Sunday, February 7, 2016

1909 -1910 Rural Small Town of West Carrollton - Homes -Picnics though NEW's Camera Lens

p 9 of Noah Elwood Weaver's black album 1909-1916, finds a new construction home I sense is in the town of West Carrollton and the baby to the his right, of Noah Elwood, 5th from the left might be recent proud grandparents of the infant dressed in typical baby garb of the time.  No labels and hope folks like Sarah and Jerry Allison of the WCHS, might find out where this home is, to celebrate a centennial of this kind of home being built around where Noah Elwood and his soon to be bride (the tall woman some 4-5 "taller to his left, is Edna H Eicher, a Julia Child of her times over 6 feet with her older sister, Emma Esther Eicher in the back right, was said to be 6'3"in her prime. When this album arrives at the Wright State Archives, I hope we can have a finders link to its location for others to find their relatives. 
p9 Detail of top photo with likely grandparents of a new infant, with Noah Elwood Weaver, next to his finance' Edna Eicher- The style of the hair bow of the woman in front reminded this writer of Princess Leia of the Star Wars Movie fantasy series some call a "block buster" created in Hollywood US of A in the later 20th Century.  Wonder what "block" of West Carrollton his home can be found on in the 21st Century.
p9 Second view of the group - Edna Eicher is now 5th from the left, and curious if the guy with the bow tie, who moved next to the infant might be the father? No real facts and having the ID of the house location, might lead to finding census data and names here.. The "Princess Leia" bow headed woman is still in front

 p9 Detail of group on porch of West Carrollton new home CA 1909 by NEW
 p 10 Five unidentified women dressed in CA1909-1910 comfortable attire. 

p 10 Family picnic near the banks of the Greater Miami, CA 1909 Edna Eicher 5th from left and Emma Esther Eicher 10th just to the right of the infant and stroller . Looks like after eating, if one looks at the shot below, with food more orderly :-)
 Detail of the picnic setting after eating?

 p11 Spread of picnic with melon fruit cut and bread sliced and glasses standing up. NEW 5th from left, EEEicher 9th just to the right of the infant - No other names yet. By Edna Eicher most likely
 p11 Detail of food Noah Elwood 3rd from Left, E Esther Eicher 7th next to infant reaching.

p11 Slumber sleep over party - 11 girls and likely Edna Eicher the 12th who took the photo. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Detailed accounts from Miami & Jefferson Townships - West Carrollton - Miamisburg -Ellerton, rural Montgomery CO OHIO 1909 -1916

 One of my joys in the winter is to take in the photography of my ancestors in Ohio, as the spirit of the day is captured in these black and white photos.  I am working to archive some collection in Ohio. with Noah Elwood Weaver's collection being donated to Wright State University archives, and perhaps with the support of Billy William A Eicher, the nephew of Betty Ethel Elizabeth Eicher, to donate some of her Ohio year writings and photos with her partner from Franklin OH, Mary Parker Brown.  More shall be revealed.
Here is a studio photo of Charles Albert Eicher with his bride in 1910, from Miamisburg Minnie Mae Stupp, duaghter of William Stupp and Emma Emily Braun. Charles is the father of Betty Eicher b 1913 in Miamisburg and Billy Eicher, William H Eicher b 1927. 

A Spring Series from the black album 1909-16.  Of a walk to the Eicher Farm...I sense from church in West Carrollton on a spring Sunday morning. 
 Noah Elwood Weaver 1909 likely photo taken by finance', Edna Helena Eicher Weaver, at the edge of the then George Eicher farmstead and apple orchard, Sect 14+15 Miami Twp just a little walk east of West Carrollton City then (now a suburban development near the high school and I 75) page 1 of black leather album
 George Eicher farm sect 15 flat field with fence line and apple trees with chimney of farm house behind.   P 2 of Black leather 1909-16 album
Hillside field panorama with Sunday clothes, Emma Esther Eicher, smiling 5th from Left, and NEW 10th from Left......Note the boy in the right enjoying a plant......Sunday walks look so refreshing eh?
Auf Deutsch, and I think a lot of the new immigrants from the mid 1800's still spoke German....wonder what these folks were thinking here in 1909? page 5 of black album

Here I count 15 in this woodland panorama with Edna Eicher and Noah Elwood Weaver at the far right.....Interesting variety of ecosystems and environments around the Eicher farm as I imagine this might be the same group on a walk in 1909.  Woods in sect 15.  page 5 of black album

Page 6, a group of ducks in the dry creek bed, perhaps from the Eicher Farm, Imagining the sound of quacking as NEW walks with his camera and sets up a tripod with curiosity for the group photos too.  
P 6 14 Sunday walkers, men, women and children still in Sunday clothes, dry creek bed with Edna Eicher on the right.  

p 4 Walk up the creek bed on south part of Eicher Farm sect 15, with 8 walkers in view. Note rail fence in background.  This is now in 2016 part of Cox Arboretum.   

P 7 George Eicher farm hill with woods, with three women, Edna Eicher CA 1909 on the right.

P 7 Noah Elwood Weaver far Left, with Edna Eicher with hand of flowers, flat part of Eicher Farm with 11 walkers counted here.  Looks like some bed rock formation.

P 8 The Eicher farm lane, looking north toward Dayton, with the group of walkers on the rutted farm road, CA 1909 by NEW

P 8, The final photo of this series at the Eicher farm in 1909.  11 walkers standing on what appears to be a small bridge on the farm lane. Looking south to see the farmstead. Edna Eicher 6th from Left and Emma Esther Eicher, 8th from the left , a tall woman about 6'2"standing behind the small bridge. by NEW 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Betty Eicher and meticulous financial record keeping Ohio 1934-1944

When opening a box of materials sent by Billy, William Alan Eicher, of Lakeland FL, my cousin and nephew of "Betty", Ethel Elizabeth  Eicher (1913 Miamisburg OH - 1992 Lakeland FL) , I was amazed to find a detailed ledger started in Spring 1934, when we was a student at Ohio State University in the midst of the great depression.    I sense a focus in Betty and a flowering of her affection for a woman, often referred to here as M.P.B, as she seems to use code, to write under the dominant cultural radar, that in those times did not recognize same gender love and relationships.  Clearly she and MPB, were rural pioneers, and became very well educated and literate, and took care of financial resources as well.  Betty's dad, Charles A Eicher had a diverse business background, working in a bank until he was let go in 1935 in the middle of the depression...and he was on the Miamisburg School Board, built homes in West Carrollton and had an insurance business in the old Union Building in the center of West Carrollton, although maintaining a home that he built in W Central in Miamisburg, in the area of Hillgrove Cemetary where so many Eichers, Stupps, found their local resting place. 
 A loose paper summarizing school expenses at OSU in 1938-39 and 39-40, the years of her earning her BA and MA.  Then the first page of what I call her little back book finance ledger 1934-1943.
This is a wonderful find to see how she spent her money and perhaps what she earned as well.  I found the page, not dated, near the end of the ledge (1942?) below, with Tutoring at the top,with various names of likely students, with even dollar amounts. Might be interesting to look at students and families in Franklin at the time, and family names. :-)
Tutoring income likely in 1942-43 in Franklin OH.  Betty was a teacher in the Public Schools and then started writing short stories, for something like 23 years, and her brother Bill commented she sold stories for $50 a piece to church magazines, one the stands out is the Methodist Church, and that income stopped when children started watch TV a lot in the late 50's early 60'sI would surmise.

Over the years, I would Christmas expenses and gift expenses in Betty's ledger and on random pieces of paper in the box form Billy:



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Marjorie Root Eicher - Photos for ID

 Back of photo from June 1950, has Bill Eicher, Marjorie Root tall fellow on the right was identified as Bill Eicher's father Charles Eicher today by his grandson, Billy Eicher of Lakeland FL.   (Marjorie and Bill were married in Berea OH Aug 5, 1950 according to my research.   Respond to

Photo not dated,  man. Billy Eicher, Marjorie's son today, with Marjorie A Root that this is NOT Oliver Root, as me was short. and  died in May 1979 and Marjorie in OCT 1980. 
William A Eicher, Christmas 1958, Kettering home of Wm H and Marjorie Root Eicher 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Aunt Betty Eicher A Single Woman in Lakeland - Travels and Connections - Lee Willis

 With the support of my cousin, William A "Billy" Eicher, I have been going through a box of his Aunt Betty's things this winter to discern what her life was like, first living as a closeted lesbian women in the late 1930's to 1947 in rural Ohio, having lived with Mary Parker Brown at that time.

Then the two of them moved to  Lakeland FL.  The first paper I found regarding, is  related to the death of Betty's father,  Charles A Eicher on August 5, 1951.   Prior to computers, this was  the quickest way to have written communication then was the Telegram Sent from Miamisburg by her younger brother Bill, sent to 817 Southern Blvd in Lakeland Fl

1951 Aug from Bill Eicher to his older sister Betty, Miamisburg OH  to Lakeland FL.
With some journals and accounting books along with her passports

Clipping that supports that Betty still was writing short stories for trade magazines...during the BC, before computers era.

I found no clippings describing Mary Parker Browns later years in Florida with Betty, from 1947  to her death in May of 1961.

Betty Eicher's Travels and House Mate Lee Willis -

Passport that shows Betty traveling to Europe and arriving London in May 1965, with a return through New York on Jun 17.......She took notes on her travels written in careful cursive.

Lee Willis Photo in Betty Eichers archives, now with her nephew Wm Billy A Eicher of Lakeland.

Trip Book - Travel Diary Of Elizabeth Eicher - Intro Monday May 3, 1965

"Lee and L.C. drove me to McCoy Airport at Orlando. A little nervous.  Left at 12:55 by Jet.  Arrived Kennedy International Airport at 4:00 NY time.  Bus to Clifton Ford Hotel where she stayed in London, side trips to Oxford, Stratford etc.

Entry on, below, likely on  June 17 (arrival back in US )  describing flight into New York and then to Florida. Lee (Willis) is mentioned to have "redone the bath and kitchen for me as a surprise".   I have worked to find a Lee Willis in Lakeland on line, and Ancestry as a Lee J Willis as a widow, having been married to Ernest Willis in the past.

1947 living at 817 South Blvd Apt 2, Lakeland Florida.

1985 Jan Tom Weaver, Betty Eicher and Bill Eicher (William H Eicher) in Florida near Nokomis, Bill and Jo Frame Eicher home.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Reflections on Feb 2007 Lunar New Year - Celebration for Peg Weaver and friends.

Awareness of the ARC, the arc of mylife...Action, Reflection and Celebration is "coming up" for me here in the new year of 2016. As I have been clearing things out of my space and my mind, my life has slowed down to savor things, like good food, and sensuous sharing with selected people who are safe to be vulnerable with.   From my life lessons, and my Serenity, Courage and Wisdom on the spirited path of MKP and long term recovery in Al Anon (not taking on others dramas, be they politicians, lovers, partners or friends, children, who are not emotionally and physically present.   Dropping into my flexible and resilient body, that has softened after 5 + years of Rosen and IFS integrative body work, I have been able to throw discs farther and have more balanced full body work outs than ever in my life.  Go figure, I am dropping into feeling like a 30 - 45 year old man with 69 winters of experience. 

  Those who know me, and discern a new direction during the winter dreamtime and story telling time.  In my 69th winter, waneyetu wichemna shakpa sam sahdogan, in Dakhota, the language of connection that has quelled any fear of abandonment and deepened my connection to life, to make assertive cost effective choices in my travel and with whom I share my truth and my intimate pleasures and desires in safe places!  And grateful  to the plant and animal nations who I connect with at an ever deepening level here on planet earth . Mitakuye Oyasin

Shifting my consciousness to this indigenous language, has allowed me to drop into my heart and have a greater sense of discernment of safety, who is living in integrity and who might be in their shadow, and use the English language to put "spin on things".  On a practical level of history, the Chappelear family tree, which connect to my French heritage and here in Minnesota, Mni Sota, the French who first arrived in Etole du Nord (Star of the North) state of Minnesota,  intermarried with the Dakhota, in the early 1800's in the Eurocentric way of keeping time . This author was born in Faribault a city named after the Faribault family.  From Wiki " Alexander Faribault, was the son of Jean-Baptiste Faribault, a French-Canadian fur trader and Elizabeth Pelagie Kinzie Haines, a woman of the Dakotah tribe.[7] Another source maintains the city is named for Jean-Baptiste Faribault.[8] He is credited with fueling most of the early settlement activity in the area beginning in 1826, when he established a fur trading post on the banks of the Cannon River. By 1834, the trading post had grown in popularity and was relocated to the Straight River, one mile (1.6 km) upstream of its junction with the Cannon River, the site of modern-day Faribault. The young Alexander Faribault used his knowledge of Dakotah language and culture to improve relations with the displaced Wahpekute and even helped the tribe to resettle in the area." During the time of settlement here in Minnesota, my French ancestors in the 1800's moved from Virginia into the new state of Ohio.  Here is the summary I incorporated into my celebration of the coming of spring in 2007, the February celebrated my 60th winter... and my mom, Peg Margaret Glessner Weaver  was in her 97th winter:

Over the years, Peg had instilled an interest in languages, by modeling learning French, enough to engage with mycologists who lived in France as she developed her mushroom hobby in the 1960's.
In her memoir she honored her ancestry as well, the Salem Witch connection through Rebecca Nurse whose offspring who marrried a Bixby in  Massachusetts Colony. A Bixby, Bixbee married a Chase in Delaware Ohio and her curiosity to learn more, and follow leads, was passed on to me, her youngest son, and only daughter.  My inner Julia Child, a 6'3" auburn - red haired presence had the vision to make a Ragout de boeuf, porc et bison as indicated on the menu.  I did not have the focus to take photos, and Byron Aldrich, an MKP brother stepped up, and he was a support person in helping me find the Colony in Eden Prairie which had a pond and a place to put Peg's bird feeder, when Nate Weaver, Kerry Johnston and I moved her down from Brainerd.  Also Victor Youcha, Steve Basil and Blaine McCutchen expanded the circle of support here in the Twin Cities.  Here are some of the photos that Byron took some 9 years ago. Feb 2007 in Eden Prairie MN,  Fun to reflect on the events..
During set up, my sister Jane Newell, in white, talks with Steve Wolfe as we set up the setting to honor Peg at my 60th birthday give away celebration.  I have learned on my D/Lakota path to be generous to those in this life, who have supported me on my journey, living in the moment, as Albert White Hat Sr modeled in his life  "Be Ready for anything at any time"  I had a vision to honor Peg's Chappelear and Glessner lineage by shining up the quadruple plated silver service on the right, made in Meriden CT that her grandparents, Emma Chappelear and Leonard Cowles Glessner used in their home in Findlay Ohio.  Fun to see it used again and notice that Peg's grandson, (11th Generation) Jesse and his mom, Susan showed up for the celebration.
Peg meeting Andrea Will as she enters as the celebrated elder, at the celebration.   
Peg Weaver. soon to celebrate her 97th birthday in June, being led to the seat of honor at the head of the table by her youngest son, me Tom Weaver.  My inner Julia Child envisioned and created this dinner over 3 days of cooking from my then Bloomington MN rental home....I polished  the family late 1900's  French - German....Chappelear-Glessner silver service within easy reach on the left.  Honoring the spirit of the Chappalear (Chapelier) and Glessner Ancestors.  Leonard Cowles Glessner husband of Emma Chapplear Glessner was the founder of the Glessner Medicine Company in Findlay OH, where Peg was born in 1910. 
Marsha Onkka here (Paul Onkka her husband is off camera to the left) who knew my parents through his business as a pharmacist at Poirier Drug Store  (featured in a scene in Grumpy Old Men) and the Episcopal Cathedral in Faribault.  My friends Eric Wickiser and Karen Anderson of Minnetonka...
Karen Anderson, dark hair next to Blaine McCutchen and Rita Mays who brought a chanterelle soup, which is remarkable for my mom' passion for mushrooms and the French traditions.  Me, Tom Weaver chatting with Steve Wafler a long term friend from Faribault, Bob Pahl from Bloomington in the front next to Andrea Will "Will' a Korean born friend of my roommate at my rental home in Bloomington at 90th and Emerson, I rented for a couple of years to be close to Peg. Anna Karras Wafler and Ron Morris on the right.

Overview by Byron, Andrea Will, Peg Weaver, Marsha and Paul Onkka, Steve Wolfe, Tom Weaver, Blaine McCutchen with Rita Mays (white sweater), Ron Strangerhorse, Bob Lodin
Jesse Weaver, Peg's youngest grandchild, and Sue Weaver, Jesse' mom after the meal, by Byron Aldrich.
Jesse Weaver 21 yr old son, and his dad, Tom Weaver, 60 in Feb 2007, by Byron Aldrich. Just yesterday, Pat Linehan my apartment caretaker, mentioned I now look much younger -  I see how much stress and energy I had during the time to take care of mom, and deal with the dysfunctional medical system to move her out of the Brainerd Nursing Home AMA "against medical advice" as encouraged by Kerry Johnston one of Peg' advocates in 12 step recovery, and move her with my son Nate and Kerry for 3 1/2 years of good living in Eden Prairie.  Thanks Peg for modeling "How to Die Late in Life as Possible.
Here I am in the Wicklow Mts of Ireland south of Dublin at the Kippure Course where I met Erno from Finland who was my guide here amid the sheep.

Me, Tom Weaver with my mountain bike, taken by Bob Pahl on our way to the Twin Cities Pride Parade in June 2015.  I have been an openly gay, two spirited board member at the Twin Cities Men's Center that has a Gay Pride booth for the last 7 years.