Michelle Ann Kratts

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Trott Vocational School

In Niagara Falls, School Days, Yearbooks on April 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Busy at work at Trott Vocational School, early 1930’s.  Sam Carlo is the only individual identified on far right.

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St. Joseph’s School, Niagara Falls

In Niagara Falls, School Days, St. Joseph's Church, The Italians of Niagara Falls, New York on April 29, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Step back into the 1920’s with this photograph revealing a classroom at St. Joseph’s School in Niagara Falls.  The only student we can name is:  Sam Carlo (the arrow points to him).

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New Vintage Niagara Falls Yearbooks!

In Niagara Falls, School Days, Yearbooks on April 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm

A recent donation included five vintage yearbooks from Niagara Falls area schools.

Click on this link for an updated listing of all of the yearbooks on-site at the Lewiston Public Library:

Yearbooks and Alumni Directories in the Jon F Popkey Genealogy Room

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Niagara Falls High School; the Class of 1941

In Niagara Falls, School Days, Yearbooks on April 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm

The Fifty-third Annual Commencement

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Amy’s Attic: University of Kansas Memory Book

In Amy's Attic, Scrapbooks, University on April 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Aren’t we all voyeurs in a way? Longing to take a peek through that curtain, as the wind blows it aside? That’s how it is with old scrapbooks. How can we resist?

Amy brought this gem to me just the other day: a University of Kansas Memory Book. I was startled to find how our young lady had been so faithful to the pages of this book. Filling in just about everything. So many times we start something like this….hoping to hang onto those special memories…and then the pages are forgotten. But not for Miss Elma Jean Ducker. She preserved her memories in a most beautiful fashion. Down to the dining room decorations and to the clippings of her girlfriends’ hair. To the young men she danced with at the Corbin Hall Spring Dance (held on Friday, March 28, 1924).

After looking through the book, I was quite curious to know more about Elma Jean. Born in Cherryvale, Kansas, on June 24, 1905, to William and Clara Ducker, she lived for a time in Twin Falls, Idaho. Her father was an auditor for a lumber company. Shortly after attending the University of Kansas, Elma Jean was married to Harold F. Logue. According to the 1930 census, the couple lived in Caldwell Canyon, Idaho, during that time period. Mr. Logue worked as a shoe salesman and Mrs. Logue (Elma Jean) was a bookkeeper for a dry goods business. They had at least one child, Barbara Jean, who was born on November 8, 1938. Elma passed away on October 12, 1998, in Ontario, Oregon.

Here are some images from her book.  Remember to click on the images to make larger.

Kansas Friends

Kansas Friends

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An Invitation Finds its Way Home

In Lewiston, Lewiston Public Library, Library Programs, Old Lewiston on April 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm

It has been 104 years, but thanks to Cynthia Van Ness, Director of Library & Archives, Buffalo History Museum, an invitation has come home.
Finding this item in her collection at Buffalo to be either “a duplicate or a better geographic fit” for our collection at the Lewiston Public Library, Ms. Van Ness mailed an invitation to a celebration of the 178th anniversary of George Washington’s birth back to the Lewiston Public Library today.  The commemorative event was held at the historic Frontier House on Center Street on Tuesday evening, February 22, 1910.
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Amy’s Attic: Who Can They Be?

In Amy's Attic on April 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Our first collection involves the Stewart Family. Amy picked up a packet of documents that would certainly be a treasure to any living descendants of this family!

Here are a few images from this spectacular collection that would be a genealogist’s dream come true….

This is an original declaration of intention from the state of New York, Allegany County, for David Kennedy.  Dated: 20th of April 1857.

This is an original declaration of intention from the state of New York, Allegany County, for David Kennedy. Dated: 20th of April 1857.

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Marriage Certificate Roderick McLean of Williamstown L? of B? Farmer and Nancy Stewart of Ladale Nancy McLean Donald McLeod John McClennan That the above is a true and a faithful Extract from the Register of St. Andrews Church Montreal is Certified by Alex Matthuson Montreal 7th February 1832 Nancy Stewart–Born in Montreal 10th Oct 1812 Knox Clarion Co Pa, Died 23rd ” 1893

 

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In Memory of Donald Stewart Who departed this life November 23-1863 Likewise in memory of Dorthy McLean wife of the above Donald Stewart who departed this life Feb 20th 1852 Aged 65 years both natives of Inverness Shire Scotland Errected by Effie and Nancy Stewart-Daughters of the above

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Hereby certify that I have married David Kenedy and Bridgette Kinsellan According to the Rites of Roman Catholick Church Rochester Dated this 2 day of Sept 1850 Mich. ? Joseph Kavanagh Mary Ann Kavanagh Witnesses present

Hereby certify that I have married
David Kenedy and Bridgette Kinsellan
According to the Rites of Roman Catholick Church
Rochester
Dated this 2 day of Sept 1850
Mich. ?
Joseph Kavanagh
Mary Ann Kavanagh
Witnesses present

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Unknown young man

Unknown young man

Rushville School, 1917

Beautiful winter scenes possibly in Amity, NY

Beautiful winter scenes possibly in Amity, NY

More winter scenery

More winter scenery

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DA Stewart 1941

DA Stewart 1941

The tiniest envelope in the world!  It is addressed to Mr. NJ Stewart in Venango Co., Pennsylvania.

The tiniest envelope in the world! It is addressed to Mr. NJ Stewart in Venango Co., Pennsylvania.

 

 

Amy’s Attic

In Amy's Attic, Letters on April 12, 2014 at 5:59 pm

My dear friend, Amy, has quite an eye for the yellowed things of times past. There are always treasures to discover among her odds and ends. Sometimes she comes by the library with her trunk filled with relics. I rummage through her goodies and always seem to find something that calls to me. In fact, my house is filled with her unique findings and her creations. Each item, a ghost of another time. I love how these old things smell, how they crumble a bit, and leave a piece of themselves on my skin. Probably my favorite things she collects are old photographs and letters. When I told her how I wished I could come across some old letters she dropped off a package at my desk. A package filled with old letters, photos, greetings, legal documents. I thought to myself: how lovely! I wish everyone could see these precious things she brings to me. And then I realized that I can share these things with you. And I decided to create a special section on our blog for Amy’s little artifacts. Hopefully some of Amy’s things will be of interest to you and perhaps these old spirits may find their way home through the magic of the internet. So welcome into these enchanted woods…to “Amy’s Attic.”

photoAmy has her heart invested in two special businesses:  Daredevil Furnishings and Daredevil Creations.    Check out her Facebook pages for details.  Her unique items will also be for sale locally  in the Niagara area including Amy K’s Mystick Boutique at 4613 Military Road, in Niagara Falls.