Genealogy

Dundee Pioneer Charles Blow A Hero at 94 Years Old

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Mr and Mrs Charles Blow of Dundee - 63rd Wedding Anniv
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blow of Dundee, Illinois

 

The Rock Island Argus

July 18, 1913

Page 9

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HUSBAND, 94, SAVES WIFE FROM FLAMES

Stairway Crashes as Aged Man Bears Helpmate Away from Burning House.

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Muscatine, Iowa, July 18

Heroism which parallels that of genuine fiction was exhibited by Charles Blow, 94 years old, from possible death in a fire which totally destroyed the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Contriman at Fruitland yesterday.

The aged people were in the home alone at the time of the fire. They have been guests at the Contriman home for the past several weeks, coming here from their home at Elgin, Ill. Their daughter, Mrs. Contriman was out in the pasture while Mr. Contriman was in the field.

The fire was discovered by Mr. Blow just as he had descended to the kitchen preparatory toward securing his breakfast. Considerable headway has already been made by the fire, a gust of flame enveloping him as he opened the kitchen door. Staggering from the noxious fumes he pluckily made his way upstairs where his wife was dressing. The aged woman was almost prostrated by the smoke which filled the upstairs portion of the dwelling and her husband practically carried her down the flight of the stairs. The passageway was dense with smoke and the two old people were compelled to fight their way to safety blindly. Flames singed the hair of both although neither was otherwise injured.

Barely a minute after they reached fresh air, the stairway crashed in.

The home was burned to the ground in its entirety. Nothing was saved. The loss to the furniture is estimated at about $1,500, while to the dwelling about $1,2000. The house was owned by Theodore Drake, a well known Muscatine Island resident. But a small amount of insurance was carried. The dwelling had recently been remodeled but since the improvements the insurance had not been increased.

Mr. and Mrs. Contriman had made their home in Fruitland since last February coming here from Chicago.


Charles BLOW (1820 – 1919)
My 3rd great-grandfather
 
Maria Elizabeth BLOW (1854 – 1953)
daughter of Charles BLOW
 
 
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Frank Hunt BOSWORTH (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
 
Robin Melissa BOSWORTH
Me, the daughter of Frank Hunt BOSWORTH

Mr. Charles Blow and his wife, Lucy Flude Knott, are my 3x great grandparents.

 


 

Submitted by Tenderly Rose-Robin Melissa Bosworth Reininger

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Installation Of Officers By West Ward PTA

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Installation Of Officers By West Ward PTA

Mrs. James P. Estrada was installed as president of the Gulfport West Ward Elementary Parent Teachers’ Association Thursday evening at the annual meeting for the year in the school auditorium.

Walter Ewing, who will be the new principal at the school for the 1967-68 session, was installing officer.

Mrs. Estrada, who succeeds Mrs. Ben Weeks, is a member of the faculty of Bayou View Junior High School.

Installed also were Mrs. Donald Suber, vice president; Mrs. J. L. Pullen, secretary; and Mrs. Curtis Parker treasurer.


West Ward Elementary School PTA-Circa 1967
My mother as PTA president at West Ward Elementary School cir. 1967, Gulfport, Mississippi, and teacher at Bayou View Jr. High.

This newspaper account is one of the articles my mother sent me through the years that she’d clipped and saved for me.

No date or name of publication is given. It is presumed the newspaper was The Daily Herald (Mississippi Gulf Coast) because that is the newspaper my family subscribed to all of my life. The year was probably 1967 – dates of school year).

— T.Rose

West Jr. High School PTA Talent Show Ticket 1972

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West Jr. High Talent Show, Gulfport, MS 1972
Thanks to my friend, Kim Lang, for sharing this 1972 West Jr. High School PTA Talent Show ticket.

Note: “Student must be accompanied by parent at night show”! 

Christmas Program for Methodist Sunday School-December 23 1921 in Gulfport, Mississippi

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December 20, 1921
Gulfport Daily Herald
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CHRISTMAS PROGRAM FOR METHODIST SUNDAY SCHOOL

Following is the program of the Methodist church Sunday School to be given Friday night, December 23, at 6:30:
Organ prelude, Mrs. Meadow, Violin Solo
Processional—Organ by Mrs. Meadow, primaries carrying gold stars, juniors carry pine branches, intermediates carrying candles, seniors carrying poinsettias;
Hymn, “Hark the Hearald Angels Sing,” all standing.
Prayer by Superintendent.
Solo, Miss Salome Syfan
“The Christmas Story,” Matthew 2:1-12, James Eaton
Song, “Away in the Manger,” Primaries, Stereo, First Christmas Morning
Reading, “The Other Wise Man,” Miss Irene Morris
Christmas Carols with stereopticon views—Carol, “It came Upon a Midnight Clear,” Stereos, 1. Wise Men consulting Herod, 2. Three Magi Guided by Star, 3. Adoration of Magi.
Carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” Carolers, Stereos, 2. Holy Land (Bethlehem), 2. The Star of Bethlehem.
Carol—“Hark! What Mean those Holy Voices?” Choir Stereo, Angel Choir
Carol, “Silent Night, Holy Night,” Sunday School, standing. Stereo: 1. Holy Child—First Christmas Night. 2. The Babe of Bethlehem.
Carol “While Shepherds Watched their Flocks,” choir.
Stereo, Angels Appearing to Shepherds
Hymn (Stereo) Joy to the World. Donald Lytle, Oscar Harper, Floyd Congregation, standing.
Benediction, Pastor.
The ushers will be Barney Eaton, Leonard Hardy, George Tomlinson, H. E. Blakeslee, Jr., Charles Stewart. Donald Lytle, Oscar Harper, Floyd Odom, George Darnall, Edgar Santa Cruz. The Christmas Tree will be decorated by Mrs. Evans and class and Mrs. J. C. Stewart, Misses Syfan, Tomlinson, Lewie Blakeslee, Hardy, Martha Morris and Mr. Wainwright.

 


 

My two great aunts, Irene “Rene” and Martha Morris , daughters of Edna Irene and David Edmund “D. E.” Morris participated in this Christmas program. There were residents of Gulfport during this time.

1970 Gulf Gardens Baptist Church Donation Envelope

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1970 Church Donation Envelope from Gulf Gardens Baptist Church
1970 Gulf Gardens Baptist Church Donation Envelope

I was lucky to have two church homes when I was growing up. My grandmother, Rosie Smith Morris was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in downtown Gulfport and my mother, Janie, grew up in that church. Such a beautiful church! I remember the old church before it burned and watched the new church rebuild after Hurricane Camille. I love the folks who knew me from birth at that church. I was active in the choir as a teenager and fellowshipped with many friends I grew up with there. Many wonderful memories as part of that church family.

Although I attended First Baptist Church in Gulfport for years off and on-was in child care there, my favorite church when I was growing up was a small neighborhood church in Gulf Gardens located across the street from Milner Stadium. It was only a block or two from my neighborhood. I felt God there in that church. I went to Bible School at this church, sang in the choir, participated in Girls Auxiliary and went to camps through in church. I loved the people and the friends I had there. Lots of fellowship and love in that church. Good people!

 

“Second Mamas” at U. S. M.

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During my first year of life as Tenderly Rose Bosworth, I was part of the Home Economics Dept. The students took care of me as part of their studies. My mother continued her studies there at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. (then Mississippi Southern College)that year, living in a dorm. I stayed in the Home Ec. building. It is possible I earned a degree in Home Ec before I was a year old.

T. Rose at U. S. M. as Home Ec baby
Just another day for Tenderly Rose as Home Economics baby with Mississippi Southern College students learning the tasks of homemaking. 1957
My Second Mamas at USM 1957
A page from my baby book. As the “Home Economics Baby” at Univ. of Southern Mississippi, I had many “mamas” who took care of me day and night.
Mississippi Southern College student, Janie Morris Bosworth with daughter Tenderly Rose 1957
Mississippi Southern College Home Economic student with Tenderly Rose 1957
USM Tenderly Rose and Home Economics Dept Students 1957
Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 1957 – Tenderly Rose with Home Economics Students. T. Rose was part of the curriculum.
Football Player at USM with TR
Univ. of Southern Mississippi 1957 – Football player with Tenderly Rose.

Momma often told me the story of football players at Southern spending time with me while waiting around for their girlfriends to finish up classes. She told me it was said that “The way to a girl’s heart is through Tenderly Rose”. I was never lacking for attention!

T. Rose - U. S. M. 1957

Tenderly Rose U.S.M.
T. Rose Wearing a “Mississippi Southern College” Sweatshirt.