Saturday, December 30, 2017

June Late spring in Minnesota - Planting seeds and getting gounded by Lake Superior connecting to the land

Yellowwood - from a tree south of our garden.  Watching over our 7th year of transforming a lawn into food and flowers for the neighboorhood in Crystal    Tree Kentucky yellowwood or American yellowwood (syn. C. lutea, C. tinctoria), is a species of Cladrastis native to the Southeastern United States, with a restricted range from western North Carolina west to eastern Oklahoma, and from southern Missouri and Indiana south to central Alabama. Also the tree is sometimes called Virgili

Cladrastis kentukea

 View of approx 50 ft by 12 ft garden June 12, 2016
Pole and bush beans planted in early June


Another bridge in Duluth near Hawk Ridge

Hawk Ridge where I was the site manager for the Duluth Bird Club in the mid 1970's!

View from Hawk Ridge looking southeast with Lake Superior on the right

Orange hawkweed north of Two Harbors Anderson cabins  -----
Skyline Drive and W 5th in Duluth with Park Point, Lake Superior and lift bridge in the distance to the right 

Blooming Cornus canadensis, "bunch berry" blooming in June northern Minnesota
Disc golf course in Duluth - green of spring!
Duplex at 1716 E 5th St Duluth that Tom and Sue Weaver lived in from 1975-78, before we moved to St Cloud MN

Back in Minneapolis ----

Steve Borden with lilies in front of his home on Thomas Ave in Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis

Tom Weaver' deck in the spring, in St Louis Park

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Coyote Medicine - Connecting to nature through humor, storytelling --Wilderness Awareness Schools and More

Merry Christmas on a very cold Dec 25 here in 2017, St Louis Park Minnesota  3 below zero F---sitting in meditation and contemplation, after completing the Bon Tibetan practices of the 9 Breathings of Purification and the 5 Tsa Lung exercises as instructed by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche along with Marcy V---thinking about the indigenous traditions spirit has led me to learn about over the years --and the peace that passes all understanding, that I have gained through working the 12 steps in a good way---as the Promises Say in AA '
1. If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed
before we are half way through. 2.We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
3.We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
4. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
5.No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience
can benefit others. 6. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
7.We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
8. Self-seeking will slip away.
9. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
10. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
11.We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
12. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for
ourselves Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us
-sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
Alcoholics Anonymous p83-84

Grateful to have found encouragement from my Foster nephew Bobbie to attend a week long Spring Meditation at Serenity Ridge VA, led by TWR, with support of his sangha, including Marcy Vaughn of Bon Philadelphia ----Here is a link for starting a meditation practice and is free!! modeling generosity of spirit

Dec 2017 Reflections on Libby and Professor Bill Muir -----Two of my Coyote Teachers 

 One of my favorite images of "the professor" William "Bill" Muir, PhD, U of Wisconsin, who served as my advisor in the biology dept at Carleton College, Northfield MN, supporting my graduation with a BA in biology and education in 1969 ---this is taken at the family cabin, not sure of the phtographer, at Highland Lake near Marcell MN north of Grand Rapids Itasca country - FYI he went totally blind from his diabetes in 1968 --

I was reminded of his special impact on my life, as his widow, Libby AKA Elizabeth Ann Townsend Muir,, "passed away peacefully in Grand Rapids, MN on December 7, 2017, 15 days after her 88th birthday" online obit ---Libby and Bill married in June of 1952, and moved to Madison, WI, where he was a PhD student in the Department of Plant Pathology at UW. She worked as a Research Assistant in the same department. Two of their daughters, Patricia Muir (husband Bruce McCune) and Cynthia Muir Kuhns (husband Mick Kuhns), were born in Madison. The family moved to Northfield, MN in 1957, when Bill accepted a faculty position in the Biology Department at Carleton College. Two more children, Margaret Muir Marshall (husband Bill Marshall) and William Ralph Muir (husband Bob Wright) were born in short succession after their arrival in Northfield.-------Bill, became totally blind by 1968. Her life then changed drastically, as she became what she referred to as “a seeing eye wife.” She worked with him around the clock to enable him to keep teaching at Carleton, helping him to do all that was required of a faculty member. She accepted this change with courage and grace, as did he. Shortly before Bill became totally blind, they bought property on a lake in Itasca County, MN, and that property and the cabin they built and re-built there, using only hand tools, has been a primary gathering place for their family ever since. They went to the cabin year round, often snowshoeing in the last mile, often in the dark, Libby leading Bill. They and their children lived at that cabin during an entire fall and winter, while Bill was on sabbatical. Life there was hard – no electricity or running water, and wood for heat– but Libby loved the time there.In 1971, they began teaching Botany at the Associated College of the Midwest’s wilderness field station on Basswood Lake, and they, with their children, spent that and several following summers there.-------
Bill died unexpectedly in 1985, and Libby, who had basically given her life to help him, was suddenly on her own. She rose to that occasion as well. She became active in various volunteer efforts, including leading Bible study at the men’s penitentiary in Faribault, MN and serving as a volunteer reader for the MN Radio Talking Book, a service for the visually impaired, for many years. She received a Rice County Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year award in 2003. She continued to spend time at their cabin and traveled often to visit her children.
She accepted with grace the changes that came with age – she sold her home of 50 years in Northfield and moved to Grand Rapids, MN, where her daughter, Peggy, and family live. Her new home in Grand Rapids wasn’t ready by the time she sold her Northfield home, so she lived for two months alone in the autumn at her cabin. She voluntarily gave up driving, and moved from her new Grand Rapids home to an assisted living facility there, again graciously recognizing her increasing limitations."  The Muir family has had a special place in my heart for a long time ---Bill and Libby's kindness was a big part of my choosing to major in biology over geology (my first advisor was Eiler Hendrickson a geologist ---and I have discovered I am a true pejuta wichasa, plant man, during my 30 + years learning about D/Lakhota spirituality on my Zuya, life's journey
The professor, Bill Muir, digging out dirt by hand, when I came to support the cabin renovations in the late 1960's I captured this image with Highland Lake in the background 
Billy Muir in the yellow shirt putting a tarp on the trailer with Libby his mom, with the cabin in the background on Highland Lake by Tom Weaver-   When I enrolled at the U of Minnesota Med School in the fall of 1969, my love of nature, and connecting with the plants especially, stayed with me ---while completing the basic science curriculum there, I often studied in Diehl Hall Library where I met the retired Owen Wangensteen MD, who as a retired famous surgeon, had a passion for the history of medicine --fortunately for me, the hermetically sealed collectors books included many botanical volumes with beautiful plants and colors  ---a great place to study ethnobotany and how plants influenced medicine ---I wandered over to the school of pharmacy and met John Staba who was the last of the pharmacognosists it seems - from the U of M archive "
-->From 1968 to1982, Staba acted as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacognosy at the University of Minnesota. Staba retired in 1995.' And wandered over to the Botany building then still across the street from the Mayo Building and Med School and was led to Donald B "Don" Lawrence PhD, and after a depressing rural physicians associate experience in Crosby-Ironton, I become more aware of my need to connect with nature, more as a healer and less interested in the direction of West Medicine into big pharma and pills ---my ecological self, still called me and voila' I served as a TA in the Botany Dept for 2 courses with Don from 1972 autumn through spring 1974 where I met folks like Matt Wood, Russ Hurt and Sue Johnson who would be my future wife and mother of my two sons!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jack Weaver And Nellie Jane Williams Wedding July 1969, First Methodist Church Monmouth Illinois

I just discovered some images that my father, Paul Henry Weaver captured in July 1969, as the Weaver and Williams Families gathered around the July 19th Wedding at the Methodist Church in Monmouth Illinois ---

Peg Weaver reflected on visits to Monmouth in her memoir "When we drove to Monmouth, Illinois, one weekend in 1967, we met Nellie's (Jack's fiancee) father, Harold Williams. On Friday night we watched Tom play basketball, Carleton vs. Monmouth College.
The following night we drove to the Tin Shed to hear Jack's combo, "The Intruders", blast and to have a delicious dinner with Nellie, Harold and the Bushes', friends of Nellie and her father. Tom obtained permission not to return with the Carleton team, staying over for the Tin Shed affair and going back Minnesota with Pete and me.
In July 1969, Pete, Tom and I drove to Monmouth for Jack and Nellie William's wedding, Jim and Melanie flying from the East. Again being traditional we entertained with a groom's dinner the evening prior to the wedding. On July 19 Jack and Nellie were married in a Methodist Church, which had a sign on the lawn, "You think this is hot." Nellie had several attendants; Tom was best man. Since I don't enjoy shopping for clothes, I was glad that I could wear the same beige, tailored dress and pill-box hat that I had for Jim and Melanie's wedding."

Here are the photos I found with the labeling as my parents had them--
"Jack" John Eicher Weaver and Nellie Jane Williams Bride and Groom 
Sign outside First Methodist Church Monmouth  ---I see red bricks in the background
 Groom's dinner, ______?man, --______Pat?, _________, Jack Weaver (with cigarette), Nellie Williams (with cigar)

 Groom's Dinner, Mike Bush sitting, Jack Weaver (with camera),____woman?, Nellie Williams (lighting a cigar from candle held by Tom Weaver), woman___?, men Pat?, ____? likely Harold Williams head, Peg Weaver, Tom Weaver (with beard), Jim Weaver

 Wedding party,  Pat ____?,  wife of Pat _____? Tom Weaver, Mike Bush, Melanie and Jim Weaver, Peg Weaver
 Photographer, Harold Williams, Nellie Jane Williams, Jack Weaver
 Bush Family who lived in the same duplex as Harold Williams - Father, Mike Bush, Mrs Bush and 2 daughers
 Mrs Bush (Maid of Honor?), Nellie Williams, Jack Weaver, Tom Weaver (Best Man)
 After ceremony, Nellie and Pat ________?

Jack and Nellie after the wedding  ----
Tom Weaver, after the ceremony ---photos all by Paul H Weaver

Monday, July 3, 2017

Lawrence Family - 1920's? Family Photo - In front of home Montgomery County Ohio

Here is the image, an 8 x 10 image from Noah Elwood Weaver loose photos, that started me to search for Lawrence connections through Ancestry and find a grave ----It was not dated and I became curious about this group ---In what I think is Edna Eicher Weaver's penmenship on the back  "Ladies L to R  _________(blank), _________, Margaret Lawrence, Mrs Lawrence (mother), Ruth Lawrence, ___________(blank), Men L to R  George Lawrence, Bill ",   Joe ",   Burt (sic)  "   ----this past week I started with George on the left top

Here is how I learned things as I found data on Ancestry  ---from the 1910 US Census sheet, where the Lawrence Family was living on Cottage Ave in West Carrollton I found ---first off -----find it engaging to discern the connections  ----
 William "Will" or Bill Lawrence from the main photo
Margaret Lawrence born 1903 - I sense looks in her early 20's here and to her mom's right, and then labeled Ruth Lawrence on mom's left (our right) looks somewhat older, and not sure - Ruth Elaine Lawrence was born in 1910----the lady on the foreground left is not identified nor the taller woman in front of George  - rather a mystery AND curious if anyone in the Lawrence lineage will comment on Ancestry as I attached this family photo on their sites
Lawrence Family Census 1910 Data

Name   George M Lawrence
Age in 1910  9
Birthplace Kentucky
Home in 1910 Miami, Montgomery, Ohio
Street Cottage Avenue

Father's Name Charles F Lawrence
Mother's Name Anna R Lawrence

Household Members Charles F Lawrence  40
Anna R Lawrence  37
Bert K Lawrence 16
William E Lawrence 13
George M Lawrence 9
Margaret C Lawrence 7
Joseph C Lawrence 3
Ruth Elaine Lawrence  0

Here is an enlargement of the last 4 lines - Each Census asks different questions ---
 Note that Charles from Kentucky is listed as a millwright at a paper mill ---Likely Friend Paper Company in 1910
 Woman in front of George, may be Ruth Binkley Ritter, whom he married - Their first child George M Lawrence was born Oct 15, 1930 in Miamisburg ---photo likely in the 1920's
Bert Lawrence has his hand on the shoulder of the unidentified "lady"- Bert Kirker Lawrence served in the military from March 1918 - Jan 1919, and by 1920 his is listed in the 1920 census as married to Martha G Campbell, listed as a  librarian in the public library in Middletown Butler CO, as he was a salesman for a roller mill
So in the mid 1920's I am discerning this is Martha Campbell Lawrence ----

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ft Ancient on the Little Miami River - Weaver family History

Fort Ancient, on the Little Miami River was important in the travels and curious nature of the family in my experience ----now under new management in the 21st Century
--> In Warren County, Ohio, an isolated peninsula rises 80 meters (about 260 feet) above the muddy banks of the Little Miami River. There exists an immense monument to the dedication and technological savvy of the original inhabitants of prehistoric North America. This vast 51 hectare (about 126 acres) plateau is enclosed by embankment walls that stand 1.5 to 7 meters (about 5 to 23 feet) high, constructed by repeatedly dumping baskets loaded with soil upon one another. The Hopewell, known for their engineering expertise, built these walls and many other features both within the enclosure and on the steep valleys that surround the site: conical and crescent-shaped mounds, limestone pavements and circles, and many subsurface elements that are currently coming to light. Today, the Fort Ancient State Memorial is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its importance to Ohio prehistory.--------Fort Ancient represents an embankment of ceremonial space rather than a fortress. Archaeological investigations have been nearly continuous at Fort Ancient since Moorehead, but the techniques used and the information gained have drastically changed how the site is viewed. In 2005, Dr. Jarrod Burks performed remote sensing, a method for detecting what is below the ground without actually digging, in areas that had not been previously excavated. These tests revealed a mysterious feature never seen before in Hopewell archaeology, a circular arrangement of posts nearly 60 meters (about 200 feet) in diameter. The Ohio Historical Society asked Dr. Robert Riordan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio to conduct an archaeological investigation in this newly discovered area with the help of his Field School in Archaeology. He began excavations in 2006 and has continued each summer since. At the center of this ring of posts, now referred to as the Moorehead Circle, there lays a shallow basin filled with presumably burned red clay. Currently, there are several research projects based on the work being done at the Moorehead Circle in hopes that we might gain insight into how it was used and, potentially, how Fort Ancient itself was used in prehistory.
On August 1st, 2009, the Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH), parent organization of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, assumed management of the day-to-day operations at the Fort Ancient State Memorial. This partnership between the Ohio Historical Society and DSNH assures that Fort Ancient will remain a protected piece of American prehistory that is available for the public to enjoy.

Two Couples around 1913 overlooking the Little Miami from the Ft Ancient hill, second from left, Noah Elwood Weaver, and then his wife Edna Helena Eicher Weaver, with their son, Paul Henry Weaver (born Dec 24, 1910, West Carrollton OH) -
1928 view of Little Miami and bridge north of hill at Ft Ancient p4 NEWeaverSmallBlackAlbum now at Wright State U archives - Noah Elwood Weaver collection(curious where this is relative to I -71 that now passes to the north ---
1952 Weaver family picnie at Ft Ancient, 1952 visit with L- R Hanna Swearingen, Virginia Magee Weaver, Aunt Emma Esther Eicher, Tom Weaver, Paul H Weaver and Peg Glessner Weaver
L - R, Emma Esther Eicher, Noah Elwood Weaver, Tom Weaver, Paul Henry Weaver,  Peg Glessner Weaver
1959, Tom Weaver age 12 with butterfly net, Ft Ancient with Little Miami below by N Elwood Weaver
1973 Signage at Fort Ancient when visited with my parents at the time of Noah Elwood Weaver's funeral and burial in Wilmington Ohio with his second wife, Virginia Magee Weaver

Monday, June 19, 2017

Weaver Family in Minnesota - Paul Henry from Ohio 1938 - William Weaver from New York 1857 farming along the Mississippi

The Weaver family of my lineage arrived in Minnesota from Ohio in 1938 -  The town of Weaver, doubt if any relation, was named after a William K Weaver who came to Minnesota in 1857 from upstate New York , then a pioneer, as my line had been pioneers in Pennsylvania (1751), Enoch Weaver, coming from Germany  and then Jacob and Philip to Ohio (1803-07)
here is my father, Paul Henry Weaver at the front door of Swedish Hospital in the summer of 1938, where he did his internship having graduated from Ohio State University in June - 
"Pete" Paul H Weaver MD with his father, Noah Elwood Weaver who would drive up from West Carrollton Ohio to visit his only child  

View of downtown Minneapolis in 1938  with Foshay Tower the tallest building 
Trip Log Page 64, from Sunday July 17, 1938, in Peg Glessner Weaver' penmanship --

 1967 Photo of my dad, Paul H Weaver, at a sign for Weaver Minnesota, named for William K Weaver, whose bio I have found on find a grave and other Minnesota resources  ---I was asked by a Facebook Friend Rick G " Tom, is the Weaver sign part of your family history? Is it a town?

And what I found out, "
Chapter 40
Pages 1261-1314
From the book about Wabasha Co. Minnesota
Compiled by Dr. L. H. Bunnell
Published Chicago by H. H. Hill, Publishers, 1884
Republished Currently by Higginson Books

Weaver village was laid out in 1871. William Weaver and a man by the name of Dodge were the proprietors. The town was named after the former gentleman, and stands on sections 29 and 30 of Minneiska township.

In the summer of 1851 Andrew Olson emigrated to this section with his family, took a claim and erected a house, the first in this vicinity. Soon after two brothers, George and Christopher Abbott, and in 1857 William Weaver arrived from New York State and opened up a farm, on the north side of which a part of the town now stands. As soon as the village was laid out a postoffice was established, with W. H. Hopkins as postmaster. At present writing Weaver contains a store, hotel, butcher-shop, blacksmith-shop and two warehouses.

The store is a handsome brick block, 44 x 65 feet, and is owned by W. H. Hopkins, who keeps a stock of general merchandise and farm machinery. The hotel is a large brick structure, and was erected by William Weaver, at a cost of nine thousand dollars. In 1880 he sold out, and is at present engaged in farming near Casselton, Dakota. Mr. James White is now keeping the hotel. The warehouses are in charge of Brooks Bros., of Minneiska, well known throughout the state as dealers in wheat and lumber. The present school was built in 1872, and answers the double purpose of school-house and church, the Methodists and Norwegian Lutherans, alternating in their services. The population of Weaver is now about one hundred.

Michael Callohan (not in book's index), telegraph operator, Weaver, was born at Sandy Creek, New York, in 1858. His parents, John and Mary Callohan, were natives of Ireland, and emigrated to America in 1837, settling where our subject was born. When a young man he tried living in several towns, among which were Rochester, in New York, and Niagara Falls, but finally concluded to visit St. Paul, which he did in 1880. Liking the west so well led him to locate in Winona for a year, and again he moved, this time to Weaver, where he now resides, being in the employ of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad, as agent and operator. Mr. Callohan is a member of the Catholic church, and also of the Winona State Military Guards. He married Eliza Hitchcock, of Weaver. They have one child, Mary Agnes.

Republished Currently by Higginson Books
And as a member of find a grave ---I found this about William K Weaver 
William K Weaver

Dec. 1, 1830
Chautauqua County
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 3, 1913
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

"Casa Grande Times" Published August 15, 1913; Vol. II-No. 31 - Respected Citizen of Valley and Sterling Pioneer, Dies in San Francisco - William Weaver, one of Casa Grande's most respected citizens and an old timer in this section, passed away in San Francisco at 4 a.m. Monday morning, August 4, [1913]. Mr. Weaver went to San Francisco a short time ago in search of medical assistance in curing a cancer which had been bothering him for several years, but as usual it was impossible to find a cure.

He was born near Fredonia, Chautauqua, New York, on December 1, 1830 and was married to Lucretia Putman, July 3, 1857. Throughout life William Weaver was a strong, fearless man who possessed many sterling qualities. He lived in many states of the union and wherever he had lived he made his personality felt and had been active in the upbuilding of the communities.

Early in his life he moved from the place of his birth to a place in Southern Minnesota and did so much toward the upbuilding of the town that a grateful people named the town after him [Weaver, Minn., near Plainville]. At Weaver, Minn. he was engaged in the hotel and livery business. The brick hotel which he built at Weaver still stands. From Minnesota, Mr. Weaver moved to North Dakota and for eighteen years operated one of the largest farms in the great northwest, this farm containing over 4,000 acres.

While on this farm he went into the breeding of buffalo on a large scale and in addition to a great number of pure-blooded buffalo he raised hundreds of half-breed buffalo. During a San Francisco Exposition, he took his entire herd of buffalo to the exposition and spent a fall and winter there. The following spring he sold the herd and many of them are still to be found in the Golden Gate Park at San Francisco.

It was while in San Francisco that he first became interested in Arizona. Meeting Peralto Reevis, who is well known to all who have lived in the Gila Valley, he was induced to come to Arizona and contracted with Reevis for a large body of land in what is now the Casa Grande Valley, with the view of colonizing the same. Going back to North Dakota as soon as he made his contract with Reevis, he sold his entire holdings and in the year 1894 returned to Casa Grande. He brought with him besides other stock, ten head of famous Poliangus cattle and there can now be found in the valley hundreds of these fine cattle.

During the last few years, although feeble in health and greatly troubled with deafness, he still displayed courage and earnestly and honestly did everything he could for the betterment of Casa Grande.

The remains were brought to Casa Grande Friday morning on Train No. 10 and were laid away at Arizola at 11 a.m., the same day, nearly every man, woman and child in Casa Grande accompanying him on his last journey from Casa Grande to Arizola.

He leaves to mourn his loss two sons, Fred Weaver of Colton, California and Walter E. Weaver of Hayden; two daughters, Mrs. R. F. [Addie] Phillips of Casa Grande and Mrs. James Maloney of Fargo, S.D., and a host of friends throughout the country.

Parent links provided by: Jonathan Laing

Family links:
  Caleb Weaver (1800 - 1855)
  Matilda Matteson Weaver (1806 - 1889)

  Lucretia Putnam Weaver (1832 - 1923)

  Medora Adeline Weaver Phillips (1860 - 1934)*
  Walter Earl Weaver (1876 - 1916)*

  Silas M. Weaver (____ - 1841)*
  Ruth M Weaver Steward (1825 - 1875)*
  Walter Smith Weaver (1827 - 1899)*
  Orrin Weaver (1829 - 1866)*
  William K Weaver (1830 - 1913)
  David Matteson Weaver (1832 - 1920)*
  Daniel Sharp Weaver (1834 - 1912)*
  Electa Ann Weaver Blydenburgh (1836 - 1918)*
  Cynthia A Weaver Newton (1841 - 1932)*
  Silas Matteson Weaver (1843 - 1923)*
  Alvah A. Weaver (1849 - 1916)*

*Calculated relationship
Weaver Pioneer Cemetery
Casa Grande
Pinal County
Arizona, USA
Plot: Grave #35

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