TSGS Cruiser Blog

Friday, July 27, 2012

From the First Mate's Photo Album

Five guys take same photo for 30 years...
every 5 years the next group photo is repeated and hung on the cabin wall at Copco Lake!
By Kelly Andersen, Special to CNN
updated 6:37 AM EDT, Fri July 27, 2012 

 Original photo in 1982

(CNN) -- When five teenagers sat down and posed for a picture at Copco Lake in 1982, they didn't plan on making it a tradition. But that's what it became.  Every five years for the past three decades, John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony have been meeting at the California lake and taking the same photo.  The first photograph of the high school friends was just happenstance. Wardlaw, known as Wedge in the group, had a family cabin at the lake where the friends gathered in July 1982.  [See the rest of this story @ http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/26/travel/friends-summer-photo-tradition/index.html]

These 5 friends have such a cool tradition!  The Abram West family of Amo (Hendricks County), Indiana started a family reunion in 1900 and continued every year until 2000 plus a few more years... the reunions lasted for over 100 years.  Abram West was the grandson of Ignatius West of Chatham Co., NC (the brother of my ancestor Thomas West, Jr. who brought his family to Christian Co., KY.  Abram's father, William West died in Christian Co, KY in 1812.). 

Do any of you have neat traditions that you would like to share with the followers of this blog?

- Compiled by JGWest

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tombstone Thursday - Moore

Oak Hill Cemetery
Evansville, Indiana
Lucinda Aurelia Peach
wife of Morris E. Moore
Birth Mother of Rebecca L. Meredith
Becky West is a TSGS Board Director
[Becky's father was Robert H. Meredith, Lucinda's first husband.]
- Photo taken by Indiana Bones.

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

TSGS Member Joins her Ancestors


Marjorie E. (Greb) Heerdink, (86)

of Evansville, Indiana... passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.
She was formally employed at Southern Indiana Wire, Indianapolis, Ind. She was a member of the Women Auxiliary VFW Post #1114, Fraternal Order of Police and the Tri-State Genealogy Society. Marjorie enjoyed crocheting, reading and music. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and anchor of her family.  She was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Heerdink; brothers, James, Robert and Joseph Greb.
Marjorie is survived by her husband of 41 years, Norman L. Heerdink; daughters, Judy Myers, of Boonville, Julie "Dawn" Fine and Tonya Gee and husband Allen, all of Evansville; sons Jeffrey Overton, of Naples, Fla., and Robert Heerdink, of Frisco, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; brothers, Raymond Greb, Herman (Buddy) Greb and Norman (Tommy) Greb; sisters, Mary Louise Galoway and Norma Jean Rasmussen; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday July 25, 2012, at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville, IN 47714.  Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday July 26, 2012, at the funeral home.  The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Hospice for their loving care.  Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.  Condolences may be made to the family online at

Published in Courier Press on July 24, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Picking Up Stakes, Moving West"

Most of our ancestors that were in America in Colonial days and in the early 1800's, especially prior to the War of 1812 Knowing war was more than likely going to happen again after the Revolutionary War gave a lot of thought to moving west to the interior country.  During the Revolution many homes and families were destroyed by soldiers making raids on the property to get what they needed (or wanted).  Soldiers were given land grants for their service to their country.  So, they would gather the family and some friends and head to Ohio, Tennesse, Georgia, Kentucky and Indiana.

In Chillicothe, OH this list of things to bring was on exhibit for their Bicentennial Celebration:

Even though many walked most of the way, their supplies and other items would be carried in a wagon, possibly like the one pictured below.
- Photos taken and supplied by Mark & Janet Krebs

Monday, July 23, 2012

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday

This is one of Indiana's new
Historic Cemetery Markers (signs)
as listed in the Registry of the
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

- Information released by Indiana Bones.