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 [...]
Unknown photo from Missouri. Marked Annie, Oscar, & Frankie on the back.
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 [...]
This was one of my dad’s first cameras–it’s a Brownie Junior Six-16, manufactured between 1934 and 1942. Selling price: $2.75. Its film size was 616 and the picture size 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. My dad was an amateur photographer who took many black and white images while he was in college in the late [...]
I would like to know how this McCart ties into my John McCart line.
Once again, my mysteries from Missouri appear. I’m fairly certain that this is the same young man at the same event, one posed with a hat and one hatless. Does anyone know him?