Thursday, March 5, 2015

A New Piece In My Collection

When I saw this little collectible card on Ebay,  I knew that I had to add it to my John Brown Collection. It shipped from England, and was worth the wait.

On the front is a line drawing that "sort of" looks like John Brown - the man does have a big beard.  It looks like he is standing in shoulder high water. Beside him is a steam locomotive with little stick figures in the background

The narrative on the back is full of errors, but the BEST part of the card is the last sentence. It made Fred and me laugh out loud!

No. 4  JOHN BROWN (Bushwhacker)
     John Brown was so much against Negro slavery in America that he and his sons risked their lives to fight those who wanted to keep slaves. His anger was such that in one fight he not only killed many people, but tore their bodies apart, splitting their skulls and hacking off their hands and fingers.
     In 1859 John Brown and his sons went to Harper's Ferry, in Virginia, and there attacked the arsenal, intending to take all of the arms and hand them out to the slaves, so that they could fight for themselves
     He was captured, however, and hanged, but "his soul goes marching on," for many followed his example, giving their lives for those in slavery.
     During his lifetime he held up and robbed many Western trains.

My grandpa has been called many things over the years, but this is the first time I have ever heard of him being a TRAIN ROBBER!  Where did the British get the idea that the Brown's robbed trains I wonder?

(Future historians and genealogists PLEASE NOTE: John Brown and his sons DID NOT rob trains. I don't want someone to use my blog as a source confirming this statement 15 years from now!)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Join me in Atlanta - March 14 2015

Come Support the Faith + Community Launch Event

This is the year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of America's constitutional affirmation of freedom - the 13th Amendment. Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) wants to help shine a light on modern forms of slavery.
Faith + Community is a national initiative that will provide training and education for faith leaders and their constituents as we confront the specter of sex trafficking and labor exploitation together. Faith leaders are uniquely positioned to disseminate truth and knowledge about human trafficking that can protect youth and effect change. This is an interfaith event. Leaders of all faiths from the state of Georgia and individuals determined to end human trafficking are encouraged to join us.
A new Georgia State Faith Protocol for responding to incidents of human trafficking will be presented. Please dress as you would for a day of worship. Entrance to the event is free.
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Steven Chervin, Ed. D. - Director of The Jewish Encounter
  • Mike Ennis - President and CEO of Wellspring Living
  • Reverend John Foster, Ph. D. - Senior Pastor of Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Atlanta, GA. 
  • Pastor Nawanna Lewis Miller, B.A., M.A., M.Div. - Founding Director of The Institute for Christian Discipleship, Inc.
  • Dr. Terrence Leathers - Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at Shaw University
  • Rev. Dr. Richard Rose - Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of La Verne
  • Nettie Washington Douglass - Founder & Chair, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
  • Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. - Founder & President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
  • Robert J. Benz - Founder & Executive Vice President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
  • Pamela Perkins Carn - Interfaith Children’s Movement

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The event is free. Donations are welcome and can be made by clicking here.
March 14, 2015 at 11am - 1pm
Big Bethel AME Church
220 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States

Robert Benz · · 702-523-4845

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Farewell Party for Mr. and Mrs. Keesey

I love old small time newspapers for their local color stories and coverage of parties and family events. While researching on, I found this one about my grandparents. As I read it I was reminded of a photograph that I had somewhere in my office.  I dug out the picture (I have GOT to get my photos organized!) and thought I would share this charming story with you.

The Mrs. Paul Keesey of Pepperwood in this article is Beatrice Cook Keesey, [B184XV21] my grandmother and great granddaughter of John Brown [B184]

Eureka Humboldt Standard, 8 Feb 1962, Thu, Page 9
     Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keesey of Pepperwood were honored at a recent farewell party at the home of Mrs. Keesey's sister, Mrs. Georgia Cook [B184XV23]. Assisting as hostesses were Mrs. William Machado, Mrs. Keesey's sister, Mrs. Gus Landergen [B184XV22] of Rohnerville; Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Jack Hower of Pepperwood.
     Mr. and Mrs. Keesey were given a miniature pine tree, potted for planting in the yard of their new home. On the tree were dollars, from those attending, to be used as the couple desired, Refreshments included 'Good Luck" cakes, decorated with the words and with roses and forget-me-nots, and a variety of layer cakes, which were cut and served with coffee buffet style.
     Both Mr. and Mrs. Keesey are long-time residents of Pepperwood. She is a descendent of the pioneer, George Cook.
     One of a large family of children, Mrs. Keesey came to Pepperwood as a little girl. Her father was a driver of the old stagecoach, in the day when that was the one means of travel between Willits and Pepperwood. Keesey was born in Humboldt County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Keesey, another of the area's old time families.
     Mr. and Mrs. Keesey's son and family - Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keesey, Jr., [B184XV211] and children Janie [B184XV2111] and Alice [B184XV2112], live in Palo Alto. The senior Keesey are going now to live in Sunnyvale, about six miles from there. Mr. and Mrs. Keesey, Jr., and Janie arrived early Saturday to assist in the move.
     Attending the open house were: Mesdames Hardy Fisher, Leland Hunt, Helen Holmes, Quent Mitchell, Bob Hacki, Helen Petty, Aletha Va Noy, Florence Porter, Agnus Russell, Vernon Syphers, Stan Sarvinski, Jack Hower, Harry St. john, Gilbert Robinson, Ticki Moore, and children, Mike and Marrylee; Shirley Porter and Paula, and Georgia Cook.
     Also Mesdames and Messrs. Gus Landergen, Clinton Cook [B184XV27], Perry Johnson, Gary Cook [B184XV272], Tom Webb,  Jim Cook, Gil Wallen, Clifford Cook [B184XV25], Earl Cook, Sydney Milsap, Robert Millsap and baby Dawn Marie, William Machado and children Danny, Sandra and Jerry; Lloyd Pat Patterson, Ed Gull and Ed F. Burpee of Poctello, Idaho. Gifts were sent by Mr.and Mrs. Isain Anderson, Mrs Ed Burpee and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Millsap.

I have just one question - it says that my folks and Janie (my sister) attended the party but where was I? I was 2 years, 4 months old, wonder where I was.