Thursday, November 29, 2012

Occupation: Doffer

A doffer is someone who clears full bobbins and spindles holding spun fiber such as cotton or wool from a spinning frame and replaces them with empty ones.  In the textile mills this work required speed and dexterity rather than strength and was often done by children.  Modern textile mills now utilize doffing machines.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The 1907 Bacon/Robinson Marriage License

The Marriage License Application of 
Rose B. Bacon,
daughter of John N. Bacon & Lucinda A. Ribble,
George T. Robinson
 - both of Hettick IL 
but marrying in Clayton, St. Louis, Missouri.
16 March 1907

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day: Remembering Those Who Served

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Honoring our Veterans; Helping our Wounded

Wounded Warrior Project 
Honoring our Veterans Today and Everyday

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Click here if you would like to make a gift in honor or memory of an individual.

"After suffering debilitating injuries in combat, wounded warriors are still a source of inspiration for others, telling their stories about struggle, resilience, and overcoming. The achievements of these men and women will be honored this Veterans Day." 
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Hickory Nut Cake - A 1913 'Necessity of the Season'

An old-fashioned hickory nut cake recipe that
 'comes straight down from Colonial times'
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mourning Jewelry

In Death Lamented

Memorial jewelry consisting of  rings, brooches, pendants, and other jewels, some of which even contained hair, was worn to commemorate the death of a loved one. This Massachusetts Historical Society exhibition and website shows many interesting examples of the ways in which our ancestors mourned.
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

The 1950 KSU Tennis Team

1950 Kent State University Tennis Team

James Casteel - top left
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