Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Grandfather's Obituary, November 11, 1929, Part II

(Blogger said my post was too long, so here's Part II)
I was so excited and thought it would be easy to find the actual obituary. But it wasn't. I don't know how many times I looked at the obituary below before I realized it was for my grandfather, Michael James Barrett Kelly. 

Here it is cropped and enlarged. This obituary was in the Indianapolis Star on November 11, 1929. He actually died on November 10, 1929.

I asked the librarian if it could have been in any other newspapers of that time, so she pulled several other tapes. By this time I was getting the hang of the Microfiche machine.
This obituary is from the Indianapolis Star on November 11, 1929. Do you see it? The more I searched, the more interesting it was to read the news of the day so long ago.
Here it is a little larger.
And here it is cropped and enlarged again.
Next I searched the Indianapolis Times and found this obituary.
A little closer.
Cropped and enlarged.

For Mom's present, I put all four notices on one sheet of paper and framed it. I also gave her copies of everything I found. She loved it and said it meant a lot to finally see her father's obituary after all these years.

I think it is pretty special, too.

My Grandfather's Obituary, November 11, 1929, Part I

This is my grandmother, Helen Marie Laffey Kelly, and my grandfather, Michael James Barrett Kelly, on their wedding day, November 19, 1919. She was 24; he was 41. 
I never knew my grandfather. He died when my mom was two. She never knew him either, really. The other day Mom mentioned she had never seen her father's obituary, so I decided to find it and present it to her for her birthday.

First, I spent a couple of hours on the computer doing a search for my grandfather's birth and death dates. I found them fairly easily. Then I went to the Indiana State Library Genealogy Department and told the librarian what I was looking for. She asked if I had a death date and I told her November 11, 1929. She went to the file cabinet and pulled out a tape for the newspaper for that day. She showed me how to put it in the Microfiche machine (it seemed very old-fashioned) and start searching.  
Well, right away under "Death Notices", we found it listed! Do you see it above? It's not easy to see. 
And here it is cropped and edited.

Blogger said my post was too long, so this is a two-parter. Scroll up for Part II.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Jacob's Ladder

Every June I travel to Battleground, Indiana, for the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering. In addition to  great music, they offer camping and music workshops and a dance. There are also little booths that sell crafts. Every year the Quilter's Club booth draws my attention. I stop and chat with the ladies who are sitting around a quilt on a frame, quilting and talking. They have a raffle for one of their quilts and I always buy some, 6 for $5.00. I never expect to win.

But this year I did!!
This is the label on the back telling all about it.

I can't tell you how excited I was!!
Lucky me!!