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

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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A Bride in 1904 My Great Aunt May

Married 28 January 1904. Durand, Illinois. My great Aunt May B. Rowley (b.1883-d.1972) and her husband Ralph Alson Potter (b. 1882-d.1971). My grandmother Charlotte’s sister.

I visited Uncle Ralph and Aunt May’s home in Durand when I was a kid. I remember I didn’t understand the words on a plaque over his garage- Dun Workin’ .

They had one son Melburn Clark Potter. b.1906-d. 1940

Kids in Wagon 1919 Throwback Thursday

Marian, Robert and John Durand, Illinois 1919

From my grandmother’s album. My mother Marian and her brothers, Robert and John, in a wagon. Durand Illinois.

Wooden Nickel

Do you have a wooden nickel ?

The history of the wooden nickel is here  

An American adage, “Don’t take any wooden nickels” is considered a lighthearted reminder to be cautious in one’s dealings. 
And here is link for more information on the origin and meaning of that phrase.

They are frequently tokens or souvenirs!

Here is one found in my house.

 

Based on the buffalo nickel. I have one but I think it is worth ten cents.

The Buffalo nickel or Indian Head nickel is a copper-nickel five-cent piece that was struck by the United States Mint from 1913 to 1938. It was designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser. As part of a drive to beautify the coinage….- Wikipedia

Throwback Thursday Durand Illinois

My mother Marian on the left her elder brother John in the middle, her younger brother Robert on the right with the dog in his arms. Maybe 1926?  was born in 1912. Wish I knew. Would like to ask who is that gray haired man on the porch?

From my grandmother’s album.

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.


Magic Rabbitlight Sign Delight

Wednesday Night 29 January

St. Augustine Florida

The Magic Beach Motel. St. Augustine FL

Could rabbitlight be a word? The challenge stated words ending in light.  Signlight? a delight?

Spaceflight  in Starlight at Becky B’s Blog