Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Bankruptcy Filing

Louisville Courier-Journal. 21 Nov 1867.
In November 1867, my 3rd-great-grandfather Guilford D. Read was listed in a petition for bankruptcy. Guilford had a family butcher shop business. A year later, this public notice ran in the Louisville Courier-Journal from the District Court for the District of Kentucky:
Louisville Courier-Journal. 26 Oct 1868.
The notice makes me wonder if there are court records still available on Guilford's bankruptcy filing. According to the National Archives, these records for Kentucky might be at the Atlanta Record Center. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the Archives has suspended reproduction and digitization services. I would like to try to get a copy of this case file in the future.

Monday, July 6, 2020

1859 Stock Market

Louisville Courier-Journal, 15 Nov 1859.
Here's a news clipping I hadn't seen previously, mentioning my 3rd-great-grandfather, G. D. Read. He sold 18 cattle at the Shelby House Stock Market in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1859 he would have been 31 years old.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

4th of July

LoC.  Theodor Horydczak, 4 July 1934. Fireworks, DC.
On this 4th of July in the time of COVID-19, I'm reflecting back on things missed this year. Yesterday the New York Times ran a fascinating photo essay of archival photos from past 4ths of July. Our 4th promises to be quiet this year.

Like many, we watched the filmed version of Hamilton last night on Disney Plus. In comparing the live performance viewed at the Kennedy Center some time ago to the one released by Disney, it remains a timely, powerful show. It is good millions can see it now from the comfort of our homes.
The Atlantic, 3 July 2020.
Have a safe 4th. Stay home if you can.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Welcome to July

Photo by Patrick Jones. Under the umbrella. 23 June 2020.
As the calendar turns to July, we're in this weird place where things are starting to open up here in Northern Virginia, but in other states the pace of COVID-19 continues to increase. Americans are on the travel ban list to Europe, and I'm still on no international travel through the end of September (and likely end of October or through the remainder of 2020). So, we're working from home and summer school starts up again for the kids next week. I'm thinking ahead to potential travel, but not too far ahead as nothing is really confirmed.

For now we're looking forward to the long weekend. This afternoon I picked up two racks of baby back ribs from our local butcher and am planning for ribs & corn on the cob for the weekend. The photo above is likely to be my view, as I wrap up a book (Ann Mah's The Lost Vintage), and possibly start another.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Amounts Due, 1895

Maryville Times, 17 Jan 1895.
The clipping above comes from the Blount County Annual Report, published in the Maryville Times (Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee). The report lists several familiar names: my 3rd-great-grandfather Joseph Jones, my 3rd-great-grandmother Mary Catherine (M.C.) Jones, Robert O. Snoddy, husband of Joseph's daughter Nancy Cornelia Jones.

Mary Catherine had died in 1890, and Joseph had moved between Boone County, Indiana and Blount County, Tennessee. Joseph appears in the Maryville newspaper between 1886-1897, so I'm not sure why these amounts would show up in the county report as unpaid.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Water Skiing at Kentucky Lake

Photo by L. Reid. Kentucky Lake, 1970 or 1972.
Here's another two photos from the set I shared previously, converted from slides to digital. I think one of these is my Aunt Patty, taken by my Granny.
Photo by L. Reid. Water skiing at Kentucky Lake.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Guest of Honor

LA Times, 27 Aug 1916.
The clipping above describes a dinner reception for the head of the Alianza Hispano-Americana and local leaders in Los Angeles in 1916. The guest of honor, Enrique (E.V.) Anaya, was a Los Angeles native but based in Tucson. He is quite a colorful character in Arizona and was active in Mexico during the period of upheaval of the 1910s. He was among the founders of the Alianza Hispano-Americana, an important Mexican-American mutual aid society, not unlike Liga Protectora Latina.

The article describes the dinner and mentions a Mr. Campuzano of the local Alianza lodge in Los Angeles. I believe this was either Francisco A. Campuzano or Jose M. Campuzano Jr. Frank was active in Junta Patriotica Mexicana and the Order of Foresters in Los Angeles.

Monday, June 22, 2020

On Malaysia time from home

Boston Public Library, Malaysia travel poster, 1934.
My mid-year meeting is underway and is being run as a virtual conference. Instead of being physically present this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I've shifted my body to KL time. Fortunately this is a shorter meeting than what we typically do, otherwise I'd be pretty wrecked by Wednesday. Hopefully in the near future when travel resumes we'll plan another event in Malaysia for 2021/2022. 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Fathers Day

Photo by Patrick Jones. Dad with S, Indiana. 9 May 2010.
Photo by B. Jones. Dad with Laura, Hueco Tanks, TX. 1984.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

A Society Event

Newspapers.com, Evening Star (DC), 14 Apr 1926.
Newspapers.com, Evening Star (DC).
Back in July 2016, I wrote about Francisco Suastegui, a great-grandson of my 6th-great-grandparents Jose Antonio Suastegui and Maria Ignacia Canete. In 1925, he was appointed as the commercial attache at the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC. His wife, Laura Vasquez, was a daughter of Adolfo Vasquez and Amelia Herras (and Adolfo was a grandson of my 5th-great-grandfather, Francisco Suastegui). I previously overlooked this article, highlighting a gala event hosted at the historic Pan American Union Building in Washington DC. The building serves as the ceremonial headquarters of the Organization of American States. It is a grand building, one I have been in many times for meetings and events.
NYPL Digital Collection. Pan American Union, before 1931.
Reading the article, I can definitely imagine how the building hosted a glittering party of ambassadors & their wives, government representatives, conference delegates and others in mid April 1926. The article says Laura Vasquez de Suastegui wore a purple crepe gown with crystals.
Photo by Patrick Jones. OAS Hall of the Americas, 1 June 2016.
Photo by Patrick Jones. OAS, 27 Jun 2013.

Immigrant Heritage Month

Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by Eduardo Kobra. Wynwood, Miami, 14 Jul 2019.
Although it isn't observed by the current administration, June is Immigrant Heritage Month. I'm a bit behind in my annual post (see 2019 & 2018 for links to prior posts). On Thursday, the US Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in Department of Homeland Security et al. v the Regents of the University of California et al (18 June 2020), holding that DHS' decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act. The decision allows the over 700,000 Dreamers to remain. Once again there is an opportunity for Congress to pass a long term solution.

This is also my reminder for a contribution to groups supporting immigrant rights: the National Immigration Law Center, ACLU and others.

Friday, June 19, 2020

A gift to Fort Branch High School

Princeton Daily Clarion, 10 Dec 1964.
The news clipping above is from December 1964, describing a gift from my great-grandmother Blanche Lamon O'Brien of crystal mouthpieces made by my great-grandfather's business, the O'Brien Company, to the Fort Branch High School Band. The gift was made seven years after Harry's death in 1957.

The Princeton Daily Clarion must have been added fairly recently to Newspapers.com, as I hadn't come across this article previously.

Surfing Lessons

Photo by Patrick Jones. Sidi Kaouki Beach, 19 June 2019.
This time last year I was crashing into the waves at Sidi Kaouki, attempting to surf for the first time. I went through Airbnb and booked a surfing experience with Soufiane. This included pickup outside the walls of Essaouira, transport down to Sidi Kaouki, wetsuit & board, and a lunch break from the neighboring surf station restaurant. I had a one-on-one lesson for the day, and Soufiane was a great teacher. I didn't manage to stand up very long, but it was an enjoyable experience.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Beachside building at Sidi Kaouki.
After trying to surf in Morocco, I felt comfortable enough to do surfing lessons again during our vacation in Portugal last August. I think I like the idea of surfing more than my balance on the board allows me to enjoy it properly. Paddleboarding is much more my speed. This was an unforgettable day and I'm very lucky I was able to do this before meetings in Marrakech.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Surfers at Sidi Kaouki. 19 June 2019.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

One Year Ago

Photo by Patrick Jones. Essaouira, Morocco. 18 June 2019.
A year ago I was in Essaouira, Morocco before continuing onto Marrakech for mid-year meetings. As this was my third trip to Morocco, I wanted to do something memorable and outside my comfort zone. I signed up for a half-day surfing lesson south of Essaouira at Sidi Kaouki. It was amazing, and an experience I will never forget.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Surfing at Sidi Kaouki beach. 19 June 2019.
If it wasn't for COVID-19, I'd be in Malaysia this week and next for our mid-year meeting. I had planned a stopover in Penang for a street art & food tour before continuing onto Kuala Lumpur. This will have to wait for another time. Our October meeting planned for Hamburg has been made into a virtual meeting, so it looks like most travel for the remainder of 2020 will be on hold. Perhaps by December things may change, otherwise it will be 2021.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Photo by K.D. Jones. Alma Oyler Jones.
While going through an old photo album passed down from my Gumpy to my Dad and to my Mom, I found a photo I overlooked previously of my great-grandmother, Alma Oyler Jones. This is not dated. Given the age of other photos in the set & surrounding page, I'm guessing this was taken around 1938 and would put her about 41 or at least early 40s in this photo.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Quarantine Cooking: Smoked Salmon & Tofu

Photo by Patrick Jones. Smoked Salmon & Tofu. 14 Jun 2020.
Yesterday we cooked up another feast on the grill, I made smoked salmon and smoked tofu with Chef Roy Choi seasoning, with asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and au gratin potatoes. I followed the Traeger smoked salmon recipe, with skin-on salmon from our local Aldi and extra firm tofu sliced into four equal pieces for our daughter. This is about as easy a recipe to cook as can be done with the grill.

I put olive oil on the skin-side of the salmon and sprinkled a generous covering of Chef Roy Choi's "A Pinch of LA" Koreatown seasoning rub. This was a 2017 collaboration with Williams Sonoma and I was able to purchase four cans of the seasoning before the pandemic hit. It is our favorite rub for smoked salmon & tofu. I let the seasoning cure on the meat for several hours before starting the grill.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Seasoning the tofu.

I set the grill to 250, which is a little hotter than the recipe, but my grill works better at a hotter temperature than too low. The meat was on the grill for almost four hours, and I don't flip it. I added the tofu to the side at the two-hour mark, making up for a mistake the last time I made smoked tofu I cooked it too long (more than four hours is too long).
Photo by Patrick Jones. Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto.
While the grill was going, we made the sides and Allison also made challah bread following a recipe in the Bread Baker's Apprentice, and the asparagus recipe from Mimi Thorisson's A Kitchen in France.

I've been labeling this series "Quarantine Cooking", but we were released from shelter-in-place several weeks ago and Northern Virginia moved into Phase 2 last Friday. On Friday we also made a repeat of the tequila lime chicken on the grill for some friends for our first socially distanced dinner at home with someone other than family. Capturing our home cooking during the stay at home order has been a fun way to make some memories from this extraordinary time. I'll probably give these posts a new name going forward.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

New life to old photos

Photo by K.D. Jones. Indiana Dunes, Summer 1938.
A few weeks ago I shared several photos taken by my Gumpy during the summer of 1938 while he worked as a lifeguard at Indiana Dunes. I also shared these on Instagram, which caught the attention of the official Indiana Dunes Tourism page. They asked if they could reshare the photos on their page and give me credit. Yesterday they shared the photos, giving these snapshots some new admirers.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Quarantine Cooking: Grilled Shrimp & Turmeric Sauce

Photo by Patrick Jones. Grilled Shrimp. 7 June 2020.
While things are starting to open up in Northern Virginia from the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, we are still staying close to home. Yesterday I made grilled shrimp in turmeric sauce following Bon Appetit's recipe from their July 2019 issue (page 90, grilled shrimp with turmeric mojo sauce). These turned out pretty awesome.

For the turmeric mojo sauce, blend the following ingredients in a food processor:
6 garlic cloves
2 habanero chiles without seeds, chopped (I didn't put this in the sauce)
1 3" piece of ginger, peeled
1/3 cup fresh lime juice (I used three limes squeezed)
1/3 cup orange juice
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/3 cup vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil)
Kosher salt for seasoning

Set half the sauce to the side, then put 1 1/2 lbs peeled & deveined shrimp into the turmeric sauce. Don't let the shrimp sit in the sauce for too long. I had them in for about ten minutes before putting them on the grill pan, on medium-high heat.

The shrimp cooked quickly, about 1 minute per side. We had rice & vegetables to accompany the shrimp. Pineapple salsa also paired very well with the turmeric shrimp. We'll be having this again during the summer.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Inkwell

LA Public Library. Friends at Santa Monica Beach, 1929.
Close to the site of our first address in Santa Monica, is a stretch of historic beach that was segregated in the early to mid 1900s. It was an important gathering place for African Americans in Santa Monica. This area near where Shutters and Casa del Mar are located today, was called "the Inkwell". The location was recognized in 2008 with a plaque as part of the Bay Street Beach Historic District. I didn't know this history when we lived in Santa Monica, and we lived right across the street from Casa del Mar. When travel returns and I'm able to visit the West Coast sometime in the future, I'll check out this spot again.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Near the Inkwell, Santa Monica, 11 Jan 2009.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020


Photo by Patrick Jones. Stencil by Xavier A. Muñoz Torres, San Juan, PR. 6 Mar 2018.

Monday, June 1, 2020

History on repeat

Kent Nishimura/LA Times. 31 May 2020.

LA Public Library Collection. Protestors during 1992 LA riots.
LA Public Library Collection. Police search for weapons, Watts Riots, 1965.
I'm at a loss to adequately express my continued frustration and sadness for so many hurt following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and the related protests around the country, including in my home away from home Los Angeles. Nearby protests in DC and around the country have turned violent, predictably through the fanning of racial hatred by the current administration, targeting of journalists and heavy armed response by police forces.
Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post, DC, 31 May 2020.
My life is pretty far removed from what's happening around the country. It still hurts to see these images. Significant change is needed. People have been pushed until they can't take it anymore. Another strong reminder to get out the vote in November.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Lakefront view

Photo by K.D. Jones. Lake Michigan view, Navy Pier in distance.
This is another photo taken by my Gumpy, probably in the summer of 1938 when he was working as a lifeguard at nearby Indiana Dunes. This was taken during a visit to Chicago, with the earlier one I shared from Shedd Aquarium.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


A year ago we were in Evansville, Indiana over Memorial Day weekend, celebrating birthdays for Allison's grandmother and our son. We're still celebrating birthdays, but will do so virtually for Marilyn and here at home with S.
Marilyn at 14 in 1943.
Photo by B. Jones. S & my sister with Maya. 25 May 2020.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Quarantine Cooking: Pulled Pork & Blue Corn Tortillas

Photo by B. Jones. Shredding the pork. 25 May 2020.
Yesterday we had a Memorial Day feast of pulled pork, homemade blue corn tortillas, grilled pineapple, rum & pineapple barbeque sauce from a recipe by Kauai's Koloa Rum, and sides from our local Pork Barrel BBQ. My sister even brought a spicy jackfruit as a vegan alternative to the pork, which made for a great addition to the tacos. As with my other quarantine cooking posts, I'm recording these recipes for future cooking, and also for a reminder of how we passed the time during the stay-at-home period to become better cooks. For the blue corn tortillas, we used blue corn masa flour from our local Mom's Organic Market. From the photos below, these tortillas turned out awesome and went very well with the pulled pork & jackfruit.
Photo by A. Jones. Blue corn tortillas.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Jackfruit, pineapple, cucumber & guacamole.
For the pulled pork, I picked up a 4.5 lb pork shoulder from our local butcher. The evening before grilling, I seasoned the meat with Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub and about 4 tablespoons of brown sugar. To smoke the meat, I roughly followed the timing on this recipe from Traeger Grills. The pork cooked for about 5 hours at 250 degrees until it reached 160. Then I placed the pork on a foil pan, added a 1/3 cup of apple cider and covered with foil. I kept the meat in the foil on the grill for another 3 1/2 hours. After the meat hit 205, I removed it from the grill but kept inside the foil pan to set before pulling.

While the pork was smoking, I cut up a fresh pineapple into circles, and held back a 1/2 cup of pineapple to go in the rum & pineapple barbeque sauce. I stumbled onto this recipe while browsing Koloa Rum's Instagram feed from Sunday night. While I don't have any Koloa Rum in the house, I did substitute with a nice Rhum Barbancourt 8-year old rum from Haiti. The remaining pineapple was placed on the grill for 30 minutes after I removed the meat.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Koloa Rum's BBQ sauce.

Rum & Pineapple BBQ sauce from Koloa Rum
1/4 cup dark rum (I used Rhum Barbancourt 8 year)
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
1/2 Tb mustard (we used dijon)
1 clove garlic
2 Tb Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tb vinegar (Apple Cider Vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 Tb Maple Syrup
1/3 cup water

Mix ingredients in blender and pulse to desired consistency. Pour into small sauce pan and bring to a boil, allowing the sauce to cook down and darken in color. Pour into a mason jar and enjoy (will keep 3-4 days).

Allison prefers spicy barbeque sauce, so we ordered a squeeze bottle of Pork Barrel original BBQ sauce along with our sides. I thought the Koloa recipe turned out pretty awesome, and I'll be using this with the leftovers this week.

Pork Barrel's cool cucumber salad and potato salad accompanied the tacos as sides, along with fresh corn on the cob, refried beans & cheese.

Her couch

Photo by Patrick Jones. Maya owns the couch. 25 May 2020.