Friday, January 24, 2020

A Restaurant Photo from Saskatchewan in 1912. A Stray Photograph


Is this a restaurant in Saskatchewan, 1912? A stray photograph from my collection.

There's no other information with this photograph. It could be a larger factory lunchroom, I suppose, but the mirrored? sideboard makes me think it's a restaurant. Must be the end of the day or ? 

There's some kind of notice on a door, a picture on the wall, and a calendar.

 Above it, I'm pretty sure is a tin match striker/holder - and a plate. I can almost read the words on that plate. How frustrating! 

And isn't that the photographer's extra lens sitting on the front table? Maybe this photo was a test! 


Sask-1912 Canada. That's all it says on the photo.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

A Merry New Year Ahead in 2020 - Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2019



Jill Ball at GeniAus has revived her Accentuate the Positive Geneameme for 2019

She's asked bloggers to reflect on 2019 - to remember the good - and she suggested a number of questions we could answer.  Later this month, she'll post a compilation of answers. (I'll post a note here when she's ready.)


Two of my positive reflections on genealogy in 2019 are:


 "A geneajourney I took was" 

Well, not one big trip, but a whole lot of 'shorts' to Vancouver Island. I did plan in 2019 to visit the British Columbia Archives much more often than I've been able to in the past, and those trips did happen. Many times last year I took the bus and an enjoyable ocean voyage over to Victoria by myself and got in a very full 3/4 day at the Archives. I was able to add to my project databases, find documents and information for my own and other people's queries, and, of course, I spent considerable happy time reading old newspapers.

 Several times, I went with a friend and we had great days together exploring Victoria (books! fabulous desserts!)  and 'new to us' Archives collections. 

I'd begun some time ago to look at Peace River area land records for BC Scandinavians but we both dove into British Columbia'fish and wildlife' records this year. So much to learn in (and about) these records. Watch for an article from me later this year.

And I do want to thank the Victoria Genealogical Society for their warm welcome. Brenda Smith and I were their Seminar speakers this year (DNA was my topic) and each of us did a shorter session for the VGS too at their Learning Centre. They were my 'best students ever' for my 'Analyzing Historical Photographs" workshop! Energizing! 


"I am excited for 2020 because"

Again for the first quarter of 2020 I've made detailed plans to finish one of my projects, and to visit the Archives in Victoria, Vancouver and Chilliwack. I'm taking it a bit easy with personal goals this quarter as I am already lined up to present a good number of talks and workshops. Watch for news about those activities soon.

And I'll continue to post my stray and family photographs in 2020. These are always fun to research. I never seem to get tired of searching for people in the past. 


Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2019


Happy New Year 2020!



The New Year's postcard above shows Bridal Falls at Laggan (Bridal Veil Falls, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada). Mailed January 1908 in Victoria, British Columbia to Miss Alyce Eccles of Victoria from Bert and Will. Published by J Howard A Chapman at Victoria, BC.  Image MSC130-09433_01 (front) and MSC130-09433_02 (back), courtesy of the Philip Francis Postcard Collection, a digital initiative of Simon Fraser University Library.


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas - from the Rogers-Scott trunk

Here's a Merry Christmas card for everyone - originally sent to my family in the 1950s by my "Uncle Sam" and "Aunt Mamie".  Ever since, a family treasure.

Samuel Baxter Scott was my mother's paternal uncle; Mamie was Mamie Harper, his wife. There is a long message inside but not as long as some of their letters. 

They must have picked this card out thinking of my baby brother and me. I hope you can see that it folds out in the second photo. Right now it's on the mantel to celebrate the season.

"May Santa be especially good to you all."

685 Litho'd in Canada is all it says on the back.


I hope you can see here that both the little girl and boy fold out. Even the little mat in front of the fireplace curls up a bit. Our cat, Twink, would have loved to have her own warm spot right there.