December 19, 2014

Frances Eveline Holmes Miller – Champion Old Fiddler 1937 Iowa State Fair

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Mrs. Frances E. Miller, Des Moines, Iowa – 1937

Frances Eveline Holmes was born 20 February 1865 in Harrison County, Missouri to parents Sarah Ann Fallis and Paul Holmes. Paul was the fifth child of Elizabeth Hensley and David Oliver Holmes, and he was born in Tennessee. “Eva” as she was called married Kendall Miller 26 January 1882 also in Harrison County, Missouri.

And except from the Des Moines (Iowa) Register and Tribune 1937 states, ” Mrs. Miller….taught herself to play the violin when she was a young girl of 12 years.  I found a broken fiddle lying around the house….. I tuned it up with a piece of heavy pack thread and plucked.  She plays entirely by ear.”

The 1937 article is a bit hard to read as a xerox copy, but I plan on transcribing it as best I can and posting it at a later date as a link to this article.

Eva Heads to NYC and The “We, The People” Radio Show

Fame and recognition wasn’t done with Eva Holmes Miller just yet though.  After her surprising win at the Iowa State Fair that year, she was invited by the National Broadcasting Company to play on their radio show We, The People.

Frances E. Holmes Miller is my 2nd cousin, 4 times removed through my Yates line.  Eva’s great uncle and my fourth Great Grandfather was John Holmes b. 1784 in Virginia.   John was married to Lydia Register and I descend through their daughter Deborah Holmes who married 28 August 1840 Miles Yates.

Sources:

Darlene Kappelman Wellington, last known address Boise, ID.  She generously shared her family files and the xerox copies with me some years ago.

Learn More About Genealogy Using YouTube

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Just out of curiosity, I did a search in YouTube tonight for the term “genealogy” and got 183 hits. Not all of them are something I’m interested in watching, but it certainly is something worth investigating.

How about some other search terms?  Use some of your own interests like railroading, logging, gold mining, or wine making.  Try locations too!

Have you used YouTube in your family history research? What kinds of things did you find. Was it helpful?  Don’t forget to leave a comment. :)

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You know, I don’t know which I love more, genealogy or history.  I think finding your ancestors who participated in history has to be one of the most fulfilling endeavors ever, don’t you?  I don’t mean just finding veterans of the many wars, but family members who emigrated, migrated, farmed, rode thousands of miles in tiny little covered wagons, braved weather and disease, child bearing and looked death in the eye and said, “I am not defeated yet!”.

Those people are my heroes and heroines.  Everyday people who wanted better for their families.  My only regret is that in doing so they also forever changed the lives of the first ones to migrate to the United States.  I can’t change history, and we can hopefully learn from it.

The Home Friend 1909: Sears House Plans

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The Home Friend 1909: Sears, Roebuck and Company

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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

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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 • cvb@clintonia.com

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