May 2003 Newsletter


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    MAY 2003


This is our May Meeting



This is a VERY Interesting


Pippa White presents "The Orphan Train" 


          7 p.m. at Mares Meeting Room


The regular annual commencement of the North Bend high school was held at the opera house last Friday evening.  The program was well rendered and an oration given by each graduate though the class was large.  There were the following sixteen graduates:  Clarence Walrath, Bertha Allen, John Purcell, Loren Edson, Andrew Harvey, Mary Seelig, Elizabeth Ladenburger, Mabel Acom, Margaret Kimbrough, Lizzie Powers, Herbert Armstead, Asa Farnham, Flora Conley, Helen Verhs, Fred Swan and Theola Linn.  There was a severe hail and rain storm on that evening but nevertheless the house was crowded to uts utmost capacity.  Music was furnish by the North Bend orchestra and in addition vocal music rendered by Professor McProud, Miss Flora Conley and Miss Virginia Francis.

 After the presentation of diplomas a short speech was made by the president of board of education, C Cusack, and the program closed with the benediction given by Rev Warren. 

  noted in Fremont Tribune 27 May 1903  2:3


Subject of Post Offices - - - - bet you never thought of this next as a post 9/11 problem.  The headline in This Week’s News, May 21, 2002 a free email news service for postal employees, read: “Postal Irradiation Taking Toll On Mail Sent to Library of Congress.”   The article explained that much of the mail sent to the Library of Congress is being irradiated because the building is connected by tunnel to the House and Senate ventilation systems and the fear of anthrax was real.   The irradiated mail arrived yellowed, crinkled and sometimes burned beyond recognition.  Even though the thermostat has since been turned down to a mere  ten times the normal zap, the mail is being cooked at temps as great as 170 degrees, and damage is noticeable.  What does this mean to the genealogist?  Materials that have been sent to the collections division or submitted for copyright have been severely damaged.  Photographs of potentially histories value have been fused onto cover sheets where the caption ink has melted off, making them impossible to decipher or preserve.  Some videotapes of oral history interviews are no longer playable.  “The journals and serials have that yellowed and embrittled look as if you the Sunday newspaper out in the sun,” said Nancy Davenport, director of acquisitions for the Library.  This is not good news.........



Spotted in the Genealogy Bulletin
Feb 2003  Issue # 55.

 FOLKS WITH ANCESTRY IN ILLINOIS ARE LUCKY FOLKS INDEED.   Illinois first has a state archives that is user-friendly for the visiting researcher, and charges only for copies for by-mail research.  Illinois also has IRAD, the Illinois Regional Archives Depository system.  This is a system of seven area-units archiving the records of the counties within those regions.  These units provide research services and help with all archived Illinois records at no charge.  For instance, the State Archives has name indexes for Illinois units that served during the War of 1812, Blackhawk War, Mexican War, Civil War, and Spanish-American War.  Have you thought to check for your Illinois ancestor’s military service?? Click on, the website for the Illinois State Archives.  From the home page, you can access information on IRAD and request more information by mail.

Also from Genealogy Bulletin Issue # 55.

NO SMOKING signs are everywhere these days – just as they were in early Puritan New England.  In the early days of the Massachusetts Bay colony (1640s), indulgence in the weed was restricted to a pipe after dinner.  In New Haven the authorities offered informers part of the fine assessed upon violators of the law:  “It is ordered that no tobacco shall be taken in the streets, yards, or about the this jurisdiction, or without doors near or about the town, or in the meetinghouse....under the penalty of six pence a pipe or a time...(and if he cannot pay) he shall then be punished by sitting in the stocks one hour.”  Smokers, no matter how beleaguered you feel today, rejoice that you aren’t in 17th century Massachusetts.

The Genealogy Bulletin articles were written by Donna Potter Phillips


100 YEARS AGO – BOOK 10 – 1903

Otto Schluter to Emma Gerths on 3 May
Adolph Kempf to Mary Vrba on 5 May
E Christensen to Mary Anderson on 5 May
Robert I Moore to Annie May Feagins on 7 May
P G Hanson to Cora C McCaw on 17 May
Frank Derek to Marie Freechek on 18 May
Jeppe Pedersen to Carrie C Larson on 19 May
August Ahrens to Lena Dierks on 26 May
Virgil Thayer to Emma Kastrow on 27 May
James Beemer to Nellie Rhea on 30 May

REMEMBER Mother’s Day on May 11th.

Memorial Day Observed May 26th

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 NEW ON THE SHELF! – Forms to use for census info when a printer is not available-1930 is not included, we were hoping the 1930 census would be included.

1910 Census Index for State of Nebraska(however, it cannot be loaned out, so Claire put it on her computer and will check it for our members).  The index info can be printed off.

Digital Imaging for Genealogy – VHS tape.  Renee plans to use this tape for a meeting.  It is 1 hr 21 min in length.
Copyright 2002,2003 Claire Mares

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