Sunday, June 22, 2014

PAGE 26 - 1800s Paper Money Curiosities



My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his late 1800s Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and affiliations.   Page 26 shows 16 denominations of paper currency glued down forever!  Wouldn't it be interesting to see the back side? The images are in very poor shape, and are difficult to decipher...

Down the left hand side are 3 larger denominations:
1.  Saybrook Bank, Five Dollars.  Along the top can be seen "State of Connecticut"; "On Demand" below the image of a woman waiting for a sailing ship.  This appears to be a bank draft made out for $5  to "J. Hall or Bearer".  Nov. 1, 1860.  Signed by E. Redfield, Cash. and C.R. Doane, Pres.  Why on earth would my great-grandfather receive this bank draft? and why decide to glue it down? Mysteries.

2.  Confederate One Dollar.  The top left corner: "RICHMOND", top right:  April 6th, 1863.  I don't recognize the man's image in the middle.  In small italics on each side of the image: "Six months after the ratification of a Treaty of peace / Between the Confederate States & the United States of America"  In the middle, CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA / Will pay to the bearer on demand ONE DOLLAR.  Serial No. 10293.  Signed on the left, S. Bernard (for Register), and on the right, N. Semple (for the Treasury).  
Update:  The image is of Clement C. Clay, who served in the Confederate Senate as a Senator from Alabama during the Civil War. Plain back. (Thanks to Albert Riezebos for the link!)

3.  Two Dollar Bill, Bank of Washtenaw No. 42836 (or, 42876). Centre top image is of two loggers cutting down a large tree while another sits on a log watching. Bottom left image is of two young women in a circle, surrounded by "Incorporated 1835 / Michigan".  The bottom right shows a young woman carrying a small scythe and holding a sheaf of wheat over her right shoulder.  Click here for more history on this short-lived bank in Ann Arbor.  

The right hand section of fractional currencies will be briefly described, as placed in short rows from left to right; note some of the men depicted on these paper currencies are not identified.
Note that Fractional Currency was introduced by the US Federal government following the outbreak of the Civil War... in use between 21 August 1862 and 15 February 1876.  Click on this link to learn more about how, why, and by whom fractional currencies were introduced. 

4.  Fifty Cents.  Fractional Currency / United States / FIFTY CENTS / 50 /  Edwin McMasters Stanton's face on the left; he served as Secretary of War under the Lincoln Administration, 1862-1868.

5.  Ten Cents.  UNITED STATES / X CENTS /  M / Seal on the left side with Latin surrounding an image with scales. / 16    On left side, is the image of William Morris Meredith,who served as the United States Secretary of the Treasury, 1849-1950.

6. Fifty Cents.  UNITED STATES / FRACTIONAL CURRENCY / (same seal as in #5 above) / FIFTY CENTS / 40 ... L  The image on left with frilled cravat is Samuel Dexter, an early statesman who served both in Congress (different terms, 1793-1801). 

7.  10 Cents.  UNITED STATES 10 FRACTIONAL CURRENCY 10 / on each side of George Washington's face, (face circled with thick applied 'bronze' material, to stop counterfeiting) / Receivable for all United States Stamps / Act approved March 3, 1863.  Along the top (very difficult to read): Furnished only at the ...? Treasurers and Designated Depositories of the United States. 

8.  10 Cents.  Postage Currency / Furnished only by the Assistant Treasurer / and designated Depositories of / The United States / 10 / face / 10 / Receivable for US / Postage Stamps / at any / Post Office.  This also is George Washington's face  as in #7, but reversed image.

9.  50 Cents.  Postage Currency / 50 / furnished by the Assistant Treasurer / 50 / ...The rest is too challenging to read.  There are 5 heads of (I believe) George Washington as in #8, above. Update: this was Treasurer of the United States Francis E. Spinner's original design (See details at bottom of Wikipedia article, linked above #4 in this list.)

10.  Five Cents. Postage Currency / furnished only by the ?Assistant / Treasurer / and designated / Depositories of the U.S. / 5 / U.S. Postage / face of Spencer M. Clark / Five Cents / 5 /  Receivable for Postage Stamps / at any / US / Post Office  Spencer Clark was the first Superintendent of the National Currency Bureau, from 1862-1868.

11. 10 Cents. Furnished only by the Assistant Treasurer / and designated Depositories / 10 / United States / 10 / FRACTIONAL CURRENCY.  Image again of George Washington as #8 and 9.  Note has similar bronze material applied "10" in each corner of the note - again as a measure to stop counterfeits.

12. Five Cents. Along the top in small print: Act of March ? 1863.  United States / FRACTIONAL CURRENCY / FIVE / CENTS / Man's face, different from others above, big thick white beard / Furnished only by the / Assistant Treasurer / and designated Depositories /  United States

13.  25 Cents.  Fractional Currency.  This one is in terrible shape. The man's face in the middle is the same as #8, 9, 11, and with thick bronzed applied circle around his image for anti-counterfeiting purposes.  This is George Washington.

14.  Three Cents.  Fractional Currency.  Again, this one is in terrible shape. The man's face seems to be reversed as in #8.  This is likely George Washington.  

15.  25 Cents.  United States Fractional Currency / Receivable for all United States Stamps / Twenty Five / Cents / repeated on both sides of image of William Pitt Fessenden, Secretary of the Treasury under President Lincoln during the Civil War. His face is different from all others above, clean-shaven, profile, very high tight collar as in #5.

Whew!  I wish I knew who the individuals were - the images are so bad I have difficulty dropping them into Google searches - only George Washington seems familiar to me, a Canadian.  Most of the monies seem to be from 1835 to 1865, but that is an estimate only.  I have Updated the information above to the best of my ability.  See detailed Wikipedia link with images and links to faces, showing backs of currencies as well (scroll down).  

If you have any information about these paper currencies from the 1800s, I would love to be corrected, or be able to add more details about them.  Of course, they have no value currently, as they are glued down permanently to the paper stock.  I do wonder what the glue was made of...  

If you have any questions about any of the images, do contact me via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below.  I'd be happy to take more photos for you, trying to get a clearer image if possible. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

PAGE 25 - The last 6 Sigma Phi Convention Tickets, 1881-1887


My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and affiliations.   Page 25 is the third page in a row of Sigma Phi tickets to Conventions in the 1870s and 1880s, including an envelope with invitation insert. 

From the left, horizontally across the top, then from left across the bottom:

1. Sigma Phi Convention Schenectady, N.Y. /  Friday, March Fourth, 1881. / E.P.V. / R.S.V.P. / Meeting 5.30 P.M. 

2.  E.P.V. / The Sixtieth Annual Convention / of the Sigma Phi will be held / with the Beta of New York, / Wednesday June twenty ninth, / 1887 / Convention, 3 o'clock P.M. / Conclave, 9 o'clock P.M. / An early answer is requested.

3.  E.P.V. / Sigma Phi Convention / Hotel Brunswick, / Tuesday, January Fourth, 1887 / Meeting at 3.30 P.M. / 225 Fifth Avenue    New York City

4.  E.P.V. / Sigma Phi Convention, / Schenectady, N.Y. / Tuesday, March Fourth, 1884. / Meeting at 5.30 P.M. / R.S.V.P.

5.  E.P.V. / Sigma Phi Convention, / Schenectady, N.Y. / Wednesday, March Fourth, 1885. / Meeting at 5.30 P.M. / R.S.V.P.

6.  (Insert) Dear Brother, / The conclave will assemble at 9.30 P.M. / Sigma Phi House. / Please reply.    E.P.V.
     
(Enveloped invitation)  Your presence is requested at the / Semi Centennial Exercises / of the / Alpha of Massachusetts Chapter / of  / Sigma Phi, / Wednesday afternoon, July 2nd, 1884 / at half-past four o'clock. / College Chapel, / Williamstown, Mass. / 1834.   1884.  


If you have any information about these events, or about Sigma Phi and the E.P.V., do let me know via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below. On my research list is a note for me to write to Sigma Phi about my great-grandfather's involvement in Sigma Phi.  

Update:  Thanks to Albert Riezebos, a very helpful Canadian genealogist, I now have proof of my great-grandfather's membership in Sigma Phi, in the Alpha of Massachusetts.  Grove (James Grover TERWILLIGER) had been a student at Williams College in MA in 1873, and joined Sigma Phi in 1877.  See listing below in "Catalogue of the SIGMA PHI with the THESAURUS", printed 1891, showing his current residence at the time (found online, Google Books) :

The next page, Page 26, is of paper money of all denominations, glued down hard of course, so I am unable to see the reverse of each paper.  This will be a very interesting page to inventory!  Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

PAGE 24 - 6 Sigma Phi events/Conventions, 1877-1883

My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and affiliations. Page 24, continues the various events related to Sigma Phi, of which he appears to have been a member.  All use the additional E.P.V. on each event. I don't understand what "E.P.V." means, so please let me know in your comments below!  

The two envelopes on the left have invitations inside, the four other tickets are glued down without an envelope. I will describe them by taking the two on the left, then the middle two, then the two on the right, vertically.

Left row:
   1.  Sigma Phi E.P.V.   You are cordially invited to attend the / Semi Centennial Convention / of the Sigma Phi / to be holden [sic] at Schenectady / on the evening of Friday March 2nd, 1877 / at 8 o'clock. / R.S.V.P. 

   2.  (see photo of invitation & envelope on right)  The pleasure of your company is requested / at / Sigma Phi Place / Wednesday, July 3rd 1878. / from five to eleven o'clock P.M. /    [Four names in two rows at bottom:]  James T. Wright.  Robert F. McQueen.  Henry B. McQueen.  Edwin A. King

Middle row: 
   3.  Sigma Phi Convention / Schenectady N.Y. / Friday, March First 1878. / E.P.V. / R.S.V.P.

   4.  Sigma Phi Convention / Schenectady N.Y. / Thursday, March fourth, 1880. / E.P.V. / R.S.V.P.

Right row: 
   5.  Sigma Phi Convention / Schenectady N.Y. / Friday, March Third, 1882. / E.P.V. / R.S.V.P.

   6.  Sigma Phi Convention / Schenectady N.Y. / Friday, March Second, 1883. / E.P.V. /  R.S.V.P. 

Sigh. I just looked ahead, and the next page is 6 tickets of more years of Sigma Phi Conventions... therefore, I'll post Page 25 next Saturday, to complete the pages.  On the other hand, Page 26 has glued-down currency of various kinds... fascinating!  I can't wait to show them to you.  

Please do contact me with your questions or information via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below.  I am always looking to add value to this Album, and corrections are sincerely accepted!  

Saturday, May 24, 2014

PAGE 23 - 6 Sigma Phi events, 1 Yale College Glee Club event


My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and affiliations.   Page 23 has 7 invitations: 6 are for Sigma Phi social events, and the last is for a Yale College Glee club event. Meeting at 6, dancing at 7:30, for several Sigma Phi events. However there are only a few years printed on the invitations; many have only the month, weekday, and date.  

Much searching through examples of perpetual calendars has ensued... my mind glazed over eventually.  I found many pretty examples of how to find the day of the week from the year and date, but only mind-blowing versions of how to find the year for a date and day of the week... It did not compute for me.  I'm clearly missing an obvious step.  So I'm putting it out here, and anyone who can figure it out, please let me know.  Most likely, these events are from 1870 to 1895.  

I expect it would be reasonable for me to write to Sigma Phi in New York and request information on whether or not my greatgrandfather was a member.  Although, it is possible he received these invitations via his colleagues or friends. 

1. Here is the inside of the top left example, with lovely colour printing on the outside as well as inside the invitation:
The Sigma Phi Society
Request the pleasure of your company
on Wednesday evening July 2nd at six o'clock
            D.S. Williams
          J. F. Johnson
           F. Townsend Jr.

2. In the same manner and style, the next invitation below states: The pleasure of your company is requested at Sigma Phi Place,  Wednesday July seventh at 6 o'clock P.M.   Dancing at half past seven.  Robert Townsend.

3.  Bottom left invitation has the Sigma Phi embossed in white on white, and states:  The pleasure of your company is requested at Sigma Phi Place, Wednesday July first at 6 o'clock P.M.  Dancing at half past seven.  L.V. Davison. J.N. Tollené. W.D. Edmonds.

4. Centre invitation states: The Forty Eighth Annual Summer Convention of the Sigma Phi will be held with the Alpha of Michigan.  Monday June 28th 1875.   Note this chapter (Alpha) was founded in 1827

5.  Top right invitation has an embossed old English S on the front, with the same type of lettering inside for the name.  The invitation states:  Mr. Spencer Jr.   Requests the pleasure of your company to meet the members of the Yale College Glee Club  Tuesday April 14th, from 3 to 6 P.M.   75 James Street

6.   Middle right invitation states:  The Forty Ninth Annual Summer Convention of the Sigma Phi will be held with the Beta of New York,  Wednesday June 28th 1876.  Secret Session at 10 o'clock P.M.  

7.  The final bottom right invitation has its own envelope, glued down carefully, so I cannot read to whom it is addressed (sigh), and in the usual style and manner, states: The pleasure of your company is requested at Sigma Phi Place, Wednesday July fourth at six o'clock P.M.  Dancing at half past seven.  T.T. Munroe.  G.R. Livingston.  G.T. Clark.  Bryan Collins.

Hmmm.  Does anyone have knowledge of the histories or details of any of these events? Or know any of the names mentioned? I'm assuming the names are officials in charge of the events, or of the chapter.  The next page, Page 24, has more invitations and notices from Sigma Phi, so I'll do another page next Saturday.

If you have any questions or information please do not hesitate to contact me via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below.  

Saturday, May 10, 2014

PAGE 22 - 8 At-Home Cards, 1 "Wooden Wedding" card

My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and affiliations.  

Page 22 has 8 At Home cards, centred around an invitation to a Wooden Wedding celebration - a 5th Wedding Anniversary. Since the celebration is the only dated item - 1871 - I'll assume the other cards are from roughly the same period.  And, since he and his wife were not married until 1879, it is possible that some cards may be from his parents' collection. 

Here are the top 4 cards, left to right each horizontal row:

1.  Mr. & Mrs. E.M. Dudley  Mr. E.M. Dudley apparently was involved in the setting up of the Bryant Association Library in Syracuse NY, according to several articles found in the Syracuse Daily Journal in the mid-late 1870s. This link takes you to a rather challenging-to-read page, 3rd column from left, partway down the column, from February 18, 1879.  I also found a reference in the Syracuse Standard, November 25, 1884, of "E.M. Dudley, basso" taking part in an entertainment, as part of St. Mary's Fair.  

2.  Mr. & Mrs. T.W. Dalton, with bottom left corner details possibly indicating they were taking up their new residence as a married couple - At Home,  144 South Salina St.,  after December 1st 1881.  Mr. Dalton apparently was a druggist, owning his own store in Syracuse.

3.  Mary T. Jackson  Also printed in the same very ornate lettering as the Dudley's card, was apparently a teacher, running the Keble School, an English & French Boarding and Day School, with Kindergarten, as noted in the Daily Standard, 1873.  In the 1880 Census, a Mary T. is the wife of E.M. Dudley, #1 card above, and might be the same person -? Possibly, or possibly not. 

4.  Mattie E. Smith  I was able to find a few references to Mattie E. Smith - e.g., taking dancing lessons in Brooklyn, in 1883, and attending dances.  Also mentioned in the Sunday Saratogian, August 29, 1886: "Miss Mattie E.Smith, whose readings and songs have been heard with pleasure in the parlors of various hotels during the week is a guest at the Pleasant Home, Federal street."

Next, Wooden Celebration - printed on a thin slice of actual wood: 


5.  Mr. & Mrs. Frank E. Marble, request the pleasure of your company, at the celebration of their Wooden Wedding, Tuesday Evening, Feb 14th, 1871, 205 Shonnard Street [Syracuse NY]. Frank Marble had been a Captain in one of the NY Civil War battalians; and apparently also owned several homes, according to several advertisements in Syracuse area newspapers.

The next 4 cards also appear to be at home cards, read left to right, in two horizontal rows:

6.  Dr. & Mrs. James Willis Candee  Dr. Candee was a homeopathic physician, one of the representatives of the State Medical Examiners Board of New York.  He and his wife seem to have had a very social life, with many notices in the newspaper of various parties given.

7.  Mr. & Mrs. Owen D. Perry  19 Plant St.  Utica N.Y.  Utica is east of Syracuse NY. Owen Perry owned a clothier store with his brother.  He married Miss Nellie Burrill, (card on bottom right), in 1881. 

8.  Eva Fredrika Smith  A 1916 Brooklyn newspaper notes a Miss Eva F. Smith, a long-time employee of the Customs Service, acting as Chairman of the Library Committee. This committee worked to open a small library as part of the Barge Office Building Social Welfare League.  It provided a space for men waiting between jobs to read or play "innocent games".  

9.  Miss Nellie Burrill, who married Owen D. Perry in 1881, see #7 above.  I found a reference to her attending the First Baptist Church in Syracuse, along with Mrs. Charles Graves, my great-grandmother; also a reference to a mutual friend who attended the same school as my great-grandmother, Mt. Holyoke.  

Whew!  Some of these cards appear to be more relevant to Grove & Gussie TERWILLIGER, some to Grove's parents, James & Harriet TERWILLIGER.  Both couples appear to have been very social, and participated in many social events in Syracuse and New York city.  

If you know of any of these people, or would like more information, do contact me via calewis at telus dot net, or through the Comments section below.  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

PAGE 21 - 6 Tickets: Musicales, Celebrations & Entertainments

My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and his affiliations.   Grove TERWILLIGER lived from 1856 to 1929, mainly in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, then later settled in Englewood, Bergen, New Jersey, where he and his wife raised their children. 

Here are the first four tickets, L-R:
1.  Teachers' Association June Reception, in Honor of the Adoption of the American Flag [104th]  at the Grand Opera House, Tuesday Evening, June 14th, 1881 at 8 O'clock. This ticket lists all the musical performers "ARTISTS", as well as an elocutionist Mrs. Harriet Webb, The Celebrated Dramatic Reader.  Hon. Wm R Grace, Mayor of New York City, presiding.   This is a visually-busy ticket with numerous different fonts, symbols, and decorative elements at top left, bottom right.  I'm certain a good time was had by all.  For more of the history of the design of the flag - and its many modifications over the years, read here.  

2.  SOIRÈE MUSICALE, given by Mrs. WAGGONER, at her residence, No. 111 South Salina Street, Syracuse, N.Y., FRIDAY EVENING, JAN. 27th, 1871,-- At 8 o'clock, For the
Benefit of Plymouth Church.  Admission, ONE DOLLAR.  The musical program is listed, with performers' names: Harry Hanchett [also mentioned below], Miss Knapp, Miss Dillaye, Mrs. Hoyt, Mr & Mrs. Chase, Mr. Dudley. A fascinating history of the Plymouth Church may be found on their website. 


3.  CHICKERING HALL, Wednesday, March 26, 1879, Mr. HENRY G. HANCHETT'S Piano - Forte Recital. to begin at half-past three.  The detailed Program follows:  Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Rubenstein.   Wouldn't you love to have been there? Dr. Henry G. Hanchett was a physician, lecturer [professor], musician, theorist; numerous newspaper and book excerpts state very positive and warm reviews of his abilities. 

4.  Teachers' Association, GRAND MUSICAL and ELOCUTIONARY ENTERTAINMENT, Washington's Birth-day Reception.  Tuesday Afternoon, February 22, 1881, at Steinway Hall, At 2 o'clock.  Another visually-busy ticket with many font styles and elements, and engraving designs.  What a busy Association this was, with celebrations and entertainment throughout the year! Here is information on Steinway Hall, one part of the entire Steinway building.  Unfortunately, in 2013 the building was sold, and apparently a tower of luxury condos is planned for the building.  I'm trying to imagine how an architect will manage to redesign/repurpose the building since it is a heritage site. 

Next, the two long tickets on the side:  
5.  64th ANNIVERSARY I.O.O.F. STATE N.Y.  Dedicatory Exercises Compliments of NE-AH-TA-WANTA LODGE, No. 245.  Salmon's Hall, Fulton, N.Y.   Afternoon & Evening, Friday December 23rd, 1870.  This 9" long ticket lists all of the committees' members: Executive Committee, Honorary Committee, and the Committee of Arrangements.  I looked in vain for the surname Terwilliger, Graves, Ormsbee, or other ancestral surnames in this list.  The Lodge name is also found as Neahtawanta Lodge.

6.  Teachers' Association, City of New York: Lieut. Commander Henry H. Corringe will deliver a GRAPHICALLY  ILLUSTRATED  LECTURE on "THE OBELISK and AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGY" at Steinway Hall, Saturday Evening, April 23rd, 1881, at 8 o'clock.  Yet another Teachers' Association event in New York City.  Henry Honychurch Corringe wrote a book - available as a free ebook - titled "Egyptian Obelisks" published in London, 1885. It includes 50 full-page illustrations.  Click on the first link on the right side of the page which shows up (Google Ebook), and you can see the gorgeous cover! The book is fascinating in its own right. And as a genealogist, I love his name - his middle name is unusual enough to likely be a surname of an ancestor.  

I hope you enjoyed this page and tickets to various musical, entertainment, celebratory and educational events.  My great-grandparents seem to have been out and about frequently.   The next page in the Album has 9 cards, including a "Wooden Wedding" card!

If you have questions or have more knowledge of these events and persons named, please do let me know by contacting me via calewis at telus dot net or through a comment below.  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

PAGE 20 - 7 Event Tickets, 1865-1883


PAGE 20, Terwilliger Souvenir Album.  
My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and his affiliations. 

Grove TERWILLIGER lived from 1856 to 1929, mainly in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, then later settled in Englewood, Bergen, New Jersey, where he and his wife raised their children. Continuing on with inventorying this wonderful huge Souvenir Album, I'm up to Page 20, many more to go.

Here we have 8 tickets of various kinds; I'll start with the left-hand vertical list of 5, then do the 3 on the right side.  The 6th & 7th tickets are clearly his father's, being in the 1860s; whereas my great-grandfather was only born in 1856! 

1. RECEPTION, PURITAN No. 339  F. & A. M. [Masons], Thursday Evening, June 21, 1883, at 8 o'clock. Terrace Garden, 58th & Lexington Avenue. (I haven't found anything more about this event in the Fulton Newspapers site, nor in NY newspapers sites.)

2. ODD FELLOWS CELEBRATION, Elmira,  N.Y., July 4, 1868. Newtown Lodge No. 89, I.O.O.F.  Clearly this would have been one of the early July 4th celebrations!  for more information on the I.O.O.F., click here.  My great-grandfather and his family seem to have been active in or supporters of several charitable and/or business organizations.  

3.  Annual Pic-Nic and Summernight's Festival of L. BECKER'S DANCING ACADEMIES at Wendell's Elm Park, 92d St & 9th Ave.  on Wednesday, June 13th, 1883, commencing at 4 o'clock P.M.

4.  CELEBRATION of the Sixty-Second Anniversary of the Order, and the Thirty-Ninth of EMPIRE LODGE, No. 64, I.O.O.F., Turn Hall, Fourth Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue, N.Y. Tuesday Evening, April 26th, 1881.  Exercises to Commence at 8 o'clock. Consisting of Music, Tableaux, Drama, &c, which will be complimentary.  Dancing at 10:30.  I gather my great-grandparents enjoyed dancing!

5. SECHSTES PIC-NIC und SOMMERNACHTS-FEST  Centennial Loge, 261, Knights of Honor, Mittwoch den 15. August 1883, im Loewen-Park, 109, Strasse und 9. Ave. Anfang 3 Uhr Nachmittags.  How's your German?  Did you figure it out?  


Now for the 3 tickets along the right side edge, from left to right:

6.  COMPLIMENTARY BANQUET by the MERCHANTS & BUSINESS MEN of BALTIMORE.  Representatives to the Grand Lodge of United States, I.O.O.F.,  at the New Assembly Rooms, on Friday Evening, September 22, 1865, at 8 o'clock P.M.  Made out to Jas. Terwilliger Esq.  I'm not certain if he signed his name - wouldn't it be lovely if this is his signature here?  

7.  Mystic Tie Association, ANNUAL BALL, Irving Hall.  Thursday Eve., Dec. 12th, 1867.  This is once again a Freemasons group.  Irving Hall and neighbourhood has an interesting history - check it out by clicking here.

8.  Grand Afternoon and Evening Entertainment and Reception, ROBERT ANDERSON POST, 58, G.A.R., Dept. S.N.Y., at Lion Park, 108th Street and 9th Avenue.  Tuesday, June 19th, '83.   G.A.R. is referring to the Grand Army of the Republic.  You can read details of Robert Anderson's military career, including a photograph, here.

Phew!  Another page completed. The next page includes - that's right - more tickets to musical evenings, entertainments, and more.  

If you have more information or have questions about these tickets and events, do contact me via calewis at telus dot net, or comment below.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

PAGE 19 - 7 Event Tickets, 1878-1880s

PAGE 19, Terwilliger Souvenir Album.  
My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled this Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, and other items from his travels and his affiliations. Grove TERWILLIGER lived from 1856 to 1929, mainly in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, then later settled in Englewood, Bergen, New Jersey, where he and his wife raised their children.  

I will start with the large 4 tickets on the left, from top to bottom first, then the small 3 on the right:

1.  Summer Night's Reception of the Attachees of Station H N.Y.P.O. Thursday Eve'g, August 29th, 1878.  At Terrace Garden, 58th Street near 3d Avenue. Anyone want to take a guess about who the "Attachees" were? And is this the NY Post Office? Most likely. My great-grandfather worked for the Post Office for some years, then was selected to be the Police Commissioner when he retired.  

2.  Ladies' Ticket, & 3.  Eleventh Season.  In COMMEMORATION of the 71st ANNIVERSARY of the BIRTH-DAY of ABRAHAM LINCOLN. RECEPTION, Ninth Ward, [at] IRVING HALL, Thursday Evening, February 12th, 1880  At this time, Lincoln had been deceased almost 15 years, assassinated April 15, 1865. The Ninth Ward is a political division; wards were abolished in 1938, after having been in existence since about 1686 in New York. 

4.  Fourth Anniversary Ball of WASHINGTON IRVING LODGE, No. 312, I.O.B.B., Saturday Evening, February 17th 1883.   At Terrace Garden, 58th Street & Lexington Avenue.  The I.O.B.B. is the "Independent Order of B'nai B'rith", the oldest Jewish service organization in the world. I am not certain how my great-grandfather is involved in this organization, except perhaps through friends or colleagues, or through fund-raising efforts.  Certainly it could have been through his Free Mason activities, as the I.O.B.B. grew out of a group of Masons, as described in this article
5.  Fourteenth Anniversary  LEE LITERARY ASSOCIATION, Dramatic Entertainment and Reception, Thursday Evening, May 6, 1880, at 8 o'clock.  At LYRIC HALL, Sixth Ave., bet. 41st and 42d Streets, N.Y.  The top left corner has date 1866, top right, 1889. There is an earlier ticket I wrote about in January, Page 15, the #4 ticket - I thought it seemed familiar! The Founder of the Association was Rev. Day Kellogg Lee, 1816-1869 - an interesting write up on the Rev. Lee may be found on this site

6.  Grand Literary & Musical Entertainment, under the auspices of the YOUNG MEN'S ASSOCIATION of the Madison Avenue Church of the Disciples. Tuesday Ev'ng  MAY 27th 1879. At EIGHT o'clock.  Madison Ave & 45th St., (Rev. W.R.Davis, Pastor).  Admission  25 cents.  Unfortunately the church was razed in 1899 after being sold to the Manhattan Athletic Club.  You must click on the link to see the amazing and complicated design of this church.

7.  GRAND FAIR Afternoon & Evening   MADISON AV. CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, corner 45th Street.  Rev. W.R. Davis, Pastor. Opening Wednesday, December 1st at 8 P.M.  Promenade Concert every evening.  Season Ticket One Dollar, not transferable.  Dec. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th.  Although not stated on the ticket, this was in 1880. 

If you have more information on any of the people, places or events mentioned above, do let me know below in the Comments, or via calewis at telus dot net.   I have been sharing my Souvenir Album more often with friends lately, and indeed - it is a very unique Album.  I hope you are enjoying it as well.  

Saturday, March 8, 2014

PAGE 18 - 8 Event Tickets, from 1878-1899

PAGE 18 of the Souvenir Album.  My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled this Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, and other items from his travels and his affiliations. Grove TERWILLIGER lived from 1856 to 1929, mainly in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, then later settled in Englewood, Bergen, New Jersey, where he and his wife raised their children.

I will start with the large 4 on the left from top to bottom first, then the small 4 on the right:

1.  Purim Celebration and Reception of the Young Men's Hebrew Association at the Lexington Ave. Opera House, on Thrusday Evening, March 22nd 1883.  Commencing at 8 o'clock.  Tickets $2.00   Note that the following day would be Good Friday, and there were several newspaper articles about "the Gentile and the Jew celebrating together".  

2.  Decoration Day PARADE, of the First Division National Guard, State of New York,  The Veterans of the Seventh Regiment and the Old Guard, The Grand Army of the Republic, The College of the City of New York and Public Schools, The Veterans of the Mexican War, A Brigade of the Fire Department, Etc., Etc.   May 30th, 1878  [a Thursday].  The speech given that day can be read here [28 pages]; given by Frederick Douglass, a remarkable anti-slavery orator

3.  Grand Complimentary Water Excursion up the Hudson River to Alpine Grove, on Saturday, June 7, 1879.  Given by John H. Starin, of Starin's City, River & Harbor Transportation.  Union Veteran Soldiers & Sailors (and Families) of our late War.  Under Auspices of Gen. C. K. Graham., Grand Marshal of Decoration Day Ceremonies.  See details, by clicking on Starin's Transportation link, of John Henry Starin's history; Mr. Starin was a member of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of New York City [1785-1916], as well as the President of the Holland Society, and many more political and other roles. 

4.  Annual Reception and Ball  1884 of  IVANHOE COMMANDERY [Knights Templar] No. 36, stationed at New York, Ladies Ticket.  Monday Eve' Feb. 4th 1884, at Madison Sq Garden.  See write up in the New York Telegram, 1st column on left.

Next are the 4 small tickets along the side, starting from the blue ticket beside #4 above:

5.  Twenty-Sixth Annual Festival of the New York Schutzen Corps, June 6th and 7th, 1883.  At the Schuetzen Park, Union Hill. More information on the history of the shooting club may be read here.

6.  New York Mondschein Club, held 10 Jun 1883 in Woodstock Park, Morrisania.  My ability to read the German lettering is poor. Perhaps someone can make sense of this ticket.  I haven't found details of what the Mondschein Club might be... perhaps a fencing club? 

7.   Anniversary Reception, Summernight's Festival, [from 1873 to 1879] the Alma Lodge, No. 728, F. and A.M., on Friday, June 20th, 1879.  Admit Grove Terwilliger and Ladies.  "F. and A.M." stands for the Free and Accepted Masons, by the way.

8.  For the DEWEY CELEBRATION NAVAL PARADE September 29, 1899.  Good only for one seat on stand at C.R.R. of N.J., Pier 1, Jersey City. Section 2, Row 11, Price $1.00.   You can check on YouTube for film of various Admiral Dewey 'celebration parades' in 1899, or check out the route of this particular parade here, and read a very interesting article here.  

If you have questions or comments about these tickets, I would be very happy to hear from you.  Perhaps you can provide additional information on several of these tickets.  You may contact me via calewis at telus dot net, and/or comment below.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

PAGE 17 - 5 Events, 1879/80 Knights Templar Commanderies


PAGE 17 of my great-grandfather's Souvenir Album.  My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled this Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, and other items from his travels and his affiliations.  Grove TERWILLIGER lived from 1856 to 1929, mainly in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, then later settled in Englewood, Bergen, New Jersey, where he and his wife raised their 3 children.

This page shows 5 reception tickets, plus a dark gold ribbon printed "ASSISTANT"; however it is completely unclear what the role entailed.  Still, there it is, carefully glued down between two Grand Reception tickets.  I will describe the 5 tickets from left to right, top row, and then bottom row.

  1. Top left:  Palestine Commandery No.18, Knights Templar, Annual Festival and Reception, on Wednesday Evening, January 28th 1880, at the Academy of Music.  This was only the second such activity for this Commandery.  It is made out to J.Grove Terwilliger, and signed by (Introduced by) "Sir" Wayne Petzenberg.
  2. Middle:  Reception for Morton Commandery No. 4, Knights Templar, New York, on Wednesday Evening, January 29th 1879, at Gilmore's Garden. This ticket - although very smooth - has a great deal of photographic texture, and is very fascinating.  I kept touching it to see if I could feel the carved designs!
  3. Top right:  Centennial of the Masters Lodge No  F&AM, [Freemasons], March 5th 1868, Albany, N.Y.   This small ticket is printed in ornate Olde English, and is quite challenging to read. The Programme is detailed on the ticket; music provided by the Dodworth Orchestra, Harvey D. Dodworth, Conductor.  Old Fulton NY website of NY newspapers was searched for the details: click through for explicit details, including the Oration by the current Master, Dr. S.O. Vanderpoel [4th-6th columns from the left].  You will need to enlarge the page in order to read it. 
  4. Bottom left: This is the large ticket for the Grand Reception and Annual Festival of the #1 ticket as described above.  January 28, 1880, at the Academy of Music.
  5. Bottom right: Palestine Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, Grand Reception and Easter Festival, held Easter Monday, April 14 1879, at the Academy of Music.
I hope you enjoy looking at these tickets, and learning about the Freemason and Knights Templar organization.  If you have ancestors in the state of NY, the Old Fulton Postcards site is your number one newspaper search site.  Quirky, unusual, and you may wish to turn down your speakers!  But - an excellent site to search for all those early newspapers.  

If you have any information or questions about the above, please do not hesitate to contact me via calewis at telus dot net, and/or comment below.  I always love comments!  Thanks for visiting.  

Saturday, February 15, 2014

PAGE 16 - 7 Social Event Tickets, from 1869-1884

PAGE 16 of my great-grandfather's Souvenir Album.  My Great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled this Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, and other items from his travels and his affiliations. 
On this page, he continues with 7 more tickets to balls, picnics, and other receptions, covering a range of dates from 1869 to 1884.
I will describe then as if they are in three horizontal rows, from top to bottom, from left to right.

1.  Lanciers EASTER PARTY at Empire Hall, April 25th, 1878.  I haven't yet found details of this event in the number of New York newspapers I've searched. I'm not certain if the word "Lanciers" refers to a family, title, individuals, or a society.  Of course, just to confuse the issue, a lancier is also a dance! In addition, Empire Hall is not found as a building - and I'm wondering if it is a hall inside the Empire State Building?   **See below for additional information - it's in Syracuse!  And the "Lanciers" also refers to a series of parties held there.

2.  Arion Masquerade Ball, Gilmore's Garden, Feb. 21st, 1879  This was apparently a huge ball, written up in a full column & a half in the New York Times the next day.  For details, click through - it starts on the top left column. "Last Year's Great Ball Eclipsed.  Gilmore's Garden banked with flowers and ablaze with lights -- Fifteen thousand persons present -- A magnificent Procession -- Scenes and Incidents"  and much more.  It's very entertaining reading about the masquerade ball and the variety of activities in the festival. Note that Gilmore's Gardens was on the site of the (later) Madison Square Garden.  

3 & 4 (2 tickets for same event).  Seventh Regiment National Guard Military Promenade & Civic Concert  [at] Academy of Music, Thursday Evening April 8th 1869.  Below the date you may be able to see my great-great-grandfather's signature: James Terwilliger, Esq  Note that this clearly is James M. Terwilliger, who would have been 44 yrs old; his older son, James "Grove" Terwilliger would have been only 13 yrs. 

5.  Annual invitation POLICE PIC-NIC and GAMES  of the First Platoon, 18th Precinct, at Sulzer's Harlem River Park, Friday, June 16th, 1882.  Once again, this ticket would have been for the senior James Terwilliger, as he was working for the Police Commission at this time. The Pic-Nic and games included a "Prize Shooting" event, as well as dancing.  All members of the New York Police Force were free to enter the Pic-Nic and Games events. The Park was at the foot of 126th Street, E.R. [E.R. means East River; the Harlem River Park is still there, at the foot of the Third Avenue Bridge]

6.  Reception and Grand Annual Festival of PALESTINE COMMANDERY No.18  Knights Templar, New York City.  Academy of Music and Nilsson Hall, Wednesday Evening, February 15, 1882.  Music by Gilmore's Band. Tickets were for Five Dollars Each.  Hmmm. $1 in 1882 is equal to at least $20, so this is not a small sum. 

7.  Seventeenth Annual Reception, B.P.O. ELKS, New York Lodge No 1, Madison Square Garden  Thursday, February 14th, St. Valentine's Night. Although there is no date on the ticket, research shows this is in 1884.  

I hope you enjoy reading about these activities and events in the late 1800s.  My great-great-grandfather James M. TERWILLIGER, and his elder son, my great-grandfather James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, and their families, clearly enjoyed social events and societies. 

If you have further information or comments, do let me know below in the Comment section, or email me via calewis at telus dot net.  

**Albert Riezebos (Thank you!) found information on Empire Hall - in Syracuse NY.
Googling "Empire Hall"  brought up this, The seventh annual convention of the Woman's Belief Corps, Department of New York will be held at Empire Hall, Syracuse, Tuesday and Wednesday.  http://bit.ly/1bBV0ef  
...which led me to this:  "It was in 1856 that the building was extensively enlarged and improved, and in 1857 that it passed to Horace and Hamilton White.  it was then Sprague & Gage were the landlords and it was given the position of canal collector of Syracuse, Capt. William C. Gage became the landlord.  In the Empire, upon the reconstruction, was built the Empire Hall, an auditorium which in its time became quite famous for social gatherings, small conventions and church festivals."   http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyononda/hotels/empirehouse.html
See newspaper account - middle of 4th col.:http://bit.ly/1bFzsgH  


Saturday, January 25, 2014

PAGE 15 - 1877-1884 Eleven Tickets to Social Events














Oh my, what a number of social events my great-grandparents attended. I'm not certain if they were actually members of some of these societies or organizations, but they could have been.

Here are 11 tickets, and I will describe then top-down, in 3 columns starting with the left-most column:
  1. Hawthorne Literary Union, Monday Evening, October 15th, 1883, was presenting Gilbert's Comedy: "RANDALL'S THUMB", at the Lexington Avenue Opera House, followed by a Reception.  The ticket admitted "Gentleman and Ladies". 
  2. The Greenwich Literary Society on Wednesday Evening, April 23rd, 1884, at the Lexington Avenue Opera House; the ticket was for the Closing Entertainment & Reception, and listed three women's names across the top left corner, with the words "Chimes of Normandy". 
  3. "The Hawthorne" Dramatic Entertainment & Reception "Esmeralda" was held at the Lexington Avenue Opera House, on Monday Evening, April 21st, 1884. 
  4. The Lee Literary Association provided the Second Dramatic Entertainment and Reception, at the Lexington Avenue Opera House, on Wednesday Evening, March 7th, 1883, at 8 o'clock.
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  5. Amateur League, Performance and Reception, at Lexington Ave. Opera House, on Tuesday Ev'g, Mar. 20, '83.  Evening Dress required for admission on floor to reception.  
  6. Second Annual Reception of the members of Friedens Encampment, No. 89, I.O.O.F., at Fernando's Assembly Rooms, on Monday, March 20th, 1882, at 8 o'clock, P.M. sharp.
  7. I.O.O.F.  Forty-First Anniversary, Ark Lodge, No. 28, at Ferrero's Assembly Rooms, Tammany Building at Eight O'Clock, Thursday Evening, February 17th, 1881.
  8. Society of Tammany, or Columbian Order, 102d Anniversary of American Independence, July 4th, 1878.
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  9. Concert and Recitations, given under the auspices of The New York Post Office Temperance Association, at Masonic Temple, 23d St. and 6h Ave., on Thursday Evening, (8 o'clock), May 29th, 1879.   N.B. - The gentlemen appearing in this entertainment are all employed int eh service of the New York Post Office.
  10. Concert and Recitations, [at] Chickering Hall, on Wednesday Evening, November 26th, 1879, under the auspices of The New York Post Office Temperance Association.
  11. Philharmonic Society, Nyack-on-the-Hudson, Rehearsal, at Rockland Institute, on Thursday Even'g, Dec. 20th, 1877. Doors will be closed at 8 o'clock.
My greatgrandfather worked in the Post Office in various capacities.  He and his wife, as well as his parents, were strong Temperance supporters.  The family were very active socially, they loved drama shows as well as musical events and recitals.  We will see more of these kinds of event tickets on other pages.

If you have any questions or comments about these social events or places, do contact me via calewis at telus dot net, or leave a comment below.  I always appreciate learning further details! 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

PAGE 14 - 3 Tickets: OLD GUARD, Knights Templar

Page 14 of my greatgrandfather's "Terwilliger Souvenir Album" contains 3 tickets to events in 1876, 1877, and 1878.  This family loved to attend social events!  You can click through on the web links to learn more and see relevant photos.

The blue ticket on the left is for Thursday Evening January 24th 1878, at the Academy of Music, for the OLD GUARD Veteran Battalion Military and Civic Reception.
In small print at the bottom of the ticket, it reads -
"Army and Navy Officers and Members of the National Guard are requested to attend in uniform"

The white ticket on the right is identical to the blue one, and is for Thursday Evening January 18th 1877, at the Academy of Music, for the OLD GUARD Veteran Battalion Military and Civic Reception.
In small print at the bottom of the ticket, it reads -
"Army and Navy Officers and Members of the National Guard are requested to attend in uniform"

For more information on the History of the Old Guard in New York, here is a link to a summary of how it came into being in New York:  click here.

The smaller ticket at the bottom is for the GRAND BALL of the Knights Templar Central City Commandery No. 25, to be held Thursday Evening February 17th 1876 at the New York State Armory, Syracuse NY.

The next page includes tickets to 11 concerts/receptions/recitations in the 1870s and 1880s.

If you have any additional information on these tickets, do contact me at calewis at telus dot com.  And, as always, I love to read comments below.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

PAGE 13 - POLITICAL & ASSOCIATIONS, 1879-1894 Items

Page 13 of my great-grandfather's Souvenir Album.  My Great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled this Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, and other items from his travels and his affiliations. 

This particular page has a very large invitation to the Opening of the Legislative Halls in the new capitol, Albany, January 7th, 1879; above it is the New Capitol Reception card entitling the ticket holder to attend the Reception as well : "Hon. James Terwilliger & Ladies".  Grove's father, James M. TERWILLIGER (1825-1909), had been active politically, part of the founding of the new Republican Party.  I suspect that Grove received various invitations as his son, moving in similar social circles, if not similar political circles. (note to self: more & more research to do)

On the left side are two ribbons:
The top one, POST OFFICE CLERKS ASSOCIATION of NEW YORK, has no date on it, but is likely from the late 1870s-1880s, as Grove is listed on the 1880 Census in NY as occupation: "Clerk in P.O."  By 1900, although his occupation is listed as "Clerk Rail Road"  I believe he was still a postal clerk, specifically for the railroad.

The bottom white one for the Grand Lodge of NY Independent Order of Odd Fellows - I.O.O.F. - ERICSSON OBSEQUIES, August 23rd, 1890.  The New York Herald had two notices including an Excursion ad about the Obsequies for Capt. John Ericsson, the inventor/builder of the iron-clad man-of-war, USS Monitor,  which you can read by clicking on the two links in this sentence.  The IOOF ribbon may mean the person wearing it could be on the boat, able to see/hear the ceremony more easily.  Capt. Ericsson's remains were returned to Sweden, where he was born.

The blue ribbon with a big red-white-blue bow-tie top, is for an "AIDE" attending the Oct. 10th, 1892 COLUMBUS celebrations of the N.Y. Public Schools. 

Under the blue ribbon is an Irish stamp [hidden], a Bermuda stamp, and 4 symbols - perhaps one of my readers can tell me what they are for/from - See left.

To the right of the Opening of the Legislative Hall invitation card are 4 more symbols, one of them for the Imperial Hotel in Cork (Ireland) - perhaps he'd travelled there.  I will need to do more research for ships' lists!  See right.  

Above the right-hand strip is a dark gold ribbon for the A.P.W. with verse: Asbury Park /  Is still alive, / And waits the / Meet for '95. 
What's the A.P.W.?  This is the Asbury Park Wheelmen - bicyclists!  Here's a link to the 1894 Meet article in the NY Times, October 5, 1894.

The right edge of Page 14 has 2 ribbons:
The top red white and bue ribbon states: Wholesale Dry Goods Republican Club, and likely refers to the Presidential campaign in 1892.

And finally, the COMANCHE CLUB Outing, Sept. 11th, 1894, ribbon at the bottom right. The Comanche Club may have been another cyclists' club in New York. 

Whew! A very busy page, Page 14.  Outings, Events, Political and personal interests - I think my great-grandfather was a bit of a pack-rat!

Please do comment or post your questions about this post - I always love to hear what others think of these posts.  I'm determined to inventory Grove's Souvenir Album, although each page sometimes takes a number of hours of research!    You can also contact me directly at calewis at telus dot net  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PAGE 12 - ORGANIZATIONS' RIBBONS

Page 12 of my great-grandfather's Souvenir Blog includes 7 ribbons from various organizations.  All are silk, and are thoroughly glued onto the page -- indeed, they are glued into the page!

The first one is a 7" silk ribbon from the Knights Templar organization, advertising the "62nd Annual Conclave of the Monroe Commandery No.12, Grand Commandery Oct 12, 1875, Rochester NY".  I looked this up online, and found an example of the same ribbon described as follows, in the New York Historical Museum & Library:   Polychrome printed silk ribbon: depicts vertical arrangement of masonic elements emblematic of Knights Templar:  helmet, cross, crown, triangle, circle, and Maltese cross;  with inscriptions:  "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES / 62d / ANNUAL CONCLAVE / MONROE / COMMANDERY / No. 12 / K.T. / GRAND COMMANDERY / Oct. 12, 1875. / ROCHESTER, N.Y."
The Latin motto stands for "by this symbol [the red cross] you shall conquer"; sometimes stated as "by this sign you will succeed".    Clearly I need to find out if my great-grandfather and/or his father were members.  Or perhaps he had friends who were members.  My great-grandfather was a puzzle - he seems to have been a member of many different organizations, but it isn't clear to me how active he was in any of them.  As I go through the Album, I will be doing more research on this to try to gain a clearer understanding of him. Sometimes I think these items are from his own father, James M. Terwilliger, who stood on several election tickets, and was also the first Secretary for the new Republican Party when it was formed.

Next is a slightly wider white silk ribbon for the Hugh de Payens Commandery, No. 30, Buffalo, N.Y.  Once again, this is for the Knights Templar organization, the Masons.  But Buffalo is a long way from home for my great-grandfather.  Perhaps he collected ribbons from other Brother Masons.  For those readers who are not familiar with the the Masons, here is a link to a brochure found online.

In the middle is a wide, 8" black ribbon, with gold-thread edging and 'tails'.  "State of New York / WM. H. SEWARD. / Memorial honors. / by the LEGISLATURE. / Albany, April 18, 1873. / OFFICERS."  Clearly the wearer would have been an Officer for the Legislative Memorial Service - was this worn by my 2nd great-grandfather James M. Terwilliger? He would have been 53 in this year, so this is certainly possible, whereas my great-grandfather James "Grove" Terwilliger would only have been 27 yrs of age.   William H. Seward was a very well-known politician in New York state as well as in Washington DC.  Click to read more about him.  He died October 10, 1872, and this Memorial Honor event in the following spring, was put on by the Legislature to honor his services; the link leads to the NY Times newspaper write-up of the entire speech given for Wm. H. Seward.

Next is a 6" white silk ribbon, Knights Templar, for the CENTRAL CITY Commandery, Syracuse, N.Y., No. 25.  As in previous ribbons, the number identifies the Lodge number.

On the right is a narrow 6 1/2" ribbon for the CYRENE COMMANDERY, No. 39. in Rochester, N.Y. Under the symbols on the shield is the phrase: "Be thou faithful unto death."   The quote running across the bottom says:
       "Silver and Gold have I none, but,
        such as I have, give I unto thee."
Finally, in very small print at the bottom:  Oct. 12 & 13, 1875 --- A . O .  767

Along the bottom underneath these ribbons, are two small silk ribbons (5" x 1 1/2") for the N.E.A.  This is the National Education Association.  The right white ribbon:  N.E.A. 1892.  Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and the left red ribbon states:  N.E.A.  Denver, 1895,  New York.  While neither my great-grandfather nor his father were teachers, my great-grandfather had a very good friend who was a school superintendent, and his half-sister [twenty years younger] was also a teacher.  These are plausible - but certainly not proven - reasons why he has these ribbons from two of their annual meetings.

If anyone has more information about these 7 ribbons' events, I would be very happy to learn more, and will amend this post.  Comment below, or email me, calewis at telus dot net.  It was fascinating to read about these groups of Masons/Knights Templar, and the NEA.