Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sentimental Sunday - ICHS Junior-Senior Reception of 1951, Celina, Ohio

My Dad was in the Class of 1952 at Immaculate Conception High School in Celina, Ohio. One of the mementos he kept from his high school days was the program for the Junior-Senior Reception in 1951. I'm guessing from the cover of the program that this was similar to the Junior-Senior Proms we have today.

The inside of the program listed the events for the evening, the menu, and names of the faculty and students. I was surprised to find that my Dad was Toastmaster and that he'd kept a type-written paper with the toast tucked away inside the program.

The toast reads as follows: Reverend Father, Mr. Reichert, Graduates, and Juniors. We are assembled here this evening to honor the graduating class of 1951. We'll miss them next year when we try to fill their vacancies, but lets hope that our loss will be their gain. And now I'll turn it over to our good friend, teacher, and pal, Father John.

 The pages above list the program and menu. I wonder what was in that Special "51" Salad!

The next pages listed the colors, flowers, officers and students for the Junior and Senior Classes and the faculty members of the school.

The high school closed in 1972, but the parish continues to operate a preschool and elementary school. The Immaculate Conception Church is celebrating their 150th anniversary this year and has been posting history and photos on their 150th Anniversary Facebook page.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sibling Saturday - Camping in the Keys

This shot of my sister and I munching on raisins always cracks me up. Check out our skinned up knees, not to mention my sister's hat and sunglasses! My Dad used to call her Miss Hollywood in that outfit. My Mom was always big on using napkins even when we were camping and I see I have one on my lap. Too funny!

We used to go to the Keys during Spring Break and in the summers. These photos were probably taken at one of the campgrounds in Marathon sometime in the '70s. Our tent is in the background and I can still remember the musty smell of a hot tent in Florida. A few other things I see in the background are a Coleman grill and propane, Lux liquid soap, Musselman's Apple Juice, and laundry hanging on a line. This was one of the trips where my best friend and her family joined us at the campground. She's on the right in the second picture, also enjoying some raisins. We had a lot of fun and adventures on those trips!

Sibling Saturday, a daily blogging prompt suggested by Susan Mosey of Ancestry Binders.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Military Monday - WWI Monument Dedication in Centreville, Maryland, October 1918

The Maryland State Archives has digitized copies of many pages of old Maryland newspapers available on its site. The dates are hit and miss since many pages no longer exist, but it's a great resource if you have Maryland ancestors.

The page shown below was published in The Centreville Observer on October 5, 1918. Centreville is in Queen Anne's County, Maryland and was the home to many of my ancestors.

The newspaper must have been in pretty bad shape as the scan isn't too good, but I was able to make out some references to my Councill family. Most of the articles on the front page were about World War One.

One article detailed a dedication ceremony for a monument and flag honoring the soldiers of Queen Anne's County. The ceremony included an address by Senator Harper of Centreville where he mentioned the soldiers that had lost their lives during the war, including my great-uncle Julius Councill.

He very feelingly spoke of the three boys who had already made the supreme sacrifice-- Jeff Davis, Jr. of Centreville, and J. Edgar Potts and Julius K. Council, of Baltimore, but natives of Queen Anne's county.

Another section of the articled talked about a procession of War Mothers where they wore arm bands with a star representing each of their children that were serving in the war. This must have been a very moving part of the ceremony. My great-grandmother Ariana Councill was one of two mothers that had three children in the military and had only learned of the loss of her son Julius a few weeks before the ceremony.

In the War Mothers' procession were nearly a hundred mothers of Soldiers and Sailors, two in the number, Mrs. Councill and Mrs. Joseph Fesnaper?, who have three from their families in the service, led the procession, wearing arm bands with three stars. There were any number who wore two stars and one star, and in most every instance it meant all that a mother had to give.

Liberty Loan Ad from The Centreville Observer, Oct. 5, 1918
The ceremony concluded with a mention of the upcoming Liberty Loan event intended to raise more money for the war efforts. According to the article, $100,650 was already subscribed during the afternoon of the dedication ceremony. Only a few pages were available in the digital collection for The Centreville Observer for October 1918, so I was fortunate that they included the information on the dedication ceremony and the connections to my Councill family.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Census Sunday - Walnut Street, Celina, Ohio

Walnut Street in Celina, Ohio was home to much of my father's family. He grew up on 670 N. Walnut Street in the house that his Creeden grandparents owned for over 40 years.

Creeden family on 670 North Walnut St. in 1940 Census
His Pulskamp grandparents lived down the street at 619 N. Walnut St. and his aunt and uncle Clarence and Emma Lee Art lived on 623 N. Walnut St. Emma Lee was George and Mary Pulskamp's daughter and the twin sister of my grandmother Anna Lee Pulskamp Creeden.

Pulskamp and Art families on North Walnut St. in 1940 census
Both sets of my father's grandparents were in the same houses in the 1930 census with several of their children living with them. Both families owned their homes.The Creeden house was valued at $5500 and the Pulskamp house at $8000.

Creeden family at 670 N. Walnut St. in 1930 census
Pulskamp family at 619 N. Walnut St. in 1930 census
According to the Mercer County Auditor's site, the Pulskamp house has 2619 square feet and was built in 1926. The Creeden house has 1195 square feet and was built in 1903.

1920 Census with Creeden and Pulskamp families on N. Walnut St.
I was surprised to find that both families were living on Walnut Street in the 1920 census, but in different houses. The families were living very close to each other, with the Creedens at 611 and the Pulskamps at 623 N. Walnut St. Both families owned their homes, although the Creedens had a mortgage. My grandparents Robert Creeden and Anna Lee Pulskamp were 8 and 9 years old, so must have known each other at an early age.

Pulskamp family at 611 N. Walnut St. in 1910
In the 1910 census, the Pulskamps owned the home on 611 N. Walnut Street. The Creeden family may have bought the house from the Pulskamps since they were living in it by 1920. I also noticed that the Art's house at 623 in 1940 was the same house that the Pulskamps owned in 1920. That house was being rented in 1930, so it's possible that George still owned it then. It was interesting to see all the moving around the families did on the same street!

Census images are from Census Sunday is a daily blogging prompt suggested by Colleen Pasquale of Leaves and Branches.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Immaculate Conception Eighth Grade Class of 1947-48, Celina, Ohio

This photo of the Immaculate Conception eighth grade class was taken for the 1947-48 school year in Celina, Ohio. My Dad, Tim Creeden is the fourth kid from the left in the back row. The class graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1952.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sports Center Saturday - ICHS Basketball Teams, Celina, Ohio, 1925-1927

The back of the 25-26 team picture says Father John, Manager and Dutch Schulte, Coach, 1925-26. My grandfather Robert (Bob) Creeden would have been 15 that year and may be the boy on the back right next to the priest. Al Winkeljohn may be the boy on the front right. ICHS was the Immaculate Conception High School in Celina, Ohio.

There was no label on this picture, so good thing they had the year on the basketball! It says 26-27.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Census Sunday - Matson Families in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio

My great-great-grandparents Timothy Creeden and Mary Ann Matson moved from Clinton County, Ohio to Hopewell Township in Mercer County, Ohio sometime in the mid 1880s. I wondered why they made the move and found at least part of the answer in the census records. Several members of Mary's family had already moved to Mercer County by the time the 1880 census was taken.

The earliest Matson records I found in the Mercer County census were for a John Matson in 1830 and a William Matson in 1840. I didn't find any other trace for these Matsons, although there is a William Mattison in the 1850 census. He is only 11 years old and is living with the Issac Coil family.

In 1860, John, Elizabeth, and Enos Matson were living with the David Wright family in Liberty Township. The Matson children were all minors. There was also a Nancy Matson, age 17, working as a servant for the Daniel Garwick family in Center Township.

Mary Matson and several children were in the 1870 census for Hopewell Township. I'm not sure what, if any relationship these early Matsons have to my family.

Mary Matson in 1870 census, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio
Mary Matson Creeden's sister Terissa orTheresa was married to John Sholler and they were in Hopewell in the 1880 census. John's entry was at the bottom of a page and Theresa's was on the next page for District 2, Enumeration District 186.

John and Theresa Sholler in 1880 census, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio
Their brother John Matson was living nearby in the same enumeration district as John and Theresa. He was a boarder at Lavina Bender's house and was a farmer. John and Lavina were married in Mercer County on October 1, 1882.

John Matson in 1880 census, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio
Other Matsons in the same enumeration district were Elizabeth Matson, listed as an aunt to Lewis Nunery, Sarah L. Matson, a servant at the William H. DeFord household, and Sarah Matson and her son John W. Matson. From John's age of 23 in the census, he would have been born around 1857. An obituary for a John William Matson, born in 1857, says that he was born in Clinton County, Ohio. It's probable that this is the same John W. Matson and shows that he is also linked to the Clinton County Matsons.

Sarah and John W. Matson, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio
John Matson and John Sholler were both in the 1890 Veteran's Census for District 2, Enumeration District 186 for Hopewell Township. John died in 1896 and is buried next to Timothy and Mary's son James E. Creeden in the Old Buck Cemetery in Hopewell Township.

So it appears that Timothy and Mary had a lot of family nearby in Hopewell Township! That helps explain why they made the move to Mercer County.

To Do: Investigate the unknown Matsons to see if they have links to my Mary Matson.