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Merry Christmas!

This post features an item found in my great-grandmother’s scrapbook from the 1940s. To view all posts about the scrapbook, click here.

This is a Christmas card my grandmother sent to her in-laws. My grandfather did not sign it, so this must have been before they were married in 1944.

Merry Christmas, everyone! I promise to be back soon with some new posts!

This post features an item found in my great-grandmother’s scrapbook from the 1940s. To view all posts about the scrapbook, click here.

Norman Lee Shook, Jr. was my great-grandmother’s cousin’s son. She kept two articles about him in her scrapbook. He was a marine, and he died near San Diego while working to put out a forest fire. He was just 19 years old.

Below are pictures of the two articles in the scrapbook. Unfortunately, the first page of the first article is not in the scrapbook, but I found another article online, and you can see it below for the complete story. The fire killed eight men and injured 72.

The next article (in three images) was published in the San Diego Union on October 5, 1943.

Norman is buried in Floral Park Cemetery in Indianapolis.

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Golden Wedding Anniversary

This post features an item found in my great-grandmother’s scrapbook from the 1940s. To view all posts about the scrapbook, click here.

My great-great grandparents, Seymour and Patience (Swinney) Shook celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on September 18, 1942. Their daughter, my great-grandmother, Hazel (Shook) Rork, saved this newspaper clipping about the anniversary.

This post features an item found in my great-grandmother’s scrapbook from the 1940s. To view all posts about the scrapbook, click here.

In my great-grandmother’s scrapbook from the 1940s, she kept various newspaper clippings that show a little bit of what life was like during WWII.

Bower Rork, 1822-1863

I did a little Ancestry.com research on Bower Rork, my great-great-great grandfather. There is still a lot more to do, but here is what I have so far:

Bower Rork

Born: August 18, 1822 in Hamilton County, Ohio

Bower appears in the 1830 and 1840 U.S. Census for Hamilton County, Ohio and Decatur County, Indiana, respectively. He is listed in his father, John’s household. The census in those years did not list each individual member of the household, so it is difficult to learn any other details.

Marriage: Family records show that Bower married Sarah Mozingo on March 26, 1844 in Decatur County, Indiana.

Children (this information comes from census records):

William Harrison Rork, born April 30, 1845

Elizabeth Anne Rork, born in 1847

Thomas J. Rork, born in 1852

Phebe Rork, born in 1853

Sarah Elizabeth Rork, born in 1856

Bower Rork, born in 1858

James Thornton Rork, born in December 1861 (my great-great grandfather)

Charles Edward Rork, born in 1862

Occupation: Bower is listed as a farmer in Decatur County, Indiana in the 1850 U.S. Census and in Ripley County, Indiana in the 1860 U.S. Census.

The 1850 Census is a nice example of how the family must have taken care of each other. Living next door to Bower and Sarah were Bower’s parents, John and Anna, with several of their children. On the next page is Sarah’s mother, Amelia Mozingo, and two grown daughters. Amelia was apparently a widow, and it looks like Bower and Sarah must have helped to provide for her and Sarah’s two sisters.

1850 Census, page 1
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1850 Census, page 2
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Military Service: I found a record of a Civil War Draft Registration for Bower in June 1863. He was 40 years old and listed as a farmer in Jackson Township, Ripley County, Indiana.

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I have not been able to find any other documents regarding Bower’s military service, if he served at all. He died just a few months after the draft registration. I will have to do some more research to see if his death was related to the war or something else.

Death: October 31, 1863

Burial: Napoleon Lutheran Cemetery, Napoleon, Indiana

I wish I had a picture of Bower, but I guess this photo of his grave site will have to do:

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