Sunday, September 14, 2008

Another update

Haven't been scanning much this week with the Fair going on, but here's three new photos to enjoy. The first is Chloe Gibbs in 1907. Madge wrote that she was 16, and this was her first long dress.

This is Madge and her Aunt Mae (Mabel Louise Gilpin) in 1913. Check out the diamonds and furs...

This is Chloe Gibbs and Frank Eilthorpe, about 1919. On the back, Madge wrote that Frank had asked Chloe to marry him, but only if she'd put the girls in boarding school...wouldn't you like to know the whole story behind that one!

So that's it for now...enjoy.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

More Photos to view

Ok-this will probably get confusing-so you may want to pull up the tree to be sure where these folks fit into the "big" picture.

The Samuel Frakes Gilpin Family, 1892. Sam, Lillie Mae (Wright), Joseph, Cleopatra (Chloe) and Mabel Louise.

Madge Gibbs, her 1st teaching photo from Tampa (Okla.) High in 1936. Wasn't she a beauty.

Susan Hinkle, Virinda Elstwick and Jim Hinkle, June 1954. Don't know where this one was taken, perhaps in West Virginia?

Jennifer and Samantha Wilson, Creve Coeur, 1978. Can't tell they're destined to wear crowns and sashes in their futures.

Jane, Chloe and Lillian Mae Gibbs, 1905. Lillian was Chloe's older sister, and went by Mae. She married Matthew Sheedy.

Ok, enough for now, but more to follow shortly (I hope.)

Finally, I'm scanning

So, here's a few goodies to peruse.

Oscar, 1941 at the 1st Fort Dix Horse Show on "Yacqi Jim."

I love this photo---I have to wonder if it might be a wedding photo. Perhaps Jim knows.

This is John Gibbs, Madge's dad. Maybe about 1910. He died of influenza, according to the notes Madge left, because he was a sheriff and was checking on folks in the flu epidemic. Don't know if that's the case, but he did die young.

This is Virinda Ann Hammond Hinkle Elstwick, Oscar's Mom, in 1942. She remarried after Oscar's father passed away.

Cleopatra "Chloe" Gilpin Gibbs. This photo was on a postcard, and I'm guessing that it was taken shortly before her marriage, perhaps shortly thereafter. Don't you love that hat and the big gold locket. She must have been fond of it, for it shows up in several photos of her through the years.

So---there's a very (VERY) small start. Enjoy!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Finally an Update

Here you go's not ancient history, but a few photos of the current Hinkle clan.

Monday, September 24, 2007


The best laid plans of mice and is just about perfect. Brian had his surgery on Friday-came through with flying colors, and, thankfully, has been in little pain and has felt pretty well. That's where our good luck ended. We brought him home about 11 on Friday, and I went to the basement to get the knex set I got him as a surprise for him to play with while he was sick-and splash! The mainline ujoint sprung a leak sometime on Thursday, and flooded our basement. The storage/treadmill room had two inches of water all around the edges, flowing through my scrapbook room, via my carpet, to the sump pump. Plus, the carpet was wicking all the water throughout the basement. So, now we get to enjoy the fun of disaster repair again. We spent most of the day getting stuff out of the water and moved around to dry parts of the basement to get the water removal company in to do their job.

The damage was minor as far as "things". I lost several scrapbook things, but managed to save many-though the ones that got wet were a total loss. No photos were damaged, and all the Hinkle-Wilson items were safely far away in their plastic boxes. But, it was pretty disheartening, as I was so close to getting my room organized and ready to work, and now it's all back in piles and boxes (much of it bent and damaged) in being thrown around and blown around by the industrial dryers. We didn't lose much else except my stuff. We had a few clothing items that we had ready to donate to Goodwill get wet-and tossed those not worth saving. Eric didn't have much in the area, and the kids toys that were against the wall closest to the water leak were in plastic containers, so they were not damaged.

So, back to the best laid plans...I was hoping for a few days off to get something done and take some much needed relaxation from the high-stress of work, but it was not meant to be. But, maybe soon we'll get it cleaned back up. Looks like much of two walls were damaged in my scrapbook room, which will require removal of the drywall, then repainting before I can even begin to clean that back up again. I can tell you this-this is the last house I'll own with a basement!

Oh, and the topper on the cake-Sabrina caught the flu and spent much of Friday and Saturday throwing, it has been so much fun, trying to keep them separated so Brian doesn't get it, and cleaning up after her.

But, the photos keep beckoning me to take care of them....I hope to do something about that very soon. Eric has promised to install my scanner before he leaves for Florida on Monday, so maybe I can get something done while he's gone next week. He's planning on being in Florida most of October, so that will give me some time at night after the kiddos go to bed.

Got to get Brian back to doing homework---think of us (with buckets!)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Quick Update

OK, so it's been a month since my last posting-eek. But, I have done a bit of work since then. We bought some nice plastic containers at Target to start putting things besides the photos in some order. There's so much paper, it's hard to get it in an order, but we're working on it slowly. I've sorted it into genealogy, personal correspondence and then documents, which is making it better. Next task is to re-sort into, needs scanned, doesn't need scanned, and then who would be most interested in the original. There are several things that are from Sami and Jen's childhood that need to go directly to them, that were mixed in with the boxes.

The big news is that Eric graciously purchased me a new scanner, that scans both photos, negatives and slides. He had to find some of his scout stuff to get signed up for den leader here in Hutchinson, and when I gave him his box of stuff to look through for it, he didn't realize he had so many slides of his scout trips to Philmont, and I think that may have encouraged him to buy the scanner. I'm very excited, because it will hook up to my laptop, so I'll be able to watch TV or be upstairs supervising homework or cleanup, and still be able to work, as the scanner is more portable than the all-in-one machine I would have had to use to do the scanning.

Not going to get much done for three weeks, between the grand Carpet Install at my mother's house (which necessitates removing EVERYTHING from her home) and the KS State Fair, which I will have to work much of, but after that-I'll have a whole week off, as Brian will be recovering from tonsil and adenoid surgery, and has to remain at home for a whole week from school. I hope to get some work done then, and show you what the new scanner can do.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Got through the first pass!

Last night, I finally got through all the boxes at least once, and removed the photos from their bad homes in cardboard, broken frames and manila envelopes to stop deteriation.

I found one my favorite photos of the bunch last night, a photo dated 1962, but I think its a reprint from earlier, of Madge and Oscar. It's a candid, of the two of them together, and I think it was probably taken about the time they married-they're both dressed up, and smiling-it's just a special photo. Madge appears to be wearing an outfit she had as a teacher in Tampa, which was about 1936. It's a really sweet photo-Eric really liked it. I'll try to get it scanned and posted on Monday.

I did find a bit of a mystery in one box. Madge had written out about three generations of the Gibbs family tree on "family information sheets", which contain some neat information about the individuals-like notes on hair and eye color, personality and illnesses and other traits. When organized, we'll actually know quite a bit about the Gibbs side of the family. But, here's the kicker. On each and every sheet, she lists her name as Madge Harriett Gibbs. Anyone know the story behind that--every legal document clearly states Kent as a middle name (which is a wierd name for a woman anyway, and even more so, when I can't find a single Kent in the family trees that are in the boxes). So-there's a mystery for us.

I do have a question for all. Now that I've taken the photos out of the old frames-I've got a paper box full of old photo frames. Two or three of them are in decent shape, and nice looking, but the majority are in poor shape, with some broken glass. Does anyone have a use or desire for these? I thought if no one wants them, I will throw away those frames that are broken or bent. I am throwing away any of the broken glasses-just for safety with Brian and Sabrina around. If someone wanted the frame, they'd have to have a new glass cut anyway to use it, so I think that's best, so I don't end up in the emergency room over old broken glass.

I was excited to find in the last box, three very clearly written generational family trees that go back for at least five-six generations depending upon the branch of the tree. It will certainly be nice, as I can use those as a starting basis, then compare the PILES of notes and snippets in the other boxes to see if we can get one family tree incorporated together. When I say piles-Jim and Sandi can appreciate. I've found old envelopes with notes, a publishers clearing house entry form with notes around every spare inch of space, old receipts with notes on the back-and just an almost overwhelming group of notes that may or may not be related to the research. Based on the work for my family trees-I know that once you hit a certain point, you basically start searching for anyone with the same name, hoping that you can get back to your tree. Much of the Hinkle research done is not related, as best as I can tell. Madge was also meticlous about getting every detail of all the Gibbs cousins-so I don't know how much of that information everyone will want, but that won't be the area I concentrate on first.

So, that's the update for today. More to come. I've got a bunch of fun stuff to share.