Saturday, January 26, 2013

Frank & Co., Nashville TN ca. 1900

Dresden was a small town with limited shopping opportunities.  Many clothes were home made but if you wanted something that couldn't be found in town or couldn't be made you had to either make the trip to Nashville or you could place a mail order and get items that way.  We don't know what this empty envelope from Frank & Co. held but it's a sure bet it was something for Charles or Jim Moran.

John Philip Frank was the son of Morris Frank and W. Harris.  Morris Frank was born in Germany.  His wife was from Marshall County, Tennessee, which is where John P. Frank was born.  Searching I found John P. Frank in Nashville City Directories from the time he was just a clerk to when he owned Frank & Co.  I don't know if Martin S. Loventhal was his partner but he had to have played a prominent role in the company for him to appear on the package with John Frank.

Frank & Co. operated from the late 1800's through the early 1900's.  They made shirts to order, offered a variety of hats including Stetsons.  Before there was the Men's Warehouse or Urban Outfitters there was Frank & Co. Men's Outfitters located at 234 and 236 North Cherry Street, Nashville Tennessee.

Hearty Greetings, ca 1890's

The font of this strange
Christmas Card

This little card is so odd.  It reminds me of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas.  The colors are more Halloween than Christmas and it has spider webs and spiders and other little insects embossed on the card.  The inside greeting says "A Cristmas Wish." with Christmas being misspelled.  In pencil is the notation "your little Gwen."  We don't know who Gwen was and we aren't sure which Moran was the recipient of the card.

A guesstimate on dating this card, we would put it early to late 1890's.

When you open the first panel you are met with "Hearty Greetings" and if you look closely on the left panel upper left you will see a spider web and spider.

The next panel opens to reveal the following sentiment: 

"A Cristmas (sic) Wish.  With never a wish ungranted, All earth's best gift for your own.  may this be the happiest Christmas That ever your life has known.  M.R. Jarvis"

Friday, January 25, 2013

O'Bryan Washington, Oct 1894 Letter from Nashville

O'Bryan Washington was born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 20 1870 to Allen Hall Washington and Sallie Ewing Garner.  He was married to Martha Lanier Scruggs about 1910. Her mother Martha Lanier was living with them when the 1910 census was taken but she died later that year on Oct 26 1910.  The couple had two children: Martha E. and O'Bryan Washington Jr.

O'Bryan is listed in many Nashville City Directories during the 1800's and his occupation was salesman.  The 1920 Census lists him as secretary at a hosiery mill and in 1930 he had moved up to become proprietor of the mill.  He and his wife are listed in the Nashville Social Directory, 1911-1915 as living at 110 16th Ave. S.

This information comes from the Sons of the American Revolution Magazine, volume 17:
O'BRYAN WASHINGTON, Nashville, Tenn. (37451).  Son of Allen Hall and Sallie (Garner) Washington; grandson of Francis Whiting and Eliza Mason (Hall) Washington; great-grandson of Warner and Mary (Whiting) Washington; great2-grandson of Francis Whiting, Lieutenant in Thurston's and Baylor's Regts., Virginia Cont'l Dragoons.

O'Bryan had a good lineage and was on the Nashville social register but on this date in 1894 he was just another friend or potential suitor of Fannie Moran.  There are a few holes in the letter and some staining which make a few words impossible to fill in.    He mentions Mrs. Moran, that would be Fannie's mother Sophia Riley Gunn Moran.  Sadly she died the following year.  He mentions Sousa and he wants Fannie to attend a Musicale the following month with him in Nashville.  He also mentions a trip to Texas that he had been putting off but had renewed his interest in going.  Possibly because Fannie and some of the other Moran's were going to visit their Texas cousins.

The Nicholson
Rates $2.00, 2.50 & 3.00

Nashville, Tenn. Oct 28, 1894

Dear Miss "Fannie",

Mr.______ - he is to be pitied.  Him yesterday and he looks as if he has been run through a grist mill, and your friend ______ I understand contemplated suicide.

I have such pleasure of informing all their_____ of their youthful appearance and you can consider me as your debtor.  Please just draw on me for any amount and the draft will be honored.

Have at last met your friends from Columbia, and like yourself, enjoyed my chat with him very much.

Mrs. Moran will tell you what a treat you missed in not meeting(?) Sousa and I will not attempt to tell you how disappointed I was, when I received your telegram.  Thought you understood you need not worry to wire unless you were coming and when  boy came in, my expectations were above par, but in a few moments there was a decided drop in the markets.  There will be a very swell "Musicale" here Nov. 27, and if you are here, am very anxious for you to go.

For some time have been wanting to put off my Texas trip, but lately have for some reason, taken new interest in it.  Can you account for it?  Please let me know when you intend coming and please if you can, come this week, as I will be here, and I am anxious for you to meet some of my friends.  If the Texas trip should be abandoned consider yourself engaged of foot-ball Thanksgiving.

Love to your family,
O'Bryan Washington

 The letter is written on stationery from The Nicholson Hotel which was built in 1894 in Nashville.  It replaced a boarding house of the same name that dates from the 1860's.  The Hotel was later renamed The Tulane and has a very interesting history including the Tennessee Centennial Exposition and Suffragettes.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Calling Card Sunday - Marvin L. Katterjohn

Marvin Lewis Katterjohn
Today's calling card is brought to you by Marvin L. Katterjohn.  His card was among the papers of Virginia SHUMATE MORAN who was born in Kentucky.  A quick search of google and tells me that his full name is Marvin Lewis KATTERJOHN.  He was born at Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky in 1882 to Henry Herman Katterjohn and Christina Elizabeth NEIMIER.  He married Jessica McCartney in 1909 at Hannibal Missouri.

Jessica McCartney Katterjohn
I wondered what could be the connection, if any, between my husband's great grandmother Virginia and the Katterjohn family.  More searching on and I discovered that a Harold Miller SHUMATE appears in the Katterjohn family tree.  Harold Miller SHUMATE was born in Texas in 1893 and died in California in 1983.  He was a screenwriter for films and tv. Some of his credits include "Bonanza" and "Adventures of Jim Bowie".

The Shumate connection may be what connects this card to our family or it could just be that Marvin Katterjohn and his family were friends of the Morans