Hi Linda, There is a cranberry bog in our town. Been in Greater Lowell for 40 yrs., and never visited it. The much more well-known one is down in the Plymouth, MA, area. I just went to find out about it on-line, and discovered it is our State's "official berry." http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Massachusetts/Berry_cranberry.html http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Massachusetts/MassachusettsColors.html The "Ocean Spray" company's history is on this page; I just read it started in 1930. I also just read that they have bogs - across the US. http://www.oceanspray.com/Who-We-Are/Heritage/Our-History.aspx I've liked their commercials on TV for a long-time. I don't know if they are run as often outside of New England. But, I've also wondered for a while whether the 2, funny guys in the commercial were related and part of the "Ocean Spray" family. I just found out this spring that they are just - actors ! :o) .. It's a little early to think about "Thanksgiving in Canada" in October and "Thanksgiving in USA" in November, but I'm curious how many people always have cranberry sauce on their holiday table. And, also how many always have cranberry sauce on their table when they are serving turkey or chicken. I'm "all British" and our family always had to typical "Turkey dinner" at Thanksgiving! Lots of veggies, etc. My (now) husband's family does not. His oldest son married a woman who is half-Scottish/half-Italian. They serve a set of things, a ham, a turkey, and Lasagna, with only 1 or 2 veggies. They didn't start using cranberry sauce until I started attending. My maternal grandmother was a great baker, but it was mostly breads, rolls, pies, etc. Her daughters, my aunts, loved to bake, but they liked to make date-nut bread, cranberry bread, etc. One aunt, when older, would give each nephew and niece one of her date-nut breads as a gift at Christmas. Do you have any memories of .. cranberries .. in foods you ate? Betty (near Lowell, MA, USA) List Administrator
Cranberry has been part of the American diet since 1817 or a tad earlier. Native Americans introduced it to English settlers in 1600's. Its an indigenous fruit of the U.S. Cranberry "bogs" are flooded and harvested by machines, but a "dry" harvested by "lawn Mower" like machines that comb vines. Cranberries are native to the Northeast. The biggest producer is the state of Wisconsin, with some 18,000 acres under cultivation. ~hum.Linda~
Hi again, Just had a thought. No matter whether you grew up on a farm or in a town or in a city, what did the month of August mean to you ? Was it all about -- the farm -- or getting to the -- farmstands ? Or, was it all about -- getting ready for the start of the school-year ? Did your family vacation in July or in August ? .. Back in 1985 I had had major surgery in the month of May, so wasn't fully recovered in July, and couldn't take a vacation week until August. As a single-parent (with no participating father for my kids), I always tried to take them someplace in NH or ME for a week. Mostly camping, where it was much less expensive. But, that summer I had to take the last week of August for vacation. At the last moment, my sons talked me into renting a pop-up tent trailer. Fortunately the one available was a hard-top. Good thing. Up at Weirs Beach, NH, it RAINED for the first 4 days we were there ! And everything was damp for the next 2 days. My father had always had a pull-along trailer in our back-yard for all our camping trips growing up. But, I had never driven with a trailer behind the car. I'm an adventurous person, so we went to the RV rental place - at closing time, and they quickly attached the camper to the back of my car. We came home, packed it up, and the next morning we headed north. I did fine driving on the highway. We pulled into the camp-site, and I said .... "UH, OH !" I had forgotten to ask how to get the camper - off - my car ! My sons and their friend were only pre-teens. I had to walk around and find 2 men who were willing to help. The following Sat. the same 2 men had to get the camper - back onto my car ! :o) /// One of my sisters was lucky enough to be able to retire with money, and she and her husband are driving around the USA in their new RV. They are currently in -- Alaska ! Everyone in our family is - jealous ! Betty (near Lowell, MA) List Administrator
Hi Listers, I made it back to the list. My old (15 yr) one died in May. Had an awful time trying to replace it with a senior compatable unit. Found one in MSNTV 2. Hope every one is having a great summer, I am now that I have links around the World again. ~hum.Linda~
Hello everyone, Good to hear from you, Linda. Oh, at 5 am and reading your note I thought you were talking about your cat. I had to read twice to see you were probably talking about computer. :o) For all of us who are on the computer and the Internet daily, it's tough - when we can't. In our area, we lose our electricity at least once a month, and, if it's only for 30 min., that's OK. If it's 2-3 hours, I have to go get out my non-computer "to do list." :o) Actually my "home" and "life in general" has kept me extra busy this summer. With all the things I have to take care of, and to worry about, I just haven't been in a creative mood since the spring. Fortunately, my annual physical, etc., showed I am a healthy woman - just the normal aches / pains for someone in their late 60's. And the same for hubby, in his early 70's. But, his "short-term memory" problem, and the smaller problems associated with it, have now lasted for a year and 8 mos. And, because he can't work, and he no longer can drive and "go out with the boys," etc., he has lost interest in most of the activities he had "before brain surgery." :o( And, as I've told a few other people on-line (non-genealogy) ..... Senior couples living solely on Social Security checks sucks ! :o( I've tried writing to "Washington, DC" about that subject and received no response! If I can get motivated this weekend, I'm going to write a long letter to President Obama, and his wife. I've always believed, when you have a problem you can't solve by yourself - go right to the top ! :o) .. I just looked on-line to remind myself. What did people in their 60's and 70's do -before 1940 - before Social Security benefits became available? Probably - a lot of multi-generations in one home ! Grandparents, aunts, cousins, grandchildren, friends - all in one large house ! Let me see, in that Hutchinson farmhouse in Winchester, MA, there was my great-grandmother who had inherited it, her disabled, adult son, her adult grandson, my father, just returning from WWII, and his wife and 2 young daughters, a 3rd daughter would arrive. Then my father's uncle met and became friends with my mother's older sister. They married and she moved in. About the time their child was born, my parents bought an old, abandoned house in the next town, and my maternal grandparents moved in with us ! The month of August will be arriving shortly - Enjoy it ! Betty (near Lowell, MA) (on Lists and Boards for 10 yrs., now an Admin for 9 Lists and 4 Boards)
Hello, In this morning's MassMoments e-mail there is a story about a woman who became the first, female graduate of M.I.T. in Cambridge, MA. http://www.massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=165 ...in 1875, Ellen Swallow married M.I.T. Professor Robert Hallowell Richards. Three days later, they set off on a wedding trip to Nova Scotia — accompanied by Robert Richards's class in mining engineering. When they returned to Cambridge, Ellen Swallow Richards began working to create a Woman's Laboratory at M.I.T. She was herself the first woman admitted to any scientificschool in the United States and the first female graduate of M.I.T. When the Institute became fully coeducational in 1883, the Woman's Laboratory was closed. The following year Ellen Richards was appointed to the faculty as an instructor. Over the next quarter century, while continuing to promote scientific education for women, she founded the new field of home economics. Growing up in rural Massachusetts before the Civil War, it is unlikely young Ellen Swallow ever imagined that she would someday write a book called Laboratory Notes on Industrial Water Analysis: A Survey Course for Engineers. But increasing educational opportunities for women and her own drive helped Ellen Swallow Richards break new ground for women in science. Born in 1842 in ... ... Do you have any women on your family-tree who "broke ground" for women in .. her time .. ? Betty (near Lowell, MA) List Administrator (on Lists and Boards for 10 yrs.; now an Admin for 9 Lists and 4 Boards; I just adopted the MOURA Board) (I had suggested a List for "New England Railroads" but another Admin decided to be the Admin for that one.) (So many old RR tracks are now being used as "Rail Trails" for walkers and bicycle riders.)
Hello, In this morning's MassMoments e-mail the article starts out talking about an "arsonist" - a teenager in Newburyport in 1820. But the article continues with a discussion on "capital crimes" in 1700's and up to mid-1800's. Before the laws changed, that teen-age boy was given the death-penalty. People started realizing that condemning people to death for .all. crimes might not be the best way to do things. http://www.massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=147 Looking at this story reminded me of a story in the same area which I read several years ago. I just looked in the archives of the MAEssex List to see if I could find my posting, and I did. * This is one of the paragraphs: One of the pieces of information provided was about "an incident" in West Newbury in 1725. "August 31st, about midnight a company of rioters assembled on horseback ....broke the doors .. of the goal .. and took off with the spare horses ... Isaac BROWN and Hugh DOTSON .. charged with capital offenses." From: Coffin's "History of Newbury" I'm interested in whether this was Hugh DITSON of Billerica. The father, Hugh DITSON, was ~61, so it was probably the son, Hugh DITSON, who would have been about 18 or 19. http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/maessex/2004-05/1085416351 Just an FYI for you. Betty (near Lowell, MA) * I searched the archives of the MAEssex List for the word, horse, and over the years there have been several conversations about horses, and some involved cows. And, I was reminded last month that there is also an Essex-Roots List where you can also search the archives for your surnames of interest. It's important to search the appropriate Lists for your surnames, but for a year or 2 there has also been a feature, called "Archives Search" - where you can search for your surname throughout the archives of all the Lists. www.rootsweb.com
Hello, About a week ago someone on one of the Lists made me think about "the Miracle Worker." I looked on-line and saw a brief-biography of Anne SULLIVAN. In the paragraphs it was mentioned that she grew up in what is now Agawam, MA. But, while still a child, she went to live at the Tewksbury State Hospital. I became curious about that. Agawam is in central MA near the CT border and definitely not near Tewksbury. So, I requested a book about her from the library. What I picked up the book on Friday, I was surprised to see a book from the 1930's. I was more surprised when I started reading about Joanne "Annie" SULLIVAN and her Irish parents and her childhood. Talk about "telling it like it is." The author, Nella Braddy, told as many unpleasant details as she could. And, I've only gotten through the first 2 chapters. It is really a history book, discussiong the many people from Ireland arriving in MA just after the "Irish Famine." It discusses where they lived and why in MA. Thomas and Alice (CLOHESY) SULLIVAN arrived to live with or near other SULLIVAN family members. Alice was very young and didn't have family or friend of her own, but she was likable and soon made friends. Thomas was a tall, rugged, hardworker, outdoors-type person who soon became a drunk, etc. They had Joanne "Annie" and then 2 more children. But, Alice had an accident in the home, and she never recovered from her injuries well. She died young. One of her daughters died at 5 from a disease. Her only son was born a cripple. And, Annie became an unruly, temper-tantrum, .bad child. as some considered her. After Alice died, the father could not take care of his kids, and all the hardworking neighbors / relatives tried to help. But they had problems of their own. Soon one family took in Annie and another family took in her disabled brother, Jimmy. But that didn't work out, so the decision was made to send them to the only "Almshouse" available. So they were put on a train to head to Boston and then to Tewksbury. I won't continue with the unpleasant details of what the "Tewksbury State Hospital" looked like at that time. But the 2 young children were put in the only room available for children who were not really sick - right beside the "Death Room" - where patients were placed when they knew the patients would be passing within days. But, Annie didn't mind so much, as it was in this place that she found out what .love. was. The book is called: "Anne Sullivan Macy: The Story Behind Helen Keller" from 1938. And, I recommend it as a history book especially around the late 1800's MA. Oh, I forgot to mention that Annie developed a disease as a young child which caused her to become .legally blind. * Betty (near Lowell, MA) (on Lists and Boards for 10 yrs.; now an Admin for 9 Lists and 3 Boards) * It was even mentioned that "hoof and mouth disease" was causing problems with people at that time. (FYI: Just as Annie's disease was not treated because the family could not afford to call in a doctor, it was around 1912 when my paternal grandmother went sledding one winter, crashed into a tree, and got a head injury. Because her single-parent mother also could not afford to call in a doctor, my grandmother's injury was not treated, and she also became .legally blind.)
Hi again, I typed yesterday's message in a hurry and forgot to go back and make sure I didn't have any typos. :o) Anyways, I had had a nap yesterday, so I was able to stay awake for some TV shows last night. I discovered that Murder, She Wrote movie was starting, so I go to watch the first half of it. And the correct title is "Murder, She Wrote - the Last Free Man." And the other main character was Phylicia Rashad, and she and "Jessica" attended a meeting and discovered their ancestors were connected because of a .plantation. in Virginia. So, they started off on a journey to find a way to prove Physicia's ancestor was not a murderer. They were discussing "the War Between the States," and "Jessica" went "back in time" and showed Phylicia's great-grandfather being her slave. Jessica in 2010 had learned about the Underground Railroad, and Jessica in 1865 found out about the Underground Railroad. Also, the movie showed how important "historic Diaries," historic Journals, and historic "old letters" of our ancestors are ! We don't have any diaries or journals from the HUTCHINSON Farmhouse, but we have one or 2, old letters, but they are from ~1915 in Winchester and Arlington, MA. And, I was able to find an old "will" from ~1930 which told me pieces of information I did not know about the farm and the farm people. .. By the way, the lady I knew as "Grandma KIDDER" was my great-grandmother, Mrs. Louise Wellington (RICE) KIDDER, and her mother was Mrs. Adelaide Crosby (HUTCHINSON) RICE. Louise's father was Charles Wellington RICE, b1850 in Lubec, Maine. Charles and Adelaide in Winchester, MA, separated just after their 2nd daughter, Edith Crosby RICE, was born. Another researcher found Adelaide in the Danvers State Hospital in 1880, and I've never found out where Charles was living in 1880. He did end up in Milton, MA, working at a manison, possibly from 1890. And I recently was reminded that there was a Charles RICE living nearby in Quincy, MA, in 1880. He was listed with a wife, but she could have been a "live-in girlfriend." There was a "family rumor" that Charles had "a disease" so he might have also been in a State Hospital ~1880. But, I've never found him in one. But, as far as I know, neither ever had another child. I have no idea how Charles lived from ~1879 until ~1915 when he found out he had cancer. And, I have no idea whether he kept in close contact with his 2 daughters in Winchester and Arlington, MA. There is .no. picture of him, and he is not discussed in any of the HUTCHINSON papers. ..... Sure wish I could get into a "Time Machine" and go find out what was going on in "Grandma Kidder's life" and her sister, Edith's life, ~1900. "Time Machine" - Sure wish one existed. I'd go back to 1780 Ireland, 1800 Lubec, Maine, 1820 Province of Quebec, 1880's Killingly, CT, and 1900 Melrose, MA, etc., etc. :o) Betty (near Lowell, MA) p.s. Grandma's .estranged. husband, George "Sanford" Kidder, was born in 1870 in Princeton, ME, and he probably met Louise and Edith in Eastport, ME. From Winchester, MA, he went back to Princeton, ME, ~1915 when his father was dying, and he stayed there. He spent the last 5 yrs. of his life at Bangor State Hospital, dying there the year before I was born.
Hello, I don't remember whether I've brought up the subject of the genealogy shows which are on TV. I think both "Who Do You Think You Are?" and "Finding Your Roots" ("Faces of America"), etc., are in their 3rd or 4th season. They are referred by some as .reality shows, and my opinion is that they are definitely not. There has been discussion on other Lists whether these shows are worth watching. As I said on one, "If you are not watching them, you are .missing out. - bit time. In addition to these TV series, most of us who watch TV know about the TV series, "Murder She Wrote." But, many "Murder She Wrote" movies were created. And, this morning, I accidentally started watching one, called "Murder She Wrote -- Free Man." I missed the very beginning of it, but it was based on the story of the "Underground Railroad." And, how one woman .needed. to find out about her ancestors who were probably slaves. This was definitely a . genealogy . movie ! And, because that movie was based on a set of .murders, it makes me wonder how many of us have an ancestor or a relative who was involved in a murder. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any on my family-tree. I just got a call that we're going to have company in an hour or so, so that's all I can say for the moment. I hope everyone is going to think about "1775" today and tomorrow ! Betty (near Lowell, MA) List Administrator
Hello, For several years, the Arlington (MA) Historical Society has had a set of .personal diaries. from members of the WINN family in the 1880 to 1910 timeframe. And someone on the "Arlington List" (non-genealogy) has been posting the pages from the diaries. Many from the 2 aunts before 1900, and 2 from their unmarried niece, Nina WINN. Right now the diary pages are from ~1910, and her older (only) brother, his wife, and 2 babies are sharing the .family home. with her. "Jr." has just turned 3, I believe, and he received an "express-wagon" as a gift. It seems to be an important gift for him. I was curious what that was, and only found a few references to it. But, it seems to be a very early version of what we now call a "Radio Flyer Wagon." I became curious about the history of the "Radio Flyer Wagon," and find this short, but interesting story of how it was invented: A 16-year-old Italian boy named Antonio Pasin was one of the millions who immigrated to America from Europe at the start of the 20th century. A skilled carpenter, Pasin headed to Chicago and began building little red wagons out of stamped metal. By 1923, he had saved enough money to create the Liberty Coaster Company, and he began mass-producing the wagon for just under $3. He named it the Radio Flyer in homage to two of his favorite inventions of the time: the radio and the airplane. Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2049243_2048646_2048983,00.html #ixzz1rvC2WiN8 On eBay you can see a picture of a "little, pull-along wagon" from before 1920. This page shows some of the vintage toys from 1920's. If you watch Antique Roadshow, every once in a while someone brings in a .vintage toy, and the ones in good condition are worth a lot of money. http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/20stoys.html Betty (near Lowell, MA) FYI: I found out "Antiques Roadshow" is going to be in Boston this summer. But, I also found out that it is difficult to get tickets to attend it. What I didn't find out, yet, is whether it costs money to attend one of their shows. Maybe 2 yrs. ago, my sister and brother-in-law got tickets for a show as a Christmas gift; they traveled to Philaelphia for it, and brought a few, small items with them. They enjoyed the trip.
SUNBONNET SUE, She still remains after all these years, she was very popular here in the 60's, the "April Showers" was adorable, thanks for sharing the link...I designed a teen version of her back in the 80's, for a fire house fund raising, was fitted into an oval hoop, trimed with lace, I made about 30 of them, we auctioned them off the 1st time, then took orders for 'special' types...bought $500 dollars of lumber that year. ~hum.Linda~ Words are the window to the Heart.
Hi again, I'm only offering this web page for the photos. The black&white sketch on the left is a picture similar to the one my family kept from the old farmhouse. http://www.google.com/search?q=Sunbonnet&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&rlz=1I7ADSA_en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=XxOET6CjBsrvgge0n5C4Bw&ved=0CG4QsAQ&biw=1024&bih=587 Betty (near Lowell, MA) List Administrator P.S. If you look on-line, there are directions for making a sunbonnet for yourself, or your daughter, or granddaughter. Maybe some people should make it a .trend. for 2012 ! So many ways to protect your head and face from .. the sun's rays !
Hi Linda, Thank you for mentioning that. .. Our family has a small collection of antique-type photos, and we also have a small collection of photos of our grandparents in their younger days. Moreso our grandparents who lived with us during the 1950's, etc. I just tried to find a few of my grandmother where she was at a wedding or a party, and, while looking for it on my computer, I found an historic-photo of a couple in the northwestern part of the prov. of Quebec. It was taken probably mid-1800's of an older (possibly KERR couple) where the man was in a black suit and his wife was in a black, going-out-type dress. She is wearing a wool-looking hat that hugged her head and the ties came down to below her neck. So, it might have been winter-type clothing in farm country. Another thing found in the farmhouse attic was a .sun-bonnet. It's something a farm-wife would have worn in the summertime while working in the gardens. There are a few items in our storage room in boxes which I haven't opened since we moved 7 yrs. ago. I hope that sun-bonnet is in one of them. * This grandmother is the one I've mentioned many times who was the supposedly twice-orphaned girl, who spent from Age 10 to 20 in .homes. in Downtown Boston (MA). We only have one photo from when she was a young teen, no more from her childhood days. I wrote up an informal story about her life, and I included some of the photos we have of her from when she was first married. I thought these photos were in my current computer, but they are not. I'll try to find them. I like wearing hats. But, as I get older :o( ... and wiser ?? my head has become larger, and I don't find too many dressy hats that fit me. :o( Betty (near Lowell, MA) * I also saved a few of the items from my Girl Scout days, and I have the cap (which fits one ear only) and the tie, but I can't locate my .sash. So, it must be in one of the boxes in my storage room.
Hello, Our family has a small collection of old photos / portraits, some in a folder of .tintypes. We retrieved them from the attic of the old farmhouse in Winchester, MA, that I've mentioned many times. I have some saved to my computer. And, I'm curious how many others have some in their home. I've been visiting thrift-shops and consignment-shops for many years. Because of the life I've led, I've always had a need, but I also like browsing at antiques and vintage items. I know about most of the ones in Greater Lowell and up into Nashua. But, a few weeks ago I found out about 3 in Dracut, MA, I had never been to. One of the owners used to have a shop in Billerica and I used to chat with him, so I went to say, Hi, to him in his new shop. On Sat. morning, we drove to Dracut and I found out the 3 shops were in the same strip-mall, so I visited all 3. By the time I got to the 3rd one, hubby was waiting in the car, so I didn't have enough time to browse. But, what I did spot was a small basket of "old photos." Maybe a dozen of them, and I only saw 2 which had any kind of a name written on them. I forgot to ask the lady how much she was asking for them, so I'll go back to the shop next week when I have more time to browse and ask questions. I know about the researcher, Shelley, who has a hobby of finding old photos and attempting to get them to the families (descendants) they are related to. But, I don't know what researchers do when they find historic? photos which no names attached to them. Or, the photographer's name is there but no .location. Of all the shops I visit, I've only found 2 that even have a few .historic photos. to sell. One in Chelmsford and one in Wilmington (both MA). But, there is an official "antique shop" in Littleton, MA, that I visited 4-5 yrs. ago and haven't visited since. Antique shops probably have historic photos to sell. Betty (near Lowell, MA) (on Lists and Boards for 10 yrs.; now an Admin for 9 Lists and 3 Boards) (The farmhouse in Winchester was one of 2 of the large, extended HUTCHINSON family. The related people on the CROSBY Farm down the hill in Arlington probably had .old photos. for descendants. But, their descendants, some in Bethel, Maine, probably have them.) (It's now a year and 5 mos. since my husband's .brain surgery, and he's recovered nicely. Only lasting problem is with his "short-term memory." But, he doesn't walk as securely as he used to, so I don't take him into consignment shops / antique shops where there is a lot of .glassware. on shelves.) :o)
Hi Betty, I have a page from the 1901, Harper's mag. I shows no "snod's", just hard hats (hat pin) being the vogue...very tiny, but frilly, beribboned, and feathered..they weren't wearing the big picture hats yet...apparently they were wearing hats daily, outside the home, if I were to guess at demissions, about a dinner plate size would be the largest in size, but they did have an indoor hat that was worn, pinned to the top of head, and covered the hair during the meal, there must be 20 hats on the page, along with a lot of kids styles and wigs, coats, most of the kid cloths were sombre and straight of style, but party attire was fuffly and pleated and ribboned...lots of collars & cuffs for trimming of a dress or suit. The style looks pretty 'cityfied', and diffenatly not a farm girl item...most of that time, the'farm gals' wore a sombre color and simple design, may be a button design or ribbon trim of neckline, but nothing that would resemble the 'city gals' wardrobe. Sun bonnets would have been the daiy hat and church hat, I would think. Thanks for the interesting subject. ~hum.Linda~ Words are the window to the Heart.
Hi again, I forgot to ask a question before. One of the definitions of a fascinator reminds me of a definition of a .snood. Is there any similarity between the 2? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snood_(headgear) I don't remember if I found out about .snoods. as a younger person. But, several yrs. ago I was reminded of them. My sister likes to crochet, so she made me one. But, I've seen some being sold on-line which are more decorative that you could wear to a party or event - or church. Betty (near Lowell, MA)
Hello, For everyone who is celebrating a religious holiday this month, may you have a happy & joyous week, or a quiet & pleasant week - whichever is your choice. "In your Easter Bonnet, with all the frills upon it ..." I went to a .consignment shop. yesterday, actually 3 in the same area I had never been to before. In one shop a lady (owner) possibly a few yrs. older than me .. made the comment ... "Oh, you're too young to remember .. when we all got dressed up for Easter morning !" First, I thanked her for the compliment. :o) Then I said, Oh, no, I am old enough to remember .. all dressed up with .. new hat, new dress or suit, new shoes, new gloves, etc. Beyond that, I'm the oldest of 6, and my parents took a family snapshot each year. And most of us have a copy of those photos to remember what we looked like each year. She said her family was poor and they didn't take many photos. :o( With all the news stories about the "Royal Wedding" in Great Britain last year, I heard the word, fascinator, many times. I hadn't remembered hearing that word before, so I had to look up the definition. Just checking again, and the definition doesn't exactly match all the .fascinators. worn by the female attendees at that wedding. For example, one definition is: "a small, decorative item worn instead of a hat by women at special occcasions such as weddings" "a woman's lightweight head scarf usually of crochet or lace" .. Two weeks ago we decided to watch the old (nice) movie, "Oklahoma," and was very surprised to hear Aunt Eller saying she was going to have to wear her .fascinator. I hadn't remembered that at all. This (older version) movie is based on the theater version, and is based on the time period when Oklahoma was not yet a State. So, it was about 1905, and probably many had arrived in the "Territory" from the East Coast. So, I didn't know that the word, fascinator, was in use around 1900 - out in the .wild west. According to many web pages, 5 of our current US States did not become States until after 1900. So, when all 4 of my grandparents were being born, we still had "Territories." http://www.usconstitution.net/conststates.php3 Have a pleasant week ! Betty (near Lowell, MA, USA) List Administrator (on Lists and Boards for 10 yrs.; now an Admin for 9 Lists and 3 Boards)
It's too bad that the show did not dig deeper into Helen Hunt's G G grandparents' ancestors. Both George S. Hunt and his wife Augusta Merrill Barstow have ancestors that were active in the Revolution. Their son documented it all in his application for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. Dot ________________________________ From: "[email protected]" <[email protected]> To: [email protected] Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2012 3:01 AM Subject: NEW-ENGLAND-MEMORIES Digest, Vol 5, Issue 19 To POST send e-mail to: [email protected] To Subscribe to List send e-mail to: [email protected] To Unsubscribe, send e-mail to: [email protected] Today's Topics: 1. "Who Do You Think You Are" (US) - Maine (Ms Betty Fredericks) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message: 1 Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 03:45:01 -0700 (PDT) From: Ms Betty Fredericks <[email protected]> Subject: [N-E-MEM] "Who Do You Think You Are" (US) - Maine To: "[email protected]" <[email protected]>, "[email protected]" <[email protected]>, "[email protected]" <[email protected]> Message-ID: <[email protected]> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1 Hello, ? I don't know how many have been watching the? "Who Do You Think You Are"? TV series.??? This is the 3rd season going on now.???? Because I'm an early-riser, I usually fall asleep in the middle of them on Friday nights.???? But, I was able to watch the whole show last night.??? It was about the family-tree of the actress, Helen Hunt.???? It was a little more interesting than some other shows,? but they are all interesting and informative.???? She first found out that her great-great-grandfather who she had not known about had arrived from Germany, and within 20 yrs. had become rich.?? More than that, he and a brother had headed out to the West Coast during the "Gold Rush"? and become .millionaires !"????? But, what was more emotional for Helen is that she found out her gr-gr-grandmother,? Mrs. Augusta HUNT, lived most of her life in Portland, ME.??? Not only that but for her whole adult life she fought for "women's rights"? and? was a life-long member of the "temperance society."???? Mrs. HUNT lived a long life, living to see Age 90, and living to be able to -- register to vote !???? (She died 10 days later.)??????? Helen was quite moved at reading this story. ? http://entertainment.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981212930 ? http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/ ? http://www.nbc.com/Primetime/Who_Do_You_Think_You_Are/index.shtml ? I just found out 2 weeks ago that we can watch the episodes on-line.??? So far, I've only watched one that way.??? If it's quiet over the weekend, I'll try to watch some of the others I've missed. ? I just looked on-line for articles about the important Mrs. Augusta HUNT in Portland, and so far I'm not having good luck. ? Here is another site which mentions Helen Hunt's story.??? But, this web site I've not found before.?? I'll have to find out more about it: ? http://mountaingenealogy.blogspot.com/ ? I changed the search-term slightly and find Mrs. HUNT mentioned in several, on-line books: ? http://books.google.com/books?id=SUK8AAAAIAAJ&pg=RA1-PA9&dq=Augusta+Hunt,+Portland,+Maine&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_6RtT_X7L-Hf0gHMzaHqBg&ved=0CEMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Augusta%20Hunt%2C%20Portland%2C%20Maine&f=false ? Just an FYI for you. ? Betty????????????? (near Lowell, MA) ------------------------------ End of NEW-ENGLAND-MEMORIES Digest, Vol 5, Issue 19 ***************************************************