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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Quilt Photo Contest!

Mary Biever, a 4-H Leader & facebook friend, suggested that I announce the Quilt Show 2009---Harvest of Quilts VIII "Through a Quilter's Eye" September 18 (set up), 19, 20, 2009 The Raintree Quilters exhibited a record number of quilts at the last show. This show promises to be just as exciting. In addition to many interesting venders the guild hosts the Treasure Table where new and used quilt items are donated for sale to the public. The 2009 Raintree Quilt Guild Harvest of Quilts Show will be held at a new venue. The new site will be the Vanderburgh Co. 4-H Center located just off US 41 N, on 210 E. Boonville/New Harmony Rd., Evansville, IN.

Mary said, "Admission is $5 per person. They are setting up now! Quilts are gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! This is a must see for any quilt lover or seamstress. They must have 200 quilts on display. They will completely fill the 4-H Center auditorium, except for a tiny area near the stage with a few designated foods tables. There will also be vendors selling quilting supplies. This is the nicest exhibition of quilts I've ever seen in Evansville or our area."

The connection to genealogy (or history) is the fact that most families have quilts passed down from generation to generation. There are many "Friendship Quilts" that list friends or members of a group or family members... often with signatures & sometimes little notes or messages (poems). As Mary stated these quilts are gorgeous and would be great to show some photos on this blog. We had the Frog Follies Photo Contest... it would be fun to have a Quilt Photo Contest.

RULES for contest: First, there is no monetary award, just the honor of having your photo and name on this blog and preserving a little history. I will select at least six photos to display on "The First Mate's Photo Album" feature on Wed. 30 Sep 2009 of the TSGS Cruiser Blog. Other photos may be displayed between then & now, but may or may not be the final "winners." The photos must be from the Quilt Show 2009---Harvest of Quilts VIII "Through a Quilter's Eye." All of the quilts are winners, so you need to find a neat way to present one or more of them or catch something that makes your photo stand out a little more than the other great photos. Send as many entries as you wish, but only 3 at a time, to John G. West jgw.mylines@gmail.com You can send me an url to where you may have a photo album that I can pick from and save. Before I will post any photos, I must have the permission of the photographer to post them on the TSGS Cruiser Blog. If you want to have a copyright for the photo, please state that and it will be included. Include any comment or explanation if desired, your name, where from, if you know the name or title of the quilt. Thanks for helping us have some fun and preserve a little history... Good Luck to all! - JGWest

Friday, September 18, 2009

"A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words!"


They say (you know who "they" are)... "That a photo is worth a thousand words!" or is it?

Here is a photo of Ruth Hall (with the purple Colonial dress and her back is to the camera) giving a speech before a large crowd at Central High School. The event was the Junior ROTC Awards night and our Ohio Valley SAR Chapter was to present an award to a deserving cadet... DAR does the same along with each of the branches of the military and other groups. In this "standing room" only crowd, you can see the interest everyone has in Ruth's speech.

This photo is a fooler... Ruth is not giving a speech - she is taking a photo of some of us that came to present the award after the meal. Those standing were in line to get food! So, a photo may be worth a thousand words, that is, if you know what the photo represents. If we put a caption to this picture as: "Ruth Hall addresses large crowd at CHS JROTC Awards Banquet" - you would think that she actually did address this big group back in 2006!

- Photo taken by Chris Myers

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tombstone Thursday - McNair


Two young McNair girls die from diphtheria about a week apart...

...this according to cemetery records. Buehla was 2.5 years old (died 11 Nov 1882) while Carroll was 4.5 years old (died 24 Oct 1882). They are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Indiana, Section 31, Lot 13, Graves 1 & 2.

The inscription reads: "THE LOAN RETURNED."

- Photo taken & submitted by JGWest

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

From the FIRST MATE's


Thomas West, Sr. is the farthermost back on my West line that any of us researching this line has been able to reach. One of his sons, Ignatius West (mentioned in this document) was born in Granville County, North Carolina in 1750. We have militia records showing Thomas in Granville Co., NC in 1752 and deed records (as a witness) in 1754; and, thereafter, the records are showing his moves into several counties formed out of Granville Co. with absolute documentation that he is the same Thomas West in each of his moves. He moves to Orange Co. and then Chatham County is formed from Orange.

This photo is of Ignatius West's Administration Bond on the Estate of Thomas West, Sen. at Feby Sessions 1808. Thomas West, Jr. (born before 1744) is my ancestor who removed to northeastern Christian County, Kentucky about the time of his father's death.

- Document provided by Ben West

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Last of 2009 Frog Follies Pics"


Last of 2009 Frog Follies TSGS Cruiser Blog Photo Contest Winners...

I can not seem to get away from pics of these cool cars, you might surmise that I am a fan. But, I can not help it, I like old things... that is why I am a genealogist. I love antiques, old buildings, old cars, "Oldies, but Goodies" music. Worse, yet, I collect rocks & fossils. So, please forgive me for selecting a few more neat street rod photos from Eric Cake. I met Eric at an Ohio Valley SAR Chapter last year when he was running for a political office. He is interested in community service, politics, government & history... oh, and the Frog Follies and his son, Chance! - JGWest

Best Infant Driving a Street Rod: goes to Eric Cake.

Here is a view of the car... nice flames, too!

Best Pose by a Father & Son! goes to Eric Cake

Best Commercial Truck: goes to Eric Cake.

Just realized that Eric did not take these photos... Eric let us know who to give photo credits for these great pictures.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday


John Sprinkle landed at this site in 1803 and in 1818 established Sprinklesburg on the Ohio River.

In 1837 the name of the town was changed to Newburgh, Indiana

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This plaque was erected in 1976 by the Sprinklesburg Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

- Photo taken & submitted by JGWest

Sunday, September 13, 2009

From the FIRST MATE's

Two of Columbus' ships sail the mighty Ohio River!

The Pinta and the Nina stopped in Owensboro, KY for tours of these two replicas of the trio that Columbus used in his voyage of 1492 this week-end. It will travel upstream to Louisville for a stop there. The third ship was the Santa Maria, which was about twice the size of the smallest ship, the Nina. This is a great "exhibit." I think it will be on display til 5PM today, but if you can not see it this weekend, it will be available next weekend in Louisville. The fee of $7 per person is well worth it. Seniors get in for $6.

The Pinta

The Nina

- Photos taken & submitted by JGWest