Tuesday Treasure | May 26, 2009

This is a copy of the marriage record for my 2nd great grandparents, Joseph Voiland and Felicitée Marie (Sadie) Romond. They were married on March 26, 1857 in Essert, Belfort, France. Shortly thereafter, they emigrated to America.

It was photocopied for me at the Archives Departementales Du Territoire De Belfort by a RAOGK volunteer.

I’d like to know what the entire record says. I’m not sure if it’s written in French or Latin. If anyone out there can help, please let me know!



Tuesday Treasure | May 5, 2009

My great grandfather, John Hau, founded and operated the Lion Cafeteria in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI from 1919 until turning it over to my grandfather and great uncle in 1959. More about the restaurant can be found here.

In the 1920’s and 30’s, before the installation of air conditioning, the Lion Cafeteria tried to keep its patrons cool with the help of oscillating electric fans that were mounted on the walls.

One of these fans was handed down to me by my grandparents, Raymond and Florence Hau. They had it sitting on the floor in their entry way closet. I don’t remember this, but my mom says that they would bring it out in the summer months to help circulate the air.

General Electric fan c.1920's from the Lion Cafeteria

General Electric fan c.1920's from the Lion Cafeteria

My fan is all original except for the plug on the end of the electric cord. It is very heavy and solid. It still works and is very quiet, but since the cord is frayed, I don’t turn it on very often. Notice the blade guards. They certainly don’t guard against much! The fan is painted dark green and the blades are brass.

In the photo below of the Lion Cafeteria in the 1930’s, a couple of these fans can be seen mounted on the wall. I’ve had this fan for many years, but didn’t notice it in the restaurant picture until recently.

Lion Cafeteria c.1930's

Lion Cafeteria c.1930's

Tuesday Treasure | April 28, 2009

Before she married my grandpa, Dorothy Harris was a grade school teacher in Appleton and Clintonville, Wisconsin. Soon after her wedding to Russell Weller, Dorothy began to keep a scrapbook containing family related newspaper clippings and other mementos. The book she used was a small grade school composition book.


The first articles pasted in the book are about her own father’s death in 1935. The last one is a small article about she and my grandpa entertaining guests at their Clintonville home in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary in 1954.


Tuesday Treasure | April 21, 2009


My great grandparents, Orville and Katherine (Seybold) Harris brought this parlor clock with them to Appleton, WI when they moved from Waldo, FL in 1895. The clock is a Waterbury and was manufactured in about 1874. It was handed down to my grandparents and then to me in the late 1980’s. The clock still runs and, with periodic maintenance, keeps pretty good time.

The Waterbury Clock Company was located in Connecticut and was a major clock producer in the late 1800’s. In 1942, it was bought by Norwegian investors and, soon after, became known as United States Time Corporation. The company introduced the popular “Timex” watch shortly after the WWII.

Tuesday Treasure | April 14, 2009

This hand corn planter belonged to my wife’s great grandfather, Herbert Harvey. Herbert’s farm was located on Harvey Rd. in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI. He bought the farm from Elhert Musbach, his brother-in-law, in the early 1900s. Herbert’s initials are carved in the back of the planter.

Hand Corn Planter - Herbert Harvey c.1900

Hand Corn Planter - Herbert Harvey c.1900

Herbert Harvey's Initials

Herbert Harvey's Initials

This planter was patented in the 1890’s and manufactured by the Sheffield Manufacturing Company of Burr Oak, MI. Earlier in his career, George Sheffield built gasoline and battery powered passenger cars for street, interurban and steam railways with his company, the Sheffield Velocipede Car Company.