Sunday, December 1, 2019

C L Mann Selling Out

In 1940 my Great Grandpa Clarence Mann sold off his farm equipment. As of April 1st in the census of 1940, he was 61 years old, renting a home at 640 West Bismark in Beatrice for $12 a month with 4 people in the household. He noted he was seeking work and had been unemployed for three weeks (that would be about March 4th). He reported income of $200 in all of 1939.

This sale bill would likely have been posted in the Post Office, banks and many other businesses in the area. There isn't much here, probably the last of the farming equipment he ever owned. He had been a full-time farmer for many years. In the next few years, he went to work at Dempster Mills in Beatrice.


On the R. D. Hemminger acreage on Beatrice Memorial Drive west of Rock Island Railroad, on

Monday, Mar. 4

Commencing at 1:00 o'clock


Bay mare, 10 years old, wt 1150 lbs.


Kentuck press drill
Dempster two row cultivator
P. & O. two row disc cultivator
John Deere 12 inch gang plow
Case one row lister
One row cultivator
McCormick mower
Hay rake
Manure spreader

Three section harrow
Mitchell box wagon
Hay rack
Steel wheel truck wagon
Four wheel trailer
Five shovel garden plow


Two sets of work harness
Set of leather nets

Forks, scoops, 3 rolls slat cribbing
Hog trough, grindstone
Other articles too numerous to mention

Terms: Cash

C. L. Mann

Ruyle & Ruyle, Auctioneer and Clerk

Sunday, November 24, 2019

My Signature Collection

Signatures are so unique and personal and I always love to find my ancestors' signatures. I was renovating my house and wanted to add some family history displays to the wall above my desk. If you've seen this before, I had tweeted it a while back.

The signatures came from documents that I felt my direct ancestors personally signed, like Draft registrations, Wills and legal documents. I cropped them out then resized each signature to 3" in width. Then I lined them up in the center of a legal size document and printed on white cardstock. I had more signatures than I could use, but I had a limit.  I wanted the vertical to end up 13" to match up beside my family tree chart (and could only print on 14" cardstock anyway). Some of the signatures needed some cleaning up, like removing some background marks. My experience with Microsoft Paint was very minimal before this, but I took my time.

The frame was sold in pieces, I bought one set (2) of 13" and one set of 8". When I get tired of seeing this collection of signatures, I can replace signatures with others and have an entirely new collection to see! 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Guardianship of Delilah Simmons

Delilah Simmons was born to Lebbeus & Sarah Simmons in Fulton County, Illinois in 1861. Delilah is the half-sister of my Third Great Grandfather, Lebius Simmons, son of Lebbeus & Esther Simmons.

Delilah appears in the 1870 census with Elias & Melissa Graves and son Henry age 3. She is listed as Delilah Graves. This Petition of Letters for Guardianship was filed on February 26, 1878, when Delilah was 17. According to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index database online, Delilah and Wilson were married the next day, February 27, 1878.

<Elias Graves> in the matter of the estate of <Simmons> Deceased, for Letters of Guardianship.

<S P Cummings>
Judge of the County Court of Fulton County.
THE PETITION of the undersigned < Elias Graves> respectfully represents that...
<Delilah Simmons> aged <17> years on the <July> A.D. 187<8>

and that said minor <is a> resident of this county; that <s>he ha<s> no father living, or other legal guardian residing in this State; that said minor X-and that said minor-X has no property and wishes this guardianship that she may have legal authority to marry Wilson Casper.

and that your petitioner <having raised said minor> desires <to> be appointed guardian of said minor <Feb 26> 187<8>
<Elias Graves>

<Elias Graves> being duly sworn, deposes and says that the facts averred in the above petition are true, according to the best of _____ knowledge, information and belief.

SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED BEFORE ME, the undersigned, Clerk of the County Court of Fulton County, this <26th> day of <February> A.D. 187<8>
<JCWorley> Clerk.
<Elias Graves>

Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday's Faces From the Past - Townsend in Hastings

This is a great photo of five girls - or maybe one or both of the youngest two are boys. The clothing and photo mount seems to date this in the 1890's if I'm learning much about these vintage photos. The photographer's imprint is "Townsend, Hastings, NEB", and the picture measures just about 5" x 7".

Hastings is only 20 miles from Eldorado, Nebraska. This is another photo that someone in the Negley family kept, likely of someone they knew. Unfortunately, they didn't write their names on it. These kids could be from Hastings, Harvard, Stockham or anywhere in the vicinity of Eldorado. I'm interested in finding out how this family knew mine and will be glad to give this to a descendant of these kids. 

See more old unidentified photos I have on the "Faces of Eldorado, Nebraska" on the menu bar above. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sadie's Lost Ring

"The Charmed Life is a life of loving companionship with the One altogether lovely. We, the wearers of the Ring, have said, "I am His." We can live in true companionship with any one only as we love; but as our love for one grows, the wish to be near him grows; and the more we love, the closer we are drawn."

That is the Introduction printed in the first pamphlet titled "The Charmed Life", by David C Cook, Chicago, Illinois.

Among a box of things in the Old Trunk in the Attic was an envelope addressed "Sadie Negley, Eldorado, Clay County, Nebr, Box 29" with a 2 cent stamp. The torn envelope is about 4-1/2" x 6", and the papers tucked into it all fit perfectly. As far as I can tell, everything that I have in this little envelope is what was originally sent to Sadie. Except for one thing. 

Inside the cover of the first booklet is "I. A. H. BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCE. I placed the I. A. H. Ring on my finger for the first time: Date _____". The handwritten date of "August 1st, 1902" is filled in the blank, I assume by Sadie.  That's over 117 years ago! "I. A. H." stands for "I Am His." There is a smaller envelope with "Directions for putting on the ring", but there is no Ring.

Included in the packet is two numbered letters, three little booklets titled "The Charmed Life" full of daily devotions, and four smaller pamphlets. Mr Cook's instructions are to read only one letter per day. 

It's all printed in a very small font and hard on my eyes to read. From what I've learned from the contents, Sadie spent 25 cents to get this packet of literature. On the back of Volume I is Sadie's Membership No. "190441". (It's crazy to me how close that number is to including the exact same numbers in a different order as my DAR Membership number). 

In 1902, Sadie was a 22 year old single woman. She had been a member of the Eldorado Methodist Episcopal church likely most of her life. She may have been a Sunday School teacher and used this literature for her lessons. The daily devotions are aimed at older children or young adults and provide encouragement to deal with life's ups and downs with a strong Christian faith. It also attempts to entice the reader to purchase more literature and other items as well as strong suggestions to invite others to "join the Circle".  

David C Cook established his company in 1875 providing Sunday School cirriculum for children's ministries. The company is still in operation today out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and their publications are distributed world-wide.

I don't know if this is a collectors item, but other than the envelope and a torn page or two it's all in pretty good shape. It almost looks as if Sadie hardly read it. Her ring was most likely lost a long time ago.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Newspaper Clippings - Canton, Illinois, 1868

My good deed for the day is posting these old newspaper clippings I copied from microfilm issues of the Canton, Illinois Weekly Register which to my knowledge has not been digitized. Checking Ancestry public trees for some of these young ones, I don't find them included. No one knows about them today, but they were certainly missed by their families in 1868. 

Canton Weekly Register, March 27, 1868

On the 22d inst., at the residence of J Powell, by Rev G W Miller, Mr DAVID AULD, to Mrs ELIZABETH BANKS, all of Buckheart township.

In this city, on the 7th inst., JOSEY T, youngest son of Jos T and S Tourville, aged 2 years and 3 months.
At the residence of Mr Jas Stockdale, on the 16th inst., WILLIE, infant son of W E and M R Stockdale.
"The Great Jehovah, full of love,
An Angel bright did send,
Who took our little harmless dove
To joys that never end."

In this city on Saturday, March 11th, Mrs MARGARET A MOORE, mother of Mrs David Homill, of this city, aged 81 years.
Mrs Moore was a native of Merrersburg, Pa. She came to this city to live with her daughter about two years since. Her nephew, J C Austin, of Chambersburg, Pa., a prominent citizen of that place, has furnished her liberally with every means necessary to comfort in her declining years. She passed peacefully away, apparently with no other complaint than old age. She was buried on Sunday afternoon, 15th inst., a large and respectable audience attending the funeral obsequies. 

Canton Weekly Register, April 3, 1868

FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE POOR FARM - A young man named William Rowan, an inmate of the county poor house, who was subject to fits, on Saturday last was directed by the keeper, J K Weller, to feed the cattle from a corn crib upon the premises. While Rowan was upon the crib attending to his duties, he was taken with a fit and fell between the curb and a fence. Mr Weller discovered his position in a moment or two after, and went to his relief, but he was discovered to be dead. The fall had broken his neck. Rowan was sent to the poor house from Farmington. He was 28 years of age.

Canton Weekly Register, April 10, 1868

In this City, on the 2d inst., ANNIE ANGELINA S., Daughter of Robt and Sarah Stenson, aged 5 year 11 months and 28 days.
At La Harpe, Hancock Co., Ill., the 26th ult., Mr JACOB CIVER, in the 73d year of his age.

Canton Weekly Register, April 17, 1868
In this city, on the 5th inst., ALBERT, son of David and Elizabeth Reffner, aged 4 year 2 months and 29 days.

So fades the lovely, blooming flow'r,
Frail, smiling solace of an hour;
So soon our transient comforts fly,
And pleasure only blooms to die, 

The dearest treasure of our heart,
How we're called with thee to part;
The bliss of heaven to be thy rest,
And we on earth will grief opprest. 

But the bles'd time will shortly come
When we shall meet in heaven, our home,
And there with thee, O bles'd relief,
Be free from sorrow, pain and grief.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Dad and Mother


How many times do you see something like this:  "Dad and Mother" is all that is written on the photo above. I don't know who's handwriting it is, so I'm not sure who's Dad and Mother they are. The dark trim around the window here looks the same as in the photo of the house in my last post, "A View from the Windmill"This photo also came from a box that was among my Grandma's things after her death. 

My guess is that the stuff in that box originally belonged to her mother-in-law, Lottie Menke. I think the photo above is of young Lena and Will Roscoe, parents of Lottie Menke. But I have some doubt because in this photo he looks shorter than her. You can see in the photo below it's obviously several years later, but he is quite a bit taller. I would guess the photo below was taken in the late 1930's, so above might be early 1920's or earlier? Will and Lena were both born in the late 1850's and died in the late 1940's, so how old does the couple above look? The 2" x 3" picture is printed paper. Could this have been taken in the 1920's? 

Sitting on the porch above is definitely Lena and William Roscoe. In the photo below he is wearing the same suit. Maybe these were taken the same day? A descendant of Laura Kyle, oldest daughter of Will and Lena, sent me the photo below with Laura's daughter Jean, herself, (husband Willis behind Laura?) son Glen, Lena, son Orval and William.

In this picture are Charlotte Menke, my Great Grandmother, Willis Kyle (Laura's husband), Lena, Lena's son David Harlow Roscoe, Reggie Kyle and Laura Kyle. This is the only photo I have of David. 

It's great to have these and I feel pretty confident about who they all are.

How many of your own photos have you marked "Dad and Mother"?