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Sunday, August 30, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 25 "School Days": Florence Kathleen Boe

My maternal grandfather's sister Florence Kathleen Boe graduated from Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, Missouri in 1926.

Roosevelt High School opened on 26 January 1925. It is located at 3240 Hartford Ave., St. Louis, Missouri. Most of the students transferred from McKinley High School, which became a middle school. Some students transferred from Cleveland High School.
  
Roosevelt High School. Bwana (yearbook, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, Missouri), June 1926, p. 5. Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

The Roosevelt High School yearbook was called Bwana, which was Theodore Roosevelt's Swahili nickname.

 Bwana (yearbook, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, Missouri), June 1926, cover. Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Bwana (yearbook, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, Missouri), June 1926, p. 64. Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

From the Senior Identification Table:

Name: Florence Boe
Basis of Fame: Her winged feet
Chief Occupation: Keeping them still
Ambition: To rival Pavlowa

Bwana (yearbook, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, Missouri), June 1926, p. 92. Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Florence participated in many activities while in high school. During her first two years of high school, she was a member of the College Club.

Florence was also a member of Girl Athletes of Roosevelt (G.A.R.). G.A.M. may stand for "Girl Athletes of McKinley." Florence was probably one of the students that transferred to Roosevelt High from McKinley High.

Bwana (yearbook, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, Missouri), June 1926, p. 160. Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Florence was also a member of the Anatole Club (French Club).

Bwana (yearbook, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, Missouri), June 1926, p. 192. Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Bwana (yearbook, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, Missouri), June 1926, p. 193. Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Florence was a dancer, so I was not surprised to see that she performed a dance recital during her junior year. She was a member of the dance club Rhythmic Circle throughout high school.

Florence's high school yearbook also provided some information about William McKinley Intermediate, and stated that although the school was no longer a high school, it still operated in much the same way. It provides some insight into the number and length of the periods of the school day.

Bwana (yearbook, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, Missouri), June 1926, p. 128. Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

References
Bosenbecker, Ray. So, Where'd You Go to High School? St. Louis, MO: Virginia Publishing Co, 2004.
Bwana (yearbook, Roosevelt High School, St. Louis, Missouri), June 1926. Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. 
Roosevelt High School (St. Louis) 
Roosevelt High School: History

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Shopping Saturday: Shopping in Gary, Indiana

Vidette-Messenger, 9 August 1929,  page 5

My 2nd-great-grandmother's sister Anna Christina (Borg) Greandahl and her daughter Lillian (Greandahl) Nelson, residents of Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana, went shopping in Gary, Lake County, Indiana on Wednesday, 7 August 1929.

Several other residents of Chesterton also went shopping in Gary that day: Frances Sherman, Mrs. Austin Brooks, and Mrs. Brook's daughter Mrs. William Vaughn.

Gary was the fifth largest city in Indiana by 1930. It was only about 17 miles away from Chesterton.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friend of Friends Friday: Slaves of Jesse J. Everett

Nashville Union and American, 16 January 1858, page 3

Negroes For Sale 

By virtue of a decree of the County Court of Davidson County, rendered at the November term 1857, in the case of Milley Everett, and others, ex parte, I will offer for sale at the court-house in Nashville, on Saturday 16th of January, 1858, the following negroes, viz: Mary and infant childMary's age 22 years; Betty, 3 years; Calvin, 6 years; Linda, 11 years; Rose, 8 years; Adelaide, 7 years; Andrew, 14 years; Dick, 51 years. Said negroes belong to the estate of Jesse J. Everett, dec'd, and are sold for the purpose of paying the debts of said estate.
     TERMS made known on day of sale.
      Any of the above Negroes can be purchased privately, previous to the sale, by calling upon the undersigned.
                                                                              J. J. EVERETT,
jan 6 dtd                                                                  Commissioner.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thriller Thursday: Charles Ward Arrested for Murdering George Gee

Nashville Union and Dispatch, 14 December 1866, page 3

In February 1865, George Gee, his brother Charles Gee, and their cousin L. J. Gee were transporting whiskey from Sumner County, Tennessee to Davidson County, Tennessee. They were using three teams of four mules to transport the whiskey. When they reached the border between Sumner County and Davidson County, Charles Ward and another men began firing at the Gees, and they killed George Gee. They forced Charles and L. J. Gee to knock in the heads of the whiskey barrels. They emptied the wagons, stripped off the men's clothes, and stole the mules.

Charles Ward then got a job working at Williams' saw mills. On 28 July 1866, he married Sarah C. Cummings from Vaughn's Gap. On 10 December 1866, while Charles Ward was killing hogs, he was arrested by William Mayo of the night police and one of Joseph Cheatham's independent detectives. The officers brought Ward to Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee, and L. J. Gee identified Ward. He was then brought to the Nashville county jail to be held until the next sitting of the Gallatin court.

Some of my ancestors lived in Vaughn's Gap, although as far as I know none were living there until 1871. William Mayo of the night police was probably my relative. My Mayo ancestors moved to Tennessee from Virginia in the 1840s, and some of their other relatives also settled there. However, I have not yet determined what my relationship to him is.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

National Dog Day

August 26 is National Dog Day, so I thought it was an appropriate time to feature some of the family dogs.

My childhood dog was a Scottish Terrier named Silky.

Silky and me

My mother and Silky

My brother got a Border Terrier and named her Fresh. She ended up becoming the family dog.

 Fresh and my cat Sunshine

After Fresh died, my parents adopted a dog named Sweetie.

Sweetie, my father, and my cat Velvet as a kitten

When my mother was a child, she had a spitz named Skippy.


There is a dog in a photo of members of the Schneider and Gersbacher families. I do not know who it belonged to.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Founders' Day, the Birthday of the National Park Service

On 25 August 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that established the National Park Service. Every year on August 25, the National Park Service celebrates Founders Day.

My parents have visited some of the national parks, including Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park.

I took this picture at one of the newest national parks, the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park 

Some places where my ancestors spent time are now national historical parks. My 5th-great-grandfather Stephen Mayo and his brother Benjamin camped at Valley Forge during the revolutionary War. My 5th-great-grandmother Hannah Hardgrave and her parents, my 6th-great-grandparents Francis Hardgrave and Sarah Greer, passed through the Cumberland Gap when they traveled from Wilkes County, North Carolina to Kentucky.

Valley Forge National Historical Park. Photo from the National Park Service.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Photo from the National Park Service.

Chellberg Farm is now part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. My 2nd-great-grandmother's brother Alfred Borg married Emily Kjellberg, and they lived at Chellberg Farm.

1885 brick house on Chellberg Farm. Photo by Chris Light at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Photo from the National Park Service.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Amanuensis Monday: Amanda Tarkington's Confederate Widows Pension Claim: William Tillett's Statement

The statement that William Tillett gave in support of my 3rd-great-grandmother Amanda (Russell) Tarkington's Confederate Widows Pension is transcribed below.

GEO B. GUILD, President                                                               HON. FRANK DIBRELL
  FRANK A. MOSES, Special Examiner                                                 ATT'Y GEN. CHAS. T. CATES
      W. H. COLEY                                                                           JOHN P. HICKMAN, Secretary


                                                          HEADQUARTERS
                                           Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners
                                                BOARD MEETS SECOND TUESDAYS IN JANUARY, 
                                                                                APRIL, JULY AND OCTOBER
                                                       Nashville, Tenn. ______________  190____
       _____________No.__________________________
                                     (Must give number when writing)

State of Tennessee  }                  Personally appeared before
Davidson County      }                 me William M Tillett whom I
know to be a man of truth and integrity of character who after being sworm to me makes the following additional statement in the case of Mrs Amanda Tarkington the widow of Joseph Tarkington decd she being an applicant for a state pension as follows. I was present at the marriage of Amanda Russell and Joseph Tarkington they were married at the old Russell place on the Harding pike in Davidson County Tenn on the 12th day of June 1850 by Esquire Porch a justice of the peace. I have known them as man and wife up to the death of Joseph Tarkington in 1903 and that they were living together at that time as man & wife ____

I also remember distinctly the time in 1863 when Joseph Tarkington came home from the army on sick leave with asthma & pneumonia, he remained sick for a long time, I know the fact that he never was able to rejoin his command on account of his continued sickness which lasted till the war closed and for a long time afterwards, in truth he never was a well man again and suffered till he died in 1903 with this complaint. I know these facts because I saw him frequently during the time I speak of and that he never was fit for military service after he came home  –  I have no interest further than to see justice done in the application of Mrs Tarkington in her case

witness                                                                                         his
Mrs Julia Johnson                                                                W .M.  x   Tillett
                                                                                                    mark
Subscribed and sworn
before me this 2nd day Jan 1909
                                    Aris Brown
                                       Notary Public

Statement of William Tillett. Tennessee Confederate pension application 2079, Widow's Indigent Pension. Amanda Tarkington, widow of Joseph Tarkington. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Statement of William Tillett. Tennessee Confederate pension application 2079, Widow's Indigent Pension. Amanda Tarkington, widow of Joseph Tarkington. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Note: William Tillett was wrong about the date of Joseph Tarkington and Amanda Russell's marriage. They married on 12 June 1849, not 12 June 1850.