Monday, April 8, 2013

Moran Place

I will no longer be posting Moran ephemera on the Victorian Hoarders page.  To view future Victorian Hoarder goodies we invite you to visit us at Moran Place.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sibley's, The Store of the Century

Sibley's was a New York department store chain based in Rochester but with other locations exclusively in the state of New York.  The founders of the store were Rufus Sibley, Alexander Lindsay & John Curr.  These three had worked at Hogg, Brown and Taylor in Boston however like many people they wanted to go into business for themselves.  Thus the Sibley, Lindsay & Curr Company was born in 1868.  Over the years Sibley's was acquired by other company's until 2006 when it was absorbed into the collective that is known as Macy's.

Louise Moran, who was from Dresden, TN, had moved to Rochester in the 1950's to attend Nursing school.  She liked New York so much she married a doctor and has been living in the area ever since.  It's fairly certain we can credit her with making the purchase from Sibley's that led to this particular box being hoarded at the family home in Tennessee.  :)

Here is a closeup of the Sibley Logo:

1868 - Sibley's - 1968
Upstate New York's Store of the Century

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Meat Curing Made Easy, 1935

Morton Salt Company
Published 1935

This 40 page booklet was made for farm families.  It covers topics like butchering, chilling, and curing meats.  Along the way there are plenty of advertisements from Morton Salt Company for Morton's Sugar-Cure, Morton's Tender Quick, and Morton's Sausage Seasoning.  In addition, learn how to cure corned lamb, canadian style bacon, head cheese and scrapple.  This was a great find, in fantastic condition and a cool piece of vintage advertising.  

Garst Family Bible, 1860's


Garst Family Bible
Washington County Tennessee

If I were to take a guess about how we came into the possession of the Bible I'd have to say the Moran's enjoy collecting things.  This Bible was part of the James H. Moran IV book collection.  Although James was born in Dresden Tennessee he moved to east Tennessee and lived in the Kingsport area most of his life. He enjoyed collecting antiques and books and canes were two of his favorite items to collect. He probably purchased the Garst Bible at an antique store or perhaps an estate sale.



Jacob Garst was born July 18, 1839.  Barbara Miller was born April 11, 1845.  The two were married December 20, 1862.  The Bible was printed in 1860.  They had two children: Samuel D. Garst was born April 22, 1864, and Martha (Mattie) E. Garst was born June 27, 1868.  The family lived in Washington County Tennessee which is not too far from Kingsport where James H. Moran lived.  



Martha married William Hiram Sellers and they had several children.  She died June 5, 1945.  Samuel D. Garst married Maggie I. Osborne and he died October 14, 1940.



Jacob Garst died August 28, 1909.  Barbara Miller Garst died April 17, 1929.



All of the Garsts are buried at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Washington County, Tennessee.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

CDV by S. Ichida, 1890 Kobe Japan


This is a lovely image taken in Kobe, Japan, June 1890 by S. Ichida.  We have no idea if the man and woman are relatives of the Moran's or just friends.  Are they missionaries perhaps?  Are they adopting the baby?  If only pictures could talk...

UPDATE December 28, 2011.  The couple in this picture have been identified as Willard Elmer Towson and Emma Hatton Towson and their daughter, Manie Cooper Towson.  For more information about them visit the blog entry at the Moran Family blogsite.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Edwards The Live Druggist, Gainesville, TX Late 1800's

UPDATE!!!!  June 26, 2012.  The mystery of Edwards, The Live Druggist has been solved.  He was James T. Edwards and you can find out more about him and his wife on the Moran Family Blog.


Original post:  I have no idea who Edwards was and what he meant by "live druggist"!  The photographer's mark on the back says Jas. L. Goben, California St. Photographer, Gainesville, Texas.  Several of the Scott's, a branch of Moran kinfolk, had moved to Gainesville TX and are buried in Fairview Cemetery.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Who are you Thomas Ogilvie MacPherson III?

Thomas Ogilvie MacPherson III
7 1/2 yrs old

Updated: November 14, 2012
Thomas Ogilvie MacPherson III was the son of Thomas Ogilvie MacPherson II and Frances McLean "Mackie" Shumate.  More information about the MacPherson's will be forthcoming on the Moran Family Blog.  But for now, be sure to check out this link to "We are Family".  Thomas the third's mother, siblings and cousins are pictured there.

This charming fellow is named Thomas Ogilvie MacPherson III.  He was 7 and a half years old when this picture was taken.  I also know his mother had another copy of the picture (framed) because she wrote all of this information on the back.  What she didn't write was a date, her name, a city, the name of the person she was giving this picture too, or the relationship that the MacPhersons may have had with the recipient.  Which means it could've been given to anyone in the extensive Moran/Scott/Irvine/Ferguson/Ezzell/Shumate...well you get the idea.  

Searches in Ancestry.com, Familysearch.org and other online sources came up with one Thomas Ogilvie MacPherson born in 1929 and died in 1952 in South Carolina and his mother was named Frances MacPherson.  I did notice the name "Austin" etched on the photograph at the lefthand side toward the bottom.  I'm assuming it's the photographer's mark and not the city.  I also googled to see if there was a photographer in South Carolina by the name of Austin and there was.  William B. Austin did photography from about 1890 - 1940 in South Carolina. 

Is this the right Thomas MacPherson?  The correct Austin?  No clue.  All I can tell you for sure is that I found the picture at the Moran home in Dresden Tennessee.