10th Anniversary Yearbook/Directory for St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Camillus, NY.
I contacted the church and I am going to send this this and several other items for their historical archive. Apparently, the Pastor in this picture is still alive and is a member of the church.
I am not sure of the date or the context of this photo. It could be something related to the DAR or some of her co-teachers.
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…
My Grandfather (Frank Wilkinson) was a mason in the (49 UNICAS Lodge in Syracuse, NY. Here in an invitation from another lodge to their annual dinner.
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.
Looks like this house is now the Newport New Courthouse.
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.
Here are placeholders for Frank and Joanna for the Philo Lodge No. 968 Annual Dinner.
Newspaper clipping from July 19, 1948 of General Pershing’s viewing in the Capitol Rotunda. General Pershing was a 3rd cousin to my Great Great Grandfather. According to family lore, General Pershing was a 2nd cousin rather than a 3rd.
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.
Picture of Frank, Joanna, and Bob “stagging” the table for the Rose Society. Newspaper from circa 1948