wife of James C. Maxwell, mother of Thomas Witten, Emma Mary, James Henry.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
from the Axsom Shoebox of Memories
my Axsom grandparents cancelled checks from 1959- 1960. this is a fascinating look into their daily lives, their expenditures. there are counter checks and account checks. Their account checks just have their names. "MR. OR MRS. ALFRED AXSOM" is above the signature line....no address. she signed her checks "Mrs. Alfred Axsom." this interested me. I have been blogging old grade cards. my great grandma Daisy signed her son's grade cards "Mrs. Daisy Axsom." my great grandma Amanda signed her daughter's grade cards "Mrs. Ross Shafer." so it seems to be a personal preference. I just sign my checks "Debbie Dailey" in my unreadable scrawl. No "Mrs.". No "Mrs. Kevin Dailey."
so, I turned to google, trying to figure out the name of this school....I did find:General William Henry Harrison Beadle was a leading figure in the early development of South Dakota's educational system. He was credited with being "the father of education in the two Dakotas, the man who saved the endowment and school lands Congress applied to many other states that have since been admitted into the union." By 1916, there were 5,041 one-teacher rural schools in South Dakota but due to declining population and consolidation with larger schools, this number dwindled to 80 by 1986. Hence, the North Canton School represents the one-room rural school that is a vanishing landmark in South Dakota. of course, I don't know that he went to one-room school. the grade card was printed. all the course offerings on the card(he didn't take all of them, assuming not all offered) were Reading, Writing, Spelling, Arithmetic, Geography, Lang. or Gram., U.S. History, Physiology, Civics, Drawing, S.D. History, Music, Agriculture, Domestic Science.
Mercer County Public Schools
Teacher's Report to Parent
name Pauline Shafer
County MercerState Mo.
for school year ending May 2 1930
Alma Cross Teacher
Allie S. Wilson County Superintendent. blockquote>Studies:Spelling S, E-, E-. SReading S+, S+, S, E-Writing M+, M+, S, SArithmetic M, M, M+, M-Language M, M, S, SDrawing M, M, M, MDeportment E, E, E, EDays present 37, 20, blank, 23Days Absent 3, 20, blank, 2Times Tardy 0, 0, blank, 1Traits of Pupil Very Commendalbe, 1,2,3 quarters.Recitations Very Satisfactory 1,2,3 quartersConduct Very Good 1,2,3 quarters.on bottom of Traits of Pupil page: "The young man who smokes cigarettes need not worry about the future; he has none." David Steve Jordan.Mrs. Ross Shafer signed this grade card quarters 2 and 3. Quarters 1 and 4 are blank. This was signed in PENCIL IN 1930 and is still legible!Certificate of Promotion This Certifies That Pauline Shafer has completed the work of the preceding grade and is hereby promoted to the 4th grade of the Public Schools of this County. April 4 1930 Sylvia Kirkpatrick, Teacher. Arithmetic not completed."Kind words are the music of the world." - Faber. "The first step to greatness is to be honest." - Johnson.ok....now the questions. did grandma miss an entire quarter of school AFTER missing half of the preceding quarter? The grades listed on bottom of card were EXCELLENT 90 to 100; GOOD 80 to 90; FAIR 70 to 80; UNSATISFACTORY 60 to 70;POOR below 60. the grades on her card were S, M, E. I would guess E as Excellent, S as Satisfactory......what was M? failing? because I would think of M as Medium.....would that be below Satisfactory? hmmmmmm.......
from the Axsom Shoebox of Memories Uncle Roger's business card Canteen Corporation, 70 W. Hedding, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 295-9677
there was a comment on a Maxwell photo I had posted on a photo site....but can't remember my password, of course...
this was the comment: Maxwell photos Submitted by Tracy Keeney (not verified) on 2 May 2014 - 8:09am. Hi, My husband's mother was a Maxwell. Her father's name was James William Maxwell. HIS father's name was James Curtis Maxwell (1882-1910), who married Margaret("Maggie", "Madge")Englert, but James Curtis died before he turned 30. James Curtis' siblings were Ella, Emma, George and John T. Maxwell, we think John may have had a son named Russell. We know that for at least a time, the family lived around the Chillicothe area. I noticed you uploaded a picture of a James C. Maxwell, as well as a photo of a John Maxwell and I'm wondering if these might be my husbands relatives. I'd love to correspond with you to see if we can figure out if that's the case or not. Thank you Tracy Keeney this is my reply: JC was my great great grandfather. he was a Confederate soldier, POW at Fort Delaware, Pea Patch Island. I think he was the only one of his family to travel to Iowa, then on to Missouri, where he bought land in Harrison County, MO that is now a century farm. His family was from Tazewell Co, VA. he was married twice. his son TW Maxwell was my great grandfather. Tom had 2 boys that died ages 1 and 3 in an epidemic; Leland, who lived his adult life in MArshall, MO; John, who settled around Grove OK; James, whose sons JAsper and Clyde ended up around KC; and 3 daughters: Evie, my grandma Grace, and Minverva. would have to look up his fathers name. I know they were involved in the Indian wars, there were captains and such, and there is a Fort Maxwell somewhere. there were 2 Maxwell girls aged about 7 and p, (Mattie and Jennie, I think?) who were killed by Indians. there is a marker I have found online. Maxwell is a pretty common name. there could be a distant relation, maybe.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
stumbled across a new photo editing site....which is basically picnik with a new name!
so, with no further ado....pics of my great great grandpa JC Maxwell.....my three little K's....my husband the Grandpa....the son we named after our insurance agent.....our Chiefs lovin' family....our girls in Nola....the daughter we named after the heroine of my favorite novel....and our first daughter, Koren. (need to make a new one about how her name came from a baby book....)