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FAMILY PHOTOS TO SHARE


I HAVE POSTED MY 18X24 WALL PRINT THAT YOU CAN PUT YOUR OWN FAMILY PHOTOS IN, AND IT IS SO EASY. YOU CAN PERSONALIZE THIS YOURSELF!

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ALSO, WITH THE POINTS AND PREMIER SPECIAL, YOU CAN GIVE THE GIFT OF HERITAGE MAKERS. IF YOU SIGN UP FOR A FREE ACCOUNT ON MY WEBSITE, I WILL BE HAPPY TO SHARE THIS TEMPLATE.

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MY FATHER’S LIFE A SCRAPBOOK HISTORY


Digital scrapbooking is really the way of the future. No more cutting, pasting, sticking slicing and choosing the right paper. This is all digital, and you can MAKE IT YOUR OWN. I have been working on a scrapbook for my dad the last couple of months. He is having memory issues, and I wanted to make something he could look at and maybe recount some good times throughout his life. I did a chronological story and added photos to go along with them. Different phases from childhood to marriage, military and good friends.

I have begun working as an Independent Publishing Consultant with Heritage Makers. You can make so many wonderful projects. Here are two pics of his album and a link to look a the rest of it. I hope he likes it.

If you are interested in making a similar project, or a story book such as I made my mom, please contact me. I can show you how with Heritage Makers. It is an easy system, no software to download. You simply go to their website, upload photos, store them in albums and ” Drag and Drop” them into a project. Add some embellishments and your own words, and that is it!!

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THIS DAY IN ALABAMA HISTORY


July 27, 1813:

Courtesy of Rootsweb, image of Battle of Burnt Corn Creek

Burnt Corn, a town in Monroe county Alabama. Close by was the old Federal road, an old Indian horse path, which crossed the territory into Georgia. For nearly a century, whites, black and Indians all got along in this area. This was soon to change. Encroaching on land of the Creek indians, the whites caused the indians to be discontented. In the fall of 1811, the great Shawnee Tecumseh came into the area to incite the Creeks against the whites. He gave a speech at Tuckabatchee, challenging the Creeks to regain their former glory. In Florida, the Spanish were also encouraging discord among the Creeks; it was to their advantage, both politically and monetarily. This encouraged  the first engagement of the Creek Indian War of 1813-1814 , it takes place at Burnt Corn Creek in present-day Escambia County, Alabama. Creek leaders Peter McQueen and High Head Jim were returning from Pensacola, where they had secured supplies and arms from the Spanish and British, when they were attacked by American forces.

 

 

 

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GRANDMA MAMIE THE SPOKESPERSON


I had found Georgia Newspapers online not too long ago. I talked about how I found Mamie McCall’s obit June 12, 1915. In the same year I found an advertisement . It was for Doan’s Pills. My gg grandmother Mamie had been in ill-health for a while. I found a few articles in the newspaper that were of interest….the advertisement for Doan’s, the note of Mamie’s illness and an advertisement by her son, for his blacksmith shop, C R McCall, Blacksmith. Mamie died on June 11th or 12th, 1915.

Times-Enterprise April 7,1915

The advertisement is at the top labeled, ” positive proof ” and  CR McCall blacksmith on the right. C R McCall ran ads from 1912 -1913 in the Times-Enterprise in Thomasville Georgia.

C R must have moved somewhere between 1910 and 1912 to be closer to family. He had two small children to raise. My grandmother, Mamie C McCall was born in 1910, in Ocilla Georgia,and we know that Maude Jeffers left the family sometime after that. C R McCall and children left Thomas county , probably to go with father and sisters to Florida, to start a new life. He later started a blacksmith shop in Plant City Florida.

I also found records of brothers to C R  visiting, back and forth. From Thomasville, to Albany and then to Americus. They were Yvonne, Carl H and Joseph E McCall.

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AND THE WALL COMES TUMBLING DOWN


MY BRICK WALL, WELL, ONE IS RESOLVED……

I was online the other day, and discovered, that there are some newspapers in Georgia that are available and searchable. Yes, archived newspapers of where my family lived, during their last years in Georgia. I had always thought I could find something on Mamie, wife of John R. McCall, if only I kept searching. She is one of the reasons I do search.

In another post I had talked about finding the other Mamie,  I knew that was her first name. Although, many records in census, show Mannie and also Mollie. My grandmother is named Mamie, so, I knew it had to be! Family names carry on and on, etc….

I knew from census records in Georgia, that John R and family were in Georgia in 1910, in Albany area, Dougherty county. In 1915 or so, I saw that John had moved to Florida somewhere between 1910 and 1920. At the time of the 1920 census, he was living with daughter Lena Gunn and her spouse, Charles Addison Gunn. They lived in Tampa. It listed John R as a widow. I guessed his wife died in 1915, as only to have a point of reference on Ancestry. In hopes there would be a hint….you know, the little leaf that appears.

Now, the obituary I came across today, was a needle in a haystack. When I searched McCall, this is the first article that appeared, 100% match, on only the last name. I think I may have said ” I found her!!  ” No one was here to hear me! It validated her name as Mamie and the last name of Thomas. I had seen the name Thomas before on a death record of one of their children, but, was not convinced. I am now convinced. This is from the Thomaston paper , Times-Enterprise, June15, 1915.

Obit on Mamie Thomas McCall, Thomaston Georgia

I know it is illegble, but, in the regular viewer on the website, I can view it. In order to view them, you must have DjVu a really difficult to navigate system. I am now in the process to see if there is a death certificate. Although, Georgia did not require them until 1919, four years after her death.

TRAVELING THURSDAY….GROWING UP IN FLORIDA


I GREW UP IN FLORIDA…..IN THE TIME OF DISNEY WORLD, BUSCH GARDENS, TIKI GARDENS, SUNKEN SPRINGS, SILVER SPRINGS, CYPRESS GARDENS, SIX GUN TERRITORY AND THE AQUATARIUM. THERE ARE COUNTLESS OTHERS I MAY NOT HAVE MENTIONED. IT WAS A GREAT TIME IN FLORIDA DURING THE 60’S AND 70’S.

            LET ME KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER ANY OF THESE!!

AQUATARIUM, I THINK I HAVE THIS POSTCARD TOO!!

Unless you visited Florida during the 60’s and 70’s, some of the names of these places have no meaning whatsoever. However, if you were there, well, there were some pretty cool attractions. After Disney World came along in the early 70’s, many of these attractions could not sustain. If you visit the site I have linked here, www.lostparks.com, many of them are listed. In fact, the front page of that website, I have that very postcard. That is what I was doing part of the day today. I have a large box filled with old postcards. I was amazed how many were from my childhood.

I know , everyone who lived in Florida had a beach in their back yard….or at least that is the general feel when I used to tell friends, ” I grew up in Florida “. They would exclaim, ” Really ” ? This is a myth! We had to drive to the beach, even though it was a few short miles.I was actually six miles from the beach, Coquina beach ( Bradenton Beach ) , Anna Maria Island. Coquinas are those little creatures that swirl around in the sand when you dig a hole. They will bury themselves after you disrupted their, sleep, or whatever coquinas do down there. I guess it was pretty cool to be able to go to the beach whenever you wanted. We had miles of beautiful beaches, all built up now with condos. I remember when there were none.

Below are some postcards from my collection.

Silver Springs had the famous glass bottom boats. I remember going there when I was about 8 years old. Busch Gardens, Anheuser-Busch Pavillion and Sand Dollar card

Here are some of Bathing Beauties, Weeki Wachee mermaids, Cypress Garden Aquamaids and Silver Springs model. The booklets I have are still intact. Some from the 60’s.

The Skyway bridge is what connected you across the bay from Bradenton to St. Petersburg. I was in tenth grade when it was hit by a barge in a storm.

Skyway Bridge, Aquatarium and vintage card from 50’s.

The Skyway bridge once they built the second span, it has always been scary for me to drive across this bridge. Miami Beach before it was covered in buildings and the fabulous Don Cesar hotel on St Petersburg beach.

Don Cesar, Miami Beach and the Skyway

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TRAVEL TUESDAY…..CHILDHOOD VACATIONS


HOW MANY VACATIONS DO YOU REMEMBER AS A CHILD?

We never went far when I was a child. My father worked a lot. But, what he did with us as a family was priceless. I grew up in Florida, In the time of the boom of Florida Attractions. Weeki Wachee Springs, Sunken Gardens, Jungle Gardens, Aquatarium, Six Gun Territory and numerous others. Many of those Florida attractions are no more. We visited many of them when I was a child. But, one place we went every summer, was a motel in Ocala. The Southern Host Motor Lodge.

Southern Host Motor Lodge

It wasn’t fancy, it wasn’t big, but, it was fun! We would normally stay a few days. They had a great pool, or great as I saw it, and two kids that were the owner’s children. We were all about the same age. We would spend countless hours in the pool, we would play shuffleboard,and at night, my father and I would sit on the patio and count semi trucks that would go down the interstate. Sometimes, we would go horseback riding or to Silver SPrings, home of the glass bottom boats. We ate those little boxes of cereal that you poured milk in, and ate sandwicheS for lunch. But, we always went out for dinner. My favorite place, was Sonny’s barbecue or Morrison’s cafeteria. We continued to go there until I was about 13 years old.I know, It doesn’t sound like much, but, these are some of the best memories I have with my family.

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