Archive for February 15th, 2008

Family Pedigree On-line at www.rootsweb.com

February 15, 2008

All,

Hi, I thought I’d let you know that I’ve posted Grandpa’s family pedigree online at: W.L. Wilkes Ancestors. Please take a peek.

You might notice that the line stops with Benjamin Wilkes m. Temerpance Hand; however, there’s more. You can look at this line by Doris Ross Johnston: More W.L. Wilkes Ancestors

She’s published a book and has more information on Benjamin’s ancestors. Doris maintains a web site on our ancestors here:Our English Origins.

She’s done a good deal of research that we’ve enjoyed–thanks Doris.

John S. Wilkes uncle to W. L. Wilkes

February 15, 2008

Some of you may already know this story; however, it’s quite touching so its worth repeating. Grandpa’s uncle John S. Wilkes died on Jan 6, 1895. He was 17 years, 4 months and 2 days old.

Grandpa wouldn’t have known his uncle John S. Wilkes because Grandpa wasn’t born until Nov. 20, 1898.

Here’s the text of the article that reports on the death of John S. Wilkes:

Falls Under the Wheels of a Passenger Train.

“I don’t care much for myself , but I do feel sorry for my poor mother, who told me not to go skating to-day. These were the brave words uttered by John Wilkes, a lad 16 years of age, who had both legs crushed this afternoon by the wheels of a passenger train on the Maple Leaf. The lad went on to Soldiers Home to skate on Lake Jeanette this morning, but being not permitted to go upon the ice he returned to the railway depot to and there boarded the North-bound passenger train on the Maple Leaf. Whether he attempted to jump off or not is not known, but he evidently fell between the car platforms, two coaches passing over his limbs. The accident occurred near Home mine, about 11 o’clock this morning. The police headquarters were promptly notified, and the patrol wagon with a detachment of police sent to the scene of the accident. He was placed on a stretcher and conveyed to his home on South Broadway, two doors south of Pennsylvania Ave. On the way to his home the little fellow was quite rational, and appeared to suffer little pain. He asked the officers if “his legs were hurt” and it was then when he gave utterance to his sorrow about disobeying his Mothers wishes. Both parents were absent from home, having gone to church. They were notified of the accident, and the mother’s anguish and tears upon reaching the side of her brave little boy can better be imagined than told. Police officers, used to all sorts of scenes, say they could not remain in the room, and while the mother was kissing the poor lad he tried to pacify her and tell her all would soon be right. He died about five hours after the accident. In the evening Coroner McGill and Dr. VanTuyl held an examination.

For those that are interested here is a digital copy of the article:

newpaper article

A thought for today

February 15, 2008

When I was young, this thought hung in a frame above the kitchen sink in our house for all to see and contemplate as they washed dishes or completed other duties there. I believe having it there accomplished the desired impact since Bill, Shirley Ann and I were all able to recall it when we were discussing it a recent phone conversation. It was one of Mother’s favorites and embodies her approach to life.

Keep the telephone of your mind forever transmitting thoughts of Love, Purity, Joy & Health; Then, when Disease, Sorrow, Lust or Hate, try to call you, they will always get the Busy Signal.

After awhile they will forget your number.

Author known.