Saturday, August 5, 2017

Updates and Comments

Andrew Jackson Timms
Kevin B is researching WWI soldiers from Lawrence County.  If your ancestor fought and you have a story or photo please contact Kevin and we will forward it to him,  or stop by the research library to make arrangements to speak with him directly.

Art D responded to our blog post about the church quilt.  In 1925 the women of the Methodist church in Bridgeport made a quilt for the retiring minister and his wife,with each woman making one block and embroidering her signature on her block. Fifty years later the minister's descendants returned the quilt to the church. They had it framed and hung on one of the walls in the church. I saw my grandmother's name, Nellie Dewhirst, on one block. She was 52 when the quilt was made. I also saw  the name of Arva Kirk who was my math teacher in high school. 

Peter Quincy Polk
Carl C and Jim A responded to the ads from Merchants in 1953.  Jim said he bought his first portable TV at Cleffs. It only weighed 60 pounds.

We received a request in April from John Meurs, of Germany, who is researching the fate of the 40 heavy bomber crews of the 8th USAAF who did not return to their bases in England after their mission over Germany on April 24, 1944. His aim is to write a book about these men. He sent the following to us:
S/Sgt. Lawrence E. Wagoner was one of the two waist-gunners aboard a B-17 bomber of the 306th Bomb Group. Target was the Dornier aircraft factory in Oberpfaffenhofen in Germany. The bomber was damaged by flak that killed the pilot. All other members of his crew, including Lawrence, bailed out, were taken prisoner and survived the war.
 He wanted to include Lawrence’s story in his new book and sought contact with family members of his who may be still living in Lawrenceville.