Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bits & Pieces: Transition From One Century to the Next

So far, this blog has mined scrapbooks about Sarah Eva Howe’s ancestors and then about her own childhood and young-adult years. Soon we will be jumping ahead to Sarah’s life as a wife and mother. There appears to be a gap in scrapbooks covering 1900-1910, the time when Sarah and Will Salyers seriously courted and married.

In transition, here are some final bits and pieces from the 1800s into the early 1900s.

Trip to Chattanooga, 1895

Sarah, like the rest of the Howes, was a member of the Carrollton (Kentucky) Methodist Church. As a teen, she was active in the Epworth League youth programs locally, regionally, and nationally. Here’s what she wrote about attending a national event:

The summer of 1895 was a notable one for me for we went to Chattanooga to the Epworth League National convention. It included the northern and southern branches of the church and the Canadian as well. We stayed at a boarding hotel with other delegates. A special thing I remember about the “fare” was eating my first huckleberries the breakfast before we left. But I certainly remembered well the Convention, the great hall put up for the occasion the speakers and singers, the new hymns [unreadable] and “[When the] Roll Is Called Up Yonder.” Then our trips to the Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge.

Death of a Young Bride

N. Lucy Froman Howe, age 18, 1878
On 1 August 1879, at age 19 and still in her first year of marriage to Sarah's uncle John Irvin Howe,  N. Lucy Froman drowned in an accident on the Ohio River near Covington. A family servant also drowned.

A Carrollton (Kentucky) Democrat newspaper story about the tragedy is filled with the flowery language of the day, yet the writer didn't think to include Lucy's name! To this day I do not know what the "N" initial stands for.

I believe the photo shows Lucy in her wedding dress. Does she look wistful, or is there sadness there? Did she sense that happiness would last only a little while?

(Posted on by Alan L. Fisher)

Family Baptisms

In Sarah's handwriting, this account of a few of the many baptisms within the Howe-Salyers family. The list begins with Sarah's parents. Unless otherwise noted, these were infant baptisms. Sarah, her siblings, and her children were likely baptized at the Carrollton (Kentucky) Methodist Episcopal Church.

Leaders of the Methodist Church, 1891

Prominent in Sarah's scrapbooks are clippings, leaflets, and other ephemera related to all levels of the Methodist Episcopal Church. This postcard-size piece presents 18 clergymen serving as the church's bishops in 1891. To help their names pop up in online searches, I've transcribed their names: William Taylor, R. S. Foster, S. M. Merrill, J. M. Thoburn, C. D. Foss, E. G. Andrews, Thomas Bowman, J. F. Hurst, H. W. Warren, J. M. Walden, W. X. Ninde, C. H. Fowler, W. F. Mallalieu, J. H. Vincent, J. P. Newman, I. W. Joyce, D. A. Goodsell, J. N. Fitzgerald.

Cultural Pursuits

Also throughout the scrapbooks are programs from cultural events attended by various members of the Howe and Cost families. Here are two of them: a program from a formal symphonic concert in Cincinnati (no date found) and an invitation to a gathering in the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. P.(?) Stucy of Ghent in Carroll County, Kentucky. The invitation directs RSVPs to Jessie Tandy, likely a relative of James Tandy Ellis (1868-1942), a nationally recognized soldier, politician, musician, author, and poet. Sarah's Winslow relatives, especially poet Louisiana Winslow Howe, were well acquainted with James.

So ends this chapter of Bits & Pieces. Coming soon: Transcription of a diary written by Sarah's father and uncle while visiting their parents' homeland in 1876. Through the diary, we meet the Howes and Browns who stayed in counties Fermanagh and Tyrone, Ireland. Thanks to the descriptive writing of Robert James Howe and his brother John Irvin Howe, we can almost smell the peat fires burning to chase the chill of February from the tiny thatch-roofed cottages. Watch for the first in the "Visit to the Ireland Homeland" series on Sunday, March 12 – just in time for St. Patrick's Day!

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