Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Veterans - Lester A Cornell

Lester Cornell, born Nov 20 1889 in Amawalk, Westchester county, New York to Joshua Cornell and  Alice Cornell. Inducted May 25 1918  in Westchester County, NY. 

Served overseas from June 1918 to June 1919. Co H 2nd Pioneer Infantry, Then HQ Company 2 Pioneer Infantry, then 207 MP until discharge.

The 2nd Pioneer Infantry went overseas to France prior to the 1st Pioneer Infantry.The 2nd landed at Bordeaux and from there went to Bassens, in the Gironde to become acclimated and readied for service at the front.

 Some Companies  were put into service acting as guards and military police from the time of their arrival  in various French cities. In many cases, this MP service continued the entire time they were overseas. 

Other companies of the  2nd Pioneer Infantry had the job of building roads through the thickly forested terrain, salvaging ammunition from burnt-out trucks and abandoned artillery positions and helping bring supplies forward.

Until we find Lester's full military record we do not know what service Lester actually did or what action he may have seen.  Lester returned home in the summer of 1919, and returned to his life as a carpenter. In 1923, he married Florence Purdy and they raised a family in Yorktown Heights, NY.  Lester was afflicted in later years with arthritis, and died in  August of 1978. He is buried in Amawalk cemetery, not far from where he was born. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mary Etta Alley Dykeman

Today in the family tree:

Mary Etta Alley was born 24 April 1878  to J.W.  and Anna Alley in Iowa, one of two daughters.  In the 1880 census, her grandmother Elizabeth is also living with the family in Iowa.

A glimpse of events that happened in 1878:
Rutherford B Hayes is President
Thomas Edison patents the Phonograph. 
Pope Pius IX dies after 32 years as Pope.
The first phone exchange is available in Connecticut.
California St Cable Car RR Co starts service.
Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap.
Louis Pasteur tests a Cholera vaccine in chickens.
First Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn. 
The Remington typewriter  is introduced allowing upper and lower letters to be used.
The United  States stops minting the 20 cent coin.
Sherwin and Williams introduces the first pre-mixed paint available in cans.

In 1896 Mary married Peter Baldwin Dykeman, son of James and Ruth Mabie Dykeman. They have a daughter, Ruth Dykeman in September of 1897 in Montana.  In 1907  they move to Riverton in Fremont County, Wyoming. In October 1908, the department of the interior publishes a notice in the Riverton review announcing Peter B Dykeman had filed their Homestead claim.

In 1917,  an article in the hometown paper  mentions Peter and his wife have gone to visit Ruth in Washington DC at school. however two years later I find she is attending dances and community activities in Riverton, so she must have returned to her parents after going to school.

 In 1920 they are found in the census in Los Angeles, California, where they had gone for a stay for a few months. I have yet to discover why they are there, but I do know Peter is the president of the local bank and a well established citizen of Riverton, helping to bring electricity and coal mining to the area. My guess at this point is he is in California for business.

.  Mary E Alley Dykeman died 13 Jul 1954, at the age of 76 and is buried in the Riverton Cemetery with Peter. Their daughter Ruth married Arthur Ward and had a son Phillip in 1925.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

From Dolgopiaty to Dolgin

Harry Dolgin died May 17 1953 in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont at the Brightlook Hospital.  Harry was born Hershel Dolgopiaty in Kiev, Ukraine, Russia  on March 12th  1890.

Harry was the son of Ariah Lieb (or Aaron Louis)  Dolgopyat and Brina (or Bertha) Tabatchnick, and had at least two sisters, Mindel who was born around 1879 and Esther who was born about 1887 along with a brother Phillip.


Brina, Herschel, Esther and Mindel Dolgopiaty  immigrated to America on the Mauretania which traveled from Liverpool, England to arrive in New York City on 8 April 1910.

Passenger List of Mauretania 

Brina died under the name Bertha Dolgin in Malden Massachusetts on 26th May 1912. She was listed on her death certificate as a widow of Aaron Dolgin. Her parents were listed as Dora and Solomon Tabatchnick, both born in Russia.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Osborn picnic

Its well known that the Osborn part of the family would often get together for a meal and spend the day together.  In the boxes of pictures  from this side of the family, we found the below photo. After some help from many cousins, we were able to identify everyone in the picture as well.

The patriarch of this family is James Osborn. While he isn't in the picture, His sister Zadie is, along with his second wife Lucinda.   Their daughter, Isabel and her husband Cliff, with their children Cliff Jr and Lucy. Their daughter Chloe, her husband John Balser, daughter Barbara Balser and Chloe's son Buddy Dutcher. Their daughter Nancy  and husband Herman Bouffard. Her nephew Weston Beach, better known as Pete whom Lucinda and James raised. Their daughter Elsie Osborn, and James' brother Charles Osborn.

Picture is believed to have been taken after 1939, when Herman and Nancy married, and before 1941 when Elsie married.