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Bob, Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson, Stouffer

Letter to Bob regarding Stauffer Book

September 1, 1955

Here is a letter written to my Father (Robert “Bob” Wilkinson) regarding a Stauffer family history book he was purchasing from someone in newport news. I assume that he bought this book for his mother (Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson). He was 16 years old when this letter was written. Note: $4.09 in 1955 would be equivalent to $35.67 today (2015). A bit pricey for a used book.

The book is called Records of the Proceedings of the John Stauffer Memorial Association, 1911. The whole book is available online.



Here are several images of the book.

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Looks like this house is now the Newport New Courthouse.

Bob, Frank and Joanna, Frank Wilkinson, Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson, Masons

1955 Mason Family Photo

June 1, 1955

Here is a picture from 1955 of the “Masters & Families”. Not sure wher this picture was taken. My father (Bob Wilkinson or Bobbie as he was known then) is the tallest one in the middle of the picture. His parents (Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson and Frank Wilkinson) are directly in front of him.

A “Master Mason” is the highest rank a Mason can achieve. You have to master increasingly difficult silly handshakes and passwords to make it to this level. I believe you must also purchase a very ridiculous hat to achieve this level in the Masonic order. (source: Wikipedia)



Here is a close up of Frank, Joanna, and Bob.




Bob, Frank Wilkinson, Minnie and William Wilkinson

Minnie and William visit Stoke-on-Trent

September 20, 1948

My Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather (Minnie and William Wilkinson) visited their home town of Stoke-on-trent, England in the Summer/Fall of 1948.

Here is letter they sent to my Grandfather, Frank Wilkinson

A few notables from the letter:

  • This appears to be the first trip they made back after leaving England in 1916.
  • They were traveling with someone named “Cissie” I think I remember my Grandfather mentioning this person, but I am not sure who it is.
  • Apparently “Cissie” is not coming back with them. She is going to marry a “man who lives in Blackpool”.
  • Minnie’s cousins wanted to have the newspaper come over and take pictures of them. Apparently there visit was some kind of big event. I would imagine that in that time, people didn’t often leave Longton.
  • She mentions how expensive things are there. During this time, England was still under fairly strict rationing. Minine says that everything was a “shocking price”
  • They spent a few days at Rudyard Lake.


Here is Google Street View of the street where they were staying. note: Longton is an area of Stoke-on-Trent, England.


Thornden Rose Fete

June 2, 1948

My father crowned the “Queen of the Roses” in this undated newspaper clipping. This is probably from the late 1940’s. The Syracuse Rose Society is still active today. Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson was a member in the 1940s.


Aunt Hallie, Bob, Nellie Stouffer, Robert Stouffer

Bob Visits Aunt Hallie and Grama

July 16, 1947

In the summer of 1947, my father went to visit his Aunt Hallie and his grandparents in Absecon, New Jersey. Not sure if they lived there, vacationed there, or had a vacation home there. Absecon is near Atlantic City New Jersey. The address is listed as 17 Church Street Absecon, NJ but there is a East and a West Church Street. So I am not sure of the exact address. See maps below for images of where they may have lived.



This is 17 West Church Street (possible location of Aunt Hallie and Grama and Grampa’s house).


This is 17 East Church Street (possible location of Aunt Hallie and Grama and Grampa’s house).

Here is the Google Street view of the House at 17 East Church Street

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Here is the Google Street view of the House at 17 West Church Street

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Bob with Strange Men

December 18, 1943

Here is my father with two mysterious men. They appear to be at a Christmas Tree Farm. If these two men are mobsters, then I think this tree is about to get “wacked”.

Notice that it is winter but dad is wear short pants with some kind of stockings. Also, who goes to a Christmas Tree Farm in a suit and tie? I guess people were fancier back then.