Monday, August 31, 2015

Military Monday: Milt Royles' Hat

Last week I was contacted by US Air Force historian and collector Tim Mackie, who has in his collection this cap that used to belong to my dad Fred Pape's Korean War pilot, Milton Royles (1920-1996).  Tim has kindly allowed me to share his photos of the cap in this blog:

Milton Royles' cap viewed from the top.  The tiger was the insignia of the 37th Bomb Squadron.
They were based in Pusan, Korea during the Korean War.  Photo courtesy Tim Mackie.

Milton Royles' cap viewed from the front.  Photo courtesy Tim Mackie.

Milton Royles' cap viewed from the back.  The flags are from the United States, United Nation, and South Korean flag respectively.  Orange and white were the colors of the 37th Bomb Squadron.  The bombs along the lower edge indicate each bombing mission - the ones with dollar signs were "dollar rides" or training missions.  Photo courtesy Tim Mackie.

Here is what Dad had to say about the cap:

Milt’s cap was really a work of art. It was originally just an ordinary field cap. He put 3 coats of clear varnish(?) on it to make it stiff enough to allow him to draw the designs he wanted. He let each color dry for a day or more to keep the colors from running into each other. I think it took about two weeks to finish during his off time.
About 2 months after he finished it was stolen from our tent. We found an airman wearing one that looked like Milt’s cap. After an examination it proved to be his cap with a very poor job of trying to alter it. The airman said he got it from a gunner airman whose plane had gone down so we had no conclusive thievery proof but Milt got his cap back and was able to restore it to original condition.  
The bombs do indicate the number of bombing missions and as you deduced the ones with dollar signs are the training missions with experienced crews. The “37” on the brim was for our 37th Bomb Squadron and the tiger head on top was our squadron insignia

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Birthday, Mark! (tomorrow)

Made this photo book for my sweetie's birthday tomorrow with Shutterfly:

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Mystery Monday Photo - SOLVED with Social Media!

Sometimes we find interesting things in the "old stuff" people give us to consider adding to our special collections or our archives in the library where I work.  This originally-a-mystery photo fell in that category.

It has the following information on the back, handwritten in what appears to be ballpoint pen.  Therefore, it's likely the information was written well after the photograph was taken, and therefore it is possible that it is not accurate:

Katherine Mitchell Preston
taken in Dublin, Texas

Trouble is, I didn't have much luck initially searching in the genealogical research sites I typically use:  HeritageQuest, FamilySearch, the Portal to Texas History, FindAGrave, and

So I posted the photo in a few groups I'm in on Facebook, including the Erath County Genealogical Society.  I'm involved in this one because my university is the repository for its old county records.

A helpful member of that group located seven-month-old Katherine living with her parents, Holcombe Lightfoot Preston (8 May 1862 or 1863 - 3 October 1944) and Julia Mitchell Preston (13 September 1866 or 1867 - 25 June 1948), on Patrick Street in Dublin on the 1900 Census.  Also living with them was Julia's widowed mother, Julia K. Browning Mitchell (13 September 1828 - 25 August 1901, and buried in the Live Oak Cemetery in Dublin).  I'd missed the record because the census enumerator had misspelled her name as Kathrine, and because I was treating Mitchell as a maiden name rather than a middle name.

Holcombe was originally from Virginia, born of Virginian parents.  On the 1900 Census, his occupation was listed as "Superintendent - Compressor," and I found a couple newspaper articles referring to that as well.  A compress was used by the railroads to, literally, compress ginned cotton bales to about half their original size to "facilitate shipment."

Julia was born in Matagorda, Texas; her father was from New York and her mother from Germany.  Holcombe and Julia married 6 December 1893 at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas.

Katherine was born on 7 October 1899 in Texas, probably in Dublin.  She was an only child.  By Friday, November 10, 1899, her family was living in Dublin, as the Dublin Progress of that date reported on page 5 that  "H. R. Preston, superintendent of the compressor at Cisco, spent Sunday with his family here."  However, in the Friday, March 13, 1903 edition of that paper, a classified ad on page 4 said the house was for sale.  The January 22, 1904, Dublin Progress stated the family had moved to Vernon, while the February 5, 1904 edition corrected that, saying "H. L. Preston write us to change his post office address from Vernon to Cleburne, Texas."

On the 1910 Census, taken April 18, Katherine and her family were living at 804 Main Street in Cleburne.  Holcombe's occupation is railroad office clerk.  By 1912, though, the family had moved to Austin, as Holcombe is listed on page 249 of the 1912-13 city directory living at 1915 San Antonio and working as a rate clerk for the Houston and Central Texas Railroad freight depot.  The listing is the same for 1914 (page 651) and 1916 (page 352), but by the latter year, Katherine has her own listing as a student.

Katherine Preston in the 1918 Cactus yearbook
 of the University of Texas - Austin, page 274
By 1918, according to page 359 of that year's Austin city directory, Holcombe and Julia are now living at 2502 Wichita, and he is now chief clerk of the depot.  Katherine has a separate listing on the same page; she is living with her parents and is a student at the University of Texas.  I found her in the 1918 and 1919 Cactus yearbooks.  In 1917-1918, her freshman year, she was vice-president of her class in the spring term. She headed up the decoration committee for the freshmen reception on February 15 and was the female lead in the grand march at that event.  In the 1919 Cactus, she is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

The family is still living at the same address in 1920, according to page 341 of the city directory and the 1920 Census, and the Census shows Holcombe has the same job.  Katherine, however, is listed as a public school teacher.

Holcombe and Julia are in the 1924 Austin city directory, on page 372, but Katherine is not listed.  Holcombe is a division passenger and freight agent with Southern Pacific [rail] Lines, and they still live at 2502 Wichita.

In the 1927 city directory (page 390), they are living at the same address.  Holcombe is now working as a railroad rate clerk for the state highway department, and Katherine is an assistant "trouble clerk" with the city water and light department.  In the 1929 directory (page 402), same address, same employers, simply listed as clerks though.

The 1930 city directory (page 428), and 1930 Census show no changes.  However, according to the 1932-33 Austin city directory (page 385), the family now lives at 207 W. 32nd.  No changes for Holcombe in the 1935 city directory (page 447), but Katherine is now working as a clerk for the Acme Life Insurance Company.  By 1937 (city directory page 522), Katherine has changed jobs again, working as a certifier for the Texas Old Age Assistance Commission.  That was still the case in 1939 (city directory, page 491).

According to the 1940 Census, Katherine was a typist with the Texas Board of Public Welfare.  Holcombe was still working for the state highway department, but now as a traffic manager.  He's listed as Howard in the 1940 city directory (page 496).  No changes in the 1941 (page 513) or 1942 (page 502) directories for either, but in 1944 (page 392), "Howard" is listed as a "rate expert" with the highway department.  He died of cardiovascular problems on October 3 of that year at St. David's Hospital, according to his death certificate.

By 1947, according to page 571 of the Austin city directory, Katherine has risen to the position of auditor with the state Department of Public Welfare, and is still living at 207 W. 32nd with her widowed mother Julia, who died at home on June 25, 1948.

The 1949 Austin city directory (page 550) gives Katherine's occupation as accountant with the same employer.  There are no changes in employment nor address for the 1952 (page 506), 1953 (page 583), 1954 (page 525), 1955 (page 629), 1957 (page 682), or 1958-59 (page 716) city directories.

Apparently Katherine never married.  She died February 11, 1986, and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex in Austin, as are her father and mother.

I was able to contact the person who gave us the photograph through her cousin, who is employed by my university.  She does not remember exactly how she got them, but I suspect it was at an estate sale or antique shop.  Katherine had no children or siblings, so there was no one to give or leave the photo to.

Comments on Facebook indicate that the decorated baby carriage might have been for a May Day or May Fete celebration, common in small Texas towns in the early 1900s.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: FOUND: Death Dates and Locations for Mark's Great-Grandparents

Searching around in some Oklahoma resources yesterday, I found what I believe are referemces to Mark's great-grandparents, John L. Gresham and Lucinda Vina "Lula" Self Gresham Young.

The reference to John was in a (new to me) database in, the Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Indian and Pioneer Historical Collection, 1937.  It is described as "transcripts of oral histories about pioneer life in Oklahoma in the early twentieth century. The project was funded by the WPA (Works Progress Administration project S-149) in 1937...The collection also includes lists of many old cemeteries, some of which no longer exist."

It was in the latter that I found John.  A gentleman named Marvin G. Rowley did an inventory of 56 graves in Vaughn Cemetery in the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory (now Le Flore County, Oklahoma).  J. L. Gresham was on page 6.  I'm pretty sure this is the right J. L. Gresham, because he was born about 1855, based on the 1880 Census and his Arkansas marriage license from the same year (another Ancestry tree said on February 1, but provided no proof), and his youngest son Luther Elton was born the previous April in the nearby town of Gilmore.  John's in-laws Vincent Garner Self and Mary Malissa Hallmark Self were living in the area by 1900, if not earlier.

Then I did some searching to try to find exactly when his wife Lula died. By the 1900 Census, Lula had remarried to a Robert Granville Young and was living in Dallas County, Texas, with her two youngest sons (Mark/Marvin Ellis, my Mark's grandfather, and Luther Elton) and Robert's four sons from a previous marriage.  Luther Elton' grandson Clell tells me that Young was rather abusive, so it would not surprise me if she left him.  I was searching in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, all places that she had lived in during her adult life, and tried out The Gateway to Oklahoma History, a companion to the Portal to Texas History (both hosted by the University of North Texas Libraries, my library school alma mater).  On a search for "Lula Young," I found this front-page article in the April 13, 1906, Kiowa Sentinel:

The age is off a bit (according to the 1900 Census, she was born in April 1856, which would make her 49 or 50 at her death).  However, she did have four children, all still living at that point, the youngest being Luther Elton at 15.  Kiowa, Indian Territory is in today's Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.  A little more searching turned up the following article from the same date in another Kiowa newspaper:

This second front-page article from the Kiowa Breeze indicates that Mrs. Young was a daughter of Mr. Self.  The Kiowa Breeze had another front-page article almost a year earlier, on April 7, 1905, that mentioned the farm of V. G. Self, so I'm pretty sure this is the right one.  Lula Young died on the Sunday prior to Friday, April 13, which would have been April 8, and this matches up to an unsourced date of death for her in some family trees on  According to the articles, Lula is buried in the Kiowa City Cemetery, also known as the Oak Hill Cemetery.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday's Faces From the Past: Happy Cousins Day!

Today, July 24, is Cousins Day!  I have 23 wonderful first cousins, all on my dad's side of the family.  Here is a photo of many of them (plus me and two of my siblings, plus the spouses of two cousins) at our grandmother Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape's 80th birthday party in Chicago on December 18, 1982:

Standing on the table in the background: Tom Streff, me, Beth Streff Malone.
Back row, standing:  Jim Hedger, Ron Dietz, Karen Pape, Rosemary Streff Grandusky, Tom Hedger, Marianne Streff Gustafson, Rob Dietz, Bud Streff, John Hedger, Karen (Mrs. Jim) Hedger, Steve Grandusky.
Front row, standing:  Shelly Dietz Sowinski, Bobbie Pape, Regina Dietz, Ruth Dietz Zidek, Judy Pape, Mary Pape.
Kneeling in front:  Rich Dietz, Dan Streff.

Missing cousins:  Paul Streff, Terrie Pape Zitzelsberger, Donna Pape Jajich, Joe Hedger, Ginnie Hedger Ciesielski, Pete Hedger.
Missing siblings:  Mark and Brian Pape.

Using married names for my female cousins only if they were married at the time of this photo.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Fordham Family, Maple Grove Cemetery, Wichita, Kansas

photo by Kyle Abbott via; used with permission
A kind FindAGrave volunteer quickly got a photo for me of the tombstone of John Fordham, a former missing person (or runaway) at age 15 in 1890, who died in 1896 at age 21 after apparently falling from and being run over by a train.  The tombstone at the historic Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita, Kansas, also marks the graves of his parents, Charles R. Fordham, 1843-1904, and Helen Nancy Chafin Fordham, 1848-1917.  In the same cemetery are Charles' and Helen's son Reigh C. Fordham (1876-1927) and his wife Bertha C. Fordham (1878-1953) and son Raymond James Fordham (who, sadly, also died young, born about 1912 and died in 1921),

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Mystery Monday: What Happened to John Fordham?

The Dick Smith Library (where I work) serves as a Regional Historical Resources Depository for original and microfilmed records for a number of Texas counties, including Coleman.  Two years ago, another library transferred to us a fascinating Coleman County Sheriff's ledger from 1887 to 1892 that contained notices about stolen and stray animals, and wanted and missing persons.  This one caught my eye:

John Fordham's mother apparently hired a Wichita, Kansas, detective agency to look for him when John left home just before turning 15.  Since John had "a fancy for horses" and "may be found around cattle ranches," it makes sense that the detective agency might have sent this notice to sheriffs in Texas counties.

This missing person notice had a good clue about the missing boy - John Fordham was or would be age 15 on May 9, 1890, meaning he was born on May 9, 1875.  I conducted a search in for a John Fordham born in 1875, and found a record with a matching date of birth for a burial in a Wichita, Kansas, cemetery for a John Chafin Fordham.  That young man died on June 2, 1896, at just 21 years of age, which made me wonder - what happened between the 1890 missing person notice, and his death just six years later?

A search in the Library of Congress Chronicling America website for "John Fordham" between 1875 and 1896 brought up some results from June 1896 issues of the Wichita Daily Eagle.  The first article was from June 3:
from The Wichita Daily Eagle, June 3, 1896, Page 5, via Chronicling America

John's mangled body had been found near the train tracks in White City, Kansas, which is about 100 miles northeast of Wichita.  He'd been traveling with another young man named T. T. Kell (who does not appear in any later articles) to the Dakotas, and they'd decided to hop the train rather than buy tickets (even though John certainly had the money).  Speculation in the article was that John fell asleep and fell out of the train and was run over.

More detail appeared in a article in the next day's Daily Eagle:
from The Wichita Daily Eagle, June 4, 1896, Page 5, via Chronicling America

John's body had letters addressed to a J. C. Fordham of 522 S. Lawrence Avenue in Wichita, a note for $350 from a Helen Fordham, and a March 12, 1896, deposit slip for a bank in Wichita, all of which helped identify him.

John's father Charles R. Fordham, his mother Helen Nancy Chafin Fordham, John, and a younger brother, Reigh, can be found in an 1880 U.S. Census record in Caldwell, Sumner County, Kansas.  By the 1885 Kansas State Census, the family is living in Wichita.

John's parents were active socially, based on articles in earlier Wichita newspapers, with his mother particularly active in the Degree of Honor, which was originally organized as a female auxiliary to the Ancient Order of United Workmen.  That group, as well as the Daily Eagle reporter, were full of praise for young John:

from The Wichita Daily Eagle, June 5, 1896, Page 5,

But just what happened in 1890?  Young John apparently had some wanderlust - the letters found on his body indicated he owned mines in the Cripple Creek, Colorado area, and he was on his way to Dakota when he died.  He appeared to have a mind of his own, even at a young age, and was rather successful financially, based on his clothing, the contents of his pockets, and the references in the articles.  Obviously, he came back home to Wichita sometime between the early 1890 "missing" poster and his death in 1896.  So far I haven't been able to determine what he was doing all those years.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sibling Saturday: In New Braunfels, ABT 1965

A New Braunfels, Texas, native e-mailed me today about a post I did four years ago about our family's summers on the Comal River in New Braunfels in the late 1960s.  My youngest sister (too young to be in these pictures) had some photos of us other four siblings from our visit there in 1965 (when she was just a baby).

at Camp Warnecke, New Braunfels, TX, summer 1965
Above and below - at The Stockade Cedar Lodges, Summer 1965
Above are Brian (age 3), Mark (5), Karen (7), and me (8) at Camp Warnecke, known as a great place to shoot the rapids on inner tubes.  In fact, I can remember doing that with one of my brothers, I think Brian, and nearly missing the guy wire strung across the river that you were supposed to catch to keep from winding up in the whirlpool.

At right and below are me, Brian, Mark, and Karen at the Stockade Cedar Lodges, where we stayed for that 1965 summer vacation.  At the bottom of this post is a view of the swimming pool at the resort.

The pool and some of the cabins of Stockade Cedar Lodges might still exist - they, and Camp Warnecke, are now part of the Schlitterbahn Water Park and its Resort at the Bahn in New Braunfels.
Above:  Amanda, Brian, Mark, & Karen; and below, the pool, at The Stockade Cedar Lodges, New Braunfels, Texas, Summer 1965

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday's Faces From the Past: Louise Cheney Auer, 1905-1976

Louise Cheney in the 1924
Trinity University Mirage yearbook,
page 66 - available via 
Recently my former supervisor, who is working on some of the archival materials in our library before her upcoming retirement at the end of August (after 45 years!), asked for some help in writing a biographical sketch about a woman whose manuscript collection we have.  Her name was Louise Cheney Auer and we didn't know much more about her beyond the information in a newspaper clipping, which said she had attended Trinity University and Baylor University.

Here is what I was able to find out about Louise Cheney Auer in about two hours:

She was born Emma Louise Cheney on 8 January 1905 in Mount Pleasant, Texas, to William Cheney and Susie Roberts, per Louise’s death certificate.1  Her 11-years-older sister Angeline Cheney McDonald (1893-1976) was the informant, so the information should be accurate.

By 9 May 1910, the William Cheney family was living in Hamilton County, Texas, as I found them on the 1910 Census there.2  William M., age 42, was born in Texas of parents who were born in Georgia.  He is a bank cashier.  Wife Susie M., age 37, was born in Texas of parents who were born in Texas.  She has given birth to three children at this point, but only two are living:  16-year-old Angeline, born in Texas, and 5-year-old Louise, also born in Texas.

On 9 January 1920, they are living in Hico in Hamilton County, and William is now a bank vice-president, according to the 1920 Census.3   Angeline is not in the household – she would be about 26 by now and I imagine she has married.  (I have not had any luck finding her, though.)

Our awesome archives assistant contacted Trinity University and they sent her the link to the photo above.  Louise was identified by name and pictured with other members of the Class of 1927, but apparently she does not appear named in any other Trinity yearbook, and Baylor has no record of her attending.  The photo above is very similar to one of her in the newspaper article.

Perhaps Louise never graduated because she got married on 5 August 1926,  to John George Auer in Hill County, Texas, the same day they got the license,4  by the pastor of Liberty Temple in Hillsboro, (a picture of the now-gone Liberty Temple is here -

John Auer’s September 1918 World War I draft registration card5 shows him living in Honey Grove in Fannin County, Texasm and working as an auto mechanic for a tire repair company on 6th Street.  His nearest relative is a John Danenbauer who also lives in Honey Grove.  John Auer’s mother (according to his death certificate) was a Marie Dannenbauer.

On the 1920 Census,6 taken on January 7, John was a roomer in Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas, and working as a gin mechanic.  The 1920 Census also indicates he was born in Germany, was an alien, and immigrated in 1913.

I also found various naturalization documents for John in that provide some of their addresses over the years (and verify things such as dates of birth, etc., for John and Louise).  John was born 9 January 1899 in Obermosbach, Germany.  He left via Bremen and arrived in Galveston on 10 October 1913.  When he first filed his Declaration of Intent, on 3 January 1923, he was living in Paris, Lamar County, Texas. He (and Louise) had lived in Harris County, Texas, since 3 October 1927. As of 9 April 1931, they were living at 2909 Jackson Street in Houston.  On his Petition for Naturalization dated 14 November 1933, they were living at 4018 Almeda Road in Houston, and they had no children.  He took the oath of allegiance on 7 November 1934.

Via, I found them in the 1932 Houston City Directory, on page 232, listed as John G. and Emma L. Auer residing at 4018 Almeda Rd.  He was a manager with Southern United Ice Company.

On the Portal to Texas History,7 I found Louise listed as Louise C. Auer, a new member of the Southwestern Historical Association in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 58, page 445 (January 1955 issue).  She had a La Porte, Texas post office box address.

We have her original typewritten manuscripts, but images of some of her articles from Desert Magazine of the Southwest as printed can be found online:

“Indian Emily’s Tragedy” – vol. 24, no. 10, October 1961, page 17, at

“Nellie Cashman and Her Lost Gold” – vol. 26, no. 10, October 1963, pages 24-26, at

Louise's husband John died 11 July 1970 in Pasadena, Texas.  At the time of his death, they were living at 303 Crescent View in La Porte.  She was the informant on his death certificate.8  It also states he was to be buried at the La Porte City Cemetery, but there is a marker for him at the West End Cemetery in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas.

Louise's death certificate shows that she died in the Stephenville Hospital on 1 June 1976.  She'd been living in Stephenville for five years, most recently at 1485 Mulberry.  It appears she moved to Stephenville not long after John died, perhaps to be near her older sister Angeline Cheney McDonald.

She’s buried at the West End Cemetery according to the death certificate, but there is no marker.  I am guessing that is because Louise had no children, and her sister Angeline died less than three months later, according to her marker in the cemetery.

I couldn't locate a birth certificate for Louise, but Texas did not start requiring them until 1903, and compliance with the law was spotty until around 1910.  Louise's parents William M. and Susie Roberts Cheney were still in Hico on the 1930 Census,but Susie died in Stephenville on March 7, 1937, where she had been living for two months, according to her death certificate.10 

William returned to Hico and was a lodger in the Midland Hotel in Hico on the 1940 Census.11   He died at the Austin State Hospital in Austin, Travis County, Texas, on June 22, 1943.  He had only been there ten days; Erath County was indicated at his home, and the death certificate12  said he would be buried in Stephenville.  However, he was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, McClennan County, Texas, next to his wife Susie.


1 "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," Database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 June 2015), Death certificates > 1976 > Vol 133-138, certificates 066101-069500, Sep, Comanche-Harris counties > image 1349 of 3515; State Registrar Office, Austin.

"United States Census, 1910," Database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 June 2015), Texas > Hamilton > Justice Precinct 8 > 0073 > image 39 of 41; citing NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

3  "United States Census, 1920," Database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 June 2015), Texas > Hamilton > Hico > 0095 > image 14 of 33; citing NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

4   "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977," Database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 June 2015), 004820615 > image 738 of 890; county clerk offices, Texas.

5 "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," Database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 June 2015), Texas > Fannin County; A-B > image 309 of 1397; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

6 "United States Census, 1920," Database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 June 2015), Texas > Fannin > Honey Grove > 0055 > image 9 of 28; citing NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955, H. Bailey Carroll, editor, Journal/Magazine/Newsletter, 1955; ( : accessed July 03, 2015), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Texas State Historical Association, Denton, Texas.

 "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," Database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 June 2015), Death certificates > 1970 > Vol 099-106, certificates 049200-052600, Jul, Harris-Taylor counties > image 871 of 3492; State Registrar Office, Austin.

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 July 2015), Texas > Hamilton > Hico > 0005 > image 6 of 31; citing NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).

10 "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 July 2015), Death certificates > 1937 > Vol 028-034, certificates 013501-016900, Mar, Cameron-Montague counties > image 1161 of 3601; State Registrar Office, Austin.

11 "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 July 2015), Texas > Hamilton > Justice Precinct 3, Hico > 97-5 Justice Precinct 3, Hico City > image 33 of 34; citing NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012).

12 "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (,268340501,268355001 : accessed 4 July 2015), Death certificates > 1943 > Vol 060, certificates 029501-030000, Jun, Taylor-Williamson counties > image 161 of 513; State Registrar Office, Austin.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Surname Saturday: Shelton Family Reunion - MISSED! And a Blogging Hiatus

My Shelton heritage, left to right:  GGG-grandfather Jacob Shelton (1822-1874), GG-grandfather Levi Marion Shelton (1863-1941), and a four-generations photo of my mother Geraldine Guokas Pape, G-grandmother Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris (1890-1977) holding me, and grandmother Sara Melzina Wolfe Guokas Archibald (1907-1997).

Well, if things had gone as planned, right now I would have been sitting down to a meal with my Shelton kin at the family reunion at the Verda Baptist Church near Montgomery, Louisiana.

What I didn't plan on was an emergency room visit about an hour before I planned to leave this morning on the 5.5 drive to get to the reunion by now.

I've had some problems off and on for the past few months with peripheral neuropathy.  For a week or so, it's been concentrated in my left arm.  In the past few days I've developed pain just below the left ribcage, and in my left shoulder blade.  Last night I had some chest pain on the left and a few episodes of sweating.  I was unable to sleep last night and was (still am) more comfortable upright.

Despite doing a 6-mile bike ride yesterday morning and unpacking 25-30 boxes and loading up my husband's un-air-conditioned SUV with a bunch of K-12 textbooks the morning before that, I feared a possible heart attack, so we went to the hospital at 5 AM.

The good news is that my heart is fine and the chest x-ray and blood work did not show anything else that was obviously wrong.  I got to go home about two hours later, but by then it was too late to attempt to go to the reunion.

And unfortunately, I still feel lousy.  Still got the left arm pain/numbness/tingling, still got the pains under the ribcage, in the shoulder blade, and in the chest.  I have an appointment with my primary care doctor this coming Friday (I made that Thursday afternoon when some of these symptoms were manifesting themselves).  I suspect this is something stress-related - maybe an ulcer. [ETA:  The doctor diagnosed pulled muscles and recommended Aleve or Advil, which did help.]

Which brings me to the other part of this post.  I HAVE been under a lot of stress lately.  My husband underwent a carotid endarterectomy a month ago.  He's doing well, but it was the fourth surgery in a year for him - three glaucoma surgeries prior to that, two on the same eye.  My parents are both 86 now, and my mother in particular is facing some issues that might require some changes in her care.  They live three hours away, so dealing with that is somewhat stressful.  The offspring are job-hunting and recovering from surgeries of their own, further stress.  And at work, I'm dealing with a reorganization of my work areas and the need to move my office into a different room before summer's end.

Something's gotta give.  You may have noticed I haven't been writing in this blog very much lately.  And I'm afraid that's how it's going to have to be for a while.  I have enough stress in my life at the moment that I don't need the pressure of researching and writing for this blog (which no one reads anyway) to add to that.

I have a couple posts in draft form that I do hope to finish over the next few months.  I also have lots of photos already scanned that I hope to post, there just won't be a lot of meaty information to go with them (lots of "Wordless Wednesdays" to come).

Someday, when I feel a little better and my life is more in order, I'll be back to the same level I've been at the past year or so.

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