Friday, October 27, 2023

Vintage Photograph: Kathleen G. Coyle

 This studio photograph is wonderful. I believe it was taken for Kathleen's First Holy Communion. She is holding a prayer book in one hand and flowers in the other. Her lacy dress is topped off with flowers in her hair. 

My great aunt's birthday is coming soon, on Halloween. The family called her 'Billie.' She had an independent spirit. She lived to be 91, outliving her siblings and her niece (my mom).  She was a private person and shared limited family stories. 

I like this photo of her as a young girl. I wish I could step into this photo and talk to her.

Kathleen Gloria Coyle

31 Oct 1916 New York City - 21 Nov 2007 Arizona 

Youngest child of Michael Coyle & Mary Josephine Mullane

My Great Aunt 

I own this family photograph.

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Friday, October 20, 2023

Forget Me Not: Albert Morrison, 1977 OH

Albert Rowlen Morrison

14 April 1894 OH – 10 March 1977 OH

Son of Seth Benner Morrison & Margaret Jane Gruissy

Husband of Dora Rand


Written on photograph: "Dad's garage in Rittman, Ohio". Albert Morrison


Albert Morrison

CRESTON – Albert R. Morrison, 82, died Thursday at the Wayne County Hospital.


 He had lived in the Creston – Rittman area all of his life and had been employed at the Packing Corporation of America. He had operated a garage in Rittman. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Rittman.


He is survived by daughter, Mrs. J. Helen Kauffman, of Creston; son, Edward, of Brunswick; sister, Mrs. Pauline Maurer, of Wadsworth.


Funeral services Sunday 2 p. m. at the Murray Funeral Home, Creston. Burial Canaan Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. m.

The Akron Beacon Journal

Akron, OH, 11 Mar 1977, page 19

Newspaper clipping from 50th Anniversary of Albert & Dora 

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Wedding: Brumfield & Stout, 1936 MS

Pearl Gardner Brumfield

27 August 1908 MS – 7 October 2003 MS

Daughter of Frank Richard Brumfield & Julia Gardner



Thomas E. Stout

24 October 1907 MS – 18 November 1990 MS

Son of T. C. Stout



Married 12 May 1936 MS



Stout – Brumfield


A wedding of interest to friends and acquaintances of the bride in Pike county occurred when Miss Pearl Gardner Brumfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brumfield of near Magnolia, Miss., became the bride of Dr. Thomas E. Stout, both of Pascogoula. The impressive ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. S. Lewis at the Methodist Church of Pascogoula, at 11:30, Tuesday morning, May 12th.


Dr. Stout is the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Stout of Pascogoula, a graduate of the High School of the class of 1926, and of the Loyola University College of Dentistry, of New Orleans, class of 1932. Since his graduation he has practiced his profession in Pascogoula and has become identified with the business and social life of the city.


The bride, a beautiful and charming young woman, graduated from Mississippi Woman’s College in Hattiesburg in 1929 with a B. A. Degree. She has lived in Pascogoula the past several years, where she was connected with the store of Brumfield’s Inc., and by her pleasing personality has won hundreds of friends. 


Immediately after the ceremony Dr. and Mrs. Stout left on a short trip to New Orleans, Brookhaven and Magnolia, and are now at home at 240 Orange Street. 


Enterprise - Journal

McComb, MS, 27 May 1936, page 4

Friday, October 13, 2023

Dinosaurs! Jonas Studios & Family Connection, 1964 NY

 Louis Paul Jonas, 1895 - 1971, was an American sculptor. He built full sized dinosaurs for the Dinoland exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair. His studio was in Hudson, Columbia County, New York.

How does this connect to our family?


In 1964 the dinosaurs were set in a rural area north of Hudson where final assembly was done. My paternal grandmother's family came to visit us in NY. My great grandfather, Thomas Kenneth Mark, two of his daughters and his son - in - law, came to visit our family in Columbia County. His daughter, Ivy Regina Mark Brown was happy to have her family visit all of us. We gathered together to talk, eat and laugh. And the family saw the huge dinosaurs.

The photograph, above, shows the family looking at the Jonas dinosaurs.

In the photo, left to right: 
Ivy R. Mark Brown, 1908 OH - 2003 NY;
Wava A. Mark Braun, 1919 OH - 2011 OH;
Isabell Esther Mark Nee, 1903 OH - 1984 OH;
 Thomas K. Mark, 1879 OH - 1975 OH & 
Alvin Braun, 1915 OH - 2000 OH


I was a Brownie Girl Scout at that time. Our local scouts had no summer camp location but Jonas let us use his land for two weeks of summer  fun. I was a camper in 'Camp Jonas.' We learned outdoor skills and we were allowed to see all the dinosaurs. 

Once the dinosaurs were moved to new York City and the World's Fair opened, our parents took my brothers and I to the fair. The Dinoland exhibit was sponsored by Sinclair Oil Company. Of course, I had already seen the huge creations. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Vintage Photograph, 1930 OH, Mark Family

 This vintage photograph is terrific. We get a peek at the farm, the car and the family in Ohio. Looking at little Wava, b 1919, can help to date this. Maybe it was late 1920s or early 1930s. It looks casual, with Owen sitting on the car but the brothers are wearing ties. I guess it was a Sunday morning with them dressed for church. 

Three sisters are not in the photograph: Isabel Esther Mark Nee m 1922, Vera Mark Ballard m 1933 and Ivy Mark Brown m 1927. Did one of those sisters take the photo?

Left to right:

24 May 1915 OH - 12 Oct 1993 OH

22 Jan 1919 OH - 15 Apr 2011 OH

31 Jan 1879 OH - 24 May 1959 OH
Regina & Thomas are my great grandparents.

Clarence William Mark
30 May 1917 OH - 1 Aug 2006 OH

 19 Jul 1879 OH - 12 Feb 1975 OH

26 May 1913 OH - 26 Jul 2004 FL

River Styx, Ohio 1930

Friday, October 6, 2023

Forget Me Not: Lena Morrison Swagler, 1962, OH

Lena Bella Morrison Swagler

24 March 1883 OH – 28 June 1962 OH

Daughter of Seth Benner Morrison & Margaret Jane Gruissy

Wife of Delbert Milton Swagler

Mother of 4 sons: Roy, Harold, Cleal & Paul

Lena & Delbert Swagler



Mrs. Lena B. Swagler


Wadsworth – Mrs. Lena B. Swagler, 80, of 133 E. Prospect st. died Tuesday in Municipal Hospital.


She was a native of Medina County who lived in Wadsworth 15 years.


She leaves three sons, Harold of Coshocton, Cleal of Kent and Paul of Seville; eight grandchildren; nine great – grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mona Hurd in Michigan, and Mrs. Pauline Maurer of Akron, and two brothers, Albert Morrison, in Florida and Clifford Morrison of Barberton.


Services will be at 2 p. m. Saturday in the Hillard Funeral Home, the Rev. J. Theodore Bucher officiating with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. 

The Akron Journal

Akron, OH, 29 June 1962, page 14