Sunday, March 30, 2014

Washington DC The Nations Capitol - Camping Visit by the Weaver Family & Friends from Ohio 1928

Here in 1928 are the commemorative stamps for the International Civil Aeronautics Conference in Washington DC in December of 1928.   Looking at the stamps of this time..
Commemorative of " the 25th anniversary of the first sustained and controlled human flight in a self-propelled heavier-than-air craft by the Wright brothers"
2-Cent stamp showing the Wright Flyer I airplane, in left profile, used by the Wright brothers in their first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., on 17 December 1903
5-Cent stamp showing a Ryan B‑5 Brougham airplane with an outline of the globe in the background

 Here in 1928 are the two cars from Ohio camping somewhere near Natural Bridge Virginia on their way to camp by Washington DC.  Note the watermelon on the table. Friends of the Weavers (father's name is Tom, no labels found in travel album of surname)  are on the left, and standing on the right are Paul Henry Weaver (this authors father) and Edna Helena Eicher Weaver (my paternal grandmother)..
View of the front of Mt Vernon 1928 visited by the Weavers and friends...
 Noah Elwood and wife Edna Weaver, friends son and wife, with Paul Henry Weaver in the garden of Mt Vernon, George Washington's home south of Washington DC in Virginia.
Camping area with both Ohio cars and two tents in 1928 with the Washington Memorial in the background.  
1928 Weaver car in front of the Smithsonian on the National Mall..
Shot of the "Castle" building of the Smithsonian in 1928. 

 Construction of a large building.  Not sure as is not labeled in NEW's album.  Might be part of the National Cathedral in 1928?
 1928 view of the Capitol Building with the vintage cars lined up in front.

 Ohio Group blurry snap shot with Noah Elwood Weaver, family mom, dad and son, with Edna Eicher Weaver likely taken by 18 yr old Paul Henry Weaver, my dad.  On the steps of one of the national buildings....

Lincoln Memorial

Both Ohio cars in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1928. The monument was dedicated in 1922. 

 Edna E Weaver, with family, Tom ___with wife and son, at the Lincoln Memorial. 

Ohio families visiting the White House portico....
Note the carriages in front of the capital building, clearly from the 19th Century before a lot of automobiles! 

Curious to know if they used the large format bills in 1928.  Here is a Two Dollar note from the series of 1917, with Jefferson on the front and a green back design of the numbers with no building image. 

This is the small bill size from the 1928 series, familiar to those living in the 1920th Century. Jefferson on the front and Monticello on the green back. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

More photos circa 1915 by Noah Elwood Weaver - Resident of 321 E Main Street West Carrollton OH

 Noah Elwood Weaver, known during his time as "Elwood" as his father was also named Noah.
As I have written elsewhere on this blog, Noah Elwood was an amateur photographer in the Greater Miami River Valley area and elsewhere from about 1900, when he was 15, through the 1960's.
Here I am, the 6 ft 8 in author with my grandfather, NE, Noah Elwood Weaver at Bethany Lutheran Village in 1970.  I was a 23 yr old med student at the time and he was 85.   His first wife, Edna Eicher, was said to be 6 ft tall, whom I never met as she died in the early 1940's.
 This is a photo, an 8 x 10 print I found in some of the folders I hope to archive likely in Dayton at a library like Wright State University. Tinker Toys as a Christmas gift for Elwood's son, Paul Henry who was born down the street in 1910 in West Carrollton. This was taken in the family home at 321 E Main Street.

Christmases at 321 E Main in West Carrollton are a theme in Noah Elwood's albums.  Here, in the New Year of 1917, is Paul Henry Weaver, age 6, on the stairs, with toys under the tree, including books and a train set.  Notable to my dad, when he described the photo, in about 1980 to me as I wrote in white, this was the "Year of the Desk"

Here also on page 29 of the 1912- 1920 large format album of Noah Elwood Weaver (soon to be archived at Wright State University Dayton, is this image of likely early 1916, or at least after the Christmas presents of 1915 were opened.  5 year old Paul Henry with his arms around his maternal grandpa, Henry Eicher while they both are on the new wooden wagon.   This wagon made its way to Minnesota, and the solid metal wheels are much different than the rubber pneumatic wheels of later years.   I talked with curator/archivist Sarah Allison of the West Carrollton Historical Society and sense with my next trip back to Ohio, I will drop this off, along with the Flexible Flyer Snow Sled, that was new in 1920, when PHW was 10.   Fun look at history and so grateful for the stories. 

NEW's (Noah Elwood Weaver) large format print of the American Envelop Plant exterior likely around 1915.   He worked at a variety of businesses in the valley as an accountant.  

He took a variety of photos of the people to ran the company.  Sadly no identification.  Likely around 1915 in West Carrollton.
 View of the interior of the plant with workers, here mostly men . He did not identify the individual people .
 Men and women at the Envelop company as captured by NE Weaver.  6 x 8 print.
 Another view of the inside of the envelop plant around 1915 by NEW.
 Interesting to see the flags here hanging from some of the equipment.  Likely because of WW I happening at this time.  Photo by NE Weaver ca 1915

Monday, March 24, 2014

1971 Journey in the USSR -

With the current unrest in March 2014 in the Ukraine region, it is interesting for me to reflect my visit to that area during the Soviet era.   Here are some images of my journey with Keith and Kevin Kubasch during the summer of 1971, after the Anglo-American Society Visit to the UK.

Keith M Kubasch, native of Winsted MN and the VW Camper he purchased in Germany prior to my meeting him and his brother Kevin in Berlin at Check Point Charlie summer 1971.

 Here is the overview may that I used to show my air trip from Stockholm through Copenhagen to Berlin.  We then drove due East, through East Germany (DDR) and Poland, to the USSR.

Standard tourist photo in 1971 on Red Square with the line of folks to see the dead Lenin.  We did line up as well to see the dead guy.
Closer view of the line for Lenin's tomb with the Kremlin in the background. 
St Basil's on Red Square.  We did walk into the old building..

Another view of the Kremlin in 1971.
 Sign that I am told means "World Peace" south of Moscow.
Entry gate to Kharkov Camping place with our VW Camper ready to enter.  1971.

We had planned to travel to the Caucasus Mountains and Kevin and Keith decided it was too much driving near Kharkov.  Thus we headed west to Kiev from Char'Kov (Kharkov)
Here is he spot just east of Kharkov where the Kubasch brothers, admitted they had enough driving!
On to Kiev....

The mass transit options with the greenery on the apartment buildings I noticed in Kiev.
More of the light rail in Kiev, 1971.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Visioning Travel - Returning to the lands of my Chase, Butler, Cowles, Arnaud, Chapelier, Weber, Eicher, Brandt, Paul Ancestors

1966 era photo of Piccadilly Circus, from a book, This England, published by the National Geographic Society, c 1966.   The statue in that time "light-spangled center of the theater district and rendezvous for baffled sightseer and patient bobby. Here lived a 17th Century tailor whose "pickadills", stiff ruffed collars, inspired the name of the circular intersection." In the center is a Victorian Angel of Christian Charity honoring the philanthropy of the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. The winged archer bends to bury a shaft, and according to p 27 of the 1966 book "the pun on Shaftesbury's name got lost;  Londoners call him Eros (Cupid), Greek god of love.  Eros was the mythical son of Chaos - fitting comment on Picadilly traffic jams."
The Earls of Shaftesbury
Learning about peerage and titles of Britain

In researching my lineage, the Chase and Butler in specific I am learning more about the British history and how events effected my ancestral roots.   William Chase Sr, the came to Massachusetts colony in 1630 on the Winthrop Expedition and was born in Chesham, Bucks, England in 1602.   Chesham is not for from London and Oxford, rather in between.  Doing research prior to a return trip to Britain & Ireland, being more aware of my family deep roots there.  Matthew Chase b 1486 married Elizabeth Bould, whose mother was Margaret Butler - Update April 2018 Before my last trip to the UK and Ireland, I took a wrong turn, here in wishful thinking perhaps and jumped too early to Ireland

The Royal lineage is really not mine, and this line is someone elses, my Margaret Boteler AKA Butler "MARGARET BUTLER or BOTELER (d.1530+)
Margaret Butler was the daughter of Sir Thomas Boteler (1461-1522) and Margaret Delves. Her first husband was Sir Richard Bold of Bold, Lancashire (d. November 16, 1528), by whom she had Matilda (d. November 10, 1568), Sir Richard (d.1558/9), and Dorothy, and possibly Margaret, Elizabeth, and Robert. Her second husband was Thomas Southworth of Salmesbury, Lancashire. Their children were John (d. November 3, 1595) and Margaret. Her daughter Dorothy Bold married Sir John Holcroft the younger of Holcroft. According to Barbara J. Harris in "Sisterhood, Friendship and the Power of English Aristocratic Women, 1450-1550" in Women and Politics in Early Modern England, 1450-1700, edited by James Daybell, the senior Sir John Holcroft (c.1485-1560) accused Margaret, in the Duchy Court of Lancashire, of defrauding Dorothy of her dowry. Harris does not give an outcome.

 I have thus deleted the rest of the story, and now looking to Warrington, Lancashire, England for links to Ireland  ---

 born in Ormond Kerry Ireland in 1460.  She is from a lineage of Butlers who lived in Ireland in the 1300's.

Interesting in reading about peerage, she is written as Lady

The Butlers have a very Irish lineage it appear. William Butler Yeats anyone.

Looking forward to learning and discovering more in the months ahead.   Grateful for the 
start on genealogy done by my mom as she wrote in her Rememberings ""My mother, Inez Chase, was born on February 8, 1888, on the Hancock County, Ohio, farm of her parents, Minta and Justus Zedekiah Chase. She hated her name, Inez; she had no middle name I know little about the Chase genealogy, but my mother said that she had Irish and English ancestry."

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Justus and JZ Chase Families of Ohio - and the Search for our English- Irish Roots

 1893 Family Portrait of Justus Zed Chase, my grandma Inez, Araminta Henry Chase, Uncle Charlie Chase and Roy Chase taken in Findlay Ohio
Peg Weaver, in her 1994 Rememberings of a 83 Year Old Grandma, page 1 commented : "My mother, Inez Chase, was born on February 8, 1888, on the Hancock County, Ohio, farm of her parents, Minta and Justus Zedekiah Chase. She hated her name, Inez; she had no middle name I know little about the Chase genealogy, but my mother said that she had Irish and English ancestry."
Inez Chase High School Graduation photo, Findlay High School 1905.
Peg describes her mom again "She attended a one-room country school on a corner of the Chase farm. Her father drove a horse and buggy to take her to Findlay to attend high school, from which she graduated. .........Charles and Roy, my mother's two older brothers, teased her about her red hair, calling her "carrot-top", making her mad. (She determined that she would do what she could to have her red-haired daughter like her hair color.) Because my Uncle Roy died from a "burst appendix" when I was in grade school, every time I had a pain in my right side, I was sure that my appendix would burst."
Margaret Glessner with her grandpa JZ Chase in Findlay ca 1918. 
From page 5 of Rememberings "Sometimes my Grandfather Chase would come to my house and take me for a walk to the little grocery store next to the railroad tracks on Main Street, a few blocks from my house. He would buy a lemon and a stick of peppermint candy, cut the lemon in two, stick the candy into the center; then I would suck the sweetened lemon-peppermint juice up through tiny holes in the candy.
My Grandfather Chase built me a beautiful, big doll house, two stories tall with glass windows, a stairway that went all the way up (a closet under the stairway), living room, dining room and kitchen downstairs; a hall, two bedrooms and a bath up. In the living room, a table lamp with glass bead fringe could give light when it was attached to a small battery. A metal sewing machine had a treadle that moved and drawers that opened; in one was a thimble, in the other a pair of shears. In the refrigerator painted, cardboard foods, such as, watermelon and steak, could be removed to place on the dining room table. A doll of the
doll-house-scale lived in the house. (My mother gave my doll house to my Chase cousins.) A small playroom housed my doll house and a built in desk-cupboard. With all the scratch pads, 3x5 cards, and pencils from the Glessner Company I spent a lot of time "playing office"."

In her chapter on Genealogy here on p 149 is the summary of the Chase family from New York as she understood it
History of Hancock County, Ohio.    Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. 1886.
Chicago: John Morris Company, Printers. 118 and 120 Monroe Street.
(no author given)
CHASE FAMILY Picture of Justus Chase, p. 412.
Liberty Township, p. 432. George Chase came to the township in 1830, cleared five acres on the west half of the northwest quarter of Section 10, entered by him June 13, 1825, which he planted with corn. He returned to Madison County, Ohio, whither he and his wife, Elizabeth, had emigrated from New York State in 1817, and in the spring of 1831 brought out his family and settled permanently on his land. The mother died in 1832, leaving a family of five children, all of whom grew to maturity, but only three of the number are now living. The father died in 1869, and Justus now occupies the old farm on which he has lived since March 1831. Mrs. Miles Wilson, of Portage Township, is the only member of the family, excepting Justus, living in this county.
p. 793. Justus Chase, farmer, Findlay, was born in New York State, August 29, 1817, son of George and Elizabeth (Wilson) Chase, natives of New York, of English descent, and who moved to Madison County, Ohio in 1817, and from there to Hancock County in 1830, where they remained until their death, Mrs. Chase dying in 1832, and Mr. Chase in 1869. They reared a family of five children, our subject being the eldest. Justus Chase had made farming his business through life, and has resided on    his present farm since March 1831. He is the owner of over 200 acres of fine land, besides property in Ottawa, Denver and North Baltimore, Ohio. Mr. Chase was united in marriage, November 7, 1839, with Mary A. Jones, born in 1821 in Westmoreland County, Penn., daughter of James and Martha (Black) Jones, the former born in Pennsylvania in 1791, and the latter in Maryland in 1799. Mr. and Mrs. Jones moved from Liberty Township, Westmoreland Co., Penn., to Liberty Township, Madison County, Ohio, and afterward to Liberty township, Perry County, and in 1833 settled in Liberty Township this county. To our subject and wife were born nine children: George D., Martha J. (deceased), Elizabeth (wife of Chris Porter), Cerilda M. (wife of Isaac Taylor), Harrison (deceased), James W. (deceased), Mary S. (wife of James H. Chase), Annettia (wife of John R. Osborn) and Justus Z. Mr. Chase is one of the substantial farmers of Hancock County, and he and his wife have been consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for over forty years."

Justus Chase son of pioneer George Chase was born  August 29, 1817 and raised 9 children. 

In 1993 Peg Weaver and I began a correspondence with Oscar Beasley of Iowa City IA who was working on the Chase Genealogy and published a book which pointed me to following the thread to Nathan Chase in New York..and then to the William Chases, Sr and Jr of Yarmouth MA. They arrived in the colony in 1630, 10 years after the Mayflower.

1790 Census with Nathan Chase ,Pawling Duchess CO, NY