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Fred Rasa & the Bank of Florence

On April 8, 1918, the Bank of Florence was founded by a group of local businessmen in Florence, Missouri, a town of approximately one hundred men and women. The organization was formed with H.A. Bremer as president, F. H. Rasa, vice-president, and P.W. Buehler as cashier. Frederick Henry Rasa, (1873-1937)

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Grandpa Siegel & His Cars

November 5th marked the 135th birthday of Carl Christian Siegel, my maternal grandfather. To celebrate I wanted to highlight one of the things I have noticed while digitizing family photos- grandpa liked cars! There are many photos of Grandpa and his family with cars so I thought I would share

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A Year of Firsts

One of the first rules of genealogy, long neglected by genealogists is to write down your own stories. On this German Unity Day, as falling leaves and temperatures finally reach Alabama, memories of my Year of Firsts, thirty (!) years ago flood my mind. But the beginning of the story,

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A Nearly Forgotten Cemetery

How do you find a cemetery record that is not online at FindAGrave, BillionGraves or any other online database? Look it up in a book! Our ancestors were traced and recorded by amateur and professional genealogists for generations before us and often we are lucky enough to spot their footsteps

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City directories: Just boring phone phonebooks?

Genealogists know that city directories are not simply phone books, rather that these resources were created for businesses to get access to customers and vice versa. They are genealogy gold ready to be mined! Ralph L. Polk, the most widely known publisher, began his business with 1872 Evansville, IN directory,

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In honor of International Picnic Day, here is one of my favorite picnic shots.  This was taken on July 26, 1925 at Gravois Mills, MO.  My grandparents, Carl and Roma (Rasa) Siegel, who had yet to marry, were present.  We found several snapshots from this day so I feel it had some significance to them.  Neither are in this shot, but it is still one of my favorites.  I think Carl & Roma may have been courting.  Others present include at least two of Carl's sisters.

In honor of International Picnic Day, here is one of my favorite picnic shots. This was taken on July 26, 1925 at Gravois Mills, MO. My grandparents, Carl and Roma (Rasa) Siegel, who had yet to marry, were present. We found several snapshots from this day so I feel it had some significance to them. Neither are in this shot, but it is still one of my favorites. I think Carl & Roma may have been courting. Others present include at least two of Carl`s sisters. ...

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One of the primary documents of my grandfather Carl Christian Siegel’s life is his baptismal certificate signed 122 years ago.  Carl’s parents were first generation Americans whose parents had immigrated from Germany. Many spoke German at home, went to schools taught in German, and worshipped in German churches. Grandpa’s early school books and bible given to him for confirmation years later were all in German.  How did he feel in 1914 when the U.S. declared war on Germany? It is a question I’ve  been pondering for a while.  See my recent blog post about being German in America, a new series. 
#wwi #oldnewspapers #oldphotos #newspapersdotcom #smalltownresearch #photo #historicalphotos #RMG #historiccontext #florencemissouri #familyhistory #germansinamerica #smalltownresearch #germanimmigrants #germanheritage #germanculture #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #historicalcontext #smalltownresearch #GenealogyResearch #germanevangelical #germanevangelicalchurch #morgancounty #myfamilyhistory

One of the primary documents of my grandfather Carl Christian Siegel’s life is his baptismal certificate signed 122 years ago. Carl’s parents were first generation Americans whose parents had immigrated from Germany. Many spoke German at home, went to schools taught in German, and worshipped in German churches. Grandpa’s early school books and bible given to him for confirmation years later were all in German. How did he feel in 1914 when the U.S. declared war on Germany? It is a question I’ve been pondering for a while. See my recent blog post about being German in America, a new series.

#wwi #oldnewspapers #oldphotos #newspapersdotcom #smalltownresearch #photo #historicalphotos #RMG #historiccontext #florencemissouri #familyhistory #germansinamerica #smalltownresearch #germanimmigrants #germanheritage #germanculture #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #historicalcontext #smalltownresearch #GenealogyResearch #germanevangelical #germanevangelicalchurch #morgancounty #myfamilyhistory
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For a throwback Thursday here is one of my favorite photos of Roma Rasa (grandma on the right) and one of her best childhood friends Hazel Mitchell ca. 1924. 
#RomaMaryGrace #FlorenceMO #farmlife #genealogy #Siegel #morgancounty #familyhistory #myfamilyhistory #roma

For a throwback Thursday here is one of my favorite photos of Roma Rasa (grandma on the right) and one of her best childhood friends Hazel Mitchell ca. 1924.

#RomaMaryGrace #FlorenceMO #farmlife #genealogy #Siegel #morgancounty #familyhistory #myfamilyhistory #roma
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If you found this in your ancestor’s belongings what would you do? This is no normal postcard, it was given to an American business representative traveling in Japan. If your ancestor is still living ask them (today!) about it. This tiny clue could open a whole new avenue of research. 
#familybusiness #smalltownresearch #familybusinessresearch #historicalphotos #old #posts #oldpostcards #historicpostcards #historicpostcardcollection #travel #businesstravels #traderepresentative #japan #japantravel #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #historicalcontext #GenealogyResearch

If you found this in your ancestor’s belongings what would you do? This is no normal postcard, it was given to an American business representative traveling in Japan. If your ancestor is still living ask them (today!) about it. This tiny clue could open a whole new avenue of research.

#familybusiness #smalltownresearch #familybusinessresearch #historicalphotos #old #posts #oldpostcards #historicpostcards #historicpostcardcollection #travel #businesstravels #traderepresentative #japan #japantravel #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #historicalcontext #GenealogyResearch
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This is my Dad on our family horse, Red ca. 1976 in Ashland, MO.  When I wrote a post earlier this week I searched through my photos for Grandpa Carl Siegel on a horse. My quick search turned up over 100 photos of family members with horses. I grew up with this one! 
I remember the day Dad brought him home. He looked so beautiful and would do the “Tennessee Walk.” He was a gentle horse who loved us and we him. Over the years he became notorious for his stubborn personality. He decided he would no longer lower himself to ride in a trailer, which is a little difficult when you need to take him somewhere! He also had an amazing sense of home. We could be miles away, but the moment you turned him toward home, you’d better be ready for a fast trot because the race was on. 
Once when I was riding him by myself, he was in an ornery mood. I fell off once with his help. He just stood there looking down at me. 😂  I decided not to get back on, but walked home.  When I got there Dad asked why I wasn’t riding. He wasn’t happy I had allowed Red to get the better of me so he decided to take him out for a short ride to have a little chat. Well, Dad learned that I wasn’t the only one Red was willing to dump! 😆. Cheers to our family horse and the man who brought him home. 
#spencerfamily #RMG #farmgirl #familyhistory #romamarygrace #ahorsenamedRed #ChristianCounty #AshlandMo #boonecomo #horsesofinstagram #horses #mystory #1970s #paradephoto #paradephotos #familyhistory #genealogy

This is my Dad on our family horse, Red ca. 1976 in Ashland, MO. When I wrote a post earlier this week I searched through my photos for Grandpa Carl Siegel on a horse. My quick search turned up over 100 photos of family members with horses. I grew up with this one!

I remember the day Dad brought him home. He looked so beautiful and would do the “Tennessee Walk.” He was a gentle horse who loved us and we him. Over the years he became notorious for his stubborn personality. He decided he would no longer lower himself to ride in a trailer, which is a little difficult when you need to take him somewhere! He also had an amazing sense of home. We could be miles away, but the moment you turned him toward home, you’d better be ready for a fast trot because the race was on.

Once when I was riding him by myself, he was in an ornery mood. I fell off once with his help. He just stood there looking down at me. 😂 I decided not to get back on, but walked home. When I got there Dad asked why I wasn’t riding. He wasn’t happy I had allowed Red to get the better of me so he decided to take him out for a short ride to have a little chat. Well, Dad learned that I wasn’t the only one Red was willing to dump! 😆. Cheers to our family horse and the man who brought him home.
#spencerfamily #RMG #farmgirl #familyhistory #romamarygrace #ahorsenamedRed #ChristianCounty #AshlandMo #boonecomo #horsesofinstagram #horses #mystory #1970s #paradephoto #paradephotos #familyhistory #genealogy
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#OnThisDay one hundred and twenty-seven years ago my great grandfather Frederick Henry Rasa married Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Schupp. Their first child William was born 1898. Betty and their second son Frederick died during the birth on April 16, 1900.  By the time the census take came in June, Fred and his son Willie living with three servants two farms away from where Fred was born. Two of the servants were Jesse (25) and Louisa Schupp (24), likely relatives of his late wife. While the girls were listed as housekeepers, they probably helped care for Willie.  This photo is Fred and Betty’s wedding photo.
[photo colorized, corrected, and enhanced with tools at MyHeritage]
#historical #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #smalltownresearch #GenealogyResearch #farmgirl #florencemissouri #romamarygrace #myheritage #myheritageincolor #onthisdayinhistory

#OnThisDay one hundred and twenty-seven years ago my great grandfather Frederick Henry Rasa married Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Schupp. Their first child William was born 1898. Betty and their second son Frederick died during the birth on April 16, 1900. By the time the census take came in June, Fred and his son Willie living with three servants two farms away from where Fred was born. Two of the servants were Jesse (25) and Louisa Schupp (24), likely relatives of his late wife. While the girls were listed as housekeepers, they probably helped care for Willie. This photo is Fred and Betty’s wedding photo.

[photo colorized, corrected, and enhanced with tools at MyHeritage]

#historical #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #smalltownresearch #GenealogyResearch #farmgirl #florencemissouri #romamarygrace #myheritage #myheritageincolor #onthisdayinhistory
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When a new hotel was being built in Wichita, Kansas, the operators made a bold decision that would affect the hotel and women in the community. The hotel, built by A.W. McClellan, was operated by experienced hoteliers John Rigby and Richard M. Gray.  The “new feature” of the first steel-frame, moderately priced hotel in the heart of the business district was that the entire fifth floor was reserved for business women and women working on moderate salaries.  The rooms, each with their own bath, were priced equal to the residential rooming houses that had “far less conveniences and are farther away from the business district," according to the Wichita Eagle.  Prices varied from $2-$3 a night, but advertisements offered $7 a week for long-term residents.  With housing shortages this idea made good business sense, both for women who worked, and for the hotel to attract local as well as out of town guests.  The hotel did not have a traditional restaurant, rather a confectionary with a lunch counter, offering meals at reasonable price for working men and women. 
I was surprised to find this especially given the date: 1923. When we look back, we can find good in people and "modern" ideas if we only look.
#womenshistorymonth #WomensHistoryMonth #womenshistory #WomensHistoryMonth2024  #positivemindset #positivevibes #familybusinessresearch #RMG #newspapersdotcom #historiccontext #newspapersofinstagram #newspapers #womensbusinesshistory #womeninbusiness #wichitaks #wichitahistory

When a new hotel was being built in Wichita, Kansas, the operators made a bold decision that would affect the hotel and women in the community. The hotel, built by A.W. McClellan, was operated by experienced hoteliers John Rigby and Richard M. Gray. The “new feature” of the first steel-frame, moderately priced hotel in the heart of the business district was that the entire fifth floor was reserved for business women and women working on moderate salaries. The rooms, each with their own bath, were priced equal to the residential rooming houses that had “far less conveniences and are farther away from the business district," according to the Wichita Eagle. Prices varied from $2-$3 a night, but advertisements offered $7 a week for long-term residents. With housing shortages this idea made good business sense, both for women who worked, and for the hotel to attract local as well as out of town guests. The hotel did not have a traditional restaurant, rather a confectionary with a lunch counter, offering meals at reasonable price for working men and women.

I was surprised to find this especially given the date: 1923. When we look back, we can find good in people and "modern" ideas if we only look.

#womenshistorymonth #WomensHistoryMonth #womenshistory #WomensHistoryMonth2024 #positivemindset #positivevibes #familybusinessresearch #RMG #newspapersdotcom #historiccontext #newspapersofinstagram #newspapers #womensbusinesshistory #womeninbusiness #wichitaks #wichitahistory
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Apparently I didn't hit save because this post was supposed to have text! 😊. This is the ordination certificate of my great-grandfather Richard Allen Spencer, known as Allie.  The certificate has several clues about Allie's life.
1.  It has 2 dates, the day of the ordination, 29 June 1913, and the date it was filed 22 March 1921.  I am not sure where it was filed, but I would guess it was the Laclede County courthouse.  I might be able to confirm that if I checked to see if the signatory was the county clerk.
2. The ordination occurred at Pine Creek Baptist Church in Nebo, MO.  Many people in my family tree attended there, and thus their records are full of my family history from the Spencer, Kembel, Southard, and Adams families.
3. The clerk [of the church?] who signed the certificate is T.E. (Thomas Elbert) Kembel, the uncle of Grace Kembel, who would marry Allie's son Ellis in 1933.  Ellis and Grace attended Pine Creek until ca. 1945 when they moved to a farm in Latham, MO.
4. The witnesses need to be investigated, two of whom are related to to my line: Hutsell and Adams.  D.F. Adams is likely David F. Adams who married Eliza Lucretia Casey, my first cousin, 3x removed.  That means her father Shadrach VanBuren Casey was my great grandmother Anna Belle Casey's brother.  And my 3x great grandparents were her grandparents.  Confused?  Short answer is that I am directly related to the wife of David F. Adams. Hutsell is a little more challenging because I am not certain of the precise relation.  I do know that my Dad's cousin, Evelyn Anderson married Larry Hutsell.  J.C. Hutsell also was a preacher and might have been Larry's uncle or great uncle.
5. I wonder if Allie thought the day of his ordination a little bittersweet.  His father, William Thomas, also a minister who preached the gospel, had died the previous year.  I'm sure W.T. and Martha (Hough) were very proud of their son. 
 #grace #historiccontext #familyhistory #baptistminister #lacledecountymo #lacledecountyhistory #familyhistory #spencerfamily #SpencerFamily

Apparently I didn`t hit save because this post was supposed to have text! 😊. This is the ordination certificate of my great-grandfather Richard Allen Spencer, known as Allie. The certificate has several clues about Allie`s life.

1. It has 2 dates, the day of the ordination, 29 June 1913, and the date it was filed 22 March 1921. I am not sure where it was filed, but I would guess it was the Laclede County courthouse. I might be able to confirm that if I checked to see if the signatory was the county clerk.

2. The ordination occurred at Pine Creek Baptist Church in Nebo, MO. Many people in my family tree attended there, and thus their records are full of my family history from the Spencer, Kembel, Southard, and Adams families.

3. The clerk [of the church?] who signed the certificate is T.E. (Thomas Elbert) Kembel, the uncle of Grace Kembel, who would marry Allie`s son Ellis in 1933. Ellis and Grace attended Pine Creek until ca. 1945 when they moved to a farm in Latham, MO.

4. The witnesses need to be investigated, two of whom are related to to my line: Hutsell and Adams. D.F. Adams is likely David F. Adams who married Eliza Lucretia Casey, my first cousin, 3x removed. That means her father Shadrach VanBuren Casey was my great grandmother Anna Belle Casey`s brother. And my 3x great grandparents were her grandparents. Confused? Short answer is that I am directly related to the wife of David F. Adams. Hutsell is a little more challenging because I am not certain of the precise relation. I do know that my Dad`s cousin, Evelyn Anderson married Larry Hutsell. J.C. Hutsell also was a preacher and might have been Larry`s uncle or great uncle.

5. I wonder if Allie thought the day of his ordination a little bittersweet. His father, William Thomas, also a minister who preached the gospel, had died the previous year. I`m sure W.T. and Martha (Hough) were very proud of their son.

#grace #historiccontext #familyhistory #baptistminister #lacledecountymo #lacledecountyhistory #familyhistory #spencerfamily #SpencerFamily
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Can you place yourself in the driver’s seat and travel down your ancestors’ street? Understanding historic context is the art of  doing just that. It frames the past and brings your family’s experiences to life. To learn more, join me at the Midwest Genealogy Library in Independence, Missouri on March 18th. I will be there in person for this free hybrid session.! You can join in person or virtually. Register on their website today. #mgc #genealogy #historiccontext  #MGC 
#familybusinessresearch #smalltown #family  #familyhistory

Can you place yourself in the driver’s seat and travel down your ancestors’ street? Understanding historic context is the art of doing just that. It frames the past and brings your family’s experiences to life. To learn more, join me at the Midwest Genealogy Library in Independence, Missouri on March 18th. I will be there in person for this free hybrid session.! You can join in person or virtually. Register on their website today. #mgc #genealogy #historiccontext #MGC
#familybusinessresearch #smalltown #family #familyhistory
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