17 April 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Boy Scout Event Patches and Pins

Boy scouts receive a lot of patches and stuff that can go on their official scout shirts, but they receive many unofficial patches. Where do they all go?

Camping at Silver Moccasin c. 1990

I still need to have an interview with my husband to discuss his scouting activities to know learn more about the following collection of patches and pins. I'd also like to know where they were placed. My sons have red brag vests that they can wear to pack meetings to house all of their activity pins and patches. Did he have the same?

These patches were all photographed with artificial light using my DIY Lightbox.

Boy Scout Memorabilia
BSA Lifeguard patch
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Looking at the orientation of the photo, I could be a little miffed that I didn't catch the angle earlier. However, I do like how the off center arrangement makes you stop to read it. This patch was awarded to boys aged 15 or older who passed a BSA Life Guard certification course. My husband passed it and served as a camp counselor in his youth (or at least that's what I remember him saying... another question for our interview). This patch would have been placed on the front side of his swim trunks.

Aside from this specific patch, my husband mentioned that he doesn't have specific memories for the following events. I'll share the names of the patches and pins. Perhaps someone will stumble across this website and can provide some memories of their own.

I share the lack of memories to make a point. We need to record today's events because they become tomorrow's history. What a great treasure we would have if the stories of these events were recorded so many years ago. Alas, we have the items. I can demonstrate that he was active in scouts. That's what we'll do.

Photographing Boy Scout Patches
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patches
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Alpine Rendezvious Eagle Peaks District, 1990

Great Salt Lake Council International Jamboral Patch 1988

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Pin
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Great Salt Lake Council International Jamboral Pin 1988

Photographing Boy Scout Patches
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patches
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Eagle Peaks District Klondike 1991

Cache Valley Council Fall Camporee 1989

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
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Coup Trail J LT , Great Salt Lake Council 1991

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
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Great Salt Lake Council Scout-O-Rama 1991, Improving Our World With Scouting

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
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Utah Heritage Jamboral, Great Salt Lake Council, 1896 - 1990

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
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Silver Moccasin, Great Salt Lake Council, JLT 1989

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
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75 520 EL - KU - TA Lodge Patch in the Great Salt Lake Council (Order of the Arrow Ordeals)

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Pin
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75 520 EL - KU - TA Lodge Pin in the Great Salt Lake Council

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
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US Mormon Battalion Trail Patch 1846 - 1848

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Patch
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Camp Evergreen, Great Salt Lake Council, 1991

Boy Scout Memorabilia
Great Salt Lake Council Activity Pin
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 75 Yeas of Scouting Pin (1913-1988).

In reviewing all of these pins and patches, I have made a connection. Many of the patches have dates on them. With dates, you can create a timeline. Timelines are some of genealogists' best friends. When I work on organizing my husbands memories and photos in chronological order, I will be able to place these patches and pins in their context as well. Perhaps when the pins, photos, and certificates are in order, more memories will follow.

In the comments below, feel free to share links to your efforts to document the hobbies and interests of your family members. I welcome tips on how to improve my own photography as well. With spring finally upon us, the urge to do spring cleaning might send you into your attics, garages and closets. As you go there, make a plan and the photograph the stuff of your and your family's life (both the living and the deceased).

16 April 2014

Heritage Scrapbooking: Inviting Covers

Heritage Scrapbook Cover
Heritage Scrapbook Cover Design
Credits: paper - Enjoy The Ride; trim, and tag - Hello, Aunty;
green flower - Spa Holiday; pink flower - Mother May I

Far too often, the cover of a scrapbook gets little attention. That's really too bad. An inviting cover can go along way to triggering memories of the stories inside for scrapbooks about living people. The cover design of a heritage scrapbook is just as important.

The interior of the scrapbook about my Grandma Louise Long Brown used a color palette with five colors with tans, peach, and light green. I have amazing photos of my grandmother, including this one. I had never seen this photo until my Grannie's 90th birthday. It is stunning. I love the stylish, simplicity of my Grannie. The cover needed to be understated so her photo took center stage.

The photo I had could not fill the entire front cover. On one had, I think a cover with her photo going edge to edge would be amazing. On the other had, I really like how I was able to use a few simple embellishments to set the theme and mood for the pages inside. The color scheme will not shock anyone when they open the book.

The little tag reads: The Life of Louise Long. I could have added her birth and death years to the cover. However, I decided to leave them off because I am still missing her greatly and left that information off. There is just enough information to identify the subject of the scrapbook. The rest of the information is within the book.

I had challenged myself to use more embellishments in the project. After designing all of the pages, I started working on the cover. After placing the key elements in place (the photo, title/tag, and the ribbons), I stopped. I just couldn't add anything else. The more I tried to think of what else to put on the book, the more I stopped focusing on the eyes of my Grannie. Grannie's eyes told so many stories. I couldn't have anything detracting from her eyes.

Heritage Scrapbook Back Page
Heritage Scrapbook Back Cover Design
Credits: paper - Enjoy The Ride; trim - Hello, Aunty;
green flowers - Spa Holiday; pink flowers - Mother May I

I figure once a person picks up a heritage scrapbook, they might flip it over to the back. I debated about putting more photos on the back cover or not. I couldn't decide on which ones. Instead, I opted to showcase a few of the artifacts that belonged to my Grannie. She was talented with sewing and handicrafts. Her nickname was Chick (short for Chicken), and my mother was born in May. She had this little bell to remind her of my mother. Having these three items on the back, invites my reader to want to learn more about the stunning young woman on the front of the book.

Although you'll often create the cover of your heritage scrapbooks towards the end of your project, I share this cover before the pages. The point is to emphasize the need to design a cover that invites people to read your book. You could go wild with your cover layouts, or stay on the simple side. Whatever design style you choose, give your scrapbook reader a reason to open the book and read more.

Tip: When you print your scrapbook, you'll want to opt for an image wrap hard-cover book. I have printed soft cover books before, and the books just do not hold up. Additionally, a heritage scrapbook is worth spending a little extra money on a custom cover rather than a cheaper, plain cover.

Second Tip: If you choose to print your pages and put them in page protectors or you do paper scrapbooking, you should spend time developing a cover and a closing page to your albums.

14 April 2014

Amanuensis Monday: Knowledge Gained from Townsend Pension

Gravestone of William James Townsend
It all started with this grave marker.
For the past 23 weeks, I've shared portions of my Great Grandfather William James Towsend (or Townson)'s Civil War Pension file. He served with the Ohio Infantry 143rd Regiment Company K.

I'm so thankful for the geneablogging community pointing me in the direction of hiring a professional genealogist to go to the National Archives and look up the case file. Having the specific record citation for William and his wife Mary Clabaugh made the research easy. In a few short months, and for an expense far less than what the Administration charged, I had 38 scanned images of information to enlighten my understanding about a great-grandfather and his wife.

Did I break down any brick wall?

Short answer. Nope.

Did I find out any new information to add to my family tree?


Did I learn more about the story of William and Mary Townsend of Edwards Station, Franklin, Ohio?


And isn't that what a family historian is after? The story in hi-STORY.

This post collects all the findings and questions I have generated from the past 23 weeks.


William Townsend Pension Application
  • Enrolled in Company K Regiment 133rd Ohio on 6 May 1864
  • Honorably discharged 20 August 1864 (3 months, 14 days of service)
  • Age 22 at time of service
  • Physical Description: height 5 feet 6 inches, complexion hair, dark; eyes Blue
  •  1 June 1864, he became sick with mumps and erysipelas.
    - at New Creek in West Virginia
    - disease settled in his eyes and eyes were swollen shut
    - doctor lanced his eyes
    - lost sight in right eye
    - left eye so badly damaged, he was almost totally blind
  • His 'active' service was less than 1 month. He spent the rest of his time in the field hospital.
  • William lived within 7 miles of Groveport, Franklin, Ohio following his discharge
  • He  attempts to provide for himself with manual labor as a farmer
  • By 1 Sept 1883,  he is unable to provide for himself.
  • He sought an invalid pension based on injuries sustained
  • William Townson did not sign his name, he only made his mark due to his blindness.
Civil War Pension Affidavit
  • Original Pension application was completed on 1 September 1883. Second affidavit seems to certify the person of William James Townsend and was completed on 7 Apr 1884. 
  • William again signed with a mark, on account of his being blind, though not stated in this file.
Civil War Claimant Affidavit for William J Townson
  •  He lived in Madison Township, Franklin County, Ohio for three years prior enlisting and after his discharge.
  • He was treated by Doctor Craine during his time at New Creek Station
  • He was treated by Doctor Chainney & Doctor Saylor afterward
  • He worked as a farmer prior to enlistment. He continued, as best he could, in farming after his discharge.
  • His farm labors included plowing, planting corn, building fences. 
  • Thos H Beck witnessed his written testimony
Witness Statement for William James Townson
  • Edward G Behm & John Rohn knew William James Townson intimately.
  • They served with him in Company K, Regiment 133rd, Ohio Infantry Volunteers
  • They lived in Edwards Station, presumably near William Townson (because this place appears elsewhere the in Townsend history)
Affidavits from William Gill & George Mansfield
  •  A Than was mayor of Groveport, Ohio in 1888. 
  • William C Gill and George Mansfield were well and intimately acquainted with my great grandfather. These men were members of Co K, 133rd Regiment of the Ohio Volunteers during the Civil War.
Physician Affidavit for William Townsend
  • William Townsend died on 13 November 1889 of acute uremia
  • Dr C R Clement had attended William for four years (since about 1885). He had been a medical practitioner for eleven years.
  • Dr Clement knew of William's vision problem and listed other illnesses as  ucphalia vedema and tesious of the kidneys (I do not know what any of this means of it was transcribed correctly).
  • William's widow Mary Towsend collected this information and submitted it in 1890.
  • A H Addington was Mary's Pension Attorney in Columbus, Ohio
Affidavit by John Fearn, 2nd Lieut
  • John H Fearn was the 2nd Lieut with Co K, 133rd Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.
  • There was a forced march from New Creek to Greenland Gap, West Virginia. It was a 50 mile distance in 26 hours during May 1864. The whole regiment was exhausted after the march. 
  • At some point, William Townsend returned back to New Creek and had erysipelas and mumps. 
  • William stayed in New Creek's hospital while his unit moved to City Point, Virginia.
  • William never returned to service. 
  • Lieut Fearn did not see William until after the they were discharged and then not again until 30 January 1886. He noted that William looked feeble after their discharge.
Undertaker Affidavit for William Townsend
  • William Townsend was buried on 15 November 1889 in Hamilton Township, Franklin County, Ohio.
  • The undertaker was named Herma Sebtkzy and an address was given.
Declaration for Widow's Pension
  • The unit's captain was Thomas Libby
  • Mary was 44 years old when she filed for this Pension on 21 November 1889 (a week after William's death)
  • Mary was a resident of Edward, Franklin, Ohio.
  • William and Mary were married 10 November 1864 (after William served in the military and became blind)
  • Mary's last name was Clabaugh
  • Her children under the age of 16 were Harry Augustus (11), Emma Virginia (9), Samuel Leroy (5), and Ethel May (2).
  • Mary and William were not married prior to their marriage.
  • Her witnesses were Jame A Kile and C R Clement. C R Clement was William's doctor. 
Declaration for Widow's Pension June 1890
  • Mary was 43 years old when she filed for this Pension on 5 July 1890 (her age was listed as 44 in the prior pension record)
  • She married under the name of Mary Clabaugh to William on 10 November 1864 by the Justice of the Peace William Kyle in Franklin County, Ohio. 
  • Her witnesses were Mary E Kleinlin and Cal Towsend. 
  • A.H. Addington is her Pension Attorney
Mary Townsend's Wife Affidavit
  • Mary may not have been a church goer as there are not birth/baptism records recorded at a church. She also does not have any civil documents pertaining to the births of her children.
  • After her husband's death, she sold his property and bought a home in Edwards Station, Franklin, Ohio. The purchase date might have been 3 August 1890. Mary agreed to pay $400 dollars for the new home and had paid $216 prior to the pension claim. The balance is $184 with interest.
  • She's hoping to receive a pension to finish paying for the home.
  • She earns money as a day laborer.
General Affidavits Jennie Tewell, Midwife
  • Mary used a midwife named Jennie Tewell for at least two of her children (Emma and Harry) but she only knows of Samuel's birth though she was not in attendance. Jennie mentions she kept a record of her performances as a midwife
  • Jennie Tewell lived at 462 Poplar Ave, possibly in Columbus, Ohio.
General Affidavit by Ida Sanborn
  • Ida was 18 when she witnessed the birth of her brother Samuel. 
  • Ida was living in Edwards Station in 1890/1891. 
Reca Yous - Midwife Affidavit
  • 65 year old Reca Yous was the midwife or Mary's last child, Ethel May. 
  • Reca Yous was also from Edwards Station.
General Affidavits Nancy Miller
  • Nancy has a really nice signature.
  • Nancy is living in Reece's Station.
  • Mary's youngest children are living with her, not with extended family members.
General Affidavit by Charles E Klineline
  • 19 year old Charles Kleinline is from Edwards Station
  • Being much younger than Mary, he's known her all of his life
  • He places the value of her home at $300 and says Mary has a small assortment of household goods.
General Affidavit by Mary E Kleinlien
  • Mary Kleinlien, 45, is a resident of Edward's Station.
  • Mary Kleinlien has known Mary Townsend since they were little girls. They are not only neighbors but best friends
Application for Accrued Pension
  • William had received a pension while living up until 4 September 1889.
  • Jacob Miller and Alvis Herman Miller of Edwards Station witnessed Mary's signature on the applications, they know she is William Townsend's widow. They've known the Townsends for 21 years
Widow Pension Dropped
  • Mary (Clabaugh) Townsend died 28 August 1916.
  • Mary's final Pension payment was in 1 Jun 1916 for the amount of $12.
  • Mary had received the pension for 24 years (1892 - 1916)

 Return of Check and Plate Destroyed
  • A check of $36, dated 4 Sep 1916 was returned to the Pension Office
  • The plate that helped print checks for Mary Townsend was destroyed
  • Essentially, the file was closed for William Townsend and his widow Mary.

This summary is rather long. Next week I will share the questions I have generated from the pension file.

Until next week, you can see all of the knowledge I have gained to fill out the story about William James Townsend and his wife Mary Clabaugh. I have a better understanding of William's service and life after the Civil War. I know when he died and what became of his wife. I know the names of some of the people that William served with and the neighbors of the family. I also know that two of William and Mary's children served as witnesses. All in all, the records were well worth the money. 

10 April 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Boy Scout Awards

If you are fortunate to have a saver in your family, you might have a large memorabilia collection. If a family member was active in a particular organization, you will have a large collection of items to photograph to help tell the story of their involvement.

Photos and Artifacts in Family History
My husband after earning his Eagle Scout
You could do a Google search for the items in a Boy Scout earned or wore. However, if you have the objects in your possession and can photograph them, you'll provide a greater sense of reality in your photos. (You'll possibly avoid copy right laws as well.)

For the large objects in this collection, I used natural lighting. My set up used a seamless backdrop setting. For the small objects, I used artificial lighting filtered through a DIY light box.

Council Shoulder Patch
Actually, this patch is not an actual award. It was placed on the Boy Scout uniform to identify the Council in which the boy was a scout. This post is mostly about the awards my husband earned while he was a scout in the Great Salt Lake Council.

Photographing Scout Memorabilia
Merit Badge Sash
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This Boy Scout Merit Badge Sash shows the the merit badges a particular scout earns. I could Google a sash and place it on the page detailing my husband's scout involvement. However, I would not be able to show which badges he earned. And that's the point. When we're sharing our family history, we want, when possible, to show what our family members did.

Photographing Scout Memorabilia
Attendance Pin & Bars
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(Needs level adjustment)

My husband has quite the collection of awards. This one shows that he was an active member of his troop for two years. Each unit would be different. Some say you have to have perfect attendance. Some suggest that you need to have regular attendance.

Photographing Scout Memorabilia
Attendance Pin... another second style
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(Needs level adjustment)
And a lot of groups won't award attendance awards any more.

Photographing Scout Memorabilia
Patrol Leader
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Here's another patch that my husband wore with his uniform. It demonstrates his leadership abilities which he had continued to develop throughout his life.

Photographing Scout Memorabilia
Order of the Arrow
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This Order of the Arrow sash shows that my husband as a) elected to the Order and b) passed his Ordeal. Thanks to Wikipedia, I have some basic information about his Ordeal and I'll be able to ask him to recall specifics about the program (well, what he can since a vow of silence was taken). Thankfully, I have his sash and I know which rank he achieved. The introductory level.

Family History in Photographs
Order of the Arrow Shoulder
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Those in the Order the arrow were given these items to place on their uniform's right shirt pocket.

Family History in Photographs
Additional Awards
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Spot Metering, Macro Focus
By participating in Scouting throughout his youth, my husband was able to earn several additional awards: Eagle, Faith in God, and On My Honor. The first award, he earned when he before he was 15. The other two are religious related awards earned by completing requirements put forth by our church.

Family History in Photographs
Eagle Palm
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(Needs level adjustment)
Since my husband earned his Eagle Scout Award fairly early in his Scouting career and earned at least 32 merit badges, he was awarded Eagle Palm awards. The Eagle Scout award requires 21 Merit badges. For every four additional merit badges earned after that, a scout was awarded Eagle Palms.

Family History in Photographs
Eagle Bolo Tie
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Another award for my hubby's Eagle Award was this bolo tie.

Family History in Photographs
Rank Pins
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If a scout earns his eagle, it's a given that they advanced through all the ranks to receive the award. In the process, they collected a lot of hardware. These small metal rank advancement pins were gathered and placed on this ribbon. It's a great way to show a boy's progress in a small space.

As you can see, there are a lot of awards that a young man can earn in the Boy Scouting program. And, the places where I don't have a lot of information about, is where I will soon be interviewing my husband to gather more information to tell his story to our children.

Whether you have a heritage collection or your boy is currently in scouts, be sure to photograph the stuff earn. Use the photos to go along with a photo of them all dressed up in their gear. And then record the memories of their experience in scouting.

Take time to record the hobbies of your family members. Knowing the 'facts' is awesome. Knowing their hobbies, tells us a little more about how they are (or who their mother was).

In case you're wondering, Mother-in-law earned her eagle, but they gave the badge to my husband (and his three brothers).

09 April 2014

Heritage Scrapbooking: Sneak Peak

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to share another heritage scrapbook. This series features my dearest Grannie. I knew this grandmother. I loved this grandmother. She always made me feel loved and valued, even though she lived 1,200 miles away from me. I love and miss her laugh and corny jokes too.

Lewis Brown and Louise Long
Grannie and Papa as newlyweds

Grannie died in January 2012 and my mother, her second daughter, died that December (read her eulogy). They were bookends to 2012. I had created my mother's scrapbook prior to her death. I had not completed my Grannie's. After visiting my aunt who still lives in Ohio, I finally had enough stuff to create a scrapbook about Louise Long Brown.

Bare in mind, I can not share all of the completed scrapbook pages from this project because I have information about my living relatives in it. Perhaps someday I will do a scrapbook page for an ancestor where I can share all the layouts.


Since this is a female centered family tree scrapbook, I wanted to use more embellishments than I used on Grandpa Lew's scrapbook. I always want to keep the focus on the historic photos and the stories. Yet, I wanted to add more flair to the pages.

This was a challenge as I usually add one or two embellishments and call it good. I enjoyed adding more embellishments. I have now applied this to my personal scrapbooks. I hope you will enjoy these layouts that include more embellishments but still maintain my simple scrapbooking style.


My other goal was to use a 'non-traditional' color palette. Browns, tans, and creams are great colors for heritage scrapbooks. I wanted to see what I could do with a soft colored palette. In this color scheme, I have enough color choices to compliment the sepia, black & white, 1970, and more modern photographs that would be included in the project.

Heritage Scrapbook Colors

This is the color scheme I picked for my grandmother. When I hear stories about my grandmother, I know she was down to earth but also had a soft side. I wanted enough colors to play with when I started creating my scrapbook layouts given these personality traits.


Unlike my grandfather's album, I did not use just one kit as the foundation for my album. Instead, I used the above color scheme to guide me through the paper and embellishment selection process. The five colors in this palette was inspiring and fun.

I do not have to force any photos or artifacts to fit with a pre-selected kit. By scrapbooking with a color scheme as my base, I was free to stretch my creativity. It also helps that I have a large collection of digital scrapbook supplies to choose from.

As I share each layout, I'll do my best to share the product list. I want to give credit to the talented digital scrapbook designers. If I fail to mention a designer, by accident or forgetfulness, I hope that someone will gently let me know.


I hope you'll be inspired to begin scrapbooking your heritage with the upcoming posts. There will be a family tree scrapbook layout. There will be many page themes that I discuss in my eBook Create a Family History Scrapbook Digitally in 12 Simple Steps. I will also share with you some tips that I've learned and some reasons why digital scrapbooking your family history is, dare I say, AWESOME!

Be sure to share your completed scrapbook layouts with me and my blog fans by leaving a link to your blog posts or gallery pages in the comments section below. There is a growing interest in my website as it applies to this topic and we can grow all learn from each other.

Heritage Scrapbook Layout Ideas
Grannie's Scrapbook Page from My Mother's Album
This layout is about my Grannie as it appeared in my mother's scrapbook. I can't wait to show you what I've done for her focal person scrapbook (concept discussed in my book).

Just in case you need more inspiration for why you should create a family tree scrapbook, review my post Why create a family history scrapbook?

07 April 2014

Amanuensis Monday: Last Image for William Townsend's File

This is the last image in the series of files I received from my Civil War ancestor William James Townsend. As you can see, there was so much information contained in these files. If you come across a Civil War ancestor, be sure to check out their Pension files.

Mary Townsend Widow's Pension
Return of Check and Plate Destroyed for Mary Townsend Widow's Pension

Paid @ $12 to June 4, 1916 Sept 23 1916
to the Chief, Finance Division:

You are hereby notified that check #2540745 for $36
dated Sep 4 1916 in favor of MARY TOWNSEND
post office GROVEPORT OHIO
certificate # 320542 ACT APR

Class Act April 19, 1908

Section 8 has been returned to this office by the Postmaster with the information that the pensioner died Aug 28 1916 and said check has the day been canceled.
Very respectfully
Disbursing Clerk

  • A check of $36, dated 4 Sep 1916 was returned to the Pension Office
  • The plate that helped print checks for Mary Townsend was destroyed
  • Essentially, the file was closed for William Townsend and his widow Mary.

03 April 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Sometimes Treasures are Adorable

There are a lot of treasures that parents have collected over the years that their children made for them. One of the most common from when I was growing up was a hand print in plaster. My mother-in-law saved so many artifacts from her boy's childhoods. I haven't asked my sisters-in-law how they feel, but I have loved everything that we've discovered in the 'boxes'.

Photographing Childhood Memories
Childhood Crafts for Parents

One such item in my husband's stuff that we've carted around through many moves, is this block of wood. That's my husband's cuteness at age 6 or so. He can't remember where he made this block of wood. His grandfather was a carpenter in Salt Lake City and he adored him greatly. I met the 'grumpy' old guy and found him to adorable in his cranky nature. He had a soft side under the facade. It's cool to have this wood item, even if the connection between the wood block and the grandfather didn't exist.

Additionally, my hubby's family often built or finished their homes when he was growing up. He learned many handy man skills and has used them in our married life. He's no Tim Allen. Thankfully, he's more like Al from the show Home Improvements.

I was curious as to the meaning of the phrase, "A chip off the old block." Apparently it has to do with being a child derived from their parentage. His 'old blocks' were his grandfather and father, and the 'chip' would refer to his continuation of the carpentry/handy man talent. All these years later, my husband is still a chip off the old block.


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