Haven’t updated this website in so long. No particular reason, but I think Facebook probably edged in for a while. Since that little temporary addiction has been quelled, and the Pinterest fascination is waning, I might actually get back to doing some genealogy work. It’s doubtful if that will occur for another month or so because I’m updating my curriculum for my music classes. I’m trying to get my files organized and linked together so teaching with technology will be even easier. You can be sure that old dogs CAN learn new tricks. It makes life interesting! If you would like to stop by my other blog for my classroom, go to mcatee.biz/music/ . It’s a slow work in progress, but once I get my content added, it should be handy to use in class!
Here are some interesting newspaper articles I was notified about on Ancestry.com by an eagle-eyed genealogist. My Grandmother, Maggie Freeman Wade, was the daughter of Tabitha Barr Freeman. Tabitha’s sister, Lena, had a daughter, Blanche, who was married to Walter Fath. Their son, Donald, Grandma’s second cousin, sent a postcard in 1962 that never reached its destination until this week. Lena had moved to Fairfield, Ohio but is buried in Hamilton, also in Butler County, Ohio. Donald passed away in 1989, but his daughter, Linda is still alive and contacted the paper. The articles are really interesting!
Here are the links:
I added my website in the comments, hoping that I could find more info about Walter, Blanche, and Donald Fath. Grandma must have been pretty proud of him, because she clipped his newspaper article. It was the final piece of the puzzle, the final clue in discovering who the little boy was that Lena was looking at so adoringly. It had to be her grandchild because she looked so proud! Click the scrapbook page for a better view, or go to my genealogy website to learn more about Grandma’s cousin.
It seems rather odd that my Dad doesn’t know where the Indiana Dahlia Farm was located in New Albany, even though, he was born during the time his parents lived there. Its location has been a mystery though. Tonight, I think I finally know where it was, and the flower rows are still visible from Google satellites! I have contacted a couple of very nice ladies at the Floyd County Library. They could not find it in any of their listings. I recently found some extra info that I thought may help.
First of all, I received a nice email from Tracey in Tallahassee, Florida that asked if I wanted a honey pitcher that she had that had the name Sherfick Farms on it. Of course, I said! She had found me by Googling the name, but she didn’t know how it came to be in her family’s possession. After receiving it I emailed Dad a photo of it, and he said that it was an early glass jar, probably from the 1930?s. That made me want to look through some of the old photos to see if I could spot it. I didn’t, but I did notice something for the first time. On the back of one of the company trucks was an ad for the farm with a street address. In all the brochures and newspaper articles about his farm, I had never seen a street address, only the town’s name, New Albany.
Secondly, Washington Carnegie Library recently put an article in the Times-Herald that said that their newspaper archive was available online. I went to their site, typed in a few names, but struck gold when I added Grandpa’s name. In the Washington Herald of Sept. 19, 1924 it said that Thomas Sherfick bought the farm from E. L. Kunsman.
Armed with this information I went on Ancestry.com and found Edw. L. Kunsman in the 1920 US census, in New Albany, Indiana, in the 29th precinct. He was listed as a florist, and even though he was born in Kentucky, he spoke German.
So next I contacted the ladies of Floyd County, and one wrote back with info that some friends had mentioned there was a flower farm off Daisy Lane, which is right of Green Valley Road! So I Google mapped it and noticed ridges in the earth. Move down Daisy Lane, and all of a sudden there are acres of them! It has to be the farm!
To see for yourself, map the following–Google Earth works best. Now I want to go to New Albany with photos of the home to see if it is still standing. How incredible to finally to know this. The stock market crash left everyone in 1929 in pretty bad financial shape, so it is no wonder that by the census of 1930, Dad was living with his family in Kentucky as Grandpa sold the farm and was now a salesman, I think of anvils, but will have to check my memory later.
400-498 E Daisy Ln
New Albany, Indiana 47150
Thanks everyone for all the help!