August 3, 2015

Amazing Desk Was Made Using Only Hand Tools

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My Swedish Moline family members included two furniture makers, Johan Emil and Gunnar, father and son. I know no history of their education, nor do I have any furniture that they might have made, but from census records for the Seattle, Washington area I know that “Emil” was listed as a furniture refinisher, and his son owned Moline Furniture Company.  The photos above are Emil Moline on the top and his son Gunnar below him.

Seeing this Berlin Secretary Cabinet video today made me appreciate their skills even more.  In no way did they probably create anything so wonderful as this secretary cabinet, but who knows, there might be a piece of original Moline furniture work floating around out there.

Lillian Vera Epstein Moline 1904 – 1975

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This is a testament to “always go back and look again” for family records.  From the WA Digital Archives long ago I had found the Social Security Death Index for my mom’s step-mother Lillian Vera Epstein Moline.

Just on a whim, I looked at Ancestry.com again this last week and found her birth information which also included her parent’s names and ages. Additionally, I found where her parents were born (Russia).  Going by that new information, I’m now looking at the MN 1905 special census, the 1910 Federal Census as well as the 1920 census.

I’m pretty sure that Grandma “Eppie” also had a brother, but at this point I can’t remember his name. I think we do have some pictures of him though, so maybe I’ll have to dig them out and check them for names.

As you can see from the Ancestry.com record Eppie was born in Minneapolis, MN; she was a registered nurse in the State of Washington and worked for many years at Swedish hospital.  Grandma died in 1975 in Everett, WA which was also the home of her oldest step-daughter Eleanor Jeane Moline Davis.

Additional Moline article:

Moline Family Home – Seattle 1942 and 1986

Easy Canvas Prints Review

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Recently, I was given a very generous offer from Easy Canvas Prints of a free 8 X 10 canvas print in exchange for my honest review of the outcome.  I can sincerely say the photo on canvas I received via FedEx a couple days ago was such a wonderful, and not unexpected,  result.

When I was contacted about the offer I immediately knew which photo I wanted to use for the canvas print.  It was one of my grandmother Helen Nordgren Moline. The original was quite small and I wasn’t sure how it would look in a larger format.

It was easy as 1-2-3-4 to upload my chosen photo, choose the size, and then the free design options. In my case, I chose to have the print wrap around the edge on a 1.50 inch thick canvas with a mirror image.  I did have to adjust the resolution once and reload the image to the site, but it wasn’t a big deal and took just a couple minutes to make that change.

And now, here’s the final result I received this week.  What do you think?

I’m thrilled with the result, and even though it’s hard to tell in this photo I took today, the image quality on the canvas brought out all the details in the photo and more.  You can see the texture of her coat and hat, and I was even able to see that Grandma had pierced ears!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Wouldn’t something like this make a wonderful present for Mom?  Right now, Easy Canvas Prints is having a sale for the holiday:

Enjoy 20% off all canvas and free shipping Plus get a Free 8×10 canvas on all orders over $60 (USA contiguous shipping only).

Was It Eleanor Jeane Or Jeane Eleanor Moline?

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Was It Eleanor Jeane Or Jeane Eleanor Moline?

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Legal Names and Family Names

L-R: Donald, Helen, Joan, Jeane; on floor: Joyce Moline

It’s always been a puzzle to me just what my aunt Jeane’s first name was legally. Was it Eleanor Jeane Moline as it was noted in my Nordgren great grandfather’s bible page, or was it Jeane Eleanor Moline as her son Lee and the rest of the family always thought it to be?

I’m hoping that in a week or so that mystery will be put to rest. Today I ordered her birth certificate from the State of Washington and hopefully they will find the right record (nope, no refunds) and put this issue to rest.  In my opinion, it wasn’t inexpensive to order the birth record at $31.50 a pop, but having documentation that proves a name is vital.

I suppose I have a special affinity for my aunt Jeane since I was named after her (my middle name) because my mom was very close to her. She and my uncle Jim Davis named their first born after my dad’s middle name (Dad was William Gale Yates) and chose Leland Gale.  Jeane and Jim’s daughter was named after my mom and her name is Lynne Joanne Davis.


Next post: A review of a photo to canvas print of my grandma Helen Nordgren Moline by Easy Canvas Prints.

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