|Thomas Burns Purdy and first wife she might have died in childbirth, but I have not confirmed this as of yet.|
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Miss Nellie Viola Custer was born 13 Dec 1901 in Clinton, PA
on 16 Oct 1922 in New Cumberland WV she married Thomas Burns Purdy who was born 1 Dec 1869 in Clinton, PA
They had four children: all girls
Nellie died on 15 Feb 1972 in Monaca, PA
Thomas Burns Purdy died in 1949
They both had other spouses He had one that died before they were married and she married after his death.
Nellie's parents were
Clarence P Custer born 2 Apr 1870 in Clinton, PA, died 22 Apr 1959 in PA
Martha E Spruger born 9 Nov 1879 in PA,
died 9 May 1928 in PA.
They were married on 4 Apr 1901 in Clinton, PA
They had 6 children
I have not found any connection between my Custer line and Gen George Armstrong Custer.
But I shall continue to dig.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Ralph Sgro came to America in 1901 from his beloved and beautiful Country San Vito, Bari Puglia, Italy where he was born on 19 Sep 1890 Father is unknown at this time and the only information we have on his mother is her name Elenora Maria Ciraco.
Ralph started singing in the choir at church and became a well known Opera singer.
|San Vito, Italy|
|The route he took to America|
|Dining room on SS Conte Biancamano|
|Passenger list 1950 SS Conte|
|Departing from America heading to Italy 1950 on the|
|He flew to Italy this time|
I believe he went back to Italy these two times for the death of his parents. I of course, can not prove this theory at this time and I can not seem to find any records.
|He flew on TWA|
He was devoted to his church and he traveled frequently to sing in Opera, plays, shows.
Ralph died Aug 1970 possible in New York City. He was 79 years old.
If anyone has more information please post a comment or contact me.
Thank you ever so much.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
By the year 1869 when the first transcontinental railroad was finished, over 350,000 pioneers had taken the Oregon Trail to start a new life. Many of these were women and most were accompanied by children. From the very first wagon train on, women would see and experience hardship like none they had ever imagined. They would also find out how strong a women could truly be. Husbands often made the decision to start life over in the west without ever asking whether the wives thought this was a good decision or how it might affect them. Some wives did have say though, and in a few instances, women not only influenced their husbands to go, but a few traveled westward by themselves.
Before heading west, many women often spent their day doing nothing more than visiting, needlework, and the occasional gardening of flowers. They had married men who were established as businessmen in the towns they then lived in. They never dreamed these same men, entrepreneurs at heart, would listen to tales of gold and prosperous green land west, and decide to pack up their families and head out themselves. Others were not from as wealthy families; their men were laborers, and already working the land, they themselves working alongside them. Neither type was in most instances prepared for the hardships that lay ahead.
As I have plugged away at my Family History I have found many hero's. But none that could ever fill a soldier's boot.
I have a very strong love and devotion to my country, these United States of America. I know it's in my blood as it was in their blood. I would like to honor all my ancestor's who fought in the many war's through out the generations of our beloved land.
|My 4th Great Grandfather Jacob Amick was a soldier in this war|
|Glen Robert Amick was a Pvt in WWI my first cousin x2 removed|
Harley David Amick entered WWII on 05 Sep 1942 my first cousin x2 removed.
|Calvin Bliss my 5th Great Grandfather was in 2 wars the Revolutionary War & The War of 1812|
|Orsamas M Palmiter my Uncle of wife of my 4th great Uncle Civil War|
|Richard Peterson was in WWI Aviation Section Signal Corp.|
He is a nephew of a husband of a niece of husband of first cousin 3x removed
|William Small was Enlisted in Co. D 7th Reg MN Vol in the Civil War|
He is related to me by husband of sister-in-law of first cousin 3x removed
|He was the Husband of my 5th great Aunt|
|Wyant Vanderpool He was the 2nd great grandfather of husband stepdaughter of 2nd cousin 3x removed|
|Harold Arthur Littlefield WWII|
|Harvey Nuten Propst WWI husband of my 2nd great Aunt|
|My first cousin 2x removed|
These are only a few brave ancestors who stopped their lives for years to go fight with the understanding they may never return home or see their loved ones again.
That's a scary ordeal.
|Because they gave their lives for me|
I will say The Pledge of Allegiance to our FLAG, I will treat it with respect and I will shake hands with every man that wears a uniform serving our Country and thank them.
|Joseph Arthur Lile Spanish American War he was 21|
|John Porter Couch 2nd Great Uncle Serviced in WWI|
|James Baird Couch my 2nd Great Grandfather Civil War|
|Capt. William Wheeler Woodworth|
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
|In the early days of phone service, you'd call the operator and ask to be patched through to a particular line. This system was first questioned in 1879 by Alexander Graham Bell's friend, Dr. Moses Greeley Parker of Lowell, MA. The town was suffering from an epidemic of measles and the doctor quite sensibly suggested that if the town's phone operators fell ill, replacement operators would struggle to run the system. Numbers instead of names was seen as a better solution which, as you all know, is the system we still use today.|
My grandparents phone number when they lived on their farm was 4375 N 2 long n a short crank, R pick up ear piece and crank handle on the side for operator Ruth & Fred Kubberness lived in Arlington, SD
The Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell is credited with speaking the first words by telephone on March 10, 1876: “Mr. Watson —Come here—I want to see you”. To call his assistant sitting next door, Bell didn't have to dial a number: there were only two phone sets in the world at that time.
Americans who were to encounter the problem of 7-digit numbers sooner that any other nation, found a mnemonic solution to the problem (it was generally believed back then that 7-digit numbers were hard to memorize): the first three digits were replaced with letters some word started with. For technical reasons no telephone number in the US started with 1. For historical reasons zero was always used to call the operator. As a result, any American telephone number could start with any figure but 1 and 0.
Mnemonic rules were in use in London and Paris until mid-1960s. At first Americans adopted the LLL-NNNN format (three letters, four numerals). After becoming aware that it was running out of words beginning with the needed three letters, New York introduced the LLN-NNNN format in 1930 with all the other cities following suit in 1947–48.
Automatic dialing was possible with a rotary dial telephone set. Prior telephone models were directly connected to the operator or had a magneto (a rotating handle on the right hand side spinning which you also connected to the telephone girl). Telephones with a rotary dial were a rarity. They were only installed in high-ranking officials’ offices (200 lines in the Kremlin and 20 lines in the Russian Council of People’s Economy). This sort of a telephone set was called “vertushka” (“whizzer”). These days this word is remaining in the Russian language to denote a direct government phone in a kingpin’s office, although modern “whizzers” have either a push-button dial or none at all.
Starting in the 1940s, area codes were first used by long-distance operators to establish long-distance calls between toll offices. The first customer-dialed direct call using area codes was made on November 10, 1951, from Englewood, New Jersey, to Alameda, California.
There were many different kinds of phones and it depended on your income and your location.
The Bell System was the system of companies, led by the Bell Telephone Company and subsequently by AT&T, which provided telephone services to much of the United States and Canada from 1877 to 1984, at various times as a monopoly. On December 31, 1983, the system was broken up into independent companies by a U.S. Justice Department mandate.
The colloquial term Ma Bell (as in "Mother Bell") was often used by the general public in the United States to refer to any aspect of this conglomerate, as it held a near complete monopoly over all telephone service in most areas of the country, and is still used by many to refer to any telephone company. Ma Bell is also used to refer to the various female voices behind recordings for the Bell System.
So what does our ancestors phone numbers tell us about them?
I have a coppy of a link above that will help you find out more information about your ancestor's phone number.
When I was a teenager these are the phones we had hanging on the wall in our kitchen Mom made sure that one had an extra long cord on it.
I really enjoyed researching the phone & number. I learned a lot my ancestors.
My grandmother Dorothy who lived in Stockton, CA had the phone number HO (HOward) 31833
My Uncle Ed & Aunt Dolly's was HO (HOward) 520 & in later years 1405
My Aunt Dot & Uncle Jim's was 209-478-7948
There's wonderful discoveries in every little corner just have to shine the light to find them
Good luck in your treasure hunting.