Thursday, March 31, 2011

Grampa G - Sunday Scans

Al over at "Al's Photography Blog" is starting a new meme!
It's called Sunday Scans, and will be for all photos scanned ... they can be old prints or slides, or even new scanned shots if you still shoot on film.

This is going to be so much fun!
Now we will have a place to share these wonderful old photos ... other than in a box, drawer, or dusty photo-album-on-a-shelf!

Oh yeah, about the photo ... this is one I found in a box of pictures from one of Grampa and Grandma G's many adventures on the road. Since they traveled all over the US, Canada, and Mexico for many years ... this could have been taken nearly anywhere, at any time.

Maybe the car is a clue???

Friday, March 25, 2011

Reflections of a Bridge ... Weekend Reflections

This is another of Grandma G's pictures from a road trip she and Grampa G. took back in 1981. I don't know where this picture was taken ... and since they traveled through at least 5 Western US states, it could pretty much be anywhere!

But I can still appreciate the beauty of the reflections ... no matter where or when they were found!

To see reflections from around the world, visit James at "Newtown Area Photo", and join us for Weekend Reflections!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Elkins Family Bible ...

I was shopping at the Goodwill Outlet store in Hillsboro, Oregon, when a bin full of books was brought out. There were many old books, and I grabbed some that caught my eye.

I saw an old tattered and falling-apart Bible, but passed over it ... until my daughter opened it and made me realize what a treasure it was ...

On the inside cover were four tags ...
"Rev. JT Elkin, TUSCOLA, Douglas co Ill"
"Rev. JT Elkin, WAXAHACHIE, Ellis co (worn off)"
"Rev. JT Elkin, MARION, Marion co Oregon"
"Rev. JT Elkin, CORVALLIS, Benton co Oregon"

Also a sticky note as follows:

"BIBLE - 1856

"Belonged to my Great-Grandfather (my Dad's Grandfather) used as he rode horseback through the countryside, as a Methodist Circuit Rider.
Lois Harvison"

The Bible itself is labeled "New York - American Bible Society" 1856

Between the Old and New Testaments was a section titled "Family Records"

James T. Elkins & Jennetta F. Gardiner was married by Rev. Benjamin Darlington October the 27th 1859
Simon N. Grizzell & Nannie J. Elkin, January the 18th, 1882, Waxahachie, Tex {daughter}
George R. Maple & Ella E. Elkin, January the 18th, 1882, Waxahachie, Tex {daughter}

Kanawha co West Va, James T, son of Edley & Francis Elkin was born October the 31st AD 1826
Montgomery co West Va, Jennetta Francis Elkin, daughter of Alaxander & Nancy Gardiner was born December the 9th AD 1840
1. Putnam co West Va, Nancy Jane, daughter of James T. & Jennetta F. Elkin, was born August the 30th AD 1860
2. Camargo Douglas co Illinois, Emily Ellen Elkin, daughter of James T. & J. F. Elkin, was born April 3rd AD 1864
3. Tuscola, Douglas co Illinois, Leonard Haddington, son of J.T. & J.F. Elkin was born April AD the 10th 1867
4. Tuscola, Douglas co Illinois, Euretta Candace, daughter of Jas. T. & J. F. Elkin was born December the 16th, AD 1868
5. Tuscola Douglas co Illinois, Infant son - J.T. & J.F. Elkin, born July 22nd AD 1871
6. Tuscola Douglas co Illinois, James Clark, son of J.T. & J.F. Elkin born January 8th AD 1873, 8 oclock 15 min

3. Leonard A. Elkin, September the 2nd AD 1868 12 oclock 25
4. Euretta C. Elkin, September the 4th AD 1869 7 oclock 35
5. Inf son of J.T. & J.F. Elkin, July 22nd AD 1871
Mrs. Jennetta F. Elkin, July 14th AD 1875, Marlin Falls co Texas, 8 oc 13 min
Rev. J.T. Elkin, ded, January 3rd 1889, Corvallis, Benton co Ore.

Tucked between the pages of Family Records, was this well worn bookmark. It appears to be a peachy pink ribbon with scalloped edges, and a cross-stitched (on heavy paper) saying - "the blush of modesty" and a flower.

There was also a newspaper clipping about the Elkins family ...
including family crest and family history from medieval times through the 1600's.

Someday I will get enough information about this family to be able to track down the Reverend's descendants ... and return to them his Bible.

Until then, I am grateful that it ended up in our shopping cart ... instead of being sent off to be shredded and recycled (as do many of Goodwill's books that don't sell) ...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Found ... Sunglasses

When I walk, I look down a lot. The things that catch my eye are things that don't seem to belong in the setting. Like these broken sunglasses ... discarded on a bed of moss.

Sometimes even trash, tossed away as useless, can be beautiful.

To see reflections from around the world, visit James at "Newtown Area Photo" - and join us for Weekend Reflections!