#TBT Will Fish Sunday; Pray on Wednesday (4 Jun 1938)

BannerYankton Press & Dakotan

4 Jun 1938 (Evening); p. 1, col. 2


BUTTE, Mont., June 4 AP — Members of the Butte United Congregational church can fish on Sunday with a clear conscience if they have attended services on Wednesday.

“My congregation and I want to do some fishing this year, but we want to go to church, too,” explained the Rev. Emerson W. Harris, pastor, “so for the rest of the summer we’ll hold our regular services on Wednesday evening instead of Sunday morning.”


I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946.  I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals.   I am happy to email full-size scans of any article.  Feel free to ask.


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Exciting New Feature in FamilySearch Catalog

I was poking around in the online catalog on FamilySearch the other night and stumbled across something so simple, yet so brilliant, I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I went to the FamilySearch Catalog like I normally do, did a search for Lafayette County in Wisconsin (trying to unpuzzle the Slowey/McCabe connection I wrote about earlier).  I plugged in the place name and got a list of subjects returned.  When I started clicking the subjects to open them up to see the various materials, I found this:

FS Catalog add to print

What is it, you ask?  Well, it’s a new (easy) way to keep a list of the materials you need to request from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City!  You just have to click “Add” to put it on your list.  If you click through to see the details about each item, there’s a big blue “Add to Print List” button there too.

big button

This should make planning a research trip SO much easier!  Once you’ve added items to the list, you can print it.  You can add microfilm, books, or any other item in the catalog to this list (the microfilm don’t have call numbers – not sure why they don’t include the reel numbers or anything for those).  This is what it looks like:

print list

Okay … now here’s the best part.  Are you sitting down?  Okay.  If you print your list to a PDF, you get ACTIVE links to your items.  You heard me.  So you can print to a PDF, take your list with you on your tablet or smartphone or whatever, and click on your items so you can remember why you requested it in the first place (I’ve heard of people forgetting this tidbit of information, but I can’t attest to it personally, you understand).

This should make it that much easier to keep a research log (in theory).  It will probably be a while before I actually get to Salt Lake City, but I’m going to start making my list right now.


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Land Sales for Higher Education?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I ran across some puzzling entries while I was plotting out the land ownership for Township 96N, Range 55W in Yankton, Dakota Territory.  I discussed one of those puzzles before.  Now I’ll try to tackle the other two entries in this post.

Jerome Phillips to James Stone land patentBoth entries have this in common: James Stone is the ultimate owner of the land.  One parcel of land was transferred to James Stone from John Wormwood, and the other was transferred from Jerome Phillips.  Then I read something I had never seen before.  The patents for both parcels are issued under an Act of Congress, approved July 2, 1862, entitled “An Act Donating Public Lands to the several States and Territories which may provide Colleges for the benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts.”  These are apparently referred to as agricultural scrips.

John Wormwood to James Stone land patentThis Act of Congress is referred to as the Morrill Act (named for Justin Smith Morrill, the Vermont congressman who introduced the bill).  As far as I can tell, it provides a total of 30,000 acres of land for each senator and representative in Congress apportioned for each state or territory according to the 1860 census.  There are a lot of provisions that had to be followed, but basically the parcels could be no less than one quarter section, and could not be mineral lands.  Each state that participated in the grant was required to build at least one college within 5 years, or they would lose the land and/or any monies derived from the sale of the land.  Each state was to sell its allotted land by issuing scrips (which I assume is sort of like a voucher) for the equivalent of a quarter section of land.  The funds earned from the sale of the land were to be invested, and the principle to remain intact and undiminished as a “perpetual fund” to maintain at least one college that had a curriculum focused on agriculture and the “mechanic arts.”

One specific provision I found interesting was “no State while in a condition of rebellion or insurrection against the government of the United States shall be entitled to the benefit of this act.”  The Wormwood scrip was issued in Tennessee, and the Phillips scrip was issued in South Carolina.  Given that the Act was passed in 1862, after both of these states had seceded from the Union, I can only assume that it was some time later that these scrips were issued.

I wonder if the states still maintain these perpetual funds.  Of course, at $1.25 per acre, the principle amount is only about $37,500 for each congressman, so I guess that won’t really go very far these days.


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Oh Serendipity, You Scoundrel!

I was doing a little research on my Slowey family this weekend and decided to check the Bureau of Land Management General Land Office (BLM-GLO) website to see if the patent images had been updated for my 2nd great grandfather, John Charles Slowey.  Lo and behold, there it was!  While I was poking around, I decided to download the original plat image of the entire township so I could map out all the patents to see where all the neighbors were. What you see above is the finished product.

While I was plotting out all the land patents, I came across a few strange entries.  They weren’t for my family, but they are the kinds that make you want to investigate further.  So I did.

The first was a joint entry for Mary McCabe and Richard Pinkham.  That caused me to raise an eyebrow because if they were married, wouldn’t the patent just be in the husband’s name?  So I looked at the patent image:

Mary McCabe land patentI noticed that the entry was for Bounty Land warranted to Richard Pinkham for his service in Capt. Moore’s Company of the Massachusetts Militia during the War of 1812.  Well that was exciting, even if these people aren’t related to me!

Richard Pinkham 2nd Reg't (Thomas) Mass MilitiaI was curious why Mr. Pinkham had assigned his warrant to Mary McCabe.  What was their relationship?  So I decided to do a little digging.

My first stop was to Fold3 to see if there were any records for Mr. Pinkham’s service during the War of 1812.  I found an entry for Richard Pinkham, a private … but in Thomas’ Regiment of the Massachusetts Militia.  Hmm.  Then I checked over on Ancestry and found two listings in the pension application index.  One was for Richard Pinkham, a private in Capt. David Johnson’s Company. His widow’s name was Eliza, and his card did not show any bounty land.  The second was for Robert L. Pinkham, a private in Capt. Adams’ Company and Capt. James Moore’s Company, both Massachusetts Militia.  His widow’s name was Lydia.  His card also showed no bounty land.  Good grief.  How many Pinkhams fought in the War of 1812?  Was it even likely that Richard and Robert could get confused in the records like that? (Note: I do not find an index entry for Robert Pinkham in the War of 1812 Index to Service Records on FamilySearch).

Richard Pinkham pension app index (A) (widow Eliza)Robert Pinkham pension app index (widow Lydia)Since all I have to go on is a name, I’m still not sure which of these, if any, are the correct Richard Pinkham.  So that’s a dead end for now.  I noticed that the patent was issued to “Mary McCabe, Junior,” which tells me that there is another, older, Mary McCabe in the area.  This patent is dated 1875, so I checked the 1870 U.S. Census and found nothing in Dakota Territory.  However, in Lafayette County, Wisconsin, I found a 27-year-old Mary McCabe listed with 32-year-old John, 25-year-old Ellen, and 60-year-old Mary.  In the 1880 U.S. Census, I found an entry for Mary McCabe, age 76, listed as the mother of John McCabe, and another Mary McCabe, age 34, listed as John’s sister.  Another sister, Allen (likely Ellen) is shown, as well as a nice named Allen (again, likely Ellen) Sloway, age 10, born in Wisconsin.  Now … hold on just a minute!  I have an Ellen Slowey in my tree, who was born in 1866 in Wisconsin.

If she is listed as John’s niece, that means that her mother would be John’s sister, giving her a maiden name of McCabe.  Funny thing that … I had no idea what Ellen’s mother’s maiden name was until now — if this is indeed the same Ellen Slowey.  Here’s what’s bizarre: I have an 1880 census for “Tp95 & 96 R55 & Tp96 R54″ in Yankton County, Dakota Territory that shows Ellen, age 12 born in Wisconsin, living with her parents, Patrick and Katherine.  The family is listed on page 2 of ED 109, dated June 2.  The McCabes (above) are listed on page 8 of the same ED, dated June 9.  What are the odds that Ellen’s living arrangements changed during that week?  Is it possible that she lived with the McCabes all the time, but that one of the enumerators, her parents, or her uncle misunderstood the instructions and she accidentally got listed in both places?

I’ve been able to trace Patrick Slowey back to the 1855 Wisconsin state census, where it shows his household consisting of 2 males and 2 females in Lafayette County.  My calculations say this is likely Patrick and Katherine, and their two oldest children: Bernard and Kate.  I find several McCabes living in Benton, Lafayette County as well – two Marys, Ellen, Daniel, George, and Felix; but no John.  No ages are given, so I can’t determine whether these are even the same family.  I also found an R. Pinkham listed as head of household of 2 white males.  Again, no ages.   The 1865 Wisconsin census is all but destroyed, and I find no Sloweys and only 3 McCabes in the remnants that are available.  None of the names are familiar.

Patrick and Katherine were supposedly married around 1851-1852, and I have been unable to locate them together on the 1850 census; and since I’m not sure who their parents are or where they might have lived, it’s also making it quite difficult to locate them separately in 1850.  I also didn’t find any Richard or Robert Pinkhams living nearby.

Well this is definitely going to take some further research to figure out the relationship between Mary McCabe and Richard Pinkham, and the McCabe’s relationship (if any) to me.  I’ll be checking various records online (naturalizations in Wisconsin, Dakota, and Massachusetts), and will likely need to order some microfilm from the Family History Library. I’m completely unfamiliar with 1812 pension records, so any tips are more than welcome!  Incidentally, it would sure be helpful if these records were indexed … hey, you can help with that!  Go here: Preserve the Pensions.  If you do it before the walk next week (at the FGS conference in San Antonio), your donation will be matched first by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and then again by Ancestry.  A $25 donation will become a $100 donation, which saves about 400 pages of pension records from the War of 1812.

Wow, I didn’t even get to the other two mysterious entries in the land records!  Guess I’ll save that for next time.


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#TBT Faces Prospect at 22 of Life Imprisonment


Yankton Press & Dakotan

4 Jun 1938 (Evening), p. 1, col. 5


Faces Prospect of Life ImprisonmentMINNEAPOLIS, June 4 AP — Kenneth W. Palmer, at 22, today faced the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison for the murder of Mrs. Goldie Rosen.

Yesterday he heard his wife shriek “It isn’t true! It isn’t true!” a
s a district court jury returned a verdict that he was guilty of beating the Minneapolis woman to death in her apartment the night of Jan. 18.



SHANGHAI June 4, (AP) — A Lyceum theater audience attending a charity performance for war refugees was thrown into panic tonight when a gunman arose as the final curtain fell and shot a Chinese official of the International Business Machines Corporation.



NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y. June 4, (AP) — Dr. Amos O. Squire, medical examiner of Westchester county, reported today poison played no part in the death of kidnaped [sic] Peter Levine, 12, whose headless body was recovered from Long Island sound last Sunday.

I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946.  I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals.   I am happy to email full-size scans of any article.  Feel free to ask.


Do we share any ancestors?
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