Saturday, April 13, 2013

Claude Holden Thomas

This is Claude as a small child with his sister Beatrice
Times News
Twin Falls, Idaho
Monday, April 28, 1947
Page Two, Col. Six

C. H. Thomas, 69, Dies at Hospital

Claude Holden Thomas [my 2nd great grandfather or my mother's father's mother's father], 69, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Twin Falls county general hospital following a brief illness. He was born Aug. 31, 1878, in Albany, Mo.

Following his graduation from the University of Missouri, Mr. Thomas was in the banking business for a number of years, then in the hardware business at Columbia, Mo. for 30 years prior to coming to Twin Falls in 1942. During his residence here he was manager of the Rex Arms apartments.

Besides his wife, Mrs. Ethel N. Thomas, he is survived by three children, Mrs. Wallace G. Gray, Saxon, Mo.; Mrs. Clarence Cress and Claude H. Thomas, jr., both of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Bea Stapleton, Lawrence, Kans., and two grandchildren.

He was a member of the Knights Templar, the BPOE, Kiwanis club and the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Twin Falls mortuary chapel, with the Rev. Mark C. Croneberger, pastor of the First Christian church, officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial park.

The family requests that no flowers be sent.

Friday, April 12, 2013


It has been about a month since I mailed my application to the Oklahoma Society of Mayflower Descendants for them to forward on to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. I'm in waiting mode now and trying not to think too much about how long it could take to receive word back on whether or not my application has been accepted. They carefully verify each application and it may take several weeks. I am really excited about making it this far.  It is out of my hands now.

Since I am not doing much with my Mayflower line right now, I have moved on to focus on some other things. I have spent some time doing my husband's direct Pruett line. I am amazed by how many generations lived in Oklahoma. My daughter Anna is a 6th generation Oklahoman with the Pruett line alone!

Also, I am doing research on my great grandmother Marjorie Rosenberg -- focusing mostly on her time in Portland Oregon. She moved there sometime after 1914 and was definitely there by 1918. She was 17 years old in 1920 when she was working as a comptometer operator at the Meier & Frank Co. department store. I am turning up lots of information about Marjorie and her family -- some of which I am not prepared to share here yet. 

Yes, I am still slowly working on the project for my great grandparents Beem, and I have dabbled with a bunch of other family lines recently too. Let's just say I am in an endless hobby. There is always more to learn. I won't run out of things to do while waiting to hear back from the GSMD!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Anna's Applesauce

It is Anna's first birthday and her first opportunity at solid food!  We chose applesauce for her birthday breakfast.

Anna has learned a lot in her two days of solids.  Here, she sits at the dinner table with us and enjoys her applesauce.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Happy Birthday, Anna!

We are celebrating our little girl's birthday today. Anna Christine is one year old! We are blessed to have her in our lives. Thank you, Lord!