Sunday, July 27, 2014

Minerva Creswell Maxwell

wife of James C. Maxwell, mother of Thomas Witten, Emma Mary, James Henry.

Trenton Trust Company

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 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."
cancelled checks and a few other documents contained in a brown Trenton Trust Company envelope.
Lovell and Hull Service Station $10.00
L. & O. Sales Co. $39.05
Penneys $4.00
JCPenney Co. $5.08
cost of service charge for $.61.
Kings Food Center $5.00
Kings Food Center $5.00
Garnet S. Wismer (for Xmas merchandise) $7.29
Mart Drug $2.49
Dr. C.H. Cullers $30.00
Bernard Axsom $3.00
Bernard Axsom $5.00
Bernard Axsom $15.00
(these checks to my dad were cashed at Smith's Clothing, Kings Food Center, S.M. & Kress Co.)
Wayne Seymour, Collector $53.55
Ruth Greenwood, Coll. $7.84
Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. $7.92
Persill's Grocery $5.00
Missouri Public Service $9.37
Hy- Vee $15.00
Western Auto $1.16
Service Oil Company $3.15
Brinser Station $4.11
Mercer County Abstract Company $4.75
King's Food Center $5.00
Penneys Store $20.00
Home Gas & Appliance $6.38
Professional School Photographers Ass'n $1.75
King's $5.00
Hy Vee $10.00
Spencer Hatchery $4.40
Bakyr's $7.09
Connell Hwd. Co. $4.52
Fair Drug Store $5.93
Hy-Vee Food Store $3.69
Hy-Vee $1.00
Browns Market $1.74
Jc. Penney Co. $15.00
Mo. Public Service Company $9.30
Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. $7.45
there is a card...please sign this card and drop in mail, no postage required. Alfred Axsom Jan 29 1960 Receipt is acknowledged of statement of account for period Dec. 3 1959-Jan. 28 1960 together with cancelled checks. (please sign as name appears on account sheet.)
"Cost of Service" $1.13
State Farm Mutual $14.38
Hy-Vee Food Store $20.00
May 13, 1962 Internal Revenue Service Alfred E. & Mary P. Axsom, Rt. 1, Trenton, Mo. credit reported on Return $2611.70, corrected credit $2240.70. earnings from the business listed are not subject to self-employment tax. Payment on farm sold and interest will not qualify for self-employment coverage. This is only a notice about changes in the computation of income qualifying for self-employment coverage, it is neither a bill for additional tax nor a notice of additional refund.
Donald Crawford, Coll. $61.01
so they grocery shopped at Kings Food Center, Persill's Grocery, HyVee, Brown's Market. these all sound like grocery stores to me, anyways. I know lots of people had small groceries in their homes back in the day. I remember mom taking us to Crooks, I think it was. I remember a big meat dept. and wood floors.

Monthly Report of Alfred Axsom, School District No. 28, Potter County, South Dakota

Lucas School Dist. No. 28 (school...can't read it....took a picture of it.)
Grade 7, Tacaher Helen Crawford
they were in session 20 days months 1,4,5,6,7,8; 17 days month 2; 18 days month 3; and 21 days month 9.
he missed 1 day month 3, 4 days month 4, 3 days month 5, 1 day month 6, 1 day month 7. 1.5 days month 8, 1 day month 9.
he was tardy 7 times month 4, twice month 5, 1 month 6, twice month 7, once month 8, once 9th month.
Deportment: 60, 60, 60, 70, 70, 75, 75, 75, 80.
Reading 80. 80. 77. 80. 79. 85. 81. 90. 82. 85. 86. 80. 88. 85. 81. 85. 82. average 84%
Writing 80. blank. blank. 85. blank. 85. 85. blank. blank. 85. 85. blank. 85. blank. 85. blank. blank. 80. blank. average 84%.
Spelling. 73. 84. 94. 92. 100. 72. 99. 88. 99. 91. 99. 91. 94. 84. 99. 88. 99. 92. 90. 80. 94. average 89%.
Arithmetic 75. 20. 85. 90. 77. 70. 86. 90. 85. 90. 89. 89. 90. 91. 65. 82. 75. 83. 86. 89. average 75%.
Geography starts on 9th square: 80. 80. 75. 85. 84. 85. 82. 80. 81. 85. 82. average 83%.
Lang. or Grammar 75. 70. 76. 70. 77. 80. 79. 75. 74. 85. 82. 88. 83. 75. 84. 80. 81. 80. 88. average 98%.
US History 77. 65. 75. 85. 77. 80. 77. 80. 79. 65. 79. 65. 79. 80. 81. 80. 84. 85. 83. 80. 84. 85. 80. average 88%.
Physiology 72. 75. 73. 80. 79. 80. 81. 75. 88. average 88%.
Drawing: all 80, 80%.
Agriculture all 80 and 85. average 84%.
there were Daily Grades and Examination Grades.
his mother, Mrs. Daisy Axsom signed his report card.
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.

Grandma Pauline Shafer Axsom's 3rd grade gradecard

Mercer County Public Schools
Teacher's Report to Parent
name Pauline Shafer
District Center
Grade 3rd
County Mercer
State Mo.
for school year ending May 2 1930
Alma Cross Teacher
Allie S. Wilson County Superintendent. blockquote>
Spelling S, E-, E-. S
Reading S+, S+, S, E-
Writing M+, M+, S, S
Arithmetic M, M, M+, M-
Language M, M, S, S
Drawing M, M, M, M
Deportment E, E, E, E
Days present 37, 20, blank, 23
Days Absent 3, 20, blank, 2
Times Tardy 0, 0, blank, 1
Traits of Pupil Very Commendalbe, 1,2,3 quarters.
Recitations Very Satisfactory 1,2,3 quarters
Conduct 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. 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.......

Roger D. Axsom, Unit Manager, Canteen Corporation

from the Axsom Shoebox of Memories
Uncle Roger's business card
Canteen Corporation, 70 W. Hedding, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 295-9677
did a google search to see what Canteen Corporation did. everything in San Jose CA was vending machines. I thought he ran like a cafeteria style restaurant...(?) it could of changed over the years, or I could just be wrong.
then did an image search...and this is what I found with this image (look how tech savvy I've become watching Catfish!
and then I went to the website and found this:
Canteen Vending is the only national (and the largest) vending operating company in the country with several locations, one of which is located right here in San Leandro. This family operated business provides onsite dining, food and beverage vending, not to mention exciting d├ęcor and finishes. When the company decided it was time to update the logo decals on several of their trucks, they selected SignWorks to do the project. The colorful logo was printed using an opaque vinyl because the client will be covering an existing door decal. This type of vinyl will prevent the previous graphic from showing through. Like many of our fleet vehicle customers, the client wanted an affordable option that would fit their budget while still reinforcing the brand identity of the company which has been in operation since 1929. If you are trying to keep an upcoming fleet graphics project on time and on budget, give SignWorks a call at (510) 357-2000 or send us an email at We would be delighted to explore options that will keep the project affordable.
SO: onsite dining. maybe I wasn't entirely in error.....

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 of my great great grandpa JC three little K' 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....)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Barbershop visit gives latest news.

Hometown Boy by Duane Dailey
>The Mirror
July 16 2014
My grandfather Dailey always had his hair cut and a shave on Saturday night. He could have stopped by the barbershop any day. But, he went on the busiest night of the week.
Back then, Saturday was when farmers came to town. Every chair in the shop was filled with waiting customers. For granddad, if the wait was long he didn't fret.
That meant more stories would be told. Weather and crop news was exchanged. On going political shenanigans would be discussed. It was the place to get the news, before it was in the weekly paper. It always included news that would never make the newspaper.
On occasion, I would accompany him. Not for a shave and haircut. I liked hearing the story tellers. Maybe that was the embryonic start of my lifetime career of story-telling and teaching.
My grandmother would "have her hair done" at the beauty shoppe. I never sat in on that girl talk. I am sure my education lacks.
Beauty and barber shops foreshadowed Facebook and Twitter. They provided faster conduits of hot gossip. Journalism could never keep up in spreading that news.
The only medium that could compete was the telephone. This was before cellphones. Even before dial phones. All phones were on party lines. The difference in number of long and short rings notified all who was supposed to pick up the call.
This did mean only the person who would pick up the receiver. Only the person for whom the call was directed would answer. The others just listened, clamping their hand over the mouth piece.
A central operator was in charge--and that was the best informed person in town. Now, I never thought of this before I wrote that line. But, my granddad may have influenced the phone company. A succession of his daughters, my aunts, held that key job.
Nah,surely they never shared their news. However, they are long gone. I'll never know. Did he precede NSA in knowing what went over the telephones?
Oh my!
I get my hair cut early Saturday morning. I want to beat the rush of mamas bringing boys to be trimmed.
I do get the latest conspiracy theories, anyway. This past Saturday, the theory was that the big wind in Columbia Monday night was really a tornado. But, the government won't call it one because that would bring a disaster declaration. Then "the government" would have to pay damage repair. I'd never have know that, it's not in the paper.
But, I heard stories of odd damage. I thought I had a good one. My friend Wayne Bailey, MU entomologist, awoke with an oak tree in his bedroom.
But, that was a common report.
What I could add was one heard Friday. It seems the MU car pool was one of the many isolated spots damaged by the strong storm. Of 62 cars on the lot near Hearnes Field House, all but seven had their windows sucked out. Not blown in but sucked out. The lot surface was covered solid in glass shards.
My other tidbit of news was about animal behavior before the storm hit. One dog owner will now pay more attention when her old dog becomes highly agitated and clingy--for no reason. Apparently the dog felt the air pressure drop before we humans knew anything was coming.
The storm hit so quickly, no storm sirens sounded.
Knowing the inclination of some loyal readers. I won't imply this storm has anything to do with climate change. They say it isn't related to the tons of CO2 we spew into the atmosphere everyday with fuel we burn.
Maybe the dog knows.
Send your storm theories to Send 'em and I'll pass 'em on the next time getting my ears set out. Others can add the conspiracies.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

fiinally made it to Christian Union Cemtery to find my great grandpa Lewis Brown's grave....

it's just a hop and a skip down the road from Kyla's grandparents, and took Katie there tonite for her ride to church camp tomorrow. It is a peaceful little country cemetery, right off the highway, surrounded on 2 sides by fields. A groundhog ran across the churchyard into a hole it had dug out under back of church. I stood on the busted up cement stoop and thought about the ancestors who attended church there. The old church looks to be in good shape, has the two traditional entry doors, one for men, one for women, I guess. There is a new church built in Blue Ridge, Katie attends there when she is at Kyla's house.
from the Harrison County Cemeteries page:
BEAMAN Edward V. 1881 1924 Same stone with Mamie Beaman
BEAMAN Mamie J. 1881 1952 Same stone with Edward Beaman (was a wife of Lewis Albert Brown)
BROWN Albert E. 1905 1926
BROWN Cecil I. Dec 20, 1905 Oct 23, 1937
BROWN Daniel F. Jul 25, 1899 Aged 1y, 1m, 18d Son of M. & M. J. Brown No Birth Date
BROWN Esta A. Sep 29, 1910 Nov 03, 1955 Same stone with William Brown
BROWN Etha Mae 1884 1967 (Aunt Mae?)
BROWN Eva 1881 1967
BROWN Frances M. 1868 1945 (Uncle Frank who raised Grandpa Vermal)
BROWN Francis E. Jun 29, 1921 Jul 05, 1921
BROWN George 1866 1941 ("Uncle George")
BROWN Harl Apr 01, 1930 Apr 01, 1930 Same stone with Harold Brown (not sure who the twins belong to)
BROWN Harold Apr 01, 1930 Apr 01, 1930 Same stone with Hal Brown (not sure who the twins belong to)
BROWN Lewis A. Apr 11, 1881 Jan 21, 1955 (great grandpa Lewis Albert Brown) BROWN Lula E. Jul 14, 1901 Aged 2m, 4d Dau of M. & M. J. Brown No Birth Date
BROWN Martha J. Dec 31, 1835 Jan 05, 1904
BROWN William M. Sep 16, 1895 Aged 39y, 2m, 1d No Birth Date
BROWN William O. 1881 1951
BROWN William W. Sep 16, 1907 Apr 28, 1984 Same stone with Esta Brown (Bill Brown who carved the little baskets out of walnuts)
McCOY Iva B. May 26, 1896 December 20, 1918 Dau of M. & M. J. Brown
NEILL J. Sherman August 25, 1909 December 07, 1992 Same stone with Jennie Neill
NEILL Jennie R. August 02, 1909 May 10, 2001 Married Jan 23, 1933 Same stone with J. Sherman Neill
Lewis Albert Brown's parents were William and Jane (Blanchard) Brown. guess they're not buried here?