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good scrapin’

Everyone who loves old photos should check out the fabulous layout andilynn created for a photo of her grandmother. It knocks my socks off.


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I came across this while looking at service records. It is always a treat to come across an original document among the index cards. It is an even better treat if the document contains a description of an ancestor. Further evidence that I am spending too much time with the war instead of preparing for finals.


To all whom it may concern.

The bearer hereof W. R. Meeks, a Corporal in Capt. N. L. McGinnis Company Moores Regt. Tex. Vol. Inft. Aged twenty two years, five feet, eleven inches high, fair complexion, grey eyes, light hair, & by profession a Stockraiser, Born in the state of MO. & enlisted at Galveston in the CSA on the 12th day of September 1861, to serve for the period of the war, Is hereby permitted to go to Blanco, Hays County, State of Texas; He having received a furlough from the 28th day of Jany to the 12th day of Feby 1862. at which period he will rejoin his Company or Regiment at Houston or wherever it then may be, or be Considered a Deserter.

Given under my hand at Houston this 24th day of Jany 1862.

N L McGinnis Capt

Camp 1061 2nd Regt Tex 5 Inft



Application for
Furlough of Corp
Wm R Meeks of Co. H
2 Tex Inf
Moores Regt

Jan 24, 1862

By order of
Brg Gen P O Hebert
Gen R Nelson

(stamped) Rebel Archives, Record Division, War Department.

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Jesse Scarborough

Jesse Scarborough obituary, The Rosebud News, Rosebud, Texas, 14 December 1905.

The many friends of Miss Jesse Scarborough will feel sad to learn of her death and the family have our heartfelt sympathies. She died at Waco, Texas, last Friday morning about 4 o’clock. She had typhoid fever.

Later in the same issue.

Died at Waco.

Miss Jesse Scarborough, a daughter of the Widow Scarborough, formerly of this section, who recently moved to Waco, died in that city last Thursday night, after an illness of several days.

Her remains were interred at the Chapel last Saturday in the preseace of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends.

The News joins in extending condolence to the bereaved family.

A cousin tells me that Jesse was 20 years old and male, the son of Henry and Susan Melson Scarborough. He died two days before his grandmother. I’m thinking there must be more than one Jess(i)e in the family.

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Rebecca Scarborough obituary, The Rosebud News, Rosebud, Texas, 14 December 1905.

Old Grandma Scarborough is seriously ill at her son J. S. Scarborough.

LATER MONDAY: Grandma Scarborough died Sunday night about 8 o’clock. Was burried at Powers Chapel Monday evening.

Later in the same issue.

Grandma Scarborough Dead.

Grandma Scarborough, aged 78 years, died at the home of her son, J. L. Scarborough, near this city Sunday night at 9 o’clock, after an illness of about three weeks.

Deceased was a devout Christian and was beloved by all who knew her. She leaves one son and daughter, J. L. Scarborough, and Mrs. Laura Copeland of Theo, besides a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Her remains were intered at Powers Chapel Monday evening.

I am disappointed that it did not mention her by name.


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more Heber

My WW post this week is a photo that was taken in Heber City, Utah during the 2002 Winter Olympics. This steam locomotive is run by the Heber Valley Railroad. During the Olympics they used it to take visitors from Heber up to Soldier Hollow where the cross country events were held. Once there, they had mule drawn hay sleds to take you from the platform to the entrance of the venue. It was pretty cool. Literally, it’s in the mountains. There was snow on the ground and a brisk, cold wind was blowing. There were people dressed in 19th century frontier clothing doing 19th century stuff like cooking in dutch ovens and working a forge.


Upon our return, I positioned myself to take a photo of the engine. There was a family already posing for a picture. I waited while they got their shot. Suddenly, the engine chuffed and a big cloud of steam enveloped them. I managed to take a photo of them fleeing. Yes, it was rather loud. No, it wasn’t dangerous, just incredibly funny. The guy with the camera never put his camera down, so somewhere there must be a sequence of photos capturing the event. I have always wondered if the engineer took an opportunity to teach 21st century folks a lesson about standing too close to a steam engine.

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