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Linens and Laurel
Riverside, CA
New Yorker, writing from SoCal about home arts and family history.
Interests: I live in So-Cal and sell vintage items and supplies.Follow our blog to see what is happening in the 1935 bungalow renovation.
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1917 begins and the United States finds itself embroiled in the First World War. Although no lives are lost, the Kingsland Explosion in New Jersey cause is assumed to be sabotage by the Germans. Amid calls for war as a result, Woodrow Wilson instead pursues "peace without victory" in Germany. However, the Zimmermann Telegram, the Germans' offer to give the US southwest back to Mexico, if they cooperate in declaring war on the United States, is the final straw. On April 6th, the United States declares war on Germany. Dallas Love Field is opened to train pilots for aerial combat.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ancestry
Emily turns nineteen this year. The world is embroiled in warfare. The British are trounced by the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli. The United States sends troops to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, but has not yet joined the fight in Europe. This is in full swing, even Paris is bombed by the Germans using a zeppelin for that purpose for the first time. Women do not have the vote in the United States; however, Emma Goldman and Margaret Sanger are fighting for birth control by giving lectures and opening the first birth control clinic in America. In the midst of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ancestry
In 1911, airplanes are commercially produced making the first combat aerial bombing of Libya during the Italo-Turkish War a reality. The world celebrates International Women's Day, a respectful observance of working women. It is the same year, that the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City claims the lives of 146 workers. The doors on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors are locked forcing women to jump in an attempt to save themselves from the furnace burning inside. The Binghamton Street Railway, in addition to electric trolleys, makes county travel available to all. A popular destination is the Ross... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ancestry
The same year Halley's Comet is seen streaking across the sky, Raymonde de Laroche, receives her pilot's license from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. She is the first woman authorized to fly an airplane. Henry Ford sells 10,000 automobiles to for those looking to travel on land. The Barber family now lives at 23 Cedar Street. Emily attends Sunday School at the Main Street Church which is less than a 10 minute walk away. September brings a party for Emily's Golden Links Sunday school class. The Binghamton Press September 1910 Party in Honor of Mrs. Craine Last Thursday evening the Golden... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ancestry
In the United States, the Woman Suffrage Party is founded after more than fifty years of organizing for this moment. In Binghamton, Emily attends a Christmas program in which her six-year-old cousin, Leoria, and Leoria's thirteen year old cousin, Pearl Millham, perform recitations. The Binghamton Press, 1909 At Boulevard Church The following program will be rendered tomorrow night at the Boulevard M. E. Church by the Sunday School. The program will be followed by distribution of gifts from two trees by Santa Claus and his assistants. The program to be followed is: "Bethlehem Star": chorus. "The Glory of the Star,"... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ancestry
Following the passage of universal suffrage in Finland the previous year, women candidates in Finland run for office and nineteen are elected to positions within the government. In September, the RMS Lusitania sets off from Liverpool, England to New York City on its maiden voyage. Another crossing of the Atlantic Ocean of note in 1907 is Marconi's first commercial transatlantic radio communication from Clifden Ireland to Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. The radio age begins. Autochrome Lumière, developed in France in 1903, becomes the first commercially available color photography process. Technology marches on under a Progressive President Theodore Roosevelt. Of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Ancestry
Finland grants universal suffrage in a move that also allows women to stand as candidates when it adopts universal suffrage. They are the first country to do so. Although Theodore Roosevelt wins the Nobel Prize for Peace for his role in resolving conflicts between Russia and Japan, there is a diplomatic crisis with when San Francisco public schools want to racially segregate Japanese. 1906 is also the year of The Great San Francisco Earthquake toppling much of the city buildings and claiming the lives of 3,000 or more residents. Up to 300,000 people are homeless. In New York State, Chenango... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Ancestry
In Queensland, Australia, women, excluding the aboriginals, win voting rights and the ability to practice law. Unrest in Russia is moving towards revolution when the Imperial Army opens fire on demonstrators killing 73. Theodore Roosevelt begins his four year term as President following his win of the 1904 election. The Brooklyn Public Library bans Mark Twain's books, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, with the explanation that they set a "bad example." The Barber family now lives at 1 Berlin Street and Daniel and Miranda Tripp reside with their son-in-law and daughter, Carrie. Emily and Archie have aging and unwell grandparents... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Ancestry
After almost two years of negotiations the United States Army engineers begin their work on the Panama Canal. Theodore Roosevelt wins the election for President. In New York City, the first underground subway line opens. Human rights activist Anna Ruling makes a speech to the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee in Berlin presenting the social and legal persecutions experienced by lesbians. In New York, Emily's Aunt Lovina and Uncle Stephen adopt their deceased daughter's baby, also named Leoria Carolyn. Although Emily is now seven and brother Archie is 3, the sisters Lovina and Carrie both have young children. Memorial Day, Emily joins others... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Ancestry
Following the Pan-American Exposition, the United States ratifies a treaty with Colombia to build the Panama Canal although the Colombian senate rejects it. Panama declares its independence from Colombia which makes it possible to begin a project that provides a shorter route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. North, in the southern state of North Carolina, Orville Wright makes the first successful flight at Kitty Hawk. And, farther north in Binghamton, New York, the first part of the year is uneventful for the Barber family. And, then... 1903 brings the death of her cousin, Leon, 14, in a September... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Ancestry
Suffrage is a worldwide struggle in 1902. In Belgian, riots claim the lives of several protestors as they strike for equality of the vote. The Socialist party with a voice now that reform was enacted in 1893 organizes the disenfranchised since the new rules still give more votes to the wealthy and landowners. Initially, women's suffrage is included in their list of demands but dropped to increase the chances of change. They all lose. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton dies in New York City at 86. Her Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Ancestry
Aerial view print of Pan-American Exposition, 1901 The United States has its own world's fair in the year following the Paris exposition. The Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, celebrates "commercial well-being and good understanding among the American Republics." On September 6th, President William McKinley is shot in the Temple of Music on the fairgrounds by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. New York's former governor, Theodore Roosevelt, who spoke at the Binghamton WCTU meeting in 1899, succeeds McKinley to the presidency. In Binghamton, Emily is now an older sister. Archie James Barber is born in 1901. Carmel Grove residents at their cottage,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Ancestry
Paris Exposition 1900 1900 is the beginning of a new century and the year I met “little Emily Barber”. L'Exposition de Paris 1900 opens April 14th in France to promote understanding of other cultures while The Second Boer War in Africa, the Boxer Rebellion in China, and the Philippine-American War are active conflicts with Americans fighting overseas. The United States suffers its own tragedy when the Galveston hurricane kills approximately 8,000 people. L. Frank Baum, born and educated nearby Binghamton, publishes The Wonderful World of Oz. On October 24th, Emily stays up late to perform her flower girl duties for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Ancestry
List of 1899 speeches, Teddy Roosevelt Emily turns two just after the Great Arctic Outbreak of February 1899 hits the east coast of the United States. Temperatures in Binghamton register 15 degrees below zero. Either a coal furnace or fireplaces heat the home without the benefit of modern insulation. Even indoors the family bundles up against the cold air drafting in through windows and doors. The cold air reaches as far south as Orlando Florida, decimating citrus groves that are recovering from freezes in the winter of 1894-1895. The land our home would occupy one hundred years later in Winter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Ancestry
1898, Age 1 Young men of Binghamton join the army to fight in the Spanish-American War. Although it is a short-lived conflict, Teddy Roosevelt demonstrates his courage at The Battle of San Juan Hill, returns a hero and runs for Governor of New York State. Baby Emily is surrounded by family. She lives with her parents just a mile from her cousin, 17-year-old Leoria Wilbur. Her maternal grandparents, Miranda and Daniel Tripp, live in the Wilbur household, too, just a 20 minute walk away. While her father works at the Noyes comb factory and her mother is busy with household... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Ancestry
1897 Owego Record, September 21, 1897 Emily Leona Barber is born Monday, September 6, 1897, in Binghamton, New York to “Joseph” Barber, 26, and “Carrie” Tripp, 31. Joseph worked at the J. P. Noyes & Co. comb factory, a fourth generation business that began in Massachusetts in 1759, as a comb maker. In the late 1800s, women still wear long hair in an updo and comb making is a thriving business. The prosperous Mr. Noyes would own the first automobile in Binghamton in 1899. The 1899 Binghamton City Directory lists Josiah and Carrie as living at 244 Clinton Street. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Ancestry
Although Stephen Decatur Wilbur connects with numerous people in the army, college, societies, church, and the school system, it is "Little Emily Barber" that starts my journey of fascination with the man who lost an arm during the Civil War. Stephen, my grandmother's adoptive father is her biological grandfather. She tells us little snippets about him with wonder herself. We hear less about her grandmother, and nothing about his only surviving daughter who dies in childbirth when she is born. Several years ago while searching for more information on this Leoria Carolyn Wilbur, I find a 1900 article from Joyce... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Ancestry
I have been very lax in my writing since I started helping a friend with an eBay site. This morning I am up too early. It's a good time to get back to good habits. The historic house I visited... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Linens and Laurel
Father of Josiah C Barber who is husband of Carrie Tripp Barber who is sister of Lovina Tripp Wilbur who is grandmother of Leoria Carolyn Barber. Had farm in Rynex Corners, Schenectady, New York in 1870. There are today, two farms for sale in that area built before 1870. 1815 and 1820. Not saying they are his, but could be! Do not know if or how we are blood related to Evans. Probably, but have not yet found the connection. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Ancestry
Not at the Tripp home on June 1, 1875. Marriage year given as 1875, must have been prior to that date. Two years after death of first wife, Stephen marries Lovina. Was he teaching or working in Owego? Was this during his term as commissioner? If not, why was he in Owego, and where would they have met? She was a seamstress in a shop where her father was a watchmaker. Did Stephen visit that shop? Or Church? Census shows her as mother of 2 children, one of whom is living. Dottie for sure was their child. Where is Dottie... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Ancestry
The rose bed at our home has been neglected by us for months, and who knows how many previous years it met the same fate. There are far more neighborhood walkers that pass by daily than students on their way... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Linens and Laurel
Early morning convo today, Riverside, CA to Dallas, TX: Me: so should I cut my hair off Dallas: Should do your hair shoulder length Me: That is where it is now, on shoulders, stringy brown, disgusting 'cuz I colored it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Linens and Laurel
Beverly, I even had a pink post this weekend, but missed the timing! Have been keeping your mother and you in prayer since you posted.
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I believe we had a frost the past two nights in Riverside! Is that possible? The tips of the lower fronds on the palm tree in back show signs of very low temps and the bushes are brown at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Linens and Laurel
My neighbor with the historic plaque bungalow, we are sans plaque, stopped by just about the time my walking partner showed up. Although the house is picked up and neat, when someone is looking at period details, other things show... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Linens and Laurel