William II. Brown and Miss Eleanor Brannon marriage

A clipping from the news, circa 1866:


On the 4th instant, at the residence of the bride’s mother, by Rev. G. W. Anderson (Andersen?), Wm II. Brown and Miss Eleanor Brannon — both of Clarke county.

This clipping was taken from a journal from the mid 1800s with newspaper clippings dated 1866. Other clippings, including this one, are not dated.

False Alarm

Dear Peeps,

As you probably know from the previous post’s comments, last night was a false alarm. I guess we all are a little bit tired today, but it was definitely something that needed to be checked out. Baby is still safely riding around waiting to be born.

It is another cold day here. I could use a warm couch and a blanket and about an hour-long nap. Maybe in a little bit that will be a do-able thing. But I have things to do and places to be this evening so it won’t be a long nap! That’s for sure.

I’ve been scanning more vintage papers lately. This is the inside cover (I think) of an old seed catalog: Good and Reese 1896. Isn’t it pretty! I love the look of old papers and inks. And I am crazy about the fonts they used for printing. Things just are not the same, though I guess there are actually some amazing reproductions and choices out there now.

Another item scanned into the library is this old ad for Egg-O-See. It is a cereal that ensures perfect health and good nature. Good nature? Hmmm. I sure could have used this when my kids were running around like wild animals, jumping on beds and swinging in the trees. Or maybe when they were arguing. Yes. Definitely.

But speaking of perfect health, I was going through postcards the other day and doing some reading. Again. So much fun! The postcard above is from 1914. It seemed so light-hearted until I turned it over.

Dear Mrs. Larson,

I rec’d your card today. Was glad to hear from you. I have wrote two cards and I sent them to Hope Kaus so that is the last of them. I sent my girl to the hospital on Tues. with dropsy. She is very sick. Everything o.k. at home. My love to all.

Mrs. H.J. Batschelet

Postmarked December 31, 1914

I did another Google search and found where in 1913 someone by this name filed a claim with the US post office for burglary. Looks like the claim was made in Duboistown, PA. Lo and behold that is where this was postmarked. In looking at the 1940 census there was a Harry L. Beschelet born in Pennsylvania in 1876 and living in Duboistown. I am presuming Edith was his wife. If these are the folks on the postcard it would make sense. At the time the postcard was written, Edith would have been 36 years old. So young!

The rest of the card I am not quite sure about. I see Elmo. Kaus. c/o John…is that Bain? I guess at this point I will stop with it. Perhaps someone working on genealogy will come across their family member here. As you know, this has happened with one of my postcards before.

Regarding the shop, I have made some really fun signs recently from old campaign signs. Cover in white paper. Glue on printed vintage letters.

Enjoy this day!


A Case of Roses Will Be Fine

Dear Peeps,

Going through old postcards today, I came across one of my all-time favorites. While the edges are tattered and torn, the central portion of the card remains very intact and beautiful with age. You may have seen it before on AMothersJournal.com — before the big crash, as I will call it.

Beautiful beautiful rose!

I have always admired the handwriting on the back of the postcard but I don’t ever remember having the words sink in like they did today.

June 23/

Hello Anna:

Shipped another case of roses yesterday.



It was addressed to Mrs. Anna Curtius

Port Richmond

Staten Island


It is postmarked Jun. 23 1909

Now Peeps. Postcards keep people and history and love alive! It is one of the reasons I love postcards so much!!

I began searching online and found a very interesting piece of history in Google’s free ebooks.

It would appear that in 1919 an Anna Curtius of 366 Watchoque Road, West New Brighton, Staten Island, New York, filed a claim for damages from an explosion of the T.A. Gillespie munitions plant in New Jersey. Peeps, this is your history lesson for today. About 100 were killed. Over 100 were injured. Around 18 were missing. A LOT of money was paid out by the government in settlements.

Now. About that rose shipment. At first I was thinking of stems of roses but then I wondered if maybe it was rose plants for a garden. And the postcard seems a German postcard to me. I would love to find more information about this lady. In searching for the address in New Brighton, I am led to a website of the Catholic Church, I believe. New Brighton and Port Richmond are not so far away from each other. It just brings all sorts of questions to mind.

On that note I will say…

Enjoy this day!