This Week’s Family Anniversaries | May 3 – May 9, 2009

Asa Benjamin – Enlists in the Revolutionary War at Worthington, MA on May 4, 1775. He is my 4th great grandfather.

Jean Pierre Romont and Marguerite Ancla’eier Eglin – married May 7, 1822 in Urcerey, Belfort, France. They are my 3rd great grandparents.

Duane Max LeVan and Jeanette Rose Patores – married May 8, 1947. They are my wife’s uncle and aunt.

Isaac J. Harris – Died May 6, 1906 in Outagamie Co., WI. He was born on March 17, 1830 in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY. Isaac is my 3rd great uncle.

Sophia Laib – Died May 6, 1912 and is buried in Spaulding Cemetery, Bellevue Twp., Eaton Co., MI. She was born March 8, 1837 in Ohio. Sophia is my wife’s 2nd great grandmother.

Gov. William Bradford III – Died May 9, 1657 in the Plymouth Colony and is buried in Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA. William was born on March 19, 1589/90 in Austerfied, Yorkshire, England. He is my 9th great grandfather.

Orville Duloss Harris – Died May 9, 1935 in Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI and is buried in Appleton Highland Memorial Park in Appleton. Orville was born on September 16, 1848 in Town of Morgan, Porter Co., IN. He is my great grandfather.

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.

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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.

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Tuesday Treasure | April 21, 2009

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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.