Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sepia Saturday 267, 2015 February 21 - Good Trade? Hotwater heater for Model T?

The thematic photograph for this week is this
 1937 photograph from the archives of the Finnish Radio Company , which shows engineers on the roof of an outside broadcast van. For those looking for a theme there is radio, broadcasting, roofs, people doing unusual things on motor vehicles, or run with the little and large comparison..  My choice for this week is loosely aligned with folks doing unusual things and vehicles. 


     According to my grandmother's album, the above photograph was taken in 1943 and shows her son-in-law, Leland Enos, trying to move the Model T that he had just traded for a hot water heater.  I recognize the location as the Enos ranch outside of Red Bluff, California.  The fellow on the other side of the car could be Leland's father Pete Enos.  I have often wondered what kind of a water heater was traded for the car  -- and who made the better deal.  I am betting that it was my Uncle Leland.

     Leland Enos married Zelma Elizabeth (Betty) McPherson, the next to the youngest child of my grandparent's, Jabez B. and Elizabeth (Foss) McPherson.  They were married on 20 November 1941 in Reno, Nevada.  The couple spent most of their married life on the Enos ranch.  However, my aunt Betty seemed quite happy to live in the town of Red Bluff in their later years. 

     The following photo was taken at the same time as the photo above.  As you can see, Leland was tinkering with his vehicle, a sign of the times.  A hard working, capable man, who loved  a good party and almost always sported a smile which accentuated his good looks.   He died on 21 March 1988 at the age of 66.

Ramble on over to see what follow Sepians have shared.

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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Geneabloggers Wedding Wednesday, 2015 February 18 - Gertrude Ruttgers and Charles Foss Wedding Picture

Wedding Photograph of Gertrude and Charles Foss
April 12, 1900
Courtesy of Joan Hill, Roots N Leaves Archives
     The above photograph came to me via an album of my grandmother Elizabeth Alfreda (Foss) McPherson.  She had labelled the photo, "Charlie and Gert."  Charles Foss married Gertrude Ruttgers on April 12, 1900.  They had three children, Mary R. (born about 1902), Elizabeth R. (born about 1906 and William F. (born about 1907).  The couple were married for 54 years, when Otto passed away in 1954.  Gertrude lived for another 11 years, and died in 1965.

     Charles was my grandmother's oldest brother.  He and his younger brother Otto were brought to America from Pomerania in about 1882.  My Grandmother Elizabeth Foss was born in Vermont on December 17, 1883.  By about 1885, Ferdinand and Adeline Foss moved baby Elizabeth and sons, Charles and Otto, from Vermont to Madison, Wisconsin.  Ferdinand, Adeline, Charles and Otto would live their lives in and around Madison.

     I am always looking for information about my Foss family, so please share if you know this family and any family stories.

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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sepia Saturday 266, 2015 February 14 -- Last Valentine

Sepia Saturday 266 just happens to coincide with Valentine's Day so our theme image this week is a Valentine's Card which dates back to the 1940s and comes from the Flickr Commons collection of the Deseronto Archives (and as we have not visited these archives before on our tour of Flickr Commons participants, we can now tick them off).  My offering this week dates back just two years,  but in ways just as corny, but love was still in the air.

Follow the trail of hearts, flowers, zuchini, and corny cards left by besotted Sepians.

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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 February 10, Geneabloggers Wedding Wednesday - Clara Foss and Herbert Karls

Clara and Herbert Karls on
their wedding day, 22 April 1939
Courtesy of the
     Clara Foss Weds Herbert Karls

   On the 22nd of April, 1939 Clara Foss was married to Herbert Karls.  The background of this photograph looks like pictures of her parent's farm home in Middleton, Dane Co., Wisconsin. The detail on Clara's dress is lovely, the turned up collar, the exquisite lace, and the lace-trimmed veil attached to the tiara-like head piece.  I particularly like the fact that the veil was caught by the wind.  A gentle breeze that brought April showers, perhaps.

    Clara, born on 2 April 1919, was the youngest daughter of Otto and Agnes Foss, Otto being my grandmother Elizabeth Foss McPherson's brother.  The couple had five children and lived together until Herbert's death, 19 June 1964.  Clara joined her husband forty-six years later, 16 April 2000.

    I never knew Clara and she was about the same age as my mother, but Clara was my first cousin, once removed on my father's side of the family.  A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to journey from my home in southern Oregon to Wisconsin to attend a Foss family reunion and met three of Clara's children.  I felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Clara's children as well many more of my Foss kin.  Reunions are wonderful events!

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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sepia Saturday 265, 2015 February 7 -- If it wasna for the weavers, what would ye do?

The prompt for this week's Sepia Saturday roadshow rolls into the Finnish city of Helsinki and makes its way to Aalto University where we are making use of their archive of old photographs which are available on Flickr Commons.  This illustration from a pottery and craft class which dates back to the 1920s and is entitled "ceramic decoration".   This week, I chose to highlight the 19th century weavers from across the Atlantic.

If it wasna for the weavers, what would ye do?
Ye wouldna hae your cloth that's made o woo.
elementYe wouldna hae your cloak neither black nor blue
If it wasna for the wark o the weavers!
At the turn of the nineteenth century weavers in England and Scotland were comparatively prospersous  within the labor force.  They worked from their own homes, usually in the upstairs of their weaver's cottage which was known for the rows of windows to let in sunlight.  The weavers were at their trade from sunup to sundown for "Nae weaver wastes daylight."  In 1805 a weaver could expect  weekly earnings between 30 shillings and up to 60 schillings  (for special orders), and were sufficiently wealthy enough to "collect their work by coach and walk the streets with a 5 pound note displayed under their hat-bands."  This boon to the weavers would not last.  Mechanical weaving had entered the scene.  A factory loom turned out a woven shawl a day, but a hand-loomed shawl might take up to two weeks.  The  mechanized flax and woolen mills seal the fate of the hand-loom weaver--obliterated by smoke and steam wafting over the growing flax and woolen mills.

By 1840 when my great-great-grandfather James Peter McPherson worked in the Dundee flax mills, a weaver was a near starvation wages of 6 schillings for a 72-hour week.  No longer could a weaver plan on working from home and being able to look out the upper stories windows to see his garden grow and the bairns playing in the yard.

James Peter McPherson and his new wife Mary Burns McPherson left the flax mills of Dundee, Scotland on July 16, 1842 aboard the sailing ship Medora, bound for a new life in America. He became a tailor in New York City, and later in the village of Springdale, Wisconsin.

Now wander over to see what creativity has been unearthed by our fellow Sepians.

Sources: Weavers Cottage, The National Trust for Scotland.
            Monikie.org uk
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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sepia Saturday, 264, 2014 January 31 - Looking down on Link River and Lake Ewana

This week Sepians are sailing down the river of memories and have called in port to view this old archive photograph of Tonsberg in Norway which is brought to us by the Flickr Commons stream of VESTFOLDMUSEENE, NORWAY. For the sepia themes amongst us there is a dockyard of potential themes : harbours, boats, warehouses and the whole concept of looking down on things.

Often my plans are a bit on the grandiose side and require much in the way of research, so I scrapped  plans to do a mega-history of the New York City waterfront and harbor of the 1840s and  1850s.  Instead, I am going to stick to "tried and true" and "simple and doable" - unless I get sidetracked as I am wont to do.  The following photo is in my archives by the Courtesy of the Klamath County Museum.

1874 scene of a covered wagon
on thewest side of Link River, Klamath Falls, Oregon
Courtesy of Klamath County Museum

Theme-wise, this photo is looking down from the hill to the west of  Link River, west of the town of Linkville, later renamed to Klamath Falls.  There is water involved and a water front of sorts. The river is very short, about 1.5 miles or so in length and connects Upper Klamath Lake to Lake Ewana.  The local Indian tribes called the river Yulalona, meaning "back and forth,  because if the winds blew strong to the north, the river would flow back towards the Upper Klamath Lake.

Log Pond
Courtesy of Northern Lumber Co


Even at this early date, the town sports a  stack of logs, which can be seen on the east bank of the river, foretelling  the locale's identity for many decades as a major lumber town.  At one time there were more than a dozen sawmills and wood products factories located in and around the town. and huge log ponds and log booms were a common site along the shorelines of Upper Klamath Lake and Lake Ewana.  By the 1990 only two  mills - Weyerhaueser Lumber Company and Modoc Lumber Company - dominated the area and the end of the once mighty timber industry in the Klamath Falls area was soon to end.  The last log went through Modoc Lumber Company's head rig in 1995.  Weyerhaueser's workforce of over 2500 dwindled to about 300 employees between the early 1980s and 1992 when the company shutdown production in Klamath Falls.  The operations were later sold to Collins Products which employed about 500 folks.

These days Lake Ewana looks more like it did in the 1874, with eagles taking wing above the lake and wild life teeming around the shoreline - but no log booms.

 Now paddle on down to see what things Sepians have chosen to look down upon, view from the water, boats, shorelines, and such.

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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sepia Saturday 238, 2014 July 26:South Street Seaport, New York City, circa 1900

I really liked this 1935 photograph of Broome Street in Manhattan  --- and I was sure I had the perfect photograph for this theme. I went through my uncharted photograph collection to no avail.  I really must do some organization of my collection!

South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Courtesy of the Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection, Library of  Congress
My offering for this 238th Sepia Saturday is a circa 1900 photograph of South Street Seaport with the Brooklyn bridge as a backdrop.  Although I couldn't find the family photo for which I searched and searched, this picture put me in a mind of the life my McPherson/Burns family lived in New York City.   My great-great grandparents left New York City in 1850.  However, his brother-in-law Jabez Burns remained in the City.  In his early days after immigrating he made horse and wagon deliveries. By 1860, he was engrossed in the coffee trade, and became a well-known inventor of the Jabez Burns & Sons Coffee Roaster.Scenes like the one above would have been very familiar to him as one of his early jobs was to buy and transport loads of coffee from the ships in the moored in the harbor.

I also liked the variety of subject matter in  this photograph. Signs, horse drawn wagons, early automobiles,  dock workers and business men in suits, ships and riggings --- all give this photograph a sense of purpose and life. This area now houses the South Street Seaport Museum.

Now go "sign" in and see what our fellow Sepians have to offer in the way of signs, fellows with their hands in their pockets, or whatever takes their eye.

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 © Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications