Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chattanooga Delta Workshop This Weekend

Have you signed up for the workshop this weekend. Now that we know the weather is going to be gorgeous, there are no more excuses. If you haven't registered yet, you can come Saturday morning and register at the door. Just $25/$30 will take care of all of your genealogy needs.

We have an awesome line-up covering a broad range of topics including; genealogy, history and methodology. We should be able to meet everybody's needs no matter what your skill set is,  a beginner, intermediate or advanced researcher.

8:30-9:30        Registration
9:30-10:30      Linda Mines- "The War of 1812 and Beyond in Tennessee"
10:30-11:30    Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL - "I Swear Allegiance" - Naturalization Records:                                                                                     1790-1950
11:30-1:00      Lunch
1:00-2:00        Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL -  "More than Land Descriptions: Treasures                                                                                                   Among The  Deeds"
2:00-3:00        Debra Leining - "Tracing your Family History using the The Family History Center                                                              and  Family Search"

No need to worry about lunch. We have you covered! If you want it...Ooltewah has it. Ooltewah has every fast food restaurant that you can think of. If you want to sit down and discuss everything that you learned during the morning sessions, then Ooltewah fills that bill too!  When you can not eat any more, come back, buy a James County Book and settle in for the afternoon sessions.

We look forward to seeing this weekend ! Come join us at the Ooltewah United Methodist Church located at 6131 Relocation Way, behind the Bi Lo.

You don't want to miss it!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Football vs. Genealogy

As we all know, this is the Big Weekend for football fans. It's Super Bowl weekend. GO BRONCOS! You might ask why I care who wins. I am not particularly a big football fan. So why does it matter to me? Well, I'll tell you why. The Broncos have Tennessee's beloved son, Peyton Manning, as their quarterback. If you live in Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee during the Peyton Manning era, as I did (yes, I see you doing the math in your head to see how old I am) then your blood runs deep orange. Peyton Manning has always been the one to paint it orange. A UT alumni will always smile when they hear his name mentioned or see his face on the television set. GO PEYTON! I should say.

Now comes the next question. Why am I posting this on a genealogy/history site? I'm so glad you asked. I have attached a link with the family ancestry of the Manning family. Archie Manning, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning are names that go back many generations. As genealogist, we all are taught about naming patterns, and this practice is still being used in our generation. Even in today's society, people still care about their ancestry. Isn't that awesome!


This is just an example how one can incorporate genealogy and football at the same time.  Now, maybe you can get something done on your research and not feel bad about it, while your husband is watching TV.
GO PEYTON! But, just keep chanting, GO PEYTON!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Winter 2014 Meeting

Well, the entire holiday season has come and gone. Mine, of course, began just before Halloween and has just now ended. It is now time to say goodbye to the holidays and welcome in the new year.

A good place to start will be the next historical society meeting. How many of you feel the same way?
We have another good speaker for you this quarter. His name is Bob George from the Bradley County Historical Society. He will be speaking on the history of Cleveland and its Revolutionary Heroes.Their most important hero was Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, a commander at the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution.

I must admit that I don't know anything about this. I am looking forward to what he has to say. I just love History! Hope to see you there!

Ooltewah United Methodist Church in Ooltewah at 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Notice of Fall Meeting 2013

Beep... Beep... Beep....Breaking News

The fall meeting has been scheduled for THIS Sunday. Yes, I said this Sunday at 2:30 at the Ooltewah Methodist Church.

David Knicely will lead a discussion on Dead Man's Cut and how it got its name. We hope to include everyone in the discussion. So bring your stories and photos with you.

This is a perfect discussion on the weekend after Halloween when the James County Spirits are still roaming around.  MAUHhahaha  (Hear it Here!)

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Very Tiny Moon

I have been the very happy recipient of one of many remarkably kind persons who are sharing their "stash" of James County ephemera. The people who have been sharing with the Historical Society via me have been amazing. When information is shared, everyone is a winner. There is very little documentation left concerning James County, so when items are shared, it adds to the puzzle that is James County. These ephemera items help to tell the story of our lost county. Thanks to all of you who are sharing James County with the rest of us.

One of the items, I'd like to share with all of you. This one really intrigued me on many levels. Firstly, the advertisement for Mellin's Food, is a brand that I had not heard of. Secondly, who is this little girl, named Idella Mae Moon from  Norman, Tennessee? Thirdly, I had never heard of "The National Magazine" before.

The Advertisement

From the Archives of Mitch Kinder

Department of Progressive Advertisers
for the BABY

Idella Mae Moon,  Norman, Tenn.,  a Mellin's Food Baby

A discouraged young mother wrote to us the other day and asked, if we really believed that Mellin's Food would help her baby. She said that she had already tried many different foods and methods, and baby was steadily growing worse.
We told her that we felt sure that Mellin's Food would help her baby, and we sent her a Sample Bottle of Mellin's Food and our beautiful book, "The Care and Feeding of Infants." We also told her just how to prepare the first few feedings of Mellin's Food and how to continue.
Now she writes that baby is doing splendidly .[S]He gains steadily, is happy all day long and things couldn't be better
How about your little one? Let us send a Sample Bottle of Mellin's Food and the Book to you. Both are FREE. We know you ought to have them.

Mellin's Food Company                                                                                   Boston, Mass.

Don't fail to mention "The National Magazine" when writing to advertisers.

The Magazine

Let's start with The National Magazine. What is this magazine? When was it published? That will help us to establish the date of this advertisement. Joe Mitchell Chapple bought The Bostonian in 1896. He gave the magazine a new name and a new vision. In November of 1896, the magazine became known as The National Magazine. The name change signified the transformation from regional topics to those of national interest. This allowed for more general and broader topics to be published. It was written for the average reader and cost only 10 cents.The articles included primarily American subjects, then foreign topics that were deserving of our attention were added. It was highly illustrated and also included many short stories. Topics relating to women were also authored by women. An innovative idea at the turn of the century.
Examples of a few of the covers from the magazine are shown below. You can read an example of this magazine here.

provided from Wikimedia Commons

The Mellin Baby Food

Gustav Mellin was a chemist from London, England. He took the difficult formula from another chemist and perfected it to a degree where an average mother just needed to add water and milk to create a baby formula for mothers who could not nurse their babies. It was an extract of malt and wheat that could be kept in a clean and dry environment. This allowed the food to have a shelf life and be mobile to accommodate the lifestyle of the family. It was said that the food "would produce firm flesh, strong limbs, sound teeth and healthy bodies that defy disease."  It was touted to give cow's milk all the nutritional value of breast milk. Later, the firm located a center in Boston to distribute the food to a worldwide market. This move was a very successful marketing tactic. The American market was open to a product of this type.

Credit: Science Museum London

Before Gerber babies ever appeared in the marketplace, Mellin Food conducted another successful marketing tactic with their advertising campaign. A Mellin Food advertisement typically displayed a picture of a healthy child and a glowing letter of endorsement from the child's mother. The ads covered all forms of media, mostly magazines. Each advertisement showcased a different photo of a beautiful child, their names and locations, sometimes the parent's names, and a testament to the product. By 1890, Mellin Food became the most popular infant food on the market. There are many examples of these on the internet, especially e-bay. Here are a few other examples of these Mellin babies. E-bay has the same advertisement you see above with Idella Mae Moon and the magazine is dated 1907.

The Baby Moon

Idella Mae Moon was born on the 23rd of February, 1906 to Abner Lafayette and Laura Moon in James County, Tennessee. She was eldest of 4 children. The Moon family lived and farmed in the same area their entire life, but the political address changed during the James County era: from Hamilton County to James County and back to Hamilton County again. In fact, the Moon family lived in an area where the name of the town also changed. It began as Norman's Store, then the name changed to Norman, then to Work, then to Friendship.  The Friendship community lies south of the Salem community and bordered the Tennessee River on the west. This land contained rich, river bottom farmland. 

The earliest known settlers into the area were William Denny, William T Moon, several other Moon families, and Simeon M Eldridge. Some of the other settlers in the area were Ford, Cooley, Thatcher, Rains, Irwin, Norman, Priddy, Henry, Malone, and McCreary.

Idella Mae married Marlin Rigsby between 1930-1935.They lived in the Hwy 58 area and she was a school teacher/librarian. She later married R L Kelley and lived in Ooltewah. She was the Ooltewah High School Librarian for many years. She died in 1997 at 91 years of age.. Although there may be information on the early Moon's, there is not much more known about the life of Idella Mae Moon, but we do know, that for a short while, she was the face of Mellin Foods.

If anyone knows any information that they would like to add concerning this story and the life of Idella Moon, please contact me with a message or comment below.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Working on Something New

As you have noticed, I have not been busy researching and writing on this blog for awhile.  I apologize for that. But I believe you will understand after I tell you what I have been working on.

Several of you have asked me when meetings for James County are and where they are located. I believe that I keep you well informed. You can find the answers to those questions on the Facebook page and on this blog. I have also been asked when the other meetings around town are? "Tell me about Chattanooga Delta Genealogy Society or Chattanooga Area Historical Society." How does the public find out about meetings, lectures, workshops, etc. that various organizations have around town? I might add to that...What events are just a day trip away? What does Atlanta, Birmingham, Knoxville, Nashville and all points in between have to offer to genealogists and historians, as well.

So... how do you and I find out what events and activities are open to the public? Well, I have come up with a solution. I have been working on a website that has an embedded calendar on it that these organizations have full access to for notifications. Along with that, there will be a corresponding blog that will give you a full description of that particular event.

My answer is : History Connection Events

I am contacting historical organizations and societies, genealogy societies, speakers, clubs, etc. and sharing with them this opportunity to become involved in this calendar of events.  There are many of these organizations in our vicinity. This will take awhile to get this website working at its full potential. If you know of any such organizations that would like the option to participate in this endeavor, please have them contact me and I will get them involved immediately. This is a win-win situation for all involved. The public will now know about a scheduled activity in their area, societies will be able to announce their events and speakers will be able to announce that they are speaking at a certain location and advertise the engagement.

Check this out and make a comment as to whom you would like to see advertise their events here and I will see if I can make it happen for you.