Tuesday Treasure | September 14, 2010

A couple of months ago, my wife’s Harvey family had a family get-together. Her grandfather, Wayne Harvey, died last December, and there were lots of old photos being passed around. As we were leaving, I gathered most of the photos to take home and scan. I also grabbed an old scrapbook.

I finally pulled the photos out yesterday and spent some time scanning. I then began to leaf through the pages of the scrapbook. It appears to have been put together by my wife’s great grandmother, Martha (Musbach) Harvey, Wayne’s mom. It contains page after page of family and friend-related newspaper clippings from the early 1900’s to the mid 1940’s. The Harveys and Musbachs lived in the areas between Jackson and Chelsea, MI.

What a treasure trove of information! Articles announcing weddings, deaths, anniversaries and family get-togethers. I spent the next several hours adding dates and places and other facts to people in my family tree, and also discovering some new names and stories that I knew nothing of.

I’ve really enjoyed leafing through the scrapbook and immersing myself in the happenings of the Harvey and Musbach families, and their friends, as they went about their daily lives during the first half of the 20th century.


Today’s Tidbit | Chelsea Private Hospital

The other day, I came into contact with a cousin of my wife’s, related through their Notten family line. She had found one of my other blog postings. I look forward to sharing information her. It got me to wondering what else I could find out about the Nottens that I didn’t already know.

I ran across an interesting article about the Chelsea Private Hospital, which was located in Chelsea, MI. I had never heard of this before.

Ehlert Notten is a 1st cousin, 3 times removed of my wife. Their common ancestor is also named Ehlert Notten, and he is her 3rd great grandfather. The younger Ehlert was born in 1876 in Chelsea. He became a well established dairy farmer.

The Chelsea Private Hospital was owned by Ehlert and his wife Nellie. The Nottens opened the hospital in 1926, in a house on Main Street in Chelsea. It then relocated, ten years later, to 138 Middle Street when the federal government wanted the original location for a post office. This Middle Street house was built in 1885 by Dr. George Palmer.

The hospital served the patients of 2 local doctors. Nellie attended to the patients, and Ehlert would commute daily to the family farm. They lived on the house’s first floor and would also sell some of their dairy products out the back door.

The hospital occupied 3 bedrooms on the house’s second floor. Two of the rooms had patient beds, and the third served as the operating and delivery room. An adjoining alcove was made into a nursery. New mothers were put in one of the two patient rooms and were usually the hospital’s only patients. They stayed in bed ten days, not even getting up to go to the bathroom!

One of the doctor’s retired and, when WWII broke out, the other joined the military in 1942. As a result, the Nottens closed the hospital. After that, patients wanting to go to a home hospital were referred to one in Stockbridge.

After the hospital closed, Nellie’s health declined and she died in 1946. Ehlert remarried and sold the house. He died in 1960.

In 1991, new owners bought the house and have been restoring it to it’s original elegant look. In 1996, the George W. Palmer house was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

More about the hospital can be read here. Most of the information in this posting came from this article.

Streets and Signs

It’s neat to come across streets that were named in honor of my families’ ancestors. It’s adds to their stories and certainly indicates that they were well thought of in their communities! He are some pictures of the street signs I’ve found.

The first one is located in Plymouth, MA. Bradford Street is named after one of my most famous ancestors, Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony. He is my ninth great grandfather.

My wife’s maiden name is Harvey. Harvey Road, in Jackson Co., MI, is named after her great grandfather Herbert Harvey, who farmed there.

Another ancestral line of my wife’s is Notten. Her third great grandfather, Ehlert Notten, came to America from England and farmed in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI.

My 4th great grandfather, Isaac Ormsbee, settled in north of Greenfield, near Porter Corners, Saratoga Co., NY in 1796. The old family cemetery is along Ormsbee Rd.

Musbach Rd. in Washtenaw County, MI, is name after my wife’s Musbach family, who farmed nearby.

Hienrich Heinke, my 2nd great grandfather settled and farmed in Royalton Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

My wife’s 2nd great grandfather, Damien Heim, came from Germany and settled in Sylvan Twp., Washtenaw Co., MI

This last one wasn’t exactly named after one of my family members (at least we haven’t proven it yet). Thibeau Voiland came to America from Cravanche, Belfort, France and settle in Erin Twp. (Roseville), Macomb Co., MI.

I also descend from Voilands who came from an area very close to Cravanche, but we haven’t been able to connect the two families! Maybe the addition of the sign here with help to prove or disprove the connection.