More White letters

For this post, I chose another five letters randomly from the dozens I have on my desk. Several of these letters come from the Stoddards of California, another from Bill White to his mother, and two from John E. White. These letters represent part of the shared family history. All credit to the writers, all transcription errors are mine. Continue reading “More White letters”

White letters

The following source material comes from my wife’s side of the family, the White and Stoddard lines. This post includes correspondence from the Stoddard’s, the McCarthy’s, the White’s and the Dorff’s. Throughout, I have intermittently indicated source spelling errors with (sic), but not comprehensively. I’ve also introduced my fair share, or more, of errors in these transcriptions. Continue reading “White letters”

Diary of C.E. Blanc

Over the last half dozen posts, I’ve transcribed Dr. E.A. Harper’s letters. Based on his writings, the reputation doctors enjoy for inscrutable handwriting is well deserved. I thought I’d take a break, and move to another voluminous writer, my grandmother. As I rummaged around the storage chest for her missives, I happened upon a diary by her brother, C.E. Blanc. Be careful what you wish for. Continue reading “Diary of C.E. Blanc”

Allison notebooks: Book Two

This post consists of transcriptions of the second pocket notebook from the Allison box. As with the first book found in the box of Allison biographical data, most of the writings are by Dr. E.A. Harper. In the first book, Charles Harper makes an appearance. An editing note: I correct most typos, and introduce a few of mine own. Occassionally, I will insert a sic while preserving original spelling. It’s a balancing act which I hope gives you the flavor of the writing while making it more intelligible to 21st century readers. Continue reading “Allison notebooks: Book Two”

A Solar Event

Mari led us out to Oro Valley, and the Catalina State Park. The Park hosted a solar event, consisting of a potluck and dozens of ovens scattered around the group campsite. We arrived early to avoid the noon day sun and heat. Our first stop at an informal outdoor kitchen rewarded each of us with a dixie cup of chili, warmed by the sun, and the ghost peppers. A casual event, it provided confirmation, beyond our happy stomachs, that Tishla knows most of the tricks of solar cooking. Continue reading “A Solar Event”

Biography of Allison Family

Greg Adamson pulled a box from his trunk in the parking lot of the Harper General store. He and Marsha had examined their purchases from eBay in detail, before this meeting in Seneca Falls, West Virginia. The biography data for the Allisons was neatly folded into a used checkbook box – Greg’s. I’ve exhausted the document scans (not the photos!), and I’m now sifting through the actual documents themselves. Note that I have highlighted several transcriptions to separate them from my comments. Join me as I explore the first tranch of primary source documents. Continue reading “Biography of Allison Family”

Francis and Ella Blanc

My paternal grandmother, Ethel E. Blanc, was the eighth and youngest child of Rev. Francis L. Blanc and Ella E. Worth. As I waited on the tarmac at the Portland airport in 2007, I began to browse Skywest, the eponymous magazine of United Airlines regional carrier, when I happened upon an article about Julian. This post is a collection of images and documents from the Blancs, originally of Lausanne, Switzerland. Continue reading “Francis and Ella Blanc”