Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Happy Easter To You

April 8, 1909
 The Manse, Youngstown, NY

Dear Dorothy: - Many thanks for the photo card that came a long time ago.
  With best wishes to you all from the Geddes Family 
+ love from Ernestine

Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter and many enjoyable springtime projects.

NOTE: as best I can find here is a recent photo of The Manse
605 Center Street. Built in 1870 by William Parkinson to be used as a manse for the First Presbyterian Church. It was once surrounded by large elm trees until the 1950s blight. It is a private residence today. A porch was added in 2005.

The Manse was actually in nearby Lewiston, NY

The April 24, 1909 issue of The Youngstown Times  has this one brief sentence:
The Ladies Aid society of the Presbyterian church met Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. D. M. Geddes at the manse.

a bit more about Ernestine in this July 31, 1909 issue (toward the end) and closer to the top are notes about the text for morning and evening service.  Interesting to look back at 1909.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WWI Knitting

So much happens that I would like to share and talk about but never seem able to get (or take!) the time to sit down and compose a post. 

I wouldn't  have made the effort  this time except I enjoyed learning about this project so much that I didn't want you to miss it. 

Perhaps you already read the Knitsofacto blog  or already check in on life on the Orkney Islands at this Northern Lace blog.

If so you already know of the WW1 centenary film that tells a true story of the home front as told through the stories of those men who are remembered on the Thimbleby war memorial in England.
I won't post any more photos here as you can see so many great one at the blogs linked above.
Volunteer knitters were recruited to hand knit period costumes and some wonderful creations have already been completed.  There is a blog, Orkney to Omaha, where all volunteer contributors are posting.   Be sure to check in there as well.
What a wonderful project!  So glad to learn about it.
When you go home, tell them of us and say
For their tomorrow, we gave our today.
                             credited to John Maxwell Edmonds