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READERS' FEEDBACK: 15 March 2005

-- Town's 150th Anniversary
-- MORE Questions for Personal & Family History Interviews
-- Bellyman (WOW! A reply in less than 1 hour!)
-- Occupations Website Suggestion
-- Search Engine Alternatives: Odd/Old Names for Occupations

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TOWN'S 150th ANNIVERSARY
From: Margaret Hobler
DearMYRTLE,
Our town had this celebration in 1973. The local newspaper asked people to
give them old pictures to print in the paper. I kept every one. I wasn't
into genealogy at that time, but later on, I discovered pictures of
ancestors which I would never have had. Also a small book was printed with
old pictures of the area, including oil wells, a canal built by hand, etc.
They also had a pageant dealing with the previous residents, the Indians and
the whites. I still have the newspapers, and probably will make a pamphlet
to give my family.

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MORE QUESTIONS FOR PERSONA & FAMILY HISTORY INTERVIEWS
From: iggy-42
Before my grandmother's passing last winter, I had the privilege of helping
to take care of her. Some of the questions I asked her was in her 90+ years.


I asked Grandma in her almost 90 years what happened that were the most
memorable things to her. She answered:
-- the first time she saw a plane (age 7)
-- the first time she saw a car
-- how much the world has changed since WWII
-- how farmers/farming have changed
-- and last but not least the MICROWAVE!

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BELLYMAN (WOW! A reply in less than an hour!)
Re: [DearMYRTLE] OCCUPATIONS: Bellyman in a Plant or Crane Works
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0315.htm
From: Bill & Peggy Youngs willyb97@comcast.net
DearMYRTLE,
First I found this reference to "bellyman" on the Stern Business page
(http://www.stern.nyu.edu/Sternbusiness/fall_winter_2003/keystosuccess.html)

"On March 5, 1853, Henry and three sons - William, Charles, and Henry, Jr. -
launched Steinway & Sons with a total investment of $6,000. It was a true
family business. Henry was the titular head of the business, William worked
as a "bellyman," installing soundboards, Charles focused on tuning and
"voicing," and Henry Jr. on finishing."

Then I found another one on The Smithsonian Magazine site
(http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian/issues99/mar99/object_mar99.html)
"William started as the "bellyman" of the business - the person who
installed the soundboard - and ended as a captain of industry."

So it appears a bellyman would work at a piano works rather than a plant
works. Interesting!

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OCCUPATIONS WEB SITE
From: Al Vinson r-avinson@worldnet.att.net
DearMYRTLE,
Try this link for occupations:
http://www.amlwchdata.co.uk/occupations.htm

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SEARCH ENGINE ALTERNATIVES: ODD/OLD NAMES FOR OCCUPATIONS
From: bobert [mailto:bobert@i-1.net]
DearMYRTLE,
Hi - Suggest when looking for 'Old/Odd Names' of occupations, using a
search engine like http://www.google.com or http://www.askjeeves.com any of
those would be helpful. I used to have websites for those, but since I've
changed to a supposedly 'better/faster computer', some of my
Bookmarks/Favorites have been lost. If a guess is allowed: I'd guess a
Bellyman would have a job which entailed getting down on his belly to work
in the bottom of a vat ----- or second guess, a man who worked in a
foundry where bells were made. Will be interesting to find out exactly
what a 'bellyman' did. I enjoy the list so much - the queries! 


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