Meet You Under The Tent

CHAUTAUQUA TENT WILL RISE TODAY During the early decades of the twentieth century, the arrival of the big brown tent was the highlight of a town's summer.  Under the canvas roof, large crowds would gather for a week's worth of entertainment and education.  The Redpath Circuit Chautauqua was part vaudeville show, part educational lecture series, … Continue reading Meet You Under The Tent

And You Thought OUR Roads Were Bad: 1918 Christmas Roadtrip

Chasing family tales is what gets all genealogists hooked, and when we get help from previously unknown circles, it feels like Christmas.  To receive such collaboration AT Christmastime is just too wonderful for words. I want to thank cousin, Linda Bell, for her  holiday energy and sharing.  Family lore has become another GREAT family story.  … Continue reading And You Thought OUR Roads Were Bad: 1918 Christmas Roadtrip

Aunt Alice’s Festive Table

The year was 1934, and though a great depression set boundaries on aspirations and dreams, folks still found occasion to bring out the good dishes and light the candelabras. Aunt Alice Stansbury was celebrating, as was her niece, Katie Bradford.  Little Marilyn was coming! The toddler, Katie's only grandchild, arrived midday at Alice's home in … Continue reading Aunt Alice’s Festive Table

On This Day: The Discharge of Captain Ira Sayles

As the sun set one hundred fifty years ago, Ira Sayles glumly faced life as a civilian. The New York abolitionist had enlisted in the summer of 1862, joining Alfred neighbors and friends in forming Company H, 130th Regiment of the New York Volunteers.  Their first deployment was in Portage Station, New York, to be … Continue reading On This Day: The Discharge of Captain Ira Sayles