Memorial Day – A Tribute To The Crew Of The U.S.S. Bullhead (SS-332)

On Memorial Day we remember my second cousin Robert Ritchie

On Eternal Patrol

On Memorial Day we remember what Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur rose in the House of the Representatives in 1997…

By Marcy Kaptur

Mr. Speaker, although the end of the Second World War occurred over a half-century ago, Americans still honor and continue to remember the hundreds of thousands of men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in this, the greatest conflict of all human history.

I would like to take this time to honor the brave men who served on the U.S.S. Bullhead (SS-332). The U.S.S. Bullhead was the last major vessel lost by the United States in World War II, and with it went the lives of 84 American sailors.

On August 6, 1945, the U.S.S. Bullhead was plying the waters of the Java Sea when it was suddenly attacked by Japanese aircraft, which proceeded to drop 500-pound bombs* on the American submarine. Although presumed to have been sunk…

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Sunday Morning – Preserving the past – Elizabeth Rose Smith and her daughter Christine Brown

Our Ancestors is all about remembering and preserving the past isn’t Laura? Your cousin Suzan has shared some old photos and lots of information you alreary have.

This one is about Christine Anne Brown, your grandmother’s sister.

Elizabeth Rose Smith and her daughter Christine Anne Brown, about spring 1938

Elisabeth (Bettie) Rose Smith, daughter of Elva LaGasa, and her daughter, Christine. Probably in Tacoma.


Looking at old photos has been my passion since I was a child. Sharing photos and letting them talk to us is what I do on Our Ancestors since 2009.

An older Christine Anne Brown with her sister Virginia Ruth Brown circa 1946

Your grandmother Virginia never knew her grandmother Elva Lagasa born March 19, 1902 and who died June 15, 1934. Five years ago I did not know Elva had ever existed as well as her father Frank Lagasa and her four siblings we see here.

Elva Lagassa in family picture

Frank Lagasa with his children

Elva Lagassa’s photo is seen in the background on your grandmother’s wedding day on March 15, 1957.

Brown - Judy, March 15

On this next photo, Elva Lagasa is seen with probably her first child, your great-grandmother Elizabeth Rose Smith born on April 30, 1918. But I can’t be sure of it.

Elva Lagasse

This is another photo of Elva Lagasa and George Smith probably taken on their wedding day. I have yet to find when they got married. I would guess 1917.

George and Elva

Probably, because the only thing we can be sure of when we are looking for our ancestors on Our Ancestors is that we are never sure of all the information we find. Never being sure has never deter me to look into the past.

I soldier on…

Sunday Morning – Just notes about William Cartwright…

To drive on a point about what I just wrote earlier.

William Cartwright is on this photo with his son George, his wife Betsey, and a young mother with her child. I can’t figure out right now who she is. I know that’s a four generation photo. She has to be George’s daughter, but whose daughter?

About William Cartwright
Company D
5th Wisconsin Infantry
Union Army
He enlisted from Portland, WI, on 25 Aug 1864 and mustered out on 28 Jun 1865.
Four of his brothers also served in the war; two of them, Alvin and Washington did not come home. Alvin died of wounds received at the battle of Perryville, and Washington died of meningitis in Nashville, TN.
William first married Emeline Vaughn (1847-1873), who was from Stevens Point – and they lived there after the marriage. When she died in 1873, he moved to Colby, Marathon County.
He next married Betsy Smith with whom he had one son, George. They also had an adopted daughter, Mable.
From: “Standard History of Waupaca County, Wisconsin” Edited by John M. Ware 1917.

The career of Mr. Cartwright has identified him with the City of Waupaca for a great many years, and he has been one of the leading business men of the town. He represents some of the old and honored family names in the early annals of this county.
His father is William Cartwright, an old soldier and now a retired resident of Waupaca. William Cartwright was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, in 1841, a son of John and Eliza (Sweet) Cartwright, who were also natives of New York State. During the decade of the ’50s the family came west to Waupaca County, first buying land in Waupaca Township near the city of that name, and later securing a farm near Sheridan in Farmington Township. John Cartwright died there about 1876, while his wife passed away in Waupaca County in 1891. They were the parents of the following children: Louis, Samuel, John, William, Alvin, Washington, Henry, Charles and one, Calvin, who died in infancy. Few families sent more of their manly sons to bear the brunt of the War of the Rebellion. There were five Cartwrights in the army, Samuel, John, William, Alvin and Washington.
William Cartwright enlisted in Company D of the Fifth Wisconsin Infantry and was in active service for about two years. After the war he returned home and married for his first wife Emeline Vaughn. She was born at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in 1847, a daughter of Eliphalet Vaughn, who was one of the pioneers of Portage County. After his marriage William Cartwright lived in Stevens Point, but in 1873, after the death of his wife, he removed to Colby, in Marathon County, and acquired a homestead farm. In 1880 he returned to Waupaca County, rented land for some years, and then moved to the City of Waupaca, where he now resides. In politics he is a republican and a. member of the Grand Army of the Republic. By his first marriage there were the following children: Eliphalet, Luella, now deceased, Grace and Alvin E.
In 1873 William Cartwright married Miss Betsy Smith. She was born at Lind Center in Waupaca County October 15, 1855, daughter of Griffin and Lorinda (Lamphier) Smith, both of whom were born in New York State. Lorinda Lamphier was the daughter of Sebulon and Betsey (Hirer) Lamphier, who were among the earliest pioneer settlers of Lind Township. The Lamphier family is one that is frequently mentioned in the early annals of the township. Griffin Smith came to Lind Township in the early fifties and he afterwards volunteered his services as a Union soldier and died at Jackson, Tennessee, in 1865. His widow survived him for a great many years and died at Amherst, Wisconsin, December 2, 1906. Griffin Smith and wife had the following children: Betsey, Mary, Elwood, George, Harriet and Griffin, the last three now deceased. Mrs. Lorinda Smith afterwards married Caleb Harris, and by that marriage she had three daughters, Hattie, Laura and Eva, all of whom are still living.
Mr. William Cartwright by his second wife had a son George, who was born April 23, 1874, and has been a resident of Waupaca since 1882. George Cartwright was educated in the Waupaca country schools and for a number of years has been employed by the Fish & Tallgate firm of millers at Waupaca. He married Jessie Miller of Waupaca and they have five living children, George, Edwin, Eunice, Eva and Edith, and they lost two named Philip and Edna.
Mr. Alvin E. Cartwright was born at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, August 31, 1872, and when an infant was brought to Sheridan in Waupaca County and later to the City of Waupaca. He grew up in the family of Judge C. S. Ogden, and obtained his early education in the public schools. When a young man he engaged in the business of house moving as a teaming contractor, and for twenty-seven years has conducted a large business as a cartage and teaming contractor. It is noteworthy that he hauled the first load of lumber for the original buildings of the Soldiers Home. He has won financial independence by close attention to business and enjoys the comforts of a good home. In 1895 he bought his home on East Royalton Street, and has lived there now for more than twenty years. In politics Mr. Cartwright is a prohibitionist. For nine years he served as chief of the police force of Waupaca. Fraternally he is affiliated with Waupaca Lodge No. 208, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, with the Modern Woodmen of America, the Woodmen of the World, the Knights of the Maccabees, being a charter member of the two latter organizations at Waupaca. He and his wife attend the Baptist Church.
In May, 1894, he married Miss Clara M. Davies. She was born at Madison, Wisconsin, in 1870, a daughter of John Davies, who for twenty three years was a professor of physics in the University of Wisconsin and was also an expert electrical engineer. Professor Davies died about 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Cartwright are the parents of four children. John died in infancy. William Eugene, born December 24, 1899, is a member of the junior class of the Waupaca High School. Earl Elwood was born September 7, 1901, and is in the first year of the high school. Harold LeRoy was born June 3, 1907, and is in the fourth grade of the public schools.

Father:John A Cartwright

Spouse:Betsey A. Cartwright

Children:Della V. Cartwright

Twin Boys Cartwright

George Ellwood Cartwright

Alvin Elwood Cartwright

Sunday Morning – Only on Sunday Morning?

This is the reason I really want to post only on Sunday mornings from now on…

It’s about Lorinda Lamphear’s parents.

Keeping still…

The more I am looking for Laura’s ancestors, the more ancestors I am finding. This next old photo was shared on Ancestry in 2007. In 2007 I had only started to get interested with my own ancestors.

I wonder if this is Lorinda Lamphear?

Lorinda Lamphear Smith

This other woman I am sure is Lorinda Lamphear or Lamphier.

She is with three of her daughters: Betsey Smith, Laura Irene and Hattie Belle Harris. Lorinda Lamphear is one of Laura’s ancestors as well as this soldier who I found on Find A Grave last week.

Griffin L Smith

Griffin L Smith was Lorinda’s first husband who died of typhoid fever in Jackson, Tennessee, during the Civil War. Searching for our ancestors can be an endless occupation as Laura will find out. Writing on Our Ancestors is also an endless occupation.

My youngest son once told me…

There are not enough dead people around to satisfy your curiosity…

That was 10 years ago!

Finally, this is what I found also on Find A Grave last week… I have permission to share them.

Andrew Alton Fenton and Hattie Belle Harris

Laura Irene Harris with her husband Hans Magelund

Another of Lorinda’s daughter, Mary Ellen Smith with her husband Oliver Brown

I wonder who’s the baby?

There are not enough old photos around to satisfy my curiosity…

Again found on Ancestry…

group photo

Mary Ellen Smith, Betsey Smith, ?, Hattie and Laura Harris

Too be continued…

I Got Carried Away – Redux

Written more than 5 years ago when I first met a lot of 8th cousins….

I know I did, but someone asked for our help on Facebook.

Bob Barrette created a Facebook page about the Lagasse Family. Bob and I met virtually on the Internet a few years ago. We are distant cousins but we share the same passion for our ancestors.

To make a long story short, someone posted a message and he added this old picture…

Joseph LaGasa

That was enough to trigger my obsession for old pictures and other people’s ancestors.

Little did I know that Bob Barrette had all the answers to this request.

I wanted to see if anyone knew how my family connects to Andre or Michel Mignier. I know that my 4 Great Grandfather is Mitchel Lagasse and his father was John Lagasse. There were many names changes coming into the US. I know that my GG Grandfather changed our name when he moved to Seattle. Joseph LaGasa and James LaGasa. Our family did a lot here is Seattle. Can tell more later.

Let’s say I got carried away a little.

To be continued…


Sometimes a comment goes a long way.

And LaGasa and Lagasa. Part of the challenge . . .


To be continued…