There is a big whopping achievement I want to report. It has been an entire year in the process. It would not have taken so long if I would have really knuckled down to do it. It probably would have only taken three months. I finished typing up my Great Grandmother’s journals! Well, there are only three years worth, 1961-1963. I have been told there are more, many more, but nobody seems to know where they are. Well, actually I have been told they are located in the missing trunk that I reported on here some months back. I don’t know if this trunk really holds all these treasures, of if it is to blame for the loss of family priceless jewels. I hope someday we can find out. The journals amounted to roughly the equivalent of 120 typed pages. Yea, I know, it doesn’t sound like much, but it was a long process. I really enjoyed the walk through time. The death of my Great Great Grandmother is in there although a small, undetailed account. The assassination of President Kennedy was another interesting read. While she records no emotions on the death of her mother, for days afterward she is sickened by the assassination. She comments seeing Mr. Oswald being shot by Mr. Ruby and how horrible that felt to her.
I learned quite a bit about myself in the process. Every week contains some reference to my Grandparents, Norwood and Colleen Jonas. Sometimes it is as common as every day for a week. There are references to operations on my Grandmother, Colleen and her having what was believed to be a cancerous mole removed. There are references to my own mother losing her finger, which story I have also included in past postings. Grandma Lillian references babysitting often my Aunt Jackie.
All in all, I gained a greater testimony of daily journal entries. Her example is powerful. The most mundane of activities are in some ways completely foreign to us 40 years later. She visit teaches 10 (!) different households every months the entire three years. What is more, she comments about it the beginning days of nearly every month, meaning it was done early and regularly. It is strange to hear of the chickens being killed for Sunday dinner. That is something you never hear of someone just deciding to kill the chicken for dinner that evening. Telephone calls are still referred to as a novelty. The insurance was incredibly cheaper. I don’t know of anyone who mops the whole house every Saturday. I don’t know anyone who regularly bakes several loaves of bread and puts up literally dozens of jars of goods every fall.
So I am glad that is completed. I will return these three journals to my Aunt Lillian when I am visiting Utah in the beginning of April.
This week has been Amanda’s Spring Break but it hasn’t been much of a break. She has been going to all these different schools telling the children how to take care of their teeth.
This week I was informed we found the marriage date and place for my Great something Grandparents. William Sharp and Mary Ann Bailey Padley were married at Laurel Loup, Nebraska Territory 10 Jul 1853. Leanne Maynes got a copy of the divorce papers which gave the information. I am glad to have a copy of the papers and the marriage date.
I also applied to George Mason University Law School this week. That leaves only William and Mary to apply to. Their deadline is the 1 of July, but I hope to get it in within the month. No point of waiting and have it surprise me the day before. So far I have applied to Washington & Lee, University of Virginia, and George Washington. I didn’t even see the point of applying to University of Richmond. They required several additional documents and I don’t have any desire to go there. I am not impressed with them at all. I will tell you, it is an expensive process applying to these schools! Anywhere from $70 to $90 a school! I will have to make sure I save some money for applying this coming year. If I apply to 10 schools, and they each charge that range, that is $700 to $900! The good thing is some of them do not charge. LSAC does for the report to send to them, but that is only $12 per school. That is much more feasible.
Temple cards continue to trickle in from all over the world. I have forgotten where so many of these cards go. I have to leave it completely in the hands of the people who have them to return them. I got some from a lady a month or two back from Seattle! I wrote to her asking where she got them from. She gave me the name of a woman who I did not know so the chain is longer than I have the capacity to follow in some instances. This week I received about 30 completed cards that were first baptized in 2002. I don’t have many cards that old out there anymore. But they still are! I fear some cards may have been lost forever. I hope not.
Last week I taught the first lesson of the latest string of family history classes. It went very well. I am excited for this class and group of students. They all came prepared and have actually done some work. I don’t have to try to light the fire of family history in them, they already have it.
Time to sign off. Life goes well. Just wish I didn’t have to sleep. How much more could I accomplish in a day!?