May 19, 2019


18 May 2019 - Scripps College, Claremont, California

Apr 29, 2019

St. George Devil Pups Win Awards

So many of our Devil Pups win awards at their AFJROTC Awards Night.  Here are the cadets from Pine View High School that I was able to grab for photo op after their awards.  Braxton is holding his Devil Pup challenge coin which he carries in  his pocket.  Alena (to my right) won so many awards, she hardly got to sit all evening and someone else is holding them during this photo op.  She had a perfect PFT score at Camp 2018.
 2019 Pine View Cadets/Devil Pup Graduates
2019 Dixie High School Cadets/Devil Pup Graduates

Apr 26, 2019

Where's Bridget O'Toole?

I'm looking for Bridget O'Toole, born about 1827 in Clifden, Galway, Ireland.  She married Owen Lacey, also born in Clifden, Galway, Ireland.  I'm not sure if they immigrated to the US when their daughter, Winifred, immigrated about 1863.  Traditional thinking would say "Yes, because the daughter was only 10 years old."  The daughter settled in South Dakota, but I have yet to find the parents, Bridget and Owen.  I'd like to find Bridget, obviously because of the O'Toole name, but this is a name in a tree I'm working on for some San Diego O'Connors.  It would be fun to connect our trees!

Apr 23, 2019

It IS you!!


1885 Jan 25, Daily State Sentinel, P1, Indianapolis, Indiana

He Revealed Himself

A gentleman who had courted and married his wife in full beard and lived for ten years with her endowed with the same hirsute adornment, quietly determined to have it cut off.  His wife found it difficult to recognize him, and she sat staring at his strange appearance for some time.  “Well,” he exclaimed, “have you got nothing else to do but sit still?  I suppose you expect me to do all the work, while you loaf, as usual,” he snappishly said.  “Why, it is you, after all – I knew you the moment you spoke,” she replied.

Apr 10, 2019

My Prayer for You

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; 
the Lord lift up His countenance upon  you, and give you peace.
Num 6:24-26
The Dead Sea Scrolls were, until recently, our oldest copies of biblical text.  But in 1979, Villanova professor, Judith Hadley, was assisting archaeologist Gabriel Barkay, in excavating a site in Jerusalem's Hinnom Valley.  In a burial cave, she saw something resembling the metal cap of a pencil.  It was a sensational find, a tiny silver scroll of great antiquity.  Another was found nearby.  These tiny amulets, dating to the Hebrew monarchy seven centuries before Christ, were so small and fragile they took several years to painstakingly clean and open.  When scientists finally unrolled them, they found the world's oldest extant copy of a biblical text, the words of Numbers 6:24-26.

While the amulets date from the seventh century B.C., the original words are far older, coming 1400 years before Christ.  As the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, the Lord commanded the priests to bless the people with this three-fold blessing.  (Excerpt from: Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.)

Today one of my favorite hymns is this biblical text set to music by Peter Christian Lutkin (1858-1931).  He was born in Wisconsin to parents who had emigrated from Denmark in 1844.  In addition to his position as Dean and Director of Choirs at Northwestern University, he also served as Professor of Theory, Piano, Organ, and Composition in the School of Music, 1895-1931 and Director of the School's Department of Church and Choral Music, 1926–28. (Wikipedia)

Mar 24, 2019

Isaac James Parks

My great grandfather, Isaac James Parks
8 Dec 1849 (Indiana) to 26 Feb 1904 (Iowa)

married Mary Catherine Ortman 
20 Feb 1869 in Wells County, Indiana

14 children (3 did not survive childhood) all born in Iowa

His mother and father:
James Galloway Parks (1791 - ??) and
Eliza Jane Clevenger (1809 - ??), both likely died in Indiana

Mar 17, 2019

My Aldridge Puzzle

I am looking for a Catherine/Katherine/Katharine (unknown maiden name) married to an Aldridge who may have married my 2nd great grandfather in their later years.  Katharine was born in Maryland in 1788, but in 1860 she is widowed and living in Delaware County, Indiana.  I have found court records of a divorce between her and a James Parks who is possibly my second great grandfather.  I’m not yet sure this is my ancestor (who is James Galloway Parks, born 17 June 1791, supposedly in Virginia, possibly West Virginia - or not!)  Can't find his parents, either.

My James G. Parks was widowed after the death of my second great grandmother, Eliza Jane Clevenger (first husband Isaac Thornburg) Parks, possibly about 1863. Eliza was born in Ross County, Ohio in 1809 to John Thomas Clevenger and Nancy Maria Stothard.  As a widow of Isaac Thornburg, she married James G. Parks on 13 May 1845 in Delaware county, Indiana.  James was 55; she was 36.  (Their son, Isaac James Parks (1849-1904), was my great grandfather.)

I haven’t been able to find the death date/place of either James G. Parks or Eliza Jane.  Eliza probably died around 1863 or earlier, and the James in the court documents married a Katharine Aldridge 19 May 1863.  I have searched for Katharine’s maiden name (using all different spellings) and have come up with some possible former husbands, one being a Mr. Handley, and the other Edmund Aldridge who is the only Aldridge I can find in the Delaware County, Indiana area during that time period.  But I can’t find her maiden name.  I’ve not found any marriage records on Katharine other than the marriage record of 1863 in Delaware County, Indiana, to a James Parks, as well as the court proceedings documenting a not-very-amicable divorce and restraining order situation in the 1864-1867 time period.

Would appreciate any assistance on the Aldridge name in Delaware County, Indiana.

Mar 16, 2019

1866 Divorce, Politics Style

1866 Apr 2, Richmond Weekly Palladium, Richmond, Indiana
A woman in Pennsylvania has petitioned for a divorce “because she and her husband do not agree on politics.”  If that disagreement be valid grounds for a divorce, what shall we do if females are given the elective franchise?

Early Days of Indiana
1893 Jan 20, The Muncie Daily Herald, P3, Muncie, Indiana
Early Days
J. A. Tomlinson Tells Some Interesting Stories
Muncie in 1828-93
A Brief Review of Facts and Happenings When Delaware County Was a Wilderness
Mr. J. A. Tomlinson, a well-[known] resident of Delaware county, and who is at present residing on East Jackson street, relates the following interesting story of life from 1828 to 1893.  “I came to Indiana in 1828 and resided for five years in Wayne county two miles west of Dublin.  At that time there was but one store in the village.  William Renley, a wheelwright, made my mother a flax wheel on which she spun flax which she made into a pair of trousers for father.  Father made shoes for the entire family, and although rude in construction, they were good and wore a long time.  The first Indians I ever saw were camped one mile from our house.  Miami’s and the tribe numbered 200.  In 1822 we moved to Delaware county, and my father, Enoch Tomlinson, pre-empted the land I now own on the Middletown pike.  The journey from Dublin to this county was made overland and occupied three days.  As the Middletown pike had not been made, in those days we were compelled to cut our way from Cowan through the heavy underbrush.  The first night we were quartered in our new home the wolves howled dismally all night.  For many years the animals skulked about in the woods and often killed and devoured sheep, hogs and calves.  In many instances they attacked men who were carrying fresh meat.  My father, brothers and myself killed many wild cats and had great sport.  Our dogs would scent cats and run them until they took refuge in a tree.  Then we would shoot them and secure their skins.  In June, 1834, Edmund Aldridge, one of our near neighbors, was stricken with the terrible milk sickness.  At one time there were eight persons down with the same disease.  Many died and five persons were buried in the same grave.  The first grave was dug in the old Heath graveyard.  The first of the victims buried was Mrs. Eliza Aldridge. The only doctor who could cure the dreaded malady resided in Randolph county, 20 miles away, and his visits were few, as he had to come on horseback.  Dr. Anthony was also called in several cases, but was unable to prevent the disease from spreading.  The first school house we had was constructed entirely of logs with a stick chimney, dirt hearth and split pancheon floor daubed with mud.  The seats and desks were constructed of roughly hewn logs.  Our first teacher was Abner Perdieu, and he was a good one.  We studied spelling and arithmetic.  Our ink was made by soaking maple bark in water.  We added wild berries for coloring.  The teacher receive[d] 27-1/2 cents every three months for each scholar, hence you can imagine that his earnings were not munificent[sic].  The scholars would often scare up several deer when proceeding to and from school.  There were no roads in those days and the inhabitants of the county were forced to make them.  Our neighbors and the members of our family took axes and cut our way  to where Muncie now stands.  Here we followed an Indian trail to William Gilbert’s farm, where the Delaware county jail now stands.  The first paper printed in Muncie was issued from a story and a half building situated on West Main street on the banks of White river.  Thomas Gharkey was the proprietor and was considered a very smart man in those days.  One day he had trouble with a printer who knocked him out of an upstairs window, which crippled him for life.  The first church dedicated in Muncie was situated on East Washington street where A. L. Johnson’s residence now stands.  In 1828 John Hall was the preacher in charge.  The Presbyterian church on south Walnut street was the second church erected in the county.  Labor was 25 cents per day or $6 per month.  We made rails for 87-1/2 cents per hundred, cut wheat with a sycle[sic] for 37-1/2 a day, but got $1 a day for cradeling[sic].  My sisters worked out doing housework for $1 per week and paid 5-1/4 cent per yard for calico.  Deer horns were worth 25 cents each.  We made our sugar and molasses, had wheat bread for Sunday morning and corn bread and Johnny-cake through the week.  We raised peaches and sold them on the streets of Muncie for 12-1/2 cents per bushel.  I sold good poplar lumber for 75 cents per hundred and paid $9 for a pair of bedticks of Moses Neelys, and mother spun the flax into bed cords.  We hauled our wheat to Brookville, for which we were paid 40 cents per bushel.  I hauled flour to Cincinnati for $3 per barrel.  The first gun I ever owned I traded a cow for it.  The cow was worth $8.  I sold two good horses for $100 on land payments.  I bought the second jail built in Delaware county at auction for $89.  The jail was a two story brick building and stood in the west part of the court house yard.”

Mar 11, 2019

Oh, Yumm!!!

My new favorite cooking blog: