It’s midterm time! No fresh posts until I get done with midterm exams.

Bancroft Eagle 1944 Tom and Dianne's classesBancroft School, 1930s

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Welcome Dance invitation

Welcome Dance invitation

Invitation from Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent to Capt F.D. Tyrrell during WWII.

The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress (Councillor Arthur Austin and Mrs. Austin) cordially invite Capt F. D. Tyrrell to attend a WELCOME DANCE for the Officers of the Armed Forces of the United States of America at the Town Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, on Thursday, 27th April, 1944.

Reception 7:30 p.m.

Dancing 8 p.m. to Midnight

R.S.V.P. on attached slip no later than 24th April, 1944.

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The Polar Vortex of 1888

On January 12 of 1888 meteorological conditions combined to create a massive blizzard and cold front that swept from the Dakota Territory, to Nebraska, to Minnesota. There was a drop in temperature of 18 degrees in minutes, with the wind chill making it feel as though the temperature dropped 100 degrees over the course of the day. 4-5 feet of snow fell and the wind created drifts that blocked doors, smothered cattle, and scoured some parts of the ground clear of snow entirely. The fine particles of snow that blew decreased visibility to inches.

Out in that blizzard were hundreds of people, those that were taking care of animals, going to town, children and teachers in small schoolhouses spread throughout the townships.

The Nelings family were in Foster Township, Beadle County South Dakota during 1888. Daniel Thompson Nelings’ daughter, Wilhelmina (or Willie) Nelings was a teacher in the Mitchell area.

Willie was also the mother of Thomas Nelings Swale and Jack Bracy Swale.

An excellent account of the blizzard can be found in The Children’s Blizzard.

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Thomas J Tyrrell and Gertrude Tyrrell

Thomas J Tyrrell and Gertrude Tyrrell

Thomas J Tyrrell golden jubilee

Thomas J Tyrrell golden jubilee

Thomas J Tyrrell, born in Illinois and his wife, Gertrude Nelings Tyrrell, born in Iowa, received Golden Jubilee certificates from the state of South Dakota in 1939.
I spent much of Christmas break scanning photos given to my dad by his sister.

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Alexander Wallace Perry and Abbie (Cheney) Perry

Alexander Wallace Perry and Abbie (Cheney) Perry

At their house in Bancroft SD

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Edward and Betsy Cheney

Alexander W. Perry married Abigail Cheney in Mankato MN in 1897. Abigail was born in Wisconsin and her father, Hannibal Cheney, was from Brandon Vermont. Her mother, Susan Leonard, was from Massachusetts. A.W. Perry was my great grandfather.

There were other Cheneys who lived in the Mankato area, mostly around Rapidan.

My research in Brandon did not uncover a Hannibal Cheney, however I did find many other Cheneys, a Cheney Hill, and Cheney cemetery.

Edward B Cheney and Betsey Cheney
Edward and Betsey Cheney
Inscription reads:
Edward Cheney.
Died August 22, 1812.
AE 35 yrs.
Wife of
Edward Cheney
Died August 19, 1860
AE 80 yrs.
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Edwyn Carlisle Perry

Edwyn Carlisle Perry was born in Amboy, Minnesota on Nov 10, 1898 to George and Anna Perry. He was murdered on or about July 1, 1939 in Payette, Idaho. According to newpaper reports on his murder, Edwyn joined the “national guard, and saw service on the Mexican border before the war. Later he spent 19 months in France with the 146th machine gunners.”

The Idaho National Guard unit was activated to go to Arizona during the Mexican Revolution to guard the US border. According to the historical notes attached to the archive collection at Utah State University, the unit was at Fort Huachuca, Nogales, Arizona from July to December 1916.
The 41st Division, 146th Machine Gunners trained at Camp Fremont, in what is now downtown Menlo Park and parts of Stanford University, before being sent to France.

Even though Edwyn was born three short months after my grandfather in the same small town, my family did not know anything about him or the rest of the family who moved to Idaho.

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