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Last Day Local: C.W. Post Monument

31 July 2014

This C.W. Post Monument can be found at Monument Park, on the corner of E. Michigan Ave. and Division St. N., in Battle Creek, Michigan.  This monument was the first statue placed in the park.  The monument was dedicated in May, 1917.

C.W. Post was a successful businessman in Battle Creek.  His legacy can still be found around Battle Creek.  Post Foods, originally known as Postum Company, is still in operation at its' original location.  The Post addition, as it is still known today, was an area where C. W. Post bought land and built homes to sell to his workers for an inexpensive price.  There have been many building througout the years with the name Post attached:  Post Tavern, Post Theatre, Post Park and others.

C.W. Post is a Michigan Historic Site.  The marker is inscribed with: A native of Springfield, Illinois, Charles William Post came to this city in 1891 as a patient at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. In 1892 he opened his own sanitarium and dedicated himself to developing and manufacturing healthy food products such as Postum, Grape-Nuts and Post Toasties. Post considered advertising to be "the sunshine that makes a business plant grow," and he touted his product as "food never touched by human hands." By the time he died in 1914, C.W. Post had amassed a multi-million dollar fortune.

Last Day Local is a blog prompt I use to celebrate the history of Battle Creek, Michigan, my hometown for the past 25 years.  I try to post one article on the last day of the month about the heritage and history of Battle Creek, The Cereal City!

Social Media for World War One

29 July 2014

I am sure my World War One era ancestors would be amazed at all the technological changes that have happened since the start of World War One, one hundred years ago this week.  They wouldn't have had a clue as to what social media was.  They would have written letters to get news back home, or sent a telegraph, which usually meant bad news in those days.

We don't have to wait for a letter or telegraph to learn about World War One these days.  We have internet service and social media to help us.  Monday, I wrote about the United States World War One Centennial Commission and its' website. One of the tabs on their website was Social.  World War One Centennial Commission is taking advantage of the use of social media.  This got me thinking about what other World War One organizations are taking advantage of social media and using it to commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of the start of World War One.

I have highlighted a few social media links for Facebook and Twitter.  Searching for World War One or WWI on these two sites brings up many more links.  I chose the following because they were current and seemed to have good information. Pinterest is another social media site to check out.  Entering "World War One" in the search window will return many pins pertaining to the war. You Tube is a great place to find videos about World War One.  Again, add search words to the search window.  Do you have a great World War One Social Media site, please leave a comment with the link to the relevant site for my readers to enjoy?

You Tube

    Military Monday: Claude Raymond Glover

    28 July 2014

    Source:  "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 June 2014), Entry for Claude Raymond Glover Serial Number 16; United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm..

    I don't know if it is the centennial anniversary of the start of World War I or something else, but my latest fascination with military records is the World War I draft registration records.  I thought I had found all of the men in my family tree who were of the age to register for the draft.  It wasn't until I ran a Roots Magic report, which I wrote about here, that I realized I was missing a few.

    One the registrations I was missing was my great uncle, Claude R. Glover. Claude, was the son of Frank H. Glover and Hattie Fenn Glover, my great grandparents. I learned a few things from Claude's World War I draft registration record.

    I learned that his middle name was Raymond.  I knew he had the middle initial of "R", but never knew what it stood for.  I had a description of what Claude looked like at the age of 33.  I learned that one of the railroad companies he worked for was M M & S E. Railway Company, Munising, Marquette and Southeastern Railway.  The MM&SE merged with the Lake Superior & Ishpeming (LS&I)  Railroad in 1923, five years after Claude's draft registration.

    According to Claude's obituary, dated 9 April 1960 in the Marquette (MI) Mining Journal, he worked in the railroad industry for 52 years; 47 of those years as a locomotive engineer.  Claude retired in 1957 from LS&I Railroad.

    Who would have thought that one little draft registration would reveal such great genealogical information?  It gave me new leads to follow.  I researched the railroad company he worked for and learned about the various railway merges and name changes that followed 1918, the year the above registration was recorded.  I was able to create four additional fact types in my genealogy software program from this one record:  Military, Residence, Occupation, and Description. 

    I still have a few draft registrations to process and record, but I am glad I took a second look at the draft registrations.  If you haven't search for your ancestors World War I draft registration cards yet, you are missing out on some good information.

    World War I Started 100 Years Ago, Today!

    Today marks the Centennial of the start of World War One and the United States Congress established a United States World War One Centennial Commission to help commemorate it. The United States entered World War I in April, 1917, but the website of the World War One Centennial Commission is available now and filled with tons of information.

    World War One had an impact not only on the United States, but worldwide.  The United States was hesitant to get involved in the war at first.  Once the United States declared war on Germany, things changed for the citizens of the United States.

    Two million Americans volunteered to serve in the Armed Forces, three million more were drafted.  World War One marked the first time that women were actively involved in defending our nation.  Other women, about one million, went to work, outside of the home, to fill the jobs of those fighting in Europe.  It was a time of change for our nation.

    This change is highlighted in the website of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. It is still a work in progress and more will be added in the coming months and years as the Commission celebrates the United States contribution to World War One.

    Start your tour of this web page at the Home page.  The home page showcases current events and stories of World War One.  The tabs across the top will take the reader through a variety of resources about the war.

    The reader will learn more about the Centennial Commission on the About page. This page is still under construction, but has a great vintage poster from the American Library Association.

    The History page is filled with information. It has numerous sub-categories: Commemorating the Great War, Links to World War One Resources, Star Spangled Banner and World War One, Monuments and Memorials, and Family Ties.  Each sub category will give you plenty of resources to check out.

    If you are looking for videos, you will find those at the Events page.  This is another page that is under construction, but check back for what is sure to be a great resource.

    Educators of all types will appreciate the Education page.  This page has resources for educational use. Many links are provided for curriculum type resources about World War One.  Teacher guides, activities, photographs, maps and more are available.

    Another page under construction is Places.  If you hover over the tab 'Places' on the home page, you will see it has a sub category for Monuments and Memorials. Monuments and Memorials are sub categories for other tabs as well and it takes you to the same page no matter what heading you use. The Monuments and Memorials page takes you to a map of the United States.  You can search in the top right corner by state, or click on the map marker for more information about World War One monuments and memorials throughout the United States

    A place is being held for Partners.  I imagine in the future we will see this page filled with organizations that have partnered with the commission for the purpose of commemorating the Centennial.

    This is the age of social media and the Commission is using Social Media to get the word out about their activities and resources.  Check the Social Media tab for more information.

    Help Us tab is a place where readers can go to donate, volunteer, purchase merchandise, help fund raise, learn about advertising and more.  Again, you will have to hover over the Help Us tab and click on the sub category as the main page is still under construction.  Not all sub categories pages are up and running yet.

    The last tab is for Press & Media.  Media inquiries, video library, and news feeds are currently available for more information.  Coming soon to this area will be a promotional tool kit, communication plans, and commemoration news.

    The World War One Centennial Commission website shows great promise as it gears up to commemorate the United States entering the war.  You may think you will wait to check this website out until it is fully up and running, but I wouldn't.  One of the things I enjoyed the most was looking at the old advertising posters the Commission used on many pages.  This is one webpage to bookmark and keep coming back to over the next five years.  Yes, I wrote five years.  The World War One Centennial Commission plans to commemorate World War One through the year 2019.  Be sure to check back often.

    World War I Centennial Faith Observation Event

    27 July 2014

    People of faith across the United States will come together, today, to  remember the loss and sacrifices created by World War I.  The World War One Centennial Commission, which was established by the United States Congress, partnered with the Washington (D.C.) National Cathedral to help with this occasion.

    The National Cathedral created faith resources for religious groups to use in their worship today.  It is the hope of the Commission and Cathedral that today will bring people of faith together for a day of remembrance, to acknowledge the suffering of World War I and to work towards alleviating future suffering that wars cause.

    In addition to the National Cathedral resources, there are international resources available here.  World War I was known as the Great War, and little did they know at the start of it, that it would not be the only significant war in the 20th century.

    No matter what your religious preferences are, on aren't, today is a day to reflect on the impact that World War I had, not only on the United States, but on the whole world.

    Where in the World is Elizabeth Poor Fenn?

    22 July 2014

    18 Oct 1826
    New York, United States

    Dansville, Steuben, New York, United States
    Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States
    Sylvan, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States
    Sharon, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States
    Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States
    Chelsea, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States
    City Directory
    Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States

    20 Sep 1894
    Hersey, Osceola, Michigan, United States

    Elizabeth Ann Poor Fenn, my second great grandmother was the daughter of Samuel B. Poor and Eleanor Begole.  She married Daniel C. Fenn between 1848 and 1850.  I haven't found a marriage record for them, yet.  This is one of the most complete charts I have for an ancestor.  I was able to find city directories to fill in some of the gaps.   

    Sunday's Obituary: August Guhse

    20 July 2014

    August Guhse was born 23 July 1850 in Schoenberg, Prussia. He was a prominent businessman in Manistee.

    August Guhse married Ottilie Fredrich, the daughter of my second great grandfather and grandmother, Christoph Fredrich and Susanna Koenig.  They married 28 October 1873 in Manistee, Manistee, Michigan.

    August Guhse died 4 November 1923 in Manistee.  His death was just one week after he celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary.

    Manistee News Advocate-Manistee Daily Advocate, 5 November 1923, page 3; column 2, microfilm owned by Manistee Public Library, Manistee, Michigan.

    August Guhse, Pioneer, Dies
    Couple Celebrated Golden Wedding A Week Ago

    August Guhse, 73, died Sunday morning at 10:45 o'clock at his home on 184 Lincoln street from stomach trouble.

    A week ago last Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Guhse celebrated their golden wedding at the First street German Lutheran church and the following Tuesday Mr. Guhse was taken sick.  Until then he had enjoyed good health.  His death was unexpected.

    Mr. Guhse has lived in Manistee for 51 years and used to run a grocery store on Washington street, where Piotrowski's store is now, for a number of years, but of late he has not been doing anything.

    Mr. Guhse is survived by his widow and five children, Otto of Grand Rapids, Albert of Ludington, Mr. D.J. Champeau of Ionia, Mrs. William Hamlin of Grand Rapids, and Miss Ella Guhse at home.

    Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the home and at 2 o'clock from the German Lutheran church on Fifth Street, Rev Kline officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery.