Thursday, July 30, 2015

Crestleaf.com’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds: July – Pictures!

For a number of reasons  I haven’t really done as much with my family history/genealogy as I would have liked this month. But I do have an for this month’s entry into the Crestleaf.com Fantastic Family Find challenge

This month’s Fantastic Family Find is due to my parents’ current downsizing and impending move. One day last week I received a letter from my father containing an envelope addressed to his father  postmarked "August [?] 1957" from his from his sister, Irma Henn Sutton, in California, and it was chock full of old family photographs! I thought I would share a few for this entry, and so scanned them with my new portable scanner (FlipPal).




Climbing My Family Tree: Owen Carl Henn and Anna Mae (Bennett) Henn, my paternal grandparents
Owen Carl Henn and Anna Mae (Bennett) Henn, my paternal grandparents
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Climbing My Family Tree: My paternal grandfather’s sisters and his mother, left to right: Hazel, his mother Myrtle (Wilcox), Lucille, and Irma, taken June 20, 1940.
My paternal grandfather’s sisters and his mother, taken June 20, 1940:
 (left to right) Hazel (Henn) McArthur, Myrtle (Wilcox) Henn, Lucille (Henn) Robson,
and Irma (Henn) Sutton.
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Climbing My Family Tree: My great-grandfather, Owen James Henn, Christmas 1955
My great-grandfather, Owen James Henn, Christmas 1955
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Climbing My Family Tree: My 2nd Great Grandmother: Mary Jane (Currier) Wilcox, age 92
My 2nd Great Grandmother: Mary Jane (Currier) Wilcox, age 92
Photo Taken April 21, 1935













Saturday, July 18, 2015

Memories of My Brother, Carl R. Henn (1962-2010)


Climbing My Family Tree: Carl Henn
Carl Raman Henn
Picture courtesy of his wife and daughters
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This is the post I didn’t put up last week after Aunt Barbara died.

My brother Carl’s birthday was July 6, 1962. He died July 27, 2010.  While this might still be too soon, I don’t want to put it up near the end of the month because I want this to be about his life, not his death. 

On his birthday, I was going through my memory box and came across several pages I had written five years ago titled “Memories of Carl.” I can’t remember why I wrote them down. I wonder if I was afraid of forgetting him. I should’ve known that was not possible. I have been considering writing a blog post on my memories of Carl this month for awhile, and had, last month, asked his wife and daughters of that would bother them (in which case I would not do it). They said to go ahead and since then I have been thinking about what to write. Upon finding these pages, I’ve decided to share the memories I wrote down that day, with minimal editing (mostly for clarity).

As always, per my agreement with my family upon starting this blog, I’ve not named living persons without specific permission unless they are or were then public figures. (Although, as his death and, therefore, life, was covered in the Washington Post, I’m not sure how much more public my little blog could be.)

Most of the following are my memories. Some of them may be my memories of other people’s told-stories.  They are likely not in chronological order.

Climbing My Family Tree: Carl and that goofy hat
Carl and that goofy hat; he wore it everywhere outdoors.
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Carl was my middle younger brother, or I am his older, and only, sister. He was a very special person, and I love him very much.

I can see him being held up in my dad’s arms to color pictures on the wallpaper, as they allowed us to do before they took it down in order to re-wallpaper the living room.

I can see him as a young boy at our camp covered in dirt, doggedly looking for arrowheads. Or as an even younger boy, covered with even more dirt, pulling kittens in a little wagon. I see him, in our garage, in Union City, Ohio, daring friends to eat dog food (he ate it!). I see him practicing guitar, or trombone in the sunlight streaming into the living room. I see him lying long across the couch, reading, book propped on his chest – odds are, rest of us, my other brothers and I were on other chairs or couches, or the floor, also reading.

Climbing My Family Tree: Carl and kittens
Carl and kittens
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Climbing My Family Tree: Carl as a baby
Carl as a baby
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He was a round baby. In pictures of us as young children, his older brother was lanky and angled, and Carl was round. Which is odd, because he grew up to be tall, skinny, lanky and angled.

He and his older brother (I'm oldest - they're all younger to me which makes for awkward phrasing) were inseparable in childhood, sharing a room, playing together in the fields and woods, playing the same instrument in school, working at the same high school job (CIC club), blaring Beatles music from the stereo (other bands too, of course, but I mostly remember the later Beatles albums for some reason).

Carl was the youngest child in the family for three years, and he did not give up that spot gracefully when the time came. Fortunately, he outgrew that and he and our youngest brother became the closest of friends in adulthood, and especially after they were both dads and they were both very good dads. I remember both of them working together on Christmas Eve to put together toys for the kids late into the night.

We were all bookworms too. On any given day, particularly in the winter, you could walk into our house and see all four of us, well, six - my parents, too - curled in comfy chairs about the fireplace with a book. All together in our own worlds.

Carl was a high school football player – the skinniest defensive end known to history. He was on the football team at Mississinawa Valley junior high in Union City (Ohio side)  and at Port Clinton high school up on Lake Erie (we moved). I’m not sure that there was a single Friday that he actually came up to the weight he was listed at in the game programs on game day. Most of the time he wasn’t first string, but he loved the game and he tried hard. In his senior year he was also on the tennis team, along with his buddies – I don’t think he was too serious about that, they laughed about it a lot. He also played trombone in the orchestra. He inspired the only Orchestra Lift-a-thon fundraiser that I have ever heard of – perhaps he suggested it because that’s how the football team often raised money. The orchestra members were uniformly smaller and far skinnier than the football team, but the Lift-a-thon attracted attention and it made money!

Climbing My Family Tree: Carl in our Port Clinton, OH back yard
Carl in our Port Clinton, OH backyard
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I remember being asked by Carl and his buddy, John, to go with them to a drive-in movie. They really wanted to see the movie, but they didn’t want to be seen as two guys in a car together at the drive-in (Ohio, 1970's). They must’ve really wanted to see the movie, and Carl must have really been persuasive, as it was a scary movie, and I didn’t, and don’t, like scary movies, but I went.

Carl was in an awful high school rock band (“Dead-End Road”) with his friends. He and his friends wrote original songs for it, with the strangest names (“Armadillo Armageddon,” “Bubonic Dancers,” etc.) He was so intent about it. And so upset when they played in a contest in a local factory bar and were booed off the stage. [Edit: my memory as an older teenage sister is that the band was awful; but, in retrospect, while the music he wrote was odd, it wasn’t 'awful'. And the band may not have been awful in actuality.]

Climbing My Family Tree: The Dead End Road (Carl with guitar) - 1970's
The Dead End Road (Carl Henn with guitar) - 1970s.
This picture was their dreamed of "album cover" shot.
Photo courtesy of John Marek (in white shirt, by the sign)
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Carl wasn’t necessarily the person to have around in an emergency if there was blood. He was extremely trustworthy and resourceful, but he fainted at the sight of blood -- repeatedly. He bravely stayed “with it” (his term) once to take care of our youngest brother when he came home with his face covered in blood after falling off his bike. And he stayed “with it” – largely – for the birth of his babies, even though, or maybe because, the doctor dedicated a nurse just for him after hearing of that tendency! Despite his problems with seeing blood, he prided himself on giving blood every chance he could and saved all the little reward stickers and pins he received for giving gallons. He just refused to look at it as it was coming out.

He wrote songs all his life and played the acoustic guitar. Sung to his wife and daughters. He had a good tenor voice. He made a CD of his songs for mom and for his wife. His wife made me a copy, after. I used to tease him, asking him why he never made a happy song. He explained to me that his voice really wasn’t suited for happy songs and that he sang the best singing sad songs, so he wrote sad songs. So I tell myself that’s why I listen to the CD with tears rolling down my face.

Climbing My Family Tree: Carl playing circa 2002
Carl playing circa 2002
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I remember, he used to pick out the best books for me for Christmas. Before he was married, he used to give me the most unique gifts. Cricket cages one year. But mostly, his gifts to me had a running theme – “keep Jo warm,” lol. He gave me pocket warmers, mittens, flannel sheets, battery-powered heated socks, microwavable slippers, etc.

After college he moved to the Washington DC area for grad school, and initially worked for the Department of Navy. I can’t remember whether he met his wife while he was still working for the Navy, or if it was after he worked with the National Institutes of Health. I remember him talking about having met someone he quite liked. And he called to talk about menu choices before the first meal he cooked for her. I can’t remember what he settled on – I think I know, but I’m not sure.

She was the love of his life. They married within a year of meeting. I remember the wedding. He was so very happy! He loved her throughout his life. They had one of the happiest marriages I’ve ever known. She accepted all his quirks – and he had them – and loved and supported him through all. She is a wonderful woman. I’ve always been so glad they found each other.

I remember going with him after dark as he walked the dogs for miles throughout his neighborhood, later after we were both adults with our own lives; and we talked about life, his girls, his passions (fighting roads, peak oil, community gardens, and consumer waste), my passions then (civil rights, prisoners’ rights, books), and politics. He would stop and look at what others had thrown out to see if he wanted to bring it home. It was disconcerting, but it was Carl. Sometimes he’d have such an air of happy triumph at his finds.

He was funny. I can picture him wearing gift bags on his head, and re-gifting that rubber chicken every year, and that Roy Orbison album, and his annual Christmas letter was anticipated by all! (I wish I’d saved them.) As an adult, he had a kind, dry sense of humor that helped him in speaking his truths to other people.

Climbing My Family Tree: Goofy Carl
Carl being goofy
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I also see him standing with a glass of red wine in his kitchen. We would each have a glass and talk for hours after the rest of his family had gone to bed, nearly every time I visited.

I can remember Carl playing with his girls, reading to them, encouraging them – fruitlessly – not to watch so much TV. He loved his girls so much. He was so very happy to be a Dad of daughters. He was so proud of them, happy with them. And they are just wonderful young women!

He was so proud of his ability to start fires with one match. I remember he stockpiled like crazy for Y2K wanting to be prepared to take care of his wife and girls if life as we knew it ended. (They ate that stock-piled rice for years after.) Carl took care of his family, loved them intensely, and cared about them deeply. And he showed it. The family he grew up in was also important to him. And he brought his family home for Christmas every other year and talked to Mom and Dad weekly. He and I spoke on the phone about twice a month, for hours at a time.

He lived what he believed always, hanging the laundry in the back yard to dry because dryers use too much energy, and using a real plate and cloth napkin (no waste) even when his wife and kids used paper towels instead of napkins for the convenience. He biked to work nearly every day for 20 years in the Rockville MD traffic to the National Institutes of Health, where he worked in procurements – I was always afraid that he  would be hit by a car. He didn’t like driving a car – the world’s oil reserves being limited (peak oil) – and airplanes were an anathema, although he did fly when necessary to travel overseas … after buying carbon offsets. (He only came to see me at my home once, even though I tried to tell him that the same train he took to take his daughters to a Broadway show in New York City came here too!  I later found out that his daughters were allergic to cats, and I always had cats. (I would drive to see him at least yearly, and saw him at Christmas on the years their family came, until I came to a serious relationship of my own that required its own travel, which cut into my trips to see my brothers – we are all several states apart from one another).

Carl was big into recycling, every letter I ever received from him was on the back of something else. He and his wife got solar panels for the roof of their house, as a wedding anniversary gift to each other, well before this was popular. He saved food scraps and composted them, using them on his garden. Carl had a great smile. I can see him in his garden – the small overgrown garden he was so proud of – wearing that silly hat of his and smiling and laughing as he pointed out his tomatoes or something. He shared the produce in his garden with the whole neighborhood.

Climbing My Family Tree: Screenshot of one of Carl's Letters to the Editor on Peak Oil, The Atlantic Monthly October 2006
Screenshot of one of Carl's Letters to the Editor on Peak Oil,
The Atlantic Monthly, October 2006
(If I knew how to edit I'd've gotten the ad out of there.)
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He researched and wrote letters to the editor on and spoke on “peak oil” – the concept that we’ve used half or more than half, the oil that exists in the earth and we must learn to conserve and switch to other energy sources to protect the earth and maintain a decent lifestyle for ourselves and our children. I remember when he committed to getting a letter to the editor published somewhere each week of one year. And he did it! His letters to the editor were published in the Washington Post, Time Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, Baltimore Sun, the National Institutes of Health Record, and the Rockville Gazette, among others. He also wrote an article titled How to Write a Letter to the Editor, originally for a green activist website [which was re-posted on an economic development blog by his old high school friend, John Marek, a few months before Carl died. You can see it HERE].

Carl related to every political and life issue through “peak oil” (believe me, EVERY issue) and was very active as a green activist in his community. He cared deeply for his community, served as his neighborhood civic association president, spoke frequently in front of the City Council, promoting community gardens (he was the instigating force in starting three of them) and improved bike/pedestrian paths, and advocating for solutions to city problems that encouraged recycling, and would have lowered the cities dependence on oil and gas. He even ran for City Council (I’m afraid that he spoke a little too much about “peak oil” and his proposed non-car related solutions in a suburban/urban city not ready to hear about that at the time to win).  [Edit: I wonder what he’d think if he knew that by being active in his community he was following in his maternal grandfather’s and his paternal great and great-great grandfathers’ footsteps?]

Climbing My Family Tree: Carl R Henn
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Carl took care of his neighborhood too, shoveling out older and infirm neighbors for up to several blocks away from his house, every time it snowed. He had a very expansive view of the term “neighbors”.

Going along with his green ideals, Carl thought Americans wasted too much. He was always bringing back stuff from other people’s trash – sometimes whether he needed it or not – both as a kid and as an adult (his wife, realizing that he wasn’t likely to stop, tried to restrain him to just the things he needed – not always successfully). For him, it was almost a sacrilege that people would throw out things that still worked for could be made to work with just a little effort.

He cut his own hair, wore suits he got at garage sales or as gifts. He was very into recycling – everything possible. He was frugal, but he wasn’t cheap; if his girls wanted something, he and his wife usually found a way to make it happen.

He used to email me regularly about his projects, especially if someone objected on some sort of proposed legal ground, and we'd discuss possible responses and solutions. Everything he did was in an effort to make the world a better place for people, with a long-term view.

Carl was very popular in his neighborhood, and his town, and at work, because I think people knew that he cared about them. But he never seemed to realize how many people cared about him; he often saw himself as a loner. I wish he could have seen his memorial service where over 500 people showed up. At that memorial service the then mayor of Rockville, Phyllis Marcuccio, described Carl as “one of the kindest, gentlest, warmest individuals…” (See her remembrance of him HERE (YouTube video).) Every person who spoke mentioned how kind, caring, and warm he was – along with his intense focus on “peak oil”, which brought fond laughter every time it was mentioned. What a wonderful way to be remembered!

The city of Rockville, MD, insured that he would be remembered for generations to come, by renaming the bike/walking trail on which he had spent so many hours working to make sure that it was continuous and safe and well-marked, the Carl Henn Millennium Trail, and posting signs with that name all along the trail. The City also named its outstanding individual environmental achievement award for him, and the National Institutes of Health named an environmental award for him as well. He will be remembered.

My brother was just a good, good guy. And I truly hate saying “was.”

Climbing My Family Tree: Carl Henn Millenium Trail, Rockville MD
Carl Henn Millennium Trail, Rockville MD
photo courtesy of  his wife and daughters
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Climbing My Family Tree: Map of Carl Henn Millenium Trail
Map of Carl Henn Millennium Trail in Rockville MD
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If you stumble across this page, and you knew Carl, I would count it a precious gift if you would share one of your memories of him in the comments below.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Aunt Barbara

I was working on a different post for this week, but I don’t think it would be appropriate now. I’ll put it up later in the month.

Barbara Sue Snyder Rainey (1934-2015)

Climbing My Family Tree: Barbara Sue Snyder Rainey (1934-2015)
Barbara Sue Snyder Rainey (1934-2015)
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My Aunt Barbara, my mother’s sister, died last Sunday, and was buried yesterday. She was very ill and this is what she wanted. Her family, her children, and her sisters miss her terribly, as do her students. I feel, well, odd. I do miss her, but after I grew up and got out on my own I didn’t have a lot of contact with her. Then she, and I, joined Facebook, and friended one another, and, while we still didn’t interact whole lot, I saw what was happening in her life, and she in mine, and we “liked” each other’s pictures, and occasionally commented, and there is an “Aunt Barbara”-shaped hole in my life now. But what I’m seeing, in the outpouring of grief at her passing, is that I missed a whole lot in not knowing her better.

When I started my family research, I reached out to my aunts and uncles on both sides of the family with a series of questions about their families (the one they grew up in and the one they created), and their own lives, but this is where it does the family or at least individual members of the family, a disservice to have the one doing the family history be an overworked, insomniac introvert. Some family members responded with a lot of information, some responded with a little information, and some didn’t respond at all, and when they responded a little or not at all, I didn’t push it. I did still do online research on them (census, directories, newspapers – I thought I had more time), but perhaps I should’ve thought of different ways to contact them or tried to ask different questions for their perspective. I haven’t. And, in at least one case, now it is too late. Siblings and children and friends never have the same interpretation or understanding of your life that you do. [In my career I have found that no two or more people will have the same recollection or interpretation of any given event, or person, as we all see life through the lenses of our own personal history and emotions; and if the witnesses testifying before me do all have the same exact recollection of an event, it didn’t happen that way (collusion after the fact).] 

I can’t do a bio piece on Aunt Barbara the same way I have done with my ancestors, as much of her life is wrapped up with people who are still alive, and I won’t name people who are still alive in my blog, other than as a title. But in seeing the outpouring of love and respect in the past week, I did want to try to capture a bit of the Barbara I knew and wish I knew better.

Climbing My Family Tree: Mabel LeRe Erwin Snyder and her girls (Barbara is to the right of the girl in yellow)
Mabel LeRe Erwin Snyder and her girls
(Barbara is to the right of the girl in yellow)
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By way of a bit of background, Barbara Sue Snyder Rainey was born in Findlay, Ohio, on July 21, 1934, to Mabel LeRe Erwin and Clarence Weldon Snyder, both age 24. Her father was a teacher. Both of her parents’ families were largely from Findlay, Ohio, and/or Hancock County, Ohio, but Barbara was born at the height of the Great Depression when it was very difficult to find work to support one’s family, and if work was available you moved where it was. By 1935, the family had moved to Jewett, Ohio, in Harrison County, where her father taught science in the high school. Within the next five years, Barbara acquired three younger sisters, and later another sister and a brother. As the country was ramping up to join to World War II, the family moved to Huron, Ohio where her father worked in one of the nearby defense industries; Barbara was eight. After the war, her father became a traveling toy salesman. The family remained in Huron until Clarence retired. Barbara attended most of her school years in the Huron schools and graduated from Huron High School.



Climbing My Family Tree: Barbara Sue (Snyder) Rainey on her wedding day
Barbara Sue (Snyder) Rainey on her wedding day
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After graduating from high school she attended Heidelberg College (now University) in Tiffin Ohio, where she majored in music, was a member of the famed Heidelberg choir, the Hesperian Literary Society, Triad Club, and the Ohio Music Educators Association. She also participated as a soprano soloist in frequent radio and TV engagements. 

While at Heidelberg, she met and fell in love with the man who was to become her husband, who also performed with the Heidelberg choir. They married on August 28, 1954, in a beautiful ceremony (the newspaper described lovely gowns for Barbara, her maid of honor, bridesmaids, and flower girls, all of which, according to my mom, were made by her mother who was a skilled seamstress) and after a honeymoon to Michigan and Canada, the bridegroom moved to St. Louis, Missouri to attend Eden Seminary, and Barbara remained in Huron, living with her parents, while she taught sixth grade in the Vermillion OH schools. Two children were born by 1958, when the couple moved in 1958 to in Elgin Illinois, where her husband had his first pastorate. By 1962, they had moved to Toledo, Ohio, where a third child was born and her husband had obtained a new pastorate where Barbara became active in the music program, and taught in the Toledo schools. According to her obituary, during her career she taught at Shoreland Elementary, Whitmer High School, Regina Coeli and St. Stevens, in Toledo, Ohio.  She was the choir director at Point Place United Church of Christ, Lambertville United Methodist, Hampton Park Christian Church and New Hope United Methodist Church. Additionally, she directed plays at the Westgate Dinner Theater and the Toledo Music Theatre and sang with the Toledo Symphony Chorale.


Climbing My Family Tree: Barbara performed as a soloist in 'The Messiah' in 1970 (her picture is on the left)
Barbara performed as a soloist in 'The Messiah' in 1970 (her picture is on the left)
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Climbing My Family Tree: Rehearsing for an Ecumenical Program in 1971, Barbara is in the middle
Rehearsing for an Ecumenical Program in 1971, Barbara is in the middle
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Climbing My Family Tree: Barbara's production of Jesus Christ Superstar was booked to play the Toledo Masonic Auditorium - a first!
Barbara's production of Jesus Christ Superstar was booked to play the Toledo Masonic Auditorium in 1974,
marking the first time a professional producer booked a production by an amateur company
into the Masonic Auditorium, a 2,424 seat concert hall in Toledo, Ohio.
"Shaw felt the quality of the show and the favorable public response were such that it merited wider exposure."
(I saw it there when I was 14. The hall was packed! And the show was amazing.)
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In the 1980s, she lost her father and her marriage ended in divorce. In the 1990s, she lost her mother and her brother. She continued to be well-known as a musical director in her community and her church, and interviewed as a respected source by the Toledo Blade Religion Editor to contribute to an article on Cantatas and music as a Christmas spiritual tradition. 

Climbing My Family Tree: Barbara quoted in Toledo Blade article on Cantatas in 1997
Barbara quoted extensively in last third of article, in 1997
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In 2007, she officially retired at the urging of her children but stayed active in music and as a grandmother. After a series of health problems, she died July 5, 2015, at the age of 80.

Those are the cold foundational facts, but my Aunt Barbara wasn’t your usual person, as I have seen from the outpouring of love and honor from her students in the past week, posting tributes on her Facebook page and the message section on the online obituaries. So very, very many students, from multiple decades remember her as the person who gave them the guidance and the support to find their confidence and be themselves. They described her chorus class as the one class they looked forward to all day or remembered her guidance in theater productions. Others remembered her as their piano teacher after school or on the weekend. She had a significant positive impact on the lives of many, many people. How many people can say that?

The Washington Local Schools upon learning of her death posted this on their Facebook page:
“Long-time Washington Local teacher, Barb Rainey, has passed away. Barb taught at WLS from 1969 to 1994 and was the choir and show choir teacher at Whitmer for several years. She received many accolades for her accomplishments and for the awards that the students won. Barb spent many spring breaks traveling with her students to Canada, Florida and other places to perform—the groups often won 1st and 2nd place for their performances. She loved her students, was a second mother to them and kept in touch with many of them after graduation and into adulthood. Barb was a very special person who loved kids and helped so many in their life journey. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.” Following the post there are many lovely comments describing her as a great or awesome teacher.

Her obituary, written by one of her children, published in the Toledo Blade, was wonderful! Per my blog policy, I don’t name living people so I have edited the obituary to delete references to the living, which means we lose most of the first paragraph:

Not your ordinary obituary. Most obituaries start in pretty much the same way, this one will be no different. Barbara S. Rainey passed away peacefully at St. Luke's Hospital on July 5th, 2015 surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by Parents Clarence W. and Mabel L. Snyder, Brother John & Johanna Snyder (Sister-in-law) and Michael Miller (grandson). She is survived by [4 children] ... [11 grandchildren] ...[great-grandchildren, and her 4 sisters] . Barbara spent most of her school years in Huron, Ohio, graduating from Huron High School. She was also a proud graduate of Heidelberg University and The University of Toledo. After graduation, she went on to marry, have children and teach at Shoreland Elementary, Whitmer High School, Regina Coeli and St. Stevens. Barb, was the choir director at Point Place United Church of Christ, Lambertville United Methodist, Hampton Park Christian Church and New Hope United Methodist Church. All before her children imposed a mandatory retirement 2007.

"Now, remember we said at the start that this was no ordinary obituary. You see, Barb, Mrs. Rainey, Mrs. R or Mom, as she was known, had an undeniable love and passion for her students. If she wasn't helping them excel both on and off stage, she was shuttling a van load of them to a "must see" show. Whether you needed help with upcoming contests, auditions, Spanish homework or just her world famous "life advice"? There was Mrs. R. She might not approve; but she'd deal with that later. "Barbs kids", believed they could do the impossible and with her guidance, they usually did. She took an odd little show called the "Whitmer Circus" and turned it into must see "Extravaganza", "Varsity Swing Chorale" became "FanFare". She directed the 1st off Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Fantastics right here in Toledo. Barb was a fixture in the early days of the Westgate Dinner Theater, Sang with the Symphony Chorale, created the Toledo Music Theatre; she even did a stint with the New Bedford singers. She used her unimaginable talents to produce and direct mesmerizing High School musicals and community productions, laying the groundwork for many more years of "remember when(s)" to come. All the while molding performers and non-performers alike.

"So, now you see why this couldn't be any ordinary obituary; she was certainly no ordinary lady. As her family, we got to share this extraordinary woman with the world and we couldn't be more honored. To us, there will always be a little bit of her in everyone she touched along the way. There will never be another.

"Friends are invited to visit after 10:00am Saturday July 11th 2015 at Ansberg-West Funeral Home, 3000 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43613 where services will commence at 1:00pm. With mom's love of the arts, the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a fine arts organization of your choice. A few suggestions: The Stranahan Theater & Great Hall, Toledo School for the Arts, The Toledo Jazz Society or any other organization in your area. You may also want to consider a lighthouse preservation project in your area.”

Rest in peace, Aunt Barbara.

Climbing my Family Tree: I love this picture of my Aunt Barbara!
I love this picture of her! 



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(For more complete citations contact me)
Ohio Birth Index; 1940 U.S. Census, Sandusky Register Star News, 23 July 1954, p. 8 (found at newspaperarchive.com); Sandusky Register Star News, 4 September 1954, page 5 (found at newspaperarchive.com); The Toledo Blade, 24 August 1962, p4 (found in Google newspaper archives); Toledo Blade, May 6, 1970, p 23 (found in Google newspaper archives); Sandusky Register, 12 December 1970, p. 2 (found in Google newspaper archives); The Toledo Blade, Saturday, April 3, 1971, p 13; caption to picture in upper right corner (found in Google newspaper archives); The Toledo Blade, 5 September 1974, P-2 (found in Google newspaper archives); Findlay Republican Courier, 30 September 1974, p. 22 (found in Google newspaper archives); Toledo Blade, 16 May 1979, p 17 (found in Google newspaper archives); The Toledo Blade, 26 March 1981, p7 (found in Google newspaper archives); The Toledo Blade, 13 December 1997, p 20 (found in Google newspaper archives); Elgin Illinois City Directories for 1958 and 1959, Washington Local Schools, Toledo Ohio, Facebook Post, July 6, 2015; Obituary, Published in the Toledo Blade on July 10, 2015, (found at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/toledoblade/obituary.aspx?n=barbara-rainey&pid=175257409&)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NoteWorthy Reads #20

Climbing My Family Tree: NoteWorthy Reads #20
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For me, Noteworthy Reads are articles, websites, or blog posts I found this week which are fascinating, interesting and/or helpful, and occasionally “wacky” or “wonderful” will likely sneak in as well. It’s not going to be a “best of” post because I don’t have the knowledge to make that determination. I don’t even promise that the articles & blog posts will be written that week – just that I found them that week. When I have the time I’ll review the posts to determine which entries should be put in my Resource pages; the rest will still be available through the blog's search function.

Note: Just because I list an article does not mean I endorse its contents. It just means I want to be able to find it easily in the future when I may want to consider the issue in more depth.

This entry is a little longer than my usual because I have decided to put my Noteworthy Reads series on hiatus for six weeks while I deal with some non-genealogical things, so I included everything I had pending in this post rather than holding some for a future post as I sometimes do (so as not to overwhelm). While I have decided to give myself a partial blogging vacation, I am only suspending the Noteworthy Reads posts. I do anticipate putting up 3 or 4 regular blog posts on my family history in this timeframe (and, hopefully, I will find a fantastic find for Crestleaf’s blogging challenge this month). So please check in occasionally to see what is new. Noteworthy Reads will be back in mid-August.


CANADA

It’s Not Just Loyalists! (A Misleading Title on Ancestry) from the Olive Tree Genealogy blog – an invaluable database of Canadian citizens who filed claims for losses in Upper Canada after the war of 1812 mislabled! 


COPYRIGHT

Copyright Infringement or Common Occurrence?  from the My Ancestors and Me blog – read the comments as well.


FUN


Virtual Volunteering, Retirement Project 2.0  – my kind of fun, at any rate. I would love to do this after I retire!

I Would've Put a Bird on it but I Couldn't Find the Right Address from the It’s a Beautiful Tree blog - She's such an entertaining writer! Her adventures in finding the homes of her great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She had the addresses, but sometimes that isn't enough. ;)


GREAT STORIES
  
“Where Do I Come from?”  from the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog -- Great story of DNA testing and genealogical research coming together to find an adoptee’s birth family

Grandma Foster and Her Apprentice by A Southern Sleuth – what happened to a daughter whose mother died young?


W75: Harold Wareham – Missionary from the Branches of My Tree blog - his ancestor was a missionary to Africa in the early 20th century, and this account is fascinating (I particularly appreciated his argument to the missionary society as to the reasons he thought it would be good to have a woman around the house in Africa -- the missionary society wished him to leave his wife at home. He won.)


  
HISTORY

Patrick and Sarah Henry: Mental Illness In 18th-Century America from O Say Can You See? the blog of the national Museum of American history. 

The American Civil War, Then and Now from theGuardian.com – interactive photographs of Civil War sites.

WWI Centennial: Women at War from mentalfloss.com – fascinating article



Michigan and Ohio Almost Waged War Over… Toledo? from Fallintoyesterday.com – I’ve lived in Michigan and Ohio, how did I not know this?


INTERESTING ARTICLE



Sorry I Don’t Get It from the Legacy Family Tree blog – how searches that don’t help still help enough.

Think Outside the Search Engine from the It’s a Beautiful Tree blog – great story about how she blew through her brick wall.


IRELAND


The Green Redcoats: the Story of the Kilmainham Pensioners from Irishcentral.com - covers 10,000 men from the late 18th century through the early 20th century; could be quite helpful

  
SCOTLAND

The Letters of Dr. William Cullen (1710-1790)  from the Historical Medical Miscellany blog – discusses a new resource for those interested in people’s health in the mid-1700s. Dr. Cullen was a fellow at the Royal College of physicians of Edinburg who received thousands of letters from places all around the world from people querying about their health; his letters have been transcribed and digitized, and are searchable.

  
TIPS





  



Learning from the Inventory from the blog of The Shy Genealogist – you can learn a lot about an ancestor from the inventory of his estate.



TOOLS

In Need of a Hard to Get Record? This Smart New Site Will Help You Find It  from Family History Daily/ - free site brings together the digital holdings of multiple libraries, public and academic, including, but not limited to: digital books, magazines, scanned items, sound recordings, maps, and other ephemera. It is fully searchable, and can be read online, or viewed in thumbnails and downloaded in PDF, image format, or plaintext. I’ve got to explore this place!


Many-roads.com – This website has an amazing collection of information on hundreds of original historical documents in genealogical sources, curated lists of links, a library of images and text that they share for free, on the Amish-Mennonite, Quakers, French-Canadians, Prussia (Germany), Jewish, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Wales, the United States. It also has developed and freely shares on this site, mega-search engine portals for the Amish-Mennonite, Jewish (Shoah), Prussian-German, Quebec (French Canada), and the Top 100 Genealogical Sites, a library of over 500 genealogy related links and a plethora of genealogical tips, videos, music, and maps. Go explore!






Sunday, June 28, 2015

NoteWorthy Reads #19

Climbing My Family Tree: NoteWorthy Reads #19
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For me, Noteworthy Reads are articles, websites, or blog posts I found this week which are fascinating, interesting and/or helpful, and occasionally “wacky” or “wonderful” will likely sneak in as well. It’s not going to be a “best of” post because I don’t have the knowledge to make that determination. I don’t even promise that the articles & blog posts will be written that week – just that I found them that week. When I can,  I’ll review the posts to determine which entries should be put in my Resource pages; the rest will still be available through the blog's search function.

Note: Just because I list an article does not mean I endorse its contents. It just means I want to be able to find it easily in the future when I may want to consider the issue in more depth.


DNA




GREAT STORIES

I’m Not Who I Think I Am from the No Stone Unturned blog – fascinating story

Father’s Day – Tracking the Y DNA Line  from the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog -- great story sketches of the men in her Y DNA line (those with her paternal surname); she is related to some fascinating people!

The Case of the Mysterious Disappearance of Luke Lukes from the blog of the Cousin Detective - new blog and an interesting, well-told tale 


HISTORY



Flight of the Night Witches: World War II’s All-Female Fighting Force from Atlas Obscura - fascinating: story  a Russian all female bomber squadron who terrorized German soldiersin Nazi-occupied Soviet Union with daring night raids.

Veteran ‘Dumbfounded ‘over War Photo found at CNN.com – volunteers identifying people in over 100 photos taken by the Department of Defense of service people and civilians in the Korean War (plus link within article to website displaying all of the photos)

52 Ancestors Week 24: I Wish I Had Their Bango  from the Research Journal Genealogy blog - a disturbing piece of Hawaii's history


INTERESTING ARTICLE

Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers, Featured Genealogy Expert of the Week From Family History Daily – an interview of Thomas MacEntee, who is a genuinely nice person, very helpful, and runs the GeneaBloggers site/community of which I am a member (tap on the badge in the right margin to be taken to the Genea-Bloggers website, particularly if you write or want to write a family history blog)



The Story behind This Famous Photograph – remember the iconic photograph taken during the American Great Depression of 11 construction workers on a girder 840 feet above the ground?

Old Dogs, New Tricks from the blog, Parallax View  – He discusses the relationship between evidence, inference, and conjecture. His physics research background informs his genealogical research, and now, his experience with genealogical research is informing his physics research. Very interesting piece.


IRELAND

Irish Famine Archive on Migration to Canada Launched Online from Irishcentral.com – “The Digital Irish Famine Archive shares the stories of the Grey Nuns in MontrĂ©al cared for the Irish arrivals, the sick and the dying, and kept annals and correspondence of their experience. The records have since been translated from the original French, digitized and made available in an online archive.”


Index of Free Irish genealogy E-Books, with links to open the books – approximately “4000 free books and journals on the topic Irish, Irish-American, Irish-Australian, and Irish-Canadian genealogy.”


TIPS



Using Funeral Home Records for Genealogy from the Geneosity blog – read the comments too.

Genealogy 201: How to Separate Identities – Two Men with the Same Names from the blog at Colonialroots.com – useful advice, especially if you have a family like mine which has generations of men with the same exact name.

Making Genealogical Connections – Five Ways to Get People to Share  - Not that I've ever found it to be a problem amongst genea-types, some of the generous people in the world.


TOOLS

Using the Bureau of Land Management to find your ancestor’s land:

      Thank You, BLM! from The Legal Genealogist – with instructions and screenshots
  
           and

      Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster’s Land Patent from Jana’s Genealogy and Family History blog-       -– with instructions and screenshots, and a bonus

Rail & River Passes from the Freedmen’s Bureau  and Unique Freedmen’s Bureau Records Reflect Rations Given to Whites and Indians from the My Ancestor’s Name blog – transportation records from the Freedmen’s Bureau are a rich source of records for formerly enslaved people. 
  

Black sheep Ancestors Database – “Free genealogical prison and convict records, historical court records, executions, insane asylum records and biographies of famous outlaws, criminals & pirates in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.”



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Crestleaf.com’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds: June - Russell Andrew Bennett (1896-1969)

I’ve decided to join another blogging challenge, as Crestleaf.com’s new challenge “12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds” caught my eye and interest. I enjoyed the weekly challenge I did last year, but it proved too much for me to continue it. I am excited by the idea of participating in a monthly challenge, and sharing with you the fascinating stories I am able to dig up about my ancestors and their family members.



Russell Andrew Bennett, 1896-1969, My Grand Uncle

I never met my grand uncle (any of them), and I don’t know much about Russell Andrew Bennett, my grandmother Anna Mae Bennett Henn’s next oldest brother, but I know that he’s the author of at least one book, and I found it! True, I found it more by luck than skill, but it is still a fantastic family find.
I had heard mention, once or twice, that one of grandma’s brothers had written a book, but as I’ve been doing this family research I found that not all family rumors are factual, so the first thing I did when I decided I wanted to look for it, was to start looking for a copyright registration. I found one in a 1956 catalog of copyright entries, for “The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett, pseud, of Russell Bennett, Greenwich Book Publishers.”

Climbing My Family Tree: Copyright registration for The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett, pseud of Russell Bennett
Copyright registration for The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett, pseud of Russell Bennett
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After that, I found “The Passing Parade” listed in the Library of Congress online catalog:

Climbing My Family Tree: Screenshot of Library of Congress entry for The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett, pseudonym of Russell Bennett
Screenshot of Library of Congress entry for The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett, pseudonym of Russell Bennett
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About that time, my Dad’s sister told me that she had a copy of the book and asked if I would like a copy (YES!). My aunt was in the process of moving from Alaska to Tennessee, and it took a while to find things and get a copy made. I was impatient to see it and decided to check with AbeBooks.com (a great site for hard to find books) to see if I could find a copy. I did! I bought it! Ironically, the photocopied pages from my aunt and my purchased copy arrived on the same day.

The picture below is of the copy my aunt sent:

Climbing My Family Tree: Photocopy of The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett cover, sent me by my Aunt
Photocopy of The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett cover, sent me by my Aunt
Climbing My Family Tree: Photocopy of The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett cover, with inscription to my grandmother, sent me by my Aunt
Photocopy of The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett cover, with inscription to my grandmother, sent me by my Aunt
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The copy my aunt sent, was inscribed to my grandma and grandpa, “Dear Ann, Carl & family, I hope that you will enjoy reading this my first book although I’ve had several short stories published. Of course some of these stories are fictitious but most all are true stories. It has been many years since I have seen you and I’ve really missed all of you. It was not that easy to be so far away when Blanche and Margaret passed away but the years have a way of healing one’s life. Would so much like to see you and your growing family. May God bless all of you. Love, Russell. Gordon is my pen name.”

This is the book I bought; it is inscribed “To my brother Thomas, Russell”:

Climbing My Family Tree: The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett, pseudonym of Russell Bennett
The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett, pseudonym of Russell Bennett
Thank you Dad for taking the picture and for learning how to email Iphone pictures to send it to me
(I had loaned the book to my Dad & asked him to send me pictures when I decided to write this.)
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Climbing My Family Tree: The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett pseud Russell Bennett) inside inscription and part of flyleaf
The Passing Parade by Gordon Bennett pseud Russell Bennett) inside inscription and part of flyleaf
Thank you Dad for taking the picture and for learning how to email Iphone pictures to send it to me
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Thomas was the youngest child in the family. Yes, the copy I found and bought also used to belong to my family! An amazing coincidence! The Passing Parade is a book of short essays, mainly character sketches and/or inspirational pieces, many of them touched with his faith in God’s mercy. It is written in the style of the time, which is a bit flowery for today; but they are nice, well-told vignettes, and many of them are or seem to be based on incidents in the author’s life.  

The transcription of the inner flyleaf is as follows:

The Passing Parade
By
Gordon Bennett

For those who are familiar with Gordon Bennett’s national magazine articles, no introduction is necessary to this heartwarming book. THE PASSING PARADE is a collection of some of Mr. Bennett’s most popular essays, together with many new stories written in the same gratifying spirit.

From the cab of a locomotive, on the stormy North Atlantic and in lonely desert settlements, in historic New England villages and on the moiling streets of San Francisco and New York, Gordon Bennett has watched the Passing Parade – the surging stream of humanity. He has met Warren G Harding, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison; several presidents and commercial magnets. And other, unknown men, like Silas Benson of East Berlin Iowa. He has seen the boys go away to three distant wars – often to return on the same train in flag-draped coffins, their supreme sacrifice performed. He has known isolated sheepherders who embodied the teachings of Jesus, and obscure recluses whose days were spent in conducting missions for the lost souls of the waterfront districts. Everywhere he has sensed the Divine Spark, a friendliness and compassion in the hearts of his fellow men that needs only to be tapped. In the most unexpected places and at the strangest of times, Gordon Bennett has found striking evidence that we live in a world where God’s mercy is never absent. At bottom, the humblest and mightiest of men are alike God’s children, and never forget there is central humanity. We are all, truly, a part of one another.

THE PASSING PARADE sums up the wise, sincere reflections of a long and productive life. Here is a book rich in incident, rewarding in its deep insight into human nature. It will go far to bolster your faith in God and in the essential goodness of your fellow Americans everywhere.

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Greenwich Book Publishers
489 Fifth Avenue, New York 11

Since Russell told my grandmother in his note to her that most of the stories in the book were true, despite the disclaimer at the front of the book which states “the names of all the characters in this book, with certain obvious exceptions, are fictitious. Any resemblance suggested by their names between these characters and persons living or dead is purely coincidental,” the potential for family history clues in this book is good – if only I can sort out what is fiction and what isn’t.

I don’t know whether the “About the Author” piece on the end flyleaf for The Passing Parade is accurate for Russell Bennett or whether it is fictionalized for “Gordon Bennett”. If it is true, it could provide clues to fill in a number of missing years I have for him, if I could figure out how to search to confirm the details given (I’ve not had a lot of luck with that yet; but have not given it much time to date).

Climbing My Family Tree: 'About the Author' flyleaf for The Passing Parade by Gordon Russell (pseud of Russell Bennett)
'About the Author' flyleaf for The Passing Parade by Gordon Russell (pseud of Russell Bennett)


The “About the Author” flyleaf reads as follows: “Gordon Bennett was born in Michigan at the turn-of-the-century. His people were pioneers, and when they came to the Midwest they reversed the procedure and arrived in a covered two-horse sleigh instead of the proverbial covered wagon. His first schoolteacher was a Civil War veteran who told him thrilling stories of the original settlers in that area.

At an early age Mr. Bennett became a railroad man, and a major portion of his life has been spent in the cab of a locomotive. He has also been the chairman of his union, has served as a labor conciliator, has produced and directed one of his plays on the radio, has written a human-interest column for a West Coast newspaper, has had many articles published by national magazines, and is an elder of the church where he and his family worship.

Mr. Bennett describes his personal creed as follows: “I believe that all men are born in the image of God.… I have sympathy for my fellow man, for the reason that when sorrow has visited me my fellow men have been sympathetic to me. I have faith in my fellow men, for even the Almighty gives evidence of His faith every time a new born baby comes into the world. I believe that nothing can be accomplished of lasting importance without a sincere belief in God and love of one’s country.”


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I don’t know that much about my grand uncle Russell Andrew Bennett. In fact, I have a gaping hole of about 20 years in the middle of his life. Let me tell you what I do know, in case anyone who knows more than me is reading this, and might be willing to help fill in the blanks, or perhaps read the book, and help me figure out which parts are real.

Russell was born on January 26, 1896 in Brown City, Sanilac County, Michigan to Andrew Bennett (1858-1925) and Anna Gregor Bennett (1858-1929). He was their fifth child and third son. His siblings (all born in Brown City, Michigan) were: Benjamin Gregor Bennett (1886-1970, m. Florence Catherine Short), William John Bennett (1889-1960, m. Mary Kalbfleisch), Elizabeth Grace Bennett (1891-1920, m. Arthur Bernard Martin), Blanche Maude Bennett Huston (1894-?, m/dv. William John Huston), Anna Mae Bennett Henn (1898-1977, m. Owen Carl Henn), Margaret MacFarlane Bennett (1900-1935), and Thomas Edison Bennett (1906-1969, m. Lenore M Griffen).

He left home at about 20 years old to begin a career working on the railroad. For the first few years, he worked as a locomotive fireman on a line that ran from the United States into Canada, and there are several border crossing records for him between 1916 and about 1920, which reference him working on the railroad. Shortly after President. Woodrow Wilson signed the selective service act requiring all men between the ages of 21 and 30 to register for the military in May 1917, Russell registered for the draft for World War I at age 21. On his registration card he stated that he was a locomotive fireman for the Ann Arbor Railroad Company, and was employed out of Owosso Michigan. He claimed exemption from the draft for “stomach trouble”. He was single and no one depended on him. He was of medium height and build, and had auburn hair and blue eyes.

Climbing My Family Tree: Draft Registration, Russell Bennett, WW1
Draft Registration, Russell A. Bennett, WW1

In 1925, his father died. In a 1928 border crossing record, Russell indicated that his occupation was “air man”, so he might have switched industries by then (by the 1920s, airmail existed and was cutting into the profits of the railroad industry, and, in 1927 Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic). About two weeks after he had gone to Canada, the his mother died. At this point, I lost him for about 20 years.

I do wish to note that during my black hole period, certain trees on ancestry.com indicate that Russell married Edith Guesman or Guseman on June 26, 1928 and that they divorced in 1931 (unsourced). I haven’t been able to verify that, so it is not included in my tree. (I found that she had taken out a marriage license with Frank Rathmell in 1925, and was married to Harry Craig by 1940. She remained with Harry Craig until he died and remained single thereafter.) If anyone can point me to proof that she married him, I'd appreciate it greatly.

Russell Bennett moved to California in approximately 1941, according to his death certificate.
On December 30, 1950, at age 54, he married Olive Gertrude Ranney Glover (1924-1992) in San Mateo California. In 1955, a city directory for Sacramento, California, shows that he and his wife Olive lived on 2239 Marconi Ave., and that he was a technician for KFBK, a radio station in Sacramento. In 1956, his book, The Passing Parade, was published under the pen name Gordon Bennett through the Greenwich Book Publishers; he registered the copyright on February 7, 1956. The Greenwich Book Publishers were a small press in New York City that advertised for submissions in the back page classifieds of such magazines as Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, and the Rotarian, in ads such as those below.

Climbing My Family Tree: Greenwich Book Publishers ad, Popular Science magazine, 1955 p 85
Greenwich Book Publishers ad, Popular Science magazine, 1955 p 85
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Climbing My Family Tree: Greenwich Publishers ad The Rotarian 1957 p 62
Greenwich Book Publishers ad
The Rotarian 1957 p 62
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Climbing My Family Tree: Greenwich Book Publishers ad Popular Mechanics 1955 p 67
Greenwich Book Publishers ad
Popular Mechanics 1955 p 67
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I then lost him again until he died on July 23, 1969, at 3:45 AM, in San Francisco, California. I found a detailed certificate of death from the California San Francisco Funeral Home Records, 1895-1985, records collection at Ancestry.com. I knew it was my Russell Bennett because his birthplace was indicated as Brown City, Michigan; birthdate January 26, 1896; age 73; father: Andrew Bennett, born in Canada; mother: Anna Gregor, born in Canada; citizen of the USA; and the name of surviving spouse was Olive Gertrude Glover. The death certificate further stated that he and his wife Olive lived at 2241 Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA prior to his death. His last occupation was as a longshoreman for the Pacific Maritime Association, a shipping company, and he had held this position for 21 years. He had lived in California for 28 years. He died in St. Joseph’s Hospital, at Park Hill and Buena Vista Ave., East, San Francisco. Dr. J. A. Driscoll, of Fox Plaza, indicated that he had died of acute myocardial failure as a consequence of [?] Myocarditis due to ASHD [arteriosclerotic heart disease]. There was an autopsy performed which confirmed the cause of death. He was buried on July 25, 1969 at Skyline Cemetery in San Mateo California; the funeral director was N. Gray & Co.

Climbing My Family Tree: Death Certificate for Russell Andrew Bennett, dd. 23 July 1969
Death Certificate for Russell Andrew Bennett, dd. 23 July 1969
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I'd love to hear from anyone with knowledge of Russell Andrew Bennett’s missing years who would be willing to share it, or just more about him in general. You may contact me through the email address in my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below this post. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can



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U.S. Census for 1900  and 1910; 6 documented border crossings from the Border Crossings: From U.S. to Canada, 1908-1935 database at Ancestry; WW1 U.S. draft registration card; 1955 Sacramento City DirectoryCatalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series 1956, Vol. 10, Pt.1, "Books and Pamplets, Including Serials and Contributions to Serials", Jan - June 1956;Library of Congress Online Catalog (http://catalog.loc.gov/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=6936&recCount=25&recPointer=5&bibId=10272635); California Marriage Index 1949-1969; California Death Certificate, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1895-1985;California Death Index, 1940-1997; Social Security Death Index [ & for Edith Guseman: U.S. Census for 1910, 1920, & 1940; PA County Marriages 1885-1950 database, FamilySearch.org; Rootsweb Obituary Daily Times Index; Ohio, deaths, 1958 - 2007; USA & PA Find-a-Grave memorials ]