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Wordless Wednesday - Helen Conour (nee Blank) and Clara Miottel

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Least Favorite Foods

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Week 39: Least Favorite Foods - Pickled Watermelon Rinds 
It seemed that my Grandmother Ruby Clark could make anything out of just about anything and nothing went to waste.  She had the most wonderful rolls, pies, cakes, noodles and meats - all homemade.  As a matter of fact I thought Chili was severed with macaroni all the time until my mom explained that only Grandma served it that way.  She served it with noodles to make the pot go further with all of her kids.  Everything she made was wonderful except pickled watermelon rinds.   Grandma would collect our watermelon rinds barely waiting for us to finish eating our slices and pile them all together.  Just thinking about the germs from all the people that had eaten the watermelon was enough to deter me.  Now I understand that she would cut them up and remove the parts that had our teeth marks in them but jeez!  Sometimes you just need to throw things away!   I don't recall it being an item that went home with us after a visit with …

Wordless Wednesday - Glenda and Harold Clark

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Military Monday - William Skibbe, World War II

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William Adolph Skibbe Jr was born on 28 Dec 1923 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States.12 He lived 4210 N. Menard in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States in 1928.3 He appeared in the census on 11 Apr 1930 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States.42 William had Social Security Number 357-12-7524.2 issued in Illinois.  Last benefit sent to 21131  Phoenix, Baltimore, Maryland, United States He died Cirrhosis of liver on 5 Mar 1972 at the age of 48 in Phoenix, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States.2,5 He was buried on 8 Mar 1972 at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Sweet Air, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States.2,5  five years.  Bill had a drooping eye.  He was delivered at home by his father and it was thought that his father caused the deformity.

















1. Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates, accessed 1 Oct 2010), entry for William Skibbe, 28 Dec 1923 birth; citing Cook County, Illinois Birth Index, 1916-1935., [ItemOfInterest], [Date]; digital ima…

Thankful Thursday - A wonderful free source: Western States Marriages Database

I spent a good deal of time searching and playing on the Western States Marriage website at http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernstates/Search.cfm.  I luckily located marriage records for folks in the database that I previously had no evidence of marriage dates.  The website also gives the location of the marriage records so they have been added to my to-do list to send for.

The BYU Idaho marriage database includes pre-1900 marriages for Arizona, Idaho, and Nevada.  Some counties include records up until the 1930's and later.  A good deal of marriages are from California, western Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, eastern Washington and Wyoming.  Early marriages (1700's) from New Mexico are currently being  added.

A groom search for the surname of Poundstone  yielded marriage records from 1865, 1946, 1982, 1992,  and 2004.  I received confirmation on numerous Potter, Howe and Wakely marriages. I found a total of 32 marriage dates and references to where each origina…

Wordless Wednesday - Drvaric's

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Aunt Wilma Joyce Clark 10 July 1936 - 29 August 2011

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I am very sad to announce that Wilma passed on Monday, 29 August 2011.  Wilma was the seventh of ten children born to Otis E. Clark and Ruby Pearl Poundstone Clark.  She passed away in Arkansas and will be put to rest in the Old Stonington Cemetery in Old Stonington, Christian, Illinois.  She married John Clark 18 May 1954.  From the Taylorville Breeze Newspaper in Illinois:  8/31/2011 2:03:00 PM:


Wilma Joyce Clark

Wilma Joyce Clark, 75, of Pocahontas, AR, formerly of Stonington, died Monday, August 29, 2011, in Arkansas.
She was born July 10, 1936, in Bement, IL, the daughter of Otis E. and Ruby Pearl Poundstone Clark.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Clark of Pocahontas; two sons: John Clark of Pana and Patrick Clark of Findlay; two daughters: Pam Baldwin of Pana and Jan Richardson of Pocahontas, AR; nine grandchildren: Toby Hocq, Dustin Hocq, and Tammy Bling, all of Pana, Aaron Lewey of Pocahontas, AR, Aubrey Lange of Eagle Lake, TX, and Maranda Clark of Chatham; two…