Who needs traffic laws?
The first track from Airs' Moon Safari album, accompanied by scenes from a video shot from a streetcar traveling down Market Street in San Francisco in 1905. Before the earthquake/fire of 1906 destroyed the area. Remarkable footage of the turn of the century lifestyles in California.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
On 4 Jun 1913, Mary Alice Johnstone arrived in Quebec along with her two children, Steven and Ellen and her mother, Mary Coleman. They were on their way to B.C. Canada to meet up with Mary Alice's husband William Johnstone, who had arrived more than a year earlier.
They traveled on the Laurentic, most likely as one of the 1,000 third class passengers. Four years later the Laurentic would meet a fateful end when it was sunk by a mine on 25 Jan 1917 off the coast of Ireland, killing 350 passengers.
The Johnstones would remain in B.C. until 1916, when they emigrated to MT, where they would live the rest of their lives.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Nävlinge, Kristianstad, Sweden The name of her town and parish came from Swedish Emigration Records found on Ancestry.com. She left Eljaröd, Nävlinge, Kristianstad, Sweden in 1891 to move to North America with her final destination being Rock Springs WY. This information came from the Swedish church records at Ancestry.com. She married Gust Borgreen on 5 Dec 1891 and a gentleman named A. Felt was a witness. This found on the marriage certificate. We then lose track of the family until we can pick up the trail again in MT on the 1900 census where they live with their four oldest children and surprisingly, they live right next door to an Andrew Felt and his family. This is where I decided to pick up the trail of Andrew. Who is he and how is he related to my family? The 1900 census shows that Andrew, his wife and oldest child came to WY in 1890, just one year before Johanna. We know that Gust was already in WY at that time. Several of Andrew's children were born in WY according to the census. So I tracked the whole family back and forth through time and found that those WY births had occurred in Rock Springs. I have yet to find Andrew and his family's immigration papers. But I continue to search. I also continue to search for Johanna in Swedish church records. Hopefully, one day I'll find the birth register I'm looking for. I'm also searching forward in time. I'm looking at Gust and Johanna's children, along with Andrew's children, and their children hoping to find a living descendant who might know just a bit more than me. I still don't know if Andrew is actually related. It would seem that he must be and based on their ages, I suspect he's a brother. But until I have proof in hand, I can only speculate. Come on Johanna. Give it up.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
|Red Cross Sewing Club 1917|
Katherine Marxer and her daughters, along with many other area women belonged to the Pleasant View Red Cross Sewing Club.
The Red Cross Sewing Club was organized during WWI to aid the war effort. Knitting socks, sweaters and mufflers for soldiers and rolling bandages were the main projects. The club disbanded at the end of the war.
This photo was taken outside the Joseph Marxer home.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Grandma, please tell me all you remember of your life as a child. Tell me how you met Grandpa, and what was Mom like as a child? Ms. Burnett, I've idolized you since before I can remember. Where did that wicked humor come from? What was it like to be a pioneer of women in entertainment? Teach me how to do the Tarzan yell. Mrs. Woody, I've studied what I can of your life, but I need to know more. Tell me everything. Mrs. Obama, how do you stay so poised
and balanced and approachable? Mother Teresa, your spirit and capacity for love is awe inspiring. Where does that come from and how can I be more like you?
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
|Katherine (Wanger) Marxer|
|Johanna "Jennie" (Felt) Borgreen|
I'm not sure if or how any of my female ancestors served their church, but some research of church records in Great Falls will probably tell the tale. I'll add that to my list of things to look for in the future.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This is Johan August "Gust" Johansson Berggren's certificate for moving out. Gust was a 20 year old bachelor at the time he left Ossjo Westergard, Ljunga parish in the county of Kronobergs, Sweden in 1883 and headed to America.Though considered a minor, he was free to marry at this age. According to the document, he'd had cowpox, was able to read, had a passable knowledge of Christianity and was entitled to Holy Communion. It also states that he'd "been on the interrogations and was enjoying civic trust". He was too young to have completed military service, was registered for the census and was planning to move to America. The document is dated 9 Jun 1883 and is signed by his pastor...last name Svenson
transcription provided by Yvonne Henriksson
Are you wondering why I chose the document of a man to answer this blogging prompt for Women's History month?
Sometimes the women's stories are found between the lines of their father's or husband's stories. This document, which has been in my family's possession for decades, held the clues to a host of other pieces of the puzzle. No one could read the document and I'm fairly certain that no one tried. It was kept safely in a bundle of other "important family papers" but remained a mystery until it was posted online with a plea for help. When the translation arrived in my email, the floodgates opened and the hunt was on. It's slow going with this brickwall ancestor and his wife. But I will chip away at that wall, one little chunk at at time until I find what I'm looking for.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
|Prayer book of Johanna "Jennie" (Felt) Borgreen|
|Inside cover of Jennie Borgreen's prayer book|
|Jennie Borgreen's prayer book|
re-enactor and one of my "characters" is a woman who lived in my community from 1870-1919. She was the second school teacher here and started the first Sunday school. She was instrumental in the founding of the Episcopal church and her husband became the first mayor of our town and served many years as a judge. This prayer book serves as a prop for my reenacting and as long as no one asks to see it close up, my secret is safe.
I hope that Great Grandma Borgreen would be happy to know that her little prayer book was still being used and appreciated and that from time to time it was getting out into the world and serving a new purpose, rather than languishing in a drawer or box in some dark corner.
Friday, March 4, 2011
|Marriage certificate of Edward and Marie Marxer|
They were married on 24 Feb. 1936 at St. Ann's Cathedral in Great Falls MT. It was a small family wedding. The bride's maid was Louise Marxer, Edward's sister, and the best man was Mike Reddish. The wedding day was cold and the snow deep. The bride's bouquet of roses was frostbitten in the cold. The wedding party headed out to the ranch in the early afternoon. The car made it as far as Eden than needed to be towed by a team of horses the rest of the way. When they arrived at the house the whole community was there to greet the new bride. They played games, told round stories and tall tales and sang songs. Later they rolled the carpet up and pushed the furniture out of the way for an impromptu dance in the living room. They partied until the wee hours of the morning.
This story was told by Edward and Marie in the county history "A Century In The Foothills 1876-1976"
|Marriage certificate of Joseph and Katherine Marxer|
|Joseph and Katherine Marxer|
|Marriage certificate of Carl and Ellen Borgreen|
|Ellen "Nell" (Johnstone) Borgreen|
|Marriage certificate of August "Gust" and Johanna "Jennie" (Felt) Borgreen|
|Gust and Jennie Borgreen in later years|