Thursday, October 18, 2018

Photograph of Harry Weldon Osgood of Pittsfield, Ellsworth, and Bangor, Maine; 1894 Graduate of Colby College at Waterville, Maine; 1898 Boston University School of Medicine


Photograph of Harry Weldon Osgood of Pittsfield, Ellsworth, and Bangor, Maine, presumably taken upon his graduation from Colby College in the Class of 1894.  The photograph was taken by the Preble & Jordan studio of 66 Main Street, Waterville, Maine.


From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

From birth information in an obituary in the Colby Alumnus, Volume 21, No. 1, October 1938: Harry Weldon Osgood was born May 5, 1871 at Pittsfield, Maine, the son of Irving Osgood and Awilda M. (Foster) Osgood.  He graduated from Colby College in 1894 and Boston University School of Medicine in 1898.  He first practiced medicine in Ellsworth, Maine, and for the rest of his career at Bangor, Maine.

Harry married Blanche Lillian Reeves at Ellsworth, Maine, on June 14, 1904; they had a daughter Constance.  Harry was the City Physician for Bangor, Chairman of the Bangor Board of Health and, for a time, the State Medical Director for Maine.  He died in 1938 and is buried in the Woodbine Cemetery at Ellsworth, Maine, with Blanche, who died in 1951.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Sources
U.S. Federal Censuses
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 - marriage of Harry W. Osgood and Blanche Lillian Reeves
Alumni information in publications of Colby College
Alumni Information in publication of Boston University
Publications of the City of Bangor, Maine
FindaGrave.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

1880s Autograph Album of William Chinn Polk (1860-1949), Mainly While in Mobeetie, Texas; with his Later Notes


Autograph album kept by William Chinn Polk (1860-1949), mainly while he was living at Mobeetie, Texas, where he apparently had a drug store at one time and may also have worked for noted cattle dealer Charles Rath, born Carl Gottfried Rath, whose wife Carrie inscribed a page in the album.

William may have been the Billy Polk mentioned in Chapter 21 of The Rath Trail, by Ida Ellen Rath.

The gem sized photograph stamp affixed to the inside front cover presumably shows William Chinn Polk himself.



William was the son and brother of noted architects Willis Webb Polk and Willis Jefferson Polk.  See an incredible sketch, shown farther below, that Willis Jefferson Polk made of the Josephine Hotel at Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The album measures approximately 7" by 4", has detached covers and contains the sentiments of 30 of William's relatives and friends.  William added notes to several of the pages, including one 65 years later.

An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

William Chinn Polk was born in 1860 in Missouri, the son of architect Willis Webb Polk and his first wife Parthenia Frances (Dye) Polk, who died in 1866.  William had a sister, Sarah, who died young.  Willis Webb Polk then married Endemial Drane and had several more children, three of whom inscribed pages in William's album.

William's younger half brother, Willis Jefferson Polk, inscribed a page at Hots Springs Arkansas, on December 28, 1884, and included a incredible sketch of the Hotel Josephine.


William's younger half sisters Endie and Dasie, or Daisy, also inscribed pages.  Sadly, Endemial Polk, "Endie", died shortly after the era of the album, in 1890.


Sister Dasie, or Daisy (Polk) DeBuyer-Mimeure (1874-1963) went on to have a noted life, especially known for her relief efforts in France during and after World War I.  She received the Medaille de Reconnaissance and was made a Chevalier in the Order of the Legion of Honor.  William added a note 65 years after Dasie's 1884 inscription, to the point that Dasie had visited him at Weston, Missouri, in the Winter of 1949.


About 1891 in Weston, Missouri, after the era of this autograph album, William married Minnie Hillix.  I believe they had one child, a daughter, Ellen Rebecca Polk, who married George H. Calvert and died fairly young in 1934.  William worked as clerk and cashier at a bank in Weston, Missouri.

He died in 1949; Minnie had predeceased him in 1947.  They're buried in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at Weston, Missouri.

James Dickerson of Mobeetie, Texas, pasted his photograph to a page inscribed by Retta A. Griffith of DeKalb, Missouri.


If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album

? - 2HHalley - 2PPatterson
AAllenHullPatton
AndersonJJonesPolk - 4
BBoyntonKKimballRRath
CCresswellMcKany - 2WWilliams
CDickersonNNations ?Williamson
DyeNesper
EEgertonNeville
GGiddingsNewby
Griffith

Inscribers in the Album
  • Dell M. H.; inscribed on July 31, 1886
  • R. D. Allen; inscribed at Mobeetie, Texas, inscribed on December 1, 1887.  Will's note: "My Clerk in my Drug Store at Mobeetie, Texas"
  • Mrs. Francis Anderson of Mobeetie, Texas; inscribed on June 18, 1884
  • Fannie Boynton; inscribed on October 29, 1883
  • H. W. Cresswell; inscribed on May 2, 1883 in Wheeler County, Texas.  Will wrote: "Home in Canadia"
  • James Dickerson of Mobeetie, Texas, who pasted on his gem stamp photograph; shared the page with Rella A. Griffith of DeKalb, Missouri
  • Eva L. Dye; inscribed at Weston, Missouri; Will's cousin
  • Janet Egerton; inscribed at Childress, Texas, on September 26, 1890
  • Blanche Giddings; inscribed at Visalia on January 27, 1890
  • Retta A. Griffith of DeKalb, Missouri; inscribed on June 29, 1883.  Shared the page with James Dickerson of Mobeetie, Texas, who pasted on his gem stamp photograph
  • Anna Halley; inscribed on July 31, 1886.  She signed A. H.; Will wrote her full name.
  • Fannie Halley; inscribed on July 31, 1886
  • Emma Hull of "Hill Side"; inscribed on July 18, 1883
  • Mrs. C. Jones; inscribed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 12, 1889
  • Mrs. Mattie Kimball; inscribed at Mobeetie, Texas, on January 4, 1883
  • Mrs. L. G. McKamy; inscribed at Mobeetie, Texas, on March 22, 1884
  • Willie McKamy
  • Hannah ?, possibly Hannah Nations; inscribed at Mobeetie, Texas, on March 19, 1884
  • Emmie E. Nesper, inscribed on 10.4.85; future wife of Carl Gottfried Rath, "Charles", of Dodge, Kansas.
  • Jno. B. Neville; inscribed at Mobeetie, Texas, on December 9, 1888
  • Cora Newby of Weston, Missouri; inscribed on July 20, 1883
  • H. C. Patterson, V.D.M.; inscribed at Neosho, Missouri, on 11-12-89.  Inscribed the page to "My Dear Brother".  Was Rev. H. C. Patterson a brother-in-law or was he using an honorific?
  • Alice B. Patton; inscribed on May 5, 1884
  • Dasie Polk; inscribed at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on December 28, 1884.  Added note: Dasie visited me here in Weston this Winter 1949, 65 years later".  William's sister, with her stone spelling her name as Daisy De Buyer-Mimeure, a well known person in her own right.
  • Endie Polk ["Polk" was written in a blue ink"], "Your Devoted Sister"; William's half sister Endemial Polk (1872-1890)
  • William C. Polk, "Billie", "Willie", :"Will", album owner; includes a gem sized photo stamp on inside front cover of, presumably, William C. Polk, dated December 29, 1885.  He owned a drug store at Mobeetie, Texas about 1887.
  • Willis J. Polk; inscribed at St. S. on December 28, 1884; he sketched an incredible drawing of the Hotel Josephine at Hot Springs, Arkansas.  William's brother, architect Willis Jefferson Polk.
  • C. R. Rath of Dodge City, Kansas; presumably Caroline R. (Markley) Rath; then wife of Carl Gottfried Rath, "Charles", of Dodge City, Kansas.
  • Newton Williams of Mobeetie, Texas, inscribed on February 6, 1882 [or 1884 or ?]
  • M. P. Williamson of Mobeetie, Texas; inscribed on September 28, 1883

Sunday, October 14, 2018

c 1930-40 Group Photograph, possibly showing employees at a Woolen Mill at Hartland, Maine or Fairfield, Maine


c 1935 photograph of what appears to be a group of employees: 13 men and one young woman, identified as Lucile Elizabeth McClintock, who was born at Fairfield, Maine, in 1915. 

Since one of the men is identified as Leon Haines, seated at right, the venue may have been a woolen factory owned or operated by the Haines family, perhaps at Hartland, Maine, where Haines was superintendent, or perhaps at Fairfield, Maine. 

Interestingly, a Roger Williams was bookkeeper for a woolen mill at Hartland, Maine, and that name also appears as one of the group.  Haines and Williams may also have had something to do with the woolen mill at Fairfield, Maine.

Lucile may have been a summer or part time employee during her high school career or during breaks from classes at Colby College, before she entered the teaching field.  If she was working at a woolen mill in Hartland, it would have been about 30 miles from her home, but perhaps she boarded there during the summer.

Identification on the reverse of of mostly just surnames:

Seated, left to right: T. Thomas; Miss McClintock; Leon Haines
Standing, front row, left to right: Lilly; Firth; Oddnay [sp?]; Merrill; Baston; Williams; Page
Standing, back row, left to right: O'Riely [sp?]; Roger Williams; Jamieson; Getchell


From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

Lucile Elizabeth McClintock was born September 23, 1915 at Fairfield, Maine, the daughter of Charles W. McClintock and Isadore (Whitten) McClintock.  Lucile graduated from Colby College in the Class of 1938.  By 1940, as noted on the 1940 Census form for Fairfield, Maine, she was living with her parents and teaching at a public school. 

The photograph was found with others, including some of Lucile as a child and as a young woman, and one of Captain Murray Alexander Coker, who attended high school at Fairfield, Maine, and then Colby College.  Other surnames in the collection - though I don't know if any of the other photographs have a connection or not: Parker, Swindell, Strout, Hinkley, Starbird.

If you recognize any of the faces and/or the surnames of the people in the photograph above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Snapshot of Captain Murray A. Coker in uniform; presumably of Fairfield, Maine


Snapshot of a man in uniform identified on the reverse as Captain Murray A. Coker.  I believe he is the Murray Alexander Coker who graduated from Lawrence High School at Fairfield, Maine, in 1925 and Colby College in 1929. 

The January 1945 edition of the Colby Alumnus notes that he was then stationed at Wright Field at Dayton, Ohio.


From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested - and hoping I have the correct Murray A. Coker:

Murray Alexander Coker was born March 19, 1909 in what is now the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the son of James and Mary Coker, as stated on immigration and travel records.

James and Mary Coker, with son William C. Coker, continued living at Fairfield, Maine, after Murray had achieved his education and moved on.  The parents indicated they were both born in Scotland.

Murray died in 1999 in California, according to a Social Security record.

If you have more information on Captain Murray A. Coker, especially if you feel he was a different person than I've described, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Be cautious, however, when writing about people who may be living or just recently deceased.

The photograph came with others, which may or may not have a relationship with each other.  But several photographs depict Lucile Elizabeth McClintock, who also attended high school at Fairfield, Maine, and Colby College.  One of the photograph of Lucile shows her with a group of 13 men, presumably her coworkers, and presumably at a woolen mill owned or operated by the Haines family at Hartland, Maine, or Fairfield, Maine.

Other surnames in the collection - though I don't know if any of the other photographs have a connection or not: Parker, Swindell, Strout, Hinkley, Starbird.

Friday, October 12, 2018

1897 Testimonial of James P. Sanders, Past Grand Sire of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, Independent Order of Odd Fellows


Booklet entitled "Testimonial to James P. Sanders, Past Grand Sire, Presented by the Grand Lodge of the State of New York of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows".


James P. Sanders overcame the early death of his parents to become an attorney at Yonkers, New York,  and important member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  Read a brief biography of him on pages 773-776 in The Official History and Literature of Odd Fellowship: The Three-Link Fraternity, by Henry Leonard Stillson, published in 1897.

James P. Sanders lived at Danbury, Connecticut for a time and was perhaps born there; I don't have the names of his parents.  He lived at various times at Danbury, Connecticut; Peekskill, New York; Cortlandt, New York; and Yonkers, New York.  He married Elvina L. Ferguson at Danbury, Connecticut, on November 19, 1840, according to a record in Connecticut Marriages, 1630-1997.

If you have more information on James P. Sanders, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

The booklet measures a bit over 8-1/2" by 6-1/2" and consists of 9 interior sheets, with text on both sides of most of them, and with a engraving of James P. Sanders.  Printed by John Medole & Son of New York.


The Officers of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, as of August, 1896:

Alfred A. Guthrie, Grand Master
Samuel J. Pesoa, Deputy Grand Master
Hiram M. Olmsted, Grand Warden
John G. Deubert, Grand Secretary
Charles A. Wehr, Grand Treasurer
George W. Dilks, Grand Representative
Jacob Stern, Grand Representative



Resolutions Unanimously adopted by the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, at its annual session, August, 1896:

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge, with great pleasure, in recognition and great appreciation of the valuable services rendered by Brother Sanders to this Grand Lodge and to Odd Fellowship, hereby records its high esteem and deep veneration for him as a man and as an Odd Fellow; and that, as a further mark of esteem, a page of the Journal of this year be given for the portrait of Brother Sanders.

Resolved, That a special committee of five be appointed to frame a suitable testimonial, in recognition of the long service of Past Grand Sire James P. Sanders, to the attainment of the golden anniversary of his Grand Lodge membership in 1897; and that such testimonial be engrossed in such manner as the Standing Committee shall consider most appropriate, and be by the Grand Master presented to the Past Grand Sire.


Testimonial

James P. Sanders, Past Grand Sire

Sir and Brother:

In formulating this Testimonial for presentation to you, as authorized and contemplated by the Grand Lodge of New York, at its annual session in August, 1896, and hereinbefore set forth, we congratulate you upon your memorable record of having attained fifty consecutive Grand Lodge sessions in this State.  This is an honor that falls to the lot of comparatively few in our Order.  While others have held Grand Lodge membership fully as many years, you have not missed an annual session in that period of time.

That you have filled the principal chairs of the Subordinate Lodge and Encampment, Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment, and of the Grand Lodge of the United States (now the Sovereign Grand Lodge), and served many years as Grand Representative to that Body from New York, fully testify to your long and faithful service, in and ardent attachment to and love for, American Odd Fellowship.  Were further evidence needed, your annual attendance at the sessions of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and service upon its most important committees, might well be cited.  In that Body you have long ranked high in the estimation and good-will of its officers and Representatives.  While they are displaced by others at longer or shorter intervals, you are always there.  At home you are held in great respect and affection, in the Grand and Subordinate Bodies of this Jurisdiction, for your knowledge and counsel in matters pertaining to the Order.

It is our earnest hope that you may long be spared to maintain the exalted position to which you have attained by long and valued service to the Order.

In behalf of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, by the Special Committee on Testimonial:

George W. Dilks, P.G.M., Grand Rep.
John Medole, P.G.M., P.G. Rep.
George J. Gardner, P.G.M., P.G. Rep.
Edgar Whitlock, P.G.M., Grand Rep
Jacob Stern, P.G.M., Grand Rep

Standing Committee of Grand Lodge, 1897

Samuel J. Pesoa, Grand Master
Hiram M. Olmsted, Deputy Grand Master
Franklin P. Trautmann, Grand Warden
John G. Deubert, Grand Secretary
John F. Bullenkamp, Grand Treasurer




Membership Record, I.O.O.F., of Brother James P. Sanders

In Subordinate Lodge
  • Initiated in Samaritan Lodge, No. 7, at Danbury, Connecticut, September 17, 1843
  • Admitted by Card in Cortland Lodge, No. 55, at Peekskill, New York, February, 1847
  • Admitted by Card in Yonkers Lodge, No. 232 at Yonkers, New York, October 3, 1872

In Subordinate Encampment
  • Initiated in Sassacus Encampment, No. 1 at New Haven, Connecticut, August 16, 1844
  • Charter Member of Devotion Encampment, No. 5, at Danbury, Connecticut, Organized September 1844
  • Admitted by Card in Mt. Ararat Encampment, No. 16 (now No. 9) at Peekskill, New York, February 1847
  • Admitted by Card in New York Encampment, No. 1 at Albany, New York, July 7, 1855

In Grand Encampment
  • Admitted as a Past Chief Patriarch in the Grand Encampment of Connecticut at its Session Held in January 1846
  • Admitted in the Grand Encampment of New York at its Session Held August 2, 1847
  • Was elected Grand High Priest thereof in 1849.
  • Grand Patriarch in 1850.
  • Grand Representative, 1874, 1882

In Grand Lodge
  • Admitted as a Past Grand in the Grand Lodge of Connecticut at its Session Held January 13, 1847
  • Admitted in the Grand Lodge of New York at its Session Held September 20, 1847
  • Was elected Grand Warden thereof in 1856.
  • Deputy Grand Master in 1857.
  • Grand Master in 1858.

In the Grand Lodge of the United States (Now called "The Sovereign Grand Lodge")
  • Grand Representative Therein from the State of New York at the Sessions In the years 1852, 1853, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1874, and 1882
  • All other years after 1868, present as Past Grand Sire
  • Was elected Deputy Grand Sire thereof in 1864 and
  • Grand Sire in 1866

In Veteran Odd Fellows' Association of the State of New York, Organized November 9, 1888
  • Was the first Venerable President thereof, and has been continuously re-elected up to the present time.








Thursday, October 11, 2018

1930 Wedding Announcement: Mildred Mary French and Walter Joseph Creamer, Jr., at East Eddington, Maine


Announcement of the wedding of Mildred Mary French and Walter Joseph Creamer, Jr., that occurred on Sunday, August 17, 1930 at East Eddington, Maine.  The married couple would then be living at 38 Forest Avenue, Orono, Maine.

Transcription

Mrs. Lillian V. French
announces the marriage of her daughter 
Mildred Mary
to
Mr. Walter Joseph Creamer, junior
on Sunday, the seventeenth of August
nineteen hundred and thirty
East Eddington, Maine

At Home
after October first
38 Forest Avenue
Orono, Maine

Mildred Mary French was born June 8, 1903 in Maine, the daughter of George Asa French and Lillian V. (Hathaway) French.  Walter Joseph Creamer, Jr., was born March 3, 1896 at Penobscot, Maine, the son of Walter J. Creamer and Lena (Wardwell) Creamer.

Walter Joseph Creamer, Jr., graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, Maine, in 1918 and became a professor and dean there; it appears that Mildred also attended the University of Maine.  Their Find a Grave memorial shows that Walter died in 1977 and Mildred in 1988; they're buried in Mount Hope Cemetery at Bangor, Maine.

Please leave a comment if you have information to share, while being careful to respect the privacy of living people or those who may have recently passed away.

Sources
  • U.S. Federal Censuses
  • Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921
  • Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919
  • Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996
  • FindaGrave.com
  • U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Calling Card of Benjamin Franklin Gillingham and wife Martha Amariah (Fowler) Gillingham of Newbury, New Hampshire


Calling card of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gillingham, with name of Martha A. Fowler written in lower left corner.  They were Benjamin Franklin Gillingham and wife Martha Amariah (Fowler) Gillingham of Newbury, New Hampshire.

Benjamin Franklin Gillingham, "Frank", was born August 10, 1843 at Newbury, New Hampshire, the son of Howard Gillingham and Zilpha or Zilphia (Morse) Gillingham.  Frank died September 17, 1927, also at Newbury, New Hampshire.

Martha Amariah (Fowler) Gillingham was born January 29, 1852 at Newbury, New Hampshire, the daughter of John Cheever Fowler and Martha Jane (Morse) Fowler, according to an entry on page 393 in Genealogy of the Descendants of John White of Wenham and Lancaster, Massachusetts : 1638-1900.  Martha died in 1929 at Mansfield, Massachusetts, perhaps while living with her daughter Mary Zipha (Gillingham) Sawyer and husband Frank R. Sawyer.

Benjamin Franklin Gillingham, "Frank", and Martha Amariah (Fowler) were married at Concord, New Hampshire, on January 9, 1874 and farmed at Newbury, New Hampshire, where they raised at least two children, John and Mary Zilpha.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Sources
  • New Hampshire, Births and Christenings Index, 1714-1904 - birth of Benjamin Franklin Gillingham
  • Genealogy of the Descendants of John White of Wenham and Lancaster, Massachusetts : 1638-1900 - birth of Martha Amariah (Fowler) Gillingham
  • New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920 - marriage record of Benjamin Franklin Gillingham and Martha Amariah (Fowler) Gillingham
  • New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947 - death record of Benjamin Franklin Gillingham
  • Massachusetts, Death Index, 1901-1980 - death of Martha Amariah (Fowler) Gillingham