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Sorting Saturday: Clara Shrader’s Autograph Book

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Clara Shrader's Autograph Book
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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Tuesday’s Tip: Sharing Clara Shrader’s Autograph Book

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Clara Shrader's Autograph Book

 

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Cover. (Click to enlarge.)

Roberts Family (Click for Family Tree)

Tuesday’s Tip: Do you have family treasures stashed in a closet or trunk? Share them- your cousins will enjoy learning more about their family!

Our Roberts cousin is doing just that. And so are we, through this blog.

A great-uncle of Edith (Roberts) [McMurray] Luck, William Roberts, left a big and wonderful family as his legacy. William and his family stayed in Indiana while our ancestor, John Roberts and his wife Elizabeth Ann Murrell, migrated to Iowa.

William’s descendants kept many of the family artifacts from their line, and they are a delight to see. We have already posted pictures of family and friends- see “Friday’s Faces from the Past: The William Roberts Family” for the first of nine posts in the series called the “Lloyd Roberts Family Photo Collection.”

Clara Shrader, later wife of Isaac H. Roberts. From the Lloyd Roberts Family Photo Collection, cropped from picture with Eva Bennett. (Click to enlarge.)

William’s son Isaac Henry Roberts married Clara Shrader, daughter of Mary Ann (Bennett) Shrader. Clara kept her autograph book throughout her life. Completed in her late teens, it obviously was quite an important keepsake to her, and held a lot of memories.

An autograph book was a small, usually hardbound book with blank pages, or sometimes there were lines or images on a page. The book would be passed around to friends to autograph, and they usually wrote a quick little poem. (Those who were born in the 1950s or 60s will remember autograph books as being popular back then too.)

Clara’s autograph book has been lovingly kept by the family and passed down since the 1880s. The current owner has shared the pages of this sweet book for posting, in the hope that not only will descendants enjoy it and it be preserved online, but that descendants of Clara’s friends might see it and get a small glimpse of their ancestor’s personality.

Clara Shrader Photo Album, scan 2. (Click to enlarge.)

Transcription:

Remember and don’t forget

The Bigest fool you ever met

Command you may

your mind from play

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Friday’s Faces from the Past: The William Roberts Family“as the first in the series ” Lloyd Roberts Family Photo Collection” at http://heritageramblings.net/2016/03/04/fridays-faces-from-the-past-the-william-roberts-family/

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

 

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Mystery Monday: Who is with Clara Shrader Roberts?

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Lloyd Roberts Family Photo Collection
Clara Shrader and Eva Bennet, from the William Roberts Family Photo Album.
Clara Shrader and Eva Bennett, from the William Roberts Family Photo Album.

Roberts Family (Click for Family Tree)

Thankfully someone noted the names of these two lovely ladies on this photo. We know that Clara Shrader married Isaac Henry Roberts, the son of William Roberts and Sarah (Christie) Roberts. The mystery is Eva Bennett.

Clara’s mother was Mary Ann (Bennett) Shrader. Could Eva be Mary Ann’s sister, and therefore Clara’s aunt? They look to be of similar ages, though it was possible within large families for young aunts and uncles to happen.

Another possibility is that since Eva’s last name is Bennett, she could be the daughter of a brother of Mary Ann (Bennett) Schrader. That would make Clara and Eva first cousins.

Finding siblings of Mary Ann Bennett has been unsuccessful thus far. Her parents were Harry Bennett and Elizabeth Basone per Mary Ann’s death certificate.

Just to add to the mystery, here is another photo that was in with the family collection. It is labeled, thankfully.

Charley Bennett, from the William Roberts Family Photo Collection.
Charley Bennett, from the William Roberts Family Photo Collection.

If you know any more than this small amount about Eva Bennett, Charley Bennett, or Mary Ann (Bennett) Shrader, please contact us using our form or leave a comment.

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. William Roberts Family Photo Album.

 

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