Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sentimental Sunday- Eight Small Boys


Ada Weekly News, April 30, 1925 Ada, Oklahoma

       Eight Small Boys In 1925,
       All in Army, War Work

E. C. Hearn, 321 West Fifteenth has in the last few days been looking fondly at a picture taken in 1925 of eight small boys, all but one barefooted, and thinking a bit abut where those young men are scattered about.
Three of the eight are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Hearn and a fourth is a nephew who had just come in to be with them when the picture was taken. The lads were sitting along a concrete culvert in the 400 block on West Seventeenth. The "littlest" was E.C. Hearn Jr, who was scared or mad or something as he was obviously howling noisily. And where are they now? Either in military service or in defense plants.
E. C Hearn, Jr is with 45th Division.
Jake Hearn is in bombardier school in Santa Ana, California.
Jack Hearn is in defense work in Fort Worth, Texas.
Their cousin J.C. Hearn is in defense work in Mississippi.
Alfred and Wilbourn Crow, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Olin Crow are in the Army, Alfred at Abilene and Wilbourn with the Forty-fifth.
Glen Witcher, son of W. J. Witcher is at Camp Barkley in the Army.
And C. Russell, son of Mrs. W. J. Witcher is with the U.S. Marines at San Diego, California.
(My Dad, Jack Hearn is 4th from the right. Shortly after this picture he joined the Navy and served on the USS Greenwood- De-79). Of the eight boys, two did not survive the war, Alfred Crow and my Uncle Jake Hearn)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Surname Saturday- Barwis/Barwise


My great grandmother Mary Jenett Barwise was born 17 April 1866, in Preston, Lancashire, England.  My research has documented this line to a  Joseph Barwise, blacksmith, who died in Maryport, Cumberland 26 May 1807. His son James was christened in Kendal, Westmoreland 25 August 1780. James migrated to Lancashire, going first to Lancaster, then Blackburn and Preston.  The occupations of these particular Barwise men were either shoemakers or blacksmiths.

Mary Jenett and Agnes Barwise


This surname is of English origin and may be from the hamlet of Barwise in Westmorland, deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century "beorgas" meaning "hills".