I’ve been participating in the 1940 Census indexing project–and it’s 50% complete! It’s not too late to sign up and transcribe when you have time: https://familysearch.org/1940census/
Our great aunt Fern passed away last night at the age of 101. She was the daughter of Missouri pioneers and had 17 siblings. She was a wonderful story teller, and we will miss her humor, her folksiness, and her wisdom. Her service will be tomorrow, and she will be buried in Oakland Cemetery, Moberly.
Today would be mom’s 88th birthday! In this 1942 photo, she is living in Detroit and probably planning her June 1943 wedding. She is wearing the working girl’s fashion of the day–a tailored suit and blouse, which she most likely sewed herself. Like so many moms, she made a bigger deal out of our birthdays [...]
There are several notable December dates in my family, including birthdays, an engagement, and deaths. Time permitting, I’ll try to get all of them posted this month. This December 17, my dad, Kenneth Bly, would have been 90 years old. Dad was a Missouri native, born in Kansas City and a graduate of the Missouri [...]
Bedford, Indiana Abt. 1960
2009 Gingerbread House Decorating The little grands all did a wonderful job of creating their houses this year. They certainly have different approaches and decorating styles–the girls were very meticulous in the placement of their candies, while the boy-o found that flinging them at the frosted roof worked quite well. Everybody got sticky and gooey, [...]
I don’t know whether this stein came from Germany-Poland or not. It was last in the possession of my great aunt, so at one time it belonged to her parents and grandparents who immigrated to the US in the 1880s. But these ancestors were also in the saloon business in Detroit before and after prohibition. [...]
Unknown photo from Missouri. Marked Annie, Oscar, & Frankie on the back.
My husband’s Norwegian roots include his gg-grandfather, Erik Jensen, from Østre Slidre, Oppland County, Norway. The tombstone shown is that of Erik’s half-brother, Syver, and his wife, Randi Evensdatter. Both men immigrated together to the United States in 1854 and settled in or near Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Syver and Randi are buried at Gjerpen cemetery [...]