Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Panoramic Views of St. Rose

Tonight I was experimenting with adding links to videos that I made -- my latest project. In the process, I "googled" St. Rose Church.  I followed a link to a site that belongs to Ron Rack.  If you click on the title for this post (Panoramic Views of St. Rose),  you will be linked to his site. You can also click on the link at the bottom of this post.

On his site, he has some panoramic views of St. Rose Church.  You can actually put your cursor inside the picture and virtually travel around the interior of the Church.  He has several other "panos" of Music Hall, Union Terminal, etc.  You have to have a couple of plugins installed on your computer like QuickTime, but he even has links to the plugins in case you need to download them.

I hope you have as much fun on this site as I did. 

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Charlie and Peg Jones

I want to personally thank Donna Kramer Roy for searching through her gold mine of family pictures to come up with this one.  No one in my family had ever seen it.  Charles Frederick Jones married Margaret (Peg) Gividen on

Never had we seen a picture of our Dad (Johnny) at age 17.  He looks like a baby -- and he has a full head of hair.  Bob is the brother pictured on the right.  Rosemary is the flower girl on the right.

I realized when I got ready to post about Uncle Charley and Aunt Peg that I was missing a lot of information.  I wondered why my branch of the family always called him "Charley" but other branches called him "Bud".  I had not been in touch with Fred and Peggy, and didn't have as many quality pictures as I would like to have.
I got in touch with Peggy and from that grew a luncheon that 19 of the "cousins" attended in January. We swapped pictures and stories and very much enjoyed our time together.

Peggy loaned me some wonderful family pictures.  I love this one of Pop as a young man holding his oldest son, "Bud".

As with all of the Jones boys of that generation, World War II defined some of the best years of their lives.  Included in the pictures Peggy loaned me were more than one of her father preparing to leave for the war.  I love this picture because I can just imagine what is going through his head.

With the departure of each son Norine and Pop gathered with them for a keepsake picture on the front porch.  They had to go through this ritual three times. Peg is pictured on the right with everyone putting on their best face.

As a pet lover, I think back to growing up and knowing that Uncle Charlie and Aunt Peg always loved their dog.  "Maggie" is the dog that comes to mind when I think of them.  Peggy tells me that this dog was named "Jigs". This picture is so special.

Following the war, "Bud" and Peg built a home in Golf Manor, as did the other two brothers.  After years of trying to have a child, they were blessed with the adoption of Fred.  Later they became the parents of Peggy (Ann) and their family was complete.  You can see from the pictures how much they relished their role as parents.

When we got together for the Cousin Luncheon, Peggy told the story that originally had been shared with me by Patty Volz. Both Peggy and her father shared a 4th of July birthday. Peggy was under the impression until about the age of five that all of the fireworks and celebration of our country's birth was all in place to celebrate her birthday. Her Dad was the one who created that illusion. I'll never think of the 4th of July in the same way again without that story in the back of my mind.

Here is my favorite picture of the "happy family" with Peg, Fred, and Bud looking adoringly at the newest and final member of their family, Peggy. As I write this I miss Aunt Peg and Uncle Charlie but know they would be so proud of what all of us have become. I put together a photoshow with all of the pictures Peggy shared with me. To view it, complete with music, go to this link: Peggy's Pics

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Brevings

Somewhere in everyone's family is a collection of old photos.  It takes a little project like this to locate them and realize what a gold mine of memories we have.  I look at this picture of Edith and see that same wavy hair I've always had.

Rosemary told me she knew she had copies of pictures of her mother as a young student at St. Rose School.  Here are three of them.  In the first picture, Edith is the second person from the right in the second row.

I love this picture.  Edith is wearing glasses and is standing in the first row.  When I first saw it, I thought for sure I was looking at the face of one of my cousins.

This is a picture of 8th Grade Graduation from St. Rose.  There were 14 boys and 15 girls in this class.  Looking at what all of them are wearing, you know that this was a very important milestone.  Edith is in the first row and is the first one on the left.

Edith and her husband, Fritz, went on a vacation to Chicago with another couple in 1947.  Here is a picture of the other couple,  taken in front of the Holy Name Cathedral.  (I'll add the names later).  Rosemary told me that this was the last vacation they were able to take before Fritz's death at the age of 49.

This is a picture of Rosemary on her First Communion day with her father, Fritz.  Rose told me that every bit of her First Communion dress including her slip were sewn by Norine.

It's always the personal things that people do for us that we remember.

Here is a little experiment.  I put together a video (that has a couple of errors) with some pictures Rose and Donna loaned me.  It has music.  Give it a shot.
Breving Video

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Edith Jones Breving

We finally made it to our parents' generation.  One of the joys of doing genealogy is when you get to find out about and share some real gifts you've never seen before.  One such gift was seeing the beautiful wedding picture of Edith Jones and Frederick (Fritz) Breving.  I never had the opportunity to meet Uncle Fritz.  He died a year before I was born.

Edith and Fritz were married on June 15, 1932.  Fritz was 32 years old and Edith was 22.  Their witnesses were the brother of the groom, Jim, and the woman he would later marry, Gladys Goldsmith.  The two beautiful flower girls were the sister of the bride, Margaret Ann, and Alice Riedy.  They were married at St. Rose Church by Fr. Robert W. Schutte.  This gives me the excuse to post one more picture of St. Rose Church.

Frederick John Breving was the son of German immigrants, William Breving and Ameliz Stortz.  He was born on September 14, 1899 in Cincinnati.  Rose tells me that being of German descent, that he valued thriftiness.  When he and Edith were married they lived for a year at 2444 Eastern Ave. until he was able to pay cash for their home in Mt. Lookout. Rosemary was baptized at St. Rose Church.

Fritz was a electoplater working for the Rapid Electric Co.  He worked with lead every day on his job. His death certificate says he died of bronchiectasis, a lung disease that can lead to serious consequences.  He died at the age of 49 leaving a young widow with three children -- Rosemary, Fred and Bob.  I was able to find a copy of his draft card for World War I.  Rosemary told me he was never drafted because he did not have vision in one eye. Notice that he was living on Columbia Ave., as were the Joneses until they had to move for the construction of Columbia Parkway.

Edith was the oldest of five children of Fred and Norine.  I like to say that I come from a long line of strong women, and she was obviously one of them.  Widowed at the age of 39 and having lived with a sick husband prior to his death, she certainly had her hands full trying to raise three young children alone.  Rosemary gave me a picture of Edith at six months.

Edith attended St. Rose School, of course.  Rose tells me she has a copy of a picture of her mother that is housed in the St. Rose Archives.  I'm going to borrow it so we can upload it.  You can refer to a picture in the blog posting for September 2, 2009 on the "Perfect Family minus One" to see a teen-aged Edith.  I'm going to meet with Rose and scan in some other pictures of Edith in the near future.

Edith was a caretaker and a homemaker, very much cast in the mold of her mother.  Not only was she the first-born and a young widow of three, but she became the caretaker for her father, Fred, giving him a home after Norine's death.  It couldn't have been easy.  They lived in a two-bedroom home.  Both Edith and her Dad suffered from macular degeneration as they became older, losing their vision for all intents and purposes.  Edith became a member of Rose and Don's family.  Edith died of breast cancer on March 9, 1991 at the age of 80.  Both she and Fritz are buried at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Today was a beautiful but very cold day in Cincinnati.  It was also the 100th Anniversary of the wedding of Fred and Norine Jones.  Ever since I've known the date of their anniversary, I've resolved (but never followed through) on commemorating it in some way.  I picked up a dozen roses and headed to St. Rose Church.  I walked to the river bank and took a few pictures, knowing that the Ohio River of 100 years ago was not nearly as wide as the river I was viewing.

Several years ago the Church secretary had helped me make a copy of the marriage record for Fred and Norine.  I knocked on the door and told her I wanted to commemorate their wedding anniversary.  She gave me free reign in the Church.

First stop -- a statue of the Blessed Virgin where I lit a candle in their memory.  I then went up to the altar and looked up into that beautiful domed ceiling with the stars.  The sunlight was streaming in through the stained-glass windows and everything in the Church seemed so alive.

I had not noticed in the past that in front of the altar they have a beautiful rose inlaid in the wooden floor.  Since I had brought roses, I added one to it and took a picture.  Light was streaming in the windows and as I turned around the most beautiful pipe organ stood bathed in the golden sunlight.  I couldn't believe it when the Church bells started ringing.  I guess I never realized how beautiful they sounded.

With time running short, I again thanked the Church Secretary and headed to the Walnut Hills Cemetery.  It was such a great feeling to finally be able to acknowledge my grandparents' wedding anniversary with the remaining roses.

So Happy 100th Anniversary, Jan and Pop!  You'd be proud of the family you created!

Here is a short video shot that day.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Little Whimsy

I've always been amused by the word "whimsy". Designers seem to love it. I am currently working with a group of teachers who made me aware of an interesting website. Here is the link for Wordle:

The program takes all of the words it finds in this blog and creates a design.  You can click on "randomize" and get one variation or pattern after another.  Here are a couple of examples:

Tomorrow is a BIG day for our family history.  It is the 100th Anniversary of the marriage of our grandparents, Fred and Norine.  I'm going to try to commemorate it in some way, without my genealogy sidekicks (Tim and Julie).  Unfortunately, we did not get our calendars together in enough time to follow through on some tentative plans.  I promise I'll post something.