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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friday's Photo: Pearl Harbor Survivors, Whit Bryan and Bob Brunner - 1991

Bob Brunner and Whit Bryan at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Norfolk, VA
December 7, 1991. 

This is a photo of my father, Whit Criswell Bryan and fellow Pearl Harbor
 Survivor, Bob Brunner, following a memorial service for the 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Dad and Bob were both assigned to the Mobile Hospital #2 at Pearl Harbor only two weeks before the attack on December 7, 1941. 

Dad died in 2001 and Bob in 2013. There will be few survivors at next week's services to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

To read more about Dad and Bob in Pearl Harbor check out Pearl  HarborRemembrance Day 2011.


Dad's and Bob Brunner's names were
added to the monument pictured
below in 2001. 
The Pearl Harbor memorial was built and dedicated in 1990 on theJoint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.  An expansion to the monument was completed in 2001 which includes 184  names of known local survivors of the attack.


Visit these links to learn more about Dad's time in Pearl Harbor. 




























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Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

"Pearl Harbor survivors to hold remembrance ceremony at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story" WTKR.com. 30 November 2016. Web. 2 Dec. 2016. <http://wtkr.com/2016/11/30/pearl-harbor-survivors-to-hold-remembrance-ceremony-at-jeb-little-creek-fort-story/>.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday's Photo: Seymour, Texas 1911

 


As I pulled this framed photo off of the wall of the antique store, my daughter was wondering why I was buying a random picture of school children. She didn't ask as I am sure that nothing I do surprises her.  

The picture was labeled Seymour Tex 1911. My father's family lived in Seymour, Texas in 1911. He wasn't born until 1920, but two of his sisters would have attended the school. I recognized one of the teachers, Mrs. Pistol - Dad's 2nd grade teacher. I had seen her in later yearbook photos. 
My favorite of several
possible matches to
the Bryan sisters

After scanning the photo, I struggled to find my aunts. I have many pictures of both Aunt Marie Bryan and Aunt DeRay Bryan and there were several with some likenesses, but nothing definitive. Yes, I even tried facial recognition software. 

I purchased this photo when visiting Austin, Texas earlier this month. It was on a mat in a frame. I had to remove the frame and mat to pack it. On the back of the photo, was the name Eunice Ellis. On the back of the mat were flyers depicting line drawings of famous silent film stars. I am guessing that this photo had been in that frame for a very long time. 

I found the identical photo in Salt Pork to Sirloin, The History of Baylor County from 1878 to 1930 compiled by the Baylor County Historical Society in 1972. However, the photo in the book was not complete as the right portion appeared to have been torn just after the two teachers. The teachers were identified as Mrs. O. McDaniel and Mrs. S. W. Pistol. 

I wonder how long it took to take this photo. The faces on these children are just priceless.





 






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Sources

Baylor County Historical Society. Salt pork to Sirloin: the History of Baylor County from 1878 to 1930. Seymour, Texas. Banner Publishing Company, 1972. Print.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving at the Aviation Free Gunnery School - 1942


Both the names Aviation Free Gunnery School and Naval Air Gunners School were
 found in his scrapbook. The Aviation Free Gunnery School
may have been a part of the Naval Air Gunners School. 



All items seen in this post were found in Uncle Charlie's scrapbook - "Snaps and Scraps, My Life in the Navy"




On September 9, 1942, at age 49, my great-uncle, Charles William Giddens, left from New York City for the U. S. Naval Training Station in Norfolk, Virginia. He arrived September 11th for training in Platoon #51 to become a Chief Specialist G (Gunnery Instructor). Less than a month later, he left Norfolk for his duty station, the Naval Air Gunners School in Hollywood, Florida. 


Mom said her Uncle Charlie was a sharpshooter. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army's Rainbow Division when he was injured in Sergy, France during WWI in 1918. In 1942 he was a supervisor for the local gas company, was married to Louise Uhde Giddens, and owned a home at 263 Irvingtion Avenue in South Orange, New Jersey. Mom said he tried to rejoin the Army during WWII, but was too old; however, the Navy needed him. At the Gunnery school, he was said to teach new sailors to shoot. 

In 1942, Charlie celebrated his first Thanksgiving in at the gunnery school. Here is the menu. 


Names on the menu:
Charles C. Gold, W. L. Guthrie,
J. R. Fitzpatrick, L. F. Beotte

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Source

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday's Photo: Marguerite Cook Clark




 

This is a beautiful picture of Marguerite Cook Clark. I will guess that it was taken in the late 1920s or early 1930s in Louisiana. 

Marguerite was researching her family history as early as the 1950s. I have copies of many letters she wrote to other Bryan family researchers. including one to my father. She saved many photos, documents, and letters related to her family in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. 

Marguerite and I both descend from Reddick Bryan and Elizabeth Regan who settled in Northwest Louisiana in 1838. 

Marguerite would have loved the computer. Email is so much faster than the USPS and think of what she would have done with Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. 

Thank you to Marguerite's youngest daughter for finding me and telling me about her mother's files. AND, thank you to her oldest daughter for allowing me to invade her home and spend days at her dining room table reading files and looking at photos. 


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Diana
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Source

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014 and November 8,9,10, 2016. Used with permission.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

My Grandfather Won This Election in 1912

Election Results found in the Bryan Family Bible

My grandfather, Redic E. Bryan, ran for and won the position of Tax Assessor of Baylor County, Texas in 1912. The above election results were found in the Bryan Family Bible. The date for this election is August 12, 1912. However, the actual election results were reported in the November 15, 1912 issue of the Baylor County Banner. Was the above clipping a report of a primary? 

This card was found in the Bryan Family Bible
This was Redic Bryan's second term as Tax Assessor as he also ran and won the office of Tax Assessor in 1910. 
He believed in rotation of office and did not run after his second term.  Click on this link to see the biography published in the Banner during the 1910 election.

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Source

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn. 

Quinn, Diana. "Baylor County Banner 1912." The Baylor County Banner Nov. 15, 1912. 22 Jan. 2007. Web. 13 Nov. 2016.   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bryanquinn/BaylorCountyBanner1912.htm

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday's Photo: This Photo was Edited in the 1930s

Edith Giddens - About 1930

This is a beautiful portrait of my grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis. I assumed it was taken as a portrait. However, when I asked Mom about it, she told me that it was made from the photo below taken when Grandma lived at the Webster in NYC


My grandmother, Edith Giddens, and her friend, Cleo Hauser, on the roof of the Webster.
To learn more about Cleo, click here.

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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday's Photo: The Last Wieland Family Photos


DeRay Bryan, Unknown Man, Unknown Woman, Chris Wieland - Taken between 1930 and 1935

These are the last Wieland family photos that I will post. All of the Wieland family photos I have belonged to my Aunt DeRay Bryan. The Wieland's were not family. Dad said Chris Wieland was DeRay's boyfriend. 

I have a lot of photos of Chris Wieland posted here, photos from his funeral posted here, and a portrait of his parents posted here

There is nothing written on the back of the above photo, but I remember clearly Dad telling me that the couple in the middle was Chris Wieland's parents. That would be Frank and Mary Wieland. However, when enlarging the photo and comparing it to Chris Wieland's parents in the below photo that was taken about the same time, I can say that I don't believe it is the same couple.


Son Leonard, Mary & Frank  Wieland, Daughter Gertrude with son Johnny Chambers Jr.. Son Sylvester( Wes) Wieland. 20-Mar-1933 Oakland, CA.


Guy Wieland - Found at
NewspaperARCHIVE.com 
I have looked at the Wieland brothers' draft cards and all those I found appear to be of medium build except Guy Edward Wieland. Guy was described as tall and slender on his WWI draft registration and 6 feet tall on his WWII draft registration. Guy is the eldest Wieland brother, born five years before Chris Wieland. 

I believe that Guy and his wife are the most likely candidates, but need input from family. The photo of Guy on the left was published in a newspaper in 1960. Click here to see the article about his retirement. 

The photo below is the last Wieland photo to be posted - Aunt DeRay and Chris Wieland, taken on the same day as the photo at the top of this page. 



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Sources

Baker, B. "Christopher B Wiland - Facts." Ancestry.com. Web. 21 Aug. 2016. <http://person.ancestry.com/tree/19875147/person/29557305504/facts>.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn. 

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Mark Laws. Used with permission. 

"Wieland Nears Retirement Day." Miami Daily News Record, February 18, 1960, Page 7. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2016. <http://newspaperarchive.com/us/oklahoma/miami/miami-daily-news-record/1960/02-18/page-7>.