Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Up, Up and Away

As promised, this thousand and first post is my last, at least for the foreseeable future.  I will be checking in occasionally and updating some of the posts. Links to updated posts will be on this page, so check back from time to time if you like. I will also be cleaning up the list of tags at the bottom of the page so it's easier to find things.

I bid you a warm farewell with this patriotic stand-up card, 7"wide by 10.25" high. These were produced by the National Tea Company at the turn of the century to give to customers or use as a display. National Tea Company was a grocery store that started out in Chicago and became a popular chain store, particularly in the Midwest.

Thanks again to my many faithful readers and the thoughtful comments and insight you contributed to this blog. I hope you  enjoyed this adventure as much as I did. I wish you all the best.


February 13, 2014 - After finding a relevant and touching photo, I just updated the post on George Muhlig and his family with an addendum.

Fighting to Clear Her Ancestor's Name
You may remember the numerous (and humorous) posts regarding Tracy Graham of Delhi, New York.  Eventually, my research led me to his daughter Bernice, who is alive and well and still living in the the Delhi area. At 82, Bernice is not just sitting around.  She is the Meredith Town Historian and has recently written a book entitled My Grandmother Mary Was Hanged.  It turns out that Bernice's 7th grandmother was convicted of witchcraft and hanged back in 1663 in Connecticut. Apart from writing the history of the event, Bernice is trying to convince the State of Connecticut to exonerate her 7th grandmother. You can read more about the book in this Washington Post article or buy the book from Avalon Moon in Delhi, Dew York.

Update February 15, 2014. I just got another letter from Bernice today. She's at it again! Bernice just published another book, A Sheriff's Mounted Division in Delaware County New York, which details the history of the mounted division.

Jordena Flood Green Update
Recently I was contacted by a relative of Jordena Flood Green whose name is Linda. She didn't actually know Jordena, but she was contacted as an heir upon Jordena's death. It seems that Jordena had no close relatives when she died, and although she didn't have a huge amount of money, she had numerous accounts including a Swiss bank account. There was also evidence of a trust fund financed by a mysterious man. Jordena's relative said that there were also a number of photographs of Jordena on cruise ships and in Hawaii.  If she sends me copies of these photos (wouldn't that be great!) I will add them to the post and let you know.

Elizabeth Brady Cabot Winslow
It's easy to understand why people are fascinated with Elizabeth's story, which is both mystifying and heartbreaking. I mentioned that we have some film footage from her modeling days. It has been transferred from film to a digital file. I have added a very short snippet from the film to this post. I only included a short segment to avoid confusion, since other models were also on this film.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Tragic Life of George Muhlig

George John Muhlig was born in about 1873 and worked as a farmer in the areas around Walton and Liberty, New York.

He married Mary Jane Henderson; you may remember her from either this previous post on the Hendersons or the following post. Here's an early photo of Mary.

George and Mary had a son, Howard Ezra, born in 1906. According to an article in the October, 8, 1917 edition of the Kingston Daily Freeman, 11-year-old Howard was hit in the stomach with an apple thrown by another boy. The boy complained of a sore stomach and despite medical attention died a few days later.

In the following year, the Monticello, New York Republican Watchman published this article. It's a little hard to read, so I have transcribed it below.

Source: Old Fulton Postcards
When Car Was Overturned Near White Sulphur Springs
Accident Revealed the Fact That Supposedly Dry Territory is Very Wet

Two bottles of rum escaped injury Tuesday evening when the Ford automobile in which they were riding struck a fender near White Sulphur Springs and overturned but three men who were also riding in the automobile narrowly escaped death. George Muhlig, of Liberty, who was driving the car, had his shoulder injured; Frank Burgher, who lives on the Stevensville Road, was cut severely in the thigh, and Orlando Donaldson of Neversink, had his leg injured so that he was unable to stand on it.

The men said they were run into by another car, but eyewitnesses of the accident say that no other cars were in sight. Harry Knack, from his residence a quarter mile away, and his brother Gus heard the crash and ran to give aid. They found the Ford on its side and the men beneath it in a dazed condition.

Burgher was bleeding profusely in the leg where he had been cut and the other men were so quiet that bystanders feared they had been killed. The Ford and the fenders were almost a total wreck. The booze, which had been wrapped carefully in paper placed in a burlap bag, and stowed away in the rear, came out without a scratch. A large jug was also found in the bag and it was unhurt. But unlike the bottles, it was empty.  Those who saw the wreck say that not all the booze aboard was in the bottles.

The place where the meeting of the fender and the Ford occurred was about two-thirds of the way from Youngsville to White Sulphur.
After the accident, Gus Knack brought the men to Liberty  for medical treatment and Cliiff Edwards took the Ford to White Sulphur, where it got first aid. Dr Payne treated Burgher and had to take several stitches in his wound. –Liberty Register

 George is one of the men in this photo, though I can't be sure which one.

Here's why. I have two  copies of the same photo, but they are labeled differently.  Both have George listed, but the second man is identified as hired man, Blake Schoomacher on one card and as John Washington on the other.  I couldn't find a record of any Blake Schoomacher or Schumacher, but I did find John Washington and he was 14 years older than George. The postcard could have been printed anytime between 1904 and the 1920s, so George would have been between 31- 46 when the photo was taken. That doesn't narrow it down enough to be sure which one is George.

I'm guessing that George is the older man. I'm trying to compare the known photo of George with this one - and trying not to be too influenced by the mustache.

The next entry I find for George Muhlig is in 1924. It's the Delaware County coroner's report from the Delaware , NY Genealogy & History website. The coroner writes in his report:

On October 1, 1924 was called to the home of George Muhlig in Walton village where he had just been found hanging by the neck in the upper story of the barn. I found it to be a case of suicide. 

Mary had now lost both her son and her husband to tragic deaths.
They are all buried together at the Liberty Cemetery in Liberty, New York.
This is a photo of Mary in 1925, the year after her husband's death, standing in a field with an empty chair.

The  writing on the back of the postcard/photo says:
Mrs. Mary J. Muhlig
taken 1925 at Mrs. Cutters at White Sulphur Springs, Sull. Co. New York.

Addendum - February 13, 2014
Every now and then we find another photo that turns out to be a missing piece of one puzzle or another. I immediately recognized it when I read the inscription on the back of this card. Here's a photo of Howard Ezra who died at 11 after being hit in the stomach by an apple thrown by another boy. How old do you think he is here? Nine, maybe? Poor fellow.

It looks like Mom did the writing:  

Dear Grandpa + Grandma. Will send you a picture of myself I got at school This is taken on the door (?) yard in front of the house
all well
Howard E. Muhlig
when are you coming down to see us

Monday, November 5, 2012

Time is on the Wing - Birds in Advertising - Part 2

Thus, like the miller, bold and free, let us rejoice and sing;
The days of youth are made for glee, and time is on the wing ; 
The first card is a very early engraved calling card, probably circa 1840, so it's not really an advertisement.  But I suppose you could say that calling cards are really a form of personal advertisement. In any case, this one says Time is on the Wing, and there's something very beautiful about its simplicity. Once there was a name written underneath, but it's impossible to read now.

The words are from The Miller of Dee, a traditional folk song. You can read the full lyrics here.

The second card advertises Carters Little Liver Pills, available at Heyne Druggist in Syracuse, New York. Heyne had many beautiful trade cards in the 1880s.

And this card is a rarity, because it's a trade card with a bird on it that's actually advertising a novelty and bird store, Stinard's, also of Syracuse, New York.

More cards from Syracuse, New York. These are from George C. Young & Brothers.

The back of this next card is more interesting than the front, also from a merchant in Syracuse, Kenyon, Potter & Company.

And now for some gratuitous eggs. If you didn't see Birds in Advertising-Part I, you can click here to see it.


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