Hi Ladies...Weeeeeeek 29...Yikes.. that means for those of you who are up to date should have 58 blocks done and almost ready for the 4th milestone of 60 blocks...realistically...who has all the blocks done????
I have another letter for you...I think I will add another too.
Week 17 Harold Bush, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota
Harold's letter is unusual because he lists so many of his relative's names.
With such a large group of family living nearby, I was surprised to find how
much he and his family moved. Harold's father, Charles was born in Illinois and
his mother, Vivian was born in Iowa. In the 1910 census when Harold was four
years old, he and his sisters Viola (7 yrs.) and Bessie (6 yrs.), and parents
were living in South Dakota. Ten years later, the family was living in Kanabec
County, Minnesota. This, however, is not the same county in Minnesota where he
won his pony "Early Bird." In the 1930 census we find Harold living as a boarder
in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. There is also a woman living in the
same boarding house, by the name of Helen Bush. Harold is married! However, this
was not the last move for Harold and Helen. I found death records for both of
the them in Los Angeles, California. Helen passed away in 1982 at the age of 70,
and Harold was 65 years old at the time of his death in 1971.
Week 18 Clarence F Busick, Adams County, Indiana
Today I am going to talk about the sidebar story on page 37 from Clarence
Busick. I count eleven people in the photograph besides "Roine" the pony. I
think that I can identify at least half of these people.
Clarence, born in 1899, appears to be about 11 or 12 years old when this photo
was taken. I think he is the boy who is closest to "Roine's" head. I believe
that the four little girls on "Roine" are his younger sisters (he had no
brothers.) From the oldest to the youngest their names are: Della, Alma, Esther
and Ruth. There was a fifth sister (no pictured) born seven years after Ruth by
the name of Helen. It is only a guess, but perhaps his parents, August and Mary
are in the left of the pictures. I have no way of knowing who the remaining
three men and one boy are.
In his letter, Clarence refers to being sick and I am happy to report that he
did reach adulthood. It is known that he registered for the draft in 1918 for
World War I, but it is unknown if he served. By the time the 1930 census was
recorded, he was a married man and father of five children. His wife's name was
Ilo; and his children were: Zatha, Mary, Zora, Arlo and Ruby. Since at this
time, Clarence was only about 30 years of age, and his wife 32, there might have
been many more children. Perhaps I can find them although I must admit I haven't
figured out how to go about that yet. Does anyone have any ideas?
Well, I have answered my own question. Clarence and his wife had 11 children,
and the last and youngest died in 2009. (I'm so sorry I missed them all!) For
those of you who are interested, here is a link to Clarence's youngest child,