Monday, July 30, 2012

Edward Brittingham, Dad's Father's Brother

Edward is also buried at The Holmes-Brittingham Cemetery in Prescott. He has a small handmade stone. 

Dad's Father Sherman Arthur Brittingham

b. 1885 d. 1934

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I so had these tennis shoes in grade school! The start of my unique shoe obsessions!

Old Sears and National Bellas Hess Warehouse

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National Bellas-Hess Catalog Story

Bellas-Hess catalog retailer used Sears warehouse longer than Sears did

SEARS / Bellas-Hess Building, North Kansas City
SEARS / Bellas-Hess Building, North Kansas City
Photo credit: 
Darrell L James
In the community of North Kansas City stands an ornate warehouse building which has served many purposes, ultimately becoming a residential space. 
In the early 1900's, there were five major mail-order houses, all doing business primarily via their catalogs vs. the walk-in stores which some of them later used.   They were: Sears-Roebuck,  Montgomery Ward, Alden's, Spiegel, and National Bellas-Hess.   The building shown was utilized by two of them, Sears and Bellas-Hess. 
Sears built the warehouse when it ran out of space in a 6-story building in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Mo., which it had occupied since 1910.  Ironically, Sears used this new building only twelve years before moving to a new site, in Kansas City, and selling the North KC structure.
It is said that Missouri Pacific offered Sears a two-acre site at in new industrial park it was developing in Kansas City, Kansas, but Sears, having surpassed Montgomery Ward in size, chose the even larger five- acre site in North Kansas City, Missouri.
Sears built the nine-story-tall warehouse in 1912-13 in a style called "Industrial Gothic."   The architect was George C. Nimmons and the design reflects the Chicago architectural style. The dimensions of such buildings are often described in terms of their sections, called "bays." The Sears warehouse is five bays wide and eleven bays long. 
According to the Jan.1916 edition of "Western Architect," the structure cost $420,000, measured 220' X 101' and was designed as the first phase of an eight phase mega-plant, but the plans never materialized after World War I began.
It is situated in North Kansas City, a small city of some 4,700 to 5,500 souls, and just 4.6 square miles, directly north of Kansas City's downtown and City Market.  North KC is completely surrounded by Kansas City, Missouri, but is its own entity, with its own city government, police, and fire services.  
The city was begun by Mr. Willard Winner, but the town was greatly aided in the planning by three major companies,  Armour Meats, Swift Meat Packing, and Burlington Northern Railroad.  Hence three major arteries through the town bear the names Armour, Swift, and Burlington, as does one of the earliest bridges over the Missouri River does, the Armour, Swift & Burlington Bridge, or ASB Bridge, for short.
The Sears warehouse is at 715 Armour Road, and faces roughly north.  It featured many windows, radiator heat, and two giant freight elevators, at opposite corners.    It was built with three long sets of slanted skylight "wedges," on the roof, bathing the 9th floor with natural light.   The wedges can be seen from a distance, and select apartments on that floor, as well as the corridor, still benefit from these skylights today.
Meanwhile, around 1910, a company dating back to the 1800's, called National Cloak & Suit, (which legend says was based out of New York City's Greenwich Village,) changed its name to National Bellas-Hess, and went into a period of prosperity, achieving sales of $40 million by 1928.   Bellas-Hess acquired the Sears building in North Kansas City around 1924-1925.
Here is a National Bellas-Hess stock certificate:   
The Sears/National Bellas-Hess building in North Kansas City, showing the west-facing side, with the side loading doors.
National Bellas-Hess, (mis-pronounced by many locals as "National Bellasys,") was the center of a sales tax battle in Illinois which reached the Supreme Court in 1967.  
The state of Illinois believe it should be able to collect sales tax on the transactions within state borders, but the court ruled that National Bellas-Hess, by then incorporated in Delaware and domiciled in North Kansas City, and having no physical presence in Illinois, except for goods transported by the US Mail, did not owe Illinois any tax revenues.
Even so, the publicity of the case, and the changing times, caused National Bellas-Hess to declare bankruptcy in 1971.  The Kansas City Bellas-Hess building went through a series of incarnations for 25 years, including being utilized as a giant antique mall, before being developed into loft apartments in approx. 1996    Northland Lofts has 98 one-bedroom units and 54 two-bedroom units

House Dresses of the 1950s and My Mom

This morning I got up and decided to just hang out around the house (due to it being Sunday and triple digit heat outside) I then thought "I just need a house dress-something to just slip on and be comfortable" and then I thought of my Mom and the "Housewife's" of the 50's and 60's who had perfect dresses to just wear around the house! Not jogging suits/sweat pants nor staying in you PJ's all day like today...but beautiful lovely dresses, cute comfortable shoes, frilly aprons, perfect hair do's and possibly a strand of pearls! 
Mom Spring Street mid to late 1950's Nevada Mo. 

House Dresses of the 1950s

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The 1950's housewife stereotype shows a woman who spent her time at home, catering to her husband and children.
The decade of the 1950s with images of celebrities like Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe. Indeed, it was a glamorous decade for the Hollywood images that remain imprinted on many minds today, but in day-to-day life, housewives of the 1950s needed practical clothing options. While certain television shows from that era depicted a housewife in heels and pearls, not all women followed that stereotype. However, many wore dresses with sensible heels. As women wanted to look good but also needed to cook and clean, fashion in the 1950s was practical yet attractive.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mom's Family Pictures 1940's to 1999

Front L-R, Lola Mae, Rosa Lea, Eva Lena 2nd Row L-R Margie June, Bertha Lousie, Mother Amy Cecil
3rd Row L-R Mildred Dorine, Father George Robert, Back Row, are the boy's, I am not sure who is who,  but the middle one is Orville LeRoy the other 2 are either Glenn Robert, Bently Eugene or Buford Carroll (Boss)

1999 Evan's Family Reunion, L-R, Orville, Mom, Dorine, June,
Eva Lena, Rosa Lea & Lola Mae

Mom's little brother

Mom told me often about her little brother who died after birth. She said his name was Everett Paul and it was sad. I finally found a grave and information on his birth date and death. He was born Arpil 19th 1937 and passed away August 27, 1937, about 4 months old. She never said what he died from. I also figured if he was born in 1937 Mom would have been 16 years old and her mother 47. I think he was the 11th child.

Everett Paul Evans
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Birth: Apr. 19, 1937
Bates County
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 27, 1937
Bates County
Missouri, USA

Son of George Robert and Amy Miller Evans. 
Double Branch Cemetery
Butler (Bates County)
Bates County
Missouri, USA

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Record added: Jul 16, 2009
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ray Ryan, My friend Debbie's Uncle and our neighbor growing up on Main Street

Ferrelle Ray Ryan

Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ferrelle Ray Ryan, 76, Nevada, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2012, at Freeman West Health System, Joplin, Mo., following a lengthy illness. He was born April 30, 1936, in Nevada, to Frederick D. Ryan and Agnes Opal Lovell Ryan. He was married on June 5, 1955, in Nevada, to his high school sweetheart, Donna Kay Doelling, and she survives of the home.Ray was born and raised in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School in 1954. He worked for Missouri State Highway Department out of Joplin, Mo., as a survey party chief for 36 years, retiring in 1992. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. Ray liked hunting and fishing. He was a self-taught artist and even wrote a book. He was a big supporter of Nevada High School and was a member of the First Baptist Church, Nevada.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Donna, include two sons, Steve Ryan and his wife, Anita, and Doug Ryan and his wife, Joyce, all of Nevada; three grandchildren, David Ryan and his wife, Crystal, Butler, Mo., Nathan Ryan and Brooklyn Ryan, both of Nevada; one great-grandson, Aidan Ryan, Butler, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Billy Bob Ryan and Gene Ryan; one sister, LaNelle Leer; and one daughter, Sheila Kay Ryan, killed in a car wreck in 1972.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 23, at Newton Burial Park, Nevada, with the Rev. Hubert Fox officiating. Friends may call now and until 9:30 a.m., Monday, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.
Memorials may be made, in his memory, to the donor's choice in care of Ferry Funeral Home.
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Friday, July 13, 2012


For years and years when we were growing up in the Main Street house, Mom had a landscape picture similar to these on the living room wall. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT PICTURE-looked at it everyday, several times a day. Anyway, the picture was given to Mom by Dad's Mother and or our Grandma Brittingham. Her Grandmother had given it to her along with some pieces of furniture she had brought over from England. Mom and Dad had the picture, a magazine stand (Thurman has) a small cabinet (I have) They also had a really cool library desk but Opal came over and repossed it from us.

I do not know whatever happened to this picture? When Dad would get rid of things he just took them to the dumps (as we called the landfill) I think this was probably a very valuable painting.

Lot 1204

Oil Painting Landscape Signed Trevor James

Experience the warm connection with Nature from this fine oil on canvas landscape, signed "Trevor James" lower right. Dimensions: 36" X 24" without frame, 42" X 30" with frame. The market gallery price for this piece is $2,200. Strong demand for Trevor James paintings is demonstrated by publicly recorded sales include the sale price of $1,125 for the smaller and less complex.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Film Developing and Printing 1950's, 60's and 70's

 While organizing more family pictures I came across the original envelope that Mom would mail our film in to McPenney's in Springfield Mo. The cost to send this package which held a Argus camera 620 roll of film or two was 6 cents. Film size was 12 pictures. I have googled McPenny's and can not find any info of the company. In the 80's most drug stores started developing your film. It took several days and was always and EXCITING moment to get them back!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Mayberrry USA

I have never told anyone how much the Andy Griffith Show was a part of my growing up. My little southern Missouri home town, Nevada Mo. was so similar to Mayberry. People in the 50's and 60's were honest and hard working. There was the "uptown square" as we kids called it that was home to family businesses. This was the town's livelihood. There was O.B. (Oberlin and Breckenridge families) Market, the Nicodemus family who owned the Western Auto Store, the Armitage family who owned the Hardware Store, the S. H. Kress & Co. dime store, Haden's Ladies Dress Shop, Flory's Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, Emery family Sports Shop, Scott's Dime Store, Edmiston Clothing Store, Cole's Department Store, Thomas's Drug Store, Veith's Cafe, Mode of Day Ladies Clothing Store, Richardson's Office Supply, Thorpe's Appliance Store, Shanks & Sterett's Men's Clothing Store and many more "Home Owned" businesses. Everyone in town knew the local business owner's families, they were the community, their children went to school with us they were the backbone of the town. At the same time as we all gathered around the black and white TV to watch Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bee and all the stories of Mayberry my Dad was a Police Officer and was appointed Chief of Police.

My Dad was so much like Andy, honest, hard working, loyal to the community, and protective of the entire town. He had the same qualities of Sheriff Andy. He was as big as life it's self! His present just made me feel safe. He was honored to protect our town. Many people have told me stories of Dad and how after being stopped by him for speeding etc. he gave them a break because he knew the family. Dad and Mom suffered a massive loss when my brother Marty, 3 months out of high school was killed violently in a car accident. Our life went from Mayberry to a nightmare over night. My parent's NEVER recovered from Marty's death. BUT, one thing that would make them forget for at least 30 minutes a day was ANDY! My Dad would LAUGH (which was hard to make him smile or laugh after my brother's accident) Mom loved Barney and would laugh so hard she had tears running down her face! For this brief time of temporary "happiness" I thank Andy Griffith and ALWAYS will remember him for making my Dad smile again. I also honored my Son Andrew with Andy's name (I could not think of a name for him after he was born, then thinking "what name makes me smile and made my Dad laugh, Andy Griffith! That's it! I see my Dad smile every-time I hear my Son's name. Andrew has so many of my Dad's firm belief's for life and family. In Andrew my Dad will live on and Mayberry or Nevada will not be forgotten in my life. I miss you Dad and I will miss Andy.