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21 April 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Isaac & Mary Jane Winters


Isaac Winters (1854 - 1945) is buried at the Zion Reformed Cemetery in New Providence. He is buried with his wife Mary Jane (1855 - 1929). 

Isaac was born 3 July 1854 to Benjamin Winters and Mary Garvin in Paradise Township, Lancaster County. He died of pneumonia on 29 March 1945. Mary Jane King was born 1 November 1855 to Samuel King and Mary Swilkey. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 1 February 1929. The couple married in 1877 and had 10 children. 
 
 

Tombstone Tuesday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers. 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

On This Day: Qualifications stated for census enumerators

Those who desired to be appointed a census enumerator had to apply and meet certain requirements. An article appeared On This Day in the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer in 1880 listing the requirements to be an enumerator.  

A written application had to include:
* Place of birth
* Present legal address
* Education information
* A list of any offices held
* Present occupation 

The application also had to be in the person’s own handwriting. 

Source:
Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 21 April 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 



On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.                 

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

20 April 2015

On This Day: Columbine High School massacre

It hardly seems like 16 years but it was On This Day in 1999 that two teenagers plotted and carried out a shooting spree at their high school – Columbine High School – in the otherwise peaceful town of Littlton, Colorado.

Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students, a teacher, and finally themselves. An additional 23 people were also injured that somber morning

  • Cassie Bernall
  • Steve Curnow
  • Corey DePooter
  • Kelly Fleming
  • Matt Kechter
  • Daniel Mauser
  • Daniel Rohrbough
  • Dave Sanders, Coach
  • Rachel Scott
  • Isaiah Shoels
  • John Tomlin
  • Laura Townsend
  • Kyle Velasquez
May Their Memory Be Eternal

 
 



On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

19 April 2015

Sunday's Obituary: Jennette Still

Jeannette S. Still, 94, of Mortonville, died Friday afternoon at the Harrison House, Christiana, where she resided for the past two and one half years. She had been in failing health during that time.

She was born in Mortonville, daughter of the late Frank and S. Jennie Van Horn Still, and resided there for the past 19 years. Miss Still was a graduate of the Women's Hospital of Philadelphia and was a registered nurse in Michigan and Pennsylvania for 50 years, retiring at age 75. She was a nurse at Wilkes-Barre City Hospital for several years, a head nurse at Women's Medical, Surgical, and Obstetrics Hospital, worked in the children's eye, ear and throat ward at Allegheny Hospital, Pittsburgh, was assistant and relief assistant for three years at Grace Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, and instructor and assistant for many years at Grace. She also worked on private duty as a nurse at Ford Motor Co. in Michigan.

After retirement, she returned to Mortonville. Miss Still was a member of the Old Doe Run Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are two sisters: Alice Rodgers, of Anaheim, California, and Helen Webster, of Mortonville; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Maclean Funeral Home, Fifth Avenue and E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Internment will be in the Old Doe Run Presbyterian Cemetery.



Sunday’s Obituary is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers. 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

52 Ancestors: Live Long, Aunt Jennie

This week’s 52 Ancestors Challenge prompt is:  Live Long. Time to feature a long-lived ancestor. Any centenarians in the family? My Aunt Jennie may be the longest living ancestor. She lived 94 years. I can not think of any centenarians. 

Aunt Jennie is Jennette Sarah Still. She was born 24 January 1888 to Franklin Pierson Still and Sarah Jennie VanHorn in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County. Her older brother, Pierson George Still, is my great grandfather. 

She never married. Instead, she graduated from the Women's Hospital in Philadelphia. She was a nurse at Wilkes Barre City Hospital. She was also a head nurse at the Women's Medical, Surgical and Obstetrics Hospital. She also worked in the children's ear, nose throat ward at the Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburgh. After some time nursing here, she went out to Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan where she was a registered nurse.

The 1900 and the 1910 Census show Jennie Still living at home with her parents in East Fallowfield, Chester County. The 1930 and 1940 Census reveal Jennie, employed as a nurse, living in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. 

I am not sure when exactly she went to Michigan to be a nurse, or even why she chose Michigan. She retired at age 75, which would have been 1963. At that time, she moved back home to East Fallowfield Township in Chester County. I always recall Aunt Jennie living in the Harrison House Assisted Living Home in Christiana, Lancaster County. She died there on 18 June 1982. 

 

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is a weekly genealogical challenge issued by Amy Johnson Crow, of No Story Too Small 

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

Seeking info: Forsythe Manor

Seeking info concerning Forsythe Manor in Detroit MI circa 1930-1940.
What type of institution was it?

Memory Eternal, Uncle Pete

It was 13 years ago today that my Uncle Pete passed. He left his loving wife (my now late Aunt Marianne), two daughters and two grandchildren.

He was born Peter Hruszczak on 16 October 1932 to Panko Hruszczak and Bessie Matys. His brother, Joseph, is my grandfather. I have many good memories of Uncle Pete.

The photo is from the newspaper announcement of his wedding to Marianne Sherman. They were married in February of 1956 at St. Cecilia's RC Church in Coatesville.

Before he married, he had served in Korea. He had been in the Army. He had enlisted on 10 February 1953 and was released on 22 December 1954. The photo is of him obviously in uniform at that time. I obtained a digital copy from my cousin, one of his daughters, awhile back.

May His Memory Be Eternal.

On This Day: Farmers cautioned on diseased cattle

Lancaster County farmers were cautioned On This Day in 1880 about the possibility of diseased cattle. The cattle were imported from Hartford and Cecil Counties in Maryland and sold recently at the Chad’s Ford farmers’ club in Chester County. The disease the cattle may carry is pleuro-pneumonia.   

Source:
 
Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 19 April 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 

 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

18 April 2015

On This Day: Teen sent to House of Refuge

A teen was sent to the House of Refuge On This Day in 1881. Samuel Herbert Wright, just 17, was sentenced to the House of Refuge at the request of his uncle James Wright!  

Samuel has lived at the poor house for the last two years and is uncontrollable. The superintendent and other officers at the poor house simply can not control the teen. Samuel appeared before Judges Livingston and Patterson who ordered him to the House of Refuge. 

Samuel formerly resided in Little Britain.  

Source:

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 18 April 1881. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 



On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

16 April 2015

52 Ancestors: Spell That

I am a little bit late on this but how could I miss this one! Seriously, did you notice my name: Ruczhak! It was Americanized when my grandfather went to school and the teacher couldn’t pronounce or spell it (could you just imagine the backlash if teachers actually did that now?). My grandfather was born Joseph Hruszczak and his father kept the spelling throughout his life here. 

This week’s prompt for the 52 Ancestor Challenge is “How do you spell that?” Sure, there have been some interesting misspellings along the way. All in all though, my Hruszczak line has actually been one of my easier lines to trace (here in America), unlike my Walsh line, to name just one of my more difficult lines.  

 

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is a weekly genealogical challenge issued by Amy Johnson Crow, of No Story Too Small 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

On This Day: Tea store opens

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. opened On This Day in 1880 in Lancaster. The shop features tea, coffee and sugar. It is located at 114 North Queen Street, formerly Joe Fritchey’s jewelry store. The tea company was established in 1809 in New York City. 

Source:

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 16 April 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 

 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

14 April 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: John & Letitia Eckman


John Henry Eckman (1848 – 1924) is buried at the Zion Reformed Cemetery in New Providence. He is buried with his wife Letitia (1854 – 1942) and their daughter Katharine (1884 – 1890). 

John and Letitia had four children in all. Katharine was born in 1884. Elnora was born in 1886. Mabel was born in 1892. A fourth (name is still unconfirmed) child was born before 1900.
 
John was a land lord, according to the 1900 census. His death certificate listed his occupation as a farmer. John was the son of Jacob and Eliza Eckman.

 


Tombstone Tuesday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers.
 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

12 April 2015

Christos Voskrese!

Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life. ... Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!