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#5950364 - 07/14/17 12:27 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
Aaron Proffitt Offline
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My great grandmother was born in 1899 or maybe a hair earlier . Wonderful woman . I've never seen my Dad mourn the way he did when she passed away .


Off topic , but in a similar way, I'll absolutely grieve when my wife's grandfather passes away . I love that man as if he were my own grandfather. During my wedding reception , him and my uncle ( another great man who has terminal cancer ,recently diagnosed )spent hours talking .

I watched them in a kind of awe . Two old warriors , I'll only know them as gentle father figures , conversing and showing mutual respect for the other.
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#5950366 - 07/14/17 12:34 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
Aaron Proffitt Offline
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To add , my Uncle Roland once came out duck hunting with me . We shot a few ducks and geese , but he really just enjoyed watching my dog work . I'll never forget him saying ," Nephew , I could just sit here all day and just watch your dog do his thing ."


No better praise.
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#5950386 - 07/14/17 01:16 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: tjm]
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Registered: 11/11/11
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Loc: SWMo.
Originally Posted By: tjm
All my grand parents were born in the 1800s, I knew 3 of them and quite a few great uncles and and aunts as well as others in their age groups. Of course the stories were often about people they had known in their youth. Mothers paternal grandfather was with Sherman in Georgia and she had many tales about him. Dads paternal grandfather was involved in many of the Civil War battles in Mo. and Ar. and there were stories that he had told that I heard second hand.
Just realized that with Mom being the 'baby' all her siblings would have been born in the 1800s also, and their spouses.

kinda wish this hadn't come up now I'm feeling old.

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#5950404 - 07/14/17 01:46 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
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Registered: 05/31/13
Posts: 2721
Loc: Northern Michigan
My maternal Gr. Gr. Grandad was born over in Canada in 1819. That was before Canada was even a country. I never knew him because he died before I was born. I did, however, know one of his boys....my Gr. Grandad, who was born in 1872 when his father was 53 years old. That guy made it into his mid nineties, as did his wife. I remember both well. I never got to sit down and talk much with either, although I did a little with my Gr. Grandma. He and she were very hard workers and their farm was run with cool efficiency. They had the usual barns and outbuildings associated with area farms, but also had a good root cellar, which was common, and an ice house, which was not near as common, but hardly unheard-of My mother said that both her grand parents were also full of pee and vinegar, especially the old man, who all the kids loved and flocked around because he kept them in a constant state of either excitement or mischief! One of his favorite deals was giving pennies to any of the grandbabies that would run up to their adult womenfolk and run their fingers up under the hem of the women's dresses, quickly lift and yell Zzzzzzip! while doing it. Both my Gr. Grandparents were in the Pineries of Northern Michigan during the heydays of White Pine logging, and while Eastern Elk, Moose, and Cougars were still to be found in the Lower Peninsula, and Caribou were still in parts of the Upper Peninsula. Although Caribou hung on until after my mother was born 100 years ago tomorrow, the Moose and Elk had been shot off in the Lower Peninsula by the turn of the century. It is hard to fathom just how fast this landscape changed. The county I live in was a road-less wilderness until after the Civil War. 30 years later it was nearly all cut-over land that was either left to revert back to forest, or turned to the plow. The vast majority of this county was poorly soiled so it reverted to forest because when the farms failed the land was lost to back taxes because it was thought to be worthless by people that made an agrarian living. Even in my Grandad's day there was the thought that a farm that was 1/4 lake or swamp, was a farm that was 1/4 useless land. My Grandad bought a bunch of land during the Depression for $1.00 per acre. He ended up loosing the majority of it before WW2 because he couldn't turn enough of a profit on it to pay the taxes. His best money-making deal was a brief stint as a moonshiner/bootlegger in the mid 1930's, but that ended in failure because of his propensity to drink up the profits. My Grandmother, fed up with his debauchery, ended the corn cooking by dumping kerosene into his mash. I don't know what became of the still, but I assume it went back to the sheriff that gave it to him in the first place. I was lucky enough to sit my Grandad down and record some of his stories when I was a young fellow. I cherish the recording as the family heirloom it is. The old cassette tape is degraded to the point that I am afraid to play it now, but I hope to someday have it transferred to a digital format. I personally have kept a journal/diary most of my adult life. I have decades worth of writings recorded. I'd like to think that 100 years from now my descendants will think they are cool reading. I hope there will still be some licensed hunters and trappers in the gang then.


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#5950416 - 07/14/17 02:01 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
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After writing the above post, it has dawned on me that today would have been my Great Grandfather's birthday...his 145th!
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#5951072 - 07/15/17 10:04 AM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: J.Morse]
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Registered: 12/27/06
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Loc: Rock Springs, WI
My grandfather on my mother's side was born in 1893 and my grandmother in 1895. I have both their very ornate confirmation certificates from the church, both written entirely in German although they were both born here in Wisconsin. My grandmothers maiden name was Schmidt and later her family changed it to Smith so folks would not think they were German. I'd like to know the story behind that one.

Zim

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#5951135 - 07/15/17 11:58 AM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: Zim]
swift4me Offline
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Registered: 07/13/10
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Loc: American In the Pyrenees; Fran...
My dad's mother was born in 1894 in Brainerd, Minnesota as an illegitimate child. As I understand it her biological father was a minister in Brainerd at the time. I've seen her handwritten birth certificate several times. She was sent off to a cousin's family and she took their name, Engbretsen. They shipped her off to Fargo at the age of 14 where she got a job as a secretary with Northern Pacific in the freight office.

She met my grandfather, born in 1889 in Sydney Montana, in 1922 when her and some friends from Fargo took a road trip to see Yellowstone Park. I have a copy of her 5 page typed journal of the trip. On the last page of the journal she tells of the group stopping at someone's relative's house in Sydney. The last line in her writing was, "... and today I met a wonderful man named George Woolley..." My grandfather.

She was a tough little gal and after working and raising two sons in Bozeman, Montana, she lived in Peru and Equador for twenty years when my grandfather was sent there by the Department of Agriculture to work on mosquito eradication.

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#5951189 - 07/15/17 01:20 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
lee steinmeyer Offline
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Registered: 10/28/11
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Great write ups guys, and I especially enjoyed muskrats story of Arnie!

My dad was born in 1901 and he lived a full life. Died in 96, at 96 years old. His mother, my grandma, died at 97 in about 1957. She used to tell storys about the Indians coming to the house to beg for food, and she would hide in her mothers skirts and peek out at them. Mom and dad would go over to grampa and gmaws, and set around all night talking and playing cards, and never speak any english. It was unpopular after the war and Hitler to be German, so it was contained to their house! They wouldn't teach me any German on a bet, but later after gpaw died, she did teach me enough to count! whoopee! My dad was an inspiration to me in many ways, but came through the horse and buggy days, cut wood with only and axe and crosscut saw, and saw men walk on the moon! I won't tell you what he thought about that!
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#5951260 - 07/15/17 03:29 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
Osky Offline
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Registered: 12/09/13
Posts: 4537
Loc: Northern MN
Lee that strikes a cord. My mothers mother was born on the plains in western Minnesota in 1889, sod house of which I have a picture.
She too said that Indians would travel by from time to time and her mother always had extra potatoes canned up as they would beg for food. She said the Bucks never came in, just the squaws and children. Her mother would give the food and the squaws would insist on giving back, often stripping down and giving their clothing as they had nothing else. Once the Indians were out of site her mother would burn the clothing as it was full of lice and fleas.
She told me many stories in the late 70's and early 80's before she passed. Often while her television was on and there were hi lights of NASA activities, moon, shuttle etc. always amazed and still does amaze me that her time on earth went from horseback to outer space.
My fathers father was also a breed who spoke very little English. No one knows from whence he came other than a western tribe and a white? Ended up as a younger man in the northern MN logging camps met my grandma who had come west with her father from back east. Her father had gotten black lung from the mines there and a homestead here was his companies settlement.
After marrying my grandmother my grandfather discovered whiskey the rest of their lives was not real pretty.
Osky
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#5951261 - 07/15/17 03:34 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
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Loc: Northern Michigan
Keep these stories a'comin, they are very, very interesting.
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#5951306 - 07/15/17 04:26 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: J.Morse]
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Texas Hill Country
My grand parents were born in the 1870's and 1880's.
Some of the stories were good and some were bad.
One thing is for certain, it was a different world back in those days.
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#5952192 - 07/16/17 08:34 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2941
Loc: Oregon
My mother's father was a wagon maker by trade near Mitchell, South Dakota. In 1917 he made a conestoga wagon for his family and moved them out to indian country in Buffalo county South Dakota. Mom remembers Indians coming to their house and "visiting" for a while and getting fed by my grandma. One day one of the indians who liked my grandfather gave him an epaulette from a cavalry uniform that he said had come from the battle of the Little Big Horn. We still have it and have always believed it was from Custer's dress uniform.
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#5952217 - 07/16/17 09:08 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
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Registered: 04/19/10
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Loc: Ohio
I lived on a mink ranch owned by a guy named Vern. Very hard working man. Vern was 73 this was back in 1987. He use to tell me stories of his grandfather. They came from Europe. Travel from the eastern US by train thru the Dakotas. The train was delayed in the Dakotas for a day and a half waiting for the buffalo to cross the tracks. That always was amazing to me.

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#5952278 - 07/16/17 10:00 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
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Only person I new that was born in the 1 800s was my grandfather, he was in the first world War and and told me stories of having his leg run over by a tank. That injury cost him his leg later in life.

Not good at links but found a website called findagrave.com . Check it out. I found several relatives. A couple g-g grandfather's in the civil war and 1 g-g-g-g-grandfather who was in the revaluationary war and faught at Bunker hill. Will try to post a link but I am a computer wimp. Lol
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#5952324 - 07/16/17 10:57 PM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
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Registered: 09/11/08
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Loc: Newark, Ohio 76 years
Marvelous ... the host of the show "What's My Line", Garry Moore is my namesake .... My mother always liked him on the radio and she liked his name, so when I came on the scene, that is what she named me ...

Garry-
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#5952384 - 07/17/17 06:34 AM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
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Registered: 06/15/16
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Loc: Michigan
my great grandma was born in 1868 she was part Indian she had 5 husbands over her live time.in between husband she was a lady of the night tough woman always poor . grandmother was born in poor house don't know how many brother an sister she had because they where put up for adoption great grandma live till 1970 I think .grandfather was born 1903 was a great man I stay with them in summer time to help on farm they raised 9 kids an never took anything from anyone [hand out] some of my best time was with them an cousins on grandma farm

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#5952435 - 07/17/17 07:57 AM Re: Born in the 1800's [Re: rchell]
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Registered: 07/29/13
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Loc: TN
Both my Grandpa's were born around 1850. I remember as a boy my Mon talking about how hard life was for her young teenage Dad during the time of the Civil War. Troops from the North and South occupied all the area around and took most of the food that the citizens had put up for their own use. War is not a pretty sight when it is on your own doorstep.

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