I’mm baaaack.

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Moving to bare land and starting from the ground level takes much longer and much more time than one would think. Thus blogging has taken a step back while life goes on.

So what have I discovered in my spare time about this wooden silo?

This brick wall is solid and I’m not getting through or around it. Researching a little one purpose in life so far grain silo has proven to be most difficult.

shipWhat have we discovered?:

The wooden Silo is:

1.  made of wood and the wood is most likely Douglas Fir,                                                                                                                    tight grain, soft and a white wood
2. the nails have flat heads, and from what I am able to gather from a nail expert,                                                         seem to be about late 1930’s into the 1940’s
3. the only documentation on the property is dated 1907
4. the era of wooden silo’s tends to be around 1870 to 1950’s, though steel bins began                                                                       the early 1930’s to present time

more about silos and grain bins

history of cgc bin storage program 1933 -1975 – naldc
https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/CAT10848608/PDF

and this web page has some great photos and videos

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Steel Grain Bins: Construction

http://industrialscenery.blogspot.com/2016/12/steel-grain-bins-construction.html

here is an abstract of something I thought you might find interesting

(1920) History of the Silo, The (AJ)
https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/aj/abstracts/12/5/AJ0120050175?access=0&view=pdf

So, where does that leave us on this treasure map of adventure?

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We have come to the end of the search. I wasn’t able to gain any more information relating to the wooden silo itself, and without doing a complete and in-depth family history [which I currently have neither the time nor the request, of or from, the family who owned the property] we are going to leave it as it is.

The complete reconstruction will not be moving forward until next spring~ as construction is rampant in the area and schedules are full until then. For now, it is set to hold its curves during the winter and allowed to rest a while longer before spring activity stands it upright and puts it in full use again.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Greetings of the Holidays!

 

 

 

Thanks to
http://clipart-library.com/discovery-cartoon-cliparts.html
for the ship image

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No mail today, because no ‘thing’ will last forever.

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rusty-old-mailboxThis rusty ol’ mailbox has definitely seen better days.  I remember driving by it on vacations, in those days of when I was much younger than I am today.

Snail  mail as it is called today, is becoming a thing of the past, like the Pony Express riders.  There will still be packages to deliver and rush documents, but the art of writing a letter is overtaken by Snaps, Tweets, Texts and sometimes email.  Email, I have heard, seems to be used less and less by the younger generations, so it will also be a thing of the past.

Where are those Snaps with a 24 hour life expectancy? or, The Tweets that the world can see? The texts could be saved and printed, but will anyone take the time to do that and would it make any sense to someone else 20 years from now, or even to ourselves?

Email has a better chance, but unless the printout is preserved with both sides of the conversation, will it make sense at all?

What are we leaving our future generations to learn about us? All those digital photos we take, will there be a machine to read them? Does anyone use 3.5 floppy’s or have a reader in today’s laptops or notebooks, notepads, Surface’s? Does anyone have the old computers with a drive to use it with or a monitor that can display it for us?

Now is the time to create some photo-journals, or journals for our children and children’s children to be able to read. Perhaps the journals you keep will document something in history -current events to us- that is only assumed to be recorded in time, but yours is the vital piece to tell others about it.

Thank you to: Big Map Blog for the use of the photo of the Pony Express Route.

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Conducting an Interview with a Family Member

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Conducting a Professional Family Video Interview  From

Discovering Your Past – Episode 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lTLbFgJE6g

discoveryourpast(if the links do not work, type in to Youtube search Discovering your past – Episode 2)

 

Pre-production – preparation

What kind of questions to ask – lots f good resources out there, here are two

(a)Family Tree Magazine sites http://www.familytreemagazine.com

(b)UCLA Library Center for oralhistory.library.ucla.edu

ii)  ask open ended questions

(a)what was it like in the town you grew up in

vs

(b)what town did you grow up in

iii) ask the interviewee (before you get there, or as you are setting up) to gather some old heirlooms and photos about the house that you might have always wanted to know about and might have been afraid to ask

(a) who is that in this photograph, how did you get the photograph, why do you keep it

(b)what is this item, where did it come from/how did you get it, why do you keep it, what is going to happen to it when you no longer want it or need it?

(c)item – tell me about the person that owned it before you got it.

iv) this may bring back memories or information they may have forgotten about or make connections they hadn’t thought about before.

v) see 2.v) below – Artist in the family – what to do ahead of time of the interview

Production – the interview itself  – Have the person you are interviewing state their full name first

i)ask permission to film or tape first

ii) with video

(a) you get to see reactions, –some are camera-shy, find a way to hide it, with their permission

(1) make sure batteries are charged up

(2) make sure you have a clear place for electricity and bring an extension cord

iii) with audio

(a) cell phones, recorders, digital or other — see 2. viii)(b) below

(1) make sure batteries are charged up

(2) make sure you have a clear place for electricity and bring an extension cord

iv)notebook

(a) maybe they can write down the names and places accurately

(b) perhaps write down subjects or items you want to come back later in the interview

(1) make sure you have multiple working pens or pencils and erasers

v)Telephone interview

(a/b) audio record both sides of the conversation and/or use notebook to write it all down

vi) are they a painter, artist, writer? Do This Ahead Of Time

(a) Painter–have them paint a family tree ahead of time if they want to

(b) Author–have them write some stories down ahead of time

(c)Artist — use their medium to portray a family event or member

vii) how to do the interview

(a) chronological

(b) as you talk about things

(c) ask followup questions

viii) take breaks, this can be a lot for anyone

(a) ice cream

(b) a walk around the room — this may be a good time to keep a digital recorder in your pocket

(c)drinks of water or teas, no liquor,

(d) check notes to see what you have covered, to see what you need to cover, to remind yourself in case a question had come up and you want to go back to it.

(e) be courteous, don’t keep on a subject that the person doesn’t remember at the time or want to talk about it, gentle nudges only, keep them as comfortable as possible and

(f) ask them if there are questions they wanted you to ask about

(1) Is there something that you thought I would ask and am surprised I haven’t asked about?

(2) Is there something that you want to ask me about?

Post Production – Analysis

i)What information did you find in the interview itself

ii)Do this ASAP, even sooner

(a) look at 15-20 minutes at a time

(b) look at one subject at a time

(1) if the subject takes longer than 15-20 minutes, break it up into 15-20 min segments

iii)Facts – separate what you talked about into 4 different groups

(a) facts (my father was born…)

(b)I think facts (I think my grandfathers middle name was Alexander – something to look up later)

(c)Stories for Research (my mother used to work on Steel Pier)

(d)Historical Tidbits (the trolleys in Atlantic city were called “Gitneys”(?), all of the streets are named after states, so I knew all the states because of those street signs)

Clan, Clan

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When you hear the word ‘Clan’ images of Braveheart or Ireland may come to mind. However, there are many nationalities that have or have had Clans, which can be loosely defined as a group of close-knit and/or interrelated families.

ClanImage (Thanks to http://www.scotclans.com/scottish-clans/clan-ogilvie/ for the use of the photo)

Recently speaking with a friend of mine who is from Native American lineage, she told me about some of her clans, and this new app that someone took a lot of time creating. It is my understanding that this app not only alerts you to your cousins, and also helps you find who is in your clan or not.

http://clanmaker.navajowotd.com/

( or this one)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/navajo-clans/id507878457?mt=8

In her discoveries, there are also two movies translated in Navajo,

Star Wars- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR13lIRLficstarwars

and Nemo- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt-8qW6tFZQnemo

http://www.nativepeoples.com/Native-Peoples/May-June-2016/Finding-Nemo-Finds-Its-Voice–in-Navajo/

and this webpage gives even more info on other things you might enjoy in addition to Nemo:

https://navajonow.com/2016/04/23/nemo-hadeestii-is-amazing/

NavajoIf you are looking for more translations in Navajo, type Navajo translations into Google and see what you get, this is what I got:

https://www.google.com/search?q=navajo+starwars&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=navajo+translation

(photo from http://www.navajo-nsn.gov/ )

What language did your ancestors speak? Have you learned a second language, one from your family history? If your family spoke a different language, what was the journey that led to your speaking American or the main language that you do speak? Click on link below to view the world languages – will open in a new window/tab.

The Ethnologue catalogue of world languages, which is one of the best linguistic resources, currently lists 6909 living languages. About 6% of them have more than a million speakers each, and collectively account for 94% of the world population.

What is available for you and your descendants to learn a new language, or to  keep the language that you speak now? You may or may not have noticed how even the American language is changing to a different way of speaking today, 2017, compared to 1950; it seems as though slang has become common place and the dictation is changing, even the ‘proper’ English learned in school since the 1970’s seems to have lost its clarity, at least in my humble opinion.

Take a listen to those who are 16-24 years of age and what do you hear?

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http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/teen-drivers-often-ignore-bans-on-using-cellphones-and-texting

Does this mean that it is a bad thing? I don’t think so. It seems to me that change is going on all the time, and each generation brings with them a different way of thinking and doing things and that includes communicating with each other and the world. As new technology comes into play across the world, there will be changes made in how we interact with each other. Again, in my humble opinion, but tell me, what do you think?

(for more information on the Navajo Windtalkers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po9vUB0vV74

the movie preview:

Original Windtalker:

and

The Marines’ Hymn sung in Navajo by Code Talker Joe Kellwood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx0Z9gwiGlU

The map below is not complete, click on it to go to a webpage that lists all the states and who is there:

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It’s just a piece of paper

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You open a drawer, a desk, a case, a box, even an envelope and you find this paper.

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This one paper can do one of two things:

1) it can be nothing but raise the question of why was it kept all these years

or

2) open a world of “I didn’t know that” and take you on a journey you didn’t know existed.

What kind of journey or where that journey leads depends, of course, on what is written on the paper. And, what the paper lives in can be as equally important. If an envelope, whose names are on it?, what is the return address?, what is the mailing address?.

Envelopes

Perhaps it is an envelope that never was intended to be mailed but to hold that paper, what is written on the envelope?, who is it too?, or what, if anything, is written on it? Was it in a file folder, a large envelope, loose, or wrapped in a ribbon?

DanceCardWas it a dance card?, a page torn out of a magazine or book?Cookbook

How recent is the paper? Is it old, OldPaper  or is it not so long ago?NewPaper

What kind of paper is it?, a letter, a drawing, a doodle,  a document, a photo, a statement, a memento, an official government document, a message to someone? What kind is the paper itself, lined paper, specialty, official document, post-it-note, scented, torn?

What is the significance of the paper? Why was it kept all these many years or not so long ago?

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Don’t discard those papers so fast without considering the importance they might have. Some doodle that became the device of the decade or the century is significant.

Someone kept it for a reason, take time to read it, read what came with it, think about where it was found, think about the date of it, even the place it was written from or to.

CellPhoneMessage As the world become more electronic, love letters, messages, holiday cards, birth announcements, wedding announcements, mailed letters, even documents signed electronically are eliminating the written word.EmailTextMessage

 

Does anyone clip articles or events from newspapers anymore?

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