I went to Alexandria today to visit with Mom and Dad. As I was driving to town, I noticed flags lining the median of Lake Charles Hwy from Alexandria Memorial Gardens in Woodworth to Alexandria. I realized the funeral for David Strother was today. He was killed in the military helicopter crash in the Gulf.
When I reached Alexandria, I pulled into the parking lot at Dantzler’s Flea Market because I wanted to take some pictures of the flags lining the road. After I left my parents’ house to head home, I saw the Alexandria utility crews had come out and lined the road and put up 4 bucket trucks with flags across the road and in Woodworth there were two fire trucks with buckets up and flag across the road there. I decided I wanted to stop to show my respect so I pulled up & parked behind some cars already parked on the side of the road. As time went by, more and more cars came along and parked on the highway.
I was there probably about an hour when I could see nothing but blue lights coming from Alexandria. There were about 30 cop cars plus quite a few motorcycle cops. I lost track of how many. Then the Veteran’s motorcycle club came by with their flags waving in the wind. All the policeman parked and left their vehicles and lined across the road, shoulder to shoulder, and when the hearse came into view, they came to attention with their heads slightly down. It was amazing to see. During all this, I’m trying not to bawl my eyes out because it didn’t seem like the right thing to do. I also didn’t feel right taking pictures during the procession so I will depend on the reporters for that. The procession went on for miles and miles. Some of the cars in the procession had their windows down and were holding flags out the windows and one car had Amazing Grace playing in the car. Eventually the parking in the cemetery filled up so they started parking the cars on the outside lanes of the 4 lane highway. This ended up blocking all of us on the side of the road from leaving but I was ok with that because I had time to go across the road to visit Pas’ and his parents’ graves.
After the services began, two military helicopters did a fly over. That was so sad to see. I didn’t get close enough to hear any of the service but Susie said they were supposed to play Taps.
I kept thinking about the sacrifices some men and women and families make for all of us and the very least I could do was to show my support. I am so glad I did! It was awe inspiring to watch everyone come together to show support for the family, friends and military. The feeling is really beyond words. I know that it doesn’t make anything any better for his family and they would give everything to have him back but I still hope it brings them a small measure of comfort. They will need continued prayers and support for a long time to come.
I grew up with a beautiful upright piano in our home. My mother used to play and we loved it. When my parents did some remodeling, they decided to not keep the piano anymore so I took it home with me. It has moved with me 3 times. I do not play the piano and I know it is probably out of tune but I think it is beautiful and it has so many memories for me. My mom told me in the past the piano was given to her by an aunt but that was before I started investigating the family tree. After reading my blog post from yesterday about the Sherwoods, she told me that the piano came from Mabel Irene Osborne, my great grand aunt on my maternal grandfather’s side of the family. I was thrilled to get that tidbit of information. I am going to take a picture of the piano this weekend and post it. I will have to get all the details as well. Mom also said Mabel did not marry until later in life and she doesn’t remember her married name right now but she will try to remember. I will put out the word to my aunts on facebook to see if they remember…
Today I am working on trying to sort out the branches of the Sherwoods line.
- Wilton Leslie Osborne’s (02 Jul 1920 – 05 May 1989) father was Herbert Sherwood Osborne (21 Jan 1895 – 30 Oct 1971) – know for sure through two of Wilton Leslie’s daughters Daisy and Amanda
- Herbert Sherwood Osborne’s (21 Jan 1895 – 30 Oct 1971) parents were David Hilgriff Osborne (21 May 1866 – 12 Mar 1932) and Emma Amelia Sherwood (31 Mar 1866 – 23 Oct 1947) determined through US Census records 1900 – 1940 & report from family (Amanda)
- Herbert Sherwood Osborne’s siblings were Mabel Irene Osborne (5 Sep 1892 – unknown) & Freda Amelia Osborne (about 1902 – 1972) – determined through US Census records 1900 – 1940
- Still working on David Hilgriff Osborne’s family but so far through various census records his parents were Samuel Osobrne (abt 1827 – abt 1901) and Matilda Jane Sherwood (11 Apr 1827 – 27 Mar 1902). Matilda was first married to Andrew Edward Mallory (1826 – abt 1864) and had 8 children with him and they were half siblings to David Hilgriff Osborne. I’m looking at the sources for the half siblings now and have checked Mary, Sarah Jane, Harriett Elizabeth and Hannah so far. I will pick back up with George Edward, Easter & Rachal (twins), Julia. I wish there was more time to work on this today but it is a work night so I have to force myself to go to sleep.
I have been doing a little research into David Hilgriff OSBORNE, my 2nd great grandfather (Birth 21 May 1866 in Hammondvale, New Brunswick, Canada Death 12 Mar 1932 in Danville, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA). This morning, while looking at the 1871 Canadian census, I found Samuel Osborne’s family including David Hilgriff Osborne aged 5. He was listed a couple of lines above Robert Sherwood. Since there are Sherwoods in my family tree, I looked at that family and compared to tree and this list of Sherwoods are indeed my ancestors. Emma A. Sherwood is listed as 4 years old. Twenty years later, David Hilgriff Osborne married Emma Amelia Sherwood and are my 2nd great grandparents on my maternal father’s side.
I recently started researching my family history and I have enjoyed it so much! Some of my favorite memories as a child were looking at the family photo albums and heirlooms. I have also been the family collector (aka hoarder!) of furniture, historical items like some of my grandfather’s Masonic items. I looked forward to eventually passing everything on to my children but I was not blessed with children so I am going to share what I can online in the hope that it can help future family historians from other branches of the tree. This blog will be a work in progress but I want to share family photos and stories about my ancestors because I have come across some interesting ones already. I also want to put names to everyone I can in the branches of the tree and maybe be contacted by family that we aren’t aware of yet. I’m looking forward to a very interesting and informative journey following my family footsteps through the past.