Monday, December 27, 2010

Breathtaking Beauty


One of those moments from my favorite quote:

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." — Maya Angelou

Digital photograph by Virginia Hill taken with a BlackBerry Curve 8330 on 12/27/2010. Some Rights Reserved (please see Creative Commons License in the sidebar.)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Our Winter Wonderland







There was just a hint of our previous snow still on the ground when it started to snow late Christmas Day.  There are drifts of six inches or so, just enough to make my Corgi delight in its depth.  It's been snowing lightly fairly steadily since.  Isn't it just lovely?  I can romanticize it since we don't get a whole lot here and it usually lasts only a few days.

How is the weather where you are?


Digital photographs by Virginia Hill taken with an Olympus SP510UZ on 12/26/2010. Some Rights Reserved (please see Creative Commons License in the sidebar.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vegan Dessert: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
A light textured and luscious looking cookie.  Pumpkin adds color, flavor, and other good stuff.  The semi-sweet chocolate chips add...well, 'scrumptiousness'! 

From The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes by Kris Holechek

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy #1
Author: Suzanne Collins
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Published: 09/01/2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre(s): Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult

DESCRIPTION

"The book no one can stop talking about . . .

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present."

MY THOUGHTS (Short and Sweet)

To be honest I wasn't interested in delving into this series after reading the synopses. I typically stay away from sci-fi, futuristic stuff. However, several friends sang its high praises and one friend loaned me the books. (Edited 03/12/2012: I purchased the box set for Kindle and read Catching Fire and Mockingjay, finishing the latter today.) I am so glad I made an exception for The Hunger Games, at least. My usual concern of getting lost in the futuristic jargon left after just a few pages—the writing is clearly descriptive. The dialogue was believable. The character of Katniss Everdeen was fascinating. Her motivations and actions, were understandable, for the most part. It was a highly compelling read!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Vegan Dessert: Mocha Stripe Cookies

Mocha Stripes
These cookies have fueled the most interest of any I've made.  Could that be because they are made with coffee and chocolate?  Yep!  The first time I made them my husband (who hates coffee!) came into the kitchen while talking on the phone.  I tried to warn him not to eat one, but I wasn't fast enough.  When off the phone he asked me, "What's wrong with these cookies?"  Hah!  That'll teach him not to snag a cookie before asking what's in them?  They hadn't even cooled enough to add the chocolate.  Everyone else who has tried them delights in the combination, even my daughter who is not allowed to drink coffee yet.

From The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes by Kris Holechek

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Music to My Ears

When it comes to music there are so many businesses from which to obtain it.  There are also good friends and thoughtful husbands.  Thanks to two stores and three dear people I have some new (okay, mostly older) music to listen to on my new iPod touch 4th generation with 64 GB of space - a crazy wonderful gift from my sistah! w00t!!!  Some were favorites of mine when they came out decades ago.  Some of it is by artists I've come to appreciate more recently.  I'm not really big into music videos, but I have a few and just added eight more. I seem to have a real affinity for motion picture soundtracks and added two songs from a movie I watched recently. 
  • Argent - Hold Your Head Up
  • Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia (music video)
  • The Doobie Brothers - Nobody
  • Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - What I Am
  • Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around and Fell in Love
  • Florence + the Machine - Lungs* (Thanks Mary!)
  • Jeff Bridges - Fallin' & Flyin', Somebody Else (Crazy Heart Soundtrack)
  • Looking Glass - Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)
  • Maroon 5 - Hands All Over*
  • OneRepublic - Secrets and All the Right Moves (music videos)
  • R.E.M. - In Time: The Best of R.E.M 1988 - 2003*
  • The Traveling Wilburys - The Traveling Wilburys Collection* (including 5 music videos & a "making of" video)
  • Tommy Tutone - 867-5309/Jenny
  • Various Artists - Fast Times at Ridgemont High Soundtrack* (Thanks, Paula!)
* - denotes entire album

What say you?  What are you listening to these days?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Family Research News for 04 Oct 2010

Since the last update of 22 Aug 2010 I have acquired the Monthly U.S. Deluxe Ancestry.com Membership. My sister, Jacqueline (HILL)(CARRIGAN) BURK, passed away, and I visited my hometown of San Diego, where I visited my parents' grave at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Latest discoveries and acquisitions:
  • Passenger List for Rose (CHONG) KENNEDY, Lee KENNEDY, and Patricia DeCOSTA (USS Permanente, 1945.)
  • Death certificates: Amos Lewis BECK, Susanna BECK, Arvin(e) KENYON, Dorothy L. KENYON, Eliza (ARCHER) KENYON, George KENYON, Gladys (KENYON) GREEN, Joseph Champlin KENYON, Jr., Royal (Roy) KENYON, Martha Cedora (LINTON) BECK, John Emery MORGAN, and Mary Elizabeth (SIBLEY) BECK.
  • Michigan Marriage Entry: Gladys KENYON and Paul GREEN.
  • Several newspaper articles about the drowning deaths of Burl BECK, Freda (SWEAZY) BECK, and Marilyn BECK.
  • Death notices/obituaries for Gilbert WASHBURN and Gilbert WASHBURN, Jr., Frances (KENYON) MORGAN, Gladys (KENYON) GREEN.
  • 1930 U.S. Census Record for Harry MORGAN, Grace (MILLER) MORGAN, and Suzanne MORGAN.
  • WWI Draft Record: Lyle K. MORGAN, Harry Neil MORGAN
  • WWII Draft Record: Harry NEIL MORGAN
Added the following individuals to the tree:
  • Eliza ARCHER
  • Samuel ARCHER
  • Albert BECK
  • Amos Lewis BECK
  • Eli BECK
  • Horace Greeley BECK
  • Mary Verlinda BECK
  • Susanna BECK
  • Sarah BUFHAM
  • Paul GREEN
  • Elias LINTON
  • Albert LITTLETON, Jr.
  • Stillborn Male LITTLETON
  • Stillborn Female LITTLETON
  • Grace MILLER
  • Harry Neil MORGAN
  • John Emery MORGAN
  • Lyle K. MORGAN
  • Suzanne MORGAN
  • Margaret L. SPOHN
Added data for the following individuals:
  • Joseph De MATTOS
  • Adeline GONSALVES
  • Jacqueline Mae (HILL)(CARRIGAN) BURK
  • Blake KENYON
  • Dorothy L. KENYON
  • Frances (KENYON) MORGAN
  • Gladys (KENYON) GREEN
  • Joseph Champlin KENYON, Jr.
  • Royal "Roy" KENYON
  • Martha Cedora (LINTON) BECK
  • Albert LITTLETON, Sr.
  • Hattie (LITTLETON)(HILL) PLUM
  • John Henry LITTLETON
  • Josiah William PARMENTER
  • Mary Elizabeth (SIBLEY) BECK
  • Michael SOUZA, Sr.
  • Antone SYLVESTER
  • George SYLVESTER
  • John SYLVESTER
  • Olivia SYLVESTER
  • Margaret Elizabeth (SYLVESTER) SOUZA
  • Rosaline SYLVESTER
  • Sara (CARVALHO) SYLVESTER
  • William SYLVESTER
Latest requests and queries:
Latest contributions:
  • Updated the Geni Profiles of the above individuals, merged numerous duplicates, and removed many unrelated matches.
  • Added data and photos to several Find A Grave memorial pages.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

There's Something About Lizzie...

...that makes her the perfect dog for me.  Is it her sweetness?  Her politeness? Her appearance?  It's those things and so much more.  She's timid but has a real joie de vivre.  She rarely barks but doesn't hesitate to voice her pleasure when playing with her toys.  She walks very daintily but "zooms" with a purpose.  She's a bit too big to be a lap dog, but she makes an excellent "spud puppy" (couch potato.)  She's never pushy or demanding, but I always know what she wants - she's that expressive. 

Last month she accompanied us on our interstate vacation.  She is the perfect traveling dog.  Well, she travels perfectly, but once we're stopped she does tremble a little.  She wears her pretty pink harness with the seat belt running through it.  Her traveling water bowl nearby.  She succeeded in ignoring the other dogs at the rest stops, which is preferable to exhibiting her true feeling of displeasure. 

I was concerned what her reaction to riding the ferry would be, but she "did good"!  Then there was riding in the golf cart.  Well now, she "did good" with that too.  I sat on the wide back seat with her; my hand firmly grasping her harness.  When we hit a rough patch she merely backed in and wedged herself more snugly between me and the back of the seat.  I even caught her stretching out to get a better view of the ground as we moved.  Yay!

 Porch Sittin' on Kelleys Island

We stayed at three different places in the nearly two weeks we were gone and she adapted remarkably well at each place.  She kept her eyes on her mama though, and her mama likes that.  She offers me so much adoration, joy, and companionship.  The least I can do for her is be her human security blanket when needed.

There was one dog at each of the first two places - one young and large, the other small and frail.  There were three cats at the last place, one of them taller than Lizzie.  She offered them all a wide berth.  Smart girl!  She had a beautiful yard to play in for several days - lots of lush grass and shade trees.  Oh, what fun that was!  

Keeping Tabs on Me in Columbus
The weather has cooled off here at home, which means we've resumed our long walks in the morning.  There are so many smells worth backtracking and "tag dragging" (big tags, short dog) for.  Stopping on the beach to run in the sand, and occasionally to get her paws wet or get a quick sip of the river water.  Ears alert listening to the wind rushing through the cat tails and marsh grasses.  Bright eyes staring off in the distance at a squirrel on a power line or climbing up a tree.  Sniffing at a turtle crossing her path.  She's a true nature doggy!  She's a girly girl who is not afraid of rain or snow or mud.  That's my Lizzie. 

Today is special day.  She receives a great deal of attention from us on a daily basis, but she's getting even more today.  All of her toys spread out on the living room floor, instead of just a few.  More time playing with the toys.  A little more time to stop and sniff during our walk.  A large organic treat instead of the tiny one.  These are the little things that probably matter to Lizzie and make us, her humans, think we're making this day special for her.  What does a birthday matter to a dog after all?  Yes, it's her birthday.  My Lizzie Sweets is seven years old today.  I'm a sap.  I admit it.  I have LOVED all my dogs, and luckily for me, they've loved me back.  There is not a day that goes by that I don't feel blessed for having Lizzie in my life.  I will never take her for granted.  She's perfect for me and I know it!

Happy Birthday My Darling Girl!




Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rose - By Many Other Names

Rose in Honolulu - 1937


My grandmother, Rose KENNEDY, (her legal name for nearly 40 years), was born 97 years ago today. For as long as I knew her she celebrated her birthday on September 8. I had no reason to think it wasn't September 8 until I received the certified copy of her Record of Birth in 2002, which clearly shows her birth date as Oct. 18, 1913 and has a surname that I had never seen before. What!? She was a bit of a mystery. An enigma, if you will. The more I think about the reasons she would change her birth date, the more I wish I could ask her why. Too late by almost 32 years as Grandma died in 1978. However, because it is highly doubtful that someone will present me with any real proof I have determined that she likely changed her birth date from October 18 to September 8 because that would have been the difference between being 16 years of age when she married my grandfather, Anthony DeCOSTA, and being only 15. Current minimum age to marry in the State of Hawaii is 18 years; 15 with parental consent. I don't know if that was the case in the Territory of Hawaii in 1929, when Rose and Anthony married. According to their Certificate of Marriage, Rose (with yet a different surname) was 16 years of age and her mother, Maria (CARVALHO)(CHONG) LONG was not a witness.

I wonder if Grandma considered September 8 her actual birthday or did she internally consider October 18 the day she should celebrate? I lived with Rose from the age of 4, when my mother (her daughter) died, until her death. When she was telling me things about her youth, for the first time, while on her "death bed" did she make a conscious decision to leave out any discussion of her birth date or her many name variations? She must have. She maintained her sharp mind until the end. I don't think she ever forgot a thing. Her 2nd husband, Virgil KENNEDY, after being married to her for nearly 40 years supplied the name, Henry LONG, as Rose's father on her Certificate of Death. Her stepfather's name was Delbert LONG, and Grandpa knew that. Where did the given name, Henry, come from?

One of the things that Rose did decide to tell me was that her biological father was Chinese. She then presented me with the only photograph of him (Lau Chong) known to exist.  I don't think she ever did tell me his name.  She did tell me on her death bed that she had two full siblings; Hilda [Lau Kui Kyau] and Alex [Alexander CHONG]. I don't recall her ever mentioning them before that day. I had met her half-brother, Delbert LONG, twice, and her half-sister, Leona LONG, remains one of my favorite people in the world to this day. So, what happened to Hilda and Alex? It turns out that Rose did try to locate her brother and sister, all to no avail. I think that never being able to find them likely helped mold her into the strong-willed woman she was. I found out only a few years ago that she persisted in her search for decades. My childhood observation was that Rose always got what she wanted, and that nothing would have stopped her from getting it. As a child I believed that to be unfair. As an adult I regret that she never got what she probably wanted most; to find her brother and sister.


(l to r) Maria Carvalho, Hilda, Rose, and Lau Chong in Honolulu; c. 1916)

Name Variations by Document
  1. 1913 - Rose Lyu (Record of Birth)
  2. 1918 - Rosa Chong (Orphanage Record)
  3. 1920 - Rose Long (Notarized Affidavit)
  4. 1929 - Rose Long Lew (Certificate of Marriage)
  5. 1929 - 1938 Rose DeCosta (Divorce Decree)
  6. 1939 - 1978 Rose Kennedy (Marriage Certificate and Certificate of Death)
* edited 10/28/2013 to update images.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Documents: KENYON and Allied Families



This album contains documents and photographs pertaining to those born with the KENYON surname, their spouses, and children.

Other surnames represented: ANDREWS, ARCHER, BRANT, CARRINGTON, GOULDIN, GULLIFORD, HANCOCK, HARRINGTON, MORGAN, WALKDEN.

(01/07/2013-- the above referenced album is no longer available, but will eventually be posted to Flickr.)

Music to My Ears

I always get jazzed when I get new music, don't you?  Not only do I have new tunes, but I upgraded to iTunes 10 and am fairly pleased so far.  The logo has changed, they added the Album List view, it occasionally opens faster than v. 9.2 did, and it looks prettier.  I'm not sure what to think of Ping yet.  I think once they've worked out the bugs it could be a good thing.

My husband shared some of his music with me and bought me some MP3s.  I bought a few singles from iTunes and upgraded a few existing songs to iTunes Plus.  I'm getting great recommendations from Genius - most recently The Black Keys, Carolina Liar, Civil Twilight, Dashboard Confessional, The Script, Switchfoot, and Thriving Ivory.

This is my latest score:
  • The Black Keys - Attack and Release* (already had I Got Mine and Strange Times)
  • Cheap Trick - Rockford*
  • Hall and Oates - Everytime You Go Away, Adult Education, Wait For Me,
  • Jack White and Alicia Keys - Another Way to Die
  • John Rzeznik - I'm Still Here
  • Katy Perry - One of the Boys* (already had Hot N Cold & I Kissed a Girl)
  • Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Nothin' But a Good Time
  • Ringo Starr - Photograph:  The Very Best of Ringo Starr*
  • Ryan Star - Brand New Day
  • Switchfoot - Hello Hurricane*
* denotes entire album

So, that knocked out my last wish list.  Time to start another one...greedy me!

What say you?  What are you listening to these days?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make Your Own Poster

 

It's Saturday night and this week Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings assigned the following mission to fellow genealogists.  Go to ImageChef.com and create a family history themed poster. 

As soon as I saw the puzzle I stopped looking.  I uploaded my custom logo, added a phrase, and voila! 

Thanks for the idea, Randy.  Where's yours?


(edited 8/30/2010 - I paid for a one month subscription to ImageChef.  Bye bye watermark!)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Recipe: Aunt Jane's Sugar Cookies

Description:

This recipe was handwritten by my great aunt, Hazel (HILL) BECK, and was one of many in this recipe box her daughter gave to me. Now, I'm not sure if "Aunt Jane" was a friend's Aunt Jane, or a company called Aunt Jane, or if it was Hazel's great aunt, Jane Lois (HILL)(STORY) ROBB, who died in 1917. The mascot for Spry Shortening was a character called "Aunt Jenny" (portrayed by Edith Spencer.)  It could be that my Aunt Hazel wrote Aunt Jane instead of Aunt Jenny.  Who knows?  What I DO know is MY great aunt wrote this recipe, probably made it, and it's at least 60 years old. I transcribed it as written. Comments I added are in brackets.

Ingredients:

1 cup Spry [a shortening manufactured by Lever Brothers beginning in 1936.]
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon soda
2 cup sugar
1 egg Well beaten
5 cups sifted flour
1 cup milk
4 teaspoons of Baking P. [powder]

Directions:

Combine Spry, salt, Vanilla & soda. Add sugar gradually & cream well. Add betten [beaten] egg and mix thoroughly. Sift flour with baking powder, Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, mixing well. Drop from tip of teaspoon on Baking sheets greased with Spry. let stand a few mi [minutes] - then flatten cookies by stamping with a glass covered with a damp cloth. Bak [bake] 12 to 15 mi [minutes] (375F)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Family Research News for 22 Aug 2010

I got to visit with a cousin of mine in Ohio this month whom I had never met.  In addition to sharing photographs, documents, and family heirlooms she delighted us with stories about the family.  We also visited several cemeteries to pay our respects. There wasn't enough time so we're planning to return next year.

Latest discoveries and acquisitions:

  • Death Certificates for Burl BECK, Marilyn BECK, Russell Roy BECK, Viola Grace (BECK) MILLS, Esther (HARPER) DUNFEE, Charles F. DUNFEE, Judith DUNFEE, Freda (SWEAZY) BECK,  James Thomas SWEAZY.
  • Bronze Medal Certificate for Charles F. DUNFEE.
  • Photographs - Albert Dawson BECK, Albert Ray BECK, Burl BECK, Eva BECK, Floyd BECK, Jacob BECK, Moody BECK, Pauline (BECK) DUNFEE, Russell Roy BECK, Viola Grace BECK, Charles F. DUNFEE, Hazel B. (HILL) BECK, Martha Cedora (LINTON) BECK.
  • A crocheted purse and box of recipes that belonged to my great aunt, Hazel Bell (HILL) BECK.
Added the following individuals to the tree:
  • Oscar W. ALEXANDER
  • William V. ALEXANDER
  • Cora BAUGHMAN
  • Marilyn V. BECK
  • Laura M. CLARK
  • Jennie Rebecca FISHER
  • Freda M. SWEAZY
  • James Thomas SWEAZY
  • Sylvia Mabel SWEAZY
  • Letha H. SWEAZY
  • John Milton SWEAZY
  • Beatrice C. KIDNER
  • Levi KIDNER
  • Elizabeth LANNING
  • Mary LYNCH
  • Alfred Darling MILLS
  • William M. MILLS
  • William MALONEY
  • Anna MUIR
  • Dennis Albert RUSH
  • Catherine THOMPSON
  • Mary C. VANATTA
  • Emanuel WEATHERBY
  • George B. WEATHERBY
  • Jerry M. WICKS
  • Lotta A. WICKS
Added data for the following individuals:
  • Albert Ray BECK
  • Burl BECK
  • Eva D. BECK
  • Jacob BECK
  • Russell Roy BECK
  • Viola Grace BECK
  • Judith DUNFEE
  • Esther (HARPER) DUNFEE
  • Charles Frederick HILL
  • Grace (HILL) MUSCH
  • Harriet Matilda (HILL) PARMENTER
  • Hattie (HILL) MUSCH
  • Ruth Marie (HILL) MALONEY
  • Martha Cedora (LINTON)(BECK)
  • George MUSCH
  • William O. PARMENTER
Latest requests and queries:
  • Requesting eleven obituaries from Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Latest contributions: 
  • Updated the Geni Profiles of the above individuals, merged numerous duplicates, and removed many unrelated matches.
Data, documents, photos, and sources added to my RootsMagic Database.  Photos and documents will be added to appropriate sets in my Family History Collection on Flickr.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Photo Album: Family Heirlooms and Collectibles


Family Heirlooms and Collectibles

None of these family heirlooms came with much of a history. I've asked the questions, but no one seems to have the answers. I feel privileged to have had these few precious pieces to pass on to my daughter.

Several of these items belong to other family members.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Matthew, Mary, and Marcus McCormick

Thanks to Kathy Rogers, a thoughtful Find A Grave Contributor, I finally have headstone photographs for someone in my Illinois KANE family. My second great aunt Mary "Mollie" (KANE) McCORMICK, was only 21 years of age when she died from tuberculosis. She had been married only a few months and had just had her son, Marcus Emmet McCORMICK, two months prior to her death. To compound the sad circumstances of her brief life, her son died less than one month after his mother as a result of inanition (exhaustion from lack of nourishment; starvation.) Her husband, Matthew McCORMICK, who was the superintendent of The New York Life Building in Chicago, moved in with Mollie's parents, James and Julia (McCORMICK) KANE, following her death. Matthew (born 20 Aug 1862 in Canada) died 23 Feb 1911 from pneumonia with walking typhoid being a contributing cause. Each time I think of this family it leaves me feeling great sadness.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Music to My Ears

It may have taken three stores and a bit of a wait, but these songs from my latest wish list are all mine and I am stoked!  Special thanks to my husband for his, um, help!
  • The Black Crowes- Before the Frost...Until the Freeze*
  • The Black Keys - Brothers*, The Rubber Factory* [already had When the Lights Go Out]
  • Broken Bells - The High Road, October, The Mall & Misery
  • Carolina Liar - Coming to Terms, Last Night
  • Elvis Presley - The Essential Elvis Presley*
  • The Goo Goo Dolls - Home
  • Howard Shore - The Twilight Saga:  Eclipse Score*
  • Howie Day - Longest Night, She Says, Everyone Loves to Love a Lie, Stop All the World Now*
  • Katy Perry - Hot 'n Cold
  • The Killers - Shadowplay
  • Radiohead - High and Dry
  • The Script - The Script* [already had Breakeven]
  • Various Artists - Love Actually Soundtrack*
*denotes entire album

What say you?  What are you listening to these days?

Friday, July 9, 2010

What I Do/Use (Genealogy Meme)

My Pretty Purple Tools!

The original meme may have been around the Web for awhile, but Thomas MacEntee adapted What I Do for those of us with a keen interest in genealogy.

This is a fairly comprehensive list of the things I use to research, record, and publish my family history.

* Hardware: Dell Studio 1558 Laptop Intel Core i5-430M 2.26GHz with Windows 7 and loads of other amazing features.

(Without my computer god husband keeping our network going I wouldn't be able to accomplish much. Thanks, Honey!)

* External storage: Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 750 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

* Backup: Western Digital My Book World Edition II - 4 TB (2 x 2 TB) Network Attached Storage

* Firewall: Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

* Virus protection: Webroot Anti-Virus w/Spy Sweeper

* Spyware: see virus protection

* File cleaner: Disk Cleanup

* Printer: Dell V725w Wireless All In One Inkjet Printer 

* Camera: Olympus SP510UZ but mostly my iPhone

* Phone:  iPhone 5 16GB

* Mobile media: 64 GB iPod touch 4th generation

* Music player: see mobile media

* Car audio: the amazing system that came with our vehicle - AM/FM, CD, cassette. I use a Belkin iPod Mobile Cassette Adapter and Belkin TuneBase FM to play music and videos (while charging) from my iPod touch.

* eBook Reader: iPod touch (Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and Overdrive apps)

* Browser: Firefox v. 20.0.1 and Chrome v. 27.0

* Blog: Blogger (one public, one private)

* RSS: Protopage

* FTP: no longer needed (using Blogger)

* Text editor: Dida

* Graphics: Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3

* Screen capture: using what I have - Prnt Scrn and paste into PaintShop Pro

* Social media: Geni, Flickr, YouTube

* Social bookmarking: Diigo

* Social profile: Facebook and Google+

* URL shortener: bit.ly

* Office suite: Microsoft Office 2010 and Google Drive

* E-mail: Gmail (primary) and Ymail (for Yahoo! services)

* Calendar: Google (family), iPhone (personal), and RootsMagic (genealogy) calendars

* Accounting: multi-column pad (all I really need)

* Web conferencing: Skype or Google Video Chat

* PDF generator: anyone know of a free (or reasonably priced) PDF converter that does web pages?

* Genealogy database: RootsMagic 4 (PC) and To-Go. Shrubs app on my iPod.

* Genealogy tools/sites: Fold3, Family Search Labs, Find A Grave, online perpetual calendar, online county directory, online birth date calculator, character map, Notepad, Word, Dida, PaintShop Pro, RootsMagic

* Other tech stuff: BookCollector software (for PC and iOS) for of all the books I read/own, including my history and genealogy books.

*updated 04/28/2013

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Total Eclipse of MY Heart


My daughter and I saw the first showing of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at our local theater on opening day.  I was surprised by the micro-conversations surrounding us - none of them sounded like "Twi-Hards". They didn't seem very familiar with the books, and only mildly so with the previous movies.  Yet, they were there waiting well over an hour to see Eclipse.  Was it merely a case of curiosity?  Wanting to see what all the fuss was about.  Hmmm.  It was definitely not the case with my girl and me.  We've each read the books 3 or more times.  I've watched Twilight at least 50 times. (Seriously not kidding.)  New Moon I've seen maybe a dozen times...so far.

The theater seating was highly uncomfortable and we were concerned over the obnoxiously loud boy accompanying his mother and sister.  We were thankful when he calmed down.  This is important stuff here.  This is TWILIGHT!

Of course, most "Twi-Hards", like myself, will (or, want to) see it several times before it is released on DVD/Blu-ray, probably in November [December 4].  I count myself extremely fortunate that I got to see it again.  The second time with my husband in an amazing megaplex complete with outstanding sound system, wide aisles, and loge seating.  Wow, what a difference! 

My review with NO SPOILERS: 

The wait is over.  My doubts over the choice of director are no more.  The script finally shines and makes sense.  The words that are merely spoken by the actors in the first two movies appear felt in this one.  When Bella and Edward are together it feels like they should be, and not just because it is written that way.  The Big Three (Kristen, Rob, and Taylor) turn in performances that are worthy of their much loved characters.  The supporting cast deliver their limited lines competently and with feeling.  Billy Burke (Charlie Swan) is still perfect. The scenery is seriously stunning!  The soundtrack (and score to a lesser degree) play less of a part in Eclipse than they did in Twilight and New Moon, but the music is well chosen/created.  (Stay for the credits to hear the final three songs.)  The scenes I was most looking forward to were right on - the tent scene, the proposal, the battle, the back stories are all amazing!  The presence of the Volturi was a tad undramatic, as was the building of the Newborn Army, but I totally forgive these tiny "imperfections."  It is the big picture that is important, right?  Overall, Eclipse blew my mind and secured my continuing devotion to this world that Stephenie Meyer created.  I can't wait to get the movie companion book, music score, AND DVD when it comes out [have 'em all!].  They 'done' GOOD and I want to experience Eclipse over and over!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Vegan Dessert: Gooey Goodie Bars

Gooey Layered Goodie Bars
From The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes by Kris Holechek.  This dessert is a dichotomy of deliciousness!  A sweet, moist base with a gooey-chocolatey-nutty-fruity topping.  Delish! 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Vegan Dessert: Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars
These bars are a lemony delight.  But, they are a lot of work.  They also require an ingredient which is costly and unavailable locally.  I still have some of that "spendy" stuff left...I guess I should make them again.  You know, just to use it up! ;)  I think they'll taste much better when the weather warms up too.  Could help me look forward to summer...

From Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Life With Lizzie - Two Years and Counting

 Smiling for the Camera (6/13/10)

How do we celebrate this second anniversary? Quietly. That's how. Lizzie appreciates quiet, and so do I.

 So, how shall we celebrate it

  • Conversation and petting (she adores being talked to and loved up on)
  • Early morning potty break (keeping her eye out for anything that might "get her")
  • Clean and medicate her eye (that darn dry eye, poor baby)
  • A good breakfast (healthy, holistic, and gone in under two minutes!)
  • A nice walk (running, sniffing, and snapping at bugs included)
  • Playtime (TOY TIME...hooray!)
  • Potty and roll in the grass time
  • A biscuit (a teeny-tiny yummy organic one)
  • More conversation and petting (what sweet, perfectly mannered dog can get enough of that?)
  • A good dinner (ditto the breakfast)
  • Another potty break
  • Another biscuit
  • Even more 'convo' and petting
  • Time up on the bed with Mama
  • Happy dreams (complete with little woofs and toe twitching)

Nothing unusual, but always special with Lizzie. We are so thankful to have her with us!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Photo Album: Hawaiian Lives


Hawaiian Lives

Photographs of relatives who were born and/or lived in The Hawaiian Islands.

Surnames: BAPTISTE, CABRAL, CARVALHO, CHAVES, CHONG, DeCOSTA, DeMATTOS/MATTOS, HILL, KENNEDY, LONG, MARTIN, MIRANDA, SWAN.


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Friday, June 4, 2010

Recipe: Mediterranean Vegetable Medley



Adapted from a recipe in one of my vegan cookbooks.  Serve over pasta, rice, or polenta and/or with a savory bread. 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
2/3 cup carrot, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
2/3 cup zucchini, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, pureed
1 cup vegetable broth
Salt
Pepper (freshly ground is best)
4 - 8 ounces mushrooms (white or porcini), chopped
3 cups fresh baby spinach, lightly shredded
1 can (15.5 oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 tsp. fennel seeds, ground
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced


Directions:

1. In a large covered skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, carrot, and bell pepper.  Cover and cook about 5 minutes and add the garlic.  Continue cooking for another 2 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.
2. Add the zucchini, tomatoes, and broth.  Bring them to a boil before reducing heat to low.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
3. Stir in the mushrooms, spinach, beans, fennel, basil, marjoram, and parsley.  Adjust the seasonings and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Serve right away.  


Servings:  Approximately 6.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Family Research News for 25 May 2010

The following information was gathered between 18 Mar 2009 and 25 May 2010.  Utilizing Family Search and Footnote.com's free access to their newspaper collection for the month of May, I struck it big.

Latest discoveries:

Chicago Tribune notices and articles--(added to the HANNAN and KANE Document Sets)
  • John HANNAN
  • Catherine HANNAN
  • William HANNAN
  • Margaret KANE
  • Herbert KANE
  • Nellie KANE
  • Agnes KANE
  • William McCOY
  • Clara (McCOY) KANE
Added the following individuals to the tree:
  • Idella (BOUGHNOR) HILL
  • Ruth (HILL) MALONEY
  • Virginia (HILL) MATHIES
  • Mary Ann HILL
  • Charles HILL, Jr.
  • Ernest HILL
  • John HILL
  • Michael HILL
  • Walter C. ROBERTS
  • Albert ROBERTS
  • Mary WENGER
  • Frank G. SMITH
  • Cornelius SMITH
  • Mary SHESSLER
  • Charles Leonard SHELTON
  • Medley T. SHELTON
  • M.T. SHELTON
  • Neomia FRENCH
  • John William CLYDE
  • Lester E. CLYDE
  • Wilma Marie CLYDE
  • William E. CLYDE
  • Catherine E. STONER
  • Edward PARKER
  • Edward G. PARKER
  • Susan A. SNOW
  • Flora May PARKER
  • Ruth Edna PARKER
  • Stillborn Male SLABAUGH
  • Earl J. DAILEY 
  • George DAILEY
  • Cassie HIPPENSTEAD
  • Mary Annie STEINKEY
Added data for the following individuals:
  • Richard D. HILL
  • Matilda Harriet (KNAPP) HILL
  • Harriet M. HILL
  • Jane L. HILL
  • John R. HILL
  • Hiram HILL
  • Martin HILL
  • Joseph HILL
  • Mary HILL
  • Albert Samuel SLABAUGH
  • Louise SLABAUGH
  • John Delbert HILL
  • Charlotte Ellen (KENYON) HILL
  • Hazel Bell HILL
  • Ernest Talfred HILL
  • Max Albert HILL
  • Eloise Charlotte (HILL) WALTER
  • Charles HILL
  • Idella (BOUGHNOR) HILL
  • Bertha L. KEMPEL
  • Olof OLSON
  • Pearl HILL
  • Eva Delphine (SLATER) HILL
  • Newton I. STORY
  • Cora E. ROBB
  • Harriet ROBB
  • LAU Chong
  • Ellen E. LONG
  • Anna Ella LONG
Latest requests and queries:
  • Received death notice, obituary and death certificate for Charles Fred HILL
  • Received copy of birth record for Leona May LONG
  • Ordered death certificate for Lau Chong
Latest contributions:
  • Several annotations and connections at Footnote.com
  • Performed dozens of Geni Profile edits and merges
Data entered with sources cited to my RootsMagic database.  Geni profiles were updated and made public (deceased individuals only.)

The Kane Family


KANE Family Portrait
Family Photo, circa 1892, Dixon, Illinois
(Click image to view larger size with data)


Husband: James KANE (Geni Profile) (O'KANE). Parents: Thomas O'KANE and Lucy O'DONNELL. Siblings: Cornelius O'KANE, Daniel O'KANE, Alice O'KANE. Born: 13 Jun 1835 (based on month and day from death certificate and year of baptism) in Knockancloher, County Kerry, Ireland. Baptised: 26 Jul 1835, St. John's Tralee, Diocese of Kerry. Married: Julia Agnes McCORMICK 08 Jan 1864 Naperville, DuPage, Illinois. Died: 19 June 1912 at 460 E. Bowen Ave., Chicago, Ilinois. Buried: 21 Jun 1912 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois (no headstone). James KANE was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad for 52 years. He began as a day laborer but was promoted to Line Foreman. He finished out his employment with the IC as a watchman, probably at the Illinois Central Depot.

Employment, Residence, and Census Chronology

  • 1858: James probably arrived in New York City from Liverpool, England, aboard the Plutarch on 26 Apr (immigration and census).
  • 1870: James and family were living in Coral Twp., McHenry County, Illinois (census).
  • 1880: James and family, along with James McCORMICK (father-in-law), were living in Tonica Twp., LaSalle County, Illinois, where James was a railroad laborer (census).
  • 1894-95: James and family were living at 322 Ottawa Avenue in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois (directory).
  • 1896: James was a foreman residing at 3138 Forest Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1899-1900: James and family were residing at 278 Bowen Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1903-04: James and family resided at 199 37th Street in Chicago and he is listed as a laborer (directory).
  • 1905-06: James was a janitor residing at 554 45th Street in Chicago with his family (directory).
  • 1907: James was a laborer residing at 4104 Vincennes Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1908-09: James was a watchman residing at 459 Bowen Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1910-14: James, Julia, and Nellie were residing at 460 Bowen Avenue in Chicago, where he was a watchman (directory and census).

Chicago Daily News
June 20, 1912
Page 19, Column 5
Obituary

KANE--James, age 80 years, at his residence [June 19], 480 Bowen Av., beloved husband of Julia Kane (nee McCormick), and father of Mrs. Fred (Lucy) Humphries, Mrs. William (Margaret) Hannan, Mrs. Charles (Agnes) Odell, Nellie, Charles D., Herbert M., Edward J., and John Kane. Funeral Friday [June 21] at 10 o'clock, from residence to Holy Angels Church, thence by carriages to Mount Olivet. Dixon and Tonica (Ill.) papers please copy.

Tonica News
July 5, 1912
Obituary

Word has been received in Tonica that James Kane died week before last in Chicago. He has been in ill health for some time. Mr. Kane was, for many years, a resident of this village and was section foreman on the Illinois Central [Railroad]. He was an honest, hard working man, and well known and honored by all.

Wife: Julia Agnes McCORMICK (Geni Profile). Parents: James McCORMICK and Margaret CULLEN. Siblings: Margaret McCORMICK, John McCORMICK, James McCORMICK, Michael McCORMICK, and Matthew McCORMICK. Born: 04 Oct 1842 in Dennison Mills, Shipton Twp., Richmond County, Quebec, Canada. Died: 02 Dec 1916 at 5250 Prairie Ave., Chicago. Buried: 04 Dec 1916 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois (no headstone).

Employment, Residence, and Census Chronology

  • 1850: Julia was living with her birth family in Milton Twp., DuPage, Illinois.
  • 1860: Julia was living with her birth family in Wheaton, DuPage County.
  • 1881-1891: Julia was proprietor of the Tonica Hotel in Tonica, La Salle County [years approximate] (obituary).
  • 1898: Julia was listed in a city directory living at 3136 Forest Avenue in Chicago.
  • 1899-1900: Julia was listed in the city directory as a "wid James" living at 278 Bowen Avenue (James died in 1912).
  • 1900-01: Julia (Mrs. James KANE) was in the city directory residing at 278 Bowen Avenue.
  • 1912: Julia was listed in the city directory as "wid James" residing at 460 Bowen Avenue (James died here in 1912).
  • 1914: Same as the entry for 1912.
  • 1915: Same as 1912 and 1914 but a second city directory listing at 4124 Vincennes Avenue.
  • 1916: Julia was again listed in the city directory as "wid James" and living at 5250 Prairie Avenue (place of death).

Chicago Daily News
December 2, 1916
Obituary

KANE--Julia, widow of James Kane and mother of Mrs. William [Margaret] Hannan, Mrs. Agnes Odell, Charles, John, Herbert, Edward and Nellie Kane, at her residence, 5250 Prairie av. Funeral at Corpus Christi Catholic Church 10 a.m. Burial at Mt. Olivet.

Ottawa Fair Dealer
January 26, 1917
Obituary

Word has been received of the passing away of Mrs. James Kane of Chicago, her death occurring about two weeks ago. The deceased was the wife of James Kane, who for several years was section foreman for the Illinois Central here. She was also landlady of the old Tonica hotel for several years.


CHILDREN of James KANE and Julia Agnes McCORMICK

1.) Lucy E. KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 27 Nov 1864 in Illinois. Married: Alfred HUMPHRIES 05 Nov 1888 at St. Patrick's Church, Chicago, Illinois. Died: 12 Jul 1914 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Buried: 14 Jul 1914 at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, Lee, Illinois.

Residence and Census Chronology

  • 1870: Lucy and family were living in Coral Twp., McHenry County, Illinois (census)
  • 1880: Lucy and family were living in Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois (census)
  • 1900: Lucy and Alfred were living at 115 South Crawford Ave., Dixon, Lee, Illinois (census)
  • 1910: Lucy and Alfred were still living in Dixon, Lee, Illinois (census)

Dixon Evening Telegraph
July 14, 1914
Obituary


DIXON WOMAN DIED IN CHICAGO SUNDAY
Mrs. Fred Humphreys Passed Away At The Home Of Her Mother There
Mrs. Fred Humphreys [Humphries] of 115 Crawford avenue, this city, passed away at 7 o'clock Sunday [July 12] at the home of her mother, Mrs. James Kane of Vincennes avenue, Chicago, after a short illness. The remains of the beloved Dixon lady, who has hosts of friends here who will mourn her death, arrived in Dixon today, and funeral services will be held at her home at 9:30 o'clock, and at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning at St. Patrick's Catholic church, Father Foley officiating. Burial will be beside her husband and son at Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Humphreys was an estimable woman in every respect and her happy and charming characteristics and manners resulted in her winning the love of all who knew her. She is survived by her mother, three sisters and five brothers: Mrs. Wm. Hanna [Hannan] and Miss Nellie Kane of Chicago; Mrs. Agnes O'Dell of Dixon; Charles, Herbert and John Kane of Chicago and Edward Kane of Los Angeles, Cal.


Child of Lucy KANE and Alfred HUMPHRIES

  • Walter HUMPHRIES (Geni Profile). Born: bef 1894 in Dixon, Lee, Illinois. Died: bef 1914 in Illinois. His birth is the first grandchild's entered in the KANE Family Bible. Although no birth date is recorded, the second grandchild entered was born in March 1894, which makes it likely Walter was born before then.

2.) William KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 07 May 1867 in Illinois. Died: 06 Feb 1884 in Tonica, La Salle, Illinois. Buried: Lostlands Cemetery, Richland, LaSalle, Illinois (no cemetery records or headstone).

Residence and Census Chronology

  • 1870: William and and family were living in Coral Twp., McHenry County, Illinois (census).
  • 1880: William and family were living in Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois (census).
  • 1884: William and family were living on Oak Street in Tonica (obituary).

Tonica News
February 9, 1884


Died, at his home in Tonica, Wednesday evening, February 6, William Kane, eldest son of Mr. And Mrs. James Kane. Deceased was familiarly known among his associates as "Danky." He was 17 years of age, last November. For more than three weeks he has been dangerously ill from pneumonia in it’s worst form; until finally his young life yielded to the inevitable after intense suffering. The burial took place on Friday at the Lostlands Cemetery in Richland [Illinois]. The sorrowing family may justly claim the sympathies of their neighbors.

3.) James KANE (Geni Profile). Born: abt 1868 in Illinois. In the 1870 U.S. Census the family was residing in Coral Twp., McHenry, Illinois. Little James was three years old but enumerated as two. His death was recorded in the KANE Family Bible, but the entry is illegible. It may say June 1879. He was not recorded with the family in the 1880 census.

4.) Charles D. KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 10 Aug 1870 in Illinois (probably Coral, McHenry County). Married: Clara Louise McCOY 20 Jul 1898 at St. Mary's Church, Chicago, IL. Died: 05 Aug 1928 at St. Bernard's Hospital, Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Buried: 08 Aug 1928 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Chicago, Cook, Illinois.

Employment, Residence, and Census Chronology

  • 1880: Charles and family were living in Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois (census).
  • 1895: Charles resided at 3970 Vernon Avenue and was a buyer at 200 State Street in Chicago (directory).
  • 1896-97: Charles resided at 3138 Forest Avenue and was still a buyer at 200 State Street in Chicago (directory).
  • 1898: Charles resided at 3136 Forest Avenue and continued with the same employment (directory).
  • 1899: Charles and Clara resided at 5808 Michigan Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1900: Charles and Clara resided at 5808 Michigan Avenue and he was manager of a furniture store (census).
  • 1901: Charles and Clara remained living on Michigan Avenue. He was a manufacturing agent at 53 Dearborn Street (directory).
  • 1902: Charles and Clara were living at 5647 Prairie Avenue and he continued with the same employment (directory).
  • 1903-05: Charles and Clara resided at same address. He remained a mfg. agent, but at 160 State Street (directory).
  • 1906: Charles and Clara remained at Prairie Avenue. He was still a mfg. agent, but at 209 State Street (directory).
  • 1907: Charles and Clara still lived at 5647 Prairie. Charles was in house furniture goods on the 4th floor at 167 Wabash Avenue (directory).
  • 1908: Charles and Clara were at the same address. No occupation was listed (directory).
  • 1910: Charles was in residence at 4124 Vincennes Avenue with his sister, Margaret, and her family in the census (Apr 21).
  • 1912-13: Charles resided at 460 Bowen Avenue and was employed in "varnishes" at 54 West Randolph (directory).
  • 1915: Charles was residing at 4124 Vincennes Avenue again. He was employed in "paints" at 54 West Randolph (directory).
  • 1916: Charles was living at 5250 Prairie Avenue (Nellie and their mother also lived there). He remained in the same employment. Clara is shown living at 5640 South Park Avenue (vital record and directory).
  • 1920: Charles was recorded in the census living with Charles COYLE and family in the 22nd Precinct (Jan 1920).
  • 1928: Charles and Clara were living at 5640 South Park Avenue. He was retired at the time of his death in August.

Tonica News
December 27, 1890


Charles D. Kane is a married man. At least he told John Hartenbower so when the latter was in Chicago, last Monday. (This was the date of the newspaper clipping, but I've found no wedding license issued.)

Dixon Evening Telegraph
July 22, 1898
Page 5 Column 4
Wedding Announcement


Charles D. Kane, brother of our James Kane, was married in Chicago, Wednesday [July 20] evening to Miss Clara McCoy, daughter of William McCoy, proprietor of McCoy Hotel.

Obituary Abstract

Newspaper: Chicago Daily News
Date Published: 06 Aug 1928
Page: 36
Name: Charles D. Kane
Residence: 5640 S. Park Ave., Chicago
Born: (not mentioned) [10 Aug 1870]
Died: (not mentioned) [05 Aug 1928 at St. Bernard’s Hospital]
Occupation: (not mentioned) [manufacturing agent]
Date of Service: 08 Aug 1828, St. Anne’s Church, Chicago
Funeral Home: (not mentioned) [John C. Malory]
Clergy: (not mentioned)
Cemetery: Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Chicago
Family Mentioned: Clara McCOY KANE (wife); James and Julia [McCORMICK] KANE (parents); Edward [Edmond] J. of Denver, John F. of Aurora, Ill, Herbert M. (deceased), James (deceased)(brothers); Mrs. William [Margaret] HANNON [HANNAN] of Denver, Mrs. Edward [Edwin][Nellie] BARRINGER, Mrs. Frank [Agnes] MEYERS [MEIERS], Mrs. Frederick [Alfred] [Lucy] HUMPHREY [HUMPHRIES] (deceased); Mrs. Matthew [Mary] McCORMICK (deceased.)
Other Information: n/a

Source: Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

5.) Margaret Beatrice KANE (Geni Profile) [my great-grandmother]. Born: 24 Aug 1872 in Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois. Married: William James HANNAN (Geni Profile) 17 Nov 1892 in Dixon, Lee, Illinois. Died: 02 Aug 1945 at Rocky Mountain Osteopathic Hospital, Denver, Colorado. Buried: 06 Aug 1945 at Green Mountain Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado.

Margaret (KANE) HANNAN practiced astrology, wrote & published pamphlets, and gave lectures about holistic medicine.

Employment, Residence, and Census Chronology

  • 1880: Margaret and family were living in Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois (census).
  • 1894: Margaret and husband, William HANNAN, resided at 43 18th Street in Chicago (directory).
  • 1895: Margaret, William, and daughter, Marion, lived at 3970 Vernon Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1896: Margaret, Wiliam, and Marion resided at 3138 Forest Avenue along with her parents and some siblings (directory).
  • 1900: Margaret and her immediate family resided at 278 Bowen Avenue along with her birth family (census).
  • 1905: Margaret and her family were residing at 4252 St. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago (vital record).
  • 1910: Margaret and her family were living at 4124 Vincennes Avenue. As was her brother Charles KANE (census).
  • 1918: Margaret and three daughters were living at 1925 Emerson in Denver, Colorado (directory).
  • 1919-20: Margaret, William, and Marion were living at 1516 Milwaukee in Denver (directory).
  • 1921: Margaret, William, and three daughters resided at 1436 Lafayette, where Margaret was proprietor of an exchange shop (directory).
  • 1922: Margaret, William and two daughters were still living at 1436 Lafayette in Denver (directory).
  • 1923: Margaret, William, and Marion lived at 976 Downing Street. Margaret and William owned/managed a steam bath facility at 826 15th Street, Denver (directory).
  • 1930: Margaret, William, and Marion resided at 521 E. 12th Street in Denver (census).
  • 1940-43 (approximate): Margaret and William lived at 403 Highland Avenue in Boulder, Colorado (family).
  • 1944-45 (approximate): Margaret lived at 1543 Pine Street in Boulder until her death (family).

Obituary Abstract

Newspaper: Boulder Daily Camera
Date Published: 02 Aug 1945
Name: Mrs. Margaret B. [Kane] Hannan
Residence: 1543 Pine Street, Boulder, Colorado
Born: 24 Aug 1872 in Tonica, [La Salle County], Illinois
Died: 02 Aug 1945 at Rocky Mountain Hospital, Denver, Colorado
Occupation: Psychology Teacher [free lance writer]
Date of Service: Not mentioned [06 Aug 1945]
Funeral Home: Allardice Mortuary
Clergy: Not mentioned
Cemetery: Not mentioned [Green Mountain Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado]
Family Mentioned: Husband: William J. Daughters: Miss Marion Hannan, Denver; Mrs. Margaret Hill, Boulder; Mrs. Virginia Greeno, Boulder; Mrs. Genevieve Tullis, Chicago.
Other Information: Her daughter, Marion, was recovering from burns suffered at work (dentist's office) in the same hospital when Margaret died.

Source: Carnegie Branch for Local History, Boulder, Colorado

Children of Margaret (KANE) and William James HANNAN

  • Marion Julia HANNAN (Geni Profile). Born: 12 Mar 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Never married. Died: 15 Jan 1973 in Denver, Colorado. Buried: 19 Jan 1973 at Green Mountain Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Genevieve Mae HANNAN (Geni Profile). Born: 17 Feb 1897 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Married: Charles David TULLIS 06 Sep 1917 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Died: 12 Dec 1987 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Buried: 16 Dec 1987 at Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Cook, Illinois.
  • Margaret Beatrice HANNAN (Geni Profile) [my grandmother]. Born: 03 Jun 1899 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Married: Ernest Talfred HILL 19 Apr 1922 in Denver, Colorado. Died: 10 May 1993 in Boulder, Colorado. Buried: 13 May 1993 at Green Mountain Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Virginia Agnes HANNAN (Geni Profile). Born: 24 Jan 1905 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Married: Lewis Lavern GREENO 26 Jul 1928 in Littleton, Arapahoe, Colorado. Died: 10 Sep 1960 in Denver, Colorado. Buried: 13 Sep 1960 at Arvada Cemetery, Arvada, Jefferson, Colorado.

6.) Herbert Mathew KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 05 Sep 1875 in Wheaton, DuPage, Illinois. Married: Melvina LaCHANCE 12 Aug 1898 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Died: 31 Dec 1925 at Illinois Central Hospital, Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Buried: 04 Jan 1926 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois (no headstone).

Employment, Residence, and Census Chronology

  • 1880: Herbert and his family were living in Tonica, Illinois (census).
  • 1894-95: Herbert and his family were residing at 322 Ottawa Avenue in Dixon, Illniois (directory).
  • 1895: Herbert was a clerk living at 3970 Vernon Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1896: Herbert was a railroad conductor living at 3138 Forest Avenue with his birth family (directory).
  • 1898: Herbert was still a conductor but living at 3136 Forest Avenue (directory).
  • 1899-1903: Herbert was a railroad flagman living at 1613 Prairie Avenue with his wife & sons (directory).
  • 1905-14: Herbert was again a conductor and still residing at 1613 Prairie Avenue with his wife & sons (directory).
  • 1915: Herbert was still a conductor but had moved to 1621 Prairie Avenue (directory).
  • 1923: Herbert remained a conductor but had moved to 1604 Prairie Avenue (directory).
  • 1925: Herbert continued as a conductor but was living at 1503 East 73rd Street (vital record).

Obituary Abstract

Newspaper: Chicago Daily News
Date Published: 02 Jan 1926
Page: 24
Name: Herbert M. KANE
Residence: 1503 E. 73rd, Chicago
Born: (not mentioned) [05 Sep 1875 in Wheaton, Illinois]
Died: 31 Dec 1926 [Illinois Central Hospital]
Occupation: Railroad Conductor [Illinois Central]
Date of Service: 03 Jan 1927
Funeral Home: (not mentioned) [Hursen Undertakers, 1820 Michigan Ave., Chicago]
Clergy: (not mentioned)
Cemetery: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago
Family Mentioned: Melvina [LaCHANCE] KANE (ex-wife); Clifford and Howard (sons); Mrs. Edwin [Nellie] BARRINGER, Mrs. Charles[Agnes] MEYERS [MEIERS], Mrs. W. [Margaret] HANNAN (sisters); Charles, Edwin [Edmond], John (brothers). Other Information: Member of local No. 327 O.R.C. [Organization of Railroad Conductors].

Source: Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Children of Herbert KANE and Melvina LaCHANCE

  • Herbert M. KANE, Jr. (Geni Profile). Born: Mar 1898 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Died: 01 Sep 1904 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Buried: 04 Sep 1904 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois (no headstone).
  • Clifford James KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 1903 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Occupation: Locomotive Engineer. Died: 25 May 1968. Buried: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Cook, Illinois. Clifford married Norine PRENDERGRAST abt 1921 and they had a son, Clifford Herbert KANE (04 Apr 1923 - 29 Dec 1964).
  • Howard M. KANE, Sr. (Geni Profile). Born: 22 Jun 1908 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Occupation: Locomotive Engineer. Married: Beatrice T. CONWAY 22 Oct 1955 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Died: 17 Dec 1969. Buried: 18 Dec 1969 at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Cook, Illinois.

Tonica News
September 8, 1904


Chicago papers mention the death of Herbert Kane, 4 year old son of Abijah [Herbert] Kane, whose early life was spent in Tonica. The child was playing in front of his home, 1615 Prairie Avenue last Saturday [03 Sep 1904] when he was run over by a careless cab driver.

7.) James KANE, Jr. (Geni Profile) Born: 24 Apr 1877 in Tonica, La Salle, Illinois. Died: 25 Nov 1901 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona. Buried: 01 Dec 1901 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois (no headstone).

Employment, Residence, and Census Chronology

  • 1880: James Jr. was living with his family in Tonica, Illinois (census).
  • 1894-95: James Jr. was a clerk living with his family at 322 Ottawa Avenue in Dixon, Illinois (directory).
  • 1895: James Jr. was a clerk living with his family at 3138 Forest Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1899-1900: James Jr. was living with his family at 278 Bowen Avenue in Chicago (directory and census).
  • 1901: James Jr., afflicted with consumption, left Chicago for Phoenix with sister, Lucy, in October (obituary).
Chicago Daily News
November 30, 1901
Page 10

KANE--JAMES KANE, JR., aged 26 years, Nov 25, at Phoenix, Ariz. Funeral Sunday, Dec. 1, from the residence of his parents, 190 E. 37th St., to Holy Angel's Church, 10:15, thence by carriages to Mount Olivet.

Dixon Evening Telegraph
November 29, 1901
Obituary

James Kane Dead
James Kane, better known as, "Tip," he that could make an imprompter [sic] political speach [sic] at any time for either party, in fact a lad who enjoyed life all the time and had many friends died Wednesday [Tuesday, November 26] in Phoenix, Arizona, where he had gone a month ago with his sister, Mrs. Fred Humphrie [Humphries] of this city. It has been only two weeks since a sister [Mary] died of the same dread disease, consumption, in Chicago. Chicago is the home of the family, father, mother, four sons and four daughters, and there the funeral will be held when the body arrives from the west.


8.) Edmund Jacques KANE (Geni Profile) [also known as Edmond, Edward & Edwin]. Born: 19 Apr 1878 in Tonica, La Salle, Illinois. Married (1): Cecil Abbie PULVER 01 Jul 1899 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Married (2): Rose (maiden name unknown). Died: 28 Apr 1930 at Healdsburg General Hospital, Healdsburg, Sonoma, California. Buried: 02 May 1930 at Oak Mound Cemetery, Healdsburg, Sonoma, California (no headstone).

Employment, Residence, and Census Chronology

  • 1880: Edward lived with his family in Tonica, Illinois (census).
  • 1894-95: Edward worked at Borden and lived with his family at 322 Ottawa Avenue in Dixon, Illinois (directory).
  • 1896: Edward was a salesman at 91 Dearborn Street and lived with his family at 3138 Forest Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1898: Edward was a "com trav" and lived with his family at 3136 Forest Avenue (directory).
  • 1899-1900: Edward was still a "com trav" at 76 Illinois Street and lived with his family (and possibly wife) at 278 Bowen Avenue (directory).
  • 1906: Edmund was a "com trav" living at 4849 Langley Avenue in Chicago with his wife (directory).
  • 1910: Edmund, Cecil, Gerald, and Rinaldo were living at 931 Eastern Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana (census).
  • 1914: Edward and family were living in Los Angeles, California (obituary).
  • 1918: Edward and Cecil were living at 2001 Grove Street in San Francisco, California (directory)
  • 1918: Edwin and Cecil were living at 2173 Grove Street (WWI Draft Card 12 Sep). Edwin worked at an automobile dealer at 334 Golden Gate Avenue.
  • 1930: Edward and 2nd wife were living in Cloverdale, Sonoma, California. He was a farmer. (census, vital record, and obituary).

Obituary Abstract

Newspaper: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Date Published: 30 Apt 1930
Name: Edmond Jacques KANE
Residence: Cloverdale, California
Born: (not mentioned) [19 Apr 1878 in Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois]
Died: 29 Apr 1930 at local hospital [Healdsburg Hospital]
Occupation: Rancher
Date of Service: 02 May 1930
Funeral Home: Fred YOUNG, Healdsburg
Clergy: (not mentioned)
Cemetery: Oak Mound Cemetery
Family Mentioned: Rose KANE (wife); Rinaldo and Gerald (sons) of San Francisco.
Other Information: He was a native of Illinois

Source: Santa Clara Historical and Genealogical Society

Children of Edmund Jacques KANE and Cecil Abbie PULVER

  • Gerald John Pulver KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 25 Sep 1901 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Spouse: Sylvia MAY. Married: 29 Dec 1926 in Denver, Colorado. Occupation: Antiques Dealer. Died: 06 Jan 1958 in Reno, Washoe, Nevada. Buried: 09 Jan 1956 at Mater Dolorosa Cemetery (Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery), Reno, Washoe, Nevada.
  • Rinaldo Edmund KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 25 Jun 1904 (possibly in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana). Occupations: Armed Forces, Streetcar Driver, and Taxi Cab Driver. Died: 26 Nov 1964 in Miami, Dade, Florida. Married: Edna May FAIRHURST in 1944 in Dade County, Florida. Buried: 02 Dec 1964 at Arlington National Cemetery, Ft. Myer, Virginia.

Obituary Abstract

Newspaper: Miami Herald
Date Published: 28 Nov 1964
Page: 6D
Name: Rinaldo E. Kane
Residence: 750 N.W. 84th St., Miami
Born: not mentioned
Died: 26 Nov 1964
Occupation: not mentioned
Date of Service: November 30
Funeral Home: Lithgow
Church: St. Mary's Cathedral
Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery
Family Mentioned: Wife, Edna [Fairhurst]
Other Information: Veteran of WWII and a member of the American Legion Post Number 85 of Miami Beach. Moved from San Francisco to Miami in 1940.

Source: The Genealogical Society of Greater Miami

9.) Mary "Mollie" KANE. (Geni Profile). Born: 11 Apr 1880 in Tonica, La Salle, Illinois. Married: Matthew McCORMICK 03 Jun 1901 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Died: 13 Nov 1901 at 568 48th Street (home), Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Buried: 16 Nov 1901 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois.

Residence and Census Chronology

  • 1880: Mary lived with her family in Tonica, La Salle, Illinois (census).
  • 1894-95: Mary lived with her family at 322 Ottawa Avenue in Dixon, Lee, Illinois (directory).
  • 1896: Mary was living with her family at 3138 Forest Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1899-1900: Mary was living with her family at 278 Bowen Avenue (directory and census).
  • 1901: Mary was living with husband at 568 48th Street in Chicago (vital record and directory).

Dixon Evening Telegraph
November 15, 1901
Obituary

Died in Chicago.
Word has been received by Mrs. Fred Humphrey of the death of her sister, Miss Mollie [Mary] Kane. Miss Kane is well known in Dixon, where she live [sic] for five years previous to he [sic] removal to Chicago six years ago. Her death was quite sudden and is a shock to her friends here, where she was very popular among the young people and loved for her many excellent qualities. Miss Kane was about 23 years [21 years] of age and leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Kane, a brother, John, of Chicago and sister, Mrs. Humphrey of this city, whom she visited last summer. The funeral will take place Sunday [November 16].


Chicago Daily News
November 15, 1901
Funeral Notice
Page 9

McCormick--Nov. 13, 1901, Mrs. McCORMICK (nee Kane), at 563 E. 48th-st., Chicago, aged 21 years. Funeral services 10 o'clock Saturday, Nov. 16, Holy Angels' church, thence by carriages to Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Child of Mary (KANE) McCORMICK and Matthew McCORMICK

  • Marcus Emmett McCORMICK (Geni Profile). Born: 14 Sep 1901 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Died: 04 Dec 1901 at 190 37th Street (home), Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Buried: 05 Dec 1901 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois

10.) John Francis KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 24 Mar 1882 in Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois. Married (1): Elizabeth (LAZANSKY) HARRIS 24 Jun 1912 in Crystal Lake, McHenry, Illinois. Married (2): Frances MAYERS in 1939. Occupation: (1)Flagman, (2)Brakeman, (3)Collector for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway (49 years). Died: 23 Feb 1956 at Galena Blvd. Hospital, Aurora, Kane, Illinois. Buried: 27 Feb 1956 at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, West Chicago, Cook, Illinos.

Employment, Residence, and Census Chronology

  • 1894-95: John and family lived at 322 Ottawa Avenue in Dixon, Lee, Illinois (directory).
  • 1896: John and family lived at 3138 Forest Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1899-1901: John and family lived at 278 Bowen Avenue in Chicago in 1901 John was a railroad brakeman (directory).
  • 1903: John and family resided at 199 37th Street in Chicago and was still a brakeman (directory).
  • 1906: John and family lived at 554 54th Street in Chicago (directory).
  • 1907: John and family resided at 4104 Vincennes Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1908: John and family lived at 459 Bowen Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1909: John and family resided at 457 Bowen Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1910: John and family lived at 460 Bowen Avenue in Chicago (census).
  • 1912: John moved to Aurora, Kane, Illinois (article).
  • 1918-20: John, Bessie, his step-daughter and oldest daughter lived 76 West Park Avenue in Aurora (census).
  • 1930: John, Bessie, his step-daughter, two daughters and son were living at 225 Williams Street in Aurora (census).
  • 1950: John and Frances lived at 331 Main Street in West Chicago, DuPage County (article).
  • 1956: John and Frances resided at 104 Main Street in West Chicago (vital record).
Tonica News
July 3, 1914

John Kane and bride of Crystal Lake [McHenry County], this state, stopped in Tonica a few hours on Monday [June 29] on their honeymoon trip in an automobile. Mr. Kane is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Kane, our former citizens, and spent his youthful days in our village. We extend congratulations.

Children of John KANE and Elizabeth LAZANSKY

  • Lorraine Beatrice HARRIS (Geni Profile) [step-daughter of John]. Born: 24 Aug 1912 in Illinois. Died: 18 Apr 1998 in Batavia, Illinois.
  • Marcella Marion KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 10 Jul 1915 in Crystal Lake, McHenry, Illinois. Married: (1) Thomas MORTON (2) Jesse PLOWMAN. Died: 03 Sep 2006 in Laughlin, Clark, Nevada. Buried: (Find A Grave Memorial)
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  • John Francis KANE, Jr. (Geni Profile) Born: 27 Sep 1925 in Aurora, Illinois. Married: Helen FILLMORE. Occupation(s): Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy (WWII), U.S. Marines (Korean War), Police Chief, co-caption of an underwater recovery team, owner of a heating and air conditioning service. Died: 24 Jun 2008 in Sandwich, Illinois

11.) Agnes Julia KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 19 Mar 1886 in Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois. Married (1): Charles William ODELL 29 Nov 1905 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Married (2): Clemence "Frank" MEIERS. Died: 10 Apr 1976 at Snow Valley Nursing Home, Lisle, DuPage, Illinois. Buried: 14 Apr 1976 at St. Michael's Cemetery, Wheaton, DuPage, Illinois.

Residence and Census Chronology

  • 1896-95: Agnes and family lived at 323 Ottawa Avenue in Dixon, Lee, Illinois (directory).
  • 1899-1900: Agnes and family were residing at 278 Bowen Avenue in Chicago (directory and census) and was attending Melville W. Fuller School (article).
  • 1903-04: Agnes and family resided at 199 37th Street in Chicago (directory).
  • 1905: Agnes and family lived at 554 45th Street in Chicago (directory).
  • 1906: Agnes and her husband at 554 E. 45th Street in Chicago with her birth family (vital record).
  • 1910: Agnes and Vivian were living at 4604 Calumet Avenue in Chicago (census).
  • 1911: Agnes may have lived with her first husband and daughter at 6106 Normal Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1951: Agnes may have moved to Glen Ellyn, DuPage, Illinois (obituary).
  • 1955-56: Agnes, Frank, and Vivian lived in Kirkwood, St. Louis County, Missouri
  • 1976: Agnes resided 762 Euclid Avenue in Glen Ellyn (vital record).

Obituary Abstract

Newspaper: Glen Ellyn News
Date Published: 14 Apr 1976
Name: Agnes J. [Kane] Meiers
Residence: 762 Euclid, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Born: not mentioned
Died: 10 Apr 1976 (age 90) at home
Occupation: not mentioned
Date of Service: 14 Apr 1987
Funeral Home: Leonard Memorial Home
Church: St. Petronille Church
Cemetery: St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery
Family Mentioned: Husband, Clemence (deceased); daughter, Vivian; son-in-law, Carl Muller; two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Other Information: Resident of Glen Ellyn for 15 years.

Source: Wheaton Public Library

Child of Agnes Julia KANE and Charles William ODELL

  • Vivian Mary ODELL (Geni Profile). Born: 24 Apr 1906 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Spouse: Carl G. MULLER. Died: 22 May 1981. Buried: St. Michael's Cemetery, Wheaton, DuPage, Illinois.

12.) Nellie KANE (Geni Profile). Born: 9 Jan 1889 in Tonica, LaSalle, Illinois. Married: Edwin Henry BARRINGER about 1923. Died: 07 Dec 1974 at Delnor Hospital, Saint Charles, Kane, Illinois. Buried: 10 Dec 1974 at St. Michael's Cemetery, Wheaton, DuPage, Illinois.

Residence and Census Chronology

  • 1894-95: Nellie and her family lived at 322 Ottawa Avenue in Dixon, Illinois (directory).
  • 1899-1900: Nellie and family were residing at 278 Bowen Avenue in Chicago (directory and census) and was attending Melville W. Fuller School (article).
  • 1903-04: Nellie and family resided at 199 37th Street in Chicago (directory).
  • 1905-06: Nellie and family lived at 554 45th Street in Chicago (directory).
  • 1907: Nellie and family were living at 4104 Vincennes Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1908-09: Nellie and family resided at 459 Bowen Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1910-15: Nellie and family lived at 460 Bowen Avenue in Chicago (directory).
  • 1916: Nellie and family were residing at 5250 Prairie Avenue in Chicago (directory and vital record).
  • 1930: Nellie and Edwin lived at 2618 Blaine Place in Chicago (census).
  • 1969-74: Nellie lived 503 Duane Street in Glen Ellyn, Kane, Illinois (obituary).

Obituary Abstract

Newspaper: Glen Ellyn News
Date Published: 11 Dec 1974
Name: Nellie [Kane] Barringer
Residence: 503 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Born: 09 Jan 1889, Tonica, [LaSalle], Illinois
Died: 07 Dec 1974 at Delnor Hospital, St. Charles, Illinois
Occupation: not mentioned
Date of Service: 10 Dec 1974
Funeral Home: Leonard Memorial Home
Church: St. Petronille Church
Cemetery: St. Michael's Cemetery
Family Mentioned: Niece, Vivian (Carl G.) Muller, Glen Ellyn; and sister, Agnes Kane Meiers, Glen Ellyn
Other Information: Resident of Glen Ellyn for five years. Her husband, Edwin, preceded her in death.

Source: Wheaton Public Library

Related Items:
[Sources: vital records (birth, marriage, death), census records, obituaries, death notices, funeral notices, newspaper articles, city directories, baptism records, cemetery records, online databases, family bible and the personal knowledge of: Lucile M. KANE, Charline (GREENO) HUTTON, and Jack T. HILL.]

(Please contact me for specific sources and if you have anything to contribute.)

Information updated 10/26/2011.