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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday's Photo: Family and a Friend


From left to right: Babe, Edith, Florence and Dot.

My grandmother mentioned a Babe Lutz. Is this the same Babe? Edith Giddens was my grandmother and Florence Giddens Samer was her sister. Dot was Dorothy James, the child of Elizabeth Giddens James and sister to Edith and Florence.


This photo is from my grandmother's album.  It is dated 1927. The place is unknown. It might be Phillipsburg, New Jersey. This house with the balcony has been seen in other photos. Does anyone know whose house and where? 


Diana

© 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Decoration Day

Clockwise: The Baylor County Banner (Seymour, Texas) - May 22, 1922,
May 20, 1915, and May 25, 1916. My grandfather, Redic Bryan, was a member
of the above Woodmen of the World (W.O.W.) Camp.
My grandmother, Myrtie Hairston
Bryan and her daughters were members of Woodmen Circles



Memorial Day, originally Decoration Day, was first widely observed at Arlington National Cemetery in 1868.  Around the country many have Monday off from work and there are huge sales everywhere. 

Was this always the case? I checked my Baylor County Banner films and found only brief mentions of Decoration Day between 1914 and 1922. The three clippings pictured above were the most lengthy. 

My subscription to Newspapers.com yielded better results. Decoration Day services and activities were found before the day was declared a federal holiday. Sales of cemetery monuments, flowers, and flags were frequently found. Decoration Day retail sales were common before 1900 in large cities such as Chicago, New York, and Boston, but weren't usually found in smaller towns until well after 1900.  Click on any of the articles below to see additional Decoration Day articles found at Newspapers.com. 


Decoration Day 1868
Clipped from The Waterloo Press, 4 Jun 1868, Thu, Page 2



Decoration Day 1869
Clipped from Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette, 14 May 1869, Fri, Page 4



Decoration Day Excursion connects to Virginia Beach
Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 24 May 1897, Mon, Page 14



Pre-Decoration Day Sale 1911
Clipped from Lebanon Daily News, 26 May 1911, Fri, Page 6



Diana

© 2015


Sources

Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania). Friday, May 26, 1911. Newspapers.com


Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Friday, May 14, 1869. Newspapers.com

Quinn, Diana. "Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog." : A Day of Remembrance. 27 May 2013. Web. 25 May 2015. <http://momentsintimeagenealogyblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-day-of-remembrance.html>.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York). Monday, May 24, 1897. Newspapers.com


The Baylor County Banner (Seymour, Texas). Thursday, May 20, 1915. Microfilm.


The Baylor County Banner (Seymour, Texas).  Thursday, May 25, 1916. Microfilm.

The Baylor County Banner (Seymour, Tex.). Thursday, May 25, 1922. Microfilm.


The Waterloo Press (Waterloo, Indiana). Thursday, June 4, 1868. Newspapers.com


Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday's Photo: Uncle Jimmy

James Gallagher Richardson Jr.   1930 - 1988

James Gallaghar Richardson, Jr. was my mother's sister's husband and the only uncle that I ever knew. This was taken in the late 1940s after Jimmy's time in the Army. Behind Jimmy is friend, Bob Pressler. I would assume the photo was taken in NY, probably Franklin Square. 

I've had this photo on my desktop waiting for a good time to post it and now is the perfect time. Uncle Jimmy died of ALS in 1988. My Aunt Janet is going to walk in the ALS Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS on September 19, 2015 on Long Island. If you want to donate, click here to see her page with more about Uncle Jimmy.  


Diana

© 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Honoring Mothers on this Special Day

This is a repeat of past years' posts honoring some of the mothers in my family tree. Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!
Happy Mother's Day to my sister - a wonderful mother and grandmother!

Happy Mother's Day to my Aunt!

Doris Staubach Quinn - My mother-in-law.
1929 - 2012



Edith Giddens Davis, my grandmother
1897-1975


Myrtie Hairston Bryan, my grandmother
1880-1927

Harriet Albritton Bryan, my great-grandmother
1836-1909


Lodema Criswell Hairston, my great-grandmother
1856-1919
Bertha Davis Hawkins, my great-grandmother
1879 - 1965

Mary Lucy Glynn Giddens, my great-grandmother
1866-1926

Julia Harvey Glynn, with daughter Carrie, my great-great-grandmother
Died in 1919


Elizabeth Regan Bryan, my great-great-grandmother
1798-1877


Caroline Olive Davis, my great-great-grandmother
1847- after 1901


Mary Ann "Polly" Evans Criswell, my great-great-grandmother
1829-1883



Diana

© 2015


Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday's Photo: Four Quinn Kids


This is such a sweet photo. Maybe 1934 or 1935 in New York City. Four are the children of William Quinn and Susan Murray. The other is a neighbor. In the front are twins, Helen and William Quinn. The girls in the back, from left to right, are Kathleen (Kitty) Quinn, Patricia (Patsy), and Betty McGuire, the neighbor.

Diana

© 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday's Photo: The Quinn Twins - Not on the 1930 Census



Twins, William Quinn III and Helen Quinn, were born on April 2, 1930. They were not recorded on the 1930 census so I just assumed that they were born after the date the census was recorded.



Inspection of the census record indicated that they were born on the exact date that the census was recorded. Now, I can assume that they were born after the time that the census was recorded. The time of birth was not recorded on the birth certificate.


The census record states that the Quinn family lived at 500 West 174th Street while William Quinn's birth certificate has an address of 500 West 74th Street. Pages of the census records before and after also show addresses on West 174th Street. The birth certificate address must be a transcription error.


This photo and one other can be found at the post
The Quinn-Murray Family in 1930

The above photo is of Susan Quinn and her twins. The older girl was identified by her sister, Kitty (Kathleen),  as Patsy (Patricia) Quinn. The identity of the younger child is not confirmed. Kitty did not believe that it was her.
500 W. 174th Street








512 135th Street
The location of the photo of Susan holding the twins is unknown, but doesn't appear to be the address of 500 West 174th Street. The location looks to be the same as the location the above photo of the twins taken at about the same time. Susan's clothing is different in both photos so the two photos were probably not taken on the same day.


I suspect that the photos were taken at a friend or family members home. By 1932, the family lived at 512 135th Street which also doesn't resemble the building in the above photos.  



Diana

© 2015

Sources

"500 West 174th Street." Google Maps. Web. 25 Apr. 2015.

"512 West 135th Street." Google Maps. Web. 25 Apr. 2015.


New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, "Certificate and Record of Birth," William Joseph Quinn, April 2, 1930.

Quinn, Diana. "Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog." : Friday's Photo: The Quinn-Murray Family in 1930. 19 Oct. 2012. Web. 25 Apr. 2015.


Quinn Family photograph, New York City, 1930; digital image 2009, privately held by Diana Bryan Quinn, Virginia 2015.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Manhattan, New York, New York; Roll: 1579; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 1095; Image: 888.0; FHL microfilm: 2341314


Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday's Photo: Charles Giddens Had a House on Irvington Avenue in South Orange, New Jersey



Another photo found in my grandmother's album. This was her brother's home in South Orange, New Jersey. In 1930, Charles W. Giddens reported that he owned the house and its value was $12,000.  From Zillow.com, I learned that this, 1,672 square foot home at 263 Irvington Avenue, was built in 1923 and was last sold in 1987. 

Charles and his wife, Louise moved from Newark, New Jersey into the house sometime after 1925. By 1927, they were living in the house at Irvington Avenue along with my grandmother, Edith Giddens, and Louise's mother, Louise Uhde. My grandmother moved to Newark in 1928. Charles and Louise remained in the house for more than 10 years often taking in boarders and family. 

Charles entered the Navy during WWII and they moved to Florida sometime during the war. It is unknown as to when they sold the house. 
263 Irvington Ave, South Orange, New Jersey at Google Maps

















I wondered about the welding sign seen in the front yard. Did Charles have a  
welding business? A search at Ancestry.com indicated that Charles worked for the Public Service Electric and Gas Company while living in South Orange. And, a Google Map search for the house revealed that it still looks very much the same and welding sign was not in the yard, but on the side of a shop next to the house. 

This photo, labeled Charlie & Louise's Trailer - 1930s,
was on the same page as the house photo on Irvington Avenue. 



Diana

© 2015








Resources

Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

"Google Maps." Google Maps. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

"South Orange Home." 263 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079 Is Off Market. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

Year: 1930; Census Place: South Orange, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: 1343; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0611; FHL microfilm: 2341078

Year: 1940; Census Place: South Orange, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: T627_2340; Page: 61B; Enumeration District: 7-352