Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday's Mention ~ Memorial Day

The photo above is of Darrell Westby, my first cousin once removed.

On this Memorial Day I am sending heartfelt thank yous to each and every person who has served this wonderful country! We would not be what we are today without you! You have taken deep pride in your duty and I couldn't be more proud to have this opportunity to thank you! 

For those who have lost loved ones while serving in one of the most honorable duties of the United States, I thank you! Great sacrifices have been made, tragedy in many cases to common an occurrence. 

May each and every veteran and each and every person who is currently in the service enjoy a wonderful Memorial Day holiday today! May you publicly and privately be shown the courtesy and thanks you so much deserve. Feel proud, appreciated and loved. THANK YOU!!!

Extra special thanks to my own family members for your service! Such an amazing honor in having each of you be a part of my family! Today I share this photo of one person who served from my family. 

I thank you very much Darrell Westby for your service!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Beautiful Blog Award

Thank you so much to Jeannie who authors the I Like to Be Here When I Can  blog. She was very kind to think of Heritage Happens when passing on this Beautiful Blog Award. I am doubly grateful to her because her brother has been in the hospital very ill, but she still took the time to think about who to hand out these awards to and then execute her plan. Healing thoughts for you and your brother Jeannie, I hope he has a very speedy recovery. I will be thinking of you both and looking forward to the positive updates! I am truly honored your thoughts regarding this award have come my way. Blessings to you and all of your family!

Ok, I am suppose to pass this Beautiful Blog Award on to five others I feel are deserving. Tough, tough choices to only pick five, but this time I have chosen ~

Mary's,  Me Quilter

Award winners, please pass your award on to five other beautiful blogs!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Those Places Thursday ~ US Customs House

In 2005 I made my first research trip to another state. The trip was to Pennsylvania where my great grandfather settled after immigrating from Norway. This particular day (after I was done with my research) we took a sight seeing trip to New York. It was the first time either of us (my husband and I) had been to New York. The US Customs House, partially shown above, is located in the Financial District. The buildings in the financial district are amazing to see. They are massive, and full of architecture. The US Customs House, located at One Bowling Green, had this banner displayed when we were there. I appreciated the message on the banner as advertised by the Smithsonian, I believe you will also:

"Listening to Our Ancestors"

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 Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Unknown in Uniform, Taken in Sweden

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday's Mention... A List of... the Longevity of... Animals?

I was poking through my genealogy files this morning looking for specific hand written letters (which I still haven't found) when I came across scans I made of my Lundberg grandmother's photo albums and scrapbooks last summer. You may remember me mentioning the hundreds of photos and albums I scanned that belonged to this grandmother and her parents. I remember scanning over eight hundred items. Between last summer and the prior year I am amazed my scanner still works. Oh, it whined and cried at me at times, but it has toughed it out through three major projects thus far. I have another major project still but I will wait to start it until maybe next fall.

While I was doing all of this scanning, I don't believe I mentioned any of the articles or items my grandmother saved. Some seemed, to me anyway, rather strange items to keep. There were articles written about and/or by people with absolutely no connection to the family, not even as a friend, as far as I know. I try to mentally throw myself into their day and time to make sense of it all, but it doesn't always work. Sometimes part of the reason, I have concluded, has to do with the fact that I am not a country girl. Part of the reason is that times were different back in the day and, of course, part of the reason could just be lack of knowledge or understanding on my part.

My grandmother had at least one album with various articles pasted to it's pages. Many of you I am sure have old albums like this. There was absolutely no way for me to remove any of those items to scan, so consequently whole pages were scanned instead. In this particular instance there were many newspaper articles pasted to pages with good ol' fashioned flour paste. I was very grateful to have the opportunity to scan these even if it meant doing it as pages, I knew I could always cut and separate articles later. 

One of the items I found this morning was a scan that encompassed several different lists. One of those lists I posted below. It is a prime example of something I would never save. Who knows why it was pasted in the album? Grandma and grandpa were long past the farming stages of their lives. Maybe it was just an educational bit of information...or maybe it was something my great grandparents had originally saved. Maybe it had been saved since the very early years of my grandparents lives together, or maybe it was saved because of another list that happened to be on the same brochure or flyer.

It was saved because grandma wanted it, for whatever reason. I have to say, this list tickled me! Maybe that was why it was kept, did it tickle her too? It led me into deep thought regarding items people save. My mother and my mother's mother didn't save much of anything, at all, so when I come across many of the articles and things my Lundberg grandmother saved, it is quite intriguing to me. I can see a veterinarian or veterinary technician owning and keeping a list like the one below, but there were no such occupations in this particular line, at least not that I am aware of.

Suddenly, I am wondering what I would find in the scrapbook I put together when I was in school. It has been many moons since I looked in that scrapbook. In fact, I am sure it is not put together with anything that is archival safe. (Sounds like another fall project to me) What is in my scrapbook that descendants would question my purpose in saving? (I can think of one item, but that will have to wait for a future post) My bottom line answer? 

"Everything in the scrapbook means something to me!" 

That is all that matters! The items in a scrapbook and or a photo album all mean something to the person who put it together. We may not always understand or learn why something was saved, but we do know the item meant something to the original owner. 

When I redo my scrapbook to make it archival safe, I think I will add little snippets explaining what each item means to me...

For now, the list is below, go ahead...check it out! Haven't you always wanted to know the life span of a swan is 20-50 years?

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Letter Graphic provided by the Graphics Fairy

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Those Places Thursday ~ Skien, Norway

A few years back I met one of my "first cousins once removed." He lives only a couple of hours or so away from me, and yet that was the first time I had met him. Once upon a time he was very involved with genealogy. At the time I met with him though, his genealogy files had been boxed away, his interest had waned. 

Thankfully, he and his wife were very kind and welcomed me into their home. My cousin didn't seem to mind pulling some of his treasures out of storage to share with me. One of the treasures was this photo that I scanned. I remember being in total awe as I learned how it fit into my family. 

The photo came from a Norwegian genealogy text of which, unfortunately, I have no further information. This building in the forefront is actually where my great grandmother, Dagny Elina Dulin, and her family lived. It is located in Skien, Norway. They lived on the first floor, Dagny and her twelve siblings and parents. The genealogy text stated that this flat "was big and down-right awe inspiring"...

Dagny was born in 1872 in Skien, Norway. When I saw this photo I figured the rumors that her family being "well to do" could be true! Supposedly, a family member was in Parliament and Dagny's father, Hans, owned a newspaper and a bank. Which brings me back to wondering, why did Dagny leave Norway to come to America? 

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Those Places Thursday ~ Hollister Motorcycle Rally

Sharing a part of my recent past...

Fourth of July Weekend, Hollister, California, 2002. Cheryl Palmer [Address for private use] California. 2011

I am sure most of you have heard of Sturgis, the BIG motorcycle rally in South Dakota. There is also the Laughlin River Run, Laconia, and Reno's Street Vibrations among many, many others. But, have you ever heard of the Hollister Motorcycle Rally? Hollister was one of my all time favorite runs. For those who don't know, yes I ride a Harley Davidson. The last bike I bought was a brand new 100th anniversary Fat Boy. I shared a picture of it here

Since I started riding in 1999, I think I have missed one Hollister event. Hollister is fairly close to my house so it isn't an event where I need to spend the night. Many people however did camp a night or two at nearby Bolado Park. I always enjoyed walking the main street checking out the bikes and all of the wild and crazy people. Of course, there were many booths to shop at also. Sonny Barger (the world's most famous Hell's Angel ~ founding member and president of the Oakland Hell's Angel Chapter) has had a booth or two at these rallies where he autographed and sold his books. I stood in line one year to receive my own Sonny Barger autographed book. I have a picture I took of him, somewhere... 

In 1947 during the 4th of July holiday weekend there was a riot in Hollister where supposedly 4,000 bikers took over the small town. This event was called "The Gypsy Tour." There was fighting, racing and injuries. Over 50 people were arrested and three people died. The movie, "The Wild One" was inspired by this event. In 2005, the Hollister "Independence Day" event was said to have 100,000 people downtown. In 2006 the event was officially cancelled because of various issues in setting up the event. The largest crowd ever was in 2008 with over 130,000 people.

One of the biggest joys of attending the Hollister events was that I always seemed to find great bargains and items that I really liked. I collected Hollister ride pins each year that I attended the rally. The last couple of events I attended also brought new rims to my bike (which you see above and may have noticed on my bike if you checked out the link above) and a custom paint job that I shared in this post.

In 2009, the Hollister City Council voted to cancel the Hollister event, due to the costs the city may endure. The city was already struggling with a low general fund and in previous years lost money on the event. There are so many costs in running this event, law enforcement and the fire department costs alone must be an amazing amount of money. Even though the event was officially cancelled, bikes would still roar into town during the 4th of July weekend. There have been car/motorcycle shows and events, but nothing like the old time "official" rally where motorcycles parked up and down the main drag.

This was one of the first, if not the first, motorcycle rallies I attended and it truly has a place in my heart. I feel so fortunate that I ride and have been able to participate in Hollister's Motorcycle Rallies. Fifteen years ago, or more, I would have lost the bet made on me. I would  have said "I would never ever ride a motorcycle, let alone a Harley." Plus, who would have ever thought I would say, 

"I miss the Hollister Fourth of July Motorcycle Rally!"

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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