Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Newby-Trowbridge

May 25, 1892

Charles and Ida Newby were my maternal great grandparents. The witnesses, Milla and Henry McMullen, were Ida's sister and brother-in-law. This beautiful certificate is a page from Ida May's 1891/92 Bible which was likely a wedding gift to Ida and Charles from her parents.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Elza C. and Florence P. Scott

Elza Chandler Scott (birth name CHANDLER) 1895-1969
Adopted son of Ottway Norville and Mary Cordelia (Arnold) Scott
Florence Polly (Melvin) Scott 1903-1989
daughter of Michael and Edna A. (Metcalf) Melvin
buried Evergreen Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky


Monday, May 16, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: A Convenient Marriage-Part 2

After the widow Florence Polly (Melvin) Moore received the letter from suitor Elza Chandler Scott (whom she'd never met in person), she quickly shot off a reply to him which she tucked into another letter to her friend Mrs. Reed because it was the time of the Great Depression and she had only one stamp. This is her reply to Mr. Scott:

                         March 29, 1931

          Mr. E. C. Scott.
                 Dear Friend:
                          Will answere
your letter with pleasure, I
am certainly sorry if I gave you
a bawling out because I
did'nt intend to do so, I was
glad to get the photo of you, and
to tell the truth about it, I
dont think you would spoil
my appitte, but I may spoil
yours. I am sorry but I cant
find a photo of my self. I
have some that were made
about 3 years ago. but I
look quiet differant now.
if every thing is OK, I think
I will see you in a few days.
lets hope so anyway.

I am 27 years old, a widow of one
year & 2 months, 5 feet 1 1/2 in tall
weigh 102 pound. Blue eyes light
complected & auburn hair. and
I have a daughter nearly 9 years
old. I love children and it is
a pleasure to be with them
especially with nicely raised
children  Mrs Reed spoke real
well of you and the Boys, Jack &
Mrs Reed are real nice people
I think as much of them
as I do my own people. they
have certainly treated me
nice, I have the head ache so
bad to day I cant hardly write.
so please excuese this short
letter, may be we can arrange
every thing when I get

their, so please answere this
as soon as possible, Mr & Mrs
Reed are moving to Latonia
will you go with them or
will you stay where you are,
so you have just bought a car
it doesent matter if it
isnt a swell one, times are
to bad to put so much money
in a car are any thing. I all
way try to save for a rainy
day, but havent had any
thing to save for over a year.
but after the rain the sun
all ways shines, so I hope it
will soon shine for me.
I am sorry I havent a picture
of my self at present, but
may be you wont be

disappointed when you
see me. I think I will
be there Sunday the 5th if
everything works out allright.
I will be looking for an
Answere in a few days. please
write, good bye good luck.
             your lonesome Buddie
                    Florence Moore
                       2206 - Standard Ave
the reason why I am putting
this in Mrs Reeds letter
because this is the only
stamp I have and I
can't get any till tomorrow

Apparently Florence arrived in Cincinnati on Sunday, April 5th as planned and she and Elza must have gotten along famously just as Jack and Mrs. Reed predicted because on the following Saturday, April 11th.....

Marriage License of Elza C. Scott and Florence P. Moore
dated April 11, 1931

And 29 years later....they were still happily married....

Florence Polly and Elza Chandler Scott - May 1960
....til death they did part in June of 1969 with the passing of Elza, age 72. (No children from this union.)

Thanks go to my sister-in-law Rose, who has allowed me to keep and preserve these historical family artifacts!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday's Obituary: Mrs. Rose L. Logsdon

August 1, 1886 - September 1, 1973

My husband's paternal grandmother, daughter of William M. and Lou Ann (Grimes) Mattingly, wife of Joseph Leslie Logsdon who died at the age of 25 in 1919.

This clipping was among the items my sister-in-law placed in my care a few years ago. There are two other obituaries dated September 13, 1973 on Rose Lee's FindAGrave memorial that were taken from the Louisville Courier Journal. This clipping may be an earlier obituary from the same paper or it may have come from another newspaper.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Funeral Card Friday: Florence Marie (Smith) Logsdon

Marie Logsdon 1919 - 2000

Marie was the daughter of James Ignatius and Emma Josephine (Ray) Smith. She was the third wife of my husband's father, J. Harvey Logsdon and stepmother to his four children: Anita, Rose, Buddy, and Mike. They were married 38 years when Harvey preceded her in death in 1988. Marie had no children of her own.

Florence Marie (Smith) Logsdon circa 1950s


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Joseph H. and Marie (Smith) Logsdon

Joseph Harvey Logsdon, son of Joseph Leslie and Rose Lee (Mattingly) Logsdon
md. third wife Florence Marie Smith in 1950
  dau. of James Ignatius and Emma Josephine (Ray) Smith
buried Calvary Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky


Monday, May 9, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: A Convenient Marriage-Part 1

In March of 1931 my husband's maternal grandmother, Florence Polly (Melvin) Moore, had been a widow for just a little over a year and she had an 8 1/2 year old daughter. Her friend, Mrs. Reed, knew of a widower with children of his own who was looking for a mother for them as well as a companion for himself, so Mrs. Reed decided to try and play match maker. This is the first of two letters in my possession that followed after Mrs. Reed set things in motion.

                   March 27, 1931
                  3029 Woodburn Ave.
                  Cincinnati, O.

Miss Florence Moore:
        My Dear Miss Moore:
                     I suppose I really
deserve the slight bawling out
in the letter you sent Mrs Reed
Well my dear lady I have been
figureing and making plans and
wanted to be sure of my step
before I had a definite understanding
with you. If I can find
a Photo of my Self I will enclose
it in this missle. I want
to be perfectly frank and plain
with you so am going to
look forward to meeting you
with great pleasure. I have
not been a widower but

4 months but life with out a
companion is one continual hell
for me. I have 3 boys Florence
who need other care besides
that which I can give them
Of course the two older ones
can take care of themselves
mostly but the youngest needs
a mothers care and teaching.
Now if I can arrange it and
I think I can will you be
willing to come up and
look the situation over and
then we will see what can
be done. understand I dont
want to make a slave of you
or any one. More a companion
and "buddy" than any thing
else. To tell you a little more
about my self. I am 37 years

old and I think I know what
life is all about. I am not "tall
dark & handsome" but I dont think
I would spoil your appetite by
having to look across the table at
me every morning as the saying
goes. I have just purchased
an auto not a swell one of
course (because I cant afford it)
but one that we can have lots
of pleasure out of this summer.
Jack & Mrs Reed say they think
we would get along famously
so my interest in you is
growing daily. Now if you
care to answer this I will
be looking for an answer also
looking forward to the day I
see you in person.
    will close for this time

Hoping to hear from you
soon   I remain yours in the field of lonesome men
                      E. C. Scott
                        3029 Woodburn Ave
Please send Photo of yourself.
                       E. C.

 Part 2 will be posted next week and will be Florence's reply to Elza Chandler Scott and the outcome of this correspondence.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday: WWII Souvenir

My husband's parents, Harvey and Florence (Moore) Logsdon, had been married less than two years. Harvey was stationed aboard ship with the Navy during World War II and it was near the end of his tour. He was anxious to return home to his young wife, toddling daughter and infant son in Louisville, Kentucky. This silk souvenir, measuring about 5" x 5", was tucked inside a letter Harvey wrote to Florence dated August 17, 1945...

Excerpt from the letter where Harvey mentions the enclosed panties...

"Well Honey I got you a pair of pants and I will send them in this letter. I thought they were pretty cute."


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Harvey and Florence Logsdon

My husband's parents:
Joseph Harvey and Florence Edna (Moore) Logsdon circa 1943


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sentimental Sunday: We Are The Story Tellers

The Story Tellers

    "We are the chosen.  In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors; to put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family their story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.  Genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts; instead, it is breathing life into all who have gone before.  We are the story tellers of the tribe.  All tribes have one.  We have been called as if it were in our genes.  Those who have gone before cry out to us:  Tell our story, and so we do.   In them we find ourselves."    .....Unknown author

I love that quote, it couldn't be more perfect.  

Cheers to all  the dedicated family historians, genealogists, and geneabloggers out there and to all those in my own family; in particular, those of the Wallen ancestry of which I am a fourth generation family history preservationist; from great grandfather Oliver, his daughter Sula, his grandson Charlie, and now to me, the great granddaughter. We were chosen. We are The Story Tellers