March 3, 2015

Mary Holmes of Oregon City Joins The Prohibition Movement

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They Wanted No Alcohol in Oregon Territory

When I became aware that the Ken Burns series Prohibition was going to be aired, it reminded me that in my research of the William Livingston Holmes family of Oregon City, OR I had run across this letter signed by several ladies of the Oregon City area supporting the cause of Temperance.

The document refers to Oregon Territory as the location in which they reside, so this letter to the Oregon Legislature had to be written between August 14, 1848 and February 14, 1859.  This document predates the actual Prohibition Act of 1919.

Admittedly, I haven’t studied this document recently, and I’m only familiar with one signature on it, that of M. A. L. C. Holmes who was the wife of William Livingston Holmes. If you’ve read any of the previous Holmes articles you will remember that W. M. Holmes was the sheriff of Oregon Territory at one time.

Tombstone Tuesday: David and William Holmes

Find A Grave Is Making Grave Mistakes

 

Tumwater High School 50 Year Reunion 2011

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An all years Tumwater High School (WA) reunion is coming up soon for all alumni. Here’s a copy of the email I received today from Kim Marquette. Please download the fact sheet at the end of this article.

THS 50th Celebration Reminder

Please mark your calendar for the 50th Celebration of Tumwater High School…We have many fun activities planned for 3 days of celebration, September 16-18, 2011 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Please see the attached flyer regarding planned activities.  If you are interested in the 5K run or the golf tournament please get registered ASAP.

If you are interested in purchasing 50th merchandise please go to the THS website and follow the link to Winning Seasons.  We also have merchandise available in the ASB office here at Tumwater.

We hope to see you there!  Please forward this email to all your alumni friends.

For any questions please feel free to contact me at the number below.

Kim Marquette

Tumwater High School

Athletic/Administrative Secretary

700 Israel Road SW

Tumwater, WA 98501

360.709.7601

360.709.7602 fax

 

THS 50th Fact Sheet (PDF file)

You Know You Are From Tumwater, WA If…

Please Come Join This New Tumwater Group On Facebook

I’ve created a new group on Facebook for those of us who grew up in Tumwater, Washington.  The name of it is You Know You’re From Tumwater, WA If… and it’s an open group. I was born in the 50’s when Tumwater was still a popular stop on the Old 99 Highway so I remember some of the old businesses and a few of the people around town.

My Background

My brother Dave and I grew up on Dennis Street where we seemed to have the run of the area for miles around once we both got bikes. We both went to Tumwater schools from K-12 so we also remember quite a few of the kids we went to school with too.  I went to Michael T. Simmons grade school for the first grade (Mrs. Dalrymple) and then for all the other elementary years I went to Peter G. Schmidt grade school located on Old 99 and East Dennis Street. For junior high it was back to M. T. Simmons for two years and then Tumwater High School (within walking distance for me) for the next four years.

Anyway, if you remember anything about living in Tumwater how about joining the group and sharing your memories with us?

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Whitmore – Miller in Macon County, IL History

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Macon County, Illinois History – First Marriage

Formed in 1829, the county of Macon in Illinois was where our ancestor John Parlen Whittmore wed Delilah Miller, their’s being the first marriage in Macon on 20 January 1829.  John who was born in either Connecticut or Massachusetts was the son of Sarah Parlin and Josiah Whittmore most likely of Massachusetts.  Whittmore Twp. is named for John P. Whittmore (see Place Names of IL – Edward Callery; page 375).

John W. Whitmore – Medal of Honor Recipient (USA – Civil War)

John and Delilah Miller Whitmore were the parents of nine children, one of which was John W. Whitmore b. 03 July 1844, m. 05 Nov. 1865 Des Moines County, Iowa.  John was served in the Civil War as a Private, Company F in the 119th IL Infantry and was the recipient of the Medal of Honor for capturing a flag.

*Note – The death date on his headstone is incorrect, as he died February 26, 1913.  The VA who supplied the stone was given the wrong year by the man who arranged the MOH Ceremony for a veteran’s group.  The stone and ceremony were placed and attended respectively in 1997.

In his lifetime, after the war, two of his homes burned and it is entirely possible that the actual medal was consumed in one of the fires.   We do still have documentation of his service, and his cemetery headstone at the Shinar Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Grove, IA gives further proof.

Most recently, one of our Wilkerson cousins was instrumental in getting John Whitmore’s photo and military record on display at the Hall of Valor at Ft. Benning, GA Infantry Museum.  John’s photo in the museum is only one of 27 currently shown.  Illinois should be proud of her native son. It’s highly unusual for a Private to have been awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War.  More often, they went to officers.

After the end of the Civil War, John Whitmore married 05 Nov 1865 Mary Elizabeth DeSpain, daughter of John and Mariah Perkins DeSpain also of Pleasant Grove, Iowa.  They were the parents of six children, five of whom lived to maturity.  A daughter, Mariah M. Whitmore married William Henry Wilkerson.

Tombstone Tuesday: The Wilkersons of Pleasant Grove, Iowa

I wasn’t sure how to really title this blog post because it encompasses so many topics: Illinois history, notable ancestors, **The Face Of Genealogy, and military history.

**Applicable article to follow

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