellme Muck. She made a quilt that is in the collection of the Indiana State Museum.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

On approach

Photo by Patrick Jones. Downtown LA, 13 Nov 2018.
The shot above was taken as my flight was landing in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Out my window I saw the Hollywood Sign in the distance on the left, Downtown LA (on the right side of the photo), and a United flight in between.

Below is a shot of the new LA Rams stadium under construction in Inglewood, soon to be home to the Rams and Chargers, as well as NFL Studios, and the site of the Super Bowl in 2022. The iconic Forum is in the background.
Photo by Patrick Jones. New LA Stadium, 13 Nov 2018.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Wildfire Relief

Photo by Patrick Jones. Guardian mural by Francisco Letelier in Santa Monica. 27 Sept 2017.
I'm heading back to LA soon for meetings at headquarters. Like last year, I am arriving back to another round of devastating wildfires. This is happening way too often. There are groups taking donations. You can donate to the Red Cross of Los Angeles, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Humane Society of Ventura County, or see this article on the LAist for other groups accepting donations. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Armistice Day

Source: Detroit Free Press, 11 Nov 1928.
On this day 100 years ago, the Allies of World War I and Germany signed an armistice to end the fighting of the war. In the United States, this day is Veterans Day, to honor veterans both living and dead.

In our family we have many who served. My Dad, Allison's Dad, her grandfather, my grandfather, and many others. In World War I, we also had Vicente Campuzano Jr (son of my 2nd-great-grandfather), and on Allison's side Edward John Rech. There are others too. We honor their service.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Photo - Dad, 1955-56

Photo by K.D. Jones of my Dad, about 1955 or 1956.
The photo above is part of a set taken by my Gumpy in the 1950s. I converted the photo in September from slides that were passed down to my Dad. This one is from a family vacation, but I am not certain where it was taken. Dad is clearly on a British flagged ship and it looks to be the summer. Maybe this is on the Great Lakes between the US and Canada.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Early morning light in Dublin

Photo by Patrick Jones. Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland. 26 Oct 2018.
A few weeks ago, on my return trip from Barcelona, I had a 12 hour stopover in Dublin, Ireland. The photos above and below are from the morning of 26 October, before I returned to the airport. The top shows Ha'penny Bridge over the Liffey River and the beginning of sunrise. The bottom photo is taken right by the famous Temple Bar. This is a different view from the photos I captured back in 2015 on my last trip to Dublin. One can still see a bit of the waning full moon, a different view from the one taken in Barcelona the night before.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Moody Dublin before sunrise. 26 Oct 2018.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Diwali 2018

Painting by Satheesh Kanna. Photo by Patrick Jones. 4 Nov 2016, Hyderabad, India.
Today marks the festival Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. It symbolizes the "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance." In the US we still have a long way to go.

Reposting the first photo from my post on art at the Novotel, 14 November 2016.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Get out and vote

Source: Google Images.
It is Election Day in the US. Your vote matters, get out and vote!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Full Moon over the Mediterranean

Photo by Patrick Jones. Barcelona, 24 October 2018.
This photo is from my last evening in Barcelona. We had a full moon and clear skies. I will need to visit Barcelona again, there was not enough time to see many of the major sights. I did manage to find excellent food. One would think nearly 10 days enough in one city, but most of that time was in meetings at the conference venue. Perhaps next summer travel will align for a return visit to Spain.