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.