Here is a portrait of James A Graham (1855-1925) and Viola Alice (Allie) Kelly (1858-1923), my great, great grandparents referenced in the last obituary post.
James A Graham (1855-1925) and Viola Alice (Allie) Kelly (1858-1923)
While my mind is still musing on the modern-day obits section of the newspaper, here are two obituaries from my Ohio side of the family. James A Graham (1855-1925) and Viola Alice (Allie) Kelly (1858-1923) are my great, great grandparents. They lived in Adams County, Ohio at the end of both of their lives.
The obits are actually pretty diverse. James’ spends a good deal of time detailing his last day of life, while Allie’s focuses primarily on her virtuousness. Could it be gender at play, or diversity in obit author styles?
Obituaries for James A Graham (1855-1925) and Viola Alice (Allie) Kelly (1858-1923)
My great grandma Edith Graham wasn’t too into school, at least during the 1901-1902 year. What came before the “F” for fail grade? An E!
My recreational life, with some exceptions, is mostly described as “school” these days. I’m so used to the A-B-C-D-F system, that it’s funny to think about past alternatives.
I’m okay not leaving footprints, though I do want to examine the impressions that are already out there in the sands of time. It feels a little mean to post a bad report card on the internet, but she kept it and it made it to 2015, so it must’ve not been all that terrible a memory!
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Tagged 1900s, archives, education, genealogy, grades, Graham, history, Ohio, report card, rural history, Sandy Springs, school
William Howard Furnier, my paternal great grandpa. Possibly in Cincinnati, likely sometime in the 1910s or 1920s.
This is my paternal great grandpa William Howard Furnier. I look at this photo and think, hey, if this were taken in the era of the digital photo they totally would’ve looked at the camera screen and done a second take. But with this possibly taken in Cincinnati mostly likely in the 1910s or 1920s, great grandpa Howard Furnier was stuck with this eyes shut photo.
But, I digress. This post is less about my ggrandpa, and more about his attire. Rewatching Boardwalk Empire made me pay even closer attention to everyone’s clothes, and I am just dying over the three piece suits. The jacket-pants-vest combo in 1920s wonderfulness is killing me. I did some google image searching which led me to this fantastic blog with great posts on Jimmy Darmody’s suits (dark pinstripe and blue suit). (Nick Charles has got it goin’ on too.)
Vests and menswear really don’t fit my body type. Neither does 1920s womenswear, alas. Thankgoodness me and the Mad Men era get along.
Howard Furnier would’ve been a contemporary to Andrew Holt (all the way over on my Mom’s side of the family). Andrew was about 10 years older, but they both seem like they were movers and shakers of a sort. Howard did some amateur boxing in the 1910s and 1920s – exciting! Totally a future post topic. I think I’ll be staying in the 1910s/1920s for awhile, I’m getting comfy here.
Not to mention, Howard married my great grandma Edith Graham in Newport, Kentucky in 1929. I went on an Underground Cincinnati tour, run by the fabulous American Legacy Tours company, and learned they also have a Newport, Kentucky walking tour on gangsters, speakeasies, and all that jazz! I don’t know when I’ll be back in the Cincinnati area to visit relatives again, but I definitely want to go on the Newport tour next time I’m around town. I had no idea Newport was a significant place during Prohibition.
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Tagged 1910s, 1920s, Boardwalk Empire, boxing, Cincinnati, Furnier, genealogy, Graham, Kentucky, Newport, Ohio, three piece suit, William Howard Furnier