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John Brown III, the church bell ringer

I received an email yesterday from a very kind gentleman alerting me to the sale of a gold watch formally owned by John Brown III, John Brown’s grandson. Here is his email: Alice, I collect Excelsior Pocket watches and one hit Ebay today that sparked my interest that should find its way back into your Read More

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Farewell Party for Mr. and Mrs. Keesey

I love old small time newspapers for their local color stories and coverage of parties and family events. While researching on Newspaper.com, I found this one about my grandparents. As I read it I was reminded of a photograph that I had somewhere in my office.  I dug out the picture (I have GOT to Read More

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Obituary – Bertha Adams Cook

In a box of treasures from a cousin I found a copy of this obituary. Bertha Alice Adams Cook was the second child of Annie and Samuel Adams, and John Brown’s granddaughter. She passed away quietly at home in December, 1959, one hundred years after the hanging of our famous ancestor. ******* Times StandardEureka CA18 Read More