Friday, July 30, 2010

Scrapbook Saturday - Mom's Photos

Page 2
Photo 1: Lest You Forget!  ~ Bess
Photo 2 through 6 have nothing written on them
Under the first pictures is the date: 1930
Editors note: I suspect that all of the girls were friends
who went to school with Margaret Troyer
Pictures probably taken in Goshen Indiana in the early 1930's
Mary Post Warren
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Post/Coulter/Hays Lineage

My Post/Coulter/Hays line :

Patrick Fenley (Finley) Hays / Anna M. Davidson
Lucie Hays / William D. Coulter, 12.?.1861 to 10.24.1936 - Kentucky/Los Angeles, LAC, CA
Bess Coulter Post / Orvey J. Post, 4.12.1883 to 1.11.1945, Frankford, KY/Pomona, LAC, CA
Hays Coulter Post / Margaret Elizabeth Troyer, 2.15.1913 to 1.11.1945, Venice, LAC, CA /Pomona, LAC, CA

Each link leads to the story on that person - be sure and check them out.

If you have additional information or are related to any of these people please contact me either via the comments or via my e-mail (in my profile)

Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Philipp and Maria Motzko

Philip (Phillip) Motzko and Mary Frieztek Motzko
1859 - 1910 and 1857 - 1927
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Nampa, Idaho

Mary Post Warren
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Those Dog Days of Summer

Add caption 1947 Jimmy, Martha, Mary Post

Summertime! One has to love this time of the year...the days are long, the weather is warmer, the kids are out of school, and vacation is on the horizon. As we get further and further into the summer and the weather heats up from just warm to HOT we try to think of ways to keep ourselves cooled down.  The "Dog Days of Summer" have arrived!  This is usually the hottest, steamiest days of summer.  The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11.

What did you do to keep cool during these Dog Days.  As a child my Dog Days were filled with sprinkler time with my brothers and sisters. We also went to Manchester public pool in L.A. to cool off. Our kids spent their time much the same way either in sprinklers, with hoses, or in blow up pools with friends and/or relatives.  Many times we'd take off for the beach.  We only lived about 5 miles from the ocean so it was easy to drive down there - not as as easy to pack all the stuff, lunch and kids and friends but well worth the effort!

Mary Post Warren
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Scrapebook Saturday - Mom's Photos

Top picture: Mom (Margaret Troyer Post), 2nd from left with her four friends 
Bottom Picture: "A Group of New Community Homes for the Builders of Marysville

Mary Post Warren
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday

Back says - Ella in front of window; Frank at Ella's right

Goshen School, Goshen Indiana taken sometime in the 1890s.  My maternal Grandfather Elmer David Troyer is in this picture as well as his brother William Frank and their sisters Edith Magaline (Edie) and Ella May.  There was a fifth child in the family, Jesse Edward but he died at the age of 2 months. (If you click on the picture it will enlarge - check the bottom of the photo to see where Edie and Elmer are in the picture.)

My sister holds the original in California...she let me take it home when we were there a couple of weeks ago, to scan - all was fine, I scanned the picture, took it to put in a priority post envelope and noticed a couple of the faces were no longer there! Obliterated! Off into la-la land.  I was so upset and didn't want to tell my sister -- but got up the nerve and sent her an e-mail.  She was very understanding and didn't even get mad at me.  Yesterday she received the pictures in the mail...I received an e-mail from her - 'was the picture broken in half when I took it'......noooooooo.  It was not broken when I put it in the envelope to mail, just a couple half faceless people in it. But it is broken now!  I feel terrible about all this.  Thank God I had gotten a good scan of it before it fell apart.

This is an important message to take extra care with your oldest pictures - not just in handling them but in transporting them from person to person.  And make sure you have scans of all of them.  A good scan is better than nothing.
Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Bill and Dorothy Haines

Holy Cross Cemetery
Pomona, California
(picture taken July 9, 2010)

William O. and Dorothy H. Haines were my uncle and aunt on my mother's side.  Dorothy was mom's only sibling and they were very close.  Bill and Dorothy were married on July 6, 1935 and had 4 children - 3 girls and a boy.

From the time I was 12 until I moved away from home we lived within walking distance of  Uncle Bill and Auntie Dorothy. Our only cousins and we 5 kids all went to the same schools together.  Uncle Bill was always known as the disciplinarian in his family - I can remember feeling thankful that he wasn't my dad!  We'd go to their house for backyard bar-be-ques and on the back porch would hang an ominous looking long leather strap.  We kids knew exactly what it was for and I think we all breathed a sigh of relief knowing he couldn't touch us with it. 

There was also an apartment - one room with kitchen, bath (I believe) above their garage.  We'd climb up there and sit around and chat with the cousins for hours on end.  I remember the huge orange grove they had on the property behind the house and garage.  Rows and rows of trees...'delish' fruit growing from the trees...I don't remember if it was forbidden fruit, or if we were allowed to eat as much as we could.  If it was forbidden I'm sure we stayed away with no problem for fear of that leather belt.  We did take short cuts through the trees to get back on the closest street to our house.  I remember an old wooden tree house built in one of those trees that the 3 boys (my 2 brother's and their boy cousin) would hide out in to get away from the girls.
Mary Post Warren
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Jimmy

 James Joseph Post
July 19, 1942 - December 27, 1993
Tucson Arizona

Jim served in the Air Force from 1961 through 1981 when he retired and took a job at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson Arizona (his last station) as a jet mechanic.  He married Chun Tze Hwang (June) in Taiwan on August 17, 1967.  They had two children Joseph and James, there are 3 grandchildren.

Jimmy was the oldest of 5 children...and wore the role of  'big brother' well!  These are some of my favorite pictures of him as a child.  Happy Birthday Jimmy, we all love and miss you.

Mary Post Warren
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lucille Post

Lucille Post
Born June 19, 1905
Died July 18, 1909
Phoenix, Arizona

My dad told us he had a sister who had died before he was born...other than knowing her name was Lucille we did not know much about her.  A couple of weeks ago, with the help of one of my favorite nieces, we stumbled upon her gravestone at a cemetery less than a half dozen miles from my house.  We found it on, posted by Gloria Simpson.

From what we've been able to piece together - her parents were in Prescott Arizona (he was an actor and had been in Prescott to do a show) when she became ill.  They stopped at the hospital in Phoenix and she was diagnosed with Diphtheria and Septicemia (per the death certificate) and passed away the next day.   Also according to the death certificate the death certificate shows the family as 'traveling'.  How hard it must have been for her parents to bury her and leave her behind!   

I am not sure where Orvey and Bess lived at the time of her death - they had lived in Texas earlier and had relocated to California by 1913. There are many years before Lucille's birth that are unaccountable for at this time.  Lucille was born in 1905 in San Antonio Texas  (per death certificate).

Saturday, July 17, 2010 I went to visit her grave site.  101 years after her I stood there I wonder if her parents were able to visit her again after she was buried.  I also couldn't help but wonder if anyone had ever been to her grave over the last 101 years.  I can only imagine the heartbreak they must have suffered.

Mary Post Warren
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Writing Analysis

I write like
J. K. Rowling
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Recently I went to a website, at the advice of other gennabloggers, and had my writing analyzed.  The website tells you which writer you most resemble in writing style.  It was an interesting concept.  I just copied and pasted one of my blog postings and it came up J.K. Rowling.  Now mind you, I have not read anything by Ms. Rowling...not the Harry Potter series nor anything else she may have written.  I just may have to check out some of her books.  

Click on my 'badge' above and have your writing analyzed.

Mary Post Warren
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Meme: What Do I Use?

I was given this assignment last week just as we were packing for a weekend trip to California.  I apologize for my late reply.  I hope that my descendants will someday read this and look at the funny electronic equipment I use, or don't use, and laugh at how archaic it is...much like we look at that telephones, cameras, and mainframes of the past.

There is an Internet meme making the rounds...I had fun reading others while we were out of town (just not time to do my own)!  The idea is to list what tools you use.

* Hardware: An old (8years+) emachine that keeps on clunking.  It's been upgraded several times and serves the purpose for now.
* External storage: 8GB Flash Drive, and a few smaller ones for odds and ends.
* Online storage:  I don't really use online storage...too cheap.  I do use Picasa for some of my pictures
* Backup: 8GB Flash Drive
* Firewall: Windows (I think)
* Virus protection: AVG Free
* Spyware:
* File cleaner:
* Printer: my printer just went kaputz and got tossed out.  But a new one is coming, soon I hope.
* Phone: Verizon Blackberry wireless
* Mobile media: Verizon Blackberry wireless
* Music player: ITunes
* Car audio: CD that came with car
* eBook Reader: Haven't got one yet
* Browser: Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer
* Blog: Blogspot and Wordpress
* RSS:
* FTP:
* Text editor:
* Graphics: Adobe Photo Editor

* Screen capture:
* Social media:  Twitter and Facebook
* Social bookmarking:
* Social profile:
* URL shortener:
* Office suite: Microsoft Suite
* E-mail: gmail -
* Calendar: Microsoft Outlook
* Accounting: Microsoft Money
* PDF generator: Adobe full version and
* Genealogy database: PAF
* Genealogy tools:

As you can see I'm pretty basic...I'd have the more advanced items if I had the money but that's not possible so I make do with what I've got and thank God everyday that I have that.

I go back to the PC Junior and the old Apple computers of the 1980's.  Booted up my first computer with the large floppy discs that were out then.  Amazing how far we've come in 20-25 years....and how far I've fallen behind.
Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Weekend Wanderings

We spent a few days in southern California with family this past weekend.  On Friday my sister and I went to Pomona to the cemetery where my mom and dad, her sister and husband, and my grandparents are buried.  I had not been to the cemetery since my parents died in 1987 so it was good visiting.  We literally had no issue finding any of the tombstones.  My sister had been to the cemetery many times and knew exactly where to find mom and dad's grave...we knew the others were buried nearby but not exactly where....but we found them all within a few minutes.  My grandparents tombstones were barely readable.  Does anyone know how to get mildew off a tombstone? My grandfathers sister is buried across the street from Holy Cross Cemetery...she was not Catholic so could not be buried where everyone else was.

We also got together with Howard's sisters and families on Saturday....We saw a great-niece whom we had not seen since she was a baby - she's turned into an awesome young woman (she's 20).  We also saw another niece and her son (our great-nephew) whom we had not seen since he was a baby - he's 11 now.  

Fun times with all families and sharing memories!  Martha, my sister, also shared some pictures she had with I've got new ones I will be posting within the next few weeks.  I love having new material to post!

Speaking of new material to post -last week I found a sister of my dad's who had died 4 years before he was born...what is interesting is she is buried here in Phoenix about a half dozen miles from our home.  Watch for her story....we knew she existed but did not know any particulars and there are no pictures to our knowledge.  The 18th of July is the 101st anniversary of her death.  I will be going to the cemetery to visit her that day.  Thanks to Gloria Simpson on for posting her information.  There's a picture of her grave there but I want to post one that I've taken (this weekend).

Mary Post Warren
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Tombstone Tuesday - Hays and Margaret Post

Taken July 8, 2010
Holy Cross Cemetery
Pomona CA

Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

Found in my mother's scrapbook - I have no idea where this golf course is located.  
She lived in Goshen, Indiana at the time so I'm guessing it is somewhere in that part of the country.

Mary Post Warren
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Fun Fotos From Fourth of July 2010

Fun Fotos From Fourth of July taken at friends of our daughter's house where we spent the 4th of July, eating, talking, eating, and talking, and then eating some more.  Great food, nice people, awesome time.

These are the pants Howard has worn every year for 40 years (see yesterdays blog for the full story on these). The shirt has changed a couple times - we bought this one last year.  My pants I bought after the 4th last year at a thrift store - $2.00. You can't see them but I have on red, white, and blue Birkenstock sandals.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fourth of July 2010 Ramblings

Uncle SamMy husband, in his usual patriotic way, dressed in the red, white and blue that he has dressed in every Independence Day since the late1960s.  The material the pants are made out of is the old polyester double knit, which like the energizer bunny, just keeps going and going and going. Our kids love to tell the stories of 4th of July parties, or 4th of July church functions, or working in fire works stands and their dad wore this outfit. It is one of their earliest memories.

enegizier bunny
Not only is this outfit like the energizer bunny but my hubby is also like the  energizer bunny - at age 74 he just does not quit.  He keeps going and going and going. He still works part time, he runs my errands, he is the first one to offer his hand if someone needs a helping one. He also volunteers at our church and he visits many of the older people from church when they are in rest homes, assisted living, hospice, or the hospital.  He's my hero....thankfully our kids feel the same way about him. Anyone who does all this and still wears the same pair of pants after almost 40 years has to be my idol!  Plus he's put up with me for over 46 years.  HE ROCKS!

Howard looks much like Las Vegas' infamous mayor, Oscar Goodman.  Oscar has a colorful past with ties to the mafia. He's also been known to fall off stages while giving a toast at some function.  He's usually got a  showgirl on each arm at these events.  When we lived in Las Vegas people would stop us asking for his autograph.   He HATES to be compared to him - but he does 'play' it for all it's worth.

And that my friends is a tribute to MY #1 Uncle Sam!

Mary Post Warren
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