The interests and daily life of diarists are reflected in their writings. Often, secondary materials they collect indicate their social milieu and focus of the day. This post contains transcriptions of four newspaper clippings that Clarence E. Blanc saved with his diary. They are from papers on the topic of India in the 1920’s. Continue reading “Newspaper clippings, 1920’s India”
NOTE: This post previously appeared on this blog on 10 June 2012. I have republished it for “History” month here in Isles.
In May of 2006, Patty, John and I visited Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. Greg Adamson and Marsha Fuller hosted us on a 2-day guided tour into my Harper family’s past. Through their kind and knowledgeable guidance, I learned more about my family in that short “graveyard tour” than in my entire life. Continue reading “Time Travel I–West Virginia”
This post contains another set of randomly selected letters from the White collection. The writers are Wm R. White and John E. White, writing between 1935 and 1945. Most letters I have transcribed are multiple pages, but I stopped breaking these out to allow more flow. Continue reading “Third collection of White letters”
NOTE: This post previously appeared on this blog on 25 April 2013. I have republished it for “History” month here in Isles, with additional material.
Julius Dickey “Richard” Harper was born on December 2nd, 1864 in Vacaville, Solano County, California. The third of four sons born to Lucretia Stull Allison and Dr. Eli Akim Harper, Richard was younger brother of Andrew “Amby” Henry Harper, born 1860. Here is an image of the grave stone at Mt. Hope Cemetery in San Diego: Continue reading “Julius Dickey Harper”
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”
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”
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”
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”
In the Allison box, at the bottom, lay four small notebooks. This post contains a transcription of the first of these books, enabled for search and research. My tendency is to keep the small formatting of the original, admittedly more difficult to parse than otherwise. I have edited for clarity in some cases. I’ll have more to say below in my summary. Continue reading “First of 4 Allison Books”
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”