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Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson

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Joanna and her students

April 1, 1965

This is a newspaper article from the Syracuse Herald-Journal. Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson is working with some of her Students putting items into the Kiln. In case anyone was wondering, yes, I do still have the owners manual for this kiln. So if anyone needs it…

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Bob, Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson, Stouffer

Letter to Bob regarding Stauffer Book

September 1, 1955
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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.

 

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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)

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

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Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson, Nellie Stouffer, Pershing, Stouffer

2 Pershing Cousins, Ex-Chef Live in the city

July 18, 1948

This a newspaper article that mentions that my Grandmother and Great Grandmother are related to General John Pershing, who died that week.

My Grandmother (who is referred to as “Mrs. Francis Wilkinson” rather than her own name) also discusses when she met General Pershing at a Family reunion in 1923.

I also find it a bit strange that someone who cooked for Pershing gets top billing over actual relatives of his.

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