Archive for April, 2011

Oh! to be in England…The wedding of William and Katherine


Photo Source –MORNING JOURNAL/ANNA NORRIS

Morning Journal article:
Transplanted Brits watching royal wedding by Ron Vidikahttp://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/29/news/mj4461622.txt

I went to bed early last night knowing I had to pick my mum up at 5 am. I do not sleep well anymore but since I will be babysitting Gavin later on this evening I knew I was going to need some rest .

Gavin does sleep well but when he is ready to roll the rest of the world stops and Nana’s and Nag Nogs are rushed off their feet trying to keep up!

Best laid plans …. well you know the rest….. I was awoken from a fitful sleep by Misty who decided she needed attention at 1:56 am.

I decided rather than taking the chance of falling back asleep and missing the great day “live” I would wait and watch the events unfolding in my hometown. Of course I knew that my cousins etc would be watching so phone calls back and forth to London as I sipped my third cup of coffee ( to keep me awake)

I picked up mum to take her to Nikki’s , who thankfully had had her power restored from the storm yesterday. We wanted to watch on the large screen ‘plasma”- although right now I think I could used a transfusion .

Breakfast was not traditional but McDonald’s. Unfortunately their computers were down this morning at 5: am. it did take a very long time for the poor chap to add up our order sans computer or calculator – Oh dear….

However we arrived with juice and bacon egg and cheese biscuits for us all. ( maybe it is the computers that always mess up my orders hmmm)

SourceI was proud of the British people and their visitors – I longed to be there – to feel the patriotism , the sense of belonging – the history but I will remember sharing with my own mother , my daughter and her son a day shared by so many across this world.

I thought of my own wedding, my daughter’s wedding and I couldn’t help thinking of another broad-shouldered young man whose wedding and bride brought not joy, laughter and sharing or compassion but pain and anguish eventually to his loved ones. The tears that fell from my eyes this morning were those of great unhappiness on such a happy day.

And the naysayers as to the Royals can say what they like
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/29/news/mj4461622.txt?viewmode=comments but there is no denying the Brits do pageantry well, the bride was beautiful and to hear hundreds of thousands of voices singing a national anthem was awe-inspiring – I just wish I could transplant a little of that to my adopted home town and the home town of my daughter and her son.

April 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm 2 comments

Vote FOR Issue 10- Lorain Public Library

Lorain Public Library is requesting voters to renew a levy- Issue 10 on the ballot –

#10 – Lorain Public Library District
Renewal / 4.08 Mills, Current Expenses of the Lorain Public Library, 5 Years


I AM VOTING YES! absolutely no hesitation on this issue!

The library on their web page
has more information on the funding of Lorain Public Library systems

“Unprecedented cuts in state library funding have been devastating to Ohio’s libraries. To learn what the Lorain Public Library System is doing to maximize your tax dollars, download the Facts About Lorain Public Library System and Its Funding.

You can access the PDF file and Video for more information here

http://www.lorain.lib.oh.us/documents/10LPLS62-FactSheet5.pdf

Video

http://lorainpubliclibrary.org/content.aspx?PID=173

April 28, 2011 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Water water everywhere and ne’er a drop to drink????

UPDATE!!!! What do you want to bet the City of Lorain’s insurance will say “ ACT OF GOD!”

Funny that “HE” mustn’t have been in this neighborhood until after CT Consultants and the sewer project- and if the EPA told the city no more taking the water straight back into the Lake Erie shouldn’t there have been a remedy put in place to stop this happening? Or is God the scapegoat?


CAN YOU SEE ME NOW??????
We are up to our necks in water and the following gives a new meaning to living on the water !
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/26/news/mj4448064.txt

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2011/04/26/drenched-rush-hour-deluge-strands-cars-keep-officials-on-toes/
Charleston Village – the neighborhood- 1st Street-
It just bubbles up the man hole covers no match for our turbid torrents!

If the residents can’t go the lake the lake will come to them ( at least everytime there is a major storm in “recent” years….. hmmmmmmmmmm???? )-

http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/26/news/mj4447833.txt?viewmode=comments

April 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm 13 comments

Black River Historical Society- Pasta Paradise

The BRHS – the caretakers of the “History of Lorain” are having a fundraiser. This wonderful organization is such an important part of Lorain her past, present and “future” please attend and if you can’t please send a donation!

April 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

DON’T DRINK THE WATER- ERRR Bit late for that !!!!!!

So the Utilities Dept sent out a warning , I received it in this morning’s mail

DRINKING WATER WARNING ENCLOSED
and a two page letter to residents of the Cities of Lorain, Amherst , Sheffield Lake and the Northern Ohio Water Company

Today is April 22nd and the problem occurred Saturday April 9th , 2011 and Sunday April 10th

NOTE: If it is important enough to send out a letter It might have been nice to receive it before 12 days had passed


so that people who are at risk with severely compromised immune systems ( those people on chemo for instance) , infants and some elderly may be at increased risk would know that their nausea, cramps diarrhea and associated headaches were possibly due to that glass of tap water.

Yup it was nice to be thought of but how about contacting us in a timely manner!
Turbity-Turbidity is cloudiness or opacity in the appearance of a liquid caused by solids, particles and other pollutants. Turbidity measurement provides an indication of the clarity of water and water quality.

Sorry!!! but that is definitely shutting the barn door after the horse .

However since the letter asked us to share I am sharing

Contact 1-800-426-4791 E#PA

or Daniel McGannon 440-204-2280 1106 1st Street Lorain

April 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm 13 comments

ISSUE TWO?????Is this for you???

Lorain City Schools aren’t the only ones on the ballot in May Amherst School District ( comprised of Lorain, Amherst and Amherst Township residents ) is running their own campaign.

http://amherstgoodtogreatlevy.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Amherst-Pride-back-to-back-Goldnrd-Handout-3.3.11.pdf

Issue Two has become somewhat of a lightning rod in and of itself. Questions and concerns have come across from residents of Amherst/ Lorain and Amherst Township.. They have been combined and are brought to under a Guest Lorain Amherst Township Amherst Blog or LATA .

NOTE: Should readers wish to address the questions or comments I will make sure those comments reach LATA Group . As always those with information and or differing opinions will be given space

The LATA :

1. What will the recreation center membership costs be? Why are they not listed?
In district costs?
Out of district costs?

2.Governor Kasich’s budget shows Amherst School District will receive $1 million less from the state for two years or $2 million for the two-year budget. What does this mean to the district? Another levy?

3. How many renewal levies are expiring over the next two years and will need to be renewed?

4.Will the Federal or State Governments increase payroll or sales taxes without a vote within the next year?

5. Why are there no schools located in Lorain or Amherst Township? Combined, over one-half of the registered voters in the Amherst School District (ASD) live in Lorain and Amherst Township.

6. When the last levy was passed, didn’t the schools budget for the repairs needed for the existing schools?
Wasn’t that levy for operations?
Two years later ASD now needs more money for repairs?

7.This levy represents a 15% increase. Can businesses/property owners absorb a 15% increase?

8. S and P threatens to downgrade U.S. debt. What is the possible effect locally?

9. Why full-day kindergarten? The State voted not to implement full-day kindergarten. Pre school function? Only $26/ month for $150,000 home and no child care costs?? I am in favor of issue 2.

10.How many existing day care and health clubs will go out of business if Issue 2 passes? Can you name these businesses?

11.Federal Government is broke; State Government is broke; County Government is broke; Local governments are broke; And Amherst School District wants to expand using a 37 year bond?

A comment:

In this economy, I say we should keep what we have and wait for the economy to improve before making this large of a move.

12. Is your family expanding and taking on more debt? My family is not.

13. Did Metro Parks look at the Soccer Academy as an alternative? It is the Amherst School District.

and another comment

In this economy with rising gasoline/energy costs and reduced discretionary income, the rec center will not benefit downtown Amherst.

TO BE CONTINUED??????????????

April 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm 6 comments

Side Order of CHIPS- Salt with a dash of vinegar

Part One – Political Pie with a side order of CHIPShttps://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/political-pie-with-a-side-order-of-chips/


For the past few years the organization CHIPS- The Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress has held forums introducing area candidates via tv and radio . They give the “opposing candidates” in any given race an opportunity to face off and answer pre determined questions.

Due to the crisis in my life the past three years I have not attended but I bit the bullet put on my emotional armour and attended last Wednesday’s forum at St. Josephs Community Center auditorium.

It was hot and I don’t mean the candidates – although the Mantini/ Higgenbotham slice of life was somewhat adversarial on Ms. Higginbotham’s side of the table 🙂
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/19/opinion/mj4415693.txt
No, it was the auditorium that was hot and even the ceiling started to sweat. There were times I admit I expected a “can I have an AMEN!!! to that” as the penchant for bringing “HIM” into the forum was evident –

In the States, virtually every political speech seems to mention God, especially in the final call “God bless America”. In Britain, no politician mentions God and none would think of inviting Him to show a special preference for his or her nation state.

ah American politics!!!!! 🙂


Of course no one wanted to bring into the mix the dread T word ( taxes) not me read my lips and yet for all the NO Tax talk by politicians through the years we are still paying them HMMMMMMM how can that be ? 😉

BUT the audience for the most part did as requested and remained quietly respectful for the sake of the TV and radio broadcasts.

Although at least one audience member was using the time to gamble on-line ( I just don’t know why he was there actually !)

So to the questions – I am leaving my platform of don’t criticize what your aren’t prepared to change” just a little bit here.

The questions I felt should be tailored to the individual candidates race. For instance I realize the SB5 is a top priority at the moment for a great many and is grabbing news but it is “fluid” the LPA’s and the annoying (to me at least) the THEM and US statistics –

NOTE
err as an aside to the “di- visionaries” we are all in this community together what effects one affects us all equally!) AND I am tired of the WHAT IF scenario I want theWHAT IS question dealt with!

For example in my -Ward 2- We have two people running Mr. Drwal
and Mr. Flores . Personally I would rather have the questions put them

” What is your major concern with the Ward and what solution do you see and how would you go about implementing the solution”

The Council at Large candidates– their wards comprise the whole of the city- Ward 2 or 6th is very much different from Ward 1/7 or 8 –

How would they deal with those issues that divide – Give an example of how you promote legislation that would benefit the city in total.


I don’t much care as to how they would deal with SB5 -others are dealing with that at a different level. I am sure none of the candidates for our Wards and in fact any of those attending “READ” the 400 pages of SB5.

We are lucky if some read their council packets SIGH
There were a couple of hiccups as least one senior moment in the Lorain Mayor’s table talk and in the Council at Large table talk only one of the candidates actually “answered the question as it was asked

All in all, in my opinion, there weren’t as many candidates on that stage as in previous years ( that could be due to “lack of opposition”) and the running of the event was a little less organized- but since I don’t care to get into the mix I will now shut up and thank CHIPS for the time and effort they put into these events.

You can view the Mayor of Lorain candidates table talk here

http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/17/news/doc4da896ace81ba989260642.txt and catch Channel 20 the LCS (TWC) channel for the evening’s events

BUT DID THEY???????????????????

Schools questions The first part of the CHIPS evening was given to issues and Issue 9 was front and center. If I could have asked a question this is what I would have asked:

Would the failure of Issue 9 be the absolute death knell for LCS or can they revisit in November and would that be the ultimate ringing of the school bell?

What exactly would the state do should they come into Lorain?

How do you answer those that are planning on using Issue 9 to “send a message” that what the current LCS Admin and BOE are doing is “not good enough” from a community standpoint, because it is the community that ultimately decides?


If the levy does not pass either in May or November how many mils will “actually be lost”. ( I have been informed that in actual fact the LCS would lose 3.5 mils that there is a bottom line of 20 that has to be adhered to Is that accurate ?

How , does a Board of Education and an Administration make plans for the long-term when apparently the current Superintendent Dr. Atkinson is looking to leave?

How does a BOE work efficiently keep having to deal with the changing of horses in midstream/ personal loyalties/dislikes and searches getting in the way of decision-making etc when there is apparently even a lack of information sharing among themselves?

As a LCS superintendent and the BOE are overseeing Lorain 2nd largest employer and a product of that is of the utmost importance to our future how are you going to deal with the downward spiral-

or are we “morphing and evolving into a new era of charter schools”

which will eventually become the way education goes in this city- will that be the death knell for LCS?????


If Irving is the poster child
then you better start worrying LCS !!!!

Charter group to buy Lorain’s Irving School for $240K

NOTE I just hope my pie and chips hasn’t left you with indigestion but a burning desire in the pit of your stomach to do your homework ! As always answers to questions and differing opinions will have space on this blog

April 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm 16 comments

Political Pie with a side order of CHIP(s)

Whomever wins the Democratic Primary will be the Mayor of Lorain- You as an Independent don’t get a voice.

How many times through the years have I heard that ? And yet whilst I see their point – it just goes against my upbringing.

http://www.rogerdarlington.me.uk/Britishpoliticalsystem.html

Of course in England ( there I probably would have been a Conservative) there are some differences as can be found in this blog
CONTRASTS BETWEEN THE AMERICAN AND BRITISH POLITICAL SYSTEMS

http://www.rogerdarlington.co.uk/USvsUK.html
For instance :

In the States, it is considered necessary for a politician to emphasize their patriotism. In Britain, it is assumed that anyone who wants to run for national office cares for his or her country.

In the States, virtually every political speech seems to mention God, especially in the final call “God bless America”. In Britain, no politician mentions God and none would think of inviting Him to show a special preference for his or her nation state.

Actually I find it amusing although proclaiming separation of church and state the call to bring “Him” into the mix even at Lorain City Council meetings causes me to wonder 😉

But back to being an Independent in a “one party town”. I have mentioned before on this blog and the old “WoM”- the beginning . I had my citizenship and as such decided to exercise my right to vote . However, I was unsure of what exactly the “Democratic Party or the Republican stood for” and an election was looming.

The internet wasn’t around back in those days so research took a little longer. I wanted to vote on an important issue to me at the time – A school levy- living across from Irving- the school was an important part of my “new ” neighborhood.

NOTE: It is a sad fact that I am NOW after being “enlightened” at least in the past 30 years I am still “undecided” on how to vote for even a “renewal”.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/undecided-no-9-lorain-city-schools/

And apart from the “usual rhetoric” I have had not one persuasive argument that I haven’t heard hundreds of times before. I AM WILLING TO LISTEN!!!!.

However it also seems that I am not alone in wondering about Lorain City Schools – Dr. Cheryl Atkinson also is in two minds about Lorain City Schools –

Morning Journal
Atkinson applies for Cleveland schools jobhttp://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/17/news/doc4daa6d723ab72593841579.txt

Chronicle Telegram
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2011/04/17/lorain-schools-superintendent-applies-for-job-in-cleveland/ END OF NOTE

I called the Board of Elections and explained my dilemma, the nice man said Oh you can vote issues and register as an Independent . So off I trotted across the road to vote!

Only to be told unless I registered as a Democrat or Republican I was not allowed to vote – much toing and froing with the elderly lady who jealously guarded my right to cast a vote and after discussion with others I was told NO!

I went back across the street ( no cell phones then) and informed the BOE I was not allowed to vote. Calls were made and I got to sign in the “back of the book” as an Independent and issues only.

Things have changed and even in my own family there are now more Independents than Democrats- I am rather proud that they no longer have to sign at the back of the book!I have decided that as far as political parties are concerned I am somewhere between the stance of Democrats and Republicans .

Therefore, I am letting the Democrats choose their own “leaders” – I wish the Republicans would field a greater number of candidates so that I would have more of a choice between the “party’s top pick” but that isn’t happening locally at least- maybe a few more Independents who knows 😉

But I still try to be involved to get the measure of the man or woman running so I attend political functions even though I can’t vote in this primary . To that end I attended the CHIPS event last Wednesday……………

to be continued ………………

April 17, 2011 at 11:39 am 4 comments

Civil War Letters- Fannie Gilmore- Lorain

I reprised a post on this blog January 2009 I written on the old WoM Blog. Since the Civil War and all it entailed is center stage I thought I would reprise the reprise. The Cleveland Plain Dealer first ran the hard copy of Fannie’s Letters back in 1961. Thanks to the descendents of the Wilford family there are copies of the whole article (which is well worth the complete read ) located at the Black River Historical Society who are also celebrating their 30th Anniversary!

Letters to a Young Lady (Civil War)

This young lady, of what eventually became Lorain, had an interesting life. Fanny was the daughter of one of the “first families” of the community, wife of the hero of the steamer the John M Osborn– Captain Thomas Wilford, rescued from a sinking ship with her two little girls only to lose one child to typhoid-Fanny McQueen Gilmore (Wilford).

On February 12th, 1961 The Cleveland Plain Dealer -Sunday Magazine ran an article by Florence J Bartenfeld titled “Civil War Letters to a Young Lady”. The article is too lengthy to reprint here in its entirety however; I am pleased to give you a sample of the letters sent to of a young woman of this city from her family and friends as they lived through the Civil War.

“Tucked away in an old chest on the third floor of the Charles F. Bartenfeld home on Washington Avenue Wilford-Bartenfeld Home
for many years were bundles of old letters tied with ribbon.

When grandchildren interested in stamp collections queried Grandma about old stamps, the letters and albums of picture post cards were brought out . A few faded pink stamps, bearing George Washington’s profile were removed and given to the budding philatelists.

Excerpts from some of the letters: The letters are copied as written with no attempt to correct spelling.

From Frank Shupe (Fanny’s cousin- Amherst) Camp Dennison May 19th-1861

Dear Fanny
“It has been one month since I enlisted and I aint ded yet. All I ask for is good health and I guess I will come home alive and kicking.
Thare is not much excitement here but soldiers keep coming here. Within two days thare has 4 regiments of soldiers come here and now thare is about twelve thousand soldiers here in all. I wish you were here to see us drill. It would make your eyes bung out to see 12,000 men all together….
A week ago I was up to town and see one man stab another because he refused to drink whiskey with him. What they done to him I dont know. That is all now. Give my best respects to all the folks and especly the girls…

Fanny’s brother Byron, who enlisted in the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the summer of 1861 (19 yrs) wrote frequently

Byron Gillmore- Cumberland River June 11th 1862

Dear Fanny
We are rite in the face of the enemy. They are on one side of the river and we are on the other. The rebels pickets and our pickets talk together and some time they fire at each other. The pickets have been firing ever since daylight….
Maybe I will get a chance to draw a bead on a Reb. I shant fire until I am sure of my game so they had better look sharp and keep out of reach of my old musket…..

June 1862 Cumberland River
The night before last we crossed the river and slept there all night and then came back again. We forded the river both times. The water was rather wet but warm so it pleased the most of us. We had just got our pay that day and some of the boys in Co.K lost all their money. They pulled their pants off and throwed them over their backs and their pocket books dropped out. Mine is all safe……
I guess Gen. Gillmore is not coming back here again….


General Quincy Adams Gillmore, a first cousin to Fanny and Byron. Byron writes:

“It is my opinion he would fight as long as there was a man left”

Byron Gillmore Dec 12th 1862 Lexington Kentucky
… The report was that there was 20 thousand rebels up at Big Hill about 50 miles from here…. I hope it is so and they will come and attact for there has got to be some fighting done and we might as well do it now as any other time and then we could see whether General Gillmore would fight or not. It is my opinion that he would fight as long as there was a man left. He is not only brave but he understands his business about as well as the next one


January 23rd 1863

No I told you a rong story I am not well I have a very hard cough at preasant ….I don’t think it would be a very good plan the one Celia proposes to come home and get married. I am not 21 yet and I said I would never marrie until I am 21 years old and I never will that-so

June 11th 1863

I dont know but I will go back to my company before long if Captain Burger dont stop swearing at me. He came down to our tent yesterday and commenced cursing because one of us wasnt up at the office…………… he said he would send us all back to our companys. He has told us that a dozen times. I dont care if he does.

John Connolly -Strawberry Plains Tenn. Dec 31st 1863

Friend Fanny ,
Your letter of Nov 18 was received……………..but we have had some pretty hard marches and not much to eat and not much to wear. I know it has been a good while since Byron and I wrote but it has been a good while since we could write .
Old General Longstreet has been around here with his forces so that we couldnt write or anything else. He came pretty near making us stop eating. I guess he would only for General Sherman with his reinforcements from Chattanooga. I hope you will excuse all mistakes and poor writing. This paper is poor stuff and it is the best we can afford down here in Tenn.

Byron Gillmore December 10th 1864 Nashville Tenn.

Dear Sister Fanny:
I am enjoying myself here in Nashville very well only I cant get enough money to spend that is the only drawback….
Old General Hood is still in our front, what his intentions is I dont know but I dont think that he is fool enough to attract us at this point. If he does he will get hoodwinked , I think

.
Frank Shupe January 4th 1865 Camp Chase, Columbus

I don’t want you to think I am discuraged but this is the worst place I ever saw. It has raned ever since arriving and the mud is knee deep. I have walered around like a brick mason and I shall be glad when I leave here. I had rather take the chances before Richmond than stay here….
Thare is the biggest lot of thieves here I ever saw.Thare is pickpockets and cut throats from all parts of the world. …
I wish you would send me your photograph you know you promised me one and if any of the good looking girls have any to spare you can tell them they can send theirs and I will be much obliged.
I wish our regiment would be assigned to Quincy’s ( Gen Gillmore) command . …..

Nelson Foster Bowling April 2nd 1865, Bowling Green Kentucky

Friend Fannie
… Our great privation is there is no good looking girls here that a fellow can sit and chat with and that you know is one of the greatest privations there is . When you see a good looking girl she wont speak to a soldier anyhow so that we are in a bad fix. The most of the girls around here are Secesh anyway (note Secesh a southern sympathizer)
I only know two families around Bowling Green that are not Secesh and there is good looking girls in both families. But they live outside the picket lines and a fellow might as well go to Heaven on horseback as to get outside the picket lines so there I am again. But I am in hopes that I will not have to live so always.
The way I write this letter is this. I have to lay flat down on the ground and my paper is laying on a small piece of board and that is the way I have to write my letters. Not always can I get a piece of board to write on. I have wrote a good many letters on a tin plate. ………
…The fact is a fellow must not think of home a great deal for if he does he will be sick in less than a week. There has been a good many died in our Regiment and nothing else ailed them but homesickness.

Charles Shupe: April 25th 1865 Camp Chase,

Oh
Well I have just been to breakfast, had a military meal for the first time since I received furlow. I had hardtack, coffee, cold beef. You had better believe it went somewhat again the grain but I guess I can stand it for a short while 4 months perhaps.
I have been around to examine the guard line and found a hole that I can slip through in case I want to take French (leave) and come home. If they do not give me furlow pretty soon I think I will do that.
I have your picture with me and it is the only thing that keeps me alive but I suppose it will ever do me any good. Hoping it may sometime.

May 7th 1865 – Columbus Ohio

Oh Fanny, such a school is this. I shall be glad when it is out then I shall return home again a different man from what I was when I left home. Never to join military discipline again.
Fanny this place is a second Andersonville GA. the vermine about as thick and closely guarded. So there is but little difference.
There is one thing to console me, that is my time is nearly expired then I shall never enlist again or get married for longer than nine months. Then I can have a furlow and go where I please: Charles Shupe

Although Fanny had letters from many young men she did not marry any of them. She taught in Lorain at a school house situated at the southeast corner of Fourth Street and Washington Avenue. In 1870 she married Thomas Edward Wilford. She died a few days before her 90th birthday

NOTE: Thanks to information from Matt Nahorn of the New Indian Ridge Museum
http://newindianridgemuseum.org/
and his contact Bob Nordstrand
I have some further information on one of the letter writers Charles Shupe

Charles was born 20 December 1840 in Ohio. He was the son of William Shupe and Emiline Gilmore .

William was born in 1813 and died in 1878, He is the son of Jacob Shupe making Charles a grandson of Jacob. He was born in Ohio and died in Milan. On 29 Jan 1839 he married Emeline Gilmore in Lorain County. They had 8 children in all. I do not have any information on any of the other children except names. Emiline was born in Amherst on 18 June 1818 and died 10 June 1892 in Milan. I do not have any information on her parents.

Charles married Emily Fox. Emily was born 9 Feb 1846 and died 17 March 1890, places not on my records. I have no information on her parents. They had four children. Fannie born 21 October 1867, William in 1872, Vanita in 1875 and Allie in 1877.

Fannie married a Charles Francis Sage on 8 Feb 1888 in Milan. They had 6 children between 1890 and 1906. She died 18 August 1951 in Los Angeles, Ca.

April 13, 2011 at 11:46 am 16 comments

The Wall- not Facebook-


As the “cleaning in preparation of just in case I depart this world suddenly” continues – I find so much more of Chris’s work. Some is stored in what has now become a Chris Ritchey Library of Life Room ( aka his old bedroom) but once in a while I come across a sketch book or drawing , water-colour and I just can’t “box” them back up.

Ad by Chris Ritchey


Nikki’s house too, has displays of her brother’s photographs,sketches and his professional portfolio. Gavin loves the big portfolio case as he checks out the “truck” advertisements every day on his journey to his playroom.

Although the case is almost as big as he is, he lays it down, unzips the zipper goes through each page, points out his favourites, zips it back up, blows a kiss to the picture of his Uncle Chris and heads to the place where we fondly say “toyland threw up!”

The trouble is I am running out of space on these old walls to display his sketches, paintings etc. that is unless I take everything else that has any meaning to me off the walls . I could rotate the art work I suppose but haven’t managed to get to that particular place in my mind at the present.

My husband has been complaining for ever about the totally feminine decoration of our bedroom. I admit to flowery curtains , the four-poster bed with the fru – fru hangings, roses and flowers galore- well we know why the roses right?

So since everything needed a thorough cleaning from blinds to drapes etc. I decided to de feminize the room . Take down the fru – fru hangings and open up the back wall for another display of Chris’s work.

I chose a very expensive off beige paint. Since the walls have a sand based covering anyway I went with the granite with sparkly bits. Luckily I had just started on the back wall when I noticed that this wasn’t coming out quite right. Certainly not the bland beige I had chosen in fact it turned out to be a perfect match for my husband’s camouflage jacket.

The following picture does not do the wall justice as this looks like tiger stripes -BUT trust me on this -it was more camouflage and you can just make out the “beige bits” it was supposed to be in-between the charcoal grey!

Maybe it will dry differently..errrrrr NO! However, the husband (whom I believe secretly liked the wall) insisted that we were not going to pay another 53 dollars in paint to re-do the WALL.
by E Norton
So I added water to the paint- this made whatever was in the paint ( I believe charcoal instead of sand ) a deep bluey grey beige slatey colour- then I threw the granite glitter at the wall. You would be surprised how that can make you feel- “visions of Tinkerbell” came to mind but I was not very “fairy like” with my huffing and puffing”. Although I would prefer to paint over I now have a unique wall colour and thankfully Chris’s art work covers some of it up. I left the other walls the bland white – one wall was enough!!!!!!

Although it has toned down and is seriously on the masculine side, the art work also reflects the more masculine side of his talent with just a hint of roses 🙂 I believe though that “he who thinks he should be obeyed” would have loved a camouflage bedroom!

April 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm 1 comment

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