Monday, February 5, 2018

Carroll Kendrick and Susan Eveline Kisner-Miller Wedding Picture

My Mother, Bertha Evans-Brittingham Grand Parents, her Mother, Amy Cecil Miller-Evans Parents

My Grandmother (My Mom's Mother) Amy Cecil Miller-Evan's Family History

 Miller children attending  their Mother, Susan Eveline Kisner-Miller's funeral 1943 L-R: Kathrine, Joy, Ina, Gladys, Fern, Elton, Hazel, Barton, Amy and Cleo (Missing Dorothy)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Men of Affairs in Greater Kansas City, 1912: A Newspaper Reference Work

This is My Grandfather Sherman Arthur Brittingham, In the 1920's he was a Franklin Ice Cream Truck Delivery Driver in Kansas City Mo.  The family lived in Rich Hill, Mo and my Grandfather would commute by train back and forth to KC. He lived in a boarding house in Independence Missouri  during the week and returned home to Rich Hill, Mo on the weekends. He passed away in 1934 from an over dose of ether during a routine gallbladder operation.

When Sherman Arthur Brittingham was born on May 5, 1885, in Pleasanton, Kansas, his father, Solomon, was 47 and his mother, Mary, was 28. He married Bertha Mary Burk on November 4, 1919. They had six children in 19 years. He died on July 18, 1934, at the age of 49, and was buried in his hometown.

ROBERT JACKSON FLICK, president of the Franklin Ice Cream company, of Kansas City MO.

Robert Jackson Flick, president of the Franklin Ice Cream company, of Kansas 
City, was born in Salem, Ohio, May 10, 1875, his parents being Andrew Jackson 
and Elizabeth (Lipsey) Flick, the former a native of Liverpool, England, while 
the latter was born in Damascus, Ohio. The father came to the United States 
when a boy of twelve years and afterward engaged in farming in Salem, Ohio. 
He became a prominent and influential citizen of his community, was active in 
the ranks of the republican party and belonged to the Masonic fraternity and to 
the Disciples church. When civil war was declared his patriotic spirit was aroused 
in behalf of the Union and he joined the Twenty-first Ohio Infantry, with which 
he did active duty on southern battlefields. 

Robert J. Flick spent his boyhood days upon the home farm, attending the 
district schools and working in the fields through the summer months. He after- 
ward went to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was a high school pupil, and later he 
entered the University of Nebraska in 1891, winning his Bachelor of Arts degree 
upon graduation of the class of 1895. He displayed the elemental strength of his 
character by working his way through the university and he was a popular as 
well as a capable student, being an active member of the football and baseball 
teams. During his college days he knew General Pershing intimately. Follow- 
ing his graduation he accepted a clerical position in the office of the secretary of 
war at Washington, D. C, but in 1900 returned to Lincoln and there engaged in 
a small way in the manufacture of ice cream under the name of the Franklin Ice 
Cream company. Through hard work and close application, indefatigable energy 
and sound judgment, he built up the business to substantial proportions. In 1909 
he removed to Kansas City, where he is still conducting his interests under the 
name of the Franklin Ice Cream company. The plants of the company are thor- 
oughly sanitary in every particular and thoroughly up-to-date in their equipment. 
The ice cream manufactured by the Franklin Ice Cream company is considered 
the best in the city. The business is today one of extensive proportions for the 
company has plants'in Lincoln, Nebraska, in Kansas City and in Tonganoxie. Kansas, 


and supplies dealers throughout Nebraska. Missouri and eastern Kansas. Aside 
from his connection with the Franklin Ice Cream company, he is president of the 
Missouri Dairy company, conducting a wholesale and retail dairy business and is 
a director of the Mid-west Reserve Bank ot Kansas City. 

While in Lincoln, Nebraska, Mr. Flick was married to Miss Grace A. Ashton. 
whose father was a dealer in wholesale plumbing supplies and prominently identi- 
fied with the commercial interests of his city. Mr. Flick belongs to the Kansas 
City Club, the Hill Crest Country Club and the Metropolitan Club of Washington, 
D. ^. He is also identified with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 
He is an active and helpful member of the Chamber of Commerce and he is re- 
garded as one of the leaders ot the republican party in Kansas City, taking a most 
active Interest in promoting the work of the party and advancing its success, yet 
he has never been an office seeker. Having intimately known General Pershing 
since 1891, Mr. Flick was sent by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce to invite 
the general to visit Kansas City and acted as his personal escort. During the war 
he was closely associated with all the campaigns to support the war activities and 
was appointed by the war department to supply Camp Funston and Fort Reilly, 
Kansas, with all dairy products and superintended the erection of all plants to 
handle and house dairy products. His wife also assisted in other ways in war work. 
In days of peace Mr. Flick is equally loyal in his support of interests pertaining 
to the welfare ot city, state and country, and is an active member of the Rotary 
and City Clubs. His business and political activity have brought him a wide 
acquaintance and he is highly esteemed wherever known. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

History of The Nevada Library 1917-2017

Carnegie Building
Andrew Carnegie was a giant of a man, yet he only stood 5 feet 3 inches tall. Like most classic “rags to riches” stories, he came from humble beginnings. His father was a weaver in Scotland who suffered the same fate as many occupations have in the wake of technology and progress. As steam powered weaving replaced the local craftsmen, the Carnegie Family faced financial hardship. When Andrew was 13 his family borrowed money from a relative and moved to America.
Carnegie's climb from the slums of Pittsburgh to the mansions of New York paralleled America's transformation from a sleepy agricultural nation into the world's foremost industrial power. By 1868 Carnegie, then 33, was worth $400,000 (nearly $5 million today). But his wealth troubled him, as did the ghosts of his radical past. He wrote himself a telling letter, promising that he would stop working in two years and pursue a life of good works: "To continue much longer overwhelmed by business cares... must degrade me beyond hope of permanent recovery."
For three decades, he dominated the steel industry, and although he allowed himself time for vacations in Scotland and for his troubled courtship of Louise Whitfield, his thoughts rarely strayed from his mills.
With his partner Henry Clay Frick, Carnegie broke the steel unions. His empire grew. By 1900, Carnegie Steel produced more steel than the entire British steel industry. When he sold the company to J.P. Morgan in 1901, Carnegie personally earned $250 million (approximately $4.5 billion today).
Carnegie then turned his enormous energies to philanthropy and the pursuit of world peace, hoping perhaps that donating his wealth to charitable causes would mitigate the grimy details of its' accumulation. In the public memory, he may have been correct. Today he is most remembered for his generous gifts of music halls, educational grants, and nearly 3000 public libraries. By the time of his death in 1919, he had given away over $350 million (more than $3 billion in 1996  dollars).
For Carnegie, himself a self-educated man, libraries seemed the ideal gift. They appealed to his bootstrap sensibility for self-improvement. Carnegie also acknowledged a handful of other acceptable gifts. In 1889, he presented the seven "wisest" fields of philanthropy, listed in this order:
Universities, Free libraries, Hospitals, Parks, Concert Halls, Swimming Baths, Church Buildings.  Carnegie's list generated more than a few irate letters to the editor from ministers, who were upset to find churches listed behind swimming pools.
Carnegie paid for 2,811 Public Libraries around the world over a 30-year period, at a cost of more than $50 million. Each community was responsible for the design of the building. Each community had to agree to raise 10 percent of the amount of the grant each year for maintenance and upkeep. This was the first time a “tax” was levied by communities for Civic Projects.
In 1898, a group of women met at the Mitchell Hotel to organize the town’s first library. Mrs. Rose Kimball was the initial president.
A house-to-house canvas provided books for the start of the library. Additional books were financed through teas, socials, bazaars, and other entertainment. The first few years the library was housed in rooms provided by the Commercial Club in the
Duck Block at the northeast corner of Washington and Cherry.
When the Courthouse was completed in 1908 the County Court offered space to the Library, where it remained until the Carnegie Building was erected.
In 1912 R. A. Buckner was in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on vacation when he met a Representative of the Carnegie
Foundation who was leaving for New York in just a few hours. In that brief time, Mr. Buckner outlined Nevada’s need for a library. He was told to submit a request immediately because the Foundation was planning to discontinue the Library Project. Buckner was also informed that the community had to provide a site and tax revenue for continuing support of the library.
Three Federated Clubs, Tourist, Progress and the Research Clubs, who had long supported the Library, held teas, socials and entertainment to purchase the site.
In March 1912 an election was held to vote on a City Tax for the support of the Library. It passed with an overwhelming majority. Only 16 votes were cast against it. Women could not vote.
With the requirements met, the Carnegie Foundation made a Grant of $17,500. The new building opened on Sunday, May 12, 1917 complete with speeches and music by Crawford’s Band. Special donors who are recognized on the marble plaque in the entry of the building are: East Mantel -Tourist Club, West Mantel - Research Club, Adult Reading Room Furniture - Progress Club, Light Pedestals - High School.
The Nevada library operated in the Carnegie building until the new library building was completed in 1994.  The building sat vacant for several years before a local businessman, Randy Battagler who planned to make it a private residence, purchased it.  He moved from Nevada before he began any renovations.  The building was again empty until Alan and Sarah Randall purchased it.
In the summer of 2005, Greg and Melissa Hoffman acquired the building and began major renovations with an addition to the south side of the building to house an elevator and handicap accessible restrooms.  Great care was taken to preserve the grand character of the building and its historical background.
Carnegie Building 1917   
                                                                                    Carnegie Building Present Day

Saturday, April 1, 2017

New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

Jeremiah Brittingham, great-great-great-great grandfather found on (not sure that's enough greats!! Still researching!

Inheritance of Land from Father William

Posted 27 Dec 2010 by tinkels

Jeremiah received 100 acres, entailed to his son, William and daughter Rachel.    William, the testator's son, inherited his dwelling plantation "Beckford" on the west side of the main seaside road, except what is willed to his other sons.  He also inherited the testator's great table.  William was named executor.   
Full Context of Father William's Last Will and Testament
When William Brittingham signed his will, September 17, 1749 (proved October 27, 1749), he was "very sick and weak in body of perfect mind and memory".  He called himself "planter", and divided his land among his sons.  
Jeremiah received 100 acres, entailed to his son, William and daughter Rachel.    William, the testator's son, inherited his dwelling plantation "Beckford" on the west side of the main seaside road, except what is willed to his other sons.  He also inherited the testator's great table.  William was named executor.   
Isaac got part of "Beckford" east of the main seaside road, and part of "Poplar Ridge", adjoining his brother, Poynter's land, and a small point of "Beckford".  At Isaac's death, his land was entailed to his son, Beletha.      Poynter Brittingham inherited the rest of "Poplar Ridge" not given to Isaac and a gun.   
His daughter, Frances, inherited a wench, Rose, for life, a spice mortar, a pestle, a chest of drawers, a feather bed, and other personalities to be divided at her death among her children.  Her daughter, Betty, received a Negro, Dick.  His daughter, Ann (Jarmon) inherited a Negro girl, Pleasant, entailed to his son, Poynter Brittingham, and personalities.  
His son, Absolem got "Brandy Point", and he and Nathaniel, and Ann Jarmon were residuary legatees. 
His well beloved wife, Frances has the use of his house, part of his land,  his negro, Rose, and the rest of his personal estate during her widowhood.

Martha Johnson Nevada Mo Hight School Reporter 1921

While researching Martha who was like a mother to me and my sister, Marilyn;I found these articles from Nevada High School Year Book 1921. I never knew Martha graduated from Nevada High School! I assume she graduated 1923 since she was a Sophomore in 1921. 

Me, Martha and Marilyn KC Zoo 1959