Friday, September 25, 2009

1994 Smith Family Reunion -Memphis TN

Smith Family Newsletter   Winter Edition 1994

Remarks: Dear Cousin:

The time has come for us to start planning our 2nd Annual family reunion for 1994. Remember, you guys voted to have it in July 1994 in Chicago. Those of us who were blessed to have felt the power of kinship love in 1992, know how great it was. "Wasn't it great!" You felt a kind of PRIDE to be in fellowship with Lucinda's Tree. We met cousins with PHS and no D's. They came from Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Missouri and Michigan. ALl ages; 10 strong.

About Lucinda's Tree, folks we realize we can never repay Lucinda and we can only imagine the sacrifice she must have made to survive slavery. Cousin Ada Lois, lawy professor, retired, and our guest speaker gave us some enlightening history regarding the practice of chattel slavery, including the bit abot Lucinda having to name her children Smith when they were Andersons for fear of Captain Anderson, and his wife.

Remember, Lucinda was the slave master's cook, and a single parent of seven. She must have worked long hours preparing food for his family in addition to her own. A hard worker, our hero. What strength can we learn from her: Together, we will explore the strengths that brought her through and teach our children.

"Fruit does not fall too far from the tree," a reflection of her strength may be seen by looking at her fruit.
A "Someone you should know" person may reflect something of Lucinda. They are our family heroes and our role models. Who are they? We will learn who they are and of their accomplishment so we can educate, motivate, and show our children there is a bleak of hope, even in hard times, they made it... so can we.

You may submit a biography, autobiography, or write an essay or commentary about a "Someone you should know" family member.

Regarding out 1992 celebration, your responses have been "great". We are glad you enjoyed it. Again, we can thank our 1992 Lucinda Family Reunion staff and all others for a job well done. Though we cannot name all those who played a part in the preparation for this celebration being a success. Eleanor Taylor @ 179 North Lombard, Oak Park IL 60302 phone 708-524-8533 (secretary) Melvin Davis (coordinator and Vivian White (treasurer)

Leona Dial 12-10-1912 - 11-30-1992

Clarence Richardson 06-02-1900 - 09-20-1993

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Burr Oak Cemetery HEADSTONE DATABASE (Alsip, IL)

Updated 1Aug 2009    Click to visit site (CVS download is alphabetical by first name?)

Burr Oak Online

The Cook County (IL) sheriff's department is building a database for Burr Oak Cemetery. This is not all inclusive and suggests you check back from time to time.

"Burr Oak has about 100,000 grave sites, but only half have marked headstones. County officials have documented all 50,000 headstones and they all should be entered into the database over the next several days. So far, the database features about 9,500 sites."

The Cook County Clerk’s Office’s Bureau of Vital Statistics maintains death records and will provide a copy upon request to relatives.(@15)  Please visit their web site or call 312-603-5656 for additional information. You can also check with the funeral home that conducted the services for your deceased family members.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mama Dearest -- in the World ! ! !

Aging is having its physical effects.... Look who's is watching over her...... The Lord- Strong & Mighty!

Helen Sipuel Huggins had surgery 8-30-09

Tana visited with her Dr.... who saw her at Mercy from a distance. Asked about mother... Urosepsis (Any doubt I Love Learning Medicine!) see below. . . . .

Pyelonephritis is an ascending urinary tract infection that has reached the pyelum (pelvis) of the kidney (nephros in Greek). If the infection is severe, the term "urosepsis" is used interchangeably - - - - sepsis being a systemic inflammatory response syndrome due to infection aka SIRS is recognized as the first event in a cascade to multi-organ failure. Mortality is considerably increased when severe sepsis or septic shock are present, though the prognosis of urosepsis is globally better than sepsis due to other infectious sites.

/uro·sep·sis/ (u″ro-sep´sis) Urosepsis accounts for approximately 25% of all sepsis cases and may develop from a community or nosocomial acquired urinary tract infection

It requires antibiotics as therapy, and treatment of any underlying causes to prevent recurrence. It is a form of nephritis

SYMPTOMS: dysuria (painful voiding of urine), abdominal pain (radiating to the back on the affected side) and tenderness of the bladder area and the side of the involved kidney

CAUSES: Most cases of "community-acquired" pyelonephritis are due to bowel organisms that enter the urinary tract. Common organisms are E. coli (70-80%) and Enterococcus faecalis. Hospital-acquired infections may be due to coliforms and enterococci, as well as other organisms uncommon in the community (e.g. Klebsiella spp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa).

Most cases of pyelonephritis start off as lower urinary tract infections, mainly cystitis and prostatitis.

TREATMENT: All acute cases with spiking fevers and leukocytosis should be admitted to the hospital for IV fluids hydration and IV antibiotic treatment immediately. ciprofloxacin IV 400mg every 12 hours is the first line treatment of choice. Alternatively, ampicillin IV 2g every 6 hours plus gentamicin IV 1mg/kg every 8 hours also provide excellent coverage.

If the patient is unwell and septic, intravenous fluids may be administered to compensate for the reduced oral intake, insensible losses (due to the raised temperature) and vasodilation and to maximize urine output.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Ancestors I Have Met

I'm making use of... and following the path of other posts: This week’s Genealogy Fun from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings:

1) Write down which of your ancestors that you have met in person (yes, even if you were too young to remember them).

2) Tell us their names, where they lived, and their relationship to you in a blog post. . .

My paternal grandmother, Pearlie (Travis) Morgan Huggins (10 June 1900 - 27 Feb 1968). Her first granddaughter called her Mama Dooley... so the name stuck. She was born probably born in Lexington, Holmes Cty, MS; she died in a hospital in Chicago, Cook Cty, IL.

My maternal grandmother, Martha Bell (Smith) Sipuel Caver (09 Jan 1885 - 17 Mar 1971) , I believe she was born in Halley or Dermott, Chicot Cty, AR. She died of hip cancer in Oklahoma City, OK Cty, OK. She owned her home and property in Chickasha, Grady Cty, OK for many years.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Black Madonna

Two more days pass 9-1-09 back @ St Ann's

which mama calls home..... "I know Mary is waiting for me".
Well, well, well... Google it and find it! this was called the real 'Sister Act': Black nuns in America
By Anthony Calypso
8:25 AM on 08/26/2009

Sister Loretta Theresa on the steps of The Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary in Harlem, NY (Photo courtesy: Ceci Marquette)
Click this link the The Grio