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.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

From Cradle to Grave, Joseph Carl Kreusch Betz. 1904-1963

We like to go to estate sales and see what interesting things other people are trying to get rid of.  Back around 1997 we went to a sale that had a lot of old pictures and geegaws.  We don't usually buy anything because we have so much of our "stuff" that to bring in more just doesn't make sense.  But, I came across an old baby book that really was very special and a bargain at $2.  It probably meant a lot to me because I was pregnant at the time and I felt so sad that this baby book was being sold off.

The book is called His Majesty The King, Our Baby's Biography and this book is specifically about Joseph Carl Kreusch Betz, or as the inscription says inside "With sentiments of the season to H.R.H. Prince Josef Karl  Heir Apparent in Betz.  Dec. 25, 1904.  From Jos. Beardslee"  Joseph Betz was born on November 11, 1904 in Cleveland Ohio.  His parents were Arthur Burton Betz (1875-1947) and Edith Gertrude Kreusch (1877-1930).  Joseph had two sisters, Marion and Virginia.  

I did some research today and found that Joseph Betz died October 5, 1963.  He had married a woman named Dorothy Larson.  I've not been able to find anything that says they had children.  The obituary, which I've included in this post, doesn't mention children at all which makes me think that's why his baby book ended up in an estate sale.  Their were no "heirs apparent" to Joseph Carl Kreusch Betz. 

The baby book was at an estate sale in Memphis, TN.  In addition there was a photograph of a woman and baby inside the book.  I'm assuming it's Joseph and his mother Edith.  There are a lot of notations in this book along with photographs and even things that Joseph drew and his mother kept.  There are a lot of firsts, this is a baby book after all.  First tooth, first word (golly), first dog (Jackie), and more.  My scanner wouldn't cooperate so I had to take pictures instead.  Not as good, but at least I can post them and maybe someone, somewhere will find this page and say hey, I remember Joe.  He was alright. 

Joseph Carl Kreusch Betz and most likely his mother Edith.









































Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Prohibition and the birth of Prescription Whiskey...1925.

Now let's see if I have this straight.  Prohibition in the United States began in 1920 and lasted until 1933 banning all liquor sales in the United States.  With one exception, when it was prescribed for medicinal purposes and sold through licensed pharmacies.   There were about 20 Walgreens Pharmacies at the start of prohibition.  By the end there were 400.   Obviously no connection there whatsoever!

Please note this very legal Whiskey Bottle was prescribed on October 23, 1925.  Take as directed.   And at the bottom it says "FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES ONLY Sale or use for other purposes will cause heavy penalties to be inflicted".



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The United States Government, Octopus on the Potomac

"...government is getting so far away from us that we don't understand it.  We can understand a pound of butter; we do not understand a government bureau."    Page 1, Octopus on the Potomac.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.