Monday, February 28, 2011

Military Monday: James Joseph "Jim" VandenEynden

James Joseph "Jim" VandenEynden

My Grandpa was a Staff Sergeant in the Marines at the very end of WWII. He enlisted in Cincinnati (St. Bernard), Ohio on May 6, 1943. According to his discharge papers, he served in the Southwest Pacific Area from 18Oct1943 to 28Jan1945,  "participating in the consolidation of the Northern Solomon Islands". His weapons qualifications were as "a Rifle Sharpshooter, with a score of 301 on July 1, 1943'. After his service in the South Pacific, he served as Staff Sergeant at the Marine Aviation Separation Unit One, in Cherry Point, NC. He was given an Honorable Discharge (the war was over and he had served his allotted time) on 2 Nov 1945, and paid "$100 mustering out pay". In addition, he was "furnished travel allowance at the rate of 5 cents per mile" (Wow!) from Cherry Point, NC to Norwood (Cincinnati) , Ohio.  He was issued 2 patches, khaki, for honorable service; issued 2 patches, green, for honorable service; and issued USMC honorable discharge button. His character of service was listed as "excellent".                                                       

Friday, February 25, 2011

Guess What I Found in my Grandma's Photos?

This is a daguerreotype that I found in my Grandma’s photos. I've seen examples of them in books, but never in real life. And now I own one!

Daguerreotypes (1839-1854) were the very first photographic images ever created! What makes a photograph valuable to me is the person in the photo, not the type of photo. In this case, I don't know who this young boy is. But when I do find out who he is, (because I will find out!) that fact will make this photo priceless to me.

I feel sure he was from the Anderson or the Lyons family, since this  photo was with all of the other items I "inherited" from my Grandma.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday's Obituary: Joseph "Joe" VandenEynden- My Great-Grandfather

Joseph VandenEynden
Requiem High Mass for Joseph VandenEynden, 87, operator of a wallpaper store in St. Bernard for more than 30 years, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Clement Church, St. Bernard.  Mr. VandenEynden died Wednesday at the Glass Nursing Home. 
     Known as “Jim Van, the Wallpaper Man,” he served as Third Ward Councilman in St. Bernard some years ago, and as a Councilman-At-Large for two terms.
      He and his wife, Rose, celebrated their 62d wedding anniversary last July. Mrs. VandenEynden lives at St. Theresa Home.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Surname Saturday

This is my first time joining many of you for Surname Saturday. Hopefully I can give anyone out there with Dutch roots some websites to visit that will help with your research. VandenEynden was my maiden name. (Then I got married and became a Jones!) After a while, though, I kind of missed that unique last name. My 2nd Great-Grandfather,  Petrus Josephus (Joseph Peter), came to the USA from the Netherlands, along with his brothers, Picter (Peter), and Petrus Marinus (Morris). I've narrowed the area they immigrated from down to the Noord-Brabant region, I just don't know what city or province yet. But I'm working on it! They all settled in St Bernard, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - A "First Class" Photographer's Imprint!

Yesterday, I briefly mentioned that I thought the photographer's imprint, on the back of Amelia Dorman's photo, was very beautiful and elaborate. I thought that it might be nice to share it with you today, on Wordless Wednesday! I love what it says at the bottom of the imprint-"None but Strictly first Class Work allowed to leave the Studio"!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The Photograph, Grandma's Doll, and A Necklace

"A photographer's imprint may reveal the places where you ancestor lived, or an artifact depicted in an image may be something you own today."
       -Maureen A. Taylor

As I mentioned in a previous post, my Grandma (Norma ANDERSON VandenEynden - 1921-2010) pretty much refused to talk about her family. So, inheriting her things has put me on a path to find answers to questions I've had my entire life.
     The other day, I was going through her boxes of pictures when I found a cabinet card photo of a beautiful, young lady. The top of the photo says 'Amelia DORMAN'.

I had never seen a photo like this before. I've been reading the book that I quoted from at the beginning, and my understanding is that most young girls at this age had their hair pinned up in the same style as their mother's hair. Amelia's hair was completely let down. I sat admiring her beautiful blond curls and porcelain complexion. I thought about her parents, who were both immigrants from Prussia. I wondered what her life was like. I turned the photo over to see the Photographer's Imprint, which was very elaborate.

I had one more look at Amelia before I started to scan the photo, when something caught my eye. That's when I literally yelled, "The Doll!"