Illinois Grandmother Throwback Thursday

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks on the right. My father’s mother. Don’t know who the other two women are. Lincoln, Illinois.

My grandmother on the right, the one who taught me to knit.
1973 photograph of me in the middle, my grandmother on the right and Aunt Vesta Kent on the left. Morrisonville, Illinois.

My Maternal Grandmother Ancestors

Throwback Thursday

One Christmas, our mother had a copy of this photo made for each of us.

My Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather-
Mary Smith Rowley and Eugene Baker Rowley

My mother’s mother Charlotte Elizabeth June 13, 1888 front left

May Blossom. May 1, 1883 standing

Edna Blanche July 2, 1890 on her father’s lap

Rockford, Illinois

Four Generations of Ancestors

On my mother’s side. 

Four Generations

 My Great Grandmother Mary S. Smith Rowley

My  Great Great Grandmother Charlotte Ann Clark Smith

My Great Aunt May Baker Rowley Potter  b.1883-d.1972

her son Melburn Clark Potter

b.1906-d. 1940

 

My Great Great Grandmother  Charlotte Ann Clark Smith   

Born in Ohio 31 May 1834 Died Durand Illinois 22 January 1916 Aged 81

Buried in Durand Winnebago County Illinois Laona Cemetery

My Great Grandmother
Mary S Smith Married Eugene Baker Rowley in 1880
Born  in Durand, Winnebago, Illinois, Died 1917
Daughter of Clark Smith & Charlotte Ann Clark
Mother of Clair S Rowley, May Baker Potter 1883-1972   Charlotte Rowley Van Sickle 1888-1980, Edna Rowley Morey 1892-1990,, Cecile Rowley Caven 1897-1957

Middle Row, Second from the Left. Throwback Thursday

A faded school photo found in a desk drawer while cleaning.

In the middle row. Second from the left. Charlotte Rowley in the dark dress and her younger sister Edna Rowley next to her. The handwriting of the list of students is unknown to me but I thought it was a good find, to see all the names. No date I could see but Charlotte was born in 1888.

So many old photos are unidentified.

Now the printing on the cardboard is my mother’s hand Historical Pictorial

Farmingdale School. Winnebago County Illinois
Grandmother Charlotte in the dark dress and the girl right next to get, a head shorter, is my Great Aunt Edna

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Crystal Necklace Cleaning

When I wore this 3 strand crystal necklace to my son’s wedding in 2002, my Aunt Rhea sat right behind me. She leaned forward over the back of the pew and said, ”Oh you’re wearing your Grandmother’s necklace.” Now I’d always thought of it as my mother’s necklace when it came to me in 2000 when my mother passed.

Today I found it in my dresser and thought I’d like to clean the crystals and wear it this coming Saturday to the National Kidney Gala fundraiser to which Steve and I are invited.  Spiff up a plain dress for sure.

I wish I knew more about the necklace but there is no one to ask.

A search found a simple method of a few drops of dish soap and some alcohol in lukewarm water, a cool rinse and then gently dry with a handkerchief so no bits of fiber from a towel.


Born in 1895 Throwback Thursday

On the left.

My paternal grandmother, Mary Alta Kerr, born February 7, 1895  and her brother and sister. I need to do more research, dig around in a box, to get info on her siblings details. I know she called her sister “Sis”.

This is the grandmother who taught me to knit when I was little. No date on the photo. She looks to be 5 or 6? Maybe 1900-1901?

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks passed March 13,1979 and is buried in Morrisonville, Illinois.

Mary Alta, Sarah and Will Kerr in Illinois