Thursday, October 17, 2013

125-year-old Wedding Gift Returns Home to Family


"An engraved silver set of a covered sugar bowl, creamer, and spooner (for holding teaspoons) was purchased in an antique store in Texas. Through online research and phone calls, it was determined it was a wedding present for Andrew and Maria Ylvisaker, married December 1, 1888. The set was sent to Dolly Ylvisaker in March. Her husband, John, was Andrew and Maria’s grandson."  News-Record & Zumbro Shopper

Read the complete article here:
125-year-old wedding gift returns to Zumbrota family
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

City Directory Provides More than a Residence

I was finally able to locate a death date for Francois Xavier Turgeon by following him in a sequence of city directories for New Bedford, Massachusetts. Listed below in the 1924 New Bedford City Directory is the entry for F. Xavier Turgeon stating that he had died the previous year on January 15.

Also listed are several of his adult children with spouses and occupations.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: John & Sarah (Dean) Clements of Knox, Ohio

John and Sarah (Dean) Clements came to the United States from England with their family in September 1828 and resided in Ohio. They are buried at Kenyon College Cemetery in Gambier, Knox, Ohio. 

Wife of John Clements 
Died June 5, 1842 Aged 53 Yrs 9 Mo 2 da

John Clements 
Died April 7 1863 Aged 83 Yrs 10 Mo 9 Da

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Friday, October 4, 2013

WWII Draft Registration Card for Creed Casteel

WWII draft cards from the Fourth Registration were often referred to as the "Old Man's Draft" because it registered men who were 45 to 64 years old at the time.

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