Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
1920 Federal Census in Union, Barton, Kansas: Lena is living in the household of my grandfather John Margheim age 20. Lena is listed as sister, unemployed, age 28 (born about 1892)
Lena's birth date is left blank on the death certificate. Wouldn't you know it?
I don't know when Lena was admitted to the Topeka State Hospital, but the death certificate indicates that the doctor treated her from 1926-1928. It's possible that she was admitted to that facility for treatment of the tuberculosis, but I think she was probably admitted becasue of the "mental illness" my dad had heard mentioned, and probably contracted the tuberculosis while living there. I've read online about the unsanitary and very undesirable living conditions of that facility at that time.
I wish I could sit down and interview my grandaunt "Elsaa Lena". I've been so drawn to her lately, even though my research plan was focused on continuing the research into my son's birth family. As quite often happens, I got sidetracked. Certain ancestors seem to call me and just won't fade away for another day. I know she has a great story to tell! And I'd listen. Very intently.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
We were very fortunate to receive this picture yesterday from my husband's brother. Shown here are my husband Larry Jamison as a toddler, on the knee of his Dad, Lt. Col. L. R. Jamison. The picture was taken in Waynesburg, Greene, Pennsylvania about 1948. It's fitting that I post this picture today because both Larry and his dad served in the United States Air Force. I'm proud of these Jamison veterans on this Veteran's Day and always!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Pictured at left are my grandparents, John and Mollie (Koleber) Margheim with their two sons Ernest (my dad) at left and Alfred at right. Alfred was born November 11, 1923, but passed away on March 22, 1933.