Monday, May 22, 2017

My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 24, October 18 – 29, 1920

Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
(1871 - 1941)
Gertrude's maternal grandmother

This is the 24rd blog post with transcriptions of my grandmother's 1920 diary from Beverly, Massachusetts.  Her name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001) and she lived on Elliott Street.  Her diary is a tiny 3" book with minuscule handwriting.  It has taken me a long time to transcribe, and the book is very fragile.  It has missing and torn pages, and the end of the book is gone, so I am very near to the end of this project with these September and October pages. Every Monday I post another section of the diary.  You can read the first installment HERE

MON. OCT. 18, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
went back for Dom. Sci.
came home at 5.  Stayed
home all the evening
studying.  Went to Bed
at 9.00

Up at 6.45 school all morning
came home at 1.15 got report
sent home for French stayed home
all afternoon studying.
Home all evening.  George &
Henry came down stayed until
9.45.  Went to bed at 10.30

Up at 6.45 school all the
morning, home at 1.15
Helen, Ethel, Elenor was home all
afternoon.  Rus & Ellsworth up to
supper.  Went to bed at 9

NOTE:  Gertrude’s school day was a bit confusing.  She goes back to school in the afternoon for bookkeeping, domestic science and French lessons. Perhaps these elective classes were held after the regular school day?   Her report card only mentioned French, so perhaps she took private French lessons?  She stayed home studying all night after receiving her report card, so perhaps it wasn't good news!

Gertrude mentions George and Henry visiting again, as well as relatives like her sister Helen, sister-in-law Ethel, brother Russell and brother-in-law Ellsworth.  I think Eleanor was a friend?

THURS. OCT. 21, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
after dinner went up to
Ethel’s all afternoon, home at
6.  After supper Henry and
George came down stayed
around the house  Bed at 10.45

Up at 6.45 went to school
had an assembly home at
1.15.  Worked all afternoon went
down the store at four.
Stayed around home
All the evening and
Went to bed at 7.45

Up at 7.30 worked around
the house all morning
After dinner took a bath
Went downtown to do an errand. After
Supper Eunice, Henry, Geo & I went
Downtown. Bed at 10

NOTE:  Another Saturday night bath! She went downtown on Saturday night with her sister Eunice and the two friends Henry and George.

SUN. OCT. 24, 1920
Up at 9.00 stayed around
the house all of morning
and afternoon.  Mr. Lowell over
Nana came up.  Mr. & Mrs.
Butler came over. After lunch
George & Henry came down.
Went to bed at 10.

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning came home at 1.15
went downtown about
half past four.  After supper
went to ride with Ethel up to
Danvers.  Brick up all evening
Went to bed at 10.15

Up at 6.45 went to school
All morning home at 1.15
After dinner Eunice and I
Went up to Ethel’s all afternoon
Stayed home all evening studying
Bed at 8.30.

NOTE:  She mentions Mr. Lowell, the boarder; her Nana, who I think would be her maternal grandmother Florence Etta (Hoogerzeil) Hitchings (1871 – 1941) since my mother called her Nana; Ethel and Eunice again, and her friends Brick, George and Henry.

WED. OCT. 27, 1920
Up at 6.45 school all the
morning home to dinner
at 1.15 went back on the
2.15 car for bookkeeping
walked home. After supper
went to walk with Ethel & Eunice
Bed at 9.30.

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
stayed home all afternoon
raining.  After supper
Geo. and Henry came down
Went to bed at 10.30

Up at 6.45 school all the
morning home at 1.15 stayed
home all afternoon working
home all the evening and
read. Went to bed 8.

NOTE:  More mentions of George and Henry visiting.  She went downtown with them with her sister Eunice the previous week. Were these some new beaus?


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 24, October 18 – 29, 1920”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 22, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Salem, Massachusetts Symposium Commemorates the 325th Anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials

On June 10th, 1692 my 9th great grandmother, Bridget Bishop, was the first person hanged during the infamous Salem Witch Trials.  Over several months in 1692 hundreds were accused, 19 were hanged, one was tortured to death, (including many of my other ancestors).

I won't be able to attend this symposium, but it looks like a wonderful commemoration of the frightening events of 1692.  I know several people who will be attending this event, and I will be thinking of them, Bridget Bishop, and all the other innocent victims of the Salem Witch Hysteria on June 10th.

I hope that if you are interested in the 1692 witch trial events, women's history, colonial history, Puritan New England or Salem heritage you might take advantage of this unique opportunity.

UPDATE (from Donna Segar, Salem State University) There will be another event on July 20th at the Salem Maritime Visitor's Center about the new Proctor's Ledge memorial dedication.

Surname Saturday ~ SIBLEY of Salem, Massachusetts

I have two SIBLEY ancestors who were probably brother and sister, or at least close kin.  Some writers believe that Richard and Damaris SIBLEY  of Salem were siblings to John Sibley of Manchester, Massachusetts.  This is possible, since they are all close enough in age, and the two towns are very close, especially by water.  John Sibley arrived with the Winthrop fleet early in the 1630s as a servant to Richard Saltonstall, while Richard Sibley doesn’t appear in Salem until the late 1650s.  We don't know how these three SIBLEYs are related, or if they are related at all. 

I’ll discuss Damaris Sibley first. She is my 10th great grandmother, born about 1600 in England, married about 1629 to a Shattuck and had six Shattuck children all probably born in England.  In 1641 she was admitted to the Salem church as a widow.  She remarried a second time to Capt. Thomas Gardner.  Two of the Gardner sons married two Shattuck daughters.  Damaris died in 1674.  Just to add another knot to the puzzle, can you believe that Thomas Gardner is my 9th great grandfather with his first wife, Margaret Frier, through their daughter Sarah Gardner (1627 – 1686), who married Benjamin Balch of Beverly.

I descend from Mary Shattuck, my 9th great grandmother, born about 1624, who married Mark Hands of Charlestown, Massachusetts.  They had two children, and then he died at sea in 1664.  John Hands, born in 1654 is my 8th great grandfather. 

The second SIBLEY lineage starts with Richard Sibley, born in the late 1620s in England.  He was a traymaker and he first appears in the Salem records in 1656.  He bought land from Philip Veren, a Salem wheelwright, in 1662 and built a house.  He left this estate to his wife, and it eventually was sold by some of his children to a brother, John Sibley.  Half of this land was sold to John Becket in 1714. John Becket was my 7th great grandfather, and grandson of Richard Sibley.

Richard Sibley and his wife, Hannah UNKNOWN, had seven children.  I descend from Hannah (1661 – 1734), my 8th great grandmother, who married William Becket, a Salem shipwright.  The Beckets also lived in the same neighborhood of Salem, near the neck and the harbor.  Their oldest son, John Becket (1684 – 1763) is my 7th great grandfather (see above).  

My SIBLEY genealogies (two lineages):


Generation 1:  Damaris Sibley, born about 1600 in England, died 28 November 1674 in Salem; married about 1629 to UNKNOWN Shattuck.  Six children.

Generation 2:  Mary Shattuck m. Mark Hands
Generation 3:  Katherine Hands m. Jonathan Kettell
Generation 4:  Katherine Kettell m. Caleb Rand
Generation 5:  Caleb Rand m. Mary Mayhew
Generation 6:  Mary Rand m. Asahel Bill
Generation 7:  Ingraham Ebenezer Bill m. Isabella Lyons
Generation 8:  Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 9:  Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)


Generation 1:  Richard Sibley, born about 1628, died 30 June 1676 in Salem; married to Hannah UNKNOWN.  Seven children

Generation 2: Hannah Sibley, born 20 September 1661 in Salem, died 1734; married on 8 May 1683 in Marblehead to William Becket, son of John Becket and Margaret Unknown.  He was born 9 April 1665 in Salem, died 10 November 1723 in Salem.  Eight children.

Generation 3:  John Becket m. Susannah Mason
Generation 4:  John Becket m. Rebecca Beadle
Generation 5:  Hannah Becket m. Joseph Cloutman
Generation 6:  Mary Cloutman m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 7:  Abijah Hitchings m. Eliza Ann Treadwell
Generation 8:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 9: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 10: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ SIBLEY of Salem, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 6, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a Seafood Restaurant

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vane is from somewhere in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #311?  Scroll down to see the answer...

Today's weathervane was spotted above the Galley Hatch restaurant at 325 Lafayette Road  (Route 1) in Hampton, New Hampshire.  It appears to be a large three dimensional fish, probably an Atlantic cod, which is the most popular fish in restaurants.  This weathervane is difficult to see from the road since it is located at the back of the restaurant near the parking area.  Look for the big glass windows and the cupola.

The Galley Hatch restaurant website:

Click here to see the entire Weathervane Wednesday series of posts!  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~  Above a Seafood Restaurant", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 17, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Captain John Thorndike, died 1760, Beverly, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Abbot Hale Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Here lies ye Body of
Capt. John Thorndick
who Departed this
Life March ye 24th
In ye 86th Year
of his Age.

Captain John Thorndike is my 8th great uncle.  He was born 22 January 1675 in Beverly, Massachusetts and died 24 March 1760 [Beverly Vital Records say 23 March 1760].  On 30 March 1718 in Beverly he married Christian Woodbury, my 8th great aunt and sister of my 8th great grandfather, Robert Woodbury (1672 - about 1751).  They were the children of Isaac Woodbury and Mary Wilkes of Salem and Beverly.

Captain John Thorndike was married three times. His first wife was Joanna Larkin, married on 20 April 1696 and had six children.  Christian Woodbury was his second wife, and they had two children. She died on 28 April 1732.   He was married (a few weeks later!) in June 1732 to his third wife, Abigail Conant, and had two more children. 

The Capt. John Thorndike house still stands at 184 Essex Street in Beverly.  You can see a photo at this Wikipedia article:


Heather Wilknson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Captain John Thorndike, died 1760, Beverly, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 16, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

Monday, May 15, 2017

Honor Roll for the town of Langdon, New Hampshire

Langdon, New Hampshire

This document was contributed by Andrea Cheeney of the Langdon Heritage Commission.  It is a collection of all the names of the men and women who served in the following wars and conflicts:  The Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican American War, Spanish American War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Modern and Peacetime wars and conflicts, Persian Gulf War, War on Terrorism, and Iraq. These names are not listed on the memorial stone in Langdon, but have been collected by the Heritage Commission. 

The link to this list will be posted at the Honor Roll Project website on Memorial Day.  

American Revolution
Dates: 1775 - 1783
Where: Eastern seaboard of North America
How It Ended: The Treaty of Paris was signed on Sept. 3, 1783
American Battle Deaths: 4,435 (approx.)

Bidwell, Allen
Brooks, John Dury
Bundy, Elias
Clark, Nathaniel
Colburn, Benjamin
Dennison, Jedediah
Fairbanks, Capt. Jonas
Fletcher, Jonathan
Garfield, Samuel
Gleason, Windsor
Hodskins, John
Holden, Asa
Howard, Jeremiah
Johnson, Issacher
Lamb, Nathaniel
Palmer, Benjamin
Prentiss, John
Prouty, Daniel
Prouty, John
Reed, Ezra
Rice, David
Royce, Lemuel
Sartwell (or Sartell), John
Smith, Ebenezer
Walker, Abel
Walker, Asa
Walker, Seth Jr.
Willard, Jonathan


War of 1812
Dates: 1812 - 1815
Where: Canada, Eastern seaboard of the United States, Great Lakes and Lake Champlain
How It Ended: The Treaty of Ghent was signed on Dec. 24, 1814. Unaware of the treaty, Gen. Andrew Jackson engaged and crushed the British at New Orleans on January 8, 1815.
American Battle Deaths: 2,260 (approx.)

Blood, Trueman
Carlisle, Samuel
Garfield, Daniel
Jennison, Levi
Peck, Daniel
Prouty, Justin
Prouty, Pardon
Prouty, Phinehas
Read, Warren
Rue, Hiram
Sartwell, Royal
Waldo, Elijah
Walker, Alvah
Whipple, Stephen


Mexican American War
Dates: 1846 - 1848
Where: Mexico and southwestern United States, including modern-day Texas, California and New Mexico
How It Ended: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on Feb. 2, 1848.
American Battle Deaths: 1,733 (approx.)

Cady, Stephen
Hacket, Harvey

Spanish-American War
Dates: April 25 - Aug. 12, 1898
Where : Mainly in the Spanish possessions of Cuba and the Philippines
How It Ended: The Treaty of Paris was signed on Dec. 10, 1898.
American Battle Deaths: 385 (approx.)

Kenyon, Samuel
Maloney, James

Civil War
Dates: 1861 - 1865
Where: Primarily in the Eastern half of the United States (east of the Mississippi River)
How It Ended: Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at the small settlement of Appomattox Court House in southwestern Virginia on April 9, 1865.
American Battle Deaths: Union forces 140,414 and Confederate forces 74,524 (approx.)

Adams, John Loren
Adams, Lewis
Adams, Norman Lewis
Brohn, Carl
Blood, Milton Harrison
Brackett, Freeman E.
Bragg, Valentine H
Brown, George
Burke, Thomas
Butler, John
Cady, Leonard S.
Cady, Willard S
Carpenter, Alfred
Colburn, Wilson W
Conally, Michael
Currier, John
Davis, Leander
Davis, Salmon T.J.
Demmick, Frank
Estrabrook, John W
Farro, Leo
Fiffield, Edwin
Fisher, Andrew C.
Fisk, Andrew
Gassett, Daniel
Gibson, Israel G
Gleason, Francis
Gleason, Lorenzo
Goodwin, George W
Griggs, Almaron
Gowen, George Milton
Hackett, Harvey
Hale, Gustavus
Hannigan, William
Hartwell, Charles E
Hartwell, William H
Hiland, Thomas
Holden, George R
Holden, Henry M
Huntoon, Joel
Jaquith, Henry W
Jenna, George W
Kelley, John
Kendall, Newall
Kenyon, David Yale
King, John H
Kingsbury, Elisha A
Knight, Willard E
Lamb, George
Lamoire, Joseph
Marvin, Byron O
Mathy, John Edward
McGay, John
McKee, George
Miller, Frederick T
Murphy, James J
Nash, Otis C
Noblit, Albert
Patrie, Frank
Pierce, Edward E
Pierce, Frank O
Pierce, Jacob S
Pierce, Samuel G
Porter, Julius H
Porter, Aaron
Prentiss, Fred
Ramsey, John Francis
Ramsey, Rodney H
Ritter, Carl
Rogers, George M
Rogers, James F
Rogers, Oscar W
Royce, Frederick
Royce, William H
Rugg, Gardner H
Rugg, Horace K
Shaw, Joseph J
Shaw, Lorenzo
Shedd, Herman
Silsby, Robert M
Skinner, George W
Smith, Ceylon P
Smith, Ervin H
Smith, John C
Smith, Michael
Smith, William
Slade, Franklin L
Stearns, Charles F
Straw, Lorenzo Dearborn
Timothy, Alonzo
Tole, William
Webster, Sargent A
Wheaton, Robert A
Wheeler, George A
Wolfe, Egar S
Wright, Carroll D
Wright, Charles H
Woods, William


World War I
Dates: 1914 - 1918
Where: The Atlantic Ocean and Europe
How It Ended: Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919.
American Battle Deaths: 53,402 (approx.)

Annis, Frank
Balla, Paul
Barton, Levi
Benware,George G
Bowen, Ernest Fletcher
Carothers, Robert
Clark, Clarence H
Durling,Raymond B
Hatch, Fred
Heselton, Carroll Henery
Holmes, Russell Herbert
Holway, Raymond
Jacobs, Ralph Heath
Kilpatrick, Harold
Lamb, Harold George
Lampher, Roy
LaSelle, Earle Ethewynne
Mazzie, Harry
Mousley, Dr Bayard T
Mousley, Leon W
Porter, George Loring
Whitney, Benjamin R
Whitney, Orrin Calvin


World War II
Dates: 1939 - 1945
Where: Europe, North Africa, Asia, Australia, and Pacific islands including Hawaii, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
How It Ended: Japan was the last Axis power to surrender on August 14, 1945, after the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
American Battle Deaths: 291,557 (approx.)

Aiken, Delbert
Aiken, Ralph
Amidon, Winthrop
Apostolos, Irene
Ball, Wayne
Balla, Alton
Batchelder, Ernest   Jr.
Batchelder, Robert
Beach, Norman
Blake, Harry
Blogett, John
Blood, Edgar
Bugbee, Leon
Burnham, James
Bushey, Lynn
Buzzell, Ward
Campbell, James
Chadkowski, Major
Chaloux, Alcide
Chase, Allison
Cheeney, Joseph
Cole, Parker
Cook, Harry
Crane, Donald
Davis, Fred
Derodier, Wilfred
Edson, John
Fowle Leslie
Fullam, Lynn
Goodnough, Carrol
Grout, Charles
Guinard, Edmund
Hartwell, Charles
Haskins, James
Holmes, Clifford
Holmes, Royal
Huntley, Ira
Jackson, Ernest
Johnson, Clifford
Johnson, Joseph Jr
Jones, Maurice
Kemp, Leslie
Kemp, Reginald
Kempton, Seth
Kibble, William
Kirpatrick, Ernest
Knight, David
Kolapakka, Richard
Lacroix, Maurice
Lacroix, Pauline
Libby, Donald
Long, Bradley
Long, Norman
Lucier, Edward
Lufkin, Harlod
Lufkin, James
MacLellan, Constance
MacLellan, Daniel
Matthews, Bernard
Merrill, Lawrence
Monaski, Edward
Monaski, Joseph
Mousley, George
Nash, Albert
Nash. Stillman
Panek, Sygmond
Parkinson, Walter
Pare, Laurent
Peck, Ernest
Pelton, Lawrence
Pelton, Maurice
Pelton, Roger C
Peno, Carleton
Porter, George Benton
Porter, George Loring
Porter, James Benton
Potter, Ralph
Reiprich, Horst
Ring, Stanley
Robbins, Carroll
Roberge, Aumand
Rock, Elroy
Rumrill, Donald
Saunders, Sidney
Sheldon, W. Oren III
Skowfoe, John
Smith, Major
Smith, Pauline
Smith, Walter Jr.
Sodano, Walter
Spurr, Edward
Stokes, Samuel
Trybulski, Adolphus
Trybulski, Joseph
Turner, Thomas
Walker, George
Wall, John
Wheeler, Hollis
Whitton, Leon
Whitton, Morgan
Wilson, Alfred
Wilson, Clarence
Wilson, Daniel
Wilson, Dorian
Wilson, Edward
Wochek, Warren
Wood, Norman
Wood, Ralph
Woodell, George
Wright, John D
Young, Robert


Korean War
Dates: 1950 – 1953
Where: North and South Korea
How It Ended: The war reached a stalemate in June 1951.  An Armistice was finally reached on July 27, 1953.
American Battle Deaths: 33,741 (approx.)
Aiken, Dana
Allen, Daniel F
Allen, Nancy
Bascom, Allen
Batchelder, Robert
Batchelder, Sydney III
Beauchain, Louis
Bicknell, Duane
Boy, Max
Bragg, Howard Jr
Burke, Thomas Jr
Burnham, Donald
Bushey, Francis
Bushey, Lawrence
Campbell, Warren
Carroll, Robert
Clough, Richard
Cook, Harry
Cross, Carlton G. 
Davis, Gordon
Dulong, Kenneth
Durling, David
Goodnough, Carrol
Hartwell, Charles
Hurd, John
Hurd, Sumner Jr
Hurd, Vernard
Hurd, William
Kemp, William“Bill”
Kmiec, Joseph
Lamb, Herbert
Libby, Owen
MacLellan, Constance
MacLellan, Daniel
Menton, John
Meyerrose, W. Horst
Parker, Robert
Peck, Arthur
Pelton, Frank Jr
Porter, George Benton
Price, Roland
Richards, Armand Jr
Robie, Howard
Robie, Marilyn
Robie, Steven
Rogers, Rudolph
Samsel, Arthur
Sellers, Frank
St. Pierre, Bruce
Taylor, Betty
Taylor, Herbert
Ward, Elwin
Wilson, Edward D
Wright, Caleb
Young, Charles


Vietnam War
Dates: 1954 - 1975
Where: Southeast Asia
How It Ended: The U.S. withdrew after a ceasefire in 1973.
American Battle Deaths: 47,424 (approx.)

Adams, Robert S
Bascom, Allyn
Batchelder, Sydney III
Barchelder, William
Beach, David
Beam, Lucien
Beauchesne, Gary
Bellows, Elbridge
Bialobrzewski, Robert
Bragg, Everett
Bresland, John
Bushey, Lawrence
Burns, Robert
Campbell, James
Campbell, Rodney
Centre, Bart
Cheeney, David
Cheeney, Joseph Jr
Collins, Dennis
Conklin, Samuel
Cross, Carleton
Cross, James
Crossman, David
Davis, Robert
Dean, James
Downs, Jeffrey
Dunne, James
Durling, David
Ebbs, Donald
Erskine, Carleton
Fedelski, David
Fletcher, John
Fowle, James
Fowle, William
Gallagher, John
Gallagher, Paula
Goodnough, Carrol
Harrington, William
Hartwell, Charles
Heath, Anthony
Holbrook, Wendell
Holland, Carl
Holmes, Edward
Holmes, Richard
Hulett, Duard
Hurd, Dale
Hurd, Dennis
Hurd, Duane
Hurd, Vernard
Hurd, William
Jones, Brian
L'Abbe, Raymond
Lachance, Pierre
Levasseur, Edward
Mack, Edward
MacLellan, Daniel
Markham, Fred
Martin, Donald Jr
Marrison, Walter
Morris, Robert Sr
Morrison, Philip S
Neathawk, Roger
Niles, Byron
Pelton, Edward
Pelton, Walter
Pelton, William
Prescott, Samuel
Ring, Raymond
Scott, Arthur
Sheldon, W. Oren IV
Smith, William
Smith, Raymond L
Strong, Sidney
Swain, Larry
Taylor, Herbert
Toner, Peter
Utton, Chester
Walski, Ted
White, William


Modern, Peacetime or Undetermined Service

Adams,David(Haitian Crisis)
Allen, Daniel N
Balla, John
Blood, George
Bourquin, Christine
Brown, Roy A
Capuano, Naomi
Chaffee, John
Chaffee, Peter
Clark, Stephen
Cross, Andrew
Cross, Kevin
Crossman, Karen
Davis, Robert
Davis, Rogene
Fowle, William
Gabardi, Colleen
Harrington, Bill
Jacobs, David
Jones, Douglas
Jones, Wayne
Kathan, James
Mack, Gary
Paldula, Karen
Rock, Robert
Rock , Teresa
Skowfoe, Steven


Persian Gulf War
Dates: August 1990 - April 1991
Where: Iraq and Kuwait
How It Ended: After a four-day ground war, an American-led coalition declared victory. A cease-fire agreement was signed on April 9, 1991.
American Battle Deaths: 147 (approx.)

Adams, Everett Jr
Brodeur, Michael
Lacroix, David
Martin III, Don
Steven Stewart
Windes, (Beach) Amanda

War on Terrorism
Dates: Oct. 7, 2001 (War begins with U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom, in Afghanistan, after the terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Approximately 3,000 civilians and members of the military died as a result of the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.) - Conflict continues...
Where: An effort to combat terrorism world-wide begins in Afghanistan.
American Deaths in Afghanistan: more than 450 as of May 2008


Iraq War
Dates: March 19, 2003 - Conflict continues...
Where: Iraq
American Deaths: more than 4,000 as of May 2008

Adams, Frankie
Briggs, Richard
Brodeur, Micheal
Casey, Andrew
Gilman Christopher (Deployment November 2009)
Whitman, Tim

 Andrea Cheeney of the Langdon Heritage Commission, Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Honor Roll for the town of Langdon, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 15, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 23, October 6 – October 17, 1920

My grandmother, Gertrude Hitchings, a friend, and a sheep, circa 1920
This is the 23rd blog post with transcriptions of my grandmother's 1920 diary from Beverly, Massachusetts.  Her name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001) and she lived on Elliott Street.  Her diary is a tiny 3" book with minuscule handwriting.  It has taken me a long time to transcribe, and the book is very fragile.  It has missing and torn pages, and the end of the book is gone, so I am very near to the end of this project with these September and October pages. Every Monday I post another section of the diary.  You can read the first installment HERE

WED. OCT. 6, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
Had eye & ear test came
Home at 11.45.  Went back
for bookkeeping on 2.15 car
came home at 5.  Went out a
little while after supper
Bed at 10.

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
went downtown then Eunice
& I went up to Ethel’s.  Marion
& Brick up after supper
Went to bed at 10.

Up at 6.45 went to school at
7.30 had an assembly home
at 1.15.  After dinner went
downtown with Eunice
After supper went to movies
with Brick.  Bed at 11.30.

NOTE:  After reading this diary it seems that Gertrude went to classes all morning at Beverly high school, came home for dinner [lunch] and then on some days she went back in the afternoon for bookkeeping, French or domestic science classes.  It appears to be an irregular schedule. Here she mentions her sister Eunice, her sister-in-law Ethel, her first cousin Marion, and a friend named Brick. 

SAT. OCT. 9, 1920
Up at 7.30 worked around
home all morning. Stayed
home all afternoon.  Mr.
Lowell up.  After supper went
out a while then played
cards with Pa, Mr. L. & Brick.
Went to bed at 10.45

Up at 9.  Worked home
all morning stayed
home all afternoon. Mr.
Wilkins, Rus, Ethel, Ells and
Helen down.  Went to ride with
Brick.  Jones & Ty came down
Went to bed at 10.30.

Up at 6.45 went to school
got home at 1.15. Went
down to Helen’s around
4.30.  After supper went
down to Marion’s a while.
Went to bed at 9.30.

NOTE:  In these pages she mentions the boarder Mr. Lowell, and her friend Brick.  Mr. Wilkins is the father of her friend Bea.  Here she mentions "Jones" and "Ty" for the first time, friends from school? She went to her sister Helen's house, and then to her cousin Marion's house. 

TUES. OCT. 12, 1920
Up at 7.30 stayed home all
morning rained most of the time
After dinner Ty and Jones
came down stayed until
after supper.  Mr. Lowell
over. Pa went to Danvers.  Home
all evening. Bed at 9.45

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning.  Went back after
dinner for bookkeeping
home at 5 stayed home
all evening studying.  Went
to bed at 8.45

Up at 6.45 school all
morning home at 1.15
after dinner went up to
Ethel’s all afternoon.  After supper
Geo & Henry came down.  Played
cards.  Bed at 10.15

NOTE: For some reason Gertrude didn't go to school on Monday, October 12th, maybe Columbus Day?  Ty and Jones are back visiting, and the boarder Mr. Lowell was back.  She went to visit her sister-in-law Ethel, and then two other boys "George" and "Henry" came to visit.  In these pages for the new school year Gertrude is mentioning lots of boy friends instead of her usual girl friends.  

FRI. OCT. 15, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
stayed home all afternoon
sewing.  Home all evening
writing.  Was afull awful
tired so went to bed at
8.00  Jones called up

Up at 7.  Worked home all
morning. After dinner
Geo. & Jones came down. They
went hunting.  After supper
we went down to Helen’s
took care of the baby. Came home
at 9.45.  Bed at 10.30

Up at 9.00 stayed home all
morning.   After dinner Ty & Geo. Came
down.  We went to walk and
took some pictures.  Then Geo. & I went
to ride.  Ma & Pa up Danvers
Bed at 10.30

NOTE:  More mentions of the boys George, Jones and Ty.  She went to ride on the trolley with George.  A possible sweetheart?  Or just a friend?  We'll have to see in the next few pages of the diary! 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 23, October 6 – October 17, 1920", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 15, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).