Tuesday Treasure | November 3, 2009

My wife’s grandmother, Zella (McConnell) LeVan, started this memory scrap book as she was graduating, in 1924, from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) in Ypsilanti, Michigan.


The book contains pages full of well wishes from classmates and clippings of various school events. In later years, she added newspaper obituary clippings.




Zella taught 2nd grade in Munith, MI schools. She and her husband Elmo (Bill) lived in Waterloo Township.


Zella (McConnell) LeVan | May 11, 1904 - November 19, 1992


Tuesday Treasure | August 10, 2009

This red Rex Jet wagon was bought from my grandfather’s hardware store in the mid 1960’s. I remember that he would have the bikes and wagons displayed up on the loft at the back of the store.


We spent many a day scooting along with one leg in the wagon and the other propelling it up and down driveways and sidewalks. It was a great sandbox or a small pool of water. We’d attached a rope to the handle and tow it with our bikes. It later years, it’s served us well as a dirt or sod transporter.

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.