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.  
...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."
See newspaper account - middle of 4th col.:  

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.
  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.
  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 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 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.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Well, this is it - my ONE-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!  I've only done 11 pages so far.  Sigh.  So many pages to go, and some of them are very challenging or frustrating in one fashion or another.  But it is a start at least - one page by one page...

My maternal greatgrandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, put together a Souvenir Album in the 1890s, including many items from his parents' lives.  The Album is 16.5" tall, 11" wide, and 5" thick.  I refuse to count the number of pages but it's more than 120 - I think.  I keep being distracted by items on the pages, and the pages are quite heavy, as well. One day. Here is the cover on the right:

The Album is quite thick, made of very heavy paper, with items 100% tightly-permanently-glued down on each sheet.  It includes symbols cut out of paper/letterheads, tickets, menus, political buttons, wedding invitations, calling cards, and more.  I'm determined to inventory the entire album, to record it.  Some of the earliest items seem to be from about 1840.

Above is a photo of the book from the side - the bookmark [business card] shows where I'm at right now! The next page will be Page 12.

I hope all of you are enjoying some of the pages - there's something here for everybody.  I'd love to dash ahead and show you the menu for a dinner party they had.  Or to show you the pages with a very few very old photographs - not labelled of course!  And the obituaries which helped me learn about his wife's mother - the ORMSBEE line.  Oh, and the page of political buttons and other oddities in the middle of the Album.  Fascinating items.

If you would like more information about this Album, or any of the pages detailed to date, please contact me at calewis at telus dot com, or Comment below.  Cheers (clink!)...

Monday, August 12, 2013

PAGE 11 - 4 Fanciful NY Tickets, 2 Small Ones, 1882-1897

My last post on my greatgrandfather TERWILLIGER's photo album, showed 3 large decorated tickets to music events.  The next page in the album has 4 similar tickets, plus two small tickets.  These ones are more varied, ranging from an Elks Society Annual Reception, to a Symphony ticket.
This is the full page, showing the placement of these fanciful tickets to events in New York (mainly):

Here are the two small tickets on the left side:  [Blue]  Nov. 12, 1892, First Evening Concert, Symphony Society of N.Y., at 8:15, Music Hall, New York  
[White] Mar. 20, 1897, Fifth Evening Concert, Symphony Society of N.Y., at 8:15, Carnegie Hall, New York    

The large ticket on the left side has no identifying information on the event being staged, but it is very attractive and complex. I searched through Google Images, and didn't find any reference to this very interesting image - I'm certain there is a 'story' here, don't you?
The Top Middle ticket appears to be a fund-raiser for the Renner's Dancing Academy:  a Grand Masquerade Ball, Tuesday Eve'g, February 14th, 1882, at Walhalla, 48-52 Orchard Street.

The Bottom Middle "Ladies Ticket" is for the 13th Annual Reception of New York Lodge No. 1, the B.P.O. Elks, at Madison Square Garden, Monday, Feb. 9th, 1880.  This would be the original Madison Square Garden building [1879-1890].

Finally, the Right side Ticket: the Bal Masque de L'Opera, Thursday January 26th, 1882.  No place is described, however a quick search through my favourite NY newspaper website,  showed me the Evening Telegram NY newspaper [p.3,right side], states it was held at Madison Square Garden.

I hope you enjoyed these fanciful tickets providing insight into the variety of cultural events happening in New York city, in the 1880s.  If you have more information or details of any of these items, do let me know - I love learning more.  The links add a bit of history or additional details, for your pleasure!

Contact me at calewis at telus dot net, and/or leave a Comment below!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

PAGE 10 - CARNIVAL & BALL TICKETS, 1882 and 1883

The next two pages are of fanciful Tickets of Masquerade Balls and Carnivals.  The TERWILLIGER family apparently loved anything to do with music, dance, and concerts of all kinds.

Here is the full page with three large souvenier Tickets, on the left.  You can see that the top and bottom tickets are the same format/design, with different fonts for the details on the 'card'.

The top ticket:
The Grand Masquerade Ball of the New York Maennerchor, Wednesday February 21st, 1883
held at Terrace Garden, 58th Street, near 3rd Avenue.   The New York Maennerchor [men's chorus] celebrated German and American choral singing.  There are a number of Maennerchor societies continuing to sing in communities such as Utica Maennerchor, which has been going strong for over 145 years!
The middle ticket:
The Grand Carnival de L'Opera, Madison Square Garden, Thursday January 26th, 1882.  The New York Metropolitan Opera did not open until almost 2 years after this date, so this ticket may be to a gala fund-raiser.  Do let me know if you have additional details.  This is the first Madison Square Garden building, which was used for a number of sporting events at the time.
The bottom ticket:
Prospect Ass'n Grand Masquerade Ball, Academy of Music, February 1st, 1883
held at the Academy of Music & Nilsson Hall.  Apparently the Prospect Association held annual Grand Balls, but I have yet to find details of the purpose of the Association.  Another small mystery to be solved.

The next page, Page 11, has 4 large tickets similar to these, plus two small tickets as well.  I hope you enjoyed seeing these 130 year old tickets.  As always, if you have questions or information to offer, please do not hesitate to contact me at calewis at telus dot com, or leave a Comment below!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

PAGE 9 - 14th Annual Reunion, ARMY of the POTOMAC

Page 9.    My Terwilliger greatgrandfather and his family actively participated in many social events - for example, the Newburgh Centennial details can be seen back on the post for Page 4 of his Souvenir Album. On this page, he has surrounded the poster with many symbols of organizations and the like. Personally, I like "Friday" on the right side! I have little notion of the symbols' meanings, and hope that some of the readers will understand - for instance - the 6-pointed cross in the middle surrounded by sun, moon, stars, and various crosses! Do feel free to comment below.

The dates of the 14th Reunion are on the inset drawing of Washington DC, at the centre bottom:
      MAY 16th & 17th, 1883

In swirling ribbon beside the words "Army of the Potomac" are the following names:
Left:                         Right:
McDowell              Burnside
McClellan             Hooker
Pope                       Meade

The ribbon tied below states 1861    1865  on the 'bows', and Bull Run and Appomattox on the strands, above the drawing of Washington DC.

The Executive Committee members are listed on both the left and right sides at the bottom:
Gen. A.A. Humphreys          Gen. John G. Parke,
Gen. S.S. Carrell,                 Gen. George D. Ruggles
Gen. J. C. Tidball,               Gen. Ellis Spear
                Gen. E.A. Garmin
Gen. Duncan S. Walker      Major H.L. Cranford
Major George M. Lockweed    Major N.H. Camp
Capt. John M. Carsen        Capt. R.W. Tyler
               Capt. I.N. Burrill

On the right side can be seen symbols of sea battle: a sailing ship's sails and masts, flag, trumpet, anchor. On the left side, ground battles with a helmet, drum, cutlass, rifles, cannon. All draped in the American flag.

And around on all sides... cut out symbols, painstakingly and thoroughly glued onto this page. I may need to do a page only on these 50 cut-out symbols! Several I can see are Sigma Phi letters. Here are a few more:

  • The red circle middle top:  The Military Service Institution
  • The red circle top left:  United States Consulate Annaberg Saxony
  • The tall gold rectangle left:  Morton Commandery, New York
  • Beside the above, on right, Small square, blue on gold, deer -?:  "Pulset Virtus"  (They were brave/virtuous)
  • Below the above, a prancing unicorn
  • On the top right, blue circle:  Jamaica
  • Also top right, below above circle:  Newburgh Centennial
  • Below above:  Friday
  • Below above:  Happy New Year (in red ribbon)
  • Beside above, dark gold seated baby holding a staff with a 'leaf' on either end -?

Also on the right side, there are two birds on a log, facing each other with a symbol seen on one of them between the birds (seen right side top, and also in middle right);  there is an owl sitting on the old man moon, many Greek letters [for organizations], as well as stylized initials.

If you have any light to shed on these symbols and letters, do leave a comment or email me at calewis at telus dot com   - I am always happy to add to the knowledge about items in my greatgrandfather's Souvenir Album.  

The next page is of Balls, Masques, and Operas - gorgeous brilliant cards.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


This feels like part of a Christmas Song...   Eight Marriage Invitations!

My Greatgrandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, (1856-1929), kept an oversized Souvenir Album, which includes a few items of his father's and then his and his wife's family, friends, their activities and events through the 1800s into the quite early 1900s.  On this page, I find one relative, Jenny D. Graves - my 1st cousin, 3x removed.

The couples' marriages are apparently in the early 1880s, not all cards list the year; italics and non-italics and size of font are my best attempt of reflecting the cards themselves:

1.  Jones - Hier  Mr. & Mrs. R.W. Jones request your presence of the Marriage of their Daughter, Lulu  to  George S. Hier, Wednesday Evening, March 26, 1879, at eight o'clock, No. 154 South Salina St., Syracuse, N.Y.  ["Lulu" is nickname for Louisa]                              

2.  Ryan - Fyler  this envelope contains three heavy unadorned cards: (a) Ceremony    Thursday May seventeenth, 1883. St. Lucy's Church, Syracuse, N.Y., 9.30 A.M.,  (b)  Peter L. Ryan    Ada C. Fyler  and, finally (c) a church card:  Please present this card to the usher.   No details of the parents - this is a rather unusual invitation to a wedding, don't you think?

3.  Hansell - Dill  Mr. & Mrs. Standish F. Hansell  request your presencc at the marriage of their daughter Mary to  James Brooks Dill, Thursday afternoon, October 21st  at four o'clock,  1705 Summer St. Philadelphia.   1880   

4.  Burdett - Crow  Mr. & Mrs. G.C. Burdett, request your presence at teh marriage of their daughter Lillie  to  A. Eugene Crow,  Tuesday afternoon, September twenty sixth, at four o'clock,  Church of the Heavenly Rest,  Fifth Avenue near Forty-Fifth Street, New York.

5.  Tefft - Schwarz  Here is a notice of a marriage having already taken place:   Adolph H. Schwarz,  Mary C. Tefft  Married  Thursday, February 14th 1878.   4 Burns Place, Syracuse, N.Y.   An enclosed card seems to be an at-home card:  Mr. & Mrs. A.H. Schwarz,  Empire House, Syracuse, N.Y.  [Empire House was a large hotel by the railway station in Syracuse NY]

6.  Hastings - Rogers  The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage reception of F. Adele Hastings  and  Geo. Tracy Rogers,  Thursday evening April fourteenth, eighteen hundred eighty one, at eight o'clock.  754 Main St.  Buffalo, N.Y.

7.  Graves - Craner  Mr. & Mrs E.C. Graves request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter,  Jennie D.  to Royal K. Craner, Thursday, April 28th, 1881, at 5 o'clock P.M.  Jordan, N.Y.    [Jennie is the daughter of Edward C. Graves, my greatgreatgrandfather Charles Giles GRAVES's brother]

8.  James - Pearson Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. James request your presence at the marriage of their daughter, on Thursday, April twentieth, at half past seven o'clock.  Church of the Holy Trinity, Madison Ave. & 42d Street.   It's not an oversight as the names of the couple are not listed on this invitation at all.  But - there are four enclosed cards:  (a) Mr. Henry G. Pearson  a larger card: (b) Miss James   an even larger card: (c) Please present this card at the Church  and finally, a large card: (d) Reception from eight until ten  6 East 49th Street.

Contact me if you wish to see the individual cards, and if any of these people are your ancestors, do let me know any details of these brides and grooms.  I'm always excited to add more details to my greatgrandfather's Album inventory.  

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone.  Have a glorious New Year in 2013 with loving family and friends.   - Celia

Friday, November 30, 2012


Away from Death & Calling Cards, and into Marriages for this next post! This Souvenir Album belonged to my great-grandfather "Grove" who filled it in;  it was saved by his eldest child, my grandmother, and was carried back and forth through her many moves back and forth across North America, finally ending up in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The dates of several of these marriages are in the early 1880s, so I can assume that these individuals are friends of either or both James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER & Clara Augusta "Gussie" GRAVES. Grove & Gussie were my maternal great-grandparents and lived in New York and in New Jersey. These seven couples are as follows:

Munroe & Williams
Dilks & Robinson
Eggert & Jacques
Jones & Halsted
Rice  & Kelly
McDonald & Little
Snydam & Clark

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Munroe & Williams:
"Mr & Mrs Allen Munroe  request your presence at the marriage of their daughter Mary Louise,  to  David Sage Williams, on Wednesday January thirty first at twelve o'clock. West Genessee St.  Syracuse N.Y."

 Dilks & Robinson:
"Mr & Mrs George W Dilks  request your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Josephine,  to  Andrew J Robinson, on Tuesday evening December fifth, at seven o'clock.  University Place Church, 10th Street & University Place"     Enclosed card:  "Reception  from eight until eleven o'clock, 34 West 9th Street"

Eggert & Jacques: 
"Mr & Mrs William Eggert  request your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Vine,  to  John Jacques, Thursday evening March fifteenth at eight o'clock.  Central Congregational Church, Madison Avenue & 47th Street  New York.  1015 Lexington Avenue"    Enclosed card: "Reception, from half past eight until twelve o'clock, Turf Club, Madison Avenue & 26th Street"    *Update from an anonymous comment:  Vine is actually Alvina Eggert, and the year is 1883.

Jones & Halsted:
"Mrs L Russell Jones  requests your presence at the marriage of her daughter, Isabella Ker  to  Newberry O Halsted, Wednesday September 26th 1883, at twelve o'clock, Christ Church, Rye, NY"

Rice  & Kelly:
"Mr & Mrs Edward F Rice  request your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Lizzie E,  to  Andrew W Kelly, Wednesday afternoon, January fourth 1882, at half past five o'clock.  First Presbyterian Church, Syracuse NY"    Enclosed small card: "Please present this card at Church"

McDonald & Little: 
Mrs. J. Grant McDonald  requests the pleasure of your company at the marriage of her daughter, Belle,  to  H. John Little, on Thursday evening, February nineteenth, at half past eight o'clock.  41 West 42nd Street."

Snydam & Clark:
"Mr. & Mrs. L. C. Snydam,  request your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Jessie,  to  Gaylord P. Clark, Wednesday afternoon June fifteenth, at four o'clock.  Baldwinsville, N.Y.  1881" 
(remember Dr. Gaylord P Clark from the Calling cards? became Dean of College of Medicine, Syracuse University; died young).
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I hope you enjoy checking out some of the links in the above marriage announcements.  It's clear that I'll need to go back through some of the Calling Cards eventually and update the information I find about some of my greatgrandparents' friends.  

As always, do contact me if you wish any information or photographs of the Marriage Invitations of specific individuals.  The next page in the TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM, Page 8, contains 8 Marriage Invitations.  A nice symmetry.