Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Mother Has to Know the Details..... Where is Luanda _South AFrica?

As my Daughter is traveling the world as an Airline Attendant.... 
Definition of Luanda
  • the capital of Angola, a port on the Atlantic coast; population 1,729,500 (est. 2006).
  • Luanda   lu-a-nda

The city is currently undergoing a major reconstruction, with many large developments taking place that will alter the cityscape significantly. Luanda was ranked the most expensive city to live in for expatriates by Mercer, in 2011,[1] but was surpassed by Tokyo in 2012.

The main airport of Luanda is Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, which is the largest in the country. Currently, a new international airport, Angola International Airport is under construction southeast of the city, a few miles beyond Viana, which was expected to be opened in 2011

Atlas Air | Airfleets aviation

Fleet age Atlas Air | Airfleets aviation

Atlas Air operates three Boeing 747-400Fs on behalf of Qantas (quote 2012)
1992 -
Web site

The airline was named after Atlas, a Titan in Greek mythology, who carried the heavens on his shoulders. Their symbol on the plane's tail is a golden man carrying a golden world.

Atlas Air, Inc. is an American cargo and passenger charter airline based in Purchase, Harrison, New York. It operates scheduled freight flights on a wet lease basis for some of the world's leading airlines, flying to 101 cities in 46 countries.

Passenger Service

In October 2009, Atlas Air was selected to operate an outsourced premium passenger private charter service for the U.S.-Africa Energy Association (USAEA). The Agreement to operate the charter was reached with SonAir—Serviço Aéreo, S.A. (SonAir), acting as agent for the USAEA.

This new service replaced World Airways in May 2010, and Atlas operates the charter service with two newly customized Boeing 747-400 aircraft provided by SonAir's parent company. The aircraft are laid out to serve 189 passengers and consists of a 3 class configuration.

The charter service, which has become known as the "Houston Express", includes three dedicated weekly non-stop flights between Houston and Luanda, Angola. While it is not open to the public, it provides USAEA members with a premium non-stop transportation link to support complex long-term projects in the West African energy sector.[8]

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Enlisted in Spanish American War --- 1898.... TB Sipuel

Twelve enlisted men were discharged on disability:


Always learning.... Breech-loading weapons via 1873

Still reading over Private Trall Sipuel's Enlistment Post
The Model 1873 "Trapdoor" Springfield was the first standard-issue breech-loading rifle adopted by the United States Army (although the Model 1866 trapdoor had seen limited issue to troops along the Bozeman Trail in 1867).
The gun, in both full-length and carbine versions, was widely used in subsequent battles against the American Indians (Black Hills War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War)

The Model 1873 was the fifth variation of the Allin trapdoor design, and was named for its hinged breechblock, which opened like a trapdoor. The infantry rifle model featured a 3258-inch (829 mm) barrel, while the cavalry carbine used a 22-inch (560 mm) barrel.


A breech-loading weapon is a firearm in which the cartridge or shell is inserted or loaded into a chamber integral to the rear portion of a barrel.

Second Amendment - - huh??? What's your Gun History-Historically?

I guess I haven't thought much about the history of guns in the Huggins Household.   But oooooh BTW......

a 22 pistol . . . . .

My daughter said that in highschool, she saw this under Papa's wheel chair pillow! Hmnnnn.... you're kidding.   Nope.

I know that on a continual basis my daddy carried this dandy back and forth from church services since he had the money bag in opening and locking doors.    Wise old preacher could also everybody entering the front door...... the Bible said to watch and pray..... thus he kept his protection close by in the pulpit.  

I remember seeing it under his pillow.... yep he slept with it in case of a break-in...???  He carried it on road trips, Memphis, Geary, OK..... etc.   My guess is that he had this dandy as far back as Frederick,OK ! ! ! !

Daddy's been gone since 1997.... and I kinda wish it was still in the family as a genealogy keepsake....(am I fooling anybody.......(smile)  I just might need that dandy piece.... a really good backup.....u never know!)   But alas.... it was misused just last 2012 and now it's gone.....:(  :(


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Between June and August of 1898 - - In Mobile Alabama

Dad Sipuel @ the tender age of 21.... enlisted in the SPANISH AMERICAN WAR

    The 3rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry served out its term of service within the continental U.S., apparently spending most of its time within the borders of its home state. It did not see service overseas.
    The regiment was mustered into service between June 4 and August 5, 1898 at Mobile, Alabama. At the time of mustering in, the regiment consisted of forty-six officers and 1,185 enlisted men. The regiment was a "Black Regiment" in that it was made up of African Americans serving under white officers.
    The regiment served in the Department of the Gulf, and was stationed in in Anniston Alabama in October, 1898. The 3rd Alabama saw no service outside of the U.S. The regiment was equipped with the model 1884 Springfield "Trapdoor" rifle.
    The regiment was mustered out on March 20, 1899 at Anniston, Alabama. At the time of mustering out, the regiment consisted of forty-six officers and 992 enlisted men. The had seven enlisted men die of disease, and one was killed in accident. Twelve enlisted men were discharged on disability and four were courtmartialed. Lastly, eighty-eight enlisted men deserted.

The Black Dispatch Newspaper reported

On September 28, 1946 (bottom of front page)


Rev. T. B. Sipuel, state overseer of the Church of God, and the father of Ada Lois Sipuel, who is attempting to enter the law classes at the University of Oklahoma, died Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the home of Mrs. J. V. Hearne, 516 N. Kelley.

Dr. J.A. Cox, attending physician, stated that the deceased died from heart failure.  His home was in Chickasha,

but Rev. Sipuel spent the greater portion of his time in Oklahoma City at the state headquarters of his church, located on Northeast Second Street.

Funeral services will be held in Oklahoma City at 1 p.m. at the Church of God, 212 North Byars; and Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Chickasha.

Bishop C. H. Mason, Memphis, Tenn.,


and Rev. O.T. Jones, Philadelphia, Pa.,(his picture is lower left in black white photo) . . . . .will attend the services.

Chickasha Star Newspaper Reported

On October - 02 - 1946  (page 6)....


A heart attack was fatal to the Reverend Sipuel, prominent negro leader of the city last week in Oklahoma City.  He went in a garage in the city to have his car fixed which had been in a wreck.  When the garage man said it would cost $600 to repair the car he slumped with a heart attach from which he never recovered.

Stunning . . .right?   Unbelievable...??? A white newspaper reporter/editor and owners approved this writeup???
Do my eyes fool me.... or not???

Defamation of the SIPUEL Legacy........

"When a great man dies
For years beyond our ken
The light he leaves behind him . .
lies upon the paths of men."


There May Be Another HUGGINS on our Family Tree....

There was a term wherein..... our family name might have been  Daughtered Out !  But alas, Nope....21yr old Keisha may just be the one and only to bring into this world in June 2013 .... another HUGGINS namesake   .  .  .   
Jayla Nikole Huggins is comin!



Tuesday, April 2, 2013


How Many of Me?   There are fewer than 117 people in the U.S. with the last name Sipuel.


Chronicling America

The National Endowment for the Humanities is offering a portal with video guides on using and searching Chronicling America, the Historic American Newspapers database from the Library of Congress and NEH.  Link Blog site SassyJaneGenealogy Site

Although it's designed for teachers and students, the "What is Chronicling America?" site"has a lot to offer genealogists. The site houses introductory videos on using the database, curated links for searching, and an ever-growing guide to individual state newspaper partner's podcasts, videos, and blogs" that can help extend your family resources to partner libraries and archives.

The Using and Searching videos are available at the NEH portal for the newspaper database. The overview video is available above.

1927 .... in the face of tragedy.... The Sipuel Family

I'm thankful to Granddad . . a man who made provisions for his family....
Seated is Dad Sipuel, he face stern and serious as always.  He is full chested, a large seemingly healthy man of about 50 years old....   Where there may be only 6-8 pictures of him, Granddad is most often seen wearing a three piece suit... are those lace up boots or shoes.  In from of him.... almost endearingly.... stands his son!!!  How proud he must have been to become a father at the age of 44 !!   Travis Bruce Sipuel gave his own middle name to his son...... Lemuel Travis (b. 1921/ abt 6 yrs old) and his first-born daughter Ada Lois (abt 4yrs)....
Then standing -- holding their youngest 2 yrs old baby daughter named Helen Marie....Mrs. Martha Belle Smith Sipuel (b 1885) about 42 years old.....
Seeking to study the clothing..... as suggestions of the Sipuel Family financial standing... in a time when many Negroes didn't have money.   This is a cropped picture of a church destroyed...??? by fire/nature or maybe a discriminatory act again Granddad???
Each of the Sipuel Children are wearing shoes, a nice little dress, socks and undergarments on Ada, pants fit nicely on Lemuel -- the shirt is light colored w/matching pants... Notice the little church boy nearby is barefooted..... with Short pants and brown-like shirt.   Baby Helen has on little sandals and a little girly dress.
Mrs Sipuel looks strong in her body, built rather large in stature....
Going where black folks go...... Little Lemuel and Lois bear a light brown complexion like their father.... and Helen's skin color is light.... though not at all CLEAR--Big Mama was without a color tint in her skin!!
If I guess-estimate that this picture is about 1945 . . .   Dad Sipuel is still looking stern in his three piece suit with a watch hanging....   Belle dress is classy...  Granddad would now be aged 68 --- Big Mama just turned 60 --- and had grown children....
Lemuel has military stripes on his clothing as a handsome young man....abt 24, with Ada (a more confident, beautifully styled hair) @ 22 and Helen (looking young) at age 20 yrs...   STILL A WELL-DRESSED FAMILY..... THANKS TO DAD SIPUEL AND HIS WORK EFFORTS IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST.


The Chickasha Media Mistreated My Grandfather Sipuel.....

Some will label me as being on the attack.... verbally direct... in calling the 1946 newspaper article strictly racist..... prejudicial against a prominent Negro who owned a car....

I wondered how much a car cost back in 1945-46??

What Things Cost in 1945:
Car: $1,250
Gasoline: 21 cents/gal
House: $10,000
Bread: 9 cents/loaf
Milk: 62 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market: 152
Average Annual Salary: $2,900
Minimum Wage: 40 cents per hour
Dad Sipuel and Big Mama did indeed buy/own a car, along with two houses.  Their first home property in Chickasha, OK was -- on the other side of the railroad tracks..... where a majority of Negroes lived.
The home-place that I know of.... was 601 N First Street, and 605 N First Street.
I may now be able to estimate my grandparents net worth..... possible Average Annual Salary was $2900 yr ---  noting that my Big Mama never worked.... the only work available to black women of the early 1910-1940's was daywork... cleaning the homes of whites as a maid.   
The story is told that the one time Belle Sipuel did not to work for a white woman... the woman was being as nice as she knew how...(to a colored woman) and was calling her Belle.... do this and do that.   Big Mama abhorred being called by her first name by whites --- she was Ms Sipuel....  thus telling her so.   Shockingly....  :)    that was Big Mama's one and only day of work!!!


Almost the usual..... I reflected on my growing-up neighborhood in East Oklahoma City from 1965 to 1982...

So, I turned the corner onto 49the and Wisconsin....
and I see the large garage Daddy had built in the rear..... I see the converted one car garage that Daddy converted to a bedroom.... Howard Jr and the big boys
  I wonder if Daddy Planted the tree..... I might be able to compare a few older family pictures....

The pictures are a little gloomy on a cloudy day....  there are BARS placed on the front of the entrance.... again..... My Mississippi Daddy's idea of safety!   I was looking for a rose bush on the front bedroom window..... I'm pretty sure Daddy replanted half of that plant at Woodridge....