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Friday, February 22, 2008

Farrier

We're suppose to learn new things each day, right? Today, I learned what a Full Farrier was. Researching above stone to find information on these two people born way way back in 1837 and 1849, I learned this man Rector had been a Blacksmith in Rome township, Athens County, Ohio. Thats the southern part of the state. He enlisted in The Civil War as a Private in Co L. 1st Calvary on Jan 4th, 1864. He was promoted to Full Farrier. Googling the word tells me he shod the horses, but actually made their needs. This would have been an extremely important position for a Calvary Unit. It's a combination of horse care and Blacksmith skills.




Rector mustered out of the service on Sept 26, 1865 and return to his former occupation of being a Blacksmith in the township of Rome with his family. His wife Alice J. E. received his Civil War Pension, no doubt much needed after Rector's death in 1924. Rector and Alice were the parents of Francis, Curtice, Edna, and John. This family was found in the 1880 census with ages being: 11-7-6-4.


I don't know how Rector came to be buried in Columbus, Ohio rather than his home Athens. More research is needed to know that story. No doubt with more research more of their stories could be told; for now let's honor the contribution they made.







This pink hat and shawl Stella's modeling is now comforting a friends sister who sadly has lost her loving husband. The hat is crocheted, the shawl is knitted. It is my hope as she keeps physically warm with these items, she feel the love and support to help her through a difficult time.

Had a good step day yesterday logging 16,426 steps on my pedometer. Today, not anywhere close. Perhaps tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wednesday and wackiness!

This green wool scarf was a bit of an experiment. The green yarn was left over from something my mother-in-law made YEARS ago. I had no label to know it's weight, composition etc. but, feel certain it is mostly wool, a very light fingering weight yarn. So, I used to 2 strands and knit it on my Bond. The tricky part of that was pulling the yarn from the 2 sources at the same tension so as not to have a knotted mess. It was still thinner than I like scarfs to be, but I made it wide enough with this in mind and so doubled the scarf itself over. Rather than stitching up the side, I folded the two ends toward the middle which I think makes a softer edge for the scarf. This is for my daughter, who's not a lover of fringe and so I crocheted scallops for the edge. She loves it and wears it everyday. Though Stella is mifted she no longer has the green scarf around her neck. lol It's snowing like crazy here today, was bitter cold and windy yesterday...the day before that I was in Baltimore and it was 65 wonderful degrees. Wackey Weather!!!



We had a nice visit with our daughter in DC and Baltimore over this past wkend, and so I'm now trying to catch up on household stuff, and knitting and crocheting.



Last night I started a green and purple pillow cover thing for my daughter. Her room is purple and green.......... she does love green!



I finished a 2 tone pink scarf last night also and need to determine which charity it should go to. Am feeling behind on my charity count, so need to shift some gears and get some projects finished.

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