Tuesday’s Tip: Posting Clara Shrader’s Autograph Album

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Clara Shrader Autograph Book, scan 2. (Click to enlarge.)

Roberts Family (Click for Family Tree)

Tuesday’s Tip: Analyze a process for preserving artifacts and information, then automate repetitive tasks when possible, and group repetitive tasks to increase accuracy and speed.

Clara Shrader’s autograph album has 51 scans plus a word document with transcription. Since the scans were in one pdf, they needed to be converted to an image format, and sized down so that it doesn’t take forever for your blog pages to load. Unfortunately I don’t know how to write a script to automate this process, but that is on my list for one day. In the meantime, in my analysis of how to post these sweet pages, I decided on this process:

  1. Use a screen capture for each image. I opened the pdf, sized my window to show just one image at a time, so I did not get confused about where I was in the process.
  2. On a Mac Command-Shift-4 allowed me to clip just the section I wanted with the double spread of pages. This also converted the image to a png, perfect for using with WordPress for the blog. These images show up on my desktop- you can change the folder, I believe, but that works for me.
  3. I gave the first file a descriptive file name and included the number of the scan:
    Clara Shrader Autograph Book_1_sm.png. I cut and pasted the name, changing the number as appropriate as I clipped each image. I also made sure that the numbers matched the chart with the transcriptions.
  4. The ‘sm’ in the file name is for small, as I knew I would need to reduce the file size. After my desktop was full of images, I clicked each and opened in Preview, then used ‘Tools’ to reduce the size. Make sure to save the file after any such changes!
  5. After all the images on my desktop were reduced, I highlighted them all and pulled into a file folder for Clara’s album that I created right on my desktop. Now the desktop was clean again, and ready for another batch of these images.
  6. Use cut-and-paste for titles, captions, etc. whenever you can. You can always go back and add detail, but it is important to label as you go. I pulled all the images into WordPress, and captioned them each as I went, using cut and paste but changing the number of the image. Now they are all ready for blog posts and writing, or you can keep them in a folder for maybe a report or book- the enjoyable part after the tedious but necessary work and documentation.

OK, now on to the good part: Clara’s sweet album pages for today:

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 11. (Click to enlarge.)

March {illegible} 1884

Dear Friend

When in some future time,

These lines you chance to see;

Think kindly of the writer,

Who Will always think of thee.

Samuel Bonebrake

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 12. (Click to enlarge.)

March 21, 1884

Dear friend Clara,

Remember me when this you see

Though many a mile apart we be.

Yours truly,

L. S. Reeves

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 13. (Click to enlarge.)

March 25th 1884

Dear teacher Clara.

Other hearts may love you,

Others Worship at your shrine

But no other heart will love you

With a love so pure as mine.

Miss Laura Noe

Concordia Cloud Kan

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 14. (Click to enlarge.)

March The 21 1884

The roses are red and the lilies are blue: honey is sweet

and so are you.

Andrew Noe

Jam town Cloud Co Kns

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 15. (Click to enlarge.)

March 21st 1884

Concordia, Cloud County Kansas

To my Clara

I’d twine a wreath my friend for you

A wreath of flowers rare:

Would you accept the simple gift

And ever hold it dear?

ever your friend

Bessie Davis

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 16. (Click to enlarge.)

March 21 1884

To Clara dear

On this broad world of action, friends of worth are far and few;

But when one has proved his friendship, cling to him who clings to you.

your friend Bessie

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 17. (Click to enlarge.)

Left:

Miss Clara

April the 20th

If you fall from grace,

You’ll be a reck:

If you fall from a ship,

You’ll break your neck;

You may fall from the realm of Heaven above,

But never never fall in love.

Mrs. N. J. Maddox

Right:

April the 25 1884

Dear Teacher:

Remember the writing

Of my hand when I am

In a distant land

And if the grave should

Be my lot Remember me

When I am not.

Ever yours,

Etta ___iley

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 18. (Click to enlarge.)

Concordia Mar 3rd 1886

Clara

I care not much for gold as _____,

Give me a _____ here and there,

Some good _____ stock – some note of hand,

Or _____ _____ _____

I only ask that _____ send

A little more than I can spend.

Your cousin, F. L. Bennett

Remember my favorite song and don’t you forget it

Salem {illegible}

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 19. (Click to enlarge.)

Concordia Kan. March 27 1884

Lines to my dear friend Clara

Much must be born which it is hard to bear

Much given away which it were sweet to keep

God help us all who need indeed His care

And yet I know the Shepherd loves His sheep.

Truly Your Friend

Carrie Snell

Command me always as a friend.

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 20. (Click to enlarge.)

April the 6 1884

Clara

May your life though short be pleasant

As a warm and _____ ray

as a flower that bloomes at morning

And at evening dies away.

F. M. S.

 

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Thank you to John Roberts for his labors in scanning and transcribing this sweet autograph book to make it accessible to future generations. If you would like to contact Jon, please use our form through the blog and we will pass it on!

 

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Military Monday: Memorial Day and Edward A. McMurray, Jr.

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Edward A. McMurray, Jr., in South Pacific or Australia, c1944.
Edward A. McMurray, Jr., in South Pacific or Australia, c1944.

 

McMurray Family (Click for Family Tree)

Memorial Day in the US is a day that we honor those who have served our country to preserve our freedoms. It was meant to remember our heroes that have fallen in war, and those who were lucky enough to come home, but are no longer with us.

Edward A. McMurray, Jr., is one of the latter. Despite the dangerous places he served, he was one of the lucky ones to come home, and he came home healthy.

We are all blessed to have known his quiet dignity, his honor, and his love of this country.

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Family photo, hidden in a basement for many years.

 

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Friday Funny: Spellbinding Entertainment

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“Spellbinding entertainment” in Monroe, Iowa. 2 August 1895 “Monroe Mirror,” Vol. 23, No. 40, Page 3, Column 3.

Roberts Family (Click for Family Tree)

Our ancestors Elizabeth Ann Murrell and her husband John Roberts lived in/near Monroe, in Jasper County, Iowa. It has always been a small town, and they made their own entertainment, as people still do in small towns. They were also members of the M. E. (Methodist Episcopal) Church there, so may have been chaperones or otherwise involved in this “sociable” on the church lawn.

Of course, don’t miss the pun. Many of us know an incredibly wonderful man who was born in Jasper County, and who would never miss a chance for a pun… Maybe he came by that ability/terrible trait honestly by growing up in its midst? (Though this ‘sociable’ was way before his time.)

 

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Source as above.

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Alfred and Marths S. (BARRY) PAYNE

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Headstone of Alfred and Martha S. (BARRY) PAYNE, Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein, Lake County, Illinois, via Find A Grave with kind permission. (Click to enlarge.)

McMurray Family, Payne Family (Click for Family Tree)

Alfred and Martha Stedman (Barry) Payne had almost 55 years of marriage together before they were parted by the death of Alfred at age 79. Martha survived her husband by about 14 months. She was six years older than Alfred, so was 87 when she passed away.

The couple is buried in Ivanhoe Cemetery, in Mundelein, Lake County, Illinois. Their monument can be found in Section B-East-Lot 21.

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Images taken by a very kind Find A Grave photographer. Thank you for allowing us to use them!
  2. Alfred Payne Find A Grave Memorial# 93659548–http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=93659548
  3. Martha Stedman (Barry) Payne Find A Grave Memorial# 93659547– http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=93659547

 

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Sorting Saturday: Clara Shrader’s Autograph Book

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Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 5. (Click to enlarge.)

 

Roberts Family (Click for Family Tree)

Ummm, this is a blank page…

Yes, and that is the proper way to document an artifact- scan/note even what is blank. Our Roberts cousin has created a virtual autograph book for us, and the blank pages could be important as one sorts through information in the book. In this case, these two pages do not really give us information, but in other cases, what might appear to be blank may actually give clues. There might be a faint bleed-through that could help us to decipher what was on the opposite page or the scanner might pick up faint writing that our eyes have not noticed, such as words that have been erased or just faded over the many years. Plus, how many pages in the album are filled with autographs gives us some additional data about Clara and her circle of friends and family. (It’s the 19th century version of counting your friends on FaceBook, only these ‘posts’ will last much longer than a FB feed.)

The transcription that goes along with the scans is so helpful- it is a MS Word document consisting of background information and a table for the pages of the autograph book. The table has 3 columns: scan number, left page, right page. If a page is blank it is noted in the transcription. For ease in reading, we are posting the transcriptions with the individual pages.

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 6. (Click to enlarge.)

Transcription, left page:

8-14-1885 [down side of page]

To Clara

May your cheeks return the dimples,

And your face be just as gay;

When some nice young man will whisper,

Darling C name the day

 

Mollie Lowther

Transcription, right page:

To Miss Clara

 

As sure as comes your ___ [wed?]ing day

A broom to you I’ll send

In sunshine use the brushy ____ [part?]

In storms the other end.

 

Ever your friend {illegible}

 

March 21st 1884.

[These two pages indicate how marriage was the ultimate goal of a woman. “Darling C name the day” refers to “Darling Clara,” said by her suitor, “name the day” for their marriage. The broom mention is to use the bristle end for sweeping on good days, and to use the stick to smack a wayward husband on the not-so-good days. Rolling pins were common wedding shower gifts with a similar dual purpose even into the 1970s. Yes, good people who probably would have never done it joked about domestic violence…]

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 7. (Click to enlarge.)

Transcription, right page:

Dear Clara

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 8. (Click to enlarge.)

Transcription:

March 12, 1884

Dear Friend Clara

I ask you not as others may. I place

In your memory fair, but only in

True friendship say, forget me if you dare.

I am ever your friend.

George D. Wagner

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 9. (Click to enlarge.)

Concordia Kan

Jan the 22 1885

In what a changing world we live

Friends meeting parting ever

Let friends to friends some token give

That they’ll forget them – never

S Caylor

[The world was changing rapidly in the 1880s, and people moved away, never to be seen again- but that had been going on for many years as our population of the US moved west. Perhaps S Caylor was planning a move about the time Clara gathered the autographs of her friends? In 1880, Clara was in Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas, living with her parents; in 1885, the Kansas State Census shows her in Arion, still in Cloud County. She married in Cloud County in 1894, so Clara herself did not move for some years.]

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 10. (Click to enlarge.)

Transcription:

Command me always as a friend. M.

 

Mar 12, 1884.

 

Dear Friend Clara.

 

Here is one leaf reserved for me,

From all kind words it yet is free.

Oh! Could I now within thy mind

Some little vacant corner find,

How quick would I with greatest ease

Write down my name forever there.

 

Ever yours. Madge Wagner.

 

 

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Thank you to our Roberts cousin who so carefully has preserved, scanned, and transcribed this autograph album.

 

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