Thursday, February 29, 2024

Forget Me Not: George W Wolf, 1920 PA

 When I read an obituary there is often something special included that I stop and read again. George was "the last surviving member of a family of nine children."  We can read that he had a wife, children, grandchildren,... but his siblings had all died before him. I wonder if that was painful for him. 



George Washington Wolf

10 Oct 1842 - 19 Jun 1920 PA

Son of Frederick Wolf & Louisa Goetz


My 1st cousin, 4x removed


Death of George W. Wolf


Abbottstown, June 24. – George W. Wolf, of this place, died last Saturday morning of a complication of diseases, aged 78 years, 1 month and 9 days.


He was the last surviving member of a family of nine children of the late Frederick and Louisa Wolf. Surviving him are his wife, Ida L. Wolf, and the following children: Ray Wolf, of York, and Mrs. Samuel Nagle and Mrs. Wilbur Haines, of this place. He is also survived by the following grandchildren: Irma and George Nagle, Mrs. Elmer Bitt, Virginia, Maude and Elinor Wolf, George and Grove Haines; and two great – grandchildren, Grace and Ervin Butt.


Funeral was held from his late home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. John W. Keener officiating. Interment in Mt. Olive cemetery. 



Adams County Independent

Littlestown, PS, 25 June 1920, page 7





Friday, February 23, 2024

Ann Palilla Pasquale, born 100 years ago

My mother - in - law was born 100 years ago today. She was 99 when she left us. However, we are left with many happy memories and her love remains with us.

Grace Angelina 'Ann' Palilla Pasquale

23 February 1924 NY - 17 April 2023 OK
Daughter of Charles Palilli & Grace Brigandi
Wife of Thomas F. Pasquale
Mother of two children
Grandmother of Five children
Great Grandmother of Eight children

Happy Birthday, Ann!

Learn more by reading Ann's Obituary.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Letters from the Past – 1899 Gruissy Letter


My family has letters from our Mark/Gruissy family. My paternal aunt, Genevieve A. Brown Wieland Schaperjahn shared those letters with me.  I would like to share transcripts of those letters with anyone who may be connected to this family or anyone who is interested into a look into the past.

Regina was 20 years old at the time this letter was written. There are no family stories of this suitor for my great grandmother’s affections. We do know that W H Ackerman did not become the husband of Regina. 


This letter was written to my great grandmother 

Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark 

31 Jan 1879 Medina, OH - 24 May 1959 Medina, OH

Daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara Wolf

Wife of Thomas Kenneth Mark

To: Miss Regina Nancy Gruissy, 708 west Fourth St., Canton, OH

From: W H Ackerman

Postmarked: 9 AM 11 Jul 1899, Beach City, OH


Miss Regina N. Gruissy, Canton, O.

Dear friend. I will take the pleasure of writing to you this evening. Well Regina I was up to Massillon Sunday night. I went up on the 4 o’clock train and came home on the 8.51 train. But I did not see any girls I cared about. But of course no body else loves you. You say but I don’t think so.

Now Regina you know what I always said I loved you and you know it. If you knew you that letter hurt me you would never write that again. You know Regina I love you above all others. When you think I don’t care for you any more you can just stop writing to me.

I am also sorry to hear that you are not well hope you are better by this time. From Your Dear Beloved Friend, Walter. Ans. Soon

Another thing I always have used you like a lady best I know how. I remain as ever yours Truly, W H Ackerman. Ans Soon


Note: This letter was written in pencil on lined paper. It had a 2 cent stamp.

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Forget Me Not: Samuel Wolf, 1894 PA

Samuel Wolf led and interesting life. He was at times a Sheriff, the owner of an inn, sold clothing, had an insurance business and was a farmer. He sounds like someone who liked to try new things. 

Samuel Wolf 


4 November 1827 PA – 24 August 1894 PA


Son of Frederick Wolf & Louisa Goetz

Husband of Susanne Metzger


My 1st cousin, 4x removed

On Friday evening, after a lingering illness, ex – Sheriff Wolf died at his residence on York street, this place, aged 66 years, 9 months and 10 days. In April he had a slight stroke of apoplexy which led to other complications, causing a protracted illness. 


The deceased was born in Abbottstown, this county. In 1860 he was elected Sheriff of Adams county, filling the office with credit to himself and satisfaction to the people. At the expiration of his term he purchased the Globe Inn and conducted it a number of years, selling out to the present proprietor, F. S. Ramer. He engaged in the clothing business for several years, but for the past twenty years has lived a retired life, devoting his time to farming his lots in and near town and in the insurance business. 


He leaves a widow, his second wife, and five children:

J. Nevin Wolf, of Pullman, Ill.;

Mrs. T. J. Stahle, of this place;

Mrs. C. B. Dyson, of Chambersburg;

Mrs. J. E. Weigand, of this place; and

Mrs. Rev. C. W. Baker, of Davenport, Nebraska.


During his long and useful life he took an active part in politics and in the general interests of the town, serving for three years as Councilman from the 1st ward. 


His remains were interred in Evergreen Cemetery yesterday afternoon, the funeral being attended by many relatives and friends, by all of whom he was held in the highest esteem. 


Gettysburg Compiler

Gettysburg, PA, 28 Aug. 1894, page 3




Friday, February 9, 2024

Wedding: Brumfield & Pittman, 10 Feb. 1934, MS

This couple began their married life with excitement at the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. My husband & I have visited that wonderful city, but never at Mardi Gras. It must have been a fun tale to tell for the almost 60 years they were married.



Norine Brumfield

13 November 1902 MS – 31 March 1993 MS

Daughter of Frank Richard Brumfield & Julia Gardner




Harry Ernest Pittman

11 Feb 1890 MS – 2 April 1980 MS


Wedding Day

10 February 1934 MS


Magnolia Teacher Weds H. E. Pittman


Of interest to Pike countians and others in Southwest Mississippi is the wedding last Saturday of Miss Norine Brumfield to Mr. Harry E. Pittman.


The ceremony was performed in the home of Rev. T. W. Green, pastor of the Magnolia Baptist church, who officiated.


Immediately after the ceremony, bride and groom went to New Orleans, where after witnessing the Mardi Gras exhibitions, they went to the gulf coast to visit relatives of the bride.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brumfield of Leggett. During the past five years, she has been a member of the faculty of Magnolia high school, and deservingly, one of the most popular young women in Pike county.


The groom is a prominent young farmer and merchant living east of Fernwood. He is, also, an employee of the Fernwood, Columbia and Gulf railroad.



Semi – Weekly Journal

McComb, MS, 15 Feb 1934, page 4



Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Letters from the Past – 1896 Gruissy Letter

My family has letters from our Mark/Gruissy family. My paternal aunt, Genevieve A. Brown Wieland Schaperjahn shared those letters with me.  I would like to share transcripts of those letters with anyone who may be connected to this family or anyone who is interested into a look into the past.

This letter was written by Regina's teacher, asking Regina to stay in school. My paternal grandmother, Ivy (Mark) Brown who was a daughter of Regina did not think that her mother returned to school as the teacher had advised. Ivy said, “She [Regina] was the youngest. Her parents were getting pretty old and she went out to work.”

Watch for more letters.


This letter was written to my great grandmother 

Nancy Regina Victoria (Gruissy) Mark 

31 Jan 1879 Medina, OH - 24 May 1959 Medina, OH

Daughter of Augustus Ceaser Gruissy & Esther Barbara Wolf

Wife of Thomas Kenneth Mark

N. Regina Gruissy Mark
with daughters (left to right) Wava A. Mark Braun & Ivy R. Mark Brown


To: Miss Regina Nancy Gruissy, Canton, Ohio

From: J. Alida Helureich, Canton Ohio, Sept 10, 1896


Dear Regina,

We miss you in the Seventh Grade. Surely you are not thinking of quitting school. Remember that now is your only time for gaining an education and, if you allow the golden opportunity to pass by unheeded. It can never return. And remember how much better your advantages are than hundreds of boys and girls who can not attend except at night and then have only two hours of instruction while you are having five hours in the open day-time and can have your regular rest at night.

I hope to see you at school next Monday with a determination to, at least finish the Dueber School if you do not want to go any further, but, I would like to see you graduate and have your Diploma framed and hanging in your parlor at home.


With much love, I am

Your affectionate teacher

J. Alida Helureich



Note: This letter was written in blue ink with very neat handwriting. It had a 2 cent stamp.


Friday, February 2, 2024

Wedding: Brumfield & Sibley, 5 Feb. 1972 MS

This newspaper account of the wedding of James & Melissa has many lovely details.


James Edward Brumfield

B 26 July 1949

Son of Joe Reid Brumfield & Ouida Belle Varnado



Melissa Louise Sibley

Daughter of Al Sibley


Married 5 February 1972 MS


Couple Says Vows in First Baptist Church



Miss Melisa Louise Sibley became the bride of James Edward Brumfield in a ceremony at 11 a. m. Feb. 5 in the First Baptist Church in McComb.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Sibley of McComb and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe R. Brumfield of McComb.


Dr. John Lee Taylor officiated at the vows said at an altar holding candelabra with white tapers and entwined with ivy placed in front of a bay window. 


Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a street length princess dress of white crepe with long bell sleeves and a funnel neckline. A crown of crepe embroidery held her white tulle veil and she carried a nosegay or red rose buds surrounding white for-get-me-nots.


Miss Maggie Price was maid of honor and her dress was identical to the bride’s but was in red crepe. She carried a nosegay of red and white rose buds.


Jerry Brumfield, brother of the bridegroom, was best man.


Hal Sibley, brother of the bride, lighted the candles and Mrs. Warren Williamson Jr., pianist, presented  a program of nuptial music and accompanied Miss Deborah Wood as she sang “The Wedding Song.”


Mrs. Sibley chose for her daughter’s wedding a yellow gold dress with long sleeves and a white orchid corsage and Mrs. Brumfield wore pink knit with long sleeves and a white orchid.


Attending form out of town were Dr. and Mrs. Riley Sibley, New Orleans, La.; Mrs. Barry C. Sibley, grandmother of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Alford, Hammond, La.; Mr. and Mrs. DaltonBurch, Meridian; Mr. and O. A. Varnado, Hattiesburg and Mrs. Clyde Varnado Magnolia.


Enterprise – Journal, McComb, MS, 15 Feb 1972 page 4