There was a specific day I could tell summer was over and winter was here, time to think about buying presents, buying tickets, wearing heavy coats, shovelling the driveway, all that. It was about two weeks ago; might’ve been September 1. Seemed early this year.
Always reminds me of that Pogo frame, wait, it’s not a “frame” it’s something else; what’s that word? Dammit, seems like this happens more and more. It’s that word for one “frame” of a comic strip. Ah, “panel”. That Pogo panel with “Spring has sprung, fall has fell, winter’s here, and it’s cold as heck.” Well, I think it was Pogo, anyway.
When I was a kid, I marked time by hours. Later, I began marking it by days. Seems like not that long ago I marked it by weeks. It amazed me how quickly one Thursday came after another (Thursday is trash day – seemed like all I did was take out the garbage cans). Now it seems to go by the year. The incredible part is it seems there’s about the same amount of time between years and there used to be between hours.
Meanwhile, I think it’s much easier to enjoy the letters that are there, and see how they overlap with common references, yielding a more dynamic view of our “living” ancestors.
I uploaded several genealogical documents I obtained during investigation of Jesse Chappell’s ancestry. They’re accessible in an “album” sort of format. On the Chappell Family Ancestry page there’s now a button marked Genealogy Documents. Click the button to get the documents matrix. Click on individual documents for enlargements. I would invite people to look, in particular, at Charlotte Chappell’s birth certificate. If anybody can make out the date of birth, let me know. It’s clearly February of 1840; but the date in February? I’m leaning toward “Seventh”. Still doesn’t look right, but I can’t come up with anything else.