Thursday, January 31, 2013

diabetes

Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.[2] This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst) and polyphagia (increased hunger).
There are three main types of diabetes mellitus (DM).
Type 1 DM results from the body's failure to produce insulin, and presently requires the person to inject insulin or wear an insulin pump. This form was previously referred to as "insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" (IDDM) or "juvenile diabetes".
Type 2 DM results from insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to use insulin properly, sometimes combined with an absolute insulin deficiency. This form was previously referred to as non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or "adult-onset diabetes".
The third main form, gestational diabetes occurs when pregnant women without a previous diagnosis of diabetes develop a high blood glucose level. It may precede development of type 2 DM.
Other forms of diabetes mellitus include congenital diabetes, which is due to genetic defects of insulin secretion, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, steroid diabetes induced by high doses of glucocorticoids, and several forms of monogenic diabetes.
Untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Acute complications include diabetic ketoacidosis and nonketotic hyperosmolar coma. Serious long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, chronic renal failure, and diabetic retinopathy (retinal damage). Adequate treatment of diabetes is thus important, as well as blood pressure control and lifestyle factors such as stopping smoking and maintaining a healthy body weight.
All forms of diabetes have been treatable since insulin became available in 1921, and type 2 diabetes may be controlled with medications. Insulin and some oral medications can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugars), which can be dangerous if severe. Both types 1 and 2 are chronic conditions that cannot be cured. Pancreas transplants have been tried with limited success in type 1 DM; gastric bypass surgery has been successful in many with morbid obesity and type 2 DM. Gestational diabetes usually resolves after delivery.

coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women.
CAD happens when the arteries that supply blood to heart muscle become hardened and narrowed. This is due to the buildup of cholesterol and other material, called plaque, on their inner walls. This buildup is called atherosclerosis. As it grows, less blood can flow through the arteries. As a result, the heart muscle can't get the blood or oxygen it needs. This can lead to chest pain (angina) or a heart attack. Most heart attacks happen when a blood clot suddenly cuts off the hearts' blood supply, causing permanent heart damage.
Over time, CAD can also weaken the heart muscle and contribute to heart failure and arrhythmias. Heart failure means the heart can't pump blood well to the rest of the body. Arrhythmias are changes in the normal beating rhythm of the heart.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged. As a result, the heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged. As a result, the heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
There are several different types of cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy is the most common form.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Heart disease (which is caused by a narrowing of the arteries) and poorly controlled high blood pressure are the most common causes of dilated cardiomyopathy. These problems lead to a weakened and enlarged heart muscle.
There are many other causes of dilated cardiomyopathy, including:
• Alcohol or cocaine abuse, or medicines that can be toxic to the heart (such as drugs used to treat cancer)
• Abnormal heart rhythms in which the heart beats very fast for a long period of time
• Autoimmune illnesses, when the immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake
• Conditions that run in families
• Infections that involve the heart muscle
• Heart valves that are either too narrow or too leaky (regurgitant)
• Trace elements, such as lead, arsenic, or mercury
This condition can affect anyone at any age. However, it is most common in adult men.
Symptoms
Symptoms of heart failure are most common. Usually, they develop slowly over time. However, sometimes symptoms start very suddenly and are severe.
Common symptoms are:
• Chest pain or pressure (more likely when you exercise)
• Cough
• Fatigue, weakness, faintness
• Irregular or rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite
• Shortness of breath with activity or after lying down (or being asleep) for a while
• Swelling of feet and ankles (in adults)
Signs and tests
During the exam the health care provider may find:.
• The heart is enlarged
• Lung crackles (a sign of fluid buildup), heart murmur, or other abnormal sounds
• The liver may be enlarged
• Neck veins may be bulging
A number of laboratory tests may be done to determine the cause:
• Antinuclear antibody (ANA), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and other tests to diagnose autoimmune illnesses •
Antibody test to identify infections such as Lyme disease and HIV
• Iron tests on the blood
• Serum TSH and T4 test to identify thyroid problems
• Tests for amyloidosis
Heart enlargement or other problems with the structure and function of the heart (such as weak squeezing) may show up on these tests: •
Echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart)
• Cardiac stress tests
• Chest x-ray
• Coronary angiogram to look at blood flow to the heart
• CT scan of the heart
• MRI of the heart
• Nuclear heart scan (MUGA, RNV)
Heart biopsy, in which a small piece of heart muscle is removed, may be needed depending on the cause. However, this is uncommon.
Treatment
Knowing your body and the symptoms that your heart failure is getting worse will help you stay healthier and out of the hospital. At home, watch for changes in your symptoms, heart rate, pulse, blood pressure, and weight.
Limiting how much you drink and how much salt (sodium) you eat can help prevent or reduce these symptoms.
Most people who have heart failure need to take medicines. Some medicines treat your symptoms. Others may help prevent your heart failure from becoming worse or may prevent other heart problems.
Procedures and surgeries you may need are:
• A pacemaker to help treat slow heart rates or help your heart contract in a more coordinated fashion
• A defibrillator that recognizes life-threatening heart rhythms and sends an electrical pulse to stop them
• Heart bypass (CABG) surgery or angioplasty to improve blood flow to the damaged or weakened heart muscle
• Valve replacement or repair
For advanced cardiomyopathy:
• A heart transplant may be recommended for patients who have failed all the standard treatments and still have very severe symptoms.
• Placement of a left ventricular assist device or artificial heart may be considered.
Chronic heart failure becomes worse over time. Many people who have heart failure will die from the condition. Thinking about the type of care you may want at the end of life and discussing these issues with loved ones and your health care provider is important.
Expectations (prognosis)
Heart failure is most often a chronic illness, which may get worse over time. Some people develop severe heart failure, in which medicines, other treatments, and surgery no longer help. Many people are at risk for deadly heart rhythms, and may need medicines or a defibrillator.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of cardiomyopathy. If chest pain, palpitations, or faintness develop seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

Missouri Department of Health Certificate of Death Jasper L Maxwell

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Jasper L. Maxwell Male date of death April 3 1999
social security number 500-36-1242
age 73
date of birth June 18 1925
birthplace Brimson MO
was decendent ever in US ARMED FORCES? yes.
place of death ER/outpatient
faciilty name RESEARCH MEDICAL CENTER, KANSAS CITY, MO, Jackson County
married surviving spouse GLADYS A ALFORD (if yes, give full maiden name)
descendents usual occupatoin CARPENTER
kind of business or industry CONSTRUCTION
residence 1122 East 76th Terrace, Kansas City , Jackson County, Missouri, 64131.
inside city limits yes,
years at present address 20 or more.
was decendant of Hispanic origin? no
race WHITE
decendents education 12
fathers name James Maxwell
mothers name maiden Alma Arney
informants name Gladys A Maxwell, 1122 East 76th Terrace Kansas City Missouri 64131
burial, date of disposition Apirl 8 1999
place of disposition Springer Cemetery, Brimson MO.
name and address of facility Muehleback Funeral Home 6800 Troost Kansas City MO 64131
funeral establishment liscence number 126
immediate cause Dilated cardiomyopathy
sequentially list conditions, if any, leading to immediate causes.: coronary artery disease, diabetes.
no autopsy
manner of death natural
certifying physician David Wilt M.D. 4/6/99 time of death 427
date rec'd by local registrar April 8 1999

Dear Linda....

aunt minerva collection...
a letter from Patricia W. Surface, 401 Surface Drivce, Tazewell, Virginia 24651 dated July 27 1993
Dear Linda
I went to the court house today to check the court order book and deed indices. (? indexes, maybe?) With me its usually prompt or not at all. Unfortunately the first court order book is missing. I talked to the clerk and this is the first he was aware that it is gone. (I was unable to find it several months ago alos, but no one seemed to care. I supposed the clerk was having it restored or preserved.)
However Netti Schreiner Yantis's (?)) abstract of it in her Archives of the Pioneers would probably be all. that was there in the first place. I can order this on microfilm to be sure, but that takes several weeks.
I do want to say that there seems to me to be be no doubt that Mary Maxwell, son Maxwell Campbell (or Cammell(Campbell) MAxwell) is the same person called his daughter in James Maxwell's will, and again in the deed from Deed Book 3 pageds 256-258, by inference, since she is the same person called his daughter in his will. Note also that Audley's son John is called John Junior here, of course he just may have been Juriors (?) relation to James' son John.
deb's note....letter tends to run off the edge of paper...)
In James' willhe says in Will Book 1 p. 137---(land is crossed out) "To wife and at her decease to daughter Mary and at her decease to her son Maxwell Campbell. (Incidentally, Audley Campbell married in Wythe Co. Edley Cam(pbell?)
a m. Rashel Walker????? see picture...I am having a really hard time reading this writing....print, people. print.12 June 1806.
m. Daniel Jockett (???)
(can't read) 24 Nov 1806 d. of Christopher b. Peter Bid.
In Deed Book 1 p. 104 12OCt.1802 James Maxwell to Audley Campbell (This is indexed sas James Maxwell to Audley Maxwell) 200A.-200 pounds.
Another deed which interests me is the one in Deed Book 2 p.3 in which James Maxwell, Jenny, John Maxwell, & Jolly (?) sell to Willam.....of Tazwell) Maxwell $550
next page.....
on he now lives containing 157 acres being part of two tracts 850 acres part of a tract of 2 (runs off page) acrese granted to Mary & Sarah Maxwell (runs off page) 26Feb1793 & 77 acres part of a tract (runs off page) 120 acres issued to John Maxwell 20 nov 1802 "on the top of Taylor Ridge./i>
Who do you think Mary & Sarah were?
I charge $10 an hour for work at the courthouse or in microfilm at the library.
I hope Cora will be able to give you some additional information.
sincerely, Pat Surface
Have you checked the Rockbridge County deeds for 1802 to see what they say about land possible sold by Audley and William for James?
In Missouri you might look at county histories to see if a sketch on Maxwell Campbell or Campbell Maxwell gives any information about his family? (or an obituary in a newspaper?)
It is very late and I must stop for now. Sincerely, Pat Surface

Munchausen by proxy

Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS) is a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caretaker.
Also known as "medical child abuse," MBPS was named after Baron von Munchausen, an 18th-century German dignitary known for making up stories about his travels and experiences in order to get attention. "By proxy" indicates that a parent or other adult is fabricating or exaggerating symptoms in a child, not in himself or herself.
Munchausen by proxy syndrome is a mental illness and requires treatment.
About MBPS
In MBPS, an individual — usually a parent or caregiver— causes or fabricates symptoms in a child. The adult deliberately misleads others (particularly medical professionals), and may go as far as to actually cause symptoms in the child through poisoning, medication, or even suffocation. In most cases (85%), the mother is responsible for causing the illness or symptoms. Typically, the cause is a need for attention and sympathy from doctors, nurses, and other professionals. Some experts believe that it isn't just the attention that's gained from the "illness" of the child that drives this behavior, but also the satisfaction in deceiving individuals who they consider to be more important and powerful than themselves.
Because the parent or caregiver appears to be so caring and attentive, often no one suspects any wrongdoing. Diagnosis is made extremely difficult due to the the ability of the parent or caregiver to manipulate doctors and induce symptoms in their child.
Often, the perpetrator is familiar with the medical profession and knowledgeable about how to induce illness or impairment in the child. Medical personnel often overlook the possibility of MBPS because it goes against the belief that parents and caregivers would never deliberately hurt their child.
Most victims of MBPS are preschoolers (although there have been cases in kids up to 16 years old), and there are equal numbers of boys and girls.

how tragic....

my great grandparents weren't the only ones losing young children.....Thomas Armfield Brown and wife lost 4 of their 7. (their son maried his daughter
Edith Brown 12JUNE1907-7APRIL1908
Cleo May Brown 24AUG1908-27Nov1909
Herbert Ray Brown 27Nov1920-7FEB1925
Mary Alice Brown 12AUG1926-15OCT1926
no causes of death listed.
my grandparents lost Eugene Higdon Maxwell 1JAN1907-8OCT1910
Joseph Henry Maxwell 16JULY1909-3OCT1910
I know the Maxwell boys cause of death was given as Diptheira
the 2 oldest Brown children dates don't quite match up.
but there were so many horrible ways for children to die back then...thank God we now have baby shots! and clean drinking water...our homes are easier to keep clean and dry and warm...and easy access to medical care.
Dora Gardner Brown was born 4JAn1885, so she was 35 when she had Herbert Ray, and 41 when she had Mary Alice. she had 2 stillborn granddaugthers from her oldest daughter Eva. I don't know how effective birth control was back then, but it had to be hard figuring out you were pregnant when you had already lost children.
and then the serial killer reading part of me kicks in....and Munchausen by proxy pops into my mind. which I am sure is not the case here. I am a bad person....

State Representative Thomas Armfield Brown

http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=joancase&id=I10204
•ID: I10204
•Name: Thomas Armfield Brown
Surname: Brown
•Given Name: Thomas Armfield
•Sex: M
•Birth: 18 Mar 1876 in , Grundy, Missouri, United States
•Death: 28 Sep 1950 in , Harrison, Missouri, United States
•Burial: Mitchell Cemetery, Melbourne, Harrison, Missouri, United States
•Note:
Thomas A. and Dora (Gardner) Brown
Thomas Armfield Brown son of DeWitt C. and Martha Jane Cole Brown was born March 18, 1876 in Grundy County. He was educated inthe district schools. Grand River College at Edinburg, Avalon College in Trenton, and at the State Teachers College at Maryville and Kirksville. He farmed and taught school until 1903 when he sold his farm in Daviess County and founded the Brimson Banner, a weekly newspaper published at Brimson. He was editor of this paper for two and one half years. In 1904 he was appointed as postmaster and served almost a year resigning in 1905. During this time he had engaged in the implement and vehicle business with his father under the firm name of Brown and son. He sold his newspaper in order to devote his entire time to the Vehicle and Hardware Business. This firm continued in business until Jan. 1, 1909, when his father retired and it became the firm of Brown and Hudson, which carrried an extensive stock of hardware and implements. He also engaged in shipping of livestock and gain.
On June 20, 1906 Tom was united in marriage by the Rev. J. B. Cash to Dora M. Gardner daughter of William G and Emma White Gardner. Tom and Dora united with the Brimson Baptist Church, later moving to Melbourne and transferred their membership there to Melbourne Baptist Church. Tom served as deacon for years and he and his family were all active members in regular attendance at their church. They were parents of seven children: . . .
Tom and Dora resided on a farm north of Melbourne for several years. After their house burned they bought a farm West of Melbourne located on the Highway between Melbourne and Gilman City. Tom was first elected as representative of Harrison County in the House of Representatives in 1918. He was Assistant Dairy Commissioner for the State from 1920-1933. Then he was reelected in the House of Representatives in 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942. He was Doorkeeper for the House in 1944, and then re-elected as representative for another term in 1948.
Tom died Sept. 2, 1950. After a few years Dora and family moved to a house in Melbourne. Dora's mother Emma Gardner lived with the family until her death in 1955. About 1961 Dora and Emma moved in a new home in Trenton. Dora died July 21, 1972. Tom, Dora, and children are buried in Mitchell Cemetery. Emma continues to reside in the family home at 1001 Normal in Trenton. Brimson History
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Tom A. Brown, son of DeWitt C. and Martha Jane Cole Brown, and his wife, Dora M. (Gardner) Brown, daughter of William and Emma (White) Gardner, lived most of their married life in the Melbourne community. They were the parents of seven children, only three of whom lived to maturity. . .
Tom A. Brown was educated in district schools and attended college at Grand River College in Edinburg. Avalon college in Trenton, and the State Teachers College at Kirksville. He pursued a variety of occupations including teaching. (once teaching where he had more than 100 students of all grades). Farming, newspaper publisher, the hardware business, and livestock. Mr. and Mrs. Brown resided on a farm one mile north of Melbourne, except for some three years when they lived in Gilman City, until 1938 when their home was robbed and set on fire, burning to the ground while all members of the family were away. In 1918, Tom A. was elected to the Missouri General Assembly as a Republican representative from Harrison County. In 1920 he was named Assistant Dairy Commissioner for the State of Missouri, a post he held until 1933. He was re-elected to the House of Representatives in 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, and 1948. He always served on agriculture and education committees, among others. He had been renominated in the August primary in 1950 and would have been re-elected without opposition in the General election. Mr. Brown died September 2, 1950. Dora Brown continued to live in the Melbourne community until 1960 when she moved to Trenton, living out her years with her daughter Emma Ruth, then a teacher in Trenton, Dora Brown died in July of 1972....
Tom. A., Dora, and Emma Brown, Mr. Maxwell, and his and Eva's two deceased children all are buried in the Mitchell cemetery southwest of Melbourne.
A History of the Gilman City Area.
Thomas A. (Mar. 18, 1876- Sept. 2, 1950) He married Dora Gardner. They were the parents of: Edith Evelyn, Cleo May, Eva Jane, Emma Ruth, Herbert Ray, Thomas Virgil, and Mary Alice. Tom and dora and deceased children are buried at Mitchell Cemetery.
Father: Dewitt Clinton Brown b: 21 Aug 1841 in , Daviess, Missouri, United States
Mother: Martha Jane Cole b: 4 Oct 1839 in , Monroe, Missouri, United States
Marriage 1 Dora M. Gardner b: 4 Jan 1885 in of, , Missouri, United States •Married: 20 Jun 1906 in , Grundy, Missouri, United States
Children
1. Edith Evelyn Brown b: 12 Jun 1907 in , Grundy, Missouri, United States
2. Cleo May Brown b: 24 Aug 1908 in , Grundy, Missouri, United States
3. Living Brown
4. Emma Ruth Brown b: 17 May 1917 in , Grundy, Missouri, United States
5. Herbert Ray Brown b: 27 Nov 1920 in , Grundy, Missouri, United States
6. Living Brown
7. Mary Alice Brown b: 12 Aug 1926 in , Grundy, Missouri, United States

Diphtheria is an acute infectious disease caused by the bacteria Corynebacterium diphtheriae

Diphtheria
Diphtheria is an acute infectious disease caused by the bacteria Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Diphtheria spreads through respiratory droplets (such as those produced by a cough or sneeze) of an infected person or someone who carries the bacteria but has no symptoms. Diphtheria can also be spread by contaminated objects or foods (such as contaminated milk).
The bacteria most commonly infects the nose and throat. The throat infection causes a gray to black, tough, fiber-like covering, which can block the airways. In some cases, diphtheria may first infect the skin, producing skin lesions.
Once infected, dangerous substances called toxins, produced by the bacteria, can spread through your bloodstream to other organs, such as the heart, and cause significant damage.
Because of widespread and routine childhood DPT immunizations, diphtheria is now rare in many parts of the world. There are fewer than five cases of diphtheria a year in the United States.
Risk factors include crowded environments, poor hygiene, and lack of immunization.
Symptoms
Symptoms usually occur 2 to 5 days after you have come in contact with the bacteria.
• Bluish coloration of the skin
• Bloody, watery drainage from nose
• Breathing problems
◦ Difficulty breathing
◦ Rapid breathing
◦ Stridor
• Chills
• Croup-like (barking) cough
• Drooling (suggests airway blockage is about to occur)
• Fever
• Hoarseness
• Painful swallowing
• Skin lesions (usually seen in tropical areas)
• Sore throat (may range from mild to severe)
Note: There may be no symptoms.
Diphtheria may be mild or severe. Some people may not have symptoms. In others, the disease can slowly get worse.
The death rate is 10%. Recovery from the illness is slow.
Complications
The most common complication is inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis). The nervous system is also frequently and severely affected, which may result in temporary paralysis.
The diphtheria toxin can also damage the kidneys.

Marsha Jane Williams

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Tuesday April 3 1990 10:29p.m. EZ_TREE Page 1
[1]MARSHA JANE WILLIAMS (MAXWELL) Female
Birth: 26 APR 43 @ TRENTON MO.
<4> Father: LELAND ALBERT MAXWELL
<3> Spouse: EMMIT G. WILLIAMS
Marriage: 24 DEC 1966 @ MELBOURNE, MO.
<32> Child1: ERICA RAE WILLIAMS
<33> Child2: ERIN ANN WILLIAMS
[END] MARSHA JANE WILLIAMS
[3] EMMIT G. WILLIAMS Male
Birth: 24 OCT42 @ BRUSHY, MO
Spouse: MARSHA JANE WILLIAMS
Marriage: 24 DEC 1966 @ MELBOURNE, MO
deb's note: children repeated
[END] EMMIT G. WILLIAMS
[4[ LELAND ALBERT MAXWELL Male
Birth: 17 DEC 1911 @ MELBOURNE, MO
Father <7> THOMAS WHITTEN MAXWELL
Spouse: <6> EVA JANE MAXWELL (BROWN) Female
Marriage: 7 MAY 1940 @ MELBOURNE, MO
Child: <1> MARSHA JANE WILLIAMS
[END] LELAND ALBERT MAXWELL
[6] EVA JANE MAXWELL (BROWN) Female
Birth 5 MAY 1911
Father: <34> THOMAS (ARMSTRONG IS CROSSED OUT) BROWN
Spouse: <4> LELAND ALBERT MAXWELL
deb's note: marriage and child info repeated....I really really don't like these forms!
[END] EVA JANE MAXWELL
[7[ THOMAS WHITTEN MAXWELL Male
Birth: 7 June 1873 @ MELBOURNE, MO
Death: 4 MAR 1959 @ TRENTON MO BURIED @ CAT CREEK CEMETERY MT. PLEASANT #1 IN HARRISON CO., MO.
Spouse1: <9> GILLY MAE MAXWELL
Marriage: MELBOURNE, MO.
<4> Child1: LELAND ALBERT MAXWELL
<10> Child2: MILDRED EVIE MAXWELL
<11> Child3: JAMES PHILLIP MAXWELL
<16> Child4: EUGENE HIGDON MAXWELL
<17> Child5: JOSEPH HENRY MAXWELL
<18> Child6: JOHN LEONARD MAXWELL
<23> Child7: LEONA GRACE BROWN
<13> Child8: MINERVA ALICE BROWN
{ the next line is crossed out: <13> Spouse2: ALMA ALICE MAXWELL
Marriage: 24 DEC 1924 @ MELBOURNE, MO
[END] THOMAS WHITTEN MAXWELL
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[9] GILLY MAE MAXWELL (HIGDON) Female
Birth: 4 OCTD 1883 @ MELBOURNE MO
Death: 16 MAY 1961 @ TRENTON, MO
BURIAL AT CAT CREEK CEMETERY IN HARRISON COUNTY IN MISSOURI
deb's note: spouse and children info is repeated...)
[END] GILLY MAE MAXWELL
[10] MILDRED EVIE MAXWELL (MAXWELL) BIRTH: 7 APR 1902 @ MELBOURNE, MO Death: 1 Jan 1947 @ TRENTON MO Father THOMAS WHITTEN MAXWELL [END] EVIE MAXWELL
[11] JAMES PHILLIP MAXWELL
bIRTH: 8 NOV 1904 @ MELBOURNE, MO Death: 11 FEB 1980 @ TRENTON MO Married ALMA ALICE ARNEY 24 DEC 1924 @ MELBOURNE, MO
Child1: <30> JASPER LLOYD MAXWELL
Child2: <31>CLYDE ELWOOD MAXWELL
[END] JAMES MAXWELL
now[131] ALMA is again(!!!!!) listed as the second wife of her father in law THOMAS...which is scratched out....this lucky lady gets 2 ID#s in this history....
[15] ALMA ALICE ARNEY (deb's note: spouse and children info repeated, no dates of birth or death...
[END] ALMA ALICE MAXWELL
[16] EUGENE HIGDON MAXWELL birth 1 JAN 1907 @ MELBOURNE MO Death 8 OCT 1910 @ MELBOUNE, MO DIED FROM DIPTHEIRA Father: THOMAS MAXWELL [END] EUGENE MAXWELL
[17]JOSEPH HENRY MAXWELL Birth 16 JUL 1909 @ MELBOURNE MO Death: 3 OCT 1910 @ MELBOURNE MO DIED FROM DIPTHERIA Father THOMAS MAXWELL [END] JOSEPH MAXWELL
[18]JOHN LEONARD MAXWELL birth 6 APR 1914 @ MELBOURNE MO FIRST WIFE DIED IN GROVE, OKLA Spouse1: THLEMA HONEY MAXWELL Mariage 4 MAR 1949 @ KANSAS CITY MO Spouse2: OLETA MAXWELL Marriage: 11 FEB 1978 @ GROVE, OKLA. SECOND MARRIAGE FOR BOTH OLETA & JOHN [END] JOHN MAXWELL
<20> THELMA HONEY MAXWELL (MOFFETT) (handwritten to side is DeLois maiden name was NEEDHAM) Birth KANSAS CITY MO Death 3 AUG 1977 @ GROVE OKLA SECOND MARRIAGE WAS TO JOHN LEONARD MAXWELL
now there is an arrow from Honey that says she had a son Eddie (can't read), 3 children, a sister, Harvey something....see pictures...I am confused.
[END] THELMA HONEY MAXWELL
[22]OLETA MAXWELL (ODEM)Spuse JOHN LEONARD MAXWELL (marriage info repeated...but her name is circled and a note that this was her third marriage. [END] OLETA MAXWELL
[23]LEONA GRACE BROWN (MAXWELL) birth 21 SEPT 1916 @ MELBOURNE MO father THOMAS MAXWELL Spouse: VERMAL BROWN Mariage 22 JULY 19.39 @ MELBOURNE MO Several children. [END]LEoNA GRACE BROWN
[25]VERMAL BROWN birth UNKNOWN spouse LEONA GRACE BROWN (marriage and children info repeated) [END] VERMAL BROWN
[26]MINERVA ALICE BROWN (MAXWELL) Birth 10 OCT 1922 @ MELBOURNE MO ONE SON LAWRENCE GALE BROWN Spouse: LAWRENCE DALE BROWN Marraige 9 AUG 1945 @ MELBOURNE MO (alrighty here....not every significant event in the world happened in MELBOURNE, MO, Miss Marsha....I read a lot of their WWII letters, and they were married in ALBURQUQUE NEW MEXICO...ok, don't remember how to spell it!... deb) [END] MINERVA ALICE BROWN
[28]LAWRENCE DALE BROWN death MELBOURNE MO Spouse (spouse and child info repeated...deb)[END] LAWRENCE DALE BROWN
[29]LAWRENCE GALE BROWN Birth 19 JUN 1952 @ KANSAS CITY MO ONLY SON [END] LAWRENCE GALE BROWN
[30]JASPER LLOYD MAXWELL born 18 June 1925
CLYDE ELWOOD MAXWELL born 18 OCT 1928 @ MELBOURNE MO
[32]ERICA RAE WILLIAMS born 19 DEC 1979 @ MARSHALL MO
[34]THOMAS ARMFIELD BROWN born 18 MARCH 1876 @ GRUNEY COUNTY MO died 28 SEPT 1950 @ MELBOURNE, MO STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM HARRISON COUNTY MISSOURI FARMED IN HARRISON COUNTY MISSOURI Spouse: DORA MATILDA BROWN married 20 JUNE 1906 @ TRENTON MO married by REV. J.B. CASH with MARY GARDNER MRS J.B. CASH as witnesses
Child1: EVA JANE BROWN
Child2: EDITH BROWN
Child3: CLEO MAY BROWN
Child4: EMMA RUTH BROWN
Child5: HERBERT RAY BROWN
Child6: THOMAS VIRGIL BROWN
Child7: MARY ALICE BROWN [END]THOMAS BROWN
DORA MATILDA BROWN (GARDNER) born 4 JAN 1885 @ MELBOURNE MO (spouse and marriage info repeated.....
E DITH BORN born 12JUN1907@ MELBOURNE MO died 7APR1908 @ MELBOURNE MO
CLEO MAY BROWN born 24AUG1908@ MELBOURNE MO died 27NOV1909 @ MELBOURNE MO
EMMA RUTH BROWN born 17MAy1917 @ MELBOURNE MO died JUN199 @ TRENTON MO buried @ MITCHELL CEMETERY @ MELBOURNE MO
HERBERT RAY BROWN born 27NOV1920@ MELBOURNE MO died 7FEB1925 @ MELBOURNE MO
THOMAS VIRGIL BROWN born 9AUG1924 @ MELBOURNE MO married SARAH JOE ALDEN 11AUG 1947
MARY ALICE BROWN born 12AUG1926@ MELBOURNE MO died 15OCT1926 @ MELBOURNE MO
deb's note: I find it interesting that she choses to only list liveborn children....Dale & Minerva's first son was stillborn....not listed. Gale was not their only son. and Marsha herself was a twin....the other was stillborn. she also had an older sister who was stillborn.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

moms list of antique furniture

library table Grandma Daisy goes to Debbie
buffet Pauline & Alfred
old radio from mom and dad on porch
old china cabinent grandma weber goes to John
new china cabinent Grandma Weber
small end table moms front bedroom
large trunk from store
toy chest Debbie's from 1964

moms list of antique household stuff....

red bottomed oil lamp I bought
clear bottomed oil lamp I bought
wagon hub Mom
shoe lathe on stand Dad
small jug cracked Pauline
horse picture gift from Dick Black-colored pencil by Ann Dusenbury $400.00
green bowl Pauline jadite rose bowl
horsehead lamp Axsom
large oval mirror Donaho's close out sale
2 antique mirrors I bought
moms' recipe boxes
silouette pictures I bought
glass dog Mom
antique platters Pauline
swan mirror bathroom mom
Indian plates-Debbie bought
shell lamp mom

mom's list of kitchen antiques

large crock I bought in 6O's
3 legged bean pot (Grandma Gilly)
cast iron dutch oven with bail (Grandma Gilly)
blue and gold japanese tea set damaged (Grandma Daisy)
pink & white set of dishes (Pauline)
4 piece setting Amestyith dishes bought when we married
old milk bottles...mom
large pan from Muffs Bakery -mom
Campbell's kids clock (store)
carnival glass relish dish (mom)
green cream and sugar (Grandma Daisy)
square butter dish Pauline
Old Hickory Knife Set in wooden holder Axsoms
red & green aluminum pitcher and glasses I bought
3 crockery pitchers Pauline
suagar dish Pauline
salt cellar Mom
salt & pepper shakers Mom
pink and white pig cream and sugar Axsom
silverware set from 1964 I bought
several iron skillets 2 large Axsom rest I bought
old cookie cutters Mom
wash boards Grandma Gilly
rug beaters Axsom
what not to ask for here? but I don't want to be too greedy.....

my moms Misc list of antiques and family heirlooms collected over the years.

axehead found on Pea Ridge Axsom family
small case (mom)
Brownie Hawkeye Camera (Mom)
Girl Scout Pins (mine)
China doll in case dressed in material from my wedding dress
my baby shoes
antique toys (store)
mirror with shell handles (store)
2 old clocks (store)
3 old railroad lanterns...large one mom...smallest mom...other ?
antique brush and mirror set (store)
antique brushes 2 (store)
antique folding fan (store)
brass horses (store)
black & white cat planter (survived moms fire)
coke scenery clock (store)
coke tray (store)
old world globe on axis -Axsom
drawing (framed Rogers drawing)
quilts from mom 1 from Grandma Daisy (yellow one)
old chalk dogs-chalk heads-dogs mom-heads Maribell
marbles-mine
beer stein (Pauline)
2 old hospital bills 1 moms 1 I bought.
Morton Salt mirrored picture (store)
framed REmington print (Mabel Ringling)
Aerial photo of farm
photo albums, etc.
I'm asking my mom for the antique brush and mirro adn antique brushes for my girls, the marbles for kj, the girl scout pins for me.

Minerva Brown has been a teacher for 31 years.

aunt minerva collection
Twenty-one of those years has been in CSD #1. She taught years in Rm#17 at Truman Elementary, and 14 years in Rm #1 at Ervin Jr. High School.
Mrs. Brown was born and raised in Harrison County near Bethany, Missouri. She attended rural school in that area, and was a graduate of the Gilman City High School. She received a B.S. and M.A. degree from the Northeast State Teachers College at Kirksville, Missouri. Minerva says she got her education the old fashion way, "She EARNED It." She taught school in the fall, winter, and spring to have enough money saved to attend college in the summer. There were no federal grants at that time.
Minerva has always been an active member in the teachers association. She can't recall when she didn't serve on some committee.
Mrs. Brown's immediate family consists of her husband, Lawrence Dale Brown, who retired from CDS #1 in 1981, a son Gale Brown who resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
Minerva plans to return to north Missouri to the "family" farm. She plans to "ENJOY" her home, family, friends, and travel. Otherwise she plans for her life to be very flexible. Her hobbies are antiques and flea markets.
MOTTO: "I AM THROUGH IN 82"

George Washington Higdon's father Benjamin Higdon was born in Maryland, his wife in Kentucky.

aunt Minerva collection
George Washington Higdon was born in Kentruck, his wife Mary Sarah Foester Higdon was born in Germany near Strewsburg. She was a small woman.
Joe and Phil went to Nebraska when Joe was 21-to Missouri when 23 in sept. 1871. These facts were given to Uncle Joe by his oldest brother Dan Higdon and given to Clesta Higdon by her father.
Births and deaths of George Washington Higdon family.
George Washington Higdon was born Jan. 23 1814 died Oct. 27 1899. age 85 years, 9 months-4 days.
Mary Sarah Foester Higdon born Jan. 24 1817-died Oct. 4 1876-age 59 years, 8 months, 10 days
George and Sarah were parents of the following children:
Daniel Higdon Sept 30 1838 died FEb 11 1913 age 74 yrs, 4 mo, 11 days
Benjamin Higdon Nove 28 1838 killed in action Aug. 21 1864 Weldon RR Va. age 23 yrs 8 mos 23 days according to the diary he kept while in service.
Phillip HigdonApril 9 1846 died Jan 18 1907 60 yr 9 mo 9 days
Peter Higdon June 14 1843- died Sept 10 1857 14yr 2 mo 26 days
Josiah Higdon March 15 1848-March 1 1933 age 84 years 11 mo 15 days
Christeen Higdon Dec 4 1850-died Dec 31 1935 age 75 yrs 27 days (never married)
George Higdon June 12 1854-died Jan 21 1864 age 9 yr 7 mo 9 days
Nancy Agnes Higdon March 22 1857-died Jan 13 1926 age 69 years 9 months 22 days She was Mrs Jasper Riley.
JAcob HigdonvFeb 7 1861-Aug 31 1906 45 years 6 mo 22 days.
Thomas Gregg is buried in the Perry Chapel Graveyard in the Northwest Corner of the yard. There is three cedar trees and his grave is the first grave north of the third cedar tree. Marked with a cemeent blocks,from a silo.

In Memory of Roger Dale Axsom

Twenty Third Psalm
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thous preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in teh house of the Lord for ever.
In Memory Of Roger Dale Axsom
Born March 30 1952 Missouri
Entered Into Rest January 12 1987 San Jose Ca.
Funeral Service Thursday January 15 1987 1:30 p.m.
Rev. Randal (Randy) Hill Officiating.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Memoranda-1808

family bible
November 3 on Thursday about one in the morning was born TIMOTHY WHITT the son of Griffen and Patty Whitt in the Indianna Territory on Silver Creek---1808
SHONE WHITT was born December 25 1810
ASEENEY born Feb. 19 1813 Friday
CENTHIA WHITT the daughter of Griffea Whitt and Martha his wife was born Dec 9 1815
Alexander Harrison OCt. 11 1828
Martha Jene Harrison was born Dec 27 1841
Griffin Whitt deceased Aug 28 1853 on the Sabbath.
Martha Whitt deceased April 22 1855 on the Sabbath
Martha Jane Van Dyke daughter of John VanDyke and Aseeney his wife was born March 28 1835
Charles VanDyke was
born March 28 1838
Mary Van Dyke born Aug. 15 1840
Griffea (male) VanDyke was born Sept. 12 1842 (July 12 1855)
Cindaville (Cinderella) Whitt was born Oct 27 1847
Hulda Ann Whitt was born Nov. 6 1848
Shelby Whitt was born April 25 1850
Zelda Whitt was born Sept 29 1852
L.F. Burge Whitt was born April 4 1854
Christopher Columbus Whitt was born April 11 1856
William Cruso Whitt was born June 2 1858
Noah Sebastian Whitt was born June 2 1860
Richard Jeremiah Whitt was born June 29 1892
This is the family of Richard & Catherine Whitt

Lesley & Rowdy....

John

Friday, January 25, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 23

Day 23 - I wasn't sure what to use for today's picture so I stopped on our gravel road to snap a shot of our backyard and the back of the house from a distance. Logan decided that was for the birds and got out of the car and jogged the 1/8 mile or so up the road to our house!
It's in the low 40s here and sunny. Not really t-shirt weather but both boys refuse to wear jackets half the time ... and I only fight that battle when it's really cold or they'll be outside for a long time.
(my sister is posting Day pictures on facebook...and I am stealing them! Swiper no swiping!)

Logan

Sunday, January 20, 2013

doin' his homework...

n
nephew Max

About two days is the longest a person can wear a pr.of coveralls & not look like they had been diped in oil.

Sgt. Lawrence D Brown to Miss Minerva Maxwell Brimson Missouri
postmarked Albuquerque N. Mex July 30 1945
Sunday night
July 29 1945
Dearest Minerva
We changed shifts this weekend & I diden't have much time off so I failed to get a letter written to you. We change shift ever week instead of ever two weeks like we have been doing. I don't like hte idea but I guess there isn't much I can do about it.
I washed my coveralls out after I got off work this evening & I thought they would be dry by in the morning but I have almost changed my mind. About two days is the longest a person can wear a pr.of coveralls & not look like they had been diped in oil. Some fellow don't change but about ever 2 weeks but I can't go that long.
I looked for a Dad a pr. of overalls yesterday & the longest I could find was 48-34 & he wear 50 or 52 waist but he man told me to keep coming back & they might have them. They had quite a few pr. of smaller sizes so I think we will half to put him on a diet & reduce his waistline.
It has rained about four times here in the last week & that is some thing unusual for this part of the country It has been so dry here all summer that I bet the farmers were glad to see it.
I wrote the folks (mine) that we were going to get married & I will write your folks in a day or two. IF you want to you can leave Trenton the morning of Aug. 6th & get here the 7th and here is the best way for you to come out here it is a little bit out of the way but just go to the depot in Trenton & buy a round trip ticket to Sante Rosa N. Mexico & you will get into Santa Rosa about 3:30 A.M. the next morning & you will half to wait till 6:00 A.M. to get a bus to Albuquerque which will get her about 9:30 or 10:00 A.M. You won't half to change train in K.C by coming out on the Rock Island like you would if you came on the Santa Fe & you will beat the Santa Fe (scratched out) schedule 2 hr or possibly 5 hrs. You may think this is a crazy idea but if you ever rode the Santa Fe line I think you would agree with me. If there is any question be sure & write me right back also let meknow for sure when you will get here so I can get some rooms for you & Fern.
I had better close for now & get soon sleep.
All My Love
Dale
I love you

they have me working every day now

from Cpl John Maxwell to Minerva Maxwell Brimson MO
postmarked Fort Leavenworth Kans Feb 1 1943
Feb 1, 43
Dear Sis
I will try and write a few lines It sure is swell out here to day but it probly will get rough to nite as got payed today. I was down to see betty day before yesterday she is able to be up now but dont think they will let her go to work for a while yet as she does not feel very strong yet
Well Max Mother in law has gone now so he can live in peace for a while.
Say if you have time and can why dont you come out this weeknd It look like I will be here for a few day yet but can't get off to come home any more as they have me working every day now
I may try to get out of here after this week if thing does not change around here They said the folk should here from there alotment the first of this month so if they don't by the 15 write and let me know If you can out write and I will meet you in K.C. friday nite.
Love John

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I am sorry you feel that way about Betty but I don't care what you say it will not change my mind about her I can't see why you should say any thing as I never tryed to tell you who to go with and who not to and if you had any thing to say about her why not tell me not write and try and get some body else to change thing but It would not do any good any for dont think it could be done. There is only one thing that keep us from being married not is the Allotiment so we talked it over and she said that it should not be changed no matter what happend as she has a good job and (scratched out) would not marry me for it anyway I hope that some day you will change your mind about her for thing that I like I alway wanted you to share with me but if you can't see it my way will have to (scratched out) take by my self but that is the way it is going to be

Cpl John Maxwell to Minerva Maxwell Brimson Mo postmarked Jan 9 1943 Fort Leavenworth Kans.
Jan 9 42
Dear Sis
I got back to camp all right got to ride the rocket back so got in camp in time to get some sleep. I went down to Max Smith yesterday after noon as he said he had a letter from you wanting him to give me a talking he showed me the letter and ask what it was all about I am sorry you feel that way about Betty but I don't care what you say it will not change my mind about her I can't see why you should say any thing as I never tryed to tell you who to go with and who not to and if you had any thing to say about her why not tell me not write and try and get some body else to change thing but It would not do any good any for dont think it could be done. There is only one thing that keep us from being married not is the Allotiment so we talked it over and she said that it should not be changed no matter what happend as she has a good job and (scratched out) would not marry me for it anyway I hope that some day you will change your mind about her for thing that I like I alway wanted you to share with me but if you can't see it my way will have to (scratched out) take by my self but that is the way it is going to be well I had better close for got to get up at four in the morning I will work three day straight and will get at three so I think will go over and see Leland a while. So write soon.
Your Brother
John
ok.....what ever happened with Betty? nosy later generations want to know...don't remember her being mentioned before....and almost out of letters to read...(sigh)

I have been in the kitchen all this week all I do is run the dish washing machine that did take about to hours after every meal but dont now as the have sent most of the men out that was here.

from John Maxwell to Minerva Maxwell 1004 Rural St Trenton MO postmarked Dec 16 1941 Fort Leavenworth Kans.
Dec 14, 1941
Dear Sis
how are you and the car getting along. Have you run any stopsigns yet When you get ready to stop driving it have some one to take the battery off of it. I have been in the kitchen all this week all I do is run the dish washing machine that did take about to hours after every meal but dont now as the have sent most of the men out that was here. They may send me out this week but if they don't may come home Sat. nite.
The Sargeant said if I would walk fire guard last nite he would see that I got a pass but don't get them until four in the afternoon. The mess Sargeant to me to take charge of the dish washer and not let know body else run it for it is expence machinery all I do is see that they get the dish clean and wash and shine it after using it. Tell Alice that she will have to send a cigar and candy. I have not been to any shows been here. You have to sign a lot of papers to go the post you can tell Grace and Vermal that there young one has got one uncle that is try to make a good soldier but have not got on the hang of it yet. I have not drilled but two day yet.
and don't look like I will any more here as I work from 5:30 in the morning until 7:00 o'clock at nite we get plenty to eat here. They was 72 boy it my barracks but took them all out but 5. 800 went out last thr and friday. Well start writing again I have been on guard again Just got off plan on o to the show. They just informed me that I am a cook can you beat that.
That cook job is a hold over may last for 21 day. So if it is I may be here until after Christmas.
Well I had be close as well are getting ready to go.
Love John
Pvt. John Maxwell

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mercer High School lists top second -quarter students

January 17 2013 Princeton Post Telegraph
A Honor Roll
Eighth Grade
Katie Dailey

from cousin Nancy....

I was bragging about Katie being on the A Honor Roll on facebook.....Nancy commented: Hey Deb...I've got an A honor roll daughter too Isn't it FANTASTIC? I'm so proud of her ! My youngest, Rebecca made the Exemplary Attendance (at least 97%) in the elementary

Thursday, January 17, 2013

an empty envelope....

Pvt Lawrence D. Brown to Miss Minerva Maxwell Brimson Mo postmarked Tuscon Ariz. Feb 6 1943

I was made Corporal last Monday

from Cpl John Maxwell to Miss Minerva Maxwell 1004 Rural St Trenton MO postmarked Fort Leavenworth Kans Aug 8 1942
April 7 1942
Dear Sis
Well you may think that I am dead but am not as this is the first time I have had to write They have kept us busy day and nite since last Tuesday today is the first rest I have had and it was not very long I didn not get that trip last week and don't know just when I will get on now as thing are changing fast I was made Corporal last Monday. If nothing don't happen I will be home again this week but will be in a little early that was last time I don't know as you can rad this as can't hardly set up long enough to write I have worked from three in the morning until nine at nite all last week up in till about ten this morning and got off then and sleep until supper time and getting ready to go to bed again now as don't feel like ever have slept any. (sentence scratched out) I must be going nuts as have wrote the same thing twice all ready I got a cake from home today it sure was swell.
Well I had better close as can't set up.
Your Brother
John

I have not been out of camp but once and then I just went to the carnival to at Leavenworth did not stay very long then as there was not much to it.

from Cpl John Maxwell to Miss Minerva Maxwell postmark runs off edge of envelope....can just see Fort Le
Msy 26 1942
Dear Sis
Well I Suppose you have got moved y now. How did youcome out on your grades all right I suppose.
I have not been out of camp but once and then I just went to the carnival to at Leavenworth did not stay very long then as there was not much to it.
I have not bee to K.C. yet but got another letter this week want me to come down one nite so probly will go the first time can get off.
They are having a leg show over at the little theater to nite but it is the same every time so I am not going.
I don't know just when I will be up again but knowit won't be this week as I will work again this weekend.
did Dale get up this weekend to help you move back home
It rained out here againto day so suppose it will rain all week but I don't care as I will be in most of the week any way. Well I had better close as have run out of any thing to say.
Your Brother
John

today I will blog the last of the WWII letters....

I have really enjoyed these....everything from getting to know Uncle John and Uncle Dale better to recognizing their handwriting to what they were feeling and experiencing in the war to the cool stamps and postmarks...this was a unique time in history, and it is so amazing that these letters were saved first by their recipient, my great aunt Minerva, and then by my mom, when they were going to get tossed out cleaning out her house!

with no idea what dangers lay just over the hill...

With no idea what dangers lay just over the hill, let alone beyond the horizon, America's brave pioneers left everything they knew behind them and set out across uncharted territories in nothing more than horse drawn covered wagons.
The freedoms we cherish today we earned with sweat and blood and more often than not with their very lives. Thank you, each and every one of you who sacrificed so much. Thank you for your courage, for your faith, for your perseverance.
I often wonder why my Axsom great great grandparents traveled to Missouri by wagon and settled near Cainsville, why my great great grandpa Maxwell left Virginia and eventually settled in Harrison County, Missouri...I remember being told he was burnt out during the war...but it wasn't a decision to be taken lightly....heading into the unknown. taking the chance on disease, illness, injury, highway robbery, misfortune, accidents. the absolute certainty that you would never see the ones you left behind again. ever. starting over....finding a place to settle...a means of income...people you could trust. they were much braver than me. but maybe they just had to be.

letter from heaven

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

the saga of my sisters garage door....

Tom and Max fixing my broken garage door spring. Thankfully it broke when I got home and was trying to open the garage, instead of when I was leaving this morning, as it got about 1/2 way up and died.
it's the little moments...I love when family members share them on facebook!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

the elephant

When Max, my oldest, was born his Grandma Ellen showed up at the hospital to meet him. She had this elephant in tow as a present for him. It's extra special .... her husband, who passed away before I ever met Tom, had gotten it as a present for Tom when he was born. Ellen saved it all those years to give to Tom's oldest (34 years!). Hopefully I'll be taking this little guy to the hospital some time in the future to give to Max's first born child!

Max at district band. This is the only good picture of him I got as he was in the back row and the boy in the blue shirt was generally blocking Max. It looks like Max has on some sort of funky tie or shirt or something but that is just his multicolor music folder.

Friday, January 11, 2013

for my little Katie Scarlett....

except those of us who hold grudges.....

if I have to be buried.....

this is what I want!!!

was this the scene when any of my family members went to war?

I'd like to think so!!!

amazing grace

friday is meaningless to a barn girl who lost her weekend off....

today has to go better than yesterday....when I started off the day almost getting decapitated by my remote control necklace and the harness boar....and came home to crash on the couch, not do bills,did not take the dogs out in the rain, and did not replace the clock battery or do dishes or laundry and let the kids fend for themselves....kj put the trash out to the curb. we watched the new american horror story.

a truly rich man....

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I am sending two pair pants and shirt and my shoes home so pop can wear them if you see the folk tell them I may not get to write for awhile as we will be busy.

postmarked Oct 11 1943 Charleston SC
from CPL John Maxwell to Minerva Maxwell Spickard Mo c/o Glen Hamilton
take care of this picture for me
Oct 9 1943
Well I will try to write a few lines tonite I have not had much time to write this week. If nothing happen will have some new soil under our feet before long I am going to send my hand bag home with lot of stuff in it my iron is there you can used it if have place they have given us new clothes now I am sending two pairs pant and shirt and my shoes home so pop can wear them If you see the folk tell them I may not get to write for awhile as we will be busy
I am going to have 15 dollar a month sent to you put it in the bank so will have it when come home but put it in your name so you can take it out any time that you have to. Don't put it in my name for you never would be able to get it out. Well I will close for this time.
Love John

They should hang him if they dont they wont have to when we all come back.

postmarked Sept 13 1943 Charleston SC
from CPL John Maxwell to Minerva Maxwell Brimson MO
Sept 12, 43
Dear Minerva
Well after so long I will write you a few lines How is old Mother Hubbard getting along with her brood all right I hope.
How many are they goingt to school this year.
Did they let you have any more gas to go to school with how are the tires holding out all right I hope.
Is Dale going to get to come home or not he should but that the way army goes if they don't want you to they sure as hell won't do it.
I had though I was going to get to come the 15 of this month but they said I would have to wait they just give us three day at home and how long it takes to go and come it take just little over three day to make it. What have they done to (scratched out) Garland Davidson or do you know. They should hang him if they dont they wont have to when we all come back.
Has Fern got school this year or did she stay in K.C. and work this fall well I had better close for this time but dont fo get to write.
Your Brother
Johnnie
bottom of stationary reads THE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASOCIATIONS-THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICE - THE SALVATION ARMY-THE YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATIONS-THE JEWISH WELFARE BOARD-THE NATIONAL TRAVELLERS AID ASSOCIATION

What do you want for Christmas There is not much use in send any thing much for me got more junk to take care of than I know what to do with any ways...

postmarked Dec 4 1943 Charleston SC
from CPL John Maxwell to Minerva Maxwell Spickard Mo c/o Glen Hamilton
passed by US Army Examiner 03554 MLT
Dec 3 43
Dear Minerva
I suppose you had swell time on your few day off. We had one day off. I got the cake and your letter the same day but there is nothing to write about around here so dont do very much writing Have you heard from Dale yet or has he got away from the states. Mclain and I plan on going in town tomorrow nite as have not been in town for month. What do you want for Christmas There is not much use in send any thing much for me got more junk to take care of than I know what to do with any ways Well I will close for this time so write when you can they have put a little more and our address now
John Maxwell
37016789
330 Harbor (can't read)
Section B Staggingarea ./.
CPE Charleston SC

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I am going to try and thumb a ride up Sunday afternoon if I have as good a luck as did comming back it will be all right as caught a ride from west at Trenton to K.C. in about three hours.

postmarked Aug 19 1942 Fort Leavenworth Kans
from Tech 5th Gr John Maxwell to Minerva Maxwell Brimson MO
Aug 6 1942
Dear Folks
Well Just a few lines to let you know that Iam all right I was up Wed a little while. and seen Minerva.
and if nothing does not happen I will be in Sunday nite and stay until Tues. morning till Pop to be ready and will go fishing Monday afternoon. Minerva is comming out and stay two day with me I have all ready made arrangement for a place for her to stay.
I am going to try and thumb a ride up Sunday afternoon if I have as good a luck as did comming back it will be all right as caught a ride from west at Trenton to K.C. in about three hours.
I have elctric fan I am going to bring up for Vermal when I come well I had better close for this time but will see you Monday if nothing does not happen.
John
also enclosed in this envelope...
Aug 19 1942
Dear Sis
We did you get home all right Saterday nite. Our mess Sargt said he seen you sitting in the buss depot after I left I got here about midnite and got up at three Sunday morning
They came around yesterday and ask us if we thought we were fit for field duty or wanted to go before a board and be reclassified . So they probly will give a ticket for some place unknowen. but I am ready to go any place or do any thing I will let you know when I go so can wait and write to the other place I am going down to see Leland tomorrow nite and stay until Friday afternoon I may get to come home again if nothing does not happen. So good luck
Your Brother
John
Aug 27 1942
Dear Sis
Well I am still at Leavenworth but dont know how long will be here as they have not made the date to leave yet. I was down to see Leland last Fri and came back Fri nite he is begaining to worry now afriad he is going to got to the army now. I may be home again next week sometime next week if nothing does not happen. Two more of the cooks got married this week said they was afraid somebody else would get there girl while they were gone but I dont think so for there will not be any body left after while but some old men that can not handle them.
I went to the show last Saterday nite for the first time since you was out I may go again this week end. It sure got cool out here at nite now look like fall has started but it may get hot for a while yet cant stay very long. I seen Leon Harrison last nite but did not know him He spoke to me and said bet you dont know me do you I look for a long time adn he had to tell who he was. Well if the sunshien to day think will take some more pictures. Well I had better close for this time but will write again soon.
John

we went on a hike to day and went threw mustard gas with our gas maks they are getting us ready for anything that there are to get in to.

postmarked July 27 1943 Charleston SC
from CPL John Maxwell 37016789 330Harbor Craft CO Staggin ARea I CPE Charleston SC to Minerva Maxwell 3430 Ted ave Marshall MO
June 23 43
Dear Sis
I will write a few lines again before we go onthe rang as wont be back until Sunday It has been a little cooler the last day or so we went on a hike to day and went threw mustard gas with our gas maks they are getting us ready for anything that there are to get in to. We are going to Fort Jackson tomorrow and stay until Sunday I have been getting a lot letters the last two week. I sure hope they get started next week on our schooling but we will do some drilling to.
They had a shake down this morning they looked threw everything we had even tore up our beds and looked at them THey even read our letters and looked at every paper we had
They said that found some important papers some place but I dont know what kind or any thing about it I got letter from Max Smith he said that they had sent Willard Spaulding to Camp Roberts Calif I got letter from another one of the boy that went there he said they were going across in about month well I had better close but will write just as soon as get back
Love John
in same envelope....
7/26/43
Dear Sis Well how are you now suppose that you cant wait until Saterday so can go home to stay for a while
I suppose about every body has changed around so wont know where any body is. It dont look much like will ever get home any more for a longtime from this place In one way dont know if would work any way afraid if ever got away never would comed back here.
I have such a cold cant harley set up to nite anyway Does (scratched out) Dale think he will get to come home any more or have they got him in place cant get away he should make more at Rating after awhile out at his job
I have not heard from Max and Al for a long time think will write a letter and find out what has happened to them they must have been about a sent out from there from what I can hear they (scratched out) have sent most of them out. Have they ever classified Leland or Vermal again or not How is Leland feeling now he should be here he sure wo uld have some swell motors to work on they have about all kinds here Diesel and Gas well I had better close for have some more letters to write I got letter from Clifford Roberts telling about his big Girl he sure if proud.
Love John

...I got a nice sunburn while out swimming...

postmarked June 23 1943 Charleston SC
letter from John Maxwell to Minerva Maxswell 3440 Tid Marshall MO
June 22 43
Dear Sis
I got your letter Sunday so will write a few lines I was out to the beach Sunday and stayed all day sure had a swell time the next time I go out am going to pick a lot of sea shell and send home They found a lot of pretty shell last Sunday. They were sure lot of people out there I got a nice sunburn while out swimming We probly wont get back in time to go out this Sunday as we are going to Fort Jackson on firing range. They say that this is (scratched out) last week of this walking around we are going to start school the first of July but they might change there mind again cant tell what they will do around her I think will go to the show to nite for a while we are going on ten mile hike tomorrow after noon which dont think will be very good because of the heat we will hve eight weeks after this so it will be some time in Aug before get out of here. I suppose will know in a week or two just what will do for sure.
They sent one bunch to Seattle Wash to day that have just finished their training I hope they send us around to a few parts in this country well I had better close as have two more letters to write.
Love John