Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Minnewasta Hotel Roberd's Lake - Faribault, Minn 1919 - Rand McNally Auto Trails District 9 Map

 Found this Folder advert for Minnewasta Hotel, Robert's Lake, Faribault, Minn - Dated 1919, that I plan to donate to the Rice County Historical Society soon ----Likely my parents who arrived in Faribault in 1939, got this from someone at Shattuck like John and Berne Foster who mentored them and took them fishing early on ----
Names of Bennett, Brown and Baultman, Props, and Dewerey and Donohen that sell the tackle that catches the fish South of Grand Theater - L Planto Fine Havana Cigar, Manufacturer 

Inside the folder with the Rand McNally Auto Trails Map District 9  
Southern Minnesota with Auto Trails marked and red letters for advertisers ---blue numbers is population of the towns
Faribault population of 9712, Warsaw 122, Morristown 592 , Northfield 3065 etc 
Key to Auto Trails 1 - 37 
 Key to trails through 29 through 81

Sunday, January 29, 2017

ToP Strategic Planning Jan 28 Session on What Innovative Actions will support our vision?

Here is the summary of the actions that will 1) transform our future , 2) nurture partnerships, 3) grow our resources and 4) boost our signal- Scroll Down, to see more details --

Karla and Kellie arrived after 1-30 PM to set up at TCMC and interesting dance, as an MKP Leader Training had been scheduled and had some 18- 20 men meeting in the "glass bowl" room upstairs who were interested in having the big room to do some process work - Grateful that Kelly and Karla were flexible and set up their big purple wall in the hallway - And that David Grocott of MKP Central Plains had set up food with pulled pork in the back room to share -------
Karla and Kellie setting up the purple wall, and men sitting at the tables a little after two PM 
Our question to answer by the End of the Day to set the tone! 
Building from the 2nd session, naming the blocks, the shadows that were not named in the past, and we named in November, we set to be creative and an intention to generate actions and changes that can have  Significant Enduring Impact on the new trajectory of TCMC into the 21st century --

Around 2-45 or so, Kellie and Karla facilitated us to draw on our balanced left and right brain power to generate specific actions that we later grouped -  
 Nine men from TCMC viewing our progress in the mid afternoon, Lydell Johnson, Tom Maher, Chris Durant, Andy Mickel, Derek Gegner, John Hesch, Norm Petrick, Harry Greenberg, Jim Haney, with Tom Weaver behind the camera, making 10 ----

Men writing up action ideas and sharing their insights prior to posting on the board - Tom Maher, Chris Durant, Lydell Johnson, Derek Gegner, Norm Petrick, John Hesch, Harry Greenberg
 Kellie pointing out our work at the end of the day, with four areas going forward, that she and Karla will summarize for us ---Derek, Lydell and Tom M looking on ----

Creative logo at the end of the day, with a medicine wheel of 4 colors and verbs Nurturing, Transforming, Growing and Thriving ----Curious how this will support our moving forward in a good way, and trust we will have a report sent by Kellie and Karla prior to our Feb 11 follow up session, 2-30 to 6 or so at TCMC prior to our Feb 13 Monthly board meeting -------Tom Weaver TCMC board secretary
 Here is the summary of the actions that will 1) transform our future , 2) nurture partnerships, 3) grow our resources and 4) boost our signal ---

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Continued Connections of MP - Mary Parker Brown and Ethyl Elizabeth "Betty" Eicher of Ohio

Jan 21 2017  Unearthing more of the Betty Eicher and “M P”, Mary Parker Brown Story in Ohio  - Found more of the papers that cousin Billy Eicher sent a couple of years ago, in a box hidden in my office!  Happy to be clearing and cleaning prior to another trip to Ohio, where they may be added to the collection at the Ohio History Center –

Betty, AKA Ethel Elizabeth Eicher, was attending Miami University in Oxford OH in 1934
1935 April - Ethel, AKA "Betty" is living on campus in Oxford Ohio, Miami University-  Penny post card from her Mother, Minnie Stupp Eicher (who died later in 1935 )

Mother's concerns about Betty's "cold" and heat and also with son Bill who was 16 years younger, and she became like a second mother to him with Mary Parker MP here - Betty born 22 Feb 1913 Miamisburg OH and Bill, Wm H Eicher  b 16 Feb 1927  Miamisburg OH
Envelop mailed by MP, who was teaching in Hiram to Miss Betty Eicher in March 1940
 Noticing the familiar language of "Dearie" and relating to a living arrangement, likely the Parker home in Franklin, just south of Maimisburg - Curious about the Marie here, and perhaps is on the 1930 Census for the home --Marie was age 4, born 1926 in Ohio, and daughter in law of Barry and Anna Brown from Kentucky - And in 1940 was age 14, living in the Brown home, 403 Park Ave, Franklin Ohio

 Mary Parker living with the Cline Family near Hiram College Campus with Cline Family - Tommy Cline age 7 according to Census 1940, born in Peking China ----

 1940 Letter Envelope from father Charles A Eicher from home in Miamisburg to daughter Betty now living c/o Miss Mary Parker Brown

Betty's father, writes to explain who he has come to trust, Miss Edmundson, whom he later married and the resentments between him and his oldest sister Emma Esther, and my grandmother Edna, his younger sister who married Noah Elwood Weaver - watch out for those 3, and trust the doctor and Miss Edmundson - insight for me to notice what was handed down to my father and also in the Eicher lineage -----and that forgiveness heals and can lead to full serenity in my experience  --


Charles A Eicher wrote this in 1940, 5 years after the sudden death of his first wife, Minnie Stupp, 27 Aug 1935, Dayton, OH - and while he was dating  Ethyl Amy EDMUNDSON, whom he married  3 Jul 1945, Montgomery Co OH 

In reading Betty's 30 something summary of life in Miamisburg to her younger brother Bill in the 1980's  she writes of her poor health at the end of high school and that her father had no trust in a college education, and in fact he gave her a piece of jewelry (page 29) a small ring - in the writing I learn that Miss MP Brown from Franklin was teaching at Miamisburg and that Betty applied to be her teaching assistant which she as able to be - Betty graduated in 1931 from High School in the Great Depression and on p 31 "For three years after graduation I was at home (Central Ave, Miamisburg near the Hill Grove Cemetery)  Sometime during that period I learned that Miss Brown had loaned money to some students to go to college -p 32  the terms were generous - 2%interest while the student was in college, 4 % after leaving college "  "When Mary Parker offered to help me financially for college I was afraid Dad would be against the idea - He was great on education in general, but because one West Carrollton boy who was a fool before he went to college and was still a fool when he left college, Dad was down on colleges ------I suggested we ask Mother first, so Mary Parker did, and Mother talked Dad into letting me go   Although theorectically (sic) MP was to provide money for college expenses, she was soon paying all of my expenses -------I enrolled in Miami University, in Oxford, in the Fall of 1934 - I weighed 98 lbs----I was then 21 years old - I was assigned a room in a girls dormitory, East Hall - one of the oldest dorms and Lillian Kehrle Suttman had roomed in East years before  -----my Freshman roommate was Evelyn McClelland - she married an Astro-Physicist and took a Master's Degree at Ohio State one year when I was at OSU - We keep up a correspondence  (see more on the writings of Betty in the pdf I have saved ) - About her Mother's death and (p 33) as they did not have a telephone in their home, the Kehrle's got a call from the hospital in Aug 1935 when Mother, Minnie Stupp Eicher, who had had a surgery for a tumor in Dayton, had a blood clot (embolus) to her heart and the neighbor gave a message Shirley Kehrle to Betty and she gave it to her father who went back to the hospital - Bill ran down the alley (was 8 years old) and he said "Mother didn't die ---she was the only Mother I ever had"  Bill, those words have haunted me and will continue to haunt me for the rest of my life"

Then she describes how Mary Parker helped her to try to commute three days a week up to Oxford, Mon Weds and Friday that fall, and stopped until spring and took care of Bill  and then transferred to Ohio State in Spring of 1936   -----

(Betty Graduated from OSU with a BA in 1939, and in 1940 an MA-
1941 - 42 taught 6th + 7th grade at Franklin where the only one with 2 degrees and paid $1000 -and the discipline problems for the 7th grade were more than I could handle"(p 35) 
MP suggested to  apply to a southern girls school, where there would be less of the discipline problems - Southern Seminary and Junior College as a Guidance Counselor and teacher of Psychology and Sociology for $800

She took a job in Virginia in '42-'42 Girls School in Buena Vista Virginia and left after one year, because of low pay -   Got a job at Patterson Field (Dayton) and paid $1860 per year - as a Civil  Service employee ----worked there and wrote until moved to Florida in 1947

 Jan 1942, Franklin OH Thirkields Store Receipt for $2,58 when she was living in Franklin with MP

1945 Letter from Pvt William H Eicher to his sister, Betty living at 403 Park Ave, Franklin 

March 29 1947 Fan Mail Envelope with Betty still living with Mary Parker and Brown Family - 403 Park Ave, Franklin in Warren County OH
Letter from Judy Lawson requesting an autographed photo in 1947 for a Polly Pigtails Story and referred to herself as a "cousin" too - Ancestry com research finds a Judy Lawson - Judith V Lawson, daughter of school superintendent William Everett Lawson, and Virginia Vandyke Lawson -born 10 JUN 1935 Cynthiana, Harrison, Kentucky - Curious if the cousins are from Mary Parker Brown's side not sure

Published fiction, short story by Elizabeth Eicher from The Catholic Miss of America Jan 1954, published by Youth Associates Company 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis 5, Minnesota
Cover of The Catholic Miss of America found in Betty Eicher's papers carried by her nephew, Billy Eicher, Wm A Eicher of Lakeland Florida and inside index ----

 Page 14 across from Bill Lackey's art work page 15 first page of short story
 Page 16, second page of story- and the set up for going the Long Way and facing her fears, Joannie's scream and Ann's decision ---

Ann and Joannie trembling together and the ankle injury - and others coming to the Long Way to the rescue ----
P 45 and end of 'Fraidy Cat"story by Elizabeth Eicher  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gaming Cards - Parker Bros - 1919 - 1923 Rook And Pit - Weaver Family Archives

 Sorting, my space to find a few family heirlooms that could bring more JOY into my life and space- and here are some card games from the Weaver house in West Carrollton and a drawing likely made by my dad, Paul Henry Weaver in his youth that was in one of the red boxes-  I always liked words, and here in Latin (I can hear his voice and enthusiam) Quattor-Ocelli "four eyes" likely as a young man with glasses ----Dated the two Parker Bros Card Games - PIT 1919, ROOK 1923
Self portrait, Paul Henry Weaver - High School??
Paper Money series of 1919 in use when Paul Henry would have been playing these games in his youth - Note the carriages and swans in front of the US Capitol Building back then -

Insert from the box I discovered while clearing my nest -  From Wiki 

Pit is a fast-paced card game for three to seven players, designed to simulate open outcry bidding for commodities. The game was developed for Parker Brothers and first sold in 1904. It is currently being produced by Winning Moves. This popular version of the game was developed by Edgar Cayce,[1] who would also become famous for his psychic predictions.[2]
The inspirations were the Chicago Board of Trade (known as 'The Pit') and the US Corn Exchange and it was likely based on the very successful game Gavitt's Stock Exchange, invented in 1903 by Harry E. Gavitt of Topeka, Kansas
Cover for the Parker Bros Game purchased for 75 cents from Elder's, which I learned was a down town Dayton Department store back in those days comment from a Dayton resident "Here is the story of Elder's as I know it. My Mom and I would go shopping downtown going to Elder's when it was just Elder's. Big department store like Rike's. Arthur Beerman worked there as a young boy running an elevator. The boss, I am not sure who the boss of Elder's was at the time, fired Mr. Beerman. He told the boss, "I will own this store someday." He was laughed at. A few years later Mr. Beerman somehow bought Elder's either shrewdly or with a lot of backing. He came in and fired the boss. I am not sure of this story, but that is what I learned years ago. Good story if isn't true. I went to high school with Barbara Beerman. " 

The seven grain commodities of the game with an image of a ship and train and grain elevator
 Bull and Bear Cards  - Have a full desk of 9 each of the grains and these two - Ready to set up the card table!
 Insert from the game the Weaver's likely purchased in down town Dayton, there is an Elder's sticker on the box - Sad my dad never brought these out, in my day we played another capitalist game, Monopoly to learn about money and buying "Stuff"

Cover for the other Parker Bros Game this one dated 1923 - Odd my dad never took these out of the book case to share when I was young - The Tennessee Rook game caught my eye, as my dad's cousins, Helen Lourie, and Earnest Brooks of the Oberheu, Lender Line, moved south to the Cumberland Mt area of Tennessee around Rugby, from the Cincinnati area- and I inherited his papers and curiosity about nature and family-

 Again, my dad never shared this with me during his life time- And he did tell me the story that his mom, encouraged him NOT to go to a Conservative Lutheran College like Wittenburg and rather he attended Antioch, a more progressive college in Yellow Springs for 3 years, before transferring to Ohio State in Columbus where he pursued a career in science and medicine - From Wiki

Rook is a trick-taking game, usually played with a specialized deck of cards. Sometimes referred to as "Christian cards" or "missionary poker", Rook playing cards were introduced by Parker Brothers in 1906 to provide an alternative to standard playing cards for those in the Puritan tradition or Mennonite culture who considered the face cards in a regular deck inappropriate[1] because of their association with gambling and cartomancy.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 - Visioning and taking in Hawai'i in Four Islands

Reflecting on my summer adventure to Hawai'i and came to the understanding today, while trying to capture the essence of this amazing learning adventure, that I had not stopped to post anything during the trip here, only some photos on Facebook -  When I heard that my nephew, Charlie, youngest son of my twin brother, tehanshi Gary Engler planned to have a social wedding celebration in Hawai'i I just knew I was "in" to witness it and I could not miss the chance to complete all 50 states to visit in my lifetime!  Never imagined how my life would unfold, and voila, aloha, here I am visiting the Hawai'an Islands and learning about the geology, with indigenous history here and witnessing a wedding of two families, the Engler Family from Minnesota and the Saito Family from Fukoshima Prefecture Japan ------

December 28 2016

Now dropping into being present to my experience and living in the moment at that time - I will employ this as an exercise in writing up on the cloud, as it were, to sort this out writing my solstice letter, well, why not share the highlights as I might offer them in a memoir, like that my mom, Peg Weaver wrote in her Rememberings of an 83 yr old grandma, self published in 1993  -   new tools in a new century, perhaps others might enjoy my musings on the cloud, new beginnings in the cloud, the pahiya oyate My first host, Joyce taught me how to select my first Airbnd right in the Puna lava fields where I centered my entire trip on the Big Island Out of when I arrived in Hilo Thurs June 16
 To get grounded to this new place, I decided to walk from Hilo Airport to the Enterprise rental, as I found the rental cheaper in town that at the airport on this journey ----seeing the foliage and hills actually groking I am really in the tropics on the Big Island!   - Notice my pack with wheels, and the CPAP case, and I have on my back my computer backpack - Staying fit too, is always my want - in cost effective eco travel ---

Here is the simple and rustic open air kitchen where I spent time writing and chatting with Joyce, my host and guide in the greater Puna area  -----

 Living nearby is Clive, the farmer who is responsible for growing the papayas, bananas and other fresh roots and fruits - have ginger and turmeric as well - Giving me the morning shaka sign of peace -Clive was my first contact here on the Big Island that I found through my volunteer work with Mankind Project International- and grateful to be welcomed to the Aina - spirit of the land with 11 men with a jump in fresh water after an inipi - Pidamiyayedo!

Fresh fruit, local papaya's for breakfast with Joyce in the AM, whilst I brew some coffee ----- a local Kona as I recall, the taste from the island  - mmmmm

Rainbow view of a soft rain morning from the open kitchen looking to the north  ---- Great to have a home on the island to come back to each night, a very homey B and B, and my beginning to find lodgings all much less than the $99 space my MKP friend Kevin E recommended on the south east coast of O'ahu on the other side of the mountains from the sprawl of Honolulu ---my refuge for 4 days on O'ahu (there is no "w"in the breathing language of Hawai'ian) a'loha

Joyce showing where the lava came right up to the recycling station in Pahoa during the last close lava flow - Great memories of waking up to her chanting in Hawaiian to Pele, in respect to honor the fire from Mother Earth in a good way
Only in Pahoa, a chocolate volcano dessert complete with flowers at a local cafe' shared with with Joyce in this small town in Puna on the Big Island
 Joyce and I would drive down to the coast and take a dip in the warm waters here at , and then chat with the local artists several mornings   ----- Pohoik’i County Park , west of Kapoho

After a couple of days of rest in Puna, I drove for the first time to visit Pele  on Sunday afternoon, and the energy of the Volcanoes National Park,  from my journal " arrrived at the National Park at 4, too late for the movie about the place… I walked around the grounds and stopped at the Art Shop and noticed beautiful colorful Hawai’ian images and some very high prices for art.  Glad there are wealthy people who like and can afford such things. 
 Then got a hit to go down the “Many Craters Road to the Sea "where the petroglyphs are….and found myself getting more grounded to this young island.  and knowing that the carvings are all less than 2000 years old as the Polynesians arrived here from the west in their boats.  and then got to the Jaggar Museum around 7 PM and watched the glow of the crater,  the essence of Pele….until 8 or so….and a lot of people there, so I drove back to the SE island coast to get to bed and rest"
Halema'uma'u Overlook, one a boiling lake of lava, still steaming with fumes of sulfur--home of the goddess Pele on Crater Rim Trail on my way to the Chain of Craters Road

Stopped to walk through this lava tube on the road down to the coast through lava fields to the coast and petroglyphs 

Drove down to mile 16 on the Chain of Craters Road and walked a mile across the lava field to see many petroglyphs from some of the earlier human inhabitants of the chain of Islands

 The common native tree, 'Ohi'a lehua, that grows on the lava, here at the National Park --


and such a gift to be welcomed by spirit and know how to honor with spirits with a give away of fragrant and beautiful flowers  as the fire of Pele' became visible in the crater - such a florid and beautifully alive variety of ecosystems here in the middle of the peaceful ocean, the Pacific for sure ---- ended the Sunday in awe of Creation  ----

On Sunday morning I stopped at a market north of Pahoa, as Joyce recommended a stand that serves crepes, a great breakfast treat 

 Crepe stand where I had my brunch on my way to the west of the Island and visit a National Historic Park of Refuge
Family hanging out for a simple meal at the market  ----
 From here, I  headed west at Kea'au through the Volcano Village and National Park through the Ka'u district to the Refuge National Park of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, where to escape the violence of the Kapu system, refugees, could find refuge in this place  ----

I remember dropping into a place of deep relaxation as I entered the space of the refuge here  Interesting image of the turtle with the places to sit -- later I would swim with the green sea turtles on the beaches of O'ahu and grateful for a couple of T shirts I picked up at the Market and Uncle Robert's Market Kaima, by Kalapana and the Kava (Awa) Bar where I learned how to honor the local use of the plant in a good way :

A reconstruction of a 16th Century six acre temple compound where a transgressor could escape to safety and refuge - kind of like the deep meditation I find in the Tibetan 4th Century Bon Practice of stillness, silence and spaciousness - having my body awake and keeping it simple - not getting hooked into thinking too much - and being present to gratitude in my inner refuge of infinity
 Reconstructed wooden carved Ki'i outside of the Hale O Keawe the temple here now reconstructed once held the bones and therefore the powers of the great chiefs  - the current artists' impressions here and I felt very peaceful and at home here! 

#10 The Keoua Stone, a favorite resting spot of Keoua, a high chief of the Kona district in front of the 'Ale'ae'a Heiau, that predates the 16th C great wall - a focus of spiritual power prior to the building of the Hale O Keawe according to the guiding languge of the National Historical Park here

Colorful flora by the fish ponds at Pu'uhonua (refuge) o (at)  Honaunau  ----

A royal fish pond, which would have been stocked with fish reserved for those at the royal table

 Halau thatched A frame for storage and drying fish nets etc 


Naupaka, a dune binding native plant with "1/2 flowers" that lines the coastline here where I parked near pic nic ers  
View islandward from the black lava rock peninsula beyond the refuge ----

From here I drove up the Kona coast, which I found to be quite populated and more like the mainland -  headed back across the center of the island on 190 and 200 to Hilo and back to my "home nest" in Puna near Cape Kumukahi  the farthest SE part of the big island

Another down day on the solstice with an I group at Clives with another MKP man, and then
worked to set my airbnb places and flights to Maui from O'ahu and found my first place , with a guy named Kevin in  Makawau by Pukalani in the upcountry of  Maui for 3 nights, and then with Carrie, a grandma in the town of Lahui, on the final Island where I stayed for 2 nights and then stayed with an MKP brother Fernando that Forrest had referred me to who has a simple place by  Anahola for my last 2 nights on the Islands - 7 on Hawai'i, 4 O'ahu, 3 Maui, 4 Kaua'i - 18 nights in all or 2 1/2 weeks! 

June 22, Wednesday, got up early - and had breakfast in Hilo and from my notes " Easy Does it

And nice balance of water and fire here on the island"
Here are the images from the east side of the big island where there is less development and more Nature!  

I had breakfast in Hilo, and soon   found a few rusty baskets near the bay and played a few holes for fun  ---

 Baskets rust near the salt water - not an ancient activity in the Polynesian era, it seems ---

Map of the east side of Mauna Kea, and see where the falls are here ------ 
 'Akaka Falls State Park - had a pleasant walk in this park on the NE coast of the Big Island and see the rainbow in the falls -------

Small town on the way to 'Akaka Falls State Park with the state flag and a special place to buy sarongs, the favored tropical attire of many men of the east  ---- and having enough of my own, just took the photo :-)

 On my way to Hawi to meet Forrest for lunch I noticed Lapakahi State Historical Park on the drier NW coast of the Big Island, that here are ruins of a large settlement established in the 14th Century that was inhabited for 500 years, until a water table
 The color of the tunka oyate, the stones is so different, the kind of lava than the newer black color in the south of the island 
yellow flowers on the white foliaged plant in the State Historical Park

View to the north with Maui, and Haleakala in the distance - the second biggest island and the peak where I will see the sun rise over the clouds and being mindful of the Kulenana, responsibility for passing the spirit and knowledge to the next 7 generations  - As is written on the folder I read on Haleakala,  Kukekele Ho'okuleana - No laila, I kou komo 'ana I keia wahi kapu, nou keia kueana e ho'oko  Therefore as you enter this sacred place, the kuleana is now placed upon you ----

My goal was to visit one of the MKP Hawai'i founders in Ha wi, named Forrest whom I met for lunch

I did and shared a meal in mid day  - after he was on the radio and learned that their was no gathering to meet up with guys during my visit - and grateful to be here ! He directed me to the road east to Kapa'au and then the airport road leading past the Mo ikin Heiau to find the isolated birth place of King Kamehameha on the famous much rutted road ---

Met a man,  Forrest ,  from MKP who lives in Ha-wi (had vee) and he directed me to a couple of places here on the north end, Kohala area of the Big Island - here is Kapa'au coast of blue and green--

Stopped to learn about local varieties of pine apple, from a local guy who raises them and worked for a time with Earl Bakken, a Minnesota guy made famous for his work with pace makers for the human heart, here in Minnesota and found of the med tech company in Fridley called Medtronic - here back in Puna I shared it with Joyce and Clive who a familiar with many tastes and colors of pineapples --mmmm fresh fruits  -- from their fruits I got to know them ----:-)
Said to be close to where King Kamehameha was born, quite a big place of stones on the -Aina of Hawai'i - serene and spaciousness here on the far NW coast of the Big Island

 Kamehameha Akahi Aina Hanau Heiau