"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
- 12 June 2003

Cleaning Out Mother's Things: Quilt Scrap Treasures Almost Thrown Out

Joyce Frost of Houston recently wrote:

"While going through some of my mother's old things (she is now in a nursing home), I found a bag of fabric scraps. I had decided to donate them Purple Heart, but decided to look through them first.

I'm so glad that I did go through the bag, because I discovered that the scraps had belonged to my long deceased grandmother, Bessie (Mrs. A. B.) Campbell! All the way at the bottom of the bag were two pieces of paper: one was a statement of my great-grandfather's (William D. Ezell of Teague, TX) funeral service and the other was a receipt of it being paid in full by my grandmother!

On the statement was the name of the funeral home, the date, my grandmother's name and address as well as the costs of the casket and service, less an insurance policy, less a payment that my grandmother had paid and the final amount that was due. Handwritten on it was that it had been paid in full and a receipt was issued for this payment.

Moral of the story: Don't ever throw anything away without going through it piece by piece, page by page! Who would have expected to find genealogy information in a bag of quilt scraps, which of course I will now keep!"

Column Archives Updated

Recently, the Internet website at http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm that archives all of the back copies of this column was updated and it now includes all columns from when it began in August 1999 through today’s column. So, if you’re missing any columns or need a hint, suggestion, idea or resource, visit the on-line archives.

Idaho isn't just for Potatoes

After its acquisition by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark explored the area that would become Idaho during 1805 and 1806. It was then a part of the Oregon country and was held jointly by the United States and Great Britain.

Originally, Native Americans settled the area more than 12,000 years ago and tribes located in the area included the Shoshone, Nez Perce (Sahaptin), Bannock, Kootenai, Coeur d'Alene and others. When Lewis and Clark explored the area, they encountered the Nez Perce tribe members along the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater Rivers.

The Mormons established the first permanent U.S. settlement in Idaho at Franklin in 1860. On March 4, 1863, President Lincoln signed the act establishing the Idaho Territory and by 1870, the population was over 15,000.

On July 3, 1890, Idaho enters the Union as the 43rd state with a population of 32,610.

Until the "Turn of the Century" in 1900, range wars and violent labor disputes in the mines kept Idaho in a state of social upheaval. For more information on Idaho history or genealogy resources, consult the following websites.

Websites of Interest to Students, Genealogists & Historians

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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