Archive for 2009

The Buffalo

Hi Everyone,

Here’s my submission for the Postcard Carnival “Quadrupeds.”  This card, with many others is part of a collection my husband inherited from his grandparents.  Some of the cards are photos, like this one, others are elaborate floral designs or holiday greetings.  But a quadruped this fellow is… so here in all his glory is the mighty buffalo!


The card has no writing on the reverse, but the text on the front says:  “KING OF AMERICAN BEASTS, Copyright – 1906. Sumner W.Matteson”  The card was published by W.T. Ridgley Calendar Co., Great Falls, Montana.


Written for the “Carnival of Postcards”  for October, 2009

Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington, October 9, 2009 All Rights Reserved

Photograph is the sold property of Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington


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Even though I don’t know the origin of this post card it’s so delightful I couldn’t resist posting it.  The back of the card says “Mrs. Sherman from Margaret.”  Mrs. Sherman was my husband’s  Great Grandmother and and we assume the card was hers since it was with others she’d collected.  Goat carts were used in the early 20th century and probably earlier as well, and came in a variety of styles. This one looks like a one person buggy of the sort that would be used with a horse if it were full sized.  Carts were more than a novelty… they were used for transportation to school or church, there was a type for carrying things like garden produce, and I’m sure many, many others.  Since goats are pretty strong for their size and usually willing workers a “goat cart”  would be practical transportation.

Written for “A Festival of Post Cards”  Carnival of Genealogy

Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, May 19, 2009, All Rights Reserved

Picture is the sole property of Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington

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Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know a little more about our various and sundry blogs:

Echo Hill Ancestors is our blog on the Shane, Walker, Boss, Daly and Arbuckle Families.  URL is: http://susaned1.wordpress.com

The Graveyard Rabbit of North Snohomish County is devoted to graveyard studies and pictures, not limited to our family lines.  URL is: http://susaned2.wordpress.com

The Family File is our blog on the Edminster, Neust, Hartwell, Leach, Higley and Sherman Families. URL is https://susaned3.wordpress.com

The Four Dog Blog, and Life at Echo Hill Farm, is devoted to our four legged friends and everyday life out here in the sticks.  URL is http://susaned4.wordpress.com

Stop by for a visit when you can….


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Signs of the coming spring are beginning to show here in the Northwest. For one thing the coyotes are screaming at night and I suppose that means there will soon be pups and then even more coyote screaming and yipping. The resident rabbit population will need to go into hiding if it wants to survive. Another sign of spring is the arrival of many, many extra dust bunnies at our house, in fact they’re not bunnies at all but the size of full grown rabbits! Since our primary heat source is a wood stove this gives rise to the large dust bunny population as well as layers of dust in every nook and cranny. Many of them have no doubt been lurking about for awhile but now that the days are sunnier and also a bit longer the bunnies are much more noticeable, just begging to have a visit with the broom and dust mops. Our house has lots of large windows so today it was time to attack the layer of dust and smoke that had accumulated on the glass and also the valances were looking a bit droopy, and no wonder when I saw the layer of dust and smoke clinging on to them!! Oh my. So I bravely went at it and now have sparkling clean windows you can actually see through, clean valances and a reduced population of dust bunnies. My eyes feel as though they’re full of gravel but that’s a small price to pay. Because of all this flurry of activity over the last several days I’ve not done any blogging so it’s time to start catching up with some posts. I’ve been toying with the idea of making the two family history blogs back into static sites and leaving “The Four Dog Blog” and “The Graveyard Rabbit of North Snohomish County” in blog format. Static sites might work better for the readers of the history blogs but the other two lend themselves quite well to blogging. Well, we’ll have to see how the dust bunny population explodes before making a decision on that. Meanwhile, I’m preparing a new post for “The Four Dog Blog” for tonight before getting back to our record digitizing project. All that writing should allow plenty of time for the dust bunny population to explode again!

February 21, 2009, Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, All Rights Reserved

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Aunt Ura

This portrait was among several inherited by my husband from the possessions of his great-grandmother Susan (Leach) Sherman. It’s quite a large portrait measuring 20″tall by 16″wide and you quickly see that the portrait has been touched up to a considerable extent, in fact the clothing looks like it’s been painted on. In comparing her hair style style to picture samples from various eras, it appears that this portrait could have been taken in the 1860’s although that’s far from clear. And her dress with a little white ruffle and bow at the neck compares with dresses from the 1860’s and 1870’s as does the smooth (vs puffed) sleeve. This dignified and stately lady is only identified (on the back of the portrait) as “Your Father(s) Aunt Ura.” Unfortunately we don’t know to whom Susan Sherman was addressing that statement. Since the portrait was in with very similarly styled portraits of Solomon Leach and Susan (Higley) Leach, Charles Leach, and Milton Higley, it’s probable that Aunt Ura was connected to either the Higley or Leach lines. But just what the relationship is we have no idea. Yes, Aunt Ura, we’d really like to know who you are!

Written for the “Smile for the Camera” Carnival of Genealogy, January 9, 2009. Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington, All Rights Reserved.

Portrait is the sole possession of Susan J. and Howard D. Edminster.

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