Friday, July 8, 2011
I'm not sure which Moran family member to attribute this too but I can say that it was written on the top portion of the backside of a piece of stationery from The Bobbs-Merrill Company- Inc. The letter was dated September, 1951 and says: "Presenting Reid's Branson Instructions to Juries".
A transcription follows the image.
Why be a Quitter?
life (1809-1865) is a
notable example of
final victory surmounting
Observe this chart:
Age Year Occurrence
22 - 1831 Failed in business
23 - 1832 Defeated for Legislature
24 - 1833 Failed in business
25 - 1834 Elected to Legislature
26 - 1835 Death of Sweetheart
27 - 1836 Nervous breakdown
29 - 1838 Defeated for Speaker
31 - 1840 " " Elector
34 - 1843 " " Land Officer
34 - 1843 " " Congress
37 - 1846 Elected to "
39 - 1848 Defeated for "
46 - 1855 " " Senator
47 - 1856 " " Vice President
49 - 1858 " " Senator
51 - 1860 Elected President
In the course of 29 years
Two business failures; a grievous
heartache; a physical breakdown;
nine political defeats;
Yet, at the age of 51, was elected
President of U.S.A.
Verbum Sat Sapienti (translated: A word is sufficient for a wise man)
As a young boy living at the family home, my husband would go out into the woods and wander the property. And dig. He did his own version of archaeology and this is one of the items he found many years ago. He said the woman was always referred to as Amelia Bloomer because it appeared she is wearing bloomers. I think the cast iron image bears a striking resemblance from the top of her head to the tips of her curl toe shoes to an illustration that appeared in Graham's Illustrated Magazine in 1858.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
I had seen Victorian jewelry made from human hair but this was the first time I had seen a decorative picture made of human hair. The leaves, flower petals, stems, stamens etc are all composed of Moran hair. There are touches of colored thread and seed pearls as ornamentation as well.
Hair was often used during Victorian times to commemorate the passing of a loved one, given as love tokens and also to record family history which is probably the case of this rather large, elaborate piece of hair art from the Moran home.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Florence Irvine died tragically at the age of 27 in March, 1895, due to burns she received in a fire at home. By the time her mother (Agnes Moran Irvine) found her, her upper body was engulfed in flames. There was little that could be done except to give her morphine injections to make her comfortable till she passed away. It is assumed that Florence was trying to put out a fire started by having quilts on a rack too close to the fireplace in her bedroom.
Florence was the daughter of Agnes Moran and Benjamin D. Irvine of Dresden, TN. This clipping was found in the personal papers of the Moran family. I presume that it was published in the Dresden Enterprise soon after the death of Florence in March, 1895. J.W. Moran and Sophia Riley Gunn Moran were Florence's Aunt and Uncle.
1895 was going to be a very sad year for the J.W. Moran family culminating in the death of Sophia Riley Gunn Moran in October, 1895.
A Lamentable Affair.
Once again is a Dresden home in
sorrow on account of the ruthless hand
of death, caused by an accident that
brought sorrow not only to them, but
to their many friends as well. May
God in His infinite wisdom and mercy
turn away from any of our homes again
such a sad and awful visitation.
Wednesday morning about eight
o'clock Mrs. B.D. Irvine, who was in
an adjoining room to her daughter,
Miss Florence, heard an unusual noise
and rushed in to find her a mass of
flames from her waist up. The horror-
stricken mother, assisted by others who
soon reached her gave as immediate
relief as possible, and Dr. A. Finch
was soon on hand to administer as
much ease as possible to the dying
girl. For about twenty minutes, until
morphine administered hyperdermically
could take effect, she suffered much,
but after that she became easy and
died at 12 o'clock, quietly, surrounded
by parents and brothers, who loved
Miss Florence most devotedly. The
entire family is heartbroken, especially
the loving, Christian mother, who has
?? unusual degree of earth's sorrows
?? which,however she has
?? a woman can who draw
her consolation from a Diving Father.
There is not a heart in Dresden today
that does not go out in sympathy to
them in their bereavement, but in such
hours God alone can comfort and sus-
Miss Florence has been afflicted
since a small child with convulsions.
And? her mother has all these years
?? day and night to prevent
??? such it is not
?? she had a spell. She was
making the beds there being two in
the room, the quilts from one lying on
a chair in front of the fire, and partly
burned up when discovered. The
supposition naturally is that Miss
Florence tried to extinguish the flames
and ??? fire, as the lower
?? es were not burned.