November 26, 2015

Tracing The Tribe – Genealogists Helping Genealogists

Siddur or Jewish Book of Prayer

A few days ago I had a question about the correct terminology for a Hebrew/English book I had, and remembered that Schelly Talalay Dardashti has Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog in my Geneabloggers group.  I haven’t met a genealogist yet who isn’t willing to help out anyone, so I asked for her assistance.  A big “thank you” to Schelly!

Schelly told me it’s “Not a Bible (Torah, Tanakh, Chumash)” but a Siddur or Jewish Book of Prayer.  This book was in my mom’s step mother’s possessions and Mom inherited it when Grandma passed away.  I could see that it was in fairly good shape, with the embellishment on the front being of ivory or something like it *, some well-worn red velvet underneath but with a broken clasp.  Schelly said she has two of these and it sounds like hers are in much better condition.

Just for curiosity’s sake, I did a search for similar siddurs and found that the value is around $175 USD.  I’m not selling it or anything, but I was a bit surprised at the asking price.

My step grandma was Lillian Vera Epstein b. 1904 Minneapolis, MN; d. 1975 Everett, WA.  We called her Grandma Eppy.  She was the second wife of my grandfather, Elvin Bernhard Moline and they lived in Seattle, WA for many years. “Al” Moline was a lumber salesman, the son of a furniture maker from Orebro, Sweden.

* As it turns out, it’s Ivorine.

The Home Friend 1909: Sears House Plans

The Home Friend 1909: Sears, Roebuck and Company

House Plans


The Sears Catalog is long gone now, and at the end they were certainly not selling houses, but as you can see from this 1909 ad in the Home Friend they had a running concern for them at that time. How many of you live in a house built with Sears home plans?

The Curtis Company, Clinton, Iowa

While Sears was making plans, two hundred miles away in Clinton, Iowa the Curtis Lumber Company was churning out wooden bullseye rosette blocks that you might have seen in some of those Sears houses. I’m sure many of us have seen them even in old houses today. It’s hard to believe that at one time Clinton, Iowa, a town on the Mississippi River, was known as a mill town rather than the industrial city it is now.

Between the late 1850’s and 1900, the Clinton area was regarded as the sawmill capital of the nation.  Huge log rafts were floated down river from Wisconsin and Minnesota, cut into lumber at Clinton, then shipped to growing communities east, west, north and south via the river and the railroads.

Clinton Convention & Visitors Bureau • 721 S. 2nd Street • Clinton, Iowa 52732 • 563.242.5702 •

COG 75th Edition: Justice and Independence

Note: Elisha Bailey was in court on this day, 176 years ago!


State of Kentucky

Adair County

On this 1st day of July 1833 personally appeared in open court, before the county court for the County aforesaid now sitting Elisha Bailey a resident of Adair County and state aforesaid, aged 69 years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declarations, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 1st 1832.  That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.

That he entered the service in the spring of 1781 under Capt. Leak in the County of Albemarle and state of Virginia, where he then lived, in the month of April, but does not recollect the particular date of the month. The regiment and number thereof he does not recollect, but the Commander was either General Nelson or Lawson. He was however under the command of both in this tour and the other in a subsequent term, which he will speak about.

That he marched from Albemarle County to Richmond Virginia, then to Cabinpoint, lay there sometime, then marched to Fredericksburg, and was then dischargedby Capt. Leak in writing but his discharge has been long since lost. This tour was three months.

That in a short time after he was discharged and returned home, he engaged as a substitute for Zackariah Roberts under Capt. Barnett who was under Colonel Campbell and marched to York and lay there sometime and then marched about through the country to avoid the enemy as we were not at that time strong enough to go into action and then returned to York and there remained until after Cornwallis was taken, at the taking of whom he was present, after which he with others marched to the Maryland line to guard the prisoner’s that far.

He was then discharged but by whom he does not recollect the discharge is however lost. He would here state that the time under Capt. Barnett when he was a substitute for Zackariah Roberts was two months an he got only a verbal discharge, if any. That when he was at the taking of Cornwallis he was under Capt. Leak, the Col. under whom he was he does not recollect, but that Layfayette and General Washington were the Commander-in-Chief, that this last tour under Capt. Leak was about three months and he received a verbal discharge but from whom he does not recollect.

He states that in the first tour under Capt. Leak he served three months. The second tour he was under Capt. Barnett & Col. Campbell two months. The third tour under Capt. Leak three months, making in all eight months he served.

That he was born in the year 1764 the month not recollected. He has no record of his age. He lived in Albemarle County, Virginia after his service several years, the exact time he cannot recollect. He then removed to the County of Lincoln in the State of Kentucky lived there sometime, then removed to the County of Adair where he now resides.

That he is known in his neighborhood to Harrison M. Gill, Alex Walker and Jackson Atkins. That he has no documentary evidence that he knows of, no person living by whom he can prove his service. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension and annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension Rolls of the agency of any state.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid

Elisha Bailey

We Samual Wilson, a clergyman residing in the County of Adair and Charles Scaggs, residing in the same county, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Elisha Bailey, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration. That we believe him to be 69 years of age, that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid

Samuel Wilson

Charles Scaggs

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department
(rest is missing)

Certificate of Pension was issued September 23,1833 at $26.66 per year. Recorded in Book 6, Volume 7, Page 4

Wisdom Wednesday – Family Wit And Words


As I began making banana bread today using Mom’s recipe I retraced the steps I’ve always used to begin any baking project.  Mom taught me to look at the recipe, get out all the ingredients and utensils and get everything lined up before I began. Oh, and just for good measure, I read the recipe one more time.  In the “old days” we also used to turn on the oven to preheat and let it get warmed up. I have a gas stove and the oven takes very little time to heat now, and most likely saves money in the process.

As long as I had the oven going, I stirred up six of each,  blueberry and apple chunk muffins. As I combined all the ingredients for each baked item I put the canisters away, wiping them off as needed, or refilling them if they were low.  When everything was done baking and on the cooling racks I had to rest up a bit.  One batch of anything is usually enough for one day, but three different things…that did me in.  Mom always ran a sink full of hot soapy water so as we’d get done with a bowl or spoon, etc., we could just put it in to soak and it would be easier to clean later.

As I went along today I could ‘hear’ Mom reminding me to do all these things. I’m probably not a lot different than many other cooks in my age group. Some things have changed though. We didn’t have Pam in Mom’s day, so we’d have to butter the pans with Crisco or actual butter if we had it.  Mom always used margarine and I remember she would always keep the outer paper to butter pans or cookie sheets.  She grew up during the depression era and there wasn’t much that went to waste.

One of our family stories that Dad would tell on Mom was “remember the time you bought all that firewood…? It was all cedar and Mom was fairly new at buying things like wood.  She went to business college in Seattle, but they don’t teach you to buy a mixture of wood types like madrona, fir and some cedar for hot fires and kindling.  She was a whiz at shorthand and typing, but had a lot to learn about living in the boonies.  At least she never had to cook on a wood stove.  I know people swear by them, but she probably thought of herself as Donna Reed rather than Ma Kettle.

I didn’t learn everything about cooking from just my mom.  Almost everyone I have met along the way in my life has given me witty ideas and wisdom that was passed on down to them too.

My mother-in-law taught me that when you’re making homemade tomato soup that ‘red into white and you’ll always be right”.

My friend Debby showed me how to combine mustard, ketchup, pork and beans, brown sugar and onions and ham to make the most tasty baked beans ever.  Over the years I’ve tweaked the recipe, adding little smokies or putting in BBQ sauce with the ketchup.

Grandma Josie said that if you start a fire in the woodstove to bake bread to begin with cedar for a hot fire when you put the loaves in, then as the fire dies down, add a piece of madrona because it burns for a long time with an even heat. Adding just a little fir will round it out nicely.  When Grandma would back yeast rolls for dinner I remember she would always have a little shortening melted in the bottom of the pan and as she put each roll in she would flip it over so it would have some oil on the top to brown the rolls.

One last memory I remember I learned from my father-in-law.  He said, whenever you’re in a bar make sure you never have an empty beer bottle.  If you get into a bar fight you don’t want to grab an empty one because when you go to hit it on the edge of the bar to break off the end to use as a weapon it’ll just shatter.  Partially full ones break leaving some nasty jagged points on the end and are much more effective.  See what you can learn by just listening to your elders?  Luckily, I’ve not had to use that bit of wit so far in my life.

I’m participating in Wisdom Wednesday, daily blogging theme used by writers to add content to their sites.  Geneabloggers is one of those sites. Pay Thomas a visit and see what his offering is for today.

“To participate in Wisdom Wednesday simply create a post in which you share words of wisdom about any number of things including weddings, marriage, children, work, and so on.  A post  could include such things as favorite sayings of grannies, superstitions, that sort of thing.  Words of wisdom should have their origins in the past and have been passed on from generation to generation.

A special thanks to Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman of On a Flesh and Bone Foundation: An Irish History for suggesting Wisdom Wednesday as a daily blogging theme!”

Wishing you all a very safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.