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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Lena (Alley) Davis

Nashville Tennesseean, 28 September 1956, page 52

Mrs. Larned Davis
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    Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Larned Davis, 76, of 3853 Saunders Ave., will be at 10:30 a.m. (CDT) tomorrow at Phillips-Robinson funeral home, 2707 Gallatin road.
    Mrs. Davis died yesterday morning at her home after a year's illness. The body is at the funeral home.
    A native of Nashville, Mrs. Davis was the former Lena Alley, daughter of the late Walter P. Alley and Idella Young Alley. She was educated in Nashville public schools and lived here all her life.
    In 1895 she was married to Larned Davis, a Nashville millwright. He died in 1935.
    Mrs. Davis was a member of the Church of Christ.
    She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Charles Jacobs and Miss Frances Davis, both of Nashville, and Mrs. I. G. Harris, Gallatin; two sons, John R. Davis, Nashville, and Walter E. Davis, Brewerton, N.Y.; two sisters, Mrs. John Hudson, Nashville and Mrs. E. B. Howell, Skokie, Ill.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Nashville Tennesseean, 28 September 1956, page 52

DAVIS––Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 1956 at 11 o'clock at her home, 3853 Saunders Ave., Mrs. Lena Davis, survived by three daughters, Mrs. Charles Jacobs and Mrs. I. G. Harris of Gallatin, Miss Frances Davis of this city; two sons, John R. Davis of this city and Walter E. Davis, Brewerton, N.Y.; two sisters, Mrs. John Hudson of this city and Mrs. E. B. Howell of Skokee, Ill., three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Remains rest at the funeral home of Phillips-Robinson Co. where services will be conducted by Paul Yucker at 10:30 a.m. (CDT) tomorrow. Pallbearers will be J. Webb Wherry, Casey Hutson, Hugh Hutson, Buford Hutson, Austin Hutson and Raymond Alley.

Lena (Alley) Davis was the mother of Walter Enloe Davis, the second husband of my great-grandmother Anna Gertrude Tarkington.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Shopping Saturday: C. J. Dahlquist's Shoe Shop

My 2nd-great-grandfather Carl Johan/Charles John Dahlquist was a shoe dealer. In 1895, he went into business with Axel Swenson. Their shoe shop, called Swenson & Dahlquist, was located at 6031 State Street, Chicago, Illinois. By 1902, the store had moved to 511 W. 63rd Street, Chicago. It was located in the Englewood neighborhood.

Englewood Times, 10 March 1905, page 1

 Englewood Times, 15 September 1905, page 2

 Englewood Times, 29 September 1905, page 1

In 1906,  Axel Swenson sold his share of the business to Swan J. Burkdahl, and the store's name was changed to Burkdahl & Dahlquist.

Englewood Times, 9 March 1906, page 8

A surgical chiropodist was available at the store from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

 Englewood Times, 21 June 1907, page 1

By 1909, the store was called Dahlquist & Son. The store remained at the same location, but after Chicago's streets were renumbered, the address changed to 409 W. 63rd Street. He worked with his older son Carl Frederick Dahlquist until 1917, when Carl Frederick began working as a contractor. His younger son Martin Luther Dahlquist also worked at the shoe store.

 Englewood Times, 13 May 1910, page 1

Chicago Tribune, 29 September 1912, page 6

 Englewood Times, 14 May 1915, page 9

Englewood Times, 18 June 1915, page 11

Englewood Times, 14 April 1916, page 1

 Englewood Times, 8 September 1916, page 1

 Englewood Times, 24 November 1916, page 1

Englewood Times, 15 December 1916, page 1

In 1918, the shop displayed some World War I souvenirs in its window. They were provided by Corporal Walter D. North, who had attended Englewood High School.

Englewood Times, 29 November 1918, page 1

On 30 July 1919, Martin Luther Dahlquist died as a result of a ruptured appendix. Not long afterward, C. J. Dahlquist sold his shoe business.

 Englewood Times, 29 August 1919, page 1

Englewood Times, 12 September 1919, page 8

Peter P. Hokamp purchased the shoe business, and the store reopened on October 4, 1919.

Englewood Times, 3 October 1919, page 8

Although he had sold his shoe business, C. J. Dahlquist continued working at the store.

Englewood Times, 24 June, 1921, page 1

Friday, January 29, 2016

Kansas Day

On 29 January 1861, Kansas was admitted to the Union. Kansas Day, which commemorates this anniversary, has been celebrated since 1877. Students in L. G. A. Copley's class in Paola, Kansas gathered as much information as they could about Kansas and on 29 January 1877, they drew the state seal and maps on the blackboard, gave speeches, and asked and answered questions about Kansas history. The following year, his class again studied Kansas history on January 29. Copley became superintendent of schools in Wichita in 1879, and for the next three years, Kansas Day was observed in the Wichita schools. In 1881, Copley published an article in The Educationist and suggested that other schools try Kansas Day exercises.

In 1882, the Northwestern Kansas Teachers met in Beloit. Copley spoke about Kansas Day, and a Kansas Day booklet was printed. Since then, Kansas Day has been observed in Kansas schools.

Phillipsburg Herald (Phillipsburg, KS), 30 November 1882, page 3

The Governor of Kansas and the Kansas Legislature issue special Kansas Day proclamations. The Kansas state song "Home on the Range" is performed. A Kansas Day cake is presented at the Kansas State Capitol.

My 2nd-great-grandfather's brother Sven T. Anderson (Sven Troedsson) was living in Kansas by 1885. His children probably participated in Kansas Day exercises at school.

Copley, L. G. A.   Kansas Day, Brochure of Information and Exercises for Use in Every Kansas School, Containing Kansas History. Clay Center, Kansas: Dispatch Printing House, 1882. Available from
Kansas Day at the Capitol
Kansas Historical Society. Kansas Day.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Those Places Thursday: Tate Springs

Tate Spring Hotel. 1940. Tennessee Valley Authority. Information Office. Record Group 142: Records of the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1918 - 2000. Series: Kodak Negative File, compiled 1933 - 1976. NAIL Control Number: NRCA-142-INF001-12528I. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. ARC Identifier 281360. Public domain. Available from U.S. National Archives and Wikimedia Commons.

On 17 June 1899, my 2nd-great-grandfather's sister Jennie Tarkington and brother Thomas Tarkington left for Tate Springs, a health resort in East Tennessee.

Nashville American, 18 June 1899, page 3

In 1865, Samuel Tate bought 25,000 acres of land around a mineral spring in Bean Station, Grainger County, Tennessee. He built a Victorian-style hotel large enough to hold 500 people and opened the Tate Springs resort. In the 1870s, the resort was purchased by Thomas Tomlinson.

 Nashville American, 11 June 1899, page 1

 Nashville American, 11 June 1899, page 8

The water was said to have healing properties. It was prescribed by doctors and was sold and shipped all over the world.

 Alamance Gleaner (Graham, NC), 19 May 1887, page 3

Evening Index (Greenwood, SC), 5 July 1900, page 8

Daily Arkansas Gazette, 24 July 1903, page 4

Tate Springs water was exhibited in the Knoxville and Agricultural buildings at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

Nashville American, 1 May 1897, page 22

The hotel was enlarged in 1898, 1900, and 1905. It could then hold 600 people. The resort had coal-powered generators which produced steam heat and electricity. By the early 1900s, Tate Springs had 35 to 40 outbuildings, a ballroom, stables, a swimming pool, a billiards room, tennis courts, a golf course, and a 100-acre park.

Nashville American, 20 June 1909, page 24

Nashville Tennessean and Nashville American, 7 May 1911, page B6

In 1917, a cottage at Tate Springs cost $17.50 to $21.00 per week. A hotel room cost $21.00 to $24.50 per week. Cottages and rooms with private baths cost slightly more. Some people were permanent residents at Tate Springs.

Nashville Tennessean, 14 July 1922, page 14

The hotel closed in 1936, and the resort closed in 1941. The springhouse still remains and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tate Springs Springhouse and Gazebo, Bean Station, Tennessee. 17 May 2015. Photo by Brian Stansberry [CC BY 3.0 (]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

Bean Station TN - our history
Philips, Bud. Tate Springs was once a popular health resort. Bristol Herald Courier, 18 July 2010.
Tate Springs Resort and Hotel 1865-1941
Tate Springs Springhouse
"Tate Springs Water: Handsome Exhibit to Be Made in Two Buildings at the Centennial." Nashville American, 1 May 1897, page 22.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. As I did last year, I would like to honor the memory of my first cousin Nicholas' great-grandfather Isaac Birenzweig, his daughters, and any other family members of his that perished in the Holocaust. Isaac is listed on the B page of the necrology list of the WE REMEMBER TOMASZOW MAZOWIECKI! Web site. Isaac and his family were from was from Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland. They were among the 16,000 Jews from Tomaszów Mazowiecki were sent to Treblinka. 4,000 Jews were also killed locally.

Synagogue in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, built in 1864-1878. Image circa 1914-1918. Published 20 August 1927. „Echo Mazowieckie” 1927, R. 2, nr 33, s. 14. Public domain. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Australia Day

Lotterywest Skyworks, Applecross, Western Australia. 26 January 2006. Photo by By Nachoman-au [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

January 26 is Australia Day. The day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain at Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788, and the raising of the British flag at Port Jackson by Arthur Phillip, the first governor of New South Wales. The First Fleet consisted of eleven ships: six convict transport ships (Alexander, Charlotte, Friendship, Lady Penrhyn, Prince of Wales, and Scarborough) three food and supply transport ships (Borrowdale, Fishburn, and Golden Grove), and two Royal Navy escort ships (HMS Sirius and HMS Supply).

By 1804, January 26 was called First Landing Day or Foundation Day. Celebrations took place by 1808. The emancipated convicts were especially likely to celebrate. The first official celebration took place in 1818. January 26 was declared a public holiday in 1838. Until 1888, the day was celebrated in New South Wales, but in 1888, other Australian colonies joined New South Wales in the celebration, which was called Anniversary or Foundation Day. In 1994, January 26 became a public holiday, Australia Day, in all Australian states and territories.

Australia Day events include picnics, barbecues, outdoor concerts, parades, fireworks, festivals, and boat races.

My 2nd-great-grandfather's brother Ola Peter Troedson immigrated to Australia in 1871.

Arthur Phillip
Australia Day
Australia Day: History 
Australia Day: Timeline
First Fleet

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mappy Monday: Provinces of the San Martín Region in Peru

Provinces of the San Martín region in Peru. By AgainErick (GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

This map shows the provinces of the San Martín region in Peru. My sister-in-law's mother's side of the family is from Saposoa, which is in the province of Huallaga.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Edward T. Anderson

St. Petersburg Times, 3 December 1965, page 17-B

ANDERSON  – Mr. Edward T. Anderson, 83, of 4327 Fourth Ave. N., passed away Thursday (Dec. 2, 1965). He moved to St. Petersburg 18 years ago from his native Chicago, Ill. He retired as secretary in the Chicago Treasurer's Office after 25 years service. He was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Petersburg. Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Ellen V.; son, Earl T., Houston, Tex.; daughter, Mrs. Henry C. Gatlin, Ridgewood, N.J.; a brother, Reuben A., Chicago; sister, Mrs. Esther Kellman, Selah Wash.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 4, 1965) in the Downs-Ford Chapel, 1045 Ninth Ave. N., with the Rev. L. F. Gerhart officiating. Interment services will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Friends may call to pay their respects from 9 a.m. Friday until the time of service Saturday at the Downs-Ford Chapel.

My great-grandfather Edward Theodore Anderson was born on 10 August 1882 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Andrew T. Anderson (Andreas Troedsson) and Marthe Elisabeth Erickson (Eriksdatter). He married Ellen Victoria Dahlquist on 20 June 1910 in Chicago. They had two children: Helen Martha Marie Anderson (my paternal grandmother), born  27 September 1911, and Earl Theodore Anderson, born 7 July 1917. Edward and Ellen moved to St. Petersburg, Florida about 1947. He died at New Fern Restorium in St. Petersburg on 2 December 1965. He was buried on 4 December 1965 in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


The Blizzard of 2016 has buried my house in snow. There is so much snow that I can only open the side door (the one I use) an inch or two. I shoveled the front and back steps, but the rest is still there. I got a text from my town that said that 24-30 inches of snow were expected. The storm could break New Jersey records.

My backyard

I have lived through other major snowstorms. After the Blizzard of 1996 struck, I did not leave my apartment for four days. When all the snow melted, the roof leaked and water poured down my ceiling. I had to move out of my first apartment.

My ancestors experienced many snowstorms. On 17 March 1892, Nashville, Tennessee experienced its biggest snowstorm, which brought 17 inches of snow.

Daily American (Nashville, TN), 18 March 1892, page 4

St. Louis, Missouri experienced a severe ice storm in December 1924. Three-quarters of the state of Missouri was covered by ice for the last half of December. When this happened, my maternal grandmother Margaret Ann Schneider was thirteen years old, and my maternal grandfather John Boe was sixteen years old.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 19 December 1924, page 1

My ancestors in Chicago, Illinois also experienced snowstorms, such as the one in January 1918, which at that time was the worst blizzard in Chicago's history (it is now the 10th worst). My paternal grandmother Helen Martha Marie Anderson was six years old, and my paternal grandfather Henry Cornelius Gatlin was seven years old.

Chicago Daily Tribune, 7 January 1918, page 1

Chicago Daily Tribune, 7 January 1918, page 1

Porter County, Indiana experienced a bad snowstorm at the end of 1927.

Vidette-Messenger (Valparaiso, IN), 31 December 1927, page 1

The Children's Blizzard, also known as the Schoolhouse Blizzard, struck Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho on 12 January 1888. It was the deadliest blizzard in Minnesota history. Many of the victims were schoolchildren.

Saint Paul Globe, 14 January 1888, page 1

Some of my ancestors were living in Swift County, Minnesota at that time. Benson is the county seat.

Saint Paul Globe, 14 January 1888, page 1

Friday, January 22, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Flag Day - Québec

The flag of Québec, Canada, flying in downtown Montréal. 4 July 2008. Photo by Makaristos [Public domain]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

On 21 January 1948, the flag of Québec, called the Fleurdelisé, was adopted. It has four fleurs-de-lis (which symbolize purity), a blue field (which symbolizes Heaven), and a white cross. It was first shown at the Parliament Building in Québec City, on the day of its adoption.

On Flag Day, National Societies and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Societies organize activities to promote the Fleurdelisé.

Although I do not have French-Canadian ancestors (as far as I know), some of my ancestors lived in Montreal from the late 1870s to the early 1890s.

Flag of Quebec