Bob S commented that we had failed to list two pastors from the Lawrenceville Methodist Church post in which we inquired as to the age of the plate. They were Gerald Gulley 1966-70 and Ray Van Giesen 1970-79+.
Bob S also sent a thank you for some fascinating information when we posted the information about the 1850 census. He loved all the occupations and wondered how many of today's "healthy" occupations will be obsolete 167 years from today!
Several readers commented about the information on what the census takers were paid. Since this was the first census to ask for so much information (names, ages and occupations of ALL people in a household -- not just the "head of household." as well as the value of property, etc. So it was VERY interesting to see that they aggressively encouraged census takers to do these interviews. A guaranteed minimum of $250 per marshal? That would have been a fortune for a lot of people in 1850!
We have now 20 quilts in our collection. The last two were donated by Mark P. One is a crazy quilt”, made of a variety of fabrics including velvet, velveteen, corduroy, brocades, faille. Although its condition is poor the family story is great. The fabric pieces were brought by the Sharp and Parkinson families at the time they emigrated from Wales. They could bring fabric pieces duty free so it was cut in Wales and not assembled until arriving here. The Quilt was sold at an auction but the buyer, upon hearing the history, returned it to the family.
Another interesting donation from Mark P is a small cardboard pin box. It is labeled “Superfine Mourning Pins” with navy and gray graphics, and marked made in Germany. The pins inside the box are black. Mourning pins were used during the Victorian period to secure veils, etc. since no shiny metal could be worn during the mourning period that usually lasted about 1 year.
On November 23 1994 with the entry deadline bearing down and family histories being turned in daily, Mike Neal, President of the Historical Society was in the process of producing a book, titled The Lawrence County Historical and Biographical 175th Anniversary Edition. The 400 page book included over 500 family histories, 32 church histories, and articles from both Red Hill Unit 10, and Lawrence Unit 20 school districts, 25 businesses, and 17 clubs and organizations. In the first part of the book, a timeline detailing the history of the county, as well as histories of the county communities was written. If you possess this book, count yourself lucky, as it is now out of print. We have no more to sell, and will not be reprinting them. The History Center and the Research Library will each retain a copy for research purposes.