Thursday, December 30, 2010

Good Wishes for 2011

While the family saved lots of postcards over the years, I sometimes browse antique malls for old postcards. This is one I found last fall at a shop in Missouri on our way to Tulsa. As it says, good wishes for the New Year.
Designer Credits: Bohemian August by Miss Crow's Magickal Emporium

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Greetings from Christmas 1970

I did this page last December with a photograph of Dick and me opening a Christmas present in 1970. Hard to believe that was forty years ago!
Designer Credits:
-papers, frame, bow, lace, clocks, green deco: Retro Designs - Pretty Shabby
-gold designs, pine cones: Ptitesouris - Les Tres Ors de Laura
-tree: Chili Designz - Holiday Blog Train
-alpha: Retro Designs - 2 Elegant Art Deco Alphas
font: Kristen ITC

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mappy Monday: Snohomish County, Washington, homestead of John B. Kelly

I think I could get to really like this Monday map theme as I really love maps and also find they can shed much light on our families and their past. I wrote earlier about Aaron H. Kelly, son of John B. and Louise (Hoffman) Kelly. John B D. Kelly was born in New Brunswick, Canada about 1851. I've found him recently at the FamilySearch Beta site in the 1851 and 1871 census of Canada. In 1886 he was in the state of Washington, a long way from the Canadian Maritimes. He filed his Declaration of Intent to become a U.S. citizen and days later filed a homestead claim on 160 acres on the southern edge of Snohomish County. His son Aaron apparently kept the property, running it as a dairy farm. By 1947 Aaron was a deputy sheriff and his address was Woodinville according to the Everett city directory that year. Everett is the county seat and where he must have worked. A current search for Woodinville shows it as a town in King County, home of Seattle and Redmond. It borders the land of the homestead. That land in a current map looks totally developed. The post office there must have been his mailing address. Here is a map showing the homestead location and modern boundaries and towns.
This is a composite of two maps, one from Snohomish County and another of the town of Woodinville in King County, Washington. I have colored in the section where the homestead was located and further colored its parts. The map has the land description written on it. Be sure to click on the map to see it larger.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

(not so) Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Tree in 1940

Alice Minnie Hoffman, daughter of Henry and Catherine (Hochrein) Hoffman, was born 18 December 1902 in Jackson, Tennessee. She was an older sister of Gladys, the aunt in last week's picture. She married Albert Kaltenstein on 3 November 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio. For a few years they lived in the upstairs of the duplex her mother had built next door to her own house in Cleveland. This Christmas tree was photographed in that upstairs by Al and based on similar pictures was probably in 1940. Not long afterward they moved into their own new house. Though seventy years ago, doesn't that tree still look shiny and bright? It was lacking a bit in branches, but not in spirit.
Designer Credits:
-blue paper, lined paper: TaylorMade Designs - Composure Add On
-mask: ZuzannaH Designs - Let Love Be Your Energy
-gray papers, elements: Kitty Designs - Shimmer
fonts: Classic, Corbel

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

(not so) Wordless Wednesday: Aunt Gladys (ready for the holidays)

Gladys Louise Hoffman was born 23 September 1910 in Jackson, Tennessee, daughter of Henry and Catherine (Hochrein) Hoffman and granddaughter of the immigrant Henry Hoffman. Her mother soon moved with the children to Cleveland, Ohio, where her older cousin, Elizabeth (Hochrein) Hückmann lived. Gladys lived most of her life in Cleveland. She was married briefly to George Svec, but had a long marriage to Paul E. Davis from 22 July 1943. She was a special person and dear to us all. She succumbed to complications of cancer treatments on 29 May 1991. Her remains joined those of her husband in the crypt of Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River, Ohio.

This lovely photo was taken by her brother-in-law, Albert Kaltenstein. I thought it would grace this holiday page nicely.
Scrapbook Designer Credit: kit by Deb Ammerman: Christmas Goodies