Monday, December 31, 2012

1901 Tennessee Club Banquet Gleason TN

James H. Moran III
James H. Moran, of Dresden TN, was a member of the Tennessee Club of the University of Virginia. On this evening he was one of the speakers at the  banquet held at the Hotel Gleason, Gleason Tennessee on Tuesday, March 26th, 1901.  We found a program for the banquet among the papers at Moran Place.  In addition, there was a photograph of a woman inside the program.  She doesn't appear to be one of the Moran women.  Perhaps she was Jim's date for the evening?  What we do know is that the photograph was taken inside of the Moran home in Dresden.

Taken inside Moran Place, Dresden TN.
Unknown woman.

Tennessee Club Banquet
University of Virginia

Hotel Gleason

March 26th

Lynndhavens on Half-Shell
Consomme Printamir Royal
Broiled King Pompans, Maitre d' Hotel
Pommes Saratoga
Virginia Sherry
Olives Chow-Chow, Pickles, India Relish
Celery,  Dressed Lettuce
Salted Almonds, Deviled Crabs
Ribs of Prime Beef
Sweet Catawba
Cold Ham
Blue Ridge Turkey, Cranberry Sauce
Virginia Port
Chicken Salad, Saratoga Chips
Peach Ice Cream
Tennessee Punch
Fruit Cake, Macaroons
Chocolate Cake, Lady Fingers
Assorted Fancy Cakes
Bon Bons
Figs, Dates, Chrystalized Ginger
Mixed Nuts, Raisins
Banquet Cakes, Toasted Crackers
Pineapple, Royal Luncheon
and American Cheese
Champagne Waifers, Cafe Nor
Cigars, Cigarettes

The Volunteer....Mr. Bradley Walker
"It is a goodly sight to see
What Heaven hath done for this delicious land." C.H.

The Old Folks at Home....Mr. James H. Moran
"While I play the good husband at home,
my son and my servant spend all at the University."

Tennesseans Abroad....Mr. Wm. R. Harrison
"When I was at home, I was in a better place; but travelers must be content."

The Boys....Mr. Charles M. Bryan
"Young fellows will be young fellows."

To the Girl I love in Sunny Tennessee....Mr. Fletcher Jordan
"Heart on her lips and soul within her eyes,
Soft as her clime and sunny as her skies."

Walker, Pres,
  Martin, Sec. and Treas.
    Bockman, Toastmaster,
        Moran, Committee

L. Ronalson,
   M. Ronalson,


Friday, December 28, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

ca. 1903 Delta Beta Sigma Sorority Tennessee

This photograph of the Delta Beta Sigma Sorority was taken about 1903.  Marion Moran, who is on the back row, second from the right would've been at least 16 or 17 years old when the photograph was taken.  I base that on the fact that she married Charles Henry Cobb of Union City Tennessee in 1905 and would've been out of school.   In addition, Delta Beta Sigma is a high school sorority that was founded in 1903 in Columbia Tennessee.

The names of the girls are listed on the back of the photograph.  I'm assuming the first girl is on the back row going left to right because Marion Moran is listed fifth and she is the fifth girl in that row.  I have no idea if girl seven begins on the left or right of the front row.

1. Annie Hawkins: Swan Lake Mississippi
2. Eva Colmore: Sewanee TN
3. Florrie Faulkner: Helena ARK
4. Dolly Murphy: Greenville TX
5. Marion Moran: Dresden TN
6. Anna Faulkner: Helena ARK
7. Marie Wilsey: Poplar Bluff MO
8. Rose Dickinson: Little Rock ARK
9. Estella Handford: Batesville ARK
10. Mable Vaughn: Birmingham AL
11. Alice Collier: Birmingham AL

Monday, December 24, 2012

Spirit of 1929, Dresden Tennessee

This is a class picture from 1929, Dresden Tennessee.   This is probably the first grade class because Marion Louise Moran was just 6 years old when this picture was taken.  The annotation on the back does not include names of all the children but I'll post the names that we have.

Front row:  Billy Stokes, Charlie Taylor, Carrol Adkin/Akin, Billy Mangum

Second row: Louise Eaves, Mary Sue Baldridge, Mary King Webb, Modeni Puckett, Mary Evelyn Yates, Mary Nelle Garner, Annie Bell Lainey

Third row:  Virginia Brooks, Mavis Nelli Eaves, Mildred Eaton, Dan Smith, Eleanor Estes, Eugene Allen, Telma Terrell, Ida Ruth Moore and Wayne Travis

Fourth row: James Thomas, Louise Moran, James Wharton, Mary Jones

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Library Ceiling Fixture

They don't make them like this anymore.  This beauty is the lighting fixture that hangs in the library at Moran Place.  There used to be one similar to it in the dining room but it was replaced in the 1970's by Nathan Harrell Moran.  The home was built in 1895/1896 so electricity was added in later as were toilets and a bathtub.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Vintage Christmas Greetings

This undated Christmas card was among the items belonging to Marion Louise Moran.  I don't know if it was sent to Louise or if she was the recipient.  Someone has written "lougie" on the inside, was that a nickname for Louise?

The interior has some cute artwork.  Originally there were three ribbons that at one time would've been the belt of the dresses and tied in bows.  One of the ribbons is missing. At first I thought it might have been based on the Three Little Maids Are We but down in the corner it says "Five Little Bills".  Some research did result in finding a children's book written in 1910 called The Dream Adventures of Little Bill.  Perhaps that was the inspiration for this piece.

Toy Boats and Easter Pictures ca. 1915

Here are two photographs of James Henderson Moran IV.  He was born April 7, 1913, the oldest child of James H. Moran III and Virginia Shumate.   In this photograph he almost looks like a cupie doll to me and he's holding a toy boat.  

The next photograph was taken in Memphis Tennessee at Milloy Photography Studio.  He's holding a small Easter Basket and wearing a Little Lord Fauntleroy style suit that was popular at the time.  He's also wearing white hosiery underneath those short pants and I just love the button up shoes.  The only thing that seems missing is the straw hat.
The photograph was annotated:  I came to bring you Easter joy and brought my basket to help gather eggs.  With kisses From James.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mason Harrell Ezzell ca 1915

It's always wonderful to come across a picture that has been annotated but sometimes that presents more questions than it answers.  We have a baby picture and on the back is written "Mason Harrell Ezzell 3 months and 4 days old".  I thought for sure it would be easy to figure out who this baby was and where he belonged on the family tree but I'm a bit stymied.

My best guess is that he is the son of Robert Andrew Ezzell Sr. and Susan Harrell.  Robert's father was Mason Ezzell.  I had assumed that the baby's name was a combination of his grandfather and his mother's maiden name creating Mason Harrell Ezzell.  The photographers mark is Dyersburg Tennessee and it looks like it says "Darnell" for the studio.  Robert and Susan were married in Dyersburg in 1900 and were living in Dyersburg up into the 1920's. Which seems like a good indicator that I have the right Ezzells. However, I can't find where they had a son by that name.  There is a Thomas Mason Ezzell and a James Harrell Ezzell but that's as close as it gets.

So I began looking at the other Ezzell's who might have had a baby around the same time period but that didn't work out either.  My best hope is that some day an Ezzell descendant will do a web search and come across this page and hopefully be able to clear up the mystery about Mason Harrell Ezzell.

I keep coming back to speculation.  If it is a son of Robert and Susan perhaps it's a case of changing their mind on the name.  Perhaps this could be Thomas Mason or James Harrell.  Perhaps it could be a child they had that died young and doesn't appear in any records that I've been able to find.  Whatever the case may be, he was a cute little thing.

Of course the other connection to the Moran family is not just via the Ezzell name.  The Moran's have their own Harrells: Charles Harrell Moran and Nathan Harrell Moran, my husbands great uncle and his father.

Monday, December 17, 2012

1929 Dresden High School Football Team

We can thank James H. Moran IV for hanging onto this photograph and I'm really appreciative that he annotated the back with the names of the folks in the picture!  By the way, he's in the front row, third from the left.

Front Row, left to right: **please note that there are six people in the front row, James only listed five names!)

Second Row, left to right:

Third Row, left to right:
Press CALVERT, Snooks SMITH, Jim STRAWBRIDGE, Prof. W.W. CHURM, Norman HALE, "Cotton" DEASON, "Shiek" FERGUSON

This is a closeup of the 1929 football being held by Delbert Palmer.

The letter sweater is being worn by Clyde STRAWBRIDGE.

Here's the backside of the picture with the annotations.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Children of Frances McLean (Mackey) Shumate

The inscription says Frances McLean Thomas, Age four months and three weeks however this cute little baby is also known as Marion Frances THOMAS.  She was the daughter of James Vernon THOMAS and his first wife Frances McLean (Mackey) SHUMATE, 1887 -1965.  Mackey was born in Tennessee and died in California.  At this time the location of where she is buried is unknown. She was the daughter of Quincy SHUMATE and Louise Elizabeth McLean.  Mackey was a shortened version of her middle name, McLean.

Frances McLean Thomas aka
Marion Frances Thomas
Her daughter Frances was born in 1913 and died in 1972.   We think that in all likelihood the divorce was acrimonious and perhaps Mackey was even painted as being an unfit mother since her daughter remained in the custody of her ex-husband, James Vernon THOMAS.  It's also very likely that her name was originally Frances McLean Thomas just as it's written above but after the divorce which occurred before 1919 as that's when he remarried,  was changed to Marion Frances Thomas. Of course this is all just speculation on our part and we could be wrong.  Frances married Collin Lyle DURHAM.  She is our second cousin, once removed.

Mackey and James were married in 1909.  After the divorce he married Rebecca SPICER and they had three children James Thomas Jr, Robert Spicer and Elizabeth Ann.

Thomas Ogilvie MacPherson III,
half brother of
Frances McLean THOMAS

Mackey's second husband was Thomas Ogilvie MACPHERSON II.  They lived in California and had one child, Thomas Ogilvie MACPHERSON III.   His father was listed as an "inmate" at the Patton State Hospital for the Insane in the 1940 Census.  His father died in Riverside California on March 2, 1982.  Sadly, I discovered today that Thomas the third died at the age of 23 from head injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  He had enlisted in the Air Force  Jan. 12, 1951.  He re-enlisted on February 9, 1952 and was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. He died on July 1, 1952.  He was a 2nd Lieutenant..  Interestingly enough on the South Carolina Death Certificate for Thomas the third it indicates that his father was deceased when in actuality he was very much alive and would survive his son and wife.  We speculate that back in the fifties the stigma of mental illness was probably so great that he would not have been a suitable candidate for the military, particularly since he was an officer.  So it seems probable that he and his mother had lied about his father being dead.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Button Recycling

Our ancestors truly knew the value of a dollar.  Today we talk about being "green" and have trendy recycle and reuse sayings but they didn't think of it as being green, they thought of it as being thrifty, economical and saw the potential to reuse items when possible.

This tinbox, which was surely a magnificent thing in its day, was used to store buttons.  And not just the occasional button that popped off and needed to be sewn back on.

When clothing wore out they removed the eyelets, hooks, buttons, collars, cuffs, lace and anything else that could be reused on another piece of clothing.  And then they used the remaining clothing to stuff mattresses, pillows or used them as cleaning rags.

Here's what we found inside this particular tinbox.  A truly unique collection of buttons, clasps, hooks and beads.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Ferguson-Bozeman Nuptials 1930

We believe this to be
Harry and Helen.
Harry Maxwell FERGUSON is our first cousin, twice removed.  His grandmother on his mother's side was Agnes MORAN.  She married B.D. IRVINE and it was their daughter Sophia that married Charles A Ferguson, the parents of Harry.

Harry fell in love with Helen Josephine BOZEMAN, the daughter of Augustus Nardin BOZEMAN and Mary Josephine, maiden name unknown at this time.

Harry and Helen were married on July 19, 1930 at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York.

This is the front of a card that was sent to them from the church on one of their anniversaries and as a little fundraiser nudge.

My dear Friends:
This is the anniversary of your wedding and we want you to know that we are thinking of you and are sending you our Blessing and greetings.  May each year bring you increased happiness.
When you were married you became members of the Little Church Family.  Please do not forget to renew your membership this year and help us build up the Endowment Fund that is to keep the Church here at 29th Street for years to come.
Let us hear from you--and better still, come in and see us when you can. Be sure to let us know of any change of address.
Faithfully your friend,
Randolph Ray

On the back is written:
This is the church Harry and Helen were married
in 1930.

Here is another photo of the same couple.  These pictures were with the wedding invitation and the card from the Little Church around the corner.  The picture above is undated but on the back of this one it says Aug. 1, 1946.

I found this wonderful little video on Youtube about the Church.  The church was founded in 1848 and was named the Church of the Transfiguration.  It has a long tradition of ties with the theater and interestingly enough it received it's name when the rector of a nearby church refused to perform a funeral for an actor and and referred them to "the little church around the corner".  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mrs. Sam B. Wilson Dies - 1939

Before she was Mrs. Sam Wilson she was Paralee  T Wilson.  Her parents were Joseph Wilson and Parmelia Duncan.  She was born August 12, 1848 and died May 10, 1939.  She married Samuel D. Wilson (the newspaper clipping incorrectly said "B") March 9 1873 in Williamson County Tennessee.  They moved to Obion County Tennessee and eventually lived in Newbern, Tennessee.  They had two daughters Laura D. Wilson and Lillie Wilson.

Virginia Shumate Moran her sisters also lived in Newbern Tennessee with their uncle Quincy Shumate and his family.  This obituary was found among the papers of Virginia Shumate Moran.

Mrs. Sam B. Wilson Dies; Funeral Today
Native Tennessean, 90, was Mother of Memphis

Newbern, Tenn., May 10-- Mrs. Sam B. Wilson, lifelong resident of Tennessee and member of one of the most prominent families in Dyer County, died here tonight at 6 o'clock in the home of her son-in-law, Atty, Gen. John M. Drane.

One of the oldest residents of Newbern, Mrs. Wilson had lived here for 54 years and was one of the most active members of the First Methodist Church.

Mrs. Wilson came to Newbern from Obion County, where her husband, the late Sam Wilson, who died 30 years ago, was one of the leading landowners in this section.  She was born at Franklin Tenn.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon in the First Baptist Church of Newbern, with the Rev. H.W. Davis officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Newbern.

Mrs. Wilson leaves two daughters, Mrs. John M. Drane of Newbern and Mrs. H.A. Roop of Memphis; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

1895 - Belmont College scene of Magnificent Wedding

Belmont College last night was the scene of a very pretty wedding, when Miss Ida M. HUNTER pledged her vows to Mr. William Marvin LEFTWICH, Jr., of this city.  The bride is the only daughter of Mrs. Mary Collier HUNTER, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has been for three years with her cousin, Miss Hood, pursuing special studies at the college.  The grand old mansion, which lends itself so beautifully to such occasions, as though it had not forgotten the witchery, was ablaze with light and odorous with flowers, while pines, stately palms and smilax from the magnificent college conservatories were used throughout the house.

Promptly at 6 o'clock Dr. R.A. YOUNG, the college Regent, accompanied by Rev. W.M. LEFTWICH, the father of the groom, advanced to the bay window of the grand salon so famous in the past history of Belmont Place.  Around the fountain were grouped the members of the "Boom Camp," A social organization of which the bride and groom are loved and valued members.  Closely following came Miss Mary Lee LEFTWICH, who was met at the foot of the stairs by her attendant, Mr. Walter G. KIRKPATRICK.  The bride entered with her maid of honor, Miss Neva Sharon STEWART, meeting on the way the groom and his best man, Dr. Harry S. VAUGHN.

After the ceremony, all returned to the parlors for congratulations, after which elegant and elaborate refreshments were served in the spacious dining hall.  Many costly and tasteful gifts from many points attest the popularity of the young couple and the warmth of their many friends.

The bride was robed in an exquisite Duchesse satin, with rare old lace, which set off to fine advantage her fair blonde beauty.  The bridesmaids wore pink organdie, and carried La France roses.

Mr and Mrs LEFTWICH left at once for Atlanta and the East, and after their return will be at home to their friends at 2016 West End Avenue.

This clipping was found among the papers of  Fannie MORAN however she and her sister Ida both attended Belmont College in Nashville so it's very possible that both of them attended and perhaps were even part of the ceremony of Ida Mary Hunter to William Marvin Leftwich Jr on December 26, 1895.

It's also interesting to note that the grooms sister, Alice Kavanaugh LEFTWICH was a teacher at Belmont and an accomplished pianist graduating from the Beethoven Conservatory in St. Louis.  She was also a pupil of Arthur FOOTE and B.J. LANG of Boston and she spent three years in Paris with M. MOSZKOWSKI and Wager SWAYNE.

Adelicia Acklen
I think it's very interesting that the author of the article mentioned "witchery" in connection with the Acklen Mansion which became Belmont College in the late 1800's.  I'm not sure if they are referring to the feminine "witchery" of Adelicia Acklen the chatelaine of the mansion or if they are referring to the "witchery" after her death.  There have been reports and sightings of her ghost at the mansion through the years.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dance Card circa 1890's

Fannie Moran

This dance card was found among the papers of Fannie Moran Ezzell.   I seriously doubt her dance card was empty for the evening even though this one has not been filled.

On this particular occasion there were four Waltz's, fourteen Quadrille's, two Polka's and two Schottische's.    The Quadrille is a dance performed by four couples and is the precursor to Square Dancing.  The Schottische is a Bohemian partnered dance that was popular during the Victorian Era.  I would assume most everyone knows what the Waltz and Polka are!

The Kudzu Experiment of 1916

"Two new growths: namely the Kudzu vine and Himalaya vine, were taken up experimentally last spring.  From what information this office has secured about the kudzu vine it is hoped that good results may be obtained from it.  It is a legume with a very deep root system which builds up its own soil to fertility.  Its very heavy growth of vines is said to produce a most abundant and valuable hay for stock.  The vines when running along the ground take root at the knuckles like the sweet potato vine, and from these knuckle-roots new runners grow out in the spring.  Thirty land owners are experimenting with a few roots sent them and in a year or two some definite information can be secured concerning their value in reclaiming waste lands.. The object is to try them out to prove their worth."  (Source: The Resources of Tennessee vol. 5, Jan 1915.)

"During the years 1915 and 1916, the efforts of the Forester, Mr. R.S. Maddox, were exerted along the lines of practical forestry and educational work.....Roots of the kudzu plant, a little known perennial legume, were sent to 30 farmers to try experimentally on waste land.....A forestry exhibit was made a the State fair, and at the Knoxville and Dresden Fairs." (Source: The Resources of Tennessee vols. 7 and 8,  January 1917.)

Kudzu, under ideal conditions, can grow up to 60 ft each year and apparently the southeastern United States provides those ideal conditions.  Herbicides do very little to hold it back and some even make it grow better!!  I don't know if the MORAN's participated in the great Kudzu Experiment (I get the impression they didn't) but here's proof Mr. MADDOX encouraged them to take part!  It appears that C.H. MORAN had questions about Kudzu and the ability to get rid of it if he didn't like it on his farm as well as other concerns.  Mr. MADDOX said he would get more information and get back with him.

Letter number 1
State of Tennessee
State Geological Survey
Forestry Division

A.H. Purdue
State Geologist

R.S. Maddox

April seventh, nineteen sixteen

Mr. Harold Moran,
Dresden, Tenn.

My dear Mr. Moran:

I am desirous of trying a new experiment on reclaiming waste lands, and hope you are willing to take part in it.  The kudzu vine is a legume, and grows rapidly where I have seen it.  It is said to furnish excellent feed for stock.  I secured my information from a nurseryman, Mr. J.H.H. Boyd at McMinnville from whom I secured the roots, and also from a circular which he gave me relative to it.

I am sending you, under separate cover a bundle of six roots, which I wish you would set out on some of your waste land, first preparing the place well before you set them out about 15 feet apart and put a shovel full of manure with the dirt well mixed in each hill.

I am much interested in this project, and am sending these roots out to those whom I trust will plant them in the interest of their gullied lands.  I shall endeavor to visit you as early this year as possible to see the experiment.

Very truly yours,
R.S. Maddox

Letter number 2
State of Tennessee
State Geological Survey
Forestry Division

A.H. Purdue
State Geologist

R.S. Maddox

April tenth, nineteen sixteen

Mr. Harold Moran
Dresden, Tenn.

My dear Mr. Moran:

The kudzu vine so far as I can learn is a new introduction into this country from Japan, and a legume, having nodules on its roots.  I found this at the nursery of Mr. J.H.H. Boyd, McMinnville, Tennessee.  It occurred to me that this vine would be a good thing to experiment with, in reclaiming waste lands.  Mr. Boyd said he knew one vine to grow 70 feet in one year.  The vine runs along the ground and takes root at the knuckles, somewhat similar to the sweet potato vine.  I asked Mr. Boyd if he thought this plant would be hard to get rid of if the farmer wished, and he then showed me two or three rows of nursery stock growing where he had the kudzu vine the year before, and there was no sign of any vine.  

I have sent these roots out as experimental and hope those receiving them will give them careful attention, as they may prove of great value.

Mr. Boyd also says that stock are very fond of the vines, although they contain a good deal of woody substance.  If possible I shall collect more information from the growers of this vine, and mail it to you.

Very truly yours,
R.S. Maddox


Sunday, December 9, 2012

1912 - Fannie Moran's 15th Wedding Anniversary

This letter is to Charles Harrell Moran from his cousin Daisy Gunn and she's talking about Fannie's 15th wedding anniversary to James B. Ezzell.   Fannie Moran is Charles' sister and also Daisy's cousin.  In addition, Daisy married James Ezzell's brother Clyde making her Fannie's sister-in-law as well as her cousin.  Got that?  :)

Oct 1912

Dear Brud
As next Saturday the 19th is Fanny's fifteenth anniversary we have been planning to go out and give her a surprise on that day.  Just the family, and I wondered if you were expecting to be down here any time soon, if you could not arrange to be with us at that time.

We don't want her to go to so much trouble so have not written her we were coming although I told her that probably Mama (Sallie Boyd Gunn) and Carrie (Carolyn Gunn Davis) would be out.  I met Sophia and told her and will probably see Jim.  Did not know until yesterday whether to plan or not for I was afraid Fanny would have a house full already, and expected Marion and Ida (Fannie's sisters) to be there.

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather as we are.  I spent Saturday before last at Newsom and it was certainly beautiful in the country.  I saw Emmie (sp) yesterday as she and Carrie came in and she enquired especially about Mr. Moran.

Hope Virginia (Fannie's mother) has felt the benefit of her trip to Epperson and is gaining her strength rapidly.

Now I am just writing this note hoping you can join the family on the 19th.

Love from all to Jim (Fannie's father), Virginia and yourself.

As ever....

Went to hear Heoper (sp) and Judge Jones the other night.

Epperson Springs was a resort area at Westmoreland Tennessee.  During the Civil War it was used as a Confederate recruitment and training center.  By the middle of the war the Federals had taken control of the area but were constantly plagued by Confederate Troops.

It became one of the most famous Tennessee health resorts in the early part of the 20th Century and was known for its variety of waters. It was listed in Brennecke's First Annual Automobile and Resort Guide, Tennessee, 1912.

Silver Spray ca 1890's

This is a lovely little book book of poetry entitled Silver Spray and Illustrated by Benjamin D. Sigmund, a prominent artist of the 19th century.  Sigmund was known for his gardens, animals, landscapes and waterways.

It was designed in England by Hildesheimer & Faulkner, London E.C. and Printed in Germany.  The Name Geo. C. Whitney, New York also appears on the envelope.  Perhaps he was the distributor in the United States?

The featured poets are Shelley, Byron, Moore and Tennyson.
It belonged to Fannie Moran.  Perhaps a gift from a suitor?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Two Suitors from the 1890's

Back in the day if you wanted to ask a girl out you couldn't call her, there were no telephones.  You couldn't drop by her house unannounced, that was considered rude, uncouth, and low class.  What did you do?  You sent a note or perhaps dropped it off yourself but without the expectation of seeing the young lady until she replied to your note, with a note of her own.

W.R. Bobbitt was the druggist in Dresden Tennessee.  In 1905 he became the proprietor of the Smith Hotel (formerly the Hampton Hotel) in Dresden Tennessee.  But on October 13, 1891, he was simply a hopeful young fellow sending a note to a well-bred young lady in the hopes of seeing her.  And he was clever in that he used one of Fannie Moran's own calling cards, which she must've given him, as the invitation for his call.

Miss Fannie Moran
Can I see Miss Moran
This Evening?
W.R. Bobbitt

Another suitor was W.O. Thompson.  I don't know who he was or where he was from because his invitation was sent to Fannie when she was in Jackson, TN attending the Memphis Conference Female Institute and Conservatory of Music and Art.

Miss Fannie Moran

Miss Moran:
If agreeable I would like very much to attend with you the Schubert concert at the Opera House tomorrow evening.

Very truly yours,
W.O. Thompson

We'll never know if Fannie accepted either invitation but we do know that she didn't marry either of these gentlemen.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hard at Work or Hardly Working

At first we thought this was John W. Moran's rolltop desk which was in his bedroom at Moran Place.  However, this desk has a few extra cubby's than the one that we have.  It's possible this could've been a desk at the Dresden Bank since the Moran's owned the bank. But then again, maybe not!  And then of course that brings us to the people.  Who are they?  We know the man is not one of the Moran sons, the woman might possibly be one of the Moran daughters.

There's not much to say about this one except it was found among the Moran photographs in Moran Place.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

1848 Odd Fellow of the Day Eaton J. White

Eaton J. WHITE was the first bookkeeper listed in this volume of the Washington Lodge No. 5 at Dresden Tennessee.  I believe this to be Eaton Jones White, born in North Carolina.  His parents were Joseph White and Nancy Mann.  His first wife was Catherine Reed Spears and they had the following children: John Spears White, Sophronia Ann Catherine White, Virginia Ellen White, Joseph Mann White, Edward James White and Mary Lacey White.  His second wife was Mary A. Neeley.  They had a daughter, Mary White.  His third wife was Martha H. Hill and their were no children from this marriage. Eaton and his wife Catherine are buried in the Liberty Cemetery, Dresden Tennessee.

This ledger page shows his payments starting with January 1 1848.  The last entry is 1854.  His payments went into the Orphan Fund and his quarterage fees.  On January 1 1852 he received $3.50 for his services as the Lodge Secretary and on the same date a fee of $1.20 was paid for stationary supplies.

Other names listed on this page:  J.D. AYDELOTT,  B.A. CRAWFORD, R.G. MOSS