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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tech Info

The following comes from today's Uniblue newsletter
May 2009:

Cleaning the outside of your PC

To start with, what you need is a lint free cloth, a can of compressed air, cotton swabs dampened with water, tweezers, and perhaps a little isopropyl alcohol. Definitely do NOT use ethyl alcohol or cleaners that contain acetone or ammonia on the monitor if you are using a flat screen display. You should also avoid using a vacuum cleaner for any cleaning since it might damage the computer. Finally, before you proceed with the steps below, turn off the computer and monitor (in fact all hardware you are cleaning), and disconnect all cables.

1. Wipe the outside with the cloth and use the isopropyl alcohol to remove any persistent stains. Although the inside could probably benefit from having the dust blown out of it with the can of compressed air, opening the case might terminate the warranty so perhaps this is best avoided. For a laptop, just blow the compressed air over the keyboard. Whatever your system avoid blowing air over the fans in case you create a power surge.

2. Wipe the screen gently with the cloth (lens cleaning cloths are perfect). Don’t press hard on the display as you might cause damage. If there are any more resilient marks on the monitor use a cloth, or cotton swab, lightly dampened with water or isopropyl alcohol. Be careful when using any other cleaning agent on the monitor since many of these will damage the LCD. You should also avoid spraying or pouring liquid directly onto the screen.

3. Turn the keyboard upside down and tap it from the back. Then use the compressed air to blow off any remaining dirt. If you have a laptop, just blow the keyboard with the compressed air (avoiding the fan slots). Then use the cloth, tweezers and cotton swabs to clean the keys.

4. Wipe the mouse with the cloth. For a roller-ball mouse, open the bottom cover and clean the rollers using cotton swabs and tweezers or your fingernail.
-Submitted by JGWest

Friday, May 1, 2009

"The Kiefer Mystery Case"

Frank Vincent Kiefer
Yesterday for Tombstone Thursday we featured the grave marker for Frank Kiefer. Several odd pieces of information has made him a bit of a mystery. The marker states he is an actor... so one would wonder, what type of actor - and was he local, regional or on a larger stage? That is just mere curiosity, however. The mystery is a little more than that. His marker states he was born on"Friday May 26, 1873" & died on "Friday May 26, 1933" - for any genealogist this looks suspicious and sticks out like a sore thumb! One of those "Friday May 26" engravings is probably incorrect! Now, Brenda Jerome reported that the 1930 Census lists a Frank Kiefer who would be about the right age living with his family on Emmett Street in Evansville, Indiana. Now, in the Browning Obits Database there is a Frank Kiefer age 79 that died in 1955 with the similar survivors as the Keifer family in the 1930 Census living at 1303 Emmett Street. At age 79 in 1955 (if that is the right age) this Frank Kiefer would have been born about 1876 (close enough to suspect he is the same man).
So, what is the scoop on this guy? Genealogists, historians, mystery lovers... I challenge you to unraffle this man's life so we will know his story! Write to me or comment on this blog. Here is my email addy: jgw.mylines@gmail.com
- Submitted by JGWest

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tombstone Thursday - (Actor) Frank Vincent Kiefer

Actor Frank Vincent Kiefer
(Note the curtain across the top!)

There is a curious tombstone in New salem Campground Cemetery on
Campground Road in Evansville. The inscription reads as follows:

The Final Curtain For Actor
Frank Vincent Kiefer
Born Friday May 26, 1873
Died Friday May 26, 1933

Did not find an obituary for this man, but he is listed on the 1930
Vanderburgh County census on Emmett Street in Evansville. His
occupation is listed as a saleman at a flour mill.

The tombstone was photographed 25 April 2009 by Brenda Joyce Jerome and submitted by her.
Note: We have not found anything on this "actor" - maybe someone can find something more about him! Browning Database Obits list a Frank Kiefer that died in 1955 & had lived at 1303 Emmett Street... is this the same man? - JGWest

[Tombstone Thursday is dedicated in memory of Donald G. West 1952-2000]

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

From the FIRST MATE's

An Artist's Engraving on Stone
This is a photo of a beautiful clear glass oil lamp/lantern
Actually this is engraved on a grave marker in Oak Hill Cemetery (Evansville, Indiana). Although the stone looks like gray in this close-up photo, the marker is a beautiful black color.

The above engraving is on the grave marker for Sue Hebbeler's Uncle Norman (shown below) and there is a mirrored replica on the opposite side of the face of the marker. This is either done by a stencil with sand blasting or it is laser etched. These black granite markers with etchings of photos, objects, scenes or lettering have become very popular in cemeteries to honor & remember a loved one.

- Photo taken and submitted by JGWest

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

“So, It Is Really True!”

...when I was in the fifth grade and was made aware for the first time that many, many generations of ancestors came before I was even born. I realized, that year, that the stories of long ago were based upon real times and real people, in spite of the fact that the actual story was fiction. It was truly a difficult thing for me to just accept – although Mom and Dad, my teacher and others were trying to convince me that things actually happened before my time or even my parents' time. So, my parents took me to several areas in Kentucky to visit the graves of some of my more recent ancestors (my great grandparents). They must have existed because they no longer existed. Now, that was hard for Dad to explain, but he said he knew these people and they were his grandparents. I saw no reason for Dad to lie about this. My West great grandparents were John William West & Hettie (Hester) Martin. Whoa! On their tombstone was a picture of them!!! They must have lived because there was their photo and Dad made a positive ID of them... he claimed that was exactly how they looked. Also, I was named after my great grandfather. This was proof that they existed and my father verified that it was true! [Us genealogists call that "documentation," something I needed to have then and still insist upon today!] Dad said boldly and with pride, “These are my grandparents!” I thought that if I had grandparents and Dad had grandparents, did my grandparents have grandparents and did these people (my great grandparents) also have grandparents. Dad said that, indeed, that was true. Well, who were these people; and, sadly Dad said “I do not know!” Well, I have been searching ever since for who these people are. That was over 50 years ago!

By the way, we went to see my great grandfather's grave in Owensboro, Kentucky. It was a Civil War Marker for James Tobias Long. I looked at Mom and Dad and stated with my newfound wisdom and experience - “So, the Civil War really happened!”

- Written & submitted by John G. West

Monday, April 27, 2009

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday

Posey County, Indiana
DAR Memorial Marker
(Click on photo for larger image)

Honoring the 15 soldiers of the American Revolution buried in Posey County. This was erected by the General Thomas Posey NSDAR Chapter in 1977 as a gift of the Chapter Regent. It is on the West lawn of the County Courthouse in Mt. Vernon, Indiana.

- Photo taken and submitted by JGWest

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Brief Genealogical Notes

Alice Warner sent this to the KYGENWEB email list: Recent WKU Folk Studies graduate Mary Koegel as developed this really cool educational website on Kentucky history. It is a virtual timeline... you click on the colored dots to see what they have concerning that highlited time. Once you get to that page some of the captions are blue and hyperlinked so you can go to the next sub-topic. Check it out! http://kdl.kyvl.org/kyleidoscope.htm

From Virginia Aldridge ~ Just a note to let everyone know all 291 images from Volume 25 are now online. I am continuing to work on attaching the names to the images.

Don Counts sent this link to me from The Evansville Courier & Press concerning events for May and National Preservation Month: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2009/apr/26/may-is-national-preservation-month-here-is-a-of/

We now have over 100 unique visits to our regular TSGS Web Site from countries outside of the United States! Here is a ClustrMaps view of the European hits.

The small red dots represent 1-2 hits and the next size are for 3-99 hits. Ireland has 21 hits with United Kingdom having 10 unique visits.

- Compiled by JGWest