Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Not Blogging

I haven't been blogging or doing any genealogy research lately because I'm studying for a massively hard test so that I can get a job with the school district here in Phoenix.  90 questions - 30/reading comprehension, 30/math, and 30/English composition - 3 hour test. The English/Reading are fairly easy for me; the math is the PITS.  I'm using practice tests that are similar to the real thing except with explanations as to why I got the answer wrong.  I've taken 14 out of 20 practice tests and have only received the score that I have to get in the real test once or twice......I need a 459.  I'm consistently missing an average of one or two frustrating.

Anyway, interview is tomorrow (Thursday 1pm) and test is Monday at noon.  Please remember me in your prayers as I study and take this test, and complete the interview.

Mary Post Warren
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Orvey Jermain Post

Orvey Jermain Post 
son of Jermain E. and Elizabeth Clayton
Grandson of John Clayton and (Elizabeth Parrinder?)
Grandson of Samuel Conrad Post and Caty Miller

Orvey was my paternal grandfather.  Born January 8, 1886 in Wisconsin, he died October 27, 1947 in Los Angeles California.  I found the death info on and have not ordered a death or birth certificate.

I have never met the man called my 'grandfather'.  He died four years after I was born but he divorced my grandmother (Bess) when she became pregnant with my father (Hays).  They had 4 children - Lucy (died very young), O.J. (died as a child), Hays (my father) and Shirley (born in 1924 and still alive today).  I'm working on birth records for O.J. and Lucy but have limited information (no knowledge year of birth or where Orvey and Bess were living at the time of births).   There's an interesting story behind Aunt Shirley's birth that I do not feel at liberty to put on a public blog at this time since she is still alive.

To my knowledge he has been married two times - but recently while doing additional research it looks like there is a third wife.  Having just found it today I have not had time to go further with it.

I have been blessed in my genealogy work to have come across several half-cousins, as well as some full cousins.

Mary Post Warren
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday


Margaret Troyer Post (my mother) - on left, her friend Eleanor -on right.  I love the almost matching outfits. Mom loved to sew and I'm sure she either made both of these or they bought the material together planning to make these outfits.  But then maybe it was a coincidence...

Pictures taken late 1920's/early 1930's in Long Lake Michigan at my grandparent's vacation home.

Mary Post Warren
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Cecil and Elizabeth Dingler

 Elizabeth Coulter Dingler
1906 - 1948
Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood CA
Daughter of Camillius and Ollie Plaine Coulter;
Granddaughter of Lucie (Lucy) Hays

 1903 - 1943
Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood California
Husband of Elizabeth Coulter Dingler

Mary Post Warren
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Remember Clothes Lines?


1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes - walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth

2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order,and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.

3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!. What would the neighbors think?

4. Wash day on a Monday! Never hang clothes on the weekend, or Sunday, for Heaven's sake!

5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your
"unmentionables" in the middle (perverts, busybodies, y'know!)

6. It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather clothes would "freeze-dry."

7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left
on the lines were "tacky!"

8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item
did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the
next washed item.

9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes
basket, and ready to be ironed.

10. IRONED?! Well, that's a whole other subject!

A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company table cloths"
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare!
New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way .. . .

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line.

Author Unknown

Mary Post Warren
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mom's Scrapbook - A Century of Progress 1933

Wonder if they realized what the next century would bring!  I wonder today what the next 23 years will bring when we hit that 'next century' mark.

Although it does not specifically say, I think it's a good assumption these pictures are from the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1933.

Clicking on each page above will enlarge it and give you an opportunity to view the writings and pictures better.

Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Ollie P Coulter

 Ollie Plaine Coulter
1886 - Nov. 1952
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood California
Wife of Camillius Coulter, son of Lucie (Lucy) Hays

Mary Post Warren
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