Thursday, May 14, 2015

Photo Feature: The Graduate

No Dustin Hoffman here, today - but we do have a proud wearer of Cap & Gown to wonder about.

Today's photo was taken at the noted Con. F. Squires studio in Lawrence, Kansas, and is inscribed "Squires '13" - so we're probably looking at someone from the Class of 1913!

As always, if you have any clues to offer, the comments are below, or you can email me at callintad at gmail dot com.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Those Darned Clarks

I've written a little bit about my maternal grandfather, and his father, David Ulysses Clark, but sadly, there is a lot I don't know about that part of my family. Unlike the Callin Family, there isn't a Clark Family History for me to build on - yet.

While visiting in Arizona, I talked to my uncle Russ about his dad and grandfather, and some of the other Clark relatives he knew personally. There are a few distant cousins out there who might be able to help me get past the "brick walls" I'm facing, but between the busy-ness of life and the tasks I need to get done to finish the Callin book, I never seem to get around to pursuing those leads.

But while I'm working on "unrelated" things, Clark folks keep popping up.

On 8 August 1889, a Charles Lincoln Clark married Lydia Minerva Callin. Per the Callin Family History: "Lydia Callin Clark...was the 3rd daughter of William Callin, who was the 2nd son of George Callin, who was the 2nd son of John Callin, who was the 2nd son of James 1st."

Charles was the son of Alexander W. (1827 – 1889) and Almira A. (1837 – 1913) Clark; Alexander was born in Pennsylvania, and married Almira in Richland county, Ohio, before relocating to Huron county.

More recently, on 12 February 1919, Howard George Clark (1888 – 1923) married Madeline L. Callin (1896 – 1942). She was the daughter of Fred A. Callin: "Fred A. Callin, Mansfield, O., 2nd son of Thomas Jefferson, 2nd son of Thomas, eldest son of James 2nd, eldest son of James 1st."

I don't know, yet, who Howard's parents were, but he was a World War I soldier, and his enlistment documents identified his birthplace as Ashland, Boyd county, Kentucky. Howard seems to have moved to Ohio early on, but apparently on his own; he married after serving in the war, and sadly took his own life in 1923.

And, of course, much later, in 1968, my dad (a Callin) married my mom (a Clark), tying the two surnames together yet again. Considering that at best, the Clarks I've listed above are distant cousins, and the Callins are similarly well separated from each other, there isn't any reason to raise the specter of inbreeding - but it is a tantalizing puzzle to figure out.

One of my goals for the revision of the Callin Family History is to include the parents of every spouse; in some cases, that may not be possible, but that means that I might find something more out about Howard that can shed more light on the mystery. But in the meantime, all of these Clark folks will continue to peer at me from behind their metaphorical brick wall, keeping me digging.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Photo Feature: Hello, Nurse!

Welcome to National Nurses Week, 2015!

The holiday runs from 6-12 May, so this week's photo is of an unnamed nurse:

The only clue I have to her identity is the studio inscription on the mounting: "Heath, Phoenix."  I found a website on historic photography that indicates this studio probably operated between 1850 and 1920, so that at least helps narrow down the period.

Whoever she is, I'm sure she helped a lot of people during her career.  As always, if you have any clues to offer, the comments are below, or you can email me at callintad at gmail dot com.

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Day Update

So, I took a slightly longer break than I intended... sorry about that. Things have been a bit busy around here lately, what with Baltimore riots and working to finish our construction project.

Some news of the past month:

In addition to taking about 15 paperback copies home to Arizona to share with the family, I sent a donation of the hardcover edition to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential library. That means that it will eventually end up in the World Cat international library catalog.

You can get your own hardcover edition from my page on, or if you prefer paperback, that is also available through Lulu (at that link), or through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and... Saxo. (I'm not familiar with that last one, as it appears to be of Scandinavian origin, but it came up in my Google search, so there you go!)

We already sold two copies through Amazon, so thank you, mystery shopper!  (I think I know who it was, and I owe them a phone call...)

Coming soon - I am hard at work revising the Callin Family History so that we can (hopefully) have a new, updated version published by the end of the year. It promises to make my summer a very busy one. Along the way, I will keep posting updates and previews here, though probably not on the regular, weekly basis that I was trying to maintain before April.

Be safe out there!