Thursday, December 20, 2012

My New Blog ~ Christmas at Magnolia's Ramblings

I recently started a new blog to feature my own Zazzle gift shop. I am also including cards and gifts from several other zazzle shops. Please stop by for a visit at Magnolia's Ramblings Blog

I opened my Zazzle store in late 2010 and have gradually added to it for the past two years. My interests range from floral and graphic design to vintage and genealogy items.

My most popular cards and gifts for this holiday season include this delightful vintage red train engine.

May your Christmas holidays be as bright and cheerful as this big red train engine!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Warren Hull - Died Age 16 Years

Warren Hull was born January 29, 1822 and then died July 9, 1838, Candor, Tioga County, New York, He is the son of Russell Hull (1789-1863) and Eunice Hull (1794 - 1858). Young Warren Hull was only 16 years old when he died.

His father, Russell, was the fifth of the twelve children of Freelove (Kelsey) and Samuel Hull. Russell was the brother of my Great Great Great Grandmother, Catherine (Hull) Gates.

Russell married Eunice Hull. Her maiden name is unknown. They had seven children: James, Warren (1822 - 1838), Edward , Nancy, Harriet, Catherine, and Chancy, all born in Tioga, County, New York..

It appears that young Warren was the first of the 47 Hull family members to be buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Candor, Tioga County, New York.

_______ & EUN___ 
(date illegible)

SOURCE: Photo courtesy of D. S. Find A Grave Member.
NOTE: I have edited (lightened) the photo and have been able to just barely read the inscription above.
This year, 2012, the headstone would be 174 years old. D. S. told me that he made a trip to the old section of the Maple Grove Cemetery to take as many photos of the Hull family that he could find. On the lower right of the photo there appears to be another headstone beside it.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sentimental Sunday ~ Find a Grave and Patch Work Quilts

What does Find a Grave have to do with patch work quilts? Here's my story:

This quilt was made by my paternal grandmother, Ada May (Miller) Gates. Ada made it for her only sister-in-law, Gertie. Ada and Gertie had married two brothers, they had no other siblings. The centre patch is stitched "Mom Mother 1930" and the red patches in the circle have the names of all of Gertie's twelve children. Grandmother Ada made several quilts, probably numbering in the 30's. Some were tucked away (like the one above) and are still treasured today, others were used until they were worn and thread bare. That's what happened to the one given to my parents, it was a bright sunny yellow. As a child I remember sleeping under it; as a mom, my two daughters played with it.

 Now about Find a Grave:
 I became a member in September 2009, posted a few of my ancestors from the late 1800's and early 1900's. Now  I have posted 58 myself and I have had 109 transferred to my care. Although I thought it was interesting, I just didn't realize the value of it as a resource and research tool.

Eventually I found that there were some of my relatives that had been posted by other members from various burial records. Some members have added thousands. For instance I found a woman that told me she had transcribed a cemetery record from a library which included my relatives. She willingly transferred them to me, pleased that they had been claimed by someone who was related.

Now about that quilt::
It seems like the perfect analogy for what I have accomplished at Find a Grave. My previous was post about Nancy Frances (Gates) and Ephriam Duke Eslinger. Not only was I interested in her adopting children at the age of about 75, she was also the step-mother to Ephriam's six children. I wondered who their mother was.  From my handwritten Family Tree, I knew about the six step-children and I knew there were two cemeteries, Burns and Osborn, where the Gates and Eslinger relatives were buried.

So I went to each cemetery on Find a Grave and searched both those surnames. Ephriam and Nancy are buried together in the Osborn Cemetery. They are the only two with that surname. Then I checked the Burns Cemetery and found three Eslinger family members.

Based on the inscriptions, I could see that there were two women who died about 10 years apart. Hannah died 1862, and Mary Ann died 1871, each about the age of 44 years, both the "Wife of E. D. Eslinger." Mary Jane was already identified and linked to Ephriam Duke Eslinger as his wife. Now I assumed that Hannah, who had died even earlier, was also his wife according to the inscription "Wife of E. D. Eslinger."

Finally, there was a little boy, 2 years old, as the only other Eslinger in that cemetery. Hannah, and the little boy both died in 1862. Further information from the Member that had originally posted these burials from the Cemetery Book, concludes that all three of these Eslinger family members are recorded together and inscribed on the same headstone.

So I'm pleased to say that I have linked and "stitched together" this family from so long ago. As well, I have linked together a handful of other families in the same way over the past year.

I highly recommend Find a Grave as a resource tool. Visit Find A Grave Here


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Surname Saturday ~ Gates Eslinger

GATES ~ origins are English, derived from Olde English gates to a property.  There are various spellings.

ESLINGER ~ origins are German, derived from "esl" - keeper of mules and donkeys. Recorded as early as 1200. There are various spellings.
SOURCE: Surname Data Base -

 Oliver Uriah Gates
1802 - 1882
Catherine Hull Webb Gates
1800 - 1875
Handwritten Family Tree - 33 pages
Research and compiled by L. B. (Gates) Greenall (deceased)
Nancy Frances (Gates) Eslinger is my paternal third great aunt. My first source of information on Nancy is from a handwritten Gates Family Tree given to my mother in 1986. It was researched and compiled by my father's first cousin. They were both born in Kansas and emigrated to Canada with their parenst in the early 1900's.

Oliver Uriah Gates 1802-1882 Catherine Hull (Webb) Gates 1800-1875 and their Descendants; page 2.

Nancy Frances Gates
Born November 17, 1829, Candor, Tioga County, New York.
Died November 14, 1913, Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, aged 83 years, 11 months, 17 days.

Nancy was married in 1873 to ~ Ephriam Duke Eslinger (a widower with 6 children)
Born June 2, 1885. Died September 22, 1889, aged 64 years, 8 months, 20 days.
Ephriam and Nancy are buried beside each other in Osborn Cemetery, 2 miles North of Lovilia, Iowa.

Nancy and Ephriam were married 2 years after his first wife Mary Jane had died. In about 1904, Nettie was adopted by Nancy (GATES) ESLINGER. Nancy was a widow at the time and would have been about 75 years old. Her husband Ephriam had died in 1889, 17 years earlier. Probably because of Nancy's own age she referred to herself as Nettie's grandmother instead of her mother.

I was interested in Nancy due to the fact that she had adopted children as a widow and at the late of about 75 years. The child was thought to have been abandoned. This information is included in the handwritten Family Tree, as well as Nancy's Obituary, dated November 20, 1913.
EXCERPT: OBITUARY Lovillia Press, November 20, 1913 :
She leaves two brothers, Levi GATES of Ottumwa and Edward GATES of Flagler, Colorado, also D. W. Masters, who was received into the home when ten years of age and who now lives on the old farm, and Nettie, who was received into the home when about seven years of age. To these hearts she was a true loving mother, their feelings that they indeed had a mother in the fullest sense.

SOURCE OF OBITUARY: S. Stewart member of Find A Grave, Nancy Frances Gates Eslinger Memorial, Find A Grave, November 2012.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ The HULL Family

My third great grandmother is Catherine HULL (1800-1875 aged 75). She was was married to Oliver Uriah GATES (1802-1882 aged 80). Catherine was the daughter of Freelove KELSEY (1758-1841 aged 83) and Samuel HULL I (1755-1840 aged 85).

Freelove and Samuel had twelve children: Jonas, James, Samuel II, Lebbeus, Russell, Electa, Hubbard, Phoebe, Curtis, Catherine, Alanson and Hannah. The eld3est child was born in 1782, the youngest in 1804, a span of twenty-two years. Their mother, Freelove KELSEY, would have been age 24 when her first child Jonas was born and age 46 years when her youngest child, Hannah, was born. Freelove died in 1841, at the age of 83 years. Quite amazing for that era.

Although I have not been able to find a photo of Catherine's tombstone, I know that she is buried at the Burns Cemetery, Center Township, Ottumwa, Iowa - Eddyville Road, two miles West of Ottumwa. (SOURCE: Handwritten GATES and HULL Family Tree; 1984, updated 1986.)

However, I do have photos of some of her siblings. Today I have posted the tombstone of her eldest brother, Jonas HULL. Jonas was eighteen years older than his sister Catherine.

Jonas was born 20 April 1782, Killingworth, New Haven, Connecticut; he died 14 October 1854 aged 72, Candor, Tioga County, New York. Jonas married Charlotte (maiden name unknown).

Oct. 14, 1854
Aged 72 yrs
Maple Grove Cemetery 

Candor, Tioga County, New York

Notice the unique Weeping Willow carved on the headstone.

SOURCES: #1 Handwritten Family Tree - "Oliver Uriah GATES and Catherine HULL - Their Descendants;" dated August 1984. #2 Photo courtesy of a member of Find A Grave, 2011.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Surname Saturday ~ HULL ~ Ancestors and Descendants

The HULL family was a prominent family in the early settling of America. There are records available which show that George HULL came from England in 1630 and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

The reference to the Historical Gazetteer of Tioga County, New York, 1785-1888 was included in the handwritten family tree of my ancestors, Oliver Uriah GATES (1802- 1882) and his wife Catherine HULL (1800-1875). This family tree was compiled by by father's first cousin in 1984.

Historical Gazetteer of Tioga County, New York, 1785-1888
Text: Pages: 181-182
Samuel Hull, son of George Hull, Jr., and a lineal descendant of George Hull, who came from England in 1630 and settled in Dorchester, Mass., was born June 15, 1755, married Freelove Kelsey, June 20, 1781, and reared twelve children, viz.: Jonas, James, Samuel, Lebbeus, Russell, Electa, Hubbard, Pheobe, Curtis, Catharine, Alanson and Hannah. Mr. Hull came to Candor in 1809, and made the first settlement on the farm now owned by his grandson, Nathan T. Hull. Samuel, Jr., was born July 9, 1785, married Sabrina Teall, and had born to him nine children, as follows: James B., Clarissa R., Mary, Lydia M., Samuel, Catharine A., Henry H., Nathan T., and Elizabeth S. Nathan T. was born October 14, 1824, married Ada M., daughter of Daniel Oakley, and six children were born to them, only three of whom are living, namely, Elizabeth G. (Mrs. Hiram Henderson), Mary J. (Mrs. Charles Perkins), of Bradford, Pa., and Daniel O.

SOURCE: Historical Gazetteer of Tioga County, New York, 1785-1888; published by W. B. Gay; W. B. Gay & Company, Syracuse, New York, 1888.

This is an extensive site with history of Redding, home of the HULL family and Mark TWAIN.
The HULL name is included as one of the first settlers (1630+) in Georgetown.

The History of Redding, Connecticut
The Hull Family of Redding, Connecticut (CT)

The Hull Family: Arrived 1629 aboard the `Mary and John.` George HULL born: 1590 in Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England; married: (1) 17 Aug 1614 Thamzen (Thomesene) MICHELL (Daughter of Robert MICHELL; d. Before 1655 in MA or CT) Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England (2) 1655 Sarah, widow David PHIPIN, Boston; d: Aug - Nov 1659 Fairfield, CT; Son of Thomas HULL & Joane PESON a.k.a. Joanne Psying.

Children all by first marriage:
1. Josias bap. 16 Nov 1616 (Crewkerne Eng) m. 1640 Elizabeth LOOMIS (Windsor CT) d. 16 Nov 1675 (Killingworth CT -
(Believe that Josia a.k.a. Josiah is our ancestor.)
2. Marie bap. 27 Jul 1618 (Crewkerne Eng) m. Humphrey PINNEY (CT) d. 20 Aug 1684 (CT)
3. Martha bap. 24 Oct 1620 (Crewkerne Eng)
4. Elizabeth bap. 16 Oct 1625 (Crewkerne Eng) m. Samuel GAYLORD d. 2 May 1680
5. Cornelius bap. 9 Apr 1628 m. 1653 Rebecca JONES d. Sept 1695
6. Naomi - 7 Joshua bap. 5 Nov 1630 (Crewkerne Eng) d. young.

SOURCE: The History of Redding Connecticut;

The Hull Family in America is available to be read online at It includes George Hull, his brother, Rev. Joseph Hull and their descendants. Also included is Richard Hull, of Derbyshire, England, thought not to be related to the brothers.

The Hull Family in America has three main divisions: George Hull and his descendants; his brother, the Reverend Joseph Hull and his descendants; and Richard Hull and his descendants. George and Joseph were sons of Thomas and Joane Pescn Hull, of Somersetshire, England, the earliest known ancestors of the tribe. George was about five years older than Joseph and came to this country five years earlier, in 1630. The relationship of Richard Hull to them, if there is any, is not known. . . .
Page 9.
The Descendants of George Hull
#1. George Hull, 1590-1659, surveyor, Indian trader, magistrate, statesman, and founder of a prominent branch of the Hull family in America, the son of Thomas and Joana Peson Hull of Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England. On August 17, 1614, as shown by the original parish records of the ancient church of Crewkerne village, he was married to Thamzen (Thomasene) Michell, daughter of Robert Michell, a well-to-do yeoman of Stockland in the adjoining shire of Dorset. Stockland is about six miles distant of the village of Crewkerne at or near which the ancestral home of the Hulls was situated and it was probably included within the bounds of Crewkerne parish.
SOURCE: The Hull Family in America, compiled by Col. Charles H. Weygant. Published 1913 by Sun Printing Co., for The Hull Family Association in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Total pages 647.

There are other resources available online for researching the HULL family, I only included a few.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Julia Ann. OAKLEY HULL

Born 1 September 1795, New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut
Died 22 August 1859, Candor, Tioga County, New York 
Buried Maple Grove Cemetery Candor, Tioga County, New York

Julia Ann OAKLEY was the second wife of Samuel HULL Junior.  It is not known when Samuel and Julia Ann were married. However,  Julia would have been at least 48 years old at the time. Julia and Samuel did not have any children.
Samuel HULL Junior is the eldest of the twelve children of Freelove KELSEY and Samuel HULL Senior. Samuel Junior is an older brother of my third great grandmother Catherine HULL, who was born 9th April  1800, Killingworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut. Catherine died 13 April 1875, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa. Catherine's husband was Oliver Uriah GATES.
Now, in 2012, the headstone would be 153 years old. It looks like there is some water damage.

SOURCES: #1 This photo is courtesy of a member of Find A Grave.
#2 Handwritten family tree Oliver Uriah GATES and Catherine HULL; compiled 1984.
#3 Internet research 2003-2012.


Tombstone Tuesday ~ Sabrina TEALL HULL


Born 31 August 1786 Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut 
Died 22 June 1842 Candor, Tioga County, New York
Maple Grove Cemetery,
Candor, Tioga County, New York

Sabrina TEALL was the first wife of Samuel HULL Junior . The couple were married 9 February 1808 in Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut. Sabrina died in 1842 after being married for 34 years to Samuel. The couple had nine children. Sabrina was 55 years, 9 months, 22 days when she died.

Sabrina and Samuel are buried at the Maple Grove Cemeter, Candor, Tioga County, New York. Samuel's second wife, Julia A. OAKLEY. is also buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Samuel HULL Junior is the eldest of the twelve children of Freelove KELSEY and Samuel HULL Senior. Samuel Junior is an older brother of my third great grandmother Catherine HULL, who was born 9th April  1800, Killingworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut. Catherine died 13 April 1875, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa. Catherine's husband was Oliver Uriah GATES.

 SOURCE: #1 This photo is courtesy of a member of Find A Grave.
#2 Handwritten family tree Oliver Uriah GATES and Catherine HULL; compiled 1984.
#3 Internet research 2003-2012.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Samuel HULL Junior

Samuel HULL Junior Born July 9, 1785 ~ Died December 11, 1868
Aged 82 years, 5 months

 Samuel HULL Junior is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Candor, Tioga County, New York. Samuel's parents are Freelove KELSEY and Samuel HULL Senior.

Samuel Junior married twice. In 1808, first to Sabrina TEALL, born 1786 In Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut, she died in 1842 Candor, Tioga County, New York.Sabrina and Samuel had nine children.
Samuel Junior was aged 57 years when his first wife, Sabrina, died in 1842. 

It is not know when Samuel Junior married a second time to Julia Ann OAKLEY. She was born in 1795, New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut and died in 1859 in Candor, Tioga County, New York. Samuel Junior was aged 74 years when Julia Ann died. He out lived Julia by nine years.

Samuel Junior, Sabrina TEALL and Julia Ann OAKLEY are all buried at the Maple grove Cemetery, Candor, Tioga County, New York.

Samuel HULL Junior is the eldest of the twelve children of Freelove KELSEY and Samuel HULL Senior. Samuel Junior is an older brother of my third great grandmother Catherine HULL, who was born 9th April  1800, Killingworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut. Catherine died 13 April 1875, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa. Catherine's husband was Oliver Uriah GATES.

SOURCE: #1 This photo is courtesy of a member of Find A Grave. The HULL family members were transferred to me by the same member in 2011.
#2 Handwritten family tree Oliver Uriah GATES and Catherine HULL; compiled 1984.
#3 Internet research 2003-2012.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Freelove KELSEY and Samuel HULL

Freelove KELSEY and her husband, Samuel HULL, are my third Great Grandparents. Freelove is the daughter of Jonah (1725-1772) & Martha (1727-?) Nettleton Kelsey.
Catharine Hull`s father, Samuel HULL, was a son of George HULL, Jr., and a lineal descendant of George HULL, who came from England in 1630 and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Samuel HULL, was born June 15, 1755, married Freelove KELSEY, June 20, 1781, and reared twelve children.
This family moved from Killingworth, Connecticut, in the fall of 1809, to Candor, Tioga County, New York State, and made their first settlement on a farm.

SOURCE: #1 This information about the lineage of Samuel HULL was recorded in a 33 page handwritten family tree of my father's ancestors. It was researched by his first cousin in 1984 and a copy was given to my Mother in 1986.
#2 - Historical Gazetteer of Tioga County, New York, 1785-1888, compiled & Edited by W. B. Gay, (Published by W. B. Gay & Co., Syracuse, N.Y.), pages 181-182. ~ CG 2011
#3 - Photos were provided courtesy of D. S. who is a member of Find A Grave. When I told him that the HULL family were my ancestors he kindly transferred all that he had to me. I'm assuming that he is not related to the HULL family, but an enthusiastic tombstone photographer. 

 SAMUEL HULL DIED December 9, 1840, aged 85 years 6 months. 
Maple Grove Cemetery, Candor, Tioga County, New York
FREELOVE wife of SAMUEL HULL DIED February 19, 1841, aged 81 years and 5 months.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Workday Wednesday ~ Life's Work Well Done

"HORSE POWER" ~ late 1920's early 1930's
George and Emma JOHNSON ~ farm in Milden, Saskatchewan
The cars are probably their sons' the horse and buggy would be George's.
My Mother told me that he father, George, refused to drive his car during the Depression.
An early environmentalist!
George Albert JOHNSON and Emma CLARK
with one of twenty-two grandchildren
 At their home/farm, Milden, Saskatchewan, 1940
George and Emma's tombstone epitaph:

 Well a lot of my ancestors were farmers. However, along with farming they also were instrumental in building the communities that they settled in.  

pianist and music teacher - piano and violin (1891 Census Canada - at age 17 Emma is listed as a pianist);
pioneer and settler;
Choir Director, Church organist and music director for various community functions; 
Midwife - she assisted the pioneer doctor, a young 20 year old just starting his practice.

In the 1891 Census Canada, at age 17 years old, she was considered to be a piniest. Emma studied music with the Conservatory of Music, Ontario.
In about 1887 or 1888, Emma  and George met at a music recital. She was the dainty, educated young pianist; he was the tall, ruggedly handsome Irish farmer, who loved to sing. Opposites attract. In 1899 they were married in Penetanguishene, Ontario, where she was born.

In 1905, when they settled in their sod house on the barren prairies,  her parents shipped her baby grand piano to them. Little did her parents know that the piano would give them shelter when the roof of their sod house was torn off in a tornado!

In 1911, the Village of Milden was incorporated. For at least 20 years Emma was the only music teacher. She provided music lessons for the children and played the piano and organ at the Methodist/ Presbyterian United Church. She and George were also responsible for the Church choir.
In 1925, silent moving pictures were introduced to Milden. They were shown for five years, until 1930, when the Depression forced the closure of the theatre. Emma played the piano for the silent movies at that time. In 1940, the movies resumed, but now they were 35 millimeter with sound.

In 1912, the second doctor to serve the community was a young man in his early 20's. By then Emma would have been in her mid 30's. My mother told me that Emma was called upon many times to assist the young doctor with pregnancies and births. During the 1918 flu epidemic she also helped to nurse her neighbours.

Mother and Farm wife:
Emma was skilled at knitting and crocheting. My Mother told me that when she or one of her six siblings lost their mittens, there was always a new pair waiting for them in the morning. They had a large garden and had their own livestock. The cold cellar was well stocked with preserves for the winter.
In the 1930's, during the Depression, my Mother told me that there was always a meal for the "hobos" who travelled the rails looking for a days work. During harvesting, Emma always provided their farm hands with substantial meals.

George Albert JOHNSON:
farmer, carpenter, pioneer and settler;
School Board Trustee (founding Member); 
Choir Director (he was an Irish tenor, his wife Emma was the pianist and organist); 
Telephone Company Board Trustee (1923-1940); 
President, Milden Local, Grain Growers Cooperative Association Ltd.; 
well respected neighbour and friend.

Farmer and carpenter:
My maternal grandfather, George Albert JOHNSON, only had a Grade 8 education. That was all that was available in the little community where his Irish parents settled. Of course later, after he had grown up, there was more schooling available for his eight younger siblings. Like his Irish parents, he was a farmer and a carpenter. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Ireland in 1839; his maternal grandparents in 1850. both his father and mother were born in Ontario.

In about 1897 or 1898, George left his parent's farm. He was married to Emma CLARK in 1899, in Penetanguishene, Ontario.

In 1900, at the age of 25 years, he worked on the Locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Carpenter and Labourer:
In 1903, he and his wife Emma (CLARK) moved West to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he worked as a carpenter. My mother thought that he also worked on laying the grade for the railroad as it was built Westward across Canada.

Pioneer and Settler:
In 1905, George and Emma with their first two children, traveled further West to Saskatchewan. I'm not sure how far the train would have taken them, but the end of their journey would have been by a settler's wagon to what would become the farming community of Milden, Saskatchewan. The Canadian Government was giving land to the early settlers. The condition being that they worked the land for three years, then they could pay the $10.00 fee to register their land in their own name. In 1908, after living in a sod house for three years, George had "proved up" his quarter section.

Co-Founder and School Trustee:
In 1907, his two oldest children, ages six and eight years needed to attend school. So he and a few other settlers submitted a request to the Saskatchewan Commissioner of Education to establish a school. It was approved in November 1907. George was appointed a School Trustee on the four member Board. He was appointed to travel by wagon to purchase lumber and the necessary school supplies, desks, chalkboards, etc. He served for thirteen years, from 1908 to 1921.

President, Grain Growers' Cooperative:
January/February 1910, the first Local of the Grain Growers' Cooperative Association Ltd. was formed. George was the first Wheat Pool delegate for an annual convention to represent the Milden community.

Board Member, Milden Telephone Company:
In 1915, the first telephone switchboard was installed in the town drugstore. In 1918, George JOHNSON and my uncle Edmund GATES, were elected to the six-member Board.

Survived 1905 Prairie Grass Fire while helping a neighbouring farmer:
The pioneers and settlers were a close knit community, helping neighbours in their hour of need. In 1905, there was a major prairie grass fire that swept across Saskatchewan. The flames leap more than twenty feet in the air. Grandpa George had gone about a mile to help another farmer set up his fire guard. The fire overtook him and he had no choice but to run over the burnt ground to get back to his sod house where his wife, Emma, and their two small children were. Fortunately he was not badly burnt, however, his did carry some small scars on his hands and face for the rest of his life.

Sources: Personal knowledge; stories my Mother told me; LOOKING BACK - 1905-1965; The History of the Milden Community; published 1966. (Copy given to my parents in 1969.)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday's Potpourri

I have a collection of vintage and ephemera bits and pieces. So I'd like to share some of them with you.

Just right click to download the images Free for you to enjoy.

First is one I found recently on Wikipedia. In keeping with the potpourri theme! 
The one below features Aster blossoms - vintage art from my collection.

I Love to Read

As much as I think that the convenience of being able to take a "library" of your favourite books with you on the mobile devices available is great, I still like to settle in with a good book and see where it takes me. A mug of a tasty drink, maybe some relaxing music in the background may make it even more enjoyable.

 I'm not going to give your a reading list. I just wanted to show you the new button I've added in the upper right corner. Just click the "little boy reading a book" button to go to pick up the code for your own. Enjoy your next good read.

My thanks to the newest of my followers, where I found the "little boy reading a book"  - Paris D'aglion .

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

This cute Valentine is from my collection of vintage postcards and ephemera. The artist is Bernhardt Wall, his art was popular for post cards in the early 1900's. There is a large selection of Valentine's items at my store at Magnolia Vintage. I hope you'll take a peek!