Monthly Archives: February, 2013

I’m Proud to be a Coal Miner’s Great Granddaughter. . .

I’ve recently been doing a lot of research on the paternal biological side of my family (the Engle side). I haven’t found when they arrived or entered the United States, but I have discovered that most of them came from the coal mining region around Scranton (Lackawanna County) Pennsylvania. And many of them were coal miners or worked in some capacity for the mines. And they married coal miner’s daughters. A lot of these “in-laws” were miners who came from Wales looking for a better life . . .and ended up working in the mines anyway.

I haven’t found the exact documents yet to prove when the Engle family first arrived, but several census documents say that George W. Engle’s father was born in Germany.

George W. Engle is my 2nd Great Grandfather, born 1849 in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

and his son was —

Charles Frederick Engle is my Great Grandfather, born 1874 in Peckville, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

and his son was —

Charles Frederick Engle, Jr. is my Grandfather, born 1899 in Taylor, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

and his son was —

my biological father, William Leonard Engle, born 1919 in Montana.

Charles F. Engle, Jr. (grandfather) switched from being a coal miner to being a wildcatter during the oil boom days. And that explains why my father was born in Montana.

R.I.P. Olivette Engle, Born 1901 & Killed in 1922 by Deranged Husband

I don’t have a lot of information about my biological father’s family, so I have been slowly working backward from my father’s records to his father, etc.

It is always surprising when you find an early death or an interesting newspaper article about one of your relatives. Today I found that Olivette Engle, my paternal Great Aunt (sister to my paternal grandfather) was murdered by her 2nd husband Frank Wesley Johnson. And she wasn’t divorced from her first husband, Joseph G. Crum.

Olivette Engle, 1901 - 1922

Olivette Engle, 1901 – 1922

Olivette Engle was born on 7 Nov 1901 in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania to Charles F. Engle & Anna Thomas Engle. She was one of six Engle children. The family moved to Union, Broome County, New York at some point between 1910 and 1920. The 1910 U.S. Federal Census shows them living in Taylor, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. And the 1920 U.S. Federal Census has them living in Union, New York.

 
Murder1
 
Murder or Suicide1
 

Olivette Engle Crum Johnson's Death Certificate

Olivette Engle Crum Johnson’s Death Certificate

Frank Wesley Johnson, Olivette Engle's 2nd Husband

Frank Wesley Johnson, Olivette Engle’s 2nd Husband


Frank Wesley Johnson

Frank Wesley Johnson


Frank Wesley Johnson

Frank Wesley Johnson

more?. . . did someone say more?

me with my Parakeet George Washington Bird

me with my Parakeet George Washington Bird

photo of Christie Kelley's family with Nanny & Daddy Ray

photo of Christie Kelley’s family with Nanny & Daddy Ray

me. . .say no more

me. . .say no more

some kind of aptitude test Nanny invented

some kind of aptitude test Nanny invented

brother Joe with his new Brownie camera

brother Joe with his new Brownie camera

always loved magazines

always loved magazines

getting ready for a day of being a Candy Striper at Wesley Hospital.  Did I hear a page for a Candy Striper to pick up some Fallopian Tubes from general supply?  I'm right on it.

getting ready for a day of being a Candy Stripe-er at Wesley Hospital. Did I hear a page for a Candy Stripe-er to pick up some Fallopian Tubes from general supply? I’m right on it.

Hubba hubba. . .Chevy Malibu convertible.  The wildest car my parents every owned

Hubba hubba. . .Chevy Malibu convertible. The wildest car my parents ever owned

My Daughter said that she wanted to see more photos . . . . so here they are

1st Birthday!

My 1st Birthday!

whatever happened to Baby Jan?

whatever happened to Baby Jan?  Marissa, see that book on the table?  It is in pieces, but I’ve saved it for you & Zenda

Here I am with cousin Tim at our very geekiest.

Here I am with cousin Dr. Tim at our very geekiest.  And we’re looking like twins.  Oh my, love the matching shirts.

GEEEEEK!

GEEEEEK!  Daddy Ray, what were you thinking!

Grandma made the fabulous popcorn cake!  Taken with Joe & Meg

Grandma made the fabulous popcorn cake! Taken with Joe & Meg

you wild thing you . . .going to a slumber party with my new "Beach Boys" album & wearing my new stretch pants with a stirrup stretch pants.  Wow!

adolescence is so  awful . . .going to a slumber party with my “Beach Boys” album & wearing my new stirrup stretch pants with white socks.  say no more.

a fun day with the Morelands.  Any day was fun there!

a fun day with the Morelands. Any day was fun with the Moreland family!

being supervised on my piano lessons -- wish it had been jazz piano

being supervised on my piano lessons — wish it had been jazz piano

I don't remember dressing this dog, but I am sure someone else will.

I don’t remember dressing this dog, but I am sure someone else will.  Taken at the Bumpas home.

Marissa & Momoogy

Marissa & Momoogy

1st doll house

1st doll house & also when I learned that  I never wanted to be an interior decorator

Time for Some More Embarrassing Family Photos (from Daddy Ray’s slides)

I mailed a box of Daddy Ray’s slides off to http://digmypics.com/ They have great recommendations & after the job they did on these 50 plus year old slides, I am very happy with them. If you have any old slides that you would like made into jpeg files, I recommend them.

Love Mom's white sunglasses

Love the glasses that the Kelley sisters are sporting.

Two Year Old Birthday Party.  I think it was probably Pete's birthday.

Two Year Old Birthday Party. I think it was probably Pete’s birthday.

Grandma Page & me in our kitchen.

Great photo of Grandma Page (& baby Jan)

Tim and I enjoying our big picture books.

I am amazed that cousin Tim could read “The Brave Little Steam Shovel” all by himself.

Aunt Helen's fabulous turkey.

Aunt Helen’s fabulous turkey, along with some goofy girls & Aunties Helen & Harriett

Here's that darn Bumpas family.

Here’s that darn Bumpas family.  Darn those Bumpases (is that plural for Bumpas?)

Breakfast in the Kelley's yard.

Breakfast in the Kelley’s yard.

I must have been the birthday girl since I have the crown on!  Make a wish!

I must have been the birthday girl since I have the crown on! Make a wish!

Cousin Martha & Jan taking the combine out for a spin.

Cousin Martha & Jan taking the combine out for a spin.

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