Oct 28

Belle’s Box – 51

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: Moline June 5 1913 Mich

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Mrs Belle Fellows
Manton
Mich

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Moline June 5th

Dear Niece How are
you and family well
I hope we are all well
and having nice weather
how is ?ill Pale do
you see her often old
Mrs Turner is dead
write me a long letter
and come to see us
love to all Aunt Ann? Jones

I do not have the names of any aunts or uncles of Belle, and could not begin to guess who might have written this card. I do have the following information on the family.

Belle’s father, Ruscum Lemunyon/Lamunion, son of Howard and Martha (Fish) Lemunyon was probably born at Farmington, Ontario County, N. Y. Oct., 1807, and died August, 1891, probably at Wayland, Allegan Co., Mich. He married, 10 August, 1843 (probably at Manchester, N. Y.) Miranda Jones, born 26 Jan., 1821 and died probably 1871 or 1872, Wayland, Allegan County, Mich. These dates are from a Family Bible, as is the following record of their children:

1. Elizabeth L., b 19 DEC., 1846 m Frank Bisard
2. Mary Ann, b 4 Feb., 1850, m John Murry
3. Merritt Winfield, (known as Scott) b Nov. 29, 1851, m Emma Wedges
4. George W., b 13 DEC., 1852
5. Benjamin F., b 31 Jan., 1856
6. Emily Alcinda, b 10 Apr., 1858, m Andrew Carter
7. Olive Josephine, b 11 Nov. –, m — Tufts
8. Claracy Bell, b 15 July, 1864, m Henry Fellows

The transcription of the bible was made in 1975 by Ted McAdam and Dale Ladd, while researching a parallel line of Lamunions who also migrated to Michigan. At that time the bible was in the possession of Hulda Carter Terwilliger, who they visited at her home in Grand Rapids. I made inquiries regarding the bible several years ago, and could not confirm the location or owner of the bible then.

Ruscom and family are found in the following census:
1850 census of Manchester, Ontario County, New York in Howard’s home, page 621.
1855 New York State Census, Manchester, they are family 157:172;
1860, federal census of Manchester, New York they are family 400:426;
1870 in Dorr Township. Allegan County, Michigan, family 78:79 where he is ‘Rascone LaMonnon’.

If you are researching the Jones or Lamunion/Lemunyon families of New York and Allegan County, Michigan, please contact me.

Oct 27

Belle’s Box – 50

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.

“Making up Bunks, Ordnance Training Center, Aberdeen, Maryland

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Postmark, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD October 13 6 p.m. 1941. Addressed to: Mr & Mrs Charley Tinker, Manton Michigan R # 1

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“Pub by ordnance training center, Aberdeen, Maryland”
“Made only by Tichnor Bros., Inc. Boston, Mass”

Dear Grandfolks:

I am feeling fine and hope
you are the same. Things
are about the same as
ever. We are soon going
to start school I hope
We have been out on
the pistol range and
had a few shots. I have
a little cold but not much.
well write or have
mother write for you.
yours
Henry Z Smith

Henry Zachariah Smith, 1918-1986 was the son of Eunice Fellows and her husband Hiram H. Smith. This is the second card from the collection that was written by him to his grandparents Belle and Charlie Tinker

Oct 26

Belle’s Box – 49

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.

the front of this photo card contains a number in the lower left corner: 6090/5

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The addressee is:
Mrs Belle Fellows
Manton
Mich
R-1

The stamp is missing, and the postmark is illegible.

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Dear Friend. We are all
well. Al??? has gone to
Grand Rapids. Abie’s
baby had an operation. I heard
you have a new girl.
We wish you much joy.
We have been looking for you
over. Did you here that Mrs George
Wilson is dead. Well let us here from you

4-21-14 (or perhaps 1911 or 1912) Mary Whitney

I know of no granddaughters of Belle that were born in 1914. The granddaughters that I know of were: Dorothy Featherly, daughter of Mary (Mert) Fellows and Eugene Featherly b 27 April 1901; infant girl b 29 January 1911 to Hiram and Eunice Fellows Smith, and died young; Laura May, b 10 Oct 1910 to Ross Edna Fellows Fenton, Rachel Belle, b 23 Feb 1916 to Alfred (Andy) and Hazel Fellows Burgess; and Luella born and died on 9 Feb 1915.

Oct 22

Belle’s Box – 47

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.

“HOT AND COLD RUNNING WATER ROOMS WITH BATH”

Hotel McDonald, C. F. Collins, Prop., Sandus………h. (Sandusky, Mich)

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Addressed to Mrs. Chas Tinker, Mesick, Mich. The postmark is Sandusky, Aug 7 1930

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This is where we are
spending our summer
very nice place.
glad you got your ????
O.K.
Aint we having hot
weather? Terrible but
won’t be long where
will be wanting some
of this heat.
Hope you are feeling good.
As ever ??? Beardsley

Hot and cold running water would have been quite a luxury in rural northern Michigan in 1930. I’m pretty sure that most families made due with a pump, bucket and a washtub.

Sandusky, Michigan is located in Sanilac County, in the in Michigan’s thumb. If you check out the City’s website, you can see another image of McDonalds Hotel, by watching the “Memories of Yesterday” photo tour. Go ahead, it only takes a minute, and it’s fun…

As for the sender of this card, I haven’t a clue.

Oct 15

Blog Action Day: Poverty

The stories are the same everywhere, but for some reason, those from the southern states seem more prominent. Flatt and Scruggs sang, “Over the Hill to the Poor House”, a lament of an old man whose wife died, and who found shelter at the poor house, when is children rejected him. An earlier poem, “Over the Hill to the Poor-House” was written by Will Carleton about a poorhouse in Hillsdale county, Michigan.

In my genealogical research, one situation which was most certainly rooted in economics resonated on and on, and still affects me today. It occurred in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts, not the south. The story starts when my grandfather died on 13 March 1931 at age 39. A simple death notice, which may have been printed in the Bennington Vermont, Banner reads:

DAVID HENRY HERRINGTON Native of Troy, had lived here during the past year.
David Henry Herrington, 39, died at 4:51 o’clock this morning at his home on County Street. Mr. Herrington had been seriously ill for more than a month and seized with a stroke today. Mr. Herrington was born March 21, 1892 in Troy. The son of Martin and Catherine Knapp Herrington of that city. He has lived in Bennington for more than a year and has been employed by H.O. Cole at the Hotel Bennington. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Helen Herrington, and by a step-son, Donald Hill. He is also survived by his mother, now a resident of Troy and by several brothers and sisters, also of Troy. Although funeral arrangements have not yet been completed, services will probably be held Sunday.

On 16 March 1931 the Banner printed under “Bennington Briefs”:

The funeral service of David Herrington was held Sunday after from his late home on County street. The bearers were Perry Murphy, William Ross, John Wilbur and Stephen Mack. Rev. C.M. Sturgess officiated and the body was placed in Park Lawn Vault.

Herrington was later buried in the family plot in Greenwich New York.

Marjorie Helen Herrington, 1926-2007, was my mother. Sometime after David’s death, Marjorie’s mother, Helen Palmer Hill Herrington, sent or placed her daughter in some foster care arrangement. The details are not clear, mother remembered little but a series of foster homes, places to live, sometimes to survive.

Two of the few photos which remain from my mother’s childhood, show different pictures of her life. This one is marked, Marge, 8 years. It would have been taken about 4 years after her mother gave her up, probably in 1934 or 1935.

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Mom did remember the name of the last woman with whom she lived, in Brooklyn, New York. Mom loved baseball, and told of skipping school to sneak in to Dodgers games. This photograph is obviously from that time of brownstones and city living, about 1938-1944. She remembered the address clearly, 256 Decater. The accompanying stories involved jump rope, roller skating and similar children’s activities.

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Mom also had many unhappy memories of her childhood. She was apparently passed around to a number of homes. She ran away numerous times, including from a boarding school. She felt that she didn’t fit in, or was somehow different most of her life. Her assessment of many of life’s situations were colored by that early abandonment. Questions like “Why did my mother leave me?” and “What’s wrong with me?”, “What did she look like?”, continued to haunt Mom her until her death last year. Mom couldn’t understand why she was “thrown away” when her brother continued to live with her mother. There is no more haunting thought of an abandoned child, or the memory of being one.

The plight of a widow in my grandmother’s situation is clearer for me today, than it every was for my mother. No income, no money for rent, for food, or even a gravestone for her husband. An extended family scratching by, not uncaring, but unable to help, Or alienation from family, for whatever reason. The living conditions of many families during the years of the Great Depression might shock even those of modest means today.

During the next few years, people are already comparing current economic problems with the Depression era. I hope society will find a way to care for it’s most precious resource, it’s children.


Oct 10

Belle’s Box – 44

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.

A Christmas Card:

“A Merry Christmas”

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Addressed to:

Bell Fellows
Manton
Mich

Postmarked: Manton, Mich
Dec 20 1901 PM

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A
Happy
Exmas & a
ple?in
New Year
to you all
J.H.M.

(If anyone knows what kind of New Year the family should have, please let me know!)

Oct 09

Belle’s Box – 42

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.

This is a Christmas card, which must have been mailed in an envelope.

Christmas Card

Christmas Card

Another mystery. A check of the census at Ancestry.com shows several William Reardons with Michigan residences or birthplaces. But, none of them lived near Belle and Charlie’s home in Wexford County.

Oct 09

Belle’s Box – Who Are They?

Here are the mystery names which appear on items from Belle’s box.  This list is of people for whom partial information can be found by studying the items from Belle’s Box.
Keep in mind that not all 400+ items have been transcribed to date, and perhaps more information about the people on this list will be found. If the people are identified by later items, and if so I will add them to the “Cast of Characters” post, and delete them here.

In the meantime, if you can identify these names associated with Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker, Charlie Tinker, Wexford county or Newaygo county Michigan, please contact me.

Name Post Info
Agnes 2-28 Sent Mother’s Day card to Belle, no date.
Alice, Homer & Boys 2-69 Sent undated Christmas card,
Ashley, Clinton L. “Mike” 2-73 V-mail, 30 November 1943.
B, Jessie 34 Sent a card to Belle postmarked Manton, Mich, sometime after 15 July 1913.
Bailey, Mr. & Mrs. A.C. 62,
97
Sent a Christmas cards to Belle, in unknown years.
Baldwin, Mrs. 54 Mentioned in a post card sent from Mrs. Culver to Belle in 1920, in connection with the ladies aid.
Beardsley, Mr. & Mrs. 2-80 Undated Christmas card.
Bauer/Bauers 10 Sender of a Christmas card, no other information
Beardsley, ?? 47 Sent a card to Belle postmarked Sandusky, Mich., August 7, 1930.
Blanche 11 Sent a postcard from Traverse City, Michigan to Dana Taylor of the Manton area.
Bisard, Mrs. 11 Sent a postcard to Belle in 1910.
Borghild & George 11 Sent a Christmas card to Belle in 1928..
Colbert, Dr. & Mrs. 2-56 Sent a sympathy card, probably after Charlie’s death.
Colbert, Eare & Marie 2-32 Christmas card, 1947.
Colley, Maud 2-16 Birthday card, 1945.
Colley, Maud 2-88 Undated Christmas card.
Colley, Maud 2-8 Sent a sympathy card to Belle. The card was signed,”Mrs. Maud Colley, Fred and Charles Warren”.
Culver, Mrs. Oren 54 Sent Belle a card regarding hosting a ladies aid meeting in October, 1920
De Baets, Mr. & Mrs. Emil 2-72 Sympathy card, probably after Charlie Tinker’s death.
Decker, Beatrice 25 Sent an undated birthday card to Belle.
Emma 64 Referred to in a postcard sent by Hattie to Belle in April, 1921.
Edd 64 Referred to in a postcard sent by Hattie to Belle in April, 1921.
Fales, Mr. & Mrs. H. 14 Sent Christmas card in 1947. I received this comment: “Fales lived on or just off M42 about half way to Manton.”
Gardner, Bertie 2-71 Undated birthday card.
Goodall, Patty 2-45 Undated Christmas Card.
Gray, Harry 37 Recipient of a post card from “Ona” of Lincoln, Nebraska, mailed 10 Sept 1908.
Grigg (Gregg), Mrs 9 Sent card 12 Dec 1927 regarding quilting at “Mrs. Leaches”. A comment tells me: “Mrs Gregg lived next to Frank Freund on West 20 Road in Colfax. The Leaches lived near by also.”
H, Anna 43 Sender of a card postmarked 12 April 1915 Saginaw Mich
Hubbard, Ann 2-50 Undated Christmas card, maybe from the same person as item 43.
Hattie 64 Sent a postcard to Belle in April, 1921
J.H.M. 44 Sender of a Christmas card postmarked 20 Dec 1901 Manton, Mich
Jacobs, Mr. & Mrs. C. 23 Birthday card to Belle, undated.
Jacobs, LeRoy & Elizabeth 2-44 Undated expression of thanks.
Jensen, Charles 39 Sender of a Christmas card
Leach, Mrs 9 Quilting at her home in December, 1927.  A comment tells me: “Mrs Gregg lived next to Frank Freund on West 20 Road in Colfax. The Leaches lived near by also.”
Leonard, Mr. & Mrs. 13 Sent a Christmas card, no other information
Lon 5 Sent card to Charlie Tinker, Manton, MI postmarked 13 Dec 1911, Hesperia
Mary & Millie 2-57 Undated Christmas Card.
Minnie & Frank 2-20 Undated Christmas Card.
Morrisey, Tom 40 Sender of a Christmas card
NF 31 Sent a card to Charles Tinker on 15 October 1915 from somewhere in Michigan.
Nutter, Walter 2-77 Undated Christmas Card.
Ona 37 Sender of a post card to Harry Gray of Manton on 10 Sept 1908
Potter, Mr. & Mrs. Perry E. 2-68 Undated sympathy card.
Reardon, William 42 Sender of a Christmas card, no other information
Reardon, William 22 Sender of a Christmas card, no other information
Reed, Olia 29 Sent a card to Belle 9 Dec 1911 from Grand Rapids. Her address: 0176 Second Ave.
Reed, Olia 27 Sent a card to Belle, no date, her address: 721 Oakland Ave.
Reed, Olia 24 Sent undated card to Belle, possibly with forwarded mail.
Reed, Olia 106 Sent card to Belle from Grand Rapids, March 4, 1913.
Taylor, Dana 11 Manton area resident, received a postcard from “Blanche”
Rice, Mrs. Nora of Nashville, MI 2-79 Undated Christmas Card.
Skidmore, family 2-12 Undated Christmas Card.
Skidmore, family 2-96 Undated Christmas Card.
Vern, Julia & Juanita 2-57 Undated Christmas Card.
Warren, Fred and Charles 2-8 Sent a sympathy card to Belle. The card was signed, “Mrs. Maud Colley, Fred and Charles Warren”.
Whitney, Mary 17
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Sent a birthday card. Also a post card addressed to Belle, “Dear Friend”. No other information

Oct 09

Belle’s Box – 45

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.

45

We wish to acknowledge with sincere
thanks the kind expression
of your sympathy

A quick search for the Freund family in Wexford County, Michigan where Belle lived from about 1900 on turns up several records.

The 1900 census shows the family of Frank Freund: Frank, 49, Augsta (sic), 45, William, 22; Amelia, 16; Herman, 13; Lydia, 11; and Elsie, 10. All family members are listed as having been born in Germany, and Frank’s arrival year is given as 1893, seven years in the US, naturalized. Augusta was listed as the mother of five children, five living.

In 1910, the Freund family of Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan was listed as: Frank, 57; Augusta, 54; Herman, 22; Martha, 21, and Pauline, 8.

On the 1920 census of the same place, the family was: Frank, 66; Elizabeth, 63; Herman, 33; and Pauline, 18.

When the 1930 census was taken the family was: Herman, 42; and Frank, 77.

The early Michigan records, indexed on the new familysearchlab.org site, show for the Freund family of Wexford County:

Louisa Freund, daughter of Frank Freund, married John Schutte on 29 June 1898 in Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan. Louisa’s father is listed as Frank Freund.

Augusta Freund married, in Colfax Township, Wexford County on 25 June 1902 George E. Ekholm. Her parents were listed as F. Frank Freund and Elizabeth A. Amont.

Emilie Freund, daughter of R.a. Freund, married John Manly on 26 March 1902 in Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan.

William Freund, son of Frank Freund and Augusta Arnold married Augusta Schmidt on 26 Dec 1900.

Pauline Freund, daughter of Frank Freund and Augusta Green married ED Swan on 26 December 1920 in Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan.

Two birth records for this family are listed:

Pauline L. Freund, daughter of Frank and Augusta Freund, born 11 August 1901.

Lena M. Freund, daughter of William and Augusta A. Freund, born 16 November 1902 in Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan.

It seems that either some marriage or death records for this family are missing. Since the Michigan records available on the Family Search site are limited to births 1867-1902, deaths 1867-1897, and marriages 1868-1925, events may have occurred outside that range, or may have gone unrecorded.

Oct 09

Belle’s Box – 43

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.

A downtown view of Saginaw, Michigan.

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Postmark Saginaw, Mich. April 12, 1915. The time is illegible. Addressed to:

Mrs. Chas. Tinker
Manton
Mich
RFD #1

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Dear friends,

How are you.
I am nearly
froze. it was
snowing this
morning. I think
we will be hom Saturday
From
Anna H.

Just another mystery person.

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