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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? 


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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 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 

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


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

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

Quinn, Diana. "Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog." : A Day of Remembrance. 27 May 2013. Web. 25 May 2015. <>.

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

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.

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.  


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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

Myrtie Hairston Bryan, my grandmother

Harriet Albritton Bryan, my great-grandmother

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

Mary Lucy Glynn Giddens, my great-grandmother

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

Elizabeth Regan Bryan, my great-great-grandmother

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

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


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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.


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