Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jamesburg, NJ, 1949 Kindergarten Class Photo

Back row:  Henry Kowaleski, Michael Route, Peter Lief, Bobbie Richards, Jackie Rhoades, Richard Kolbush, Lew Emens & Eugene Tonkery        
Front row:  Nancy Davison, Linda Yetman, -?- ,-?-, Joan Collins, Barbara Sudowsky, Carol Jorgenson, Jane Davies, Janet McCarty       Teacher:  Miss Davison

Monday, January 28, 2013

26 Years Ago Today: Remembering the Space Shuttle Challenger

On this day in 1986, we lost the space shuttle Challenger and her crew.

Crew members of mission STS-51L stand in the White Room at Pad 39B. From the left: McAuliffe, Jarvis, Resnik, Scobee, McNair, Smith and Onizuka.
Picture Source: NASA Kennedy Space Center.

The explosion occurred 73 seconds into the flight as a result of a leak in one of two Solid Rocket Boosters that ignited the main liquid fuel tank.

"I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen," he said. "It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them."   President Ronald Reagan

Click here to learn more about the individuals on Challenger:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Otho Casteel of Gambier, Knox, Ohio

Source: History of Knox County, Ohio...
by Albert Adams Graham
Available on GoogleBooks
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Military Service Dates for Steven Hack Identified

U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs 

Name:Steven Hack
Birth Date:20 Aug 1907
Death Date:8 Jan 2000

Branch 1:NAVY
Enlistment Date 1:20 Nov 1943
Release Date 1:24 Nov 1945

I knew that G-Uncle Steve Hack served as a SeaBee in the Navy, but a recent search on gave me the date range I was looking for to help define his record.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

1797 Virginia Land Grant Issued to Larkin Hensley

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Virginia State Land Grant issued  to Larkin Hensley on 4 Sept 1797, referencing a land warrant granted in 1782, for 89 acres in Washington County,Virginia, on Ketron's Fork, a branch of Cove Creek, on the waters of the North Fork of Holston River.  This area became part of Scott County in 1815, where a court case regarding this tract of land was filed by the heirs of Larkin Hensley in 1819.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Robert & Bernice Welcheck

Robert J. Welcheck Jr
son of Robert Joseph & Sylvia G. Welcheck
m. Bernice Nyman on 31 Dec 1946

(Photo source: findagrave)
Spring Cemetery
Springboro, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Jesse Crouch 1760-1841

Jesse Crouch
b. 1760 in Stafford Co., Virginia
m. Mary Sarah Nance
d. Dec 1841 Washington Co., Tennessee

Below is the two-story log home of our 4th great-grandfather, Jesse Crouch, located in Boone's Creek, Tennessee, just north of Johnson City.