Saturday, December 24, 2011

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby...

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch of their flocks at 

night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord
 Luke 2:8-11

Wishing you all the joy of this season.

Another Family Picture

Here is another picture from Mom and Dad's Christmas Card basket of the Thomas Roberts Riley III Family (son of Tom Riley, grandson of Selma Brueggeman)
Thomas Roberts Riley IV, Dr. Thomas Roberts Riley III, Dr. Deb Riley, Josh
Tom is a Sophomore at Penn State and Josh is a Sophomore in HS

Friday, December 23, 2011

Another Family Picture

I went through my parent's Christmas card basket and took this picture to share of my cousin Paul Riley's family (son of David Riley, grandson of Selma Brueggeman:
Paul and Keomany with their sons:
Dylan, Kailin, Peter, Dante, Luke and Nolan
I'm missing one name, so sorry
Isn't this a wonderful picture?  I don't know how she did it: seven boys dressed, hair combed and faces washed and they all are smiling.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Another Family Picture

David Glawe (grandson of Louise Brueggeman Krausman, son of Marie Krausman Glawe) answered my call for other family pictures to share.  How about the rest of you????

From left to right: My wife, Sherry-Lynn June Glawe; my son, Brandon Joshua Glawe;  myself, David Dale Glawe; and my daughter, Tabatha Celeste Schneider-Glawe, along with Tabatha's dog, Koda.
This year for the first year in a long time we will all be together on Christmas.
May the gift of Christ, a babe in the manger guide you in your dailey living and by his presence bless you and strengthen you in the New Year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our Annual Holiday Picture

I think most families take this kind of picture when they get together.  This is our annual picture taken at Thanksgiving this year.  I was tempted just to post it and let you figure out the "players".  One of my readers reminded me that it is important to label the pictures I post!  

Front:  Elinore Cork Riley and Ramon Riley
L-R  Judy Riley Raymer, Maxwell King, Alex King, Mark King, Lynne Riley King
Megan Raymer, Amanda Raymer, Emily Raymer, Tony Raymer

Monday, December 19, 2011

Special Christmas Ornaments

When Ray and Nori were celebrating their first Christmas, Sid and Selma decided to stop putting up a tree.  Mom and Dad were the beneficiaries of the decorations.  These two ornaments came to me.  They aren't old enough to be original to Sid and Selma's early Christmases.  Nonetheless,  they are special to me as it is a holiday connection the Sid and Selma.  

I don't know about you, but we seem to have certain places on the tree were certain ornaments get hung year after year.  These two are always hung at my eye level, probably done to protect them from little boy's hands.  They survived a crash.  We had a small Burmese cat who thought it would be a good idea to climb the tree.  Over the tree went, Mark was sure he'd find a dead cat under it.  We always have a fresh cut tree at least 12 feet tall.  No dead cat and these precious ornaments survived the fall.  Here is the picture of one of the "survivors".  Even with his broken ear, the Mouse King, is special to us as it reminds us of that Christmas.
Here is one more treasure.  This one is really old and came from my Great Grandmother Lillian Slocumbe Jewitt.
Be sure you document the treasure you hang on your tree.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Another Basketball Story

As I posted here, we have a family history of Basketball players.  Pardon me while, we brag about the youngest in our family.  Emily is Judy's daughter and was named Player of the Week by our town's newspaper.  Congrats Emily.
Mount Pisgah’s Emily Raymer is proof positive that a little controlled aggression on the basketball court never hurt anyone.

Just don’t try explaining that to the Atlanta International School.

Raymer was a force in Pisgah’s 44-34 victory over AIS on Dec. 6. The 6-foot-3 junior recorded a monster double-double with 18 points and 22 rebounds, using ferocity in the post to dominate.

“She’s worked a lot on just grabbing the ball with two hands and really going after it,” said Pisgah coach Jennifer Osborne. “She made contact and went after the rebound with both hands. And then putting it back up, she was awesome. She also started making some power moves without the dribble.”

Raymer followed up last Tuesday’s effort by asserting herself on defense against Pace and Lambert. Though the Lady Pats dropped both games, Raymer blocked about 15 shots to bring her career total to around 180.

In just over two years, she has also recorded over 500 points and 500 rebounds. Osborne said Raymer is a legitimate threat to tally 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks in her prep career.

“I’ve been coaching 10 years and this is the first year I’ve had someone step up on the court and off. It means a lot to me,” said Osborne of Pisgah’s captain.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Taking a Short Blogging Break

Trying to get ready for the Holidays, I am going to take a short blogging break.  I should be back in a few days (by Sunday for sure).  Look for me soon.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pearl Harbor: 70th Anniversary

I cannot add much to mark the 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor that hasn't already been covered today by the News outlets.
I can post a couple of things you may wish to listen to.
Click below to listen to one of the radio announcments:

Click below to listen to the "Day of Infamy" Speech:

I asked Ray what memories he had.  He said since he was only seven, he didn't have but one.  He remembers all six boys lined up in his parent's room and being told what had happened.  He also said that David was at the movies when the theater lights came on and the manager told the audience what had happened.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Good Looking Riley-Brueggeman Descendants

I thought you might like to see a current photo of the youngest descendants from us.  These are my boys and Judy's girls.  I know I am biased, but I think they are a good looking bunch.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Since this is my blog....Happy Birthday Aunt Judy

Today is the birthday of my maternal aunt, Judy Ingram.  She is the eldest of the three Cork girls.
Hope you have had a happy day!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

One of my most popular posts..Aunt Emma's Springerlie Recipe

I posted this recipe last year in December.  It is one of the top most viewed of all my posts, with 24 views in the last week alone.  I imagine that most visitors have come to the blog by searching for Springerlie.  Unfortunately, they don't seem to read the second post written after my Mother tried the recipe last year.  I thought it would be good to have them both together:
She followed it exactly, the first instruction seemed to indicate that you beat the eggs and the powdered sugar together.  The dough just didn't seem right.  After doing some internet reseach, she thinks you should beat the eggs by themselves THEN add the other ingredients as directed (including the powdered sugar)
I would love to have any other family holiday recipes that you may have. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Marriage of Julia Barlag and Otto Birth

Julia Barlag (daughter of Anna Maria Brueggemann, grand daughter of Clamor) was married on this day in 1919 in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  She had been previously married to Carl F. Buelow (no children).  It looks like she was divorced from him 15 Nov 1919.  Otto and Julia were married by a Justice of the Peace, W.J. Zoul.

Friday, December 2, 2011

John Brown, An Akronite

Today is the 152nd Anniversary of the hanging of John Brown.  I didn't realize that he had strong connections to Akron and Summit County.  From
  • John Brown was born in West Torrington, Connecticut on May 9, 1800. His family left Connecticut for a new life on the frontier when John was just five years old. John grew up under his father’s influential Calvinist and abolitionist guidance. At the age of 37, John Brown pledged his life to the destruction of slavery. Brown advocated the use of violence or any other means necessary to achieve his goal. This condoning of violence has led many historians over the years to debate whether Brown was a martyr or a madman, terrorist or traitor. One thing is certain; he was a staunch anti-slavery activist and a member of the Summit County community for many years.
    Throughout Brown’s life he worked as a tanner, courier, and supervisor at his father’s tannery in Hudson, OH where he met his first wife, Dianthe. Dianthe and John had seven children together and moved to Richmond, Pennsylvania to set up their own tannery. While in Richmond, Dianthe died and Brown married Mary Ann Day, a young sixteen year old who bore him thirteen children throughout her life. The family prospered until the economic panic of 1837 caused them to fall on hard times. Brown moved back to Hudson, Ohio to work for his father for a short time and farmed for Herman Oviatt in Richfield until he drew up a partnership with Simon Perkins, Jr. for a sheep and wool business venture.

    Wool Partnership Contract
    Wool Partnership Contract
    Brown and Perkins had a prosperous business until a drought hit Akron in 1845. The sheep began getting sick and lightening struck Brown’s barn killing a dozen sheep. Brown began traveling to try to find more sheep and better the business. Brown and his son John, Jr. settled in Springfield, Massachusetts representing Perkins and Brown, wool merchants. The older Brown boys stayed in the small farmhouse in Akron to help tend the flocks. Unfortunately, the business never fully recovered and Brown and Perkins found themselves mired in law suits and losing money. They finally terminated their partnership in 1854 after losing $40,000.
    “John Brown was not only an activist against slavery, but so were many of Akron’s leading citizens.” - Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic at the John Brown open house
    After terminating the contract with Perkins, Brown headed to the western United States Territories to help his sons fight for the antislavery movement in Kansas. Brown would return frequently to Akron to ask for money, guns, or ammunitions to fund the antislavery campaign in Kansas. The people of Akron and Summit County responded enthusiastically with money, firearms and weapons of all kinds. It was this activity that finally led Brown to gather a small group of twenty-two men to lead an attack on the Harpers Ferry Arsenal in Virginia (now West Virginia).

    Harpers Weekly Article on the John Brown Trial
    Harpers Weekly Article on the John Brown Trial
    The plan was to raid the arsenal, seize the weapons, turn them over to local slaves and then aid them in their own uprising. On October 16, 1859, Brown and his small party succeeded in capturing the armory. For a short time, Brown and his men held off the town’s people, but by the next morning word of the attack had spread and the U.S. Marines, under the guidance of Robert E. Lee, stormed the arsenal and overtook the invaders. Brown was captured, placed on trial, and sentenced to be hanged on December 2, 1859.
    In Brown’s old hometown, Akron, the reaction was swift and thoroughly reported by theSummit County Beacon (now the Akron Beacon Journal). The press coverage tilted heavily toward Brown’s side. They called his trial “the sheerest mockery” partly because Brown was unable to even stand at his arraignment due to injury. On the day of Brown’s execution stores and businesses closed and bells tolled for an hour.
    “People still ask why we are showing honor to a terrorist, a murderer, a man who led a raid that resulted in butchery of five people in the Kansas territory.” – Dave Lieberth, Deputy Mayor of Akron
    The Harpers Ferry raid is regarded by some as the tipping point for a country teetering toward the brink of civil war. Less than two years later, the Civil War began and many Akron and Summit County families sacrificed sons, brothers, and husbands to battle validating the cause.
    “Brown’s capture and conviction became a rallying point for abolitionists and others hungry for war. His December 2, 1859, execution increased calls for war and had an exponential impact on that impatience. The North billed him a hero and a martyr for a noble cause, ringing their church bells on the day he was hung.” – Jackie Barton, Ohio Civil War 150 Coordinator at Ohio Historical Society

    On the day abolitionist John Brown was hanged — Dec. 2, 1859 — church bells rang throughout downtown Akron, flags were lowered to half staff, the courts were adjourned and stores closed.

    John Brown Memorial Monument

    500 Edgewood Ave.AkronOH44307
    The 100 year old John Brown Memorial honors a man hailed as a hero by some and a terrorist by others. The memorial is located within the Akron Zoo in a rugged, wooded area of the zoo property. Brown was executed on Dec. 2, 1859. He lived nearby on Diagonal Rd. during the 1840s & 1850s. It's a simple sandstone pillar, not usually open to the public.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Another Recipe from the Westside Sewing Circle

I posted before about this little recipe book (here).  I remember Dad talking about Schaumtorte as one of his favorite things his mother made.  Remember, this recipe was published in 1912 and is in a different format than we are used to today.

Six whites of eggs, 3 cups granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon strong vinegar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Whip the whites to a stiff froth.  Add sugar, vinegar and vanilla, then whip thirty minutes (must have been by hand). Parafline a large flat tin, on this place the mixture in rings about three inches in diameter, the width of the ring should be about one inch.  On separate tin, place teaspoonfuls of the mixture in large drops.  Bake the rings and drops about 30 minutes, or until they are brown and firm to the touch.
To serve:  Place rings on plates.  Fill with whipped cream or fruit salad, place drops on top and garnish with candied cherries.
-Emilie Nolte            

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Happy Birthday to Nancy Bowen Lacke Matis

Nancy is the daughter of Mary Jane Riley Lacke and grand daughter of Thomas Percy Riley.  Sorry Nancy, but this is the only picture I have of you, taken at your cousin Robin Riley's wedding in 1980.
She is married to Jeffery Matis and they have two children.  They live in Godfrey, IL just down the street from her parents.
After googling her, I found this from March 2011:

Nancy Matis from Alton/Godfrey was awarded the Appreciation Pin which recognizes an adult member who has
delivered outstanding service to at least one Service Unit.
- Girl Scout Volunteer for over 30 years
How has Girl Scouting positively impacted your life? “I’m still in it. I was my troop’s treasurer forever. 
Now I’m my Service Unit’s Cookie Manager. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Troop Leaders. 

leader was exceptional, and most of today’s leaders are the same.”

Nancy and her parents belong to the First Presbyterian Church in Alton IL. She is currently the Treasurer.  It is amazing the journey the search for infomation can take you.  This church was founded in 1831 and here is an interesting video about their history.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Walter was born on this day in 1903.  He was the eighth child of Ernst and Emma Brueggeman.  He was born in Hillards, Ohio.  He died in 1989 in Washington, DC.  Walter is buried in Glendale Cemetery in Akron near his parents.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

August Brueggeman AKA Gus

I have new readers from the August Brueggeman (son of Ernst August) branch.  I thought I'd share a picture or two that include Gus.

Dora and Gus

Maybe a reader can provide more pictures and info to share here???

Friday, November 25, 2011

Another Google Find for Ezra Riley

I am pretty sure this is "our Ezra" (article on the left).  I could find no other Ezra Rileys in the 1881 or 1891 census in Birmingham.  Ezra lived in the Aston section of Birmingham during this time.  He contracted with this Architect named Hopkins to erect 36 houses and cottages in the Chain Walk, Lozells.
This from the Birmingham Gazetteer that lists all the Street names.   Chain Walk is a lane in Lozells which runs from Lozell Road to Birchfield Road.  This is very close to where Ezra lived in Aston.
Here are some more pictures of the area:
"Houses ready for demolition in Chain Walk, a road with a 
pronounced gradient, joining Lozells Road and Birchfield Road."

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Best wishes to you and yours for a safe and happy Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It pays to Re-Google

While waiting in a doctor's office today, I re-googled Ezra Riley on my IPad.  I haven't googled him in a long time and I found something new.   Ezra received a Patent in 1873 while he was the manager of Pontnewynydd Iron Works in Wales.

From Wikipedia: The puddling furnace is a metalmaking technology used to create wrought iron or steel from the pig iron produced in a blast furnace. The furnace is constructed to pull the hot air over the iron without it coming into direct contact with the fuel, a system generally known as a reverberatory furnace or open hearth furnace. The major advantage of this system is keeping the impurities of the fuel separated from the charge.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pictures of Bud Bischoff as a Child

Here are a couple of more pictures from Bud's video tribute.  I've edited them so you can see him better:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Special: Victor Brugge & Gordonville, MO

From time to time, I google members of the family tree.  I found the following references to Victor Brugge (son of Martin Brueggeman) about his time in Missouri.  Who would have thought we could learn about his chicken purchase!

From the Southeast Missourian:

June 29, 1924
The Rev. Victor Brugge is installed as pastor at Christ Lutheran Church at Gordonville: in charge of at installation service is Rev. E.H. Melzer, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. He comes to this area Texas where he had been doing missionary work.

September 22, 1924
Rev. Victor Brugge and  Rev. Cal Walther attended a conference in Jackson  Thursday.   Rev. Brugge has purchased 150 white leghorn chickens.

Oct 11, 1924

Don't forget you can click on this to make
large so you can read easier.

June 12, 1927
The Rev. Victor Brugge, pastor of Lutheran church at Gordonville, has accepted call to pastorate of Lutheran church at Memphis, Tenn., of which his late father was pastor until short time ago; Brugge was released by Gordonville congregation at meeting last Sunday.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Photo Storage Idea &/or Christmas Idea Paper Coterie

First, I am not affiliated with this company but I am in love with their memory keeper boxes. They would make a great gift.
I created this one to store precious old photos safely. 
back   spine   front
They are 13 inches tall and 9.75 wide and a couple of inches deep.  It is such a high quality product and ships very quickly.  They are currently offering a promo code (HAPPYBIRTHDAY) that gives you a $30 credit to be used on any thing they sell (journals, these boxes and lots of other things.

 I was able to make this one for Max for Christmas for $19.18 including shipping:
back   spine   front
If you don't want to go to any trouble, they have many already designed.  Here is one I did for Christmas and all I did was type what I wanted on the spine:

Anyway, visit if you like.

Thomas Robert Riley?

My first blog post last year was about the birthday of Thomas Roberts Riley (son of Ezra Riley, father of Sid Riley).  He was born November 18, 1858. He lost his mother when he was only 5.
I received this picture from Theda Hill.  It is unidentified but I am almost certain it is Thomas Roberts.  It is printed on glass with silver on the back.  This technique was only used for a few years which would match up with Tom being this age in the picture.  I read recently that during this time were often taken when a loved one died.  It sure looks like Tom.  I showed the picture to Max and asked him who he thought it was and he immediately said Tom.  Sorry about the quality but I don't want to use a flash.  The picture is in rough shape which is to be expected for a 148 year old picture.  I need to find someone who can conserve it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday to the BLOG!

It is hard to believe that I started this blog one year ago today.  This best part has been all the extended family that I have been able to get to know through their contributions to our shared family history.  Thanks to all:  David Reinhardt, David Riley, Lisa Savon, David Glawe, Pam Carlton, Ann Hilliard, Chris Flynn, Alice Neal, Theda Hill, Eugene Brueggeman, Liz Marshall, Katie Buzzuco, Jean Heimlich. Kathleen Compton,  Marsha Veltri, Donna and David Leigh, Betty Krausman, Tom Riley, Ray Riley, Chris Mould, and forgive me I left you off my list.

I think Dad thought that I would have run out of things to write about a long time ago.  Hopefully, we will keep discovering new treasures to share.  The biggest thing coming up will be the April release of the 1940 Census.  

Keep in touch by sharing family memories and photos!!  I can't keep it up without your help.