Friday, October 13, 2017

An 1880s Autograph Album

In July I posted an 1890s Autograph Album that once belonged to a young lady named Millie. I love the album's illustrations, and, of course, the quotes within are delightful. Since then, I've run across more autograph albums. One belonged to my grandmother and is circa the 1930s. Most people simply signed their names in that one. A few people posted quotes, but there was none of the creativity and flowery prose that Millie's album had. A second album I found belonged to my grandfather. It had no quotes, just people's signatures and addresses. 

Not long ago I came across yet another autograph album. This one belonged to my great-great-grandfather, Frank (born in 1866). While lacking the colorful illustrations of Millie's, it did have some great signatures and notes. I'm posting it below. Enjoy!

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To Frank   -   Kirkville Iowa
Passing through life's field of action
Lest we part before its end
Take within your modest volume
This memento from a friend
August 2 1885

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Remember well
and keep in view the
pleasant hours I've spent
with you 
the grave will soon
be my bed 
remember me
oh when I'm dead. 
Remember me when far away 
remember me on your wedding day 
think of me when half awake 
and when you get married 
send me a piece of your wedding cake
Your friend,

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The Green Leaves will wither
and the roots will decay
and the beauty of a fair maid
Will never die away

-Thas Green

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Dear Frank:

Fall from the ship
fall from deck 
fall down stairs and break your neck 
fall from the starry heights above 
but never never fall in love.

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Where's the small and simple four 
that twines around the humble colt(?)
 and in the stillness of the hour, whispers
low forget me not
I will rite by the roses 
The girls loves posies
and I do the same 
so here is my name
-Wm. Shirman

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Dec the 24 1884
To A Friend - 

[?] in your happiest hour
when sorrows are all forgot
take one lingern(sic) glance at this
and oh forget-me-not

Bettie C. Harris Lisbon

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Dear Frank,
Remember me
For Gods sake
And sent to me
Your wedding cake
Norah Huffin

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To Frank - Feb 2, 1885
Forget me not forget me never
Until the golden sun has set
-Leonard Schroch

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Remember me when this you see
Though I am out of sight
And I will do the same
By you with pleasure and delight

Your friend,
Annie Gardner 
(1 -30 - 1889)

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Jan the 3 '83
When the evening sun is setting 
and your mind far from care is free 
when of absent friends you are thinking 
won't you some times think of me
Yours truly, Fannie A. Bailey

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*Sarah Rigsby was Frank's fiancee at the time; they were married shortly after this was penned.

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The air is soft
The sky is blue
Honey is sweet
And so are you

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To Frank,
When you are sitting
All alone reflecting on the past
Remember that you have a
Friend that will forever last
Your friend,
Katie Barnes

Feb the 5th 1883

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To Frank - 
Long may you live happy
May you be sitting on a wood pile drinking onion tea.
-Mollie Wills, Kansas City, Dec 31


Friday, September 22, 2017

Molly Goes North: Part 9 (Final Sea Day & Home)

(Previously: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7, Part 8)

Sunday, September 27

A foggy morning on our last day at sea...

I went to the Promenade Lounge for Disney Trivia, which was so difficult I only got 7 out of 25, but the team that won got, like, 8. Ugh, so close!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Molly Goes North: Part 8 (Ketchikan)

(Previously: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6, Part 7)

Saturday, August 26

Late Saturday morning, the ship docked in Ketchikan. As neither of us had any excursions planned, Heather and I took our time getting into town. Actually, we took our time getting out of bed in the first place! Ahhh, sleep...

Some people were eager to get out and explore...

We were eager for food. Cabanas was serving lunch, so...

Born In China was playing in the Buena Vista Theater early that afternoon. We both wanted to see it, but it only played a couple of times on the cruise. This seemed like the most convenient time. Heather left before it was over (she was tired, if I recall) but I stayed -- and then the movie got SAD! Ohhh my goodness. Tears, people. Tears galore.

Eventually I managed to pull myself together, and soon after, Heather and I left the ship to explore Ketchikan.

Note: The photos below may be out of order. I was using two different cameras, and the time stamps were way off on one of them, so it's hard to tell what order they were taken in.

Here's what we did, though! First, we sort of just started walking aimlessly...

We made our way up into a residential area, not particularly fancy. There was a park...

... and near that was a fish hatchery, which was closed, but we could see fish jumping in the creek next to it.

We followed this waterway until we came upon signs for Creek Street; then we followed that pathway.

Soon we returned to the waterfront and began going into shops.

We got some sweets here....

Heather and I both shopped for souvenirs at the various shops. I bought some postcards, chocolate bars, and gifts for my nieces.

We ran across 2 smushed penny machines; I got 3 of the 8 available pennies for my collection...

I got some coffee from this place, which was right next to a taxidermy shop. ;-/ That's not how I wanted to see Alaskan animals!

We returned to the ship about 5:30.

I took some photos from the ship; some were taken after we left port.

Heather spotted a porthole on deck 4 that looks into the restaurant kitchens...

At one point I saw some splashing in the water, and then...

Something jumping! (Far left.)

People said it was an orca.

That was cool!

That evening, we did 90's Music Trivia in Crown & Fin. They had been having different-era music trivias all week. The 90's was the only decade in which I have any decent knowledge of pop music, so I agreed to go to this one. Heather and I partnered with The Guys. 

We did well -- but once again, we didn't win.

So I'm a little hazy on what happened right after this, and I can't find the Navigator for this day, so that doesn't help. I know The Guys were doing Palo that night, so I think maybe they went off to Palo right after trivia ended. At any rate, we knew they wouldn't be in the main dining room that night. We expected the ladies to be there, though. Dinner was in Animator's Palate.

Sometime around the end of trivia, I started to feel sick. The feeling was so sudden that I was afraid I was coming down with something contagious. I told Heather I would meet her at AP, and I went back to the room to take something. 

Tonight was going to be "animation" night in AP, and this was one of the things I had been most looking forward to! I'd loved this event on C1 and was excited to experience it again. But, as I left the room and headed toward the restaurant, I continued to feel awful. 

I sat down outside AP in one of the window seats, not sure what to do. Our Assistant Server happened by and asked if I was okay. I hesitated, then asked if he would tell Heather that I was out there (for by then it was about 8:20 and I assumed Heather was already inside.) A few minutes later, Heather came out of AP, and I told her I wasn't feeling well and would have to skip dinner. (If I was contagious, I didn't want to infect our tablemates.)

I went back to the room, where I ran into our Stateroom Hostess in the hall. All week she had probably been doing the turn-down stuff around that time because she knew we were typically at dinner, and then there I was, unexpectedly. She looked a bit startled, then worried. It was sweet. She  gave me our Navigator for the next day, as well as our chocolates. (Heather's sofa bed was already set up, as we'd left a note a few days prior asking the SH to keep it like a bed day and night.)

I changed into pajamas and climbed into bed and lay there for an hour, feeling miserable. Eventually I turned on the TV. At least one of my favorite movies was on!

Heather returned from dinner to report that she had eaten solo! The ladies hadn't shown up (we found out later that they'd had an excursion in Ketchikan that had provided dinner) and since the guys were at Palo, Heather ate by herself. She said she didn't mind, though. She did get to do the animation activity. I was glad one of us did!

We ordered room service, and I ate my food slowly...

Before too long, I felt better. Afterwards, I got to thinking about it, and I wonder if part of my not-feeling-well had to do with being hungry. I know... hunger on a cruise ship? Absurd! But we'd had lunch around noon, and between noon and 7:30 basically all I'd had was coffee and candy. It didn't even occur to me, then, that this might be part of my problem. All I know is that I felt quite a bit better after eating.

No towel animal tonight, as our Stateroom Hostess wasn't able to do the turn-down routine, thanks to me. Oh well!