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>I am a descendant of Martha Sackett, daughter of Richard Sackett and Keziah
>Conger. Can anyone provide me with any information on this family? I am
>willing to share what I have. I am the granddaughter of Clyde Jones and
>Alma Christine Johanson (generation #4 below). I have the Martha's
>obituary, but know nothing of her parents. She married the Honorable
>Marshal Witter, (have his bio and obit) and they moved to Kentucky, then to
>Missouri in the 1830s
>1 Martha Sackett b: June 29, 1808 in St. Albans, Vt. d: April 07,
>Milan, Sullivan County, Missouri + Marshal B. Witter b: December 05, 1802
>in Georgia, Franklin Couny, Vermont d: May 27, 1905 in Milan, Sullivan
>2 Mariah C. Witter b: April 1833 in Vermont d: June 22, 1933 in
>+Col. Oliver P. Phillips b: February 26, 1816 in Mercer County,
>January 29, 1892 in Greencastle, Sullivan County, MO
>3 Hattie May Phillips b: April 04, 1863 in Milan, Missouri d: October
>21, 1959 in Kirksville, Missouri +Edward Webster Jones b: Abt. 1864 in
>Missouri d: Bef. 1900 in Missouri
>4 Clyde Edward Jones b: March 24, 1893 in Greencaste, Sullivan County,
>Missouri d: January 1962 in Apple Valley, San Bernardino, California +Alma
>Christine Johanson b: December 25, 1895 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
>d: September 19, 1934 in Yuma. AZ
>Can anyone help?
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I am including the list on this message, so if anyone can help Sandra, please
do. I have a Richard SACKETT in my line but not with that wife. Will have
to check later, however.
Nancy Cluff Siders
Mgr., IS Operations
New Mexico Military Institute
If we always do what we always did, we'll always get what we always got.
Info I have is as follows:
Thomas Sackett born 30 Apr 1787 Uniontown, Fayette Co. PA - died 15 Sep
1871, Ten Mile, Macon Co. MO.
m.1 - Catherine Chambers 23 Nov 1808OH (Your msg 1st mention of
Margaret as first name for Catherine I've seen)
m.2 - Peggy Martin ??????OH
m.3 - Mary McKee 15 Apr 1847IL
Children (all of Cartherine or Peggy)
1. John b.c1812 m.Rhoda Hart (went to MO then IA)
2. Dorcas b.c1813 m.Levi Batterton (remained IL)
3. Phebe m.Miles Goodman (went to IA then OR)
4. Samuel b.c1815 m1.I Goodman, m2.M. Campbell (died Ten Mile, Macon Co.
5. Mary b.1821 m.Abraham Clay Gaines
6. Harriet m.Elijah Thompson Grider
7. Margaret J. b.1834IL-d.1914IL m.J.H. Wells
Have additional info but a little disorganized at the moment. Just
returned from an unexpected 6 month overseas assignment & am way behind
in responding to my mail. Also in the process of moving everything to a
Wish to exchange info if the above falls into your research area.
Tuesday Nov 26th 1941
Another month has passed & I've not written to you. The time seems to pass
quickly & it is always full of work. You see, I do Will's washing & mending
as well as Gladys's & our own. Then, altho' we have not so much to cook
with, it takes more time & thought how to make the best of what we have,
but it is wonderful what changes one can make with so little, but it would
be nice to have some of the things we hear you have when we listen to the
"Kitchen Front" recipes.
I'm afraid there will be no Christmas Pudding this year as we have no Suet,
Fruit, eggs, or flour. Arthur does occasionally get me a little, but there
is none on sale for we Islanders. The Germans get all they want in every
Since last writing, we have had an order that all Gas is to be turned off
at 9 p.m. to 7.30 a.m. & from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is most awkward.
Arthur likes to hear the news at 10 p.m. (which of course is 9 p.m. with
you) so we sit in semi-darkness with just a little bottle candle light,
that is a little paraffin in a bottle with a spoonful of Vinegar at the
bottom & a thin wick drawn through the screw top. It gives a light very
similar to a Candle & of course lasts much longer &, as Candles are not to
be had by people who have Gas, we are glad to have our bottle light.
I have been having a bad time with dysentery. For 10 days & nights I've
been kept busy running & do not feel any too well, but it is getting easier
& I hope soon to be A1.
We are now right in the dark mornings. I get up at 8 a.m. & it is pitch
dark. We have to have a light right up to 9.30. Fortunately, the weather is
fairly mild. I don't light a fire until five in the afternoon. We have our
meals up to then in the kitchen near the "Gas Cooker". Now that we can use
more Gas I don't use the stove we had put in, as it burns up such a lot of
wood & we have to go very careful with it.
Last Tuesday we had such a surprise. The Germans had a "Mock Invasion". It
was most exciting. We had a "Machine Gun" group just along the road in the
garden opposite. There were soldiers galore, shooting with their Guns &
Pistols. It lasted two hours from 8 a.m. to 10. Arthur managed to get to
the Mill about 10 but Will, who goes to work much earlier, had to make a
long detour to get to his work & Tom Keyho had to wait until it was all
over. Quite a lot of people were fined for being on the road after the
"Siren" had gone. We did not hear it either time as the wind was against
our hearing it.
We have thousands of troops here now & such a lot of prisoners of war of
all Nationalities. They are making awful havoc of the properties on the
Island, knocking down partitions between fields & putting in their huge
Guns all over the place. They think the Americans are coming to invade
We are never sure when we may be turned out of our homes. Such a lot of
people have had to leave all except their personal belongings. We have been
fortunate up to now.
I think one of your Planes must be somewhere about as the Guns have just
been going off & it is now 8.30 p.m.. Arthur is out & I'm alone.
What a day it will be when all these terrible times will be at an end. May
it soon arrive.
We have had news from Len this week & one from Fred, which we were
delighted to receive, but they do take a time to come, don't they? We
always answer them the day we receive them. I also had news last week from
Laura & Dulcie. Laura is working somewhere near London. David has won a
scholarship to a "Technical College". I'm so very glad. I expect you have
heard all about it from Laura.
Arthur is about, well again, & is putting on weight. We are all much
thinner than we were, but it is not to be wondered at as we get little
Can anyone tell me when Samuel Sackett Jr.and Jemima Beeman Sackett (
married December 28, 1865 in Adams County, Indiana ) moved from Indiana to
Arkansas? Thanks, David Reid mad(a)pine-net.com
>Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 12:49:15 -0700 (PDT)
>X-From_: nsacket(a)mtayr.heartland.net Mon May 25 12:48:56 1998
>Old-Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 14:14:54 +0500
>From: Nancy Sackett <nsacket(a)mtayr.heartland.net>
>Subject: Request information:
>X-Diagnostic: Not on the accept list
>nsacket(a)mtayr.heartland.net wishes information on Thomas Sackett b
>4/3-/1789 m. Margaret (Catherine) Chambers. I need to know if Dorcas
>was the only child or if, as we thought, they had a son John Sackett b.
>7/15/1812 in Butler Co. OH d. Mt. Pleasant IA. He married Rhoda Hart of
>Gree Co. KY.
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Hey cousins on the list! Please help nsacket if you can!
Nancy Cluff Siders
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Sally Gustafson wrote:
> If this is where Nancy saw my post for Erminia Sackett, I want to thank you
> for forwarding my message to Wendy. She was kind enough to forward all I
> sought and then some. I can't thank you enough. What a marvelous gift.
> Sally Gustafson
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Yesterday, I received copies of several Bible pages kept by a couple of my
great and gg-grandmothers.
The last two death names, Hannah (LEE) and James PARKER, may be the parents
of my g-greatgrandfather, James Parker, of NY. I don't have proof of the
connection yet. There is also a listing for the marriage of an Abigail
PARKER to Jesse EVERETT that I don't have a connection for. Maybe someone
can shed some light for me.
There are a lot of names in here. Hope that someone finds a missing
James PARKER, was born in Canterbury, CT, 1 Apr 1782.
Erminia SACKETT, was born in Granville, NY, 11 Dec 1796 (daughter of Lt.
Their Children: All born in Gouverneur, St. Lawrence Co., NY
Augustus Sackett PARKER, 11 Oct 1819.
Cornelius Adams PARKER, 11 May 1821.
Origen Davenport PARKER, 13 Feb 1823.
Rosamond PARKER, 9 Feb 1825.
Chavrilla PARKER, 14 Feb 1827.
Theodore Everett PARKER, 6 Feb 1828.
Myrtle Sabins PARKER, 6 Mar 1830.
Acksah PARKER, 4 Apr 1832.
Emily PARKER, 12 May 1834.
Lovicia PARKER, 6 Apr 1836
Lovinia PARKER, 6 Apr 1836 [Twins! Just what she needed after nine children]
James Buel PARKER, 8 May 1840.
On the other side of Birth page, in different handwriting.
Amelia BIRD PARKER, Feb 20, 1833, wife of Augustus PARKER.
Merrick RUBY, Aug 11, 1874.
Alice Drennan PARKER of James B. and Helen E. PARKER, Dec 7, 1896(Adopted)
31 Jan 1819, James PARKER to Erminia SACKETT, by Israel PORTER, Esq.
28 Apr 1891, James Buel PARKER to Helen E. RUTHERFORD.
10 May 1810, Abigail PARKER, born in Putney, VT, 20 Nov 1780, died 5 Feb
NY. Married Jesse EVERETT, b ?, died 21 Jun 1855, Philadelphia, PA
13 Aug 1849, Cornelius Adams PARKER, was married to Mits(sp) Jane Anna
WILLIAMS of the town of Pamilia, by the Rev. Mr. B. B. BECKWITH.
4 Sep 1855, Acksah PARKER to Walter P. BROWN by Rev B. B. BECKWITH.
4 Oct 1858, Theodore e. PARKER to Julia A. GOODELL of Oswego.
4 Mar 1861, Augustus S. PARKER to Amelia BIRD of St. Louis.
6 May 1873, Emily PARKER to Russell S. ELMER, by Rev. N. J. CONKLIN at
Chavrilla PARKER departed this life 16 Mar 1827.
Lovicia PARKER died April 7th 1836.
In hospital near Petersburg, Virginia of Pluro Fever, the morning of July
20, 1864, Origen D. PARKER. He enlisted into the Union Army, Aug 30th,
Augustus S. PARKER was shot in Stage Coach, July 13th, 1865, near Gibson's
Ferry, between Virginia City and Boise City.
James PARKER. Died in Gouverneur, March 14, 1875. Aged 92 yrs 11 mos. 14
Erminia SACKETT. Wife of James PARKER. Died in Gouverneur, NY, April 22,
1876. Aged 79 yrs. 4 months and eleven days.
Lovinia PARKER. Died in Gouverneur, NY. Feb 15, 1889 at 53 years.
Rosamond PARKER. Died in Gouverneur, NY. Aug 13, 1890. 65
Mrs Emily PARKER ELMER in Crays Mills, NY aged 65, Aug 10th, 1899
In Gouverneur, NY, Cornelius A. PARKER, Dec 22, 1899 at 78.
In Saint Paul, MN, June 30, 1900, Theodore E. PARKER. 72
Walter Augustus BROWN, June 24, 1900, Atlanta, GA. 44 years.
????r PARKER, Jan 20, 1907.
Mrs. Acksah Parker BROWN, March 1, 1915.
Erwin SACKETT, March 12, 1897, aged 89, in Davenport, IA.
Theodore E. PARKER's wife JULIA died in Saint Paul, MN on May 15, 1897. aged
In Wabash, IN, Mrs. Emily Taylor Sackett, aged 91, Dec 28, 1897.
Buel SACKETT died in November 1867.
Lucy Leonard BOOTH, 68, May 9, 1901
Rosa Parker DRENNAN, July 17, 1902
Deaths: (page from a different Bible)
Hannah (LEE) PARKER, 26 Nov 1861.
James PARKER, 11 Aug 1863.
Augustus S. PARKER, 13 Jul 1865.
On a small sheet of paper: Record of the children of Cornelius A. PARKER
Jane Williams PARKER, born June 15, 1850 in Gouverneur, NY.
Cornelius Arthur PARKER, born in Gouverneur, Nov 7, 1851.
Sarah H. A. PARKER, born in Gouverneur, June 6, 1858.
In case you are thinking of driving a car in Tokyo, the following might be
WORDS OF ADVICE TO MOTORISTS
>From an English language newspaper in Tokyo
At the rise of the hand of policemen, stop rapidly. Do not pass him or
otherwise disrespect him. When a passenger of the foot hove in sight,
tootle to him melodiously at first.
If he still obstacles your passage, tootle him with vigour and express by
word of mouth the warning, 'Hi, hi.'
Beware the wandering horse, that he shall not take fright as you pass him.
Do not explode the exhaust box at him. Go soothingly by, or stop by the
roadside till he pass away.
Give big space to the festive dog that make sport in the roadway. Avoid
entanglement of dog with your wheel spokes.
Go soothingly on the grease-mud, as there lurk the skid demon.
Press the brake of foot as you roll round the corners to save the collapse
Advance notice - and a suggestion!!
Michael and Jo Sackett (please see the Home page list) are celebrating
their Ruby Wedding (45th) on Saturday, 11 July. Although "only" snail mail
members, they take a keen interest in all the Sackett family research work
that is going on - and it was Michael's father, Alfred Barrett Sackett, who
did a considerable amount of UK research on the family.
Wouldn't they be thrilled to get messages of good wishes from their cousins
around the world on this special day?!! Their address is: Ivy House, Long
Street, Croscombe, Wells, Somerset, BA5 3QQ. They are having a special "do"
at the Bishop's Palace in Wells on the Saturday afternoon, followed by a
soiree at Ivy House.
To those of you unfamiliar with snail mail (:>), please be advised that it
can take two weeks, even by airmail, for a letter to get to the ol'
country. - Yeah, I know, it would have been quicker on the Lyon.
can any one help on this
From: Jimmie D. Lynn <firstname.lastname@example.org(a)Bellsouth.net>
To: transitdan(a)bigsky.net <transitdan(a)bigsky.net>
Date: Thursday, May 21, 1998 1:07 PM
Subject: Desire Sackett
I am trying to locate some information on a Desire Sackett. She married a
William Stage 5/2/1824 in Buffalo, Erie Co. New York. Is there a Desire
Sackett in your family line or do you know of another Sackett family. I am
told that there is a small town on Lake Ontario between Rochester and
Syracuse called Sacketts Harbor..any connecton? I tried you web site but was
unable to get into some of the pages. Would appreciate any information.
Thanks, Toni Lynn
Try out this site to get some tips in using the RootsWeb Archives
This is an updated version of the page John published last winter.
In a message to the Listowners-L mail list last week, he offered
the page to all RootsWeb List users and requested feedback. If you
have any suggestions for additional search tricks that work, please
pass them along to him at jr(a)shelby.net.
Nancy Cluff Siders
<nancy(a)email.nmmi.cc.nm.us> or <nancy(a)yogi.nmmi.cc.nm.us> or
I am looking for information on Sackett's in Michigan: specifically
Charles Sackett who had Charles Sackett (there might be 3 in a row here,
the last one lived in Munith, Jackson County area), who had Hugh, Louis
& Lois; Hugh had Lester & Lester had me, Mary Lou Sackett. Please send
any possible information to me at mpenn(a)voyager.net
This is a true Montana shoot em up story about the old west
and Augustus Sackett Parker. As soon as I find the ancestors of Augustus
Sackett Parker I will inform the list. If any one has information on him
please let me know.
From: Sally Gustafson <sallyg(a)west.net>
To: MONTANA-L(a)rootsweb.com <MONTANA-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: Saturday, May 16, 1998 3:12 PM
Subject: [MONTANA-L] Overland Coach Robbery
>Thought I would post this to the list in case anyone else is searching for
>any of these people. Thanks to all who help me along the way in my search
>for A.S. PARKER.
>When I began my search for Augustus Sackett PARKER, I started on the Idaho
>list as the his death occurred in Virginia City, Idaho territory,1865.
>After being informed that Idaho Territory was devided into Idaho, Montana
>and Wyoming, I moved my requests to the Montana list where Virginia City is
>today. In answer to my query about newspapers which might have printed the
>incident, Ellen was kind enough to send me the following from "Leeson's
>History of Montana 1739-1885", Page 302:
>The Treasure Coach Robbery, 1865 - the robbery of the Overland Coach in
>Neuf Canon, Idaho, was one of those deeds the remembrance of which, even
>today, tells the traveler to be calm in presence of the road agents. In
>case a number of well armed men guarded the treasure, and were fully
>to meet any marauders who might attack them. On the 13th of July, 1865, the
>treasure coach for the south left Virginia City with seven passengers --A.
>Parker, A. J. McCausland, David Dinan, W. L. Mers, L. F. Carpenter, Charles
>Parks, and James Brown. There was a large amount of treasure on board. The
>passengers -- all hardy mountaineers -- were well armed, principally with
>double-barrel shotguns loaded with buckshot. They expected an attempt to
>the coach, and determined to fight. They took turns watching at the coach
>windows with guns ready for quick use, determined to get the first shot, if
>possible, in case of an attack. One man also sat by the driver, Frank
>Williams, who was afterward found to have been in with the road agents. The
>second day out from Virginia City, while driving through Port Neuf Canon,
>man on the box with the driver sang out: "Boys, here they are!" --he having
>discovered the barrels of the road agents' shotgusns glimmering in the
>by the roadside. The outside watch followed his words of warning with a
>shot, almost simultaneous with the inside passengers turned loose on the
>robbers, which was answered instantly by a volley from among the bushes.
>Parker, McCauland, Dinan and Mers were shot dead. Carpenter was hurt in
>places, and only avoided death by feigning to be dying when one of the
>came up for the purpose of shooting him a second time. Parks was also
>apparently mortally wounded, and was not further molested. Brown, who was
>hurt, jumped into the bushes and escaped. The driver (Williams), who had
>purposely driven the coach into the ambush, was, of course, untouched. His
>part in the robbery was afterward traced home to him, and, although he had
>left the territory, he did not escape retribution, he having been hanged by
>the vigilance committee at Cherry Creek, Colorado, some months later. The
>agents who took part in this butchery were eight in number. They secured
>$65,000 in gold, and, so far as known in Montana, were never detected.
>Also in this same book on page 265-6:
>An article about the vigilantes of Montana. To give a roster of the
>vigilantes of Montana is out of the question. .... However, there are
>which have already been credited with participation in the action of the
>Vigilantes, and therefore they must be given in this greater record. The
>of honor is made up of the names of men who were spokesmen or executioners.
>Among the names is: A. S. Parker.
>To Ellen, I expressed my dismay at having a vigilante in the family, and I
>learned that in Montana, the Vigilantes were considered good people. This
>prompted me to search the Montana gen web site for more information. I
>spent several hours reading about the terrible times the townspeople went
>through under a corrupt sheriff. He and many of his band of outlaws were
>eventually hung by the Vigilantes.
>My comendations to the volunteers of the Montana USGENWEB site. It is one
>the best and most informative I have seen. I wish some other states could
>follow your example. Missouri is another one of the best. Thanks to all
>P.S. It took four weeks for the news of her husbands death to reach his
>pregnant wife, Amelia (SACKETT) PARKER, in Atchison, Kansas. The shock
>caused her to give premature birth to my great grandmother, Augusta Sackett
>PARKER, on 15 Aug 1865. The baby weighed 2 pounds and was kept in a box by
>the stove to keep it warm. Augusta married Jacob Dow CULLER, gave birth to
>10 children and died at the age of 80. Her husband of 58 years died the
>following year. They are both buried in Colony Cemetery, Colony, Anderson
>Santa Barbara, CA
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It occurred to me after sending the recipe for stewed ormers that you may
have preferred to have them pickled.
Here's Mrs E R Mauger again:
"Pickled Ormers, Guernsey Method
After cleaning them, boil the ormers in a mixture of half vinegar and half
water with salt, bay leaves and peppercorns added. Simmer for 4 hours.
Bottle in warmed preserving jars and seal quickly, ensuring that the jars
I hope this is helpful. :>)
"Cwt" probably does not need explaining, but in case it does, a cwt or a
hundred weight is one twentieth of a ton or 112 lbs.
What I'm sure does need explaining is an "ormer". These are shellfish
peculiar to the Channel Islands, still available, but rather rare. I
remember, as a boy, helping my father to collect them and my mother to
prepare them. My job was to beat them with a wooden mallet on the kitchen
step in order to tenderise them. And they are delicious.
Here (especially for Patty who likes recipes!, and for others) is how
Lillie would have prepared them:
"Stewed Ormers, Guernsey method
Soak in salt water for 1/2 hour. Then scrub ormers with a hard bristle
brush. Put in clean water and wash until white. Take them out and beat them
with a wooden rolling pin on a wooden chopping board until they become
tender, but take care not to break them. Then brown the ormers in a frying
pan with butter. They will then look like steak. Next put them in a stew
pan with a large onion, cut up, season with herbs to taste and cover with
thick stock gravy and cook for 8 hours. They should then be as tender as
veal cutlets but far more delicious."
(Source for recipe (I know how Nancy insists on sources!) : Mrs E R Mauger,
manuscript receipt book of dishes and remedies, c 1874).
And here's what an ormer is:
"Haliotis tuberculata, ormer, abalone, sea ear, or mutton fish, a shell
fish collected from beneath rocks only at exceptionally low tides from the
end of October until the latter part of April. 'Tis much bigger than an
oyster, and like them, good either fresh or pickled, but infinitely more
pleasant to the gusto."
(Source (always a source!): News from the Channel, 1673).
Sunday October 26th 1941
Another month has passed since I wrote to you. I've been very busy. Somehow
there is always something to be done & it is well for me; it helps to keep
one well & is good for the nerves. We have so much to try them now.
Our visitors are getting more & more bossy. There are so many here now &
just lately we have had an hectic time. They are bringing in the soldiers
from around the coast & putting them into houses in parishes near Town. We
have nine in this road that are now occupied by them. We have not known
from day to day if we should be turned out. In very many cases people have
been turned out at a few hours' notice, but so far we are safe.
They went to see Will's house but did not take it. We have a sentry walking
up & down the road every night. The house opposite is a "District Office" &
we see such a lot of soldiers in & out. For two weeks they had a field
kitchen in the yard. It was funny to see them all come with their dixey
cans for their midday meal.
They do have some nice things. It makes ones mouth water to see them. One
day, a soldier carried in on his shoulder about ¼ side of beef. The
potatoes they are claiming 40 tons per week.
We are not likely to get much fish this winter as they have mined the whole
coast. Boats are now able to go out of the Town & St Sampson's harbours. No
one is allowed to go on any of the beaches for Ormers or fishing of any
kind. This will be a very great hardship as we get so little meat. My
ration was 1/2d worth for the two of us. I'm thankful we have a good supply
of vegetables, enough to last us through the winter, but one does get a bit
tired of them.
We have had a few small "Air Raids" during the month.
There is one great bit of news to tell you. We have had our Gas ration more
than doubled. We had six weeks of 200 cubic feet, but now we have 450 feet
for cooking & lighting, so now we can have Gas instead of Candles which
makes all the difference in the world to our happiness & well being.
There is a new order out that no more grain may be sold for pigs & fowls,
so that will mean no more eggs or pork for us, altho' we have not seen much
pork during the last months. People will have to sell their fowls so there
will be a chance to get one now & again.
We had such a grand treat last Thursday. Some friends of ours invited us
out to dinner. There was a plump chicken, all brown & savoury on the table.
To our great delight & surprise, some friends of theirs had sent it to them
& they asked us to go & share it with them. We did enjoy it. It seemed
almost like a Christmas dinner. We had to get home by 7.20 as we have no
lamps for our cycles. That was a day to remember.
Tom Keyho had a bad bout again last week. We have seen him today & he is
We have not had any messages since last I wrote. It is Laura's birthday
today. I wonder how she is getting on. We think of you all on your
birthdays. It is Florrie's on Tuesday. I hope the day will soon come when
we can write to you again.
We hope we shan't have too severe a winter as we have so little coal & will
have to trust to wood fires & there is not an awful lot of wood. We are
rationed to 2 cwt per month.
Monday Sept 29th
I see it is over a month since I wrote to you. I've been very busy & many
things have happened too.
We have now got our Radio Set again. All the Main Sets have been taken by
our visitors, but the battery sets they did not want & yet they kept them
from us for six weeks. It is so nice to hear the news again.
We have had lovely weather all thro' the month & the corn etc. has been got
in & is very good. We are very thankful to feel that our bread will be sure
for the winter, altho' our visitors have claimed 40 per cent of the
Early in the month, we had two short "Air Raids", but it was mostly on the
soldiers who were drilling on the beaches, quite a number of them being
Arthur has been very poorly with stomach trouble but is now getting slowly
better. Will, too, has been bad in the same way.
Mollie's house has been let, so we have had to clear out all her goods &
chattels. What a business it was, to be sure. However, it is all safely
housed & there is now no fear of it being taken by our visitors. It is
dreadful how they are treating some of the houses & furniture.
We are feeling the shortage of essentials, especially Gas. We have none for
lighting purposes at all. We've just had a small range fixed in our dining
room so that we can save on the cooking. I do hope we shan't have a very
severe winter. Those people who have neither Gas or Electric light are the
ones who will suffer most as there is no paraffin at all for them, & they
can have only one candle per week, & in some cases only one in two weeks.
We have not had anything from France for the past few weeks except Coal for
making Gas. Our food consists of Bread & Butter, ½ ration of meat, Semolina
or Barley flour, fish once a week if there is any, & of course vegetables
of which we have a plentiful supply I'm very thankful to say.
We have just been enjoying our Grapes. We had about 60 bunches. They have
been a very great treat. I bought two green figs last week, paid 6d each
for them. They were such a nice change.
We have had messages from Len & Mollie again. They are well & seem to be
settling down. Tom has heard from Laura & Will from Cathie. It is so nice
to hear from them.
We have to light up now at 8 p.m. & it is not light until 7.30 a.m. We use
a Candle to go to bed but I dare not leave it burning for Arthur. He has to
get upstairs in the dark. When our stock of Candles has gone we'll have to
go to bed at dark & get up at dawn, but many have to get up now in the
dark. It is all most trying. There's one thing: it won't last for ever & we
keep on hoping it will soon end.
We had a week without meat last week. After next week we commence our
Services on Sunday afternoon as last winter. There is no Gas to be used in
Chapels etc. & of course no meetings at all in the week. Unless there is
Electric light it is a bit dreary, but we keep smiling.
If this is where Nancy saw my post for Erminia Sackett, I want to thank you
for forwarding my message to Wendy. She was kind enough to forward all I
sought and then some. I can't thank you enough. What a marvelous gift.
Sunday Aug 24th
You would be very interested to see the different kinds of Vehicles there
are now in use here. Those who have anything on wheels are now using them.
There are one or two "Guernsey Chairs". Do you remember seeing them, almost
like a "Hansom Cab". These are in great demand, also Waggonettes which come
in from the country two or three days a week. & Vans converted into
The Growers have made themselves a long cart put on Motor Wheels, which
they use to carry their produce to the Depots. The majority either cycle or
have to walk.
We have gone back many years as regards travelling & again in every other
way. I'm now using sand for cleaning my pots & pans. There is no item or
any other like article here now. It is wonderful how the stocks have held
out when you think it is now 14 months since any intercourse was held with
England. Of course, we are getting some things from France, but only
essentials. We should have had more had not our Visitors bought up such a
lot & they are still getting all they can.
I think from various rumours brought by the Troops when they have been home
on leave that things are very bad in their own land. There is a
considerable amount of looting being done in the evacuated houses.
We are very quiet here just now. Very rarely do we see any Planes, There is
some talk that they intend to enlarge the "Air Port", but I do hope it is
not true. They have planted so many Guns all over the place, even on tops
of houses in the Town, & have built huge look outs in many places.
We have had such a lot of rain this last week. It is better today but is
now clouding over again. We do so want fine weather for the harvest. It is
so very important that we get it all in safely for our winter food.
We are still without our Radio Set. Arthur has been round to Will's this
afternoon to hear the news.
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Nancy Cluff Siders Originally from Highland Co., OH
704 Sunrise Road Living now in New Mexico
Roswell, NM 88201 eMail: nancy(a)email.nmmi.cc.nm.us
Home: (505)624-2341 or: siders(a)lookingglass.net
Father's: CLUFF/CLOUGH SCAMMAHORN/SCHERMERHORN ROBINSON WASHBURN
SHAVER/SCHEEVER MILLER RIDENOUR HENTON/HINTON FUELCE/FUILCE/FIULCE
Mother's: MCKAY/MACKAY OLDEN SACKETT PARTRIDGE LETSON/LITSON ROGERS
WOODRUFF/WOODROOF BOSTWICK BLANCHARD OSBORN TYLER SMITH WHALEY
HEARNDON MASTON WICKENDEN BALLOU CLINTON DARLING GARDINER GEREARDY
HARRINGTON HASTINGS HOLLIMAN KNYVETT MARKHAM MILLS MORTON POLE
POLLET STEERE STRELLEY WHIPPLE WHITE KEAN WILLOUGHBY KEMP LEE,
ROSE SEABURY TINKHAM WOODWARD, et. al. back to 140 AD.
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