August 2015 reading

Jo Nesbø - Nemesis
And here’s what I’ve finished reading since my last update in May. Nemesis by Jo Nesbø I consumed this one also in audio format. Replacing Robin Sachs as narrator was Thor Knai, and I quite enjoyed his reading. Audible reviewers didn’t like him, and he was very rough. But I was happy to hear Norwegian…

May 2015 Reading

Cover of Tambora
For nearly a decade, I blogged about the books I read, first on LiveJournal, then on a couple of blogs. But I tired of it and stopped. Lately I’ve been missing it and I’ve started forgetting what I’ve read again (if I write about what I read, I remember it better), so I’m going to…

I was wrong: Droid 4 edition

Droid 4
Last year I my Droid 4 stopped working, and Verizon replaced it. The replacement Droid 4 was a refurbished phone, and the battery would not last me a full day. Righteously ticked off, I took the bus downtown to the Verizon store. In the 28 minutes it took me to get there, the phone’s battery…

Meet the Heins

"The Mortuary Record", Illinois State Journal, 13 Mar 1900, page 6, column 3
The shortest lineage I’ve documented in my family tree is that of the Solles. My great great grandfather William Solle immigrated to Springfield Illinois where he married another recent immigrant from Germany, Maria Hein. I know very little about William Solle’s origins and knew even less about Maria Hein. Until recently. I searched around to…

Cleo as Colgate

Colgate toothpaste costume front
My grandfather Cleo saved packets for many of his trips. He and my grandmother Vera were frequent cruisers. They are going to be awesome additions to the stories I can tell about them with genealogy. For instance, in June 1986, Cleo and Vera took a cruise through the Panama Canal on Sitmar Cruises T.S.S. Fairsea.…

Seattle City Council’s tone argument →

Kshama Sawant

I’m not delusional enough to think Sawant’s fellow council members are only now realizing they don’t like her, but a switch has flipped—maybe it’s as simple as the fact that it’s an election year—and now they’re willing to air their unhappiness in public. I for one am glad that the era of false collegiality at…

Cleaning out

New Filing Cabinet
My desk is in a walk-in closet, which I use as an office. However, until January it still functioned as a cluttered closet in addition to being an office. A friend designed a shelving system for me and did the remodel work. That’s still not quite finished, as I need to replace the ceiling light.…

Descendants of James Gordon Gilliland

Jacob Ocheltree and his wife Phebie Gilliland
Two years ago I took possession of a trunk of photos that belonged to Barbara Ocheltree, a second cousin once removed. She died in 2003, and her executor couldn’t find any close family members to whom to pass along her personal possessions. She turned to a local genealogy society, which tracked me down. A lot…

Descendants of John Robinson Ocheltree

Barbara Ocheltree
Two years ago I took possession of a trunk of photos that belonged to Barbara Ocheltree, a second cousin once removed. She died in 2003, and her executor couldn’t find any close family members to pass along her personal possessions. She turned to a local genealogy society, which tracked me down. A lot of the…

Measles to dead in one day

Rhodora Rothacher, 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Rothacker, ??? Pearson ave, died Saturday evening the first victim of the measles epidemic now raging in the city. Rhodora contracted measles Friday. Pneumonia followed, causing her death. With nine additional measles cases reported this morning, the total number of cases this month in Ames was 205. One mumps case was reported today to bring the month's total to five cases. Today's victims of communicable diseases follows:
While researching the Rothacker family this evening (expect a post about this project in a month or two), I found a daughter who died in 1929 of measles, which seemed pertinent to current discussions on vaccination. Measles Takes First Victim Two-year old child dies Saturday Rhodora Rothacker, 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R.…