22 August 2014

The Interesting Case of Carsten Tietjen (1848-1932)

From Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 82, Number 103, 19 December 1891 --

THE POOR.
Contributions Coming In—C. Tietjen's Generous Act. The appeal on behalf of the poor is bearing good fruit, the following donations having been received yesterday by the Howards: Mrs. Duden, 1023 L street, clothing; Mrs. Joseph, 1120 Eighth street, clothing; Mrs. Redington, 1426 H street, various articles; Mrs. L. G. Shepherd, 1220 Seventh street, various articles; No. 712 H street, clothing; Mrs. Charles J. Ellis, 93l M street, clothing; Mike Smith, clothing; Telegraph Mill, J street, Twelfth and Thirteenth, wood; Mrs. Albert Johnson, clothing; C. H. Stevenson, clothing; A. Rodegerdts, Third and M streets, clothing and blankets; unknown lady, bundle of bedclothing; Dr. Clayton, clothing; F. L. Forbes, bedstead and mattress; Mr. Bonte, clothing. 
In addition to these contributions many citizens and families, who do not care to have their names published, have sent packages of articles to the Howards to be distributed among the poor. 
So, also, in the case of the orphans— contributions of money, clothing, toys, etc, are being sent direct to the asylum by people who prefer to give their mite without ostentation or desire for public credit. Hence there is more real charity being bestowed than the published statements in the newspapers would indicate. This is fortunate alike for the poor and the orphans. 
C. Tietjen, an employe of the Buffalo Brewing Company, has come to the relief of Mrs. Elizabeth Buck, the mother of a family of five children, residing at 1802 Q street, who is in destitute circumstances and bedridden with cancer of the breast. Mr. Tietjen is the owner of a fine piano, which he offers at raffle for $500 for the benefit of Mrs. Buck and her children, knowing them to be worthy objects of charity. 
The family were deserted by the husband and father a year ago. This is one of the cases that appeals to the heart of every person who has a thought above his own comfort and well-being. The $500 worth of tickets in the piano raffle should be applied for eagerly.


From the Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 84, Number 102, 17 December 1892 --

MADE HOMELESS BY FIRE.
A Mother and Her Five Children Have a Narrow Escape. 
An Exploding Lamp Sets Fire to Their house-The Family Rendered Destitute
Mrs. Buck, a widow, and her five children had a narrow escape from a terrible fate at 3 o'clock yesterday morning, the house occupied by them at Eighteenth and U streets having caught fire in such a way that the occupants barely escaped in their night-clothes. 
Mrs. Buck had been in the habit of keeping a kerosene lamp burning low in her bedroom, and at the hour named it exploded, setting fire to the beds and the room. The screams of the woman and children aroused Carsten Tietjen, a lodger, who also had barely time to escape in his night-clothes, and in this condition he ran to the Buffalo Brewery, several blocks away, and turned in an alarm. 
In tho meantime Mrs. Buck was engaged in getting her children out of the burning building, and their escape was almost miraculous. The night was bitter cold—the coldest of the season—and the little ones were nearly frozen before they were able to reach the shelter of a neighbor's house. 
The Fire Department responded promptly to the alarm, but owing to the long run the house was nearly destroyed when the firemen reached the spot. Nothing but a couple of trunks were saved the burning building. The latter was owned by Thomas Kenny. It was valued at $1200 and was insured for $700. 
Aside from the physical suffering to which Mrs. Buck and her five children were subjected at the time, the family's loss is complete, not even their clothing being saved. Our citizens have always been prompt to respond to calls for relief when people in distant places had been rendered destitute by fire or flood, and it would seem that here is a most deserving case right at home where help is needed. 
A remarkable correspondence of occurences one year apart.  Carsten Tietjen was originally married to Mary Goebel (1854-1888).  A widower, the record shows Mr. Tietjen eventually married the Mrs. Elizabeth Buck, the subject of the two articles above.  Because Carsten Tietjen went on to own his own saloon, my premonition is that there is a wealth of records surviving him.  I am just beginning.

Carsten Tietjen was my wife's 2xg-grandfather.

Copyright © 2014 by Kevin W. Walker

21 August 2014

Obituary: Michael Kenneth Evans (1946-2014)

As published in the Fairmont (MN) Sentinel August 6, 2014 --
Michael Kenneth Evans
OROVILLE, Calif. - Michael Kenneth Evans, age 68, of Oroville, Calif., and Mesa, Ariz., passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, from cancer at his home in Arizona with Bonnie, his wife of 38 years, with him. Per his request, there will be no services.
Mike was born July 4, 1946, in Fairmont, Minn., to Kenneth and Joyce Evans. His spirit and love of life touched many lives from coast to coast and beyond and he will be greatly missed.
Survivors include: his wife, Bonnie; father, Kenneth of Fairmont; children, Lisa (Mark), Jodi (Craig), and Kenny, all of Calif.; six grandchildren who have that special memory of bass fishing with Grandpa Mike on Lake Oroville; niece, Laura (Dan); step-brother, Doug (Sharon); sister-in-law, Linda (Paul); cousin, Phyllis (Doug); many great friends whom he considered part of his family; and his dog, Brandy.
Mike was my step-mom's brother in law, the husband of her sister.  I only met the gentleman a couple times at family gatherings and was struck by how young at heart he was.  Much like his wife.  He will be missed.

Copyright © 2014 by Kevin W. Walker

12 August 2014

Citizenships for James Derfler (1882-1962) and Karolina Derfler (nee. Vykouk, 1887-1971)



James and Karolina Derfler were my step-mother's maternal grandparents.

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04 August 2014

Amanuensis Monday: Will of Francis Gibson (1774-1858)



In the name of God Amen. I Francis Gibson of  Neshannock Township Laurence County and State of Pennsylvania considering the uncertainty of this present life and being of sound mind and memory Blessed be God for the same do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Viz.

1st of All I commend my immortal spirit into the hands of God who gave it and my body to be buried in a deacent (sic) and Christen (sic) like manner and of the worldly good with which it has pleased God to bless me in this world I dispose of as follows

2nd  I give unto my Eldest son Isaac Gibson the tract of land containing 117 acres 84 perches (?) as this day deeded to him and he is to pay the $200 consideration money to my son William M. Gibson. I give unto my son Samuel Gibson the west end of the farm where I now reside dividing by the line run by James Oliver to be for his proper use and benefit during his natural lifetime and then to be the property of them their heirs or assigns and on consideration of his paying unto each of my daughters Ester Parters (Porters) Elizabeth Wilson Martha Hannah (Hanna) Anne Morehead Mary Fisher Sarah Johnston and Rebecca Wilson the sum of one hundred dollars and the sum of three hundred dollars unto my son William M. Gibson

3rd I give and bequeath unto my Son Francis Gibson the East end of the Tract as run off by James Oliver To be for his use and benefit and his heirs or assigns forever

And 4th I give and bequeath unto my son William M. Gibson the sum of five hundred dollars as mentioned above two hundred dollars to be paid by Isaac and three hundred dollars to be paid Samuel 
5th. I give and bequeath unto each of my daughters Ester Elizabeth Martha Anne Mary Sarah and Rebecca Jane an equal share of the Household and Kitchen Furniture not otherwise disposed of the property to be appraised and offer at public sale after my decease by my Executors in after named and proceeds after paying the expenses to be divided among all my daughters above named share and share alike.  And I allow my daughter Anne Morehead in addition to the sum of one hundred dollars and her equal share of the proceeds of the sale of my household furniture to have my clock it is my will that the stoves and grates be left in the house.  And I further give and bequeath the remainder of all my personal property money due me on notes books account or in any way after defraying all expenses paying all my Just debts funeral expences (sic) and putting up a tomb stone to my late wife’s grave to my grand children herein after named Viz Francis Wilson Francis Gibson Francis Fisher and Francis Gibson and any other grand children tat are called by the name of Francis or may be so called during my lifetime to be divided among them share and share alike

I hereby constitute and appoint my son Isaac Gibson and Thomas Pomeroy the Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and declaring null and void all other wills I do declare this to be my last Will and Testament.  In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of February A.D. 1856 
Francis his X mark Gibson seal
Francis Gibson was my 4xg-grandfather on my Dad's maternal side.  Research has yet to be done, but every indication is these Gibsons were related to the Gibsons behind my mother. 

Copyright © 2014 by Kevin W. Walker

22 July 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Walker Family Plot - North Selma Cemetery (Selma, Fresno, California)


What a wonderful find!  And what a wonderful gift for the Find-a-Grave volunteer to identify the specific locations of the individual graves on the picture before sharing it with me.

Samuel Mills Walker (1827-1920) and Mary Jane Shumway Walker (1826-1910) were the patriarch and matriarch of this family.  Samuel Mills Walker was my 2xg-grand uncle, on my father's paternal side quite obviously.

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16 July 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Needham and Mills Clans in Oregon


My grand-aunt's family on my father's maternal side, proud of their farm.  Immigrants from Nebraska.  Circa 1910.

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15 July 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Capt. Edward Everett (1739-1815)



EDWARD EVERETT
Captain of 
N. H. Volt
1776

Buried in Quaker Cemetery, Au Sable, Clinton County, New York, USA
      "This is a large, uncared for cemetery, enclosed by an iron and wire fence. In front of it, on the corner, formerly stood a Quaker Meeting House, which has been removed, partly incorporated in a nearby house. The ground around the old Meeting House have many poplars growing in it; not many years ago traces of the location of the building, and of the drives, could be seen. The gate to the cemetery was behind the Meeting House.
      "Although in the Town of Au Sable, it stands just south of the northern bounds of the Town, and is usually thought of as in the Town of Peru. Location shown on map of Au Sable in Beers' Atlas. The Meeting House stood on the south-east corner of the road running from Peru to Keeseville, west of the main highway, and a cross a road running east. The fine old Keese house stands a little south of it, on the west side of the road.
      "The graveyard is overgrown with wild roses, etc.; there are many graves marked with flat field stones, some of which bear crude initials. Many of the stones have fallen and many are broken." 
-- M. N. McLellan, 1929, "McLellan Cemetery Records," Plattsburgh (NY) Public Library
Capt. Edward Everett was my 5xg-grandfather on my father's maternal side.

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14 July 2014

Amanuensis Monday: "The Town of Ausable"

From Reminiscences and Early History of Old Peru compiled by Seward Arnold, Lecturer of the Peru Grange, and published in 1913.  No publisher is listed --
THE TOWN OF AUSABLE

When the first white settlers of Ausable came to this locality in 1786 it was not to Ausable, or to Peru, or even to Clinton county that they came, for there were no such towns or county then, but they came to Plattsburgh, in the County of Washington, and built their log cabin at the foot of what is now known as Hallock Hill, on land now owned by Percy Keese. It may be proper to say in this connection that this County of Washington to which our first settlers came was about the size of the present State of Vermont, and that Clinton County when first taken from Washington was at least six if not eight times as large as it is today, for it comprised not only the present territory but all of what is now Essex County, over half of Franklin, all of Lake Champlain that lies north of the south line of Ticonderoga, and the northwestern one-fourth of what is now the State of Vermont. Vermont had not then been admitted to the Union and its territory was claimed by both New York, and New Hampshire, but the former held possession, at least of its western part. Now I will return to our first settlers and devote a few lines to their history.

Their name was Everett and they came from the central part of New Hampshire where they had lived about seventeen years, though the parents were born at Dedham and Milton, near Boston. Edward Everett, the father, had been a member of the New Hampshire Legislature and captain of a company of New Hampshire troops in the Revolution. His brother, David Everett, was a soldier in a company that fought the British at Bunker Hill, and he died nine days after that battle, leaving a son, David, who in his day was quite famous as a poet, but is now best known as the author of the juvenile recitation :

"You'd scarce expect one of my age To speak in public on the stage."

Captain Edward Everett's first cousin, Judge Oliver Everett, was the father of the celebrated orator and statesman, Hon. Edward Everett of Boston, and grandfather of Dr. Edward Everett Hale, the famous author. Judge Oliver Everett's brother, Andrew, was the great-great grandfather of Helen Keller, whose achievements, considering her limitations, have caused her to be called "the most wonderful woman on earth." During the first six and one-half years that our first settlers lived in their new home they were in Plattsburgh, for Peru was not made a town till the last days of 1792. Captain Everett served three years as Commissioner of Highways of Plattsburgh, and as such helped to lay out the first road in what is now Ausable, the road that we call Arthur street. After 1 792 he held the office of Supervisor of Peru four terms of one year each, spent the remainder of his days as a resident of Peru, and not only he but most of his family of ten members died in Peru without knowing that there was or would be such a town as Ausable. The youngest member of that family, David Allen Everett, lived till 1861, and has two sons still living, George and Harvey Everett, aged 84 and 80 years, respectively, the latter being the father of William E. Everett, Worthy Treasurer of Peru Grange.

When Peru was first taken from Plattsburgh it was half as large as the present County of Clinton, but it was gradually reduced by taking other towns and parts of towns from it till 1808, after which year it contained 257 square miles till 1839, when it was divided into three towns containing 38, 81 and 138 square miles, respectively. Why they put 100 square miles more into Black Brook than they gave to Ausable is hard to explain, but it is a fact that one is the largest and the other one of the two smallest towns in the county, exceeding only the town of Schuyler Falls by one and one-half square miles. The little town of Ausable thus created is bounded on the north by Peru, on the east by Lake Champlain and Chesterfield, on the south by Chesterfield and Jay, and on the west by Black Brook. Its principal streams are the Great and Little Ausable rivers, both of which flow into Lake Champlain. It has no city of village wholly within its borders, but contains parts of three villages — Keeseville, Clintonville and Ausable Chasm.
Captain Edward Everett (1739-1815) was my 5xg-grandfather on my father's maternal side.

Copyright © 2014 by Kevin W. Walker