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.
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 [...]
Benjamin Bly was my paternal grandfather, who was born in Moberly, Missouri and died in Kansas City, Missouri. He came from the farm in Moberly to the hustle and bustle of Kansas City when he was about 18 years old. He and his brother, Adolph, found work at the streetcar company; later, he apprenticed as [...]
My grandfather, Benjamin Bly (1890-1984), was a master tinkerer. He was always fixing and innovating in the little workshop in his basement. No shower in his 1915 Kansas City hour? No problem! A coffee can punched with holes and a hose section attached to the basement plumbing made the house into a 1-1/2 bath residence. [...]
Mabel Vogan Bly, 1891-1926 Today would be my grandmother’s birthday. She was born 18 November 1891 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Louisa Stein Vogan. She is about 16 years old in this picture, and I love her sense of style and what seems to be a sense of playfulness behind that smile.
Franz Adolph and Isabelle Rose McCart Bly This is the tombstone of my great-grandparents, who are buried in Moberly, Missouri. Nothing appears to be unusual, and it looks like a good source of genealogy proof material. But here is where the lesson lies–be skeptical of the genealogy “proof” you locate–it doesn’t always give you the [...]
The Versatility of the Coffee Grinder Upfront warning! If you easily suffer from queasiness, you may want to skip my introductory posting on Treasure Thursday. If not, I will forge ahead with my story. Originally, this coffee grinder was used on the Bly family farm in Moberly, Missouri to–grind coffee! I would estimate that it [...]
This is the tombstone of my paternal grandmother, Mabel Vogan Bly. The symbol on her stone is the Motto of the Order of the Eastern Star–F.A.T.A.L. (with five-pointed star)– which stands for “Fairest Among Thousands, Altogether Lovely.” Mabel was not quite 35 years old when she died suddenly of pneumonia, leaving her husband and two [...]
I’ve always loved the detail of the dress and the elaborate jewelry in the “Lace Girl” photo, and I wish I knew more about her. This image was in a collection from Kansas City, Missouri, so she may have been a girlfriend of my grandmother, Mabel Vogan Bly.
Gustafva Cherlotta Olausdotter Bly 1856-1888 Charlotta was born in Skovde, Sweden, the daughter of Olaus Johansson and Anna Stina Eriksdotter. She came to the United States in 1881 with her two-year-old daughter. She married Franz Bly in Moberly, Missouri in 1881, and they had four more children in Missouri. Charlotta died shortly after the birth [...]