Friday, March 14, 2008

With a little help from friends...

As I have mentioned in previous posts, my great grandmother must have had a lot of "stories" to tell about her life. I discovered through vital records that she married her first husband Philip in St. James, Minnesota. Having contacted the Buffalo Bill Historical Center I was informed that Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show was NOT in Minnesota in 1906, thereby eliminating the possibility that Alma was a performer in that show. I also contacted the Watonwan County Historical Society where I was extremely lucky in having an associate help me with my research. She was the best! She searched the microfilm and found the marriage announcement of Alma and Philip published in the St. James Journal Gazette on June 1, 1906. Coincidentally, the same day Alma and Philip were married, there was an advertisement for the Gollmar Brothers Circus giving a performance in St. James! Fact: Alma could not have been a performer in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show in 1906 when the show was on the "other side of the pond". I will now move in a somewhat different direction. I will be looking into the history of the Gollmar Brothers Circus and see if perhaps Alma was a performer with that show. There is evidence that Philip was a theactrical agent at one time. Perhaps they worked for the same circus or show. I have that feeling again......that "itch" that I may be getting close to getting another clue here in my family history...

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The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!