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Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Lost Classmate Found For 50th. Reunion!"


How many of you have done an Internet search for yourself? It is amazing how many hits you can find. I was asked at a Reitz High School Class of 1960 reunion planning committee meeting to see if I could find Marty Harrell, a fellow classmate. Below is the results. - Don Counts

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Elvis Presley's Original Horn Section Joins John Krondes and The Elvis 'Hit Making Team' In Historical Recording Project
Shock waves continue to travel through the Elvis world as the Elvis Horns team with John Krondes and the dream lives on. Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY (PRWEB) March 1, 2006 -- Music fills the air again, trumpets are sounding and resonating across the oceans and the dream lives on. In Rip Van Winkle like fashion, the world's music fans are waking up after a 29-year dark songless nightmare to the new day. Along with the rise of the sun over the horizon, this new day begins with the ascension of the Elvis "Hit Making Team".
Sounding a bit like the Aloha from Hawaii concert, players from the Aloha Section and Las Vegas Hilton horn sections, along with trumpeter Jack Feierman from the '68 Comeback Special shook the walls of Westlake Recording in Los Angeles with that sweet familiar sound. Elvis Presley's Leading Brass men rose to the occasion and joined the reunion, further completing the Elvis circle and dream come true for music fans. Leading the way are Walt Johnson (Elvis' lead Trumpet), Sam Cernuto (Elvis' Lead Trombone) and Marty Harrell (Elvis' Bass Trombone).
This from the web site: "Elvis & Friends-- Special Moments" http://www.memphismemoriesproductions.com/special.htm
It was raining in Los Angeles when I caught the Elvis Presley shuttle plane to join his next concert. There were about ten musicians and two members of the Sweet Inspirations singing group when I got there. And as usual, we were to stop once again in Las Vegas to pick up more band members before heading for Portland, Maine to join the rest of the troupe. The people I can remember being on the chartered Holiday Airline Electrojet that day were Marty Harrell, bass trombone player; Pat Houston, trumpet; Myrna Smith, and Estelle Brown of the Sweet Inspirations singing group; James Burton, Jerry Scheff, Ronnie Tutt, Glen D. Hardin, all musicians; and Jacky Kahane, a comedian. Also two men from Colonel Parker's office were aboard. I think they were Tom Diskin and Ed Bonja.
Marty Harrell had gone to call Memphis, but I didn't know what. If I had been told we had orders to call Memphis, I would have known right away that it was some kind of crisis. we all strolled near the plane, waiting for a report on why we were being delayed. It all happened so quickly that I had no time and was still too sleepy to do any rational thinking. Marty came out of the airport terminal and walked up the plane steps. "Everybody gather around, I have something to tell you," he said. We all moved slowly toward Marty and then he said in a soft, clear voice: "Elvis died this morning. We are to head back to Las Vegas and Los Angeles right away.
Don reports that: "During the research I found the following: Las Vegas Realty Marty Harrell (with the same name and spelling). I sent an email and he called back saying he is coming to our 50th reunion this year. He has never been able to come because he was always on the road. He is not doing much musically any more and has started selling real estate."
- Submitted by Donald R. Counts

Friday, March 26, 2010

"Willard Library is Having a Party!!!"


Come join in on the fun, Willard is having a party!!!

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Party on, Dudes!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Brief Genealogical Notes


Gold star honor roll. A record of Indiana men and women who died in the service of the United States and the allied nations in the world war. 1914-1918
John W. Oliver, editor.
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John, I saw that this book was just uploaded to the Internet Public Library by the Allen County Public Library; I thought you may be interested in blogging about it - especially since people are listed by county and it'd be easy to extract the ones from Vanderburgh [& Southwestern Indiana].

- Submitted by Taneya Koonce

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

From the FIRST MATE's


These photos were taken at a place that is only a few years old in Evansville...

Do you know where it is?
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Photos are of the Children's Museum of Evansville (cMOE). The building it is housed in is the old one used by Central Library. This is one very cool place for kids & their parents to have a great time!!!

- Photos taken & submitted by JGWest

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Census..."


Everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. Census...
but were afraid to ask!

Well, maybe not everything, but a great deal of information is available at this site.

Intergrated Public Use Microdata Series - IPUMS

IPUMS-USA is a project dedicated to collecting and distributing United States census data. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota and others.

Its goals are to:

Collect and preserve data and documentation
Harmonize data
Disseminate the data absolutely free!

Major Collaborators:

FamilySearch.org and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
National Archives and Records Administration, Central-Plains Federal Records Center
SocialExplorer.com and CUNY-Queens College, Andrew Beveridge and Ahmed Lacvic
U.S. Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies, Todd K. Gardner

"It gives an interesting statement of purpose on the home page, and lots of census information. What one of my researchers here in Lake Zurich is doing is printing out the questions that were asked of people for the 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 censuses and using those questions when she is interviewing family members. 'What do you think you answered when you were filling out this census?' The web site also provides all of the same information from 1850-1930, the printable census forms for 1850-1930 will provide the questions/columns necessary. I always keep a printout handy when I’m teaching someone.” - Carol Bartlett

Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Evansville, Indiana Marriage Found in Tennessee Newspaper"

Maryville Enterprise

Blont County, Tennessee
August 17, 1960

The marriage of Miss Naomi Myers and Ullin L. Bivens was solemnized Saturday, August 6 in Walnut Street Baptist Church, Evansville, Ind.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman H. Myers of Evansville, and the bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Walter B. Bivens of Maryville and the late Mr. Bivens. The Rev. Charles Chaney of Oak Grove, Ky., read the double ring service.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a street-length gown of white lace over powder blue taffeta. The bodice featured a bateau neckline and short sleeves, and was worn with a crushed cummerbund of taffeta, with bow in back, and streamers. She wore a pearl queen’s crown, with a circular face veil. Mrs. Bailey M. Martin of Henderson, Ky. was matron of honor for her cousin. Mr. Robert Culveyhouse of Maryville was best man for his nephew. A reception was held at the Brenner Party House. Mr. and Mrs. Bivens will return from a a southern honeymon August 21. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Mr. Bivens holds a master’s degree in religious education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He is minister of religious education at the Walnut Street Church in Evansville. Mrs. Bivens is assistant bookkeeper for Ryan Oil. Co.

- Submitted by Taneya Koonce

NOTE: I decided to see what was published in the Evansville newspapers about the wedding. I did not find a report of the marriage in the Browning Online Genealogical Database. I checked the Willard Library Online Marriage Index of Vanderburgh County and finally found them recorded in Volume 162, Page 151 as Ullin Leavell Bivins & Stella N. Myers (I have not checked the actual Marriage books to determine if the names & spellings are correct). - JGWest