08 May 2015

V-E Day 1945 - Au Sable Forks NY

The Adirondack Record-Elizabethtown Post
Au Sable Forks, NY
Thursday, May 10, 1945

V-E Day (Tuesday) was quietly observed here, with practically all stores and offices closed. The schools remained in session. If there was any spirit of celebration in evidence it was invisible as few people were in the streets and all the bars were closed. And that was just as well since our nation is still at war and with a people who are even tougher than the Germans. It is the concensus of many that we have a long hard war ahead of us with the Japanese. The mill whistles joined with the town siren in heralding the Presidential proclamation of Victory in Europe Day. Only a small number of men was employed at the mills Tuesday, which seemed more like Sunday hereabouts than a weekday.


20 January 2015

State of the Blog 2015

US Capitol
From the steps of the Library of Congress

Well I looked at my 2014 goals (2014 The Year of Challenges and Basics) and realized I did NOT even come close to making them!!


I ended up moving months before I thought I would. So time was spent on packing and packing. AND more packing. I can not believe the “STUFF” I have acquired over the years. So I am in the process of decluttering. It’s been hard on some things. Others I’m like “why are you even still in my possession”!!

Yes, really my apartment!!

Then I lost my feline best friend of the last 17 years, Cody. He had had diabetes and kidney issues for the last couple of years but I was giving him daily shots and buying prescription food for him. In the end he had a large tumor in his lungs. My vet finally brought “the subject” up. I know he’s not in pain anymore and is with his sister Belle. This is the first time in my life that I have been without a pet for more than a week. When the time is right, I want to get another pet but not now. Still grieving.

Belle and Cody

And here we are in 2015.  I had decided last year that I needed to give my genealogy a spring cleaning. So my goal is to start over in sorts. First taking inventory of items that I have. During this move I have found some things I didn’t even realize I had!! 

After that, time to start fresh in my genealogy program. I currently have a robust database…..but not a lot of sources and if they do have sources not a lot of citations. So I created a 2015 file and am starting fresh. Just one name so far...MINE!!

I use Legacy 8. Love it! Got introduced to it by the now defunct KSL radio show, “Relatively Speaking” with Mary Slawson. Anyone remember that? I still have old podcasts on my mp3 player that I listen to occasionally.

Thomas MacEnteee aka the Genealogy Ninja started the “Genealogy Do-Over” for 2015. When I first heard it I thought GREAT just what I needed. Apparently I am not alone because currently there are close to 3,000 people in the Facebook group alone! I got a late start but thought “I can catch up”. Then Mother Nature was decided to give me the nasty office cold (but not the office flu thank goodness!). And then she followed it up with a massive migraine. So then I was a few weeks behind already.  At this point, I am following the process of others and seeing what they have had success with and adapting it to what I want to do. I would highly recommend checking out not only the Facebook group but Thomas’ websites, GeneaBloggers and High-Definition Genealogy, if you are interesting in getting a fresh start on your genealogy or if you just want some tips and pointers on enhancing what you have!!

Step One for me, figuring out what I have. This will also help in my decluttering process as I am consolidating boxes and space. I am giving myself the first quarter of 2015 to complete this task. By the end of March I WILL know what I have in my possession and what I still need/want/desire to get. 

So here comes 2015 .... ready or not!!!

12 November 2014

Raymond Abraham Duprey - Obituary

Raymond Abraham Duprey (1904-1920)

Adirondack Record
November 19, 1920

After an illness of only four days, Raymond Duprey, youngest son of Elmer Duprey, died at his home in Swastika Nov. 12. His death was caused from diabetes, the result of the “flu” three years ago.

He was apparently as well as usual until Saturday morning when he said he was very weak.  Medical aid was obtained at once but the physicians gave no hopes for his recovery. Although only sixteen years old he was a very popular young man.

He is survived by his father, five brothers, Orril of Au Sable Forks, Wilfred, Wilbur, Edward and Chester of Swastika, and three sisters, Miss Addie of Newport, R.I., and the Misses Florence and Valedia, who reside at home. His mother died eight years ago. He was buried in the family plot at Black Brook. The pall bearers were Peter LaDuke, Leo Douglass, Joseph and Edward Carmel, Mose and John Betters, all friends of the young man.

Mr. Duprey and family have the sympathy of the entire community. They extend thanks to all who so kindly assisted them in their recent bereavement.

Raymond was my first cousin twice removed. He was also a fellow Pisces having a birth date of 13 March 1904.  He was only 16 years old when he died. 

07 October 2014

Tech Tuesday - Maple Stars and Strips Podcast and Website

Maple Stars and Stripes

By Flanker
Via Wikimedia Commons
If you have French-Canadian roots, I highly recommend the new podcast by Sandra Goodwin called Maple Stars and Stripes. She not only examines the types of records we encounter with our French-Canadian research but also language tips. Her language tips alone have given me ideas of where to go next with my brickwall maternal 2nd great grandmother, Delia Pacquette/Pockett Sharrow.  Check out her website, www.maplestarsandstripes.com , for the show notes.  You won’t be disappointed!!

03 October 2014

Heartless Husband - 1914 Style

For today's Newspaper Nugget we have a candidate for Husband of the Year!

Plattsburgh Daily Press
October 3, 1914

Sold Furniture and Allowed Wife to go to Poor House



     Joseph LaBombard, who has spend much of his time during the past few years in the county jail for public intoxication and whose recent acts have stamped him as absolutely heartless, was yesterday sentenced by City Judge Barnard to the Albany Penitentiary for a period of sixty days.
     LaBombard is an able-bodied man, fit to perform any kind of labor, yet spends all of his time drinking booze, which he pays for with money begged from persons on the streets. A few days ago he sold what little furniture there was in his home, and his wife, who is an invalid, was obliged to go to a neighbor's for a place to sleep. This matter was brought to the attention of Commissioner of Charities Utting and he made a thorough investigation of the case. The commissioner and Humane Officer Hennessey then brought the matter before the city court and the same day LaBombard was picked up by a police officer on a charge of begging.
     When brought into court yesterday forenoon, LaBombard made a number of excuses for his conduct and offered any number of promises for the future in his effort to escape the ride to Albany, but Judge Barnard had heard the same excuses and promises on several previous occasions and paid no attention to them but imposed the sentence of two months in the "pen" and the worthless specimen of manhood was led back to jail to prepare for his unwilling trip down the road.

I laughed when I first read this! The last part "and the worthless specimen of manhood was led back to jail to prepare for his unwilling trip down the road" had me rolling! In today's politically correct media this would never fly but it is so fun to read!!

The city in question is Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York. I did a quick search to see what happened to Joseph but unfortunately it is a common name in the northern New York area and without knowing a few more details, I was unable to narrow him down.

I hope he learned his lesson and straightened out his life!!

02 October 2014

Name Your Car Day

Today, October 2nd, is Name Your Car Day. As a family, we have had many cars over the years. I don't remember any names per se given to those cars. It was always "the Packard" or "the Charger". For me, my first beloved car was "the Cuda".  A 1966 Plymouth Barracuda with a glass back window.  I LOVED that car!! I wrote briefly about her in Cars - 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History. Here's a photo:

1966 Plymouth Barracuda
My current car is a 1997 Nissan Sentra. Not the same mystique as my Cuda but it's MINE! I have nicknamed her "Lily" since it is supposedly a white car. Right now she's "Dirty Lily". I like to say that it's not dirt on her but a "protective coating"!! I guess before it gets cold here I should give her a bath! Here's a photo of the car during one of our lovely snow falls.  Can you see her?

1997 Nissan Sentra

01 October 2014

The 4th Quarter Begins

Well today is the start of the 4th and last quarter of 2014. I cannot believe how fast this year as gone by. I had so many plans for this year. Most are still waiting to either get started or finished. So far I have taken 3 trips home to Charleston to see my sister, nephew and niece (and brother-n-law). Normally I get down 1-2 times a year but when the airlines have sales I can’t pass up then I HAVE to go right? J I also got to see my godson get married. Talk about time flying! But I was so glad I was able to share the joy of his special day with my best friends and friends I had not seen in years.

So what are my goals for the last quarter of 2014? I have one more trip to see my sister and her family. This time we meet up in my brother-in-law’s hometown in southwest Virginia for a quick visit. Still any visit is a good visit when you can’t get home as often as you want!

I also have to finish a project I started LAST year for my local genealogical society. Our membership roster and surname list have not been updated in years. I ran into more problems than I anticipated so I am basically starting over. Going to use Access to reenter all that information. Had hoped to this project finished by now but life happens.....

One of the things that has delayed this project is my moving of apartments. Had been thinking about moving but nothing serious until a conversation with the old apartment manager. My father always liked to say “What are you willing to put up with?” Well after a conversation I had with the old manager….not much. So I moved. I have always wanted to move to the Frederick Maryland area but didn’t want to do the commute. But I decided why not, you only live once and if it becomes too much I can always move again J

I can’t believe how much STUFF I have! I had it hidden well in my old smaller apartment. But this move is forcing me to go thru things I should have done years ago. I have found some things that I knew I had seen but was beginning to think I dreamed them! Like a picture of my one of my elementary group pictures. I found another box of photos too. Once my computer/office area is set up I have lots of scanning to do!

The theme of this quarter will be fall clean up. I broke down and got a laptop computer for my longer commute. My reasoning is that with the extra time I can work on my blog and my genealogy. I am writing this blog post from the commuter bus. I have to figure out which are the better seats so I can see the computer more clearly. But live and learn….bets the alternative!

So what are your goals for the final quarter of 2014? Here’s hoping we ALL make our goals!