Jan 17

Belle’s Box – 113

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

6013. Giant Cacti, Arizona.


Addressed to:

Mrs. Bell Fellows

The postmark is Phoenix, Dec 24, 5:30 p.m. The year is not legible.


Dear Friend we are
here in the land
of sunshine
and Flowers
How are you. have to keep
clere (?) so the ? dont
Zin(?). Stanley is clerking in a
store at Phoenix comes
home on street cars nights
we live 3 miles out But it is
nice here and cooler in the
summer. there is (?) Liocerres (?)
here. one by my door. the rest
are well my heart bothers me
more here than there went
to town, and got me some
medicine last night think
i am some better tonight
I miss my old neighbors how
are you all I did not see
you to say good bye it stormed so I
(written up the side) could not go there.
(written down the left side) Yours with love LC Hibbs(?)

In 1900, the family of Lewis M Hibbs age 54, and wife Louisa, age 48 was located in Liberty township, Wexford County, Michigan. The family included Lewis’s children: Ernest G. 27, Irivn L., 10, Stanly A. 9, Sephrona E. 6; and Kate Milnar age 23, a boarder.

In 1910 the family was located in Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan: Lewis M. Hibbs, 62; Louisa C., 59; Irven L., 20; Stanley A., 18; Sophrona E., 16, Ernest J Hibbs, 37; Kate Hibbs, 37.

A quick search doesn’t reveal the family’s location in 1920.

In 1930, Stanley Hibbs, age 26 is a border in a home in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arazona. He was born in Michigan, and his occupation is salesman, hardware store.

The Hibbs family were nieghbors of Belle, for some time in the early 1900’s.

Jan 16

Genealogy Meme… Too Good to Pass Up!

Here is a Genealogy Meme that I “caught” from Jasia, “the Creative Gene”, she says she got it from Becky and friends, and it’s just too fun to pass up. I agree, so here goes:

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

1. Belong to a genealogical society.
2. Researched records onsite at a court house.
3. Transcribed records.

4. Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave.
5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents) .
6. Joined Facebook.
7. Helped to clean up a run-down cemetery.
8. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook.
9. Attended a genealogy conference.
10. Lectured at a genealogy conference.
11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society .
12. Been the editor of a genealogy society newsletter.
13. Contributed to a genealogy society publication .
14. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society.
15. Got lost on the way to a cemetery.
16. Talked to dead ancestors.
17. Researched outside the state in which I live.
18. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants.
19. Cold called a distant relative.
20. Posted messages on a surname message board.
21. Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet.
22. Googled my name.
23. Performed a random act of genealogical kindness.

24. Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it.
25. Have been paid to do genealogical research.
26. Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.
27. Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.
28. Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.
29. Responded to messages on a message board or forum.
30. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.
31. Participated in a genealogy meme.
32. Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.).
33. Performed a record lookup for someone else.
34. Went on a genealogy seminar cruise.
35. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.
36. Found a disturbing family secret.
37. Told others about a disturbing family secret.

38. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
39. Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby.
40. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person (Unclaimed Persons).
41. Taught someone else how to find their roots.
42. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure.
43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.
44. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher.
45. Disproved a family myth through research.
46. Got a family member to let you copy photos.
47. Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
48. Translated a record from a foreign language.
49. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record.
50. Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.
51. Used microfiche.

52. Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
53. Visited more than one LDS Family History Center.
54. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
55. Taught a class in genealogy.
56. Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century.
57. Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century.
58. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century.
59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents.
60. Found an ancestor’s Social Security application.
61. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.
62. Used Steve Morse’s One-Step searches.
63. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
64. Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.

65. Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
66. Visited the Library of Congress.
67. Have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower.
68. Have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. (Papa does)
69. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
70. Became a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
71. Can read a church record in Latin.
72. Have an ancestor who changed their name.
73. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
74. Created a family website.
75. Have more than one “genealogy” blog .
76. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.

77. Have broken through at least one brick wall.
78. Visited the DAR Library in Washington D.C.
79. Borrowed a microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center.
80. Have done indexing for Family Search Indexing or another genealogy project.

81. Visited the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana .
82. Had an amazing serendipitous find of the “Psychic Roots” variety.
83. Have an ancestor who was a Patriot in the American Revolutionary War.

84. Have an ancestor who was a Loyalist in the American Revolutionary War.
85. Have both Patriot & Loyalist ancestors .
86. Have used Border Crossing records to locate an ancestor.
87. Use maps in my genealogy research .
88. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.
89. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors.
90. Visited the National Archives in Kew.
91. Visited St. Catherine’s House in London to find family records.
92. Found a cousin in Australia (or other foreign country).
93. Consistently cite my sources.
94. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors.
95. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes .
96. Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more).
97. Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.
98. Organized a family reunion.
99. Published a family history book (on one of my families).
100. Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research.
101. Have done the genealogy happy dance.
102. Sustained an injury doing the genealogy happy dance.
103. Offended a family member with my research.
104. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.

Thanks Becky and friends. I know I’m much later than everyone, but, “Better late than Never.”

Jan 15

Dentist, Again?

I have to go to the dentist and get my teeth scrapped off again today. Since I had periodontal surgery eight or so years ago, I’ve been on a quarterly maintainance schedule. Last week, when Papa and I were happily enscounsed on Jekyll Island, I received a call that my appointment was in two days. I’m not exactly sure how I missed that date when we decided to lengthen our vacation, but it really didn’t matter, we were 1,100 or so miles away. So, I resceduled and today is the day.

The problem is, it is five below. I’ve become a softy in my time here in southeastern lower Michigan, and it is rarely that cold. I guess I should be glad that I’m driving a van that is sitting in the garage. I don’t have a garage door opener, but I don’t have to scrape.

I’ve avoided shopping or going anywhere this week because of the cold. I made an exception when I went to lunch with S-Dad, but that wasn’t about the weather, anyway. So, I’ve got a list, and I know where it is. It isn’t that I need to buy a lot of junk, I just need to go too many places to get what I do need, and do what I need to do.

The good news is, I can stay home tomorrow!

Jan 15

Belle’s Box – 103

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

Birthday Greetings
Tho’ new Friends come,
yet to the Old Im true,
A fact, I hope this card
will prove to You.


The postmark is the 15th of some month, 1912.

Mr. Charley Tinker
Manton Mi




Dear Friend
Hoping you
a happy

There is more text, which I simply can’t interpret.
The signature at the bottom is:

Hie Eunice S.

Eunice and her husband Hiram Smith were Belle’s daughter and son-in-law. Belle and Charlie didn’t marry until 1914, but the family all knew him.

Jan 14

Choices and Changes

Step-Dad is moving Saturday, to a new place he bought near his son’s home. He asked me to come over yesterday, to look at some things he had set aside as he packed. My step brother is thrilled, I could tell when I talked to him. Excited, glad to have his Dad coming home, so to speak. I hope they will have years of visits, fishing, ball games, lunches out, and all the rest of the things they enjoy.

The things that he offered me were relics of a past life, a few of my Grandmother’s things, and a few that might have belonged to Mom. A silver plate creamer and sugar bowl, a butter dish, and a set of sterling candle holders tell of a past time, when they resided in Grandma’s china cabinet in her dining room. Included was a cut glass oil/vinegar pitcher. There was only one, he said that was all he found, so the other must have been lost or broken.

There were a couple of things that Mom had, a pottery creamer with the top on it. The top actually would have fit a sugar bowl, which is missing. I do remember the teapot, that was probably broken years ago. The teapot he gave me was a newer one from Harry & David. We may have given it to them, or one of my siblings may have, or perhaps they bought it themselves.

The unusual item was an electric coffee maker on a tray. The darn thing is green, having been in storage for a long time. I remember also it from my Grandmother’s home. it is a Universal model:

pot 2

Made by
Landers, Frary & Clark
New Britain Conn USA
Volts 115/120 watts 420 No E9179

pot 3

The last patient date of my pot is 1919, that would be about 12 years after my grandparents married. With a quick internet search I found a few of the pots, some earlier, some later, some with cords, some without. The most interesting thing is the cover on the little hole in the center of the bottom, you can see it above. It says, “replace fuse”. None of the pots I found in my internet search had that little cover. There is no fuse under the little cover, so I guess I would need to replace it to use it. I will probably clean it up, and set it on a table somewhere for a while, then put it away.

I’m going to miss S-Dad a lot. He and I weathered some pretty tough storms during the time of Mom’s decline and death, kind of staying strong for each other, kind of surviving the waves. These days, when something sad or happy happens, I think of him, and call to tell him. I will still be able to do that. But I will miss him, unlocking the door, getting halfway in, then ringing the doorbell and coming the rest of the way. He’s been here for a while, and now he won’t be.

Jan 14

Daniel Erlin Kaiser

Daniel Erlin Kaiser, born May 1806, York Township, York County, Ontario, Canada was my 3rd great-grandfather. His wife was Hannah Fisher, and they had at least eight children, including my ancestor, William Kaiser, 1837-1909.

Daniel is buried in the cemetery at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Vaughan, Ontario.

The Church and a sign, click for a larger view.

church sign Zion Evangelical Church

An overview of the burial area.

Ws of Marker

Here are the stone and the inscription (click for a larger view):

Daniel Kaiser 2 inscription

Holy Bible
In Memory of Daniel Kaiser
who died
June 6, 1872
66 yrs. 1 mo.

and then below:

Friends or physicians could not save, This mortal body from the grave. Nor can the……….(broken: rest is embedded in the ground)

All photographs and the transcript of the inscription are courtesy of Mark Kaiser, (address for personal use), digital copies in files of Pamela Warren.

Thanks, Mark!

Jan 13

RIP — Butch Baldassari

I sometimes note the passing of those I know, and let the newspapers take care of the celebrities. However, the recent passing of Butch Baldassari is notable to anyone with interest in music. Mr. Baldassari was know to bluegrass fans for his work in the Weary Hearts. His founding of the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble show the depth of his understanding mandolin, it’s history and it’s music.

More recently, Mr. Baldassari was a co-producer of Pa’s Fiddle Project, which has brought the songs mentioned in the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series, the “Little House” books to life and recording.

RIP, Mr. Baldassari.

Jan 13

Belle’s Box – 109

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.


Postmark: Mesick, Mich Oct 2, 1908?
Addressed to:

Mrs. Bell Fellows
RfD No 1


Bell george aint bin seen
here since him
& hazel was here
yours respet
George w Jones

Belle must have been looking for her brother George Lamunion. Hard to tell why, or where else she inquired about him. George lived at Belle’s home according to the 1920 census. At the time of the 1910 census he was living and working in a lumber camp in Boardman Township, Kalkaska County, Michigan.

Jan 12

Back Home

We’re here, and most of our things are put away. I am a nest maker, so it is important to me to have things in order.

I do have one problem, our bikes got covered with salt and snow on the way home. Our daughters had thoughtfully shoveled, so we drove right in the garage, and the car and bikes started dripping their snow and salt all over. These are low-tech bikes, with coaster brakes. They have one speed, the one where you go as fast as you can pedal. We didn’t hang the bikes up, but parked them in a corner, and I’m trying to figure out how to wash them off.

I started cleaning up the dust that piles up around here, started organizing my genealogy finds, started dinner, and started this blog post, but the only thing I finished was the wash.

I also purchased and am downloading TurboTax. Funny, the download says it’s is 365% complete, and it’s downloading right along. I think someone has a bad formula somewhere. I wonder how long it will take and what percentage I will have when if finally finishes?

We attended two bluegrass festivals and one wedding during our travels, more about those as the week progresses. And, I will post here more regularly from now on, since the vacation is over.

Jan 12

Belle’s Box – 107

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

Kind Thoughts
for Your


Mrs Tinker

Susie Longstreet


Susie M. Burdick married first, John P. Fenton, and second, Harmon H. Longstreet. She was the mother of two people who married Belle’s chidden: Ross P. Fenton who married Edna Fellows and Lila Longstreet who married Frank Fellows.

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