Friday, May 28, 2010

Little Girl Lost FOUND (A Success Story)

Within 15 hours of posting my previous blog "Little Girl Lost - Tracie L. Post" we've FOUND her....all because of blogging.  What an up and down day yesterday was...I posted the post about Tracie, wishing her a happy birthday, and am so glad that I used this medium to send these wishes even though I did not know if she would ever see the blog.

Please read the "Little Girl Lost...." first to get the entire gist of the story.  The finding all came about as a direct result of the first story I posted.  My other niece, who lives in another country, read the blog, did some detective work and within an hour she had a married name for Tracie.  She then took that name to Facebook and put it in their 'search' and, voila, up came Tracie!  It was under Tracie Post _________.  Now mind you, I've searched before under Tracie L Post, Tracie (middle name) Post, and just Tracie Post only to meet dead-ends.   2nd niece went to the same site I had gone to to find Tracie (I used this service about 10 years ago and paid them...but the address given for her was at least 3 years old), I had also tried it the night I posted this article just in case, and there was no further info than what I had seen before so I did not opt to pay for additional info again.   Somehow niece2 came up with a married name for Tracie from this peoplesearch site....I still do not know does not show it for me (she tells me she DID NOT pay for additional info).

Tracie and I talked for several hours yesterday afternoon and last night....both on the telephone and online.  She's 'reconnected' with all my kids plus her aunt (my sister),  plus a couple of her cousins in just the short time since we found out.   She does not want to reconnect with her mom yet....that's ok, after talking with Tracie I totally understand.

So a BIG THANK YOU to the world of blogging that is instrumental in finding Tracie.  I'm still on a fairly high 'high' family is complete!

Mary Post Warren
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Little Girl Lost - Tracie L Post

Today is Tracie's birthday - every birthday and oh, so many times during the year, I think of her and pray for her.  We love you Tracie and we miss you.
Tracie L Post was born May 27. She is the daughter of my youngest sister. Her father is unknown. She was raised by her mother with the support of her maternal grandparents.  My sister eventually married and went on to have other children but as she grew older Tracie always felt like a 5th wheel (as many in that situation feel/felt).  The last time we saw her was in 1987.  The below picture is from that time.

I have searched far and wide, all in vain for her - using Twitter and Facebook, writing on blogs, searching the internet.  Shortly after Hurricane Katrina I obtained an address for Tracie that was right in the middle of a suburb of New Orleans.  A list of volunteers was posted on the internet saying they would help with finding loved ones lost in the hurricane.  I e-mailed one and gave them them particulars - they were traveling from Baton Rogue but would be driving to New Orleans within the week and promised to get back to me.  The house was no longer standing, but people who used to live in the neighborhood said they remembered Tracie and had lived there but had moved out a couple years prior.  That's the last I've been able to find out.

A lot has happened in our family in the 22 years since we have seen Tracie and we all love her and miss her.  We'd love to be able to find her and reconnect.  Maybe she doesn't want to be found and that's ok.  But we'd like to at least know she's ok. 

Tracie - if by some fluke you are reading this - WE LOVE YOU - please e-mail me, go to 'profile' on front page of my blog - and click on my picture then click the e-mail link.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I wrote this post several weeks ago not knowing that this week is 'National Missing Childrens Week' ....Tracie is not a child but she was and always will be to us.  I hope this will help us find her.

Mary Post Warren
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For security and hopefully identifying purposes I have left off a couple of items that could definitely identify her.  I am hoping that she sees this post or someone who knows her sees this post and directs her to it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

From My Moms Scrapbook - Lucille Rosendale/Harry Wirick

From 'My Mom's Scrapbook' - I assume Lucille Rosendale was one of my mom's friends either from school or from work in Goshen Indiana.  Lucille also had a sister, or maybe a cousin, by the name of Mary Lou.

I remember visiting Harry and Lucille Wirick in Burlingame, California in the late 1950's or maybe 1960.  I know I was in high school as I had made friends with the boy across the street, Doug. I think there was more than one visit to see them because I remember being excited to be going back (we lived in southern California). 

I do not remember meeting the Wirick's son, Jon Charles.  The birth announcement below gives no indication of year of birth unfortunately. I do not remember if they had other children.

Mary Post Warren
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Time Machine

It's Saturday night and time for some Saturday Night Genealogy Fun brought to us by Randy at Genea-Musings.  Our charge this week is to check out the dMarie Time Capsule website, select a date from our family history and share the information.

Until tonight I had never heard of this site but upon going there I had some great fun checking out what happened on or around certain dates - interesting info and a great way to waste a few hours and have some fun.

I selected my grandparents wedding date, although I would have liked to do my great-grandparents wedding date instead I discovered that the information provided was too sparse.   My grandparents Elmer David Troyer/Mary Maria Motzko married not too long after the 20th century began on September 10, 1908 (just a week before my grandmother's 24th birthday).  How convenient were their birthday/wedding dates - no excuse to forget - Anniversary Sept 10; Birthday Grandpa - September 4; Birthday Grandma - September 17.  My mother Margaret Troyer (grandma's daughter died the day after the anniversary of Grandma's birthday-although many years after her death).

Anyway here's what went on during the years that Grandma and Grandpa were courting, marrying, and starting a family:

  • 1. Sep 9 - Russia takes part of Poland
  • 2. Sep 9 - Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va
  • 3. Sep 12- Winston Churchhill marries Clementine  Hozier

  • She Sells Sea Shells by T. Sullivan
  • If You Cared for Me by E. Rose
  • Daisies Won't Tell by Anita Owen
  • Smarty by Jack Norworth
  • Consolation by Edward Madden
  • All for the Love of You by Dave Reed 
  • Good Evening, Caroline by J. Norworth
    • Up in a Balloon by Ren Shield



    PEOPLE BORN SEPT 10, 1908: Raymond Harry Warnow Scott, Bkln NY, orchestra leader (Your Hit Parade)

    HOT NEW TOYS IN 1908: Parcheesi, Lionel Trains, Crayola Crayons, Teddy Bear
    TOP NEW BOOKS IN 1908:  The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett; A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

    1908 PRICES:

    Bread:   .05cents a loaf
    Milk:     .32cents a gallon
    Car:      $500
    House:  $4500
    Stamp:  .02cents each
    Average Income: $915 per year
    DOW Average:   $86
    Mary Post Warren
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    Cookies Anyone?

    Yesterday, Friday May 21, 2010, was the first day this year that Phoenix broke the 100F degree mark.  Typically Phoenix manages to hit the 100 mark earlier in the month of May... I am sort of hoping a late show will mean a cooler than normal summer - "dream on!" I'm told.  Normally I don't mind the heat until it gets over 110F but then it can be brutal - especially when we get the monsoons and it's pouring rain and hotter than hades (well maybe not 'hotter than' but close to it!)

    Recently I found this recipe idea in a U.S. News and World Report (within an article titled '10 Ways to Reduce Your Summer Utility Bills'

    Try baking cookies on your car--yes, your car. Nicole Weston of Baking Bites developed a method of baking chocolate cookies with the heat that collects inside cars on steamy days. She suggests parking in the sun, using a thermometer to help monitor the temperature, and protecting your dashboard by putting a barrier between it and the baking sheet. (It should be at least 95 degrees outside and the baking process takes around two and a half hours.)

    A great way to have homemade cookies in the dead heat of the summer!  I haven't tried it yet...but trust me I will soon.  I'm not even sure I will have to leave them in the car for 2.5 hours!
    Mary Post Warren
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    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    Wordless Wednesday

    My parents Hays Coulter Post and Margaret Troyer Post

    Mary Post Warren
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    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Elizabeth Schrock

    Elizabeth Schrock (9/20/1853 to 1938)  was the third child and first daughter of Yost Y Schrock and Martha Plank.  Elizabeth was my maternal great grandmother on my grandfather's side.  She married Joseph J. Troyer (1849-1915) on March 17, 1872.

    Mary Post Warren
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    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    My Mom's Scrapbook - Bridge Anyone?

    Bridge is one of my favorite games.  I play duplicate as opposed to party or rubber bridge.  I've played in a few tournaments and always enjoy the competition.

    I don't remember my mom ever playing bridge - although I do remember her sister Dorothy playing.  So I was surprised to go through mom's scrapbook and find so much evidence that she once enjoyed the game, while she was single and still lived in Goshen Indiana.  The George and Dorothy Tullis mentioned in the newspaper article were mom's best friends.  There were several newspaper articles and bridge score cards in mom's scrapbook.  It was fun to see how much she played and how she did....quite well from what I can see!
    Mary Post Warren
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    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    Wordless Wednesday - Almost

    These two charmers are in my collection of unidentified pictures.  The picture was found among my dad's items. Based on what I think is the date (1883-1893) I suspect that one of these two girls is my dad's mother (Bess Coulter) and the other is one of her sisters Harriet or Haysel Coulter.  Bess was the older of the 3 girls thus she would be the one on the left.  Bess was born in 1883, Harriet in 1891, Haysel (no birth date).  Unlikely the 2nd girl is Harriet because of the difference in ages.  There was also a brother, Camillius (no birth date).

    No markings on the photo but on the back are five number 4 written in pencil

    Mary Post Warren
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    Saturday, May 8, 2010

    Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: My Matrilineal Line

    Over at Genea-Musings Randy Seaver’s latest Saturday Night Fun assignment is:

    1) List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

    2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

    OK, I'm game - I haven't gone back that far (in this line) YET but here's what I've got:

    Mary Dana Post
    Margaret Elizabeth Troyer (1909 ID -1987 CA) m. Hays Coulter Post
    Mary Maria Motzko (1884 MN -19523 CA) m. Elmer David Troyer
    Maria Fietzek (1857 Nowa Wies Krolewska Opolskie Poland -1927 ID) m. Philipp Motzko
    Catherina Dyga (1816 Debie Poland – 1862 ) m. Martin Fietzek (Fiecek)

    Mitochondrial DNA tested/Haplogroup - never heard of this and went to Wikipedia to check it out but will have to do further research to understand what it is all about - more on this at a later date.  Actually it all sounded like Greek to me!

    Mary Post Warren
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    Happy Mother's Day

    The following was written by Erma Bombeck and originally published in her Mother’s Day column - May 12, 1974

    When the Good Lord was creating mothers, 
    He was into his sixth day of “overtime”
    when an angel appeared and said, 
    “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” 

    And the Lord said,
    “Have you read the specs on this order?
    She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; 
    Have 180 movable parts... all replaceable; 
    Run on black coffee and leftovers;  
    Have a lap that disappears when she stands up; 
    A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to 
    a disappointed love affair; 
    And six pairs of hands.”
      The angel shook her head slowly and said, 
      “Six pairs of hands... no way.”

      “It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord. 
      “It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

      “That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel.

      The Lord nodded. “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 
      ’What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. 
      Another here in the back of her head that sees what she
      shouldn’t but what she has to know, 
      and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child 
      when he goofs up and say, ’I understand and I love you’ without 
      so much as uttering a word.”

      “Lord,” said the angel, touching His sleeve gently, “Go to bed. Tomorrow...”

      “I can’t,” said the Lord, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. 
      Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick... 
      can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger... 
      and can get a nine-year-old to stand under a shower.”

      The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

      “But she’s tough!” said the Lord excitedly. 
      “You cannot imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

      “Can it think?”

      “Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

      Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. 
      “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. 
      “I told You You were trying to push too much into this model.”

      “It’s not a leak,” said the Lord. “It’s a tear.”

      “What’s it for?”

      “It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

      “You are a genius,” said the angel.

      The Lord looked somber. “I didn’t put it there,” He said.

      I feel blessed that through my genealogy work that I have connected with so many mother, my mother-in-law, my grandmothers (whom I knew for such a short time and don't have any memories of), my great grandmothers (all four of whom I have or will be doing posts on) and my great-great grandmothers (some of whom I have information on but still some with research to be done on) ... Don't forget all the mother's in your life this Mother's Day.  

      Mary Post Warren
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      Thursday, May 6, 2010

      Mom's Scrapbook - Ogle-Ramsby

       From my mother's scrapbook - Margaret Troyer Post had many friends - the Ogles/Ramsby's are from Goshen Indiana.  I don't believe we children ever met them nor do I remember mom talking about them but that was the way it was with a lot of her friends from Goshen.  She did go back for high school reunions, and had several close friends/relatives from there that she would mention.  In someways I feel like Goshen was a lifetime away from her (after marriage).  I guess kind of like I feel about my life growing up.

      I do not know if the Ramsby's went on to have other children (or if they maybe have one before this son).  

      Anyone know this family?  Please contact me by visiting my profile (on right) and clicking on the 'email' under my picture on left hand side.

      Mary Post Warren
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      Monday, May 3, 2010

      Ordination Card

      I'm not sure how this Eric P. O'Brien is related to my family.  Pomona, California is where my Aunt and Uncle relocated to after marrying and leaving Goshen Indiana.  Their relocation took place during this time frame. My mother and her parents moved to the Los Angeles/Culver City area.  I have found no O'Brien's in my mother's lineage.  So maybe Father O'Brien is related to Dorothy's husband, Bill Haines?  Or maybe he was just someone sponsored by their church in Pomona.  Dorothy and Bill were members of  Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, as was my family when we moved there 20 years later.

      It would be interesting to obtain additional information on this.  The card was found in my mother's scrapbook, which makes me think she must have been at the ceremony.

      Mary Post Warren
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      Rosalea Tullos Motzko

      Rosella M. Tullos (Tulles) married Philipp Martin Motzko Jr. on June 30, 1937 in Vallejo, California.

      In the 1950's we visited them a couple times but I do not remember any particulars on these visits.  I just remember that while on vacation we would stop to see them.  They lived at 516 Marin Street in Vallejo California.  They had no children so we five children probably sat and bickered among ourselves, as we often did, or maybe my father took us for a walk while mom would visit her Uncle Philipp and Aunt Rosalea. 
      The girl in the picture with the Motzkos is yet to be identified.  I've eliminated my siblings.  She may be a cousin (I have a couple of cousins that were this age at the time the picture was taken) or she may be a neighbor child (which I doubt as I have another picture with this girl in it).

      Philipp worked for the Mare Island Shipyard, as far as I know Rosella was a housewife.  When he retired they moved to Paradise, California (in the foothills of N. California's Sierra Nevada Mountains). 

      One thing I always found interesting about Rosella is that her maiden name of Tulles/Tullos is so close to the spelling of my mother's best friend Dorothy's husband George Tullis.  I remember asking mom if they were related and she said they were not.

      No death date for Rosella Tullos Motzko; Philipp died in December 20, 1979.

      Mary Post Warren
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