2/19/1998 NOTES From The White County Historical Society Library

White County Historical Society Library
by Charlene Shields!
This article appeared in THE CARMI TIMES
February 19, 1998

Help! Need death date

Help! Need death date (about 1885) and place of burial of Mary (Polly) Blair Davis Pritchett, daughter of Robert M. Blair and wife of Isaac Pritchett. She is said to have been buried in a cemetery near Concord.

Wanda Deal,
21241 Adkin Road,
Omaha, IL 62871.

Long pedigree: The Maharana of Udiapur (a province in west central India) traces his ancestry back for 76 generations! And you thought you'd been rather successful at tracing your family tree!

I've been reading an old book entitled "The Other Illinois." In discussing the waterways of Southern Illinois, author Baker Brownell states, "This is the continental confluence.
In this crotch highways, railroads and big rivers meet.
Here the Mississippi, the Missouri, the Illinois, the Ohio, the Wabash, the Tennessee, the Cumberland and many lesser streams flow together within a few miles of one another like arteries into the heart.

"The heart, about the size of New Jersey is Southern Illinois. The tall waters of the east, the west, much of the north and even of the south come by this place.
The streams and gutters, the roadside ditches, the bright lakes, the sewers and fountains of Knoxville and Gatlinburg, of Pittsburgh, Dayton, Chicago, La Crosse, Saint Paul, of Billings, Mont., of Denver and Kansas City pour their residual waters into this continental heart.

"It has the beat and rhythm of floods and the seasons.
No other river system is at once so vast, so balanced, so diversified and structurally so centered in one place. From Southern Illinois country outward to the north, south, east, west there are 15,000 miles of navigable rivers.
They reach directly 18 states."
It has been many moons since I've studied geography, but I don't remember ever having had this pointed out to me before.

Noted the other day in a paper:

Senior citizens are the nation's leading carriers of AIDS!!! Quite taken aback, I continued reading--Hearing AIDS, Band AIDS, Roll AIDS, Walking AIDS, Medical AIDS, etc.

The Encyclopedia Britannica says we adopted the idea of putting our genealogy in the form of a tree with branches from imitating the ecclesiastical representation of

Christ's genealogy inspired by Isaiah 11:1.

How many readers could answer this question? "What precinct in Wabash County was Schuh Bend in during the 1880s?" One of our library patrons who lives in Amarillo, Tex. called Sunday afternoon with that question.
I couldn't answer it but believe he now knows someone who can. We get phone calls and letters--in large numbers.
I'm constantly amazed at how many people are working on their family trees.

We continue to be comfortably busy with letters and visitors to our Genealogy Library. We're open from 11 to 5 on Wednesdays. Come join us.

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