Sunday, May 24, 2015

Military Monday - Memorial Day Celebration

Memorial Day 
May 25 (observed)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States.  We take the time to remember the people who died while serving in this country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. 
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veteran Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

What do you do on Memorial Day? Do you go to your local cemetery? Does your local cemetery have an observance for the day? Do you help put out flags on the veterans graves? How do you honor our fallen veterans?  I seem to be hanging out at the local cemetery till noon honoring all the brave souls that are no longer with us. 

I Love You Dad
I will be honoring my father again.....US Army Retired Lt Col John Patterson Gardner Jr 1917-2006
Thank you for your service.

Each year I honor my father. He served over 20 years in the United States, Korea and Germany. He served in World War II (1st Lieutenant 119th Infantry 30th Division) and the Korean Conflict. It all  began in 1940 in the National Guard in Ohio, then enlisted in Army USAR ARTY, and went through the ranks from Sgt to Lt Col and retirement in 1962. Thank you again for your service.

My local cemetery is Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights, California.  .... The community seems to come together for a couple of hours and enjoys the program. I would love to invite you to our humble cemetery to share our observance with you. The Citrus Heights post of the American Legion #637 and the Veteran of Foreign Wars will hold a Memorial Day service at the Veterans Memorial and gazebo located at the Sylvan Cemetery at 7401 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights. This service will honor those who served and died in the defense of this great nation. Invited speakers are Supervisor 4th District Roberta MacGlashan, Citrus Heights Mayor Sue Frost, Citrus Heights Police Chief Christopher Boyd and members of the Citrus Heights city council. Others present will be Citrus Heights Boy Scout Troop #228, and Folsom Harmony Express singers, the Citrus Heights Police Department Honor Guard and bugler Ray Latimer. 
10:30 am Veterans assemble at south end of cemetery. The procession along the 'Avenue of Flags' concluding at the Veterans Memorial. 
11:00 am  Memorial service in the cemetery's gazebo with local leaders, American Legion, VFW and singers.
See you there...... 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Motivation Monday - Happy 95th Birthday Mom

Happy 95th Birthday Mom.....
.....and we all hope many many more to come


My mom's birthday is on the 11 May which is usually a separate day from Mothers Day but not always.    For several years over the last couple of decades we have celebrated the two special days as one.  How convenient is that! But I always look forward to celebrating both days separately........... after all her birth has nothing to do with her being a mother or the other ways around.

My mother was born in Cuba, Allegany, New York on Tuesday11 May 1920. Only a year after birth her parents separated and both remarried. She lived with her father. He was a young single working man and did not feel he could take care of an infant girl, so his sister and BIL took her into their home. She lived between her father, her Aunt & Uncle who she came to know as Dad and Mom and her grandfather on the farm. She was an only child. Mary Jane graduated high school and went off to Buffalo, New York for nurses training at Buffalo General. Upon graduation she joined the Nurses Corp.Army.
 She was a 1st Lt stationed at Ft George G Meade, met my dad, married him 9 April 1943 on base Ft George G Meade, Anne Arundel, Maryland and then both were shipped separately overseas. Dad, Lt John Patterson GARDNER, Jr  went to many areas in Germany while mom went to Africa, Italy and France..............both  honorably discharged and ready to settle down and start a family in Alliance Stark, Ohio. Along I came. Dad went back into the Army as Captain and off we went for our first tour of duty in Nurnberg, Germany where my brother was born (ooops, can't be President now- too bad).

We came back and forth between Germany and the states several times over the years.......... returning to the United States in 1957 for good. My dad was stationed in El Paso, Texas for a short time and then was transferred to the Presidio, San Francisco. We lived in Daly City and then settled in San Carlos when my dad retired in 1963.

My mom worked as a head nurse at Burlingame Hospital for many years. She sure enjoyed that. She of course started as a floor nurse on the graveyard shift, eventually got onto swing shift and finally made it to the day shift. Then she worked her way up to head floor nurse. She continued to take classes to keep her skills up to date. She told me that she always updated her New York Nurses license just in case they moved back. She said it was a difficult one to get and didn't want to lose it. I believe she kept it updated till the mid 1970's.  She retired when I got engaged and married in 1969, They moved again to El Dorado Hills (east of Sacramento) and then to Roseville.

Mom helped with the grandsons. They purchased a motor home and took the two boys with them many times. They belonged to several RV groups and did a lot of traveling with each of these groups - sometimes taking one or both of the grandsons.


Do You Know What Was Happening in US  & the world in 1920?
* The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granting women the right to vote, was ratified.
* Woodrow Wilson was the President of the United States
* United States presidential election of 1920, Ohio Senator Warren G Harding was elected President defeating Oho Governor James M Cox (Democratic) and Eugene V Debs (Socialist) 
* First commercial radio broadcast aired....... and radios begin showing up in private homes. Unlike today to have a radio in the home cost about $120, in todays money it would cost about $1500 (radio itself, charger & battery, antenna, speakers or headphones)
* Prohibition  comes into effect when the 18th Amendment is passed
* US population is estimated at 107,823,000
*World population is estimated at 1,811,000,000
* World: small pox becomes a major problem worldwide
* The Hague (Netherlands)becomes the seat of the International Justice Court
* New York Yankees buy Babe Ruth
* An earthquake measuring 8.5 magnitude on the Richter scale hits the heavily populated of Gansu province of China  
 *Inventions : Sticky Plaster USA by Earle Dickson; Hair Dryer Germany; The Tea Bag by Joseph Krieger; Parachute USA by Karl O K Osterday
* Cost of goods in 1920
bread 12cents a lb
butter 70cents a lb
bacon 52cents a lb
eggs 47cents a dz
cheese 38cents a lb
chicken 39cents a lb
coffee 47cents a lb
cabbage 2cents  lb
flour 41cents 5lb
lettuce 25cents for 3 heads
milk  33cents for 1/2 gal
potatoes  63cents 10lb
sugar  97cents 5lb
* Some TOYS: Musical Merry go Round; Marbles, Stick Horse; Gyroscope, Olympic Flyer Wagon; Erector set; Tinker Toys, Flossy Flirt Dolls
*Some examples of prices of auto's in the 1920's
    Chevrolet Roadster $490
    Cadillac Victoria $4540
    Ford Runabout $265 ($85 extra for starter and dismountable rims)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sentimental Sunday - Tribute to My Mother

Mother's Day comes each year and I have celebrated it for more than 40 years now with my two sons. I love them both more than life itself. They are the joys of my heart. They make me laugh and cry. AND now they have given me beautiful grandchildren.

I also celebrate Mother's Day with my own mother and my brother when he is able. After all he lives several hours away in the bay area. My mom's birthday is on the 11 May which is usually a separate day but not always. For several years over the last couple of decades we have celebrated the two special days as one.  How convenient is that! But I always look forward to celebrating both days separately........... after all her birth has nothing to do with her being a mother or the other ways around.

My mother, Mary Jane (Little) Gardner was born in Cuba, Allegany, New York on 11 May 1920. She was an only child. She graduated high school and went off to Buffalo, New York for nurses training at Buffalo General. Upon graduation she joined the Army Nurses Corp as a first Lt, met my dad, John Patterson Gardner, married him 9 April 1943 at Ft George G Meade, Anne Arundel, Maryland and then both were shipped separately overseas. Dad, Lt John Patterson Gardner, Jr  went to many areas in Germany while mom went to Africa, Italy and France..............both  honorably discharged and ready to settle down and start a family in Alliance Stark, Ohio.

Mom was a nurse during the war but when she started a family (ME) she became a full time homemaker, raising me and my brother. My dad was in the Army so we traveled a lot. Mom was a trooper, having to pack and unpack, pack and unpack, etc etc  and take care of two young children. As an officers wife she was expected to step forward and help and support her husband in public, join the other wives in the officers club and do a lot of entertaining in the home. I always remember helping mom polish all the silver for another party. We helped bake cookies and our reward was a couple of cookies. An officers wife needed to put that best foot forward, a good role model for all wife's of officers and NCO ranks. I think it could be a lot of stress. Mom rebelled back and would not do somethings. ......... on my goodness can you imagine that especially in the 1950's & 60's......... wow, kudos Mom!!

Thank You for all the help and support with my two boys. Your devotion and love for them meant a lot to me as they were growing up. Working full time and raising two boys was not an easy thing so I really appreciated all the help. I know that they were thrilled to go on all the many trips you took in the motor home. They got to meet other people from all over the country, see other places they may never have gotten to see.......  what a great legacy !! thank you.

Happy Mother's Day and I hope we both have many more to come together.........................

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday's Tips- FGS/ RootsTech Very Strong Together

The LIBRARY is probably the most important reason I am in Salt Lake City. It is the Mecca for Family Researchers...... There is no where else on earth that can rival it........  but there are other great resources all over our country.....  Allen County Genealogical Library for one.

I have done lots of searching through the LIBRARY catalog and have my list ready to go. But you know when you get tho the library it is overwhelming. I went right to the elevator and went down to B2 which is only British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand. I tried to stay on task, keep organized and follow my plan......

The books were the hardiest items in the library to find. With such deep cataloguing and detailed numbering system, it was almost impossible to find some of the books I wanted to look at. I did walk away after a while because I got too frustrated trying to follow the numbers to the books I wanted. Next time maybe. I did look through dozens of microfishe and film ....... I ran out of time and think I will order this one microfilm and view it down at my local Family History Center, Sacramento California..........  I did ask a question about New Zealand resource and I found myself with an expert from down under. It was great......  with a couple of quick clicks of the mouse she showed me several great websites dealing with New Zealand and it's people. Needless to say I was thrilled.

Exhibit Hall - only about a third of the hall is shown here. Insanity with hundreds of thousands of participants

Demo Stage inside the Exhibit Hall........ check out the awesome chairs and couches 

one of dozens of LAB classes given. You are looking over my green screen. I am taking EVERNOTE

FamilyTreeDNA is so busy as is AncestryDNA. I did upgrade my brothers & my youngest sons kits to the Family Finder , so I will hope for more results and better ones too. 

A friend on mine, Paul hawthorne from San Diego,  showing off the many tags he has collected. Who collected the most? 

Video of the bagpipers walking through the Exhibit Hall.... up and down each isle. Pride for my Scottish side

                  Another group showing off -- youngsters with the ole traditional cowboys songs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

I love you all........  Happy Valentines Day 

to my daddy I will always love you

to my Mom  - Here's to better days / love you

to the love of my life, my soulmate, my lover, my best friend Chuck -always love you

to my youngest son Jason -I love you so much

to my first born son Michael - with love always & always

to my two Aberle grandchildren Ashlyn & Aden - I love you both so much

to my Nickell grandson Josh......  love you little man

to my DIL Krisi .......  love you 

to my soon to be DIL Lisa (oops secret is out now)..........the warmest of welcomes from the family

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


One minute I am revisiting  the LITTLE family, and the next minute I am in Salt Lake City researching at the LIBRARY......

I did my homework at home through the LIBRARY catalog. I also went back to my blog and went through all my posts from December, January and into February to add to the LIST. This list is loooong so I also did some prioritizing and putting like things together. Wow, what a difference. It is still just as long but much better and easier to work from.


ooops! I was studying this page

Boy we thought it would be very cold here AND IT IS NOT, It is just like Citrus Heights 60's toward the 70's. I air feels a little colder but there is no snow. The higher altitude is certainly affecting my breathing. Need to allow time and slow down.
Salt Lake City and the LIBRARY, here I am with the best of friends, people that truly know what it means when you do a 'happy dance'.....  they may even join in.  I am staying at the Salt Plaza Hotel right across the street from Salt Lake Convention Center AND right behind the LIBRARY. Couldn't ask for a better location for researching and the conference, I am excited to be here. This is where it is happening this week. - 2 conferences in 1 place. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech2015 have partnered this year, each had a separate set of classes but shared the exhibit hall, keynote speakers, on site registration and I am sure other items that I am not even aware of. 

I have spent the last 2 days at the LIBRARY researching - researching is hard work!.I did find some things and confirmed other things I already knew.   - I was down on level B2 England, & New Zealand. It looks very similar to the other floors but it does have British Isles, New Zealand and Australia......just where I needed to be. Now I really need to sit down with everything I found, all the notes I took and all the files I saved to my thumb drive and get it organized and ready to enter into my Legacy program.
Early registration happened this afternoon ......... so now I know where I am going to be from class to class. Tomorrow is a pre-conference activity that you had to sign up for......  FGS Society Day. I am a delegate for my genealogy society - Root Cellar and Society Day is dedicated to helping, improving and offering society's options... .lot of it is simply open discussion between society members from all over the county. It usually is a very good day.

Attended a special Delegate Gathering tonight. Very nice buffet...... like a meet and greet. Good couple of hours.

Today will probably be the last time I return to the LIBRARY. I usually am really tired and need some alone time by the end of each day. I go to my room and hibernate and plan for the next day.

To bed  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!

Travel Tuesday - continuing with #10 Joseph LITTLE

continuing ........ 

             "LITTLE'S" are my Mothers Fathers line
Isaac (1806-1863) & Jane (Mounsey) (1812-1867) LITTLE   [2nd Great Grandparents ]

Siblings of Hudson's.........
doneMary LITTLE (1831- ?) -          [Great Grand Aunt]
doneJohn LITTLE (1832-1861)         [Great Grand Uncle]
doneAnne LITTLE (1835-?)              [Great Grand Aunt]
doneWilliam LITTLE (1837-1843)     [Great Grand Uncle]
doneIsaac LITTLE (1840-?)               [Great Grand Uncle]
doneHUDSON LITTLE 1843-1934) [Great Grand Uncle]
doneJane Eliza LITTLE 1846-1867)   [Great Grand Aunt]
doneJames LITTLE 1848-1855)        [Great Grand Uncle]
doneMounsey LITTLE (1851-1940) ......................................[My Great Grandfather]
Joseph LITTLE (1852-1932)     [Great Grand Uncle]

Joseph Little 1852-1932
   married Margaretta Lowden 1854- 1924
   son: Mounsey Little
      married: Esther Stanley
      children: unknown
   son: Harry Little
      married: Annie Bond
      children: unknown
   son: Joseph William Little
       married: Jane Eliza "Jennie" Little
       children: No children
   daughter: Jane Annie Little
       DIED at age 14 years
   daughter: Mary Lizzie Little
       married: Jack Parker Litt
       daughter: Mary Margaretta Litt (1916-1994)
       son: Robert John Litt (1916-1917)

Joseph Little the 10th child and the 7th son. He and Margaretta had 5 children. I know Joseph William traveled to the US with his cousin Mounsey Little but did not stay.... he returned to England, married and started their family. I have not done a lot of research on this line YET.
 Back/Standing: Mounsey, Joseph William, Mary Lizzie
front l-r: Harry - Joseph & Margaretta Little 

I am sure that you noticed that their third son and child, Joseph William Little, married his first cousin Jane Eliza 'Jennie' Little daughter of Mounsey and Mary Little.  They did not have children but ended up with the care of Paul Albert Little when his father passed away AND of my mother, Mary Jane Little when her parents divorced.

UK CENSUS =======================================
1861 England, Wales, & Scotland Census Transcription
House name: Halls, Street: High Side, Parish & Ecclesiastical district: Bassenthwaite, Registration district: Cockermouth, County: Cumberland, England Enumeration district 13, piece # 3933, folio # 67, page #  9, record set: 1861 England, Wales, & Scotland Census

ISAAC LITTLE - 55, abt 1806, head male;school master; spouse:Jane; where born: Castle Sowerby, Cumberland,England; civil parish: Bassenthwaite; ecclesiastical parish: Bassenthwaite; couny: Cumberland, country: England; registration district: Cockermouth; sub-registration district: Keswick, ED 13; household schedule # 46;
Others in resident:
  Jane  wife 48   school mistress
  Mounsey  son 9  scholar
  Joseph      son 7 scholar

1871 UK Census - Cumberland England
Hale household
Joseph Little servant/ farm labourer - 18yrs old/ unmarried

1881 UK Census..
1. LITTLE, Joseph  head  M/m-27 b: Bassenthwaite, Cumberland England o: Railway labourer & farmer of 3 acres of land
2.             Margaretta wife M/f-27 b: Newlands, Cumberland, England
3.             Mounsey    son       m-5 b: Underskiddaw, Cumberland, England
4.             Harry          son       m-3 b: Underskiddaw, Cumberland, England
5.             Joseph Wm son      m-1 b: Underskiddaw, Cumberland, England

1891 UK Census - did not find YET

1901 UK Census - Bassenthwaite, Cumberland England
Little, Joseph       head  47 plate layer on Railroad
        Margaretta, wife 47
        Mary Lizzie daughter 16

1911 UK Census Bassenthwaite, Cumberland, England
Little, Joseph     head 57 plate layer/ Railroad Company
      Margaretta   wife 57   37 years married  birth to 7 children born live / 4 living / 3 died
      Mary Lizzie  daughter 25 single

So according to the 1911 UK Census, Joseph and Margaretta had 7 children but only 4 are living in 1911. I only know about 5 of the 7 children. I see that Jane Annie was only 14 when she passed away so she would have only been on the 1891, which of course is the only one I can't find YET.

I have had some contact with Joseph and Jennie Little....... it was while I was a teenager and don't really remember much about the visit ......  unfortunately for me.

While a married Air Force wife, living in Germany, we visited Rita (Mary Margaretta Litt) in the Lake County in England. We stayed with her for a couple of weeks. Very nice home. No brewed coffer, but great tea .........  and lots of pubs around with plenty of beer. We drove around each day looking at the Lake Country itself.......  it was a fun visit. At this point in my life I was not thinking genealogy or family research and really missed out on a great opportunity to talk with Rita about her side of the family and the other Littles....... and to look through her family pictures........  what a lost opportunity, so sad!!

Rita visited the America several times during my life time, always staying with my parents in San Carlos California.......... Unfortunately for me I was living on my own, working and not able to make the trip home to visit for any length of time. Again more lost opportunities! And now she has passed so no more opportunities....  not sure where all her family papers and album's went too.