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I’ve sifted through it several times, but I’ve never felt comfortable with the contents until now. There isn’t anything in the box that I would sell (his keepsake box is another matter) as nearly everything left in the Japanese inlay box is heirloom or sentimental in value.

jewelry box

Dad liked all things Japanese, so it is not a surprise to me that he had this box (the hinges are broken) as his primary jewelry box.

The contents are small items (the box is 22x15x6 cm or 9.75x6x10.5″).

SA Class ring 1920(2)

Chas Edwin Cusick’s high school class ring – St. Anthony High School, 1920. Uncle Ed (he went by Ed) was born in 1902 and died in 1960, never having married. His parents and sister preceded him in death, and he was close to my father The Cusicks are the Irish lineage, having come from Derry, Cavan, Ireland in the 1750s.

Franklin Hebbard Cusick’s class ring from St. Anthony High School, 1926. Uncle Frank also never married, but he lived a very long life. He was born in 1907 and died in 1985 It doesn’t seem that long ago. Great Uncle Frank was a kick in the pants and told me stories about my father that Dad would never tell me – and he did so in front of Dad, forcing my father to confront his wild youth. I adored him.


Then there is this – This photo does me in. Sylvia Cusick. She was born in October of 1903 and died in March of 1930. The photo above is dated September 1930 on the back. She married my grandfather in 1925. She was a young mother of only 26 when she died of sepsis related to strep. My father was not quite 2 years old.

Those are some pretty awesome pants she’s wearing and fuzzy slippers!


Somebody (most likely my Great-Grandfather John T. Wilcox and his bride, Azema (née Kimmey), visited the 1904 Wolrd’s Expo in St. Louis. Gramps – Fred Orson (Fritz) – would have been 6 years old. There are a couple mementos from the World’s Expo of that year.

siam front 1904siam back

A pin of one of the nations represented (only one pin, sadly). The flag part measures 2x3cm (1.25×1.8″).

This is perhaps the coolest – a folding book in copper. The book itself is 2.5×1.75cm (1x.75″). I’m loading the images separately because they are so tiny!

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Still with me? Haven’t bored you yet?


There are other items in the box – pins and such – but this is the only other item of any interest to someone other than myself: a gold nugget.It’s roughly 1cm (2/3 of an inch?). No note, no history, just a random gold nugget. I’ll just leave it like that.

Oh! Wait! One more. Dad’s pin.


His handwriting, no date. He was left-handed. Writing is still legible, so when he was much younger. 🙂



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I just started playing with what will soon be my next addiction: Ancestry.com.

I’ve put it off for years, with the shoebox of geneaology that my mother amassed before the computer age. I feel guilty about it, too. My mom’s dream was to trace her family back as far as she could (she got hung up in Scotland. I think she was back into the 1500’s, maybe earlier). I inherited all her notes because I was deemed the one child most likely to follow up on the research.

My mom died in 1996 and the shoebox has languished under my bed for almost as long. I did buy some acid-free folders to put the info in, but I never transferred anything. I have several old letters my mom collected, land deeds, news clips, a scrap book and her stenographer’s pad with notes (all dated with date & military time each time she made a discovery).

No one has attempted to do the work on my dad’s family, to my knowledge. I know the basics: the English side and the Irish side, and that we are related to some guy who surveyed most of Wyoming. I also know that we go back to the American Revolution and the Mayflower on his side. I remember writing about that in a paper I did in the 6th or 7th grade on my family name and where it originated.

We go back to the American revolution on my mom’s side, too. And I’m somehow related to the anarchist, John Brown, of Harper’s Ferry fame. Not directly.

I know that on my mom’s side we helped run the Underground Railroad.

My dad’s side was not quite so generous & I have the postcards to prove it. (Some of them are really racist!)

My husband has been into the whole geneaology thing all along, slowly and deliberately putting together the Presley family history. Because of his research, we have a membership on Ancestry.com. Have had, for several years.

About a week ago, I finally went in and started a family tree on my dad’s side. (You’d think I would dig out the shoebox and go to town on my mom’s research!) But, no – I decided to start with the unresearched side.

Last night I sat and clicked on “hints” for two hours, delving into my father’s mother’s side of the family. I’m back to 1600’s and they are still in America. Well, except for the ones who emigrated to Canada & I can’t follow those hints because we need an upgrade to our membership to go International.  I’ll hold off on the upgrade for when I enter my mom’s research because I know she traced it back to Scotland.

I haven’t found any racy relatives (yet), but I did come across an amusing misspelling of my great-great grandmother Irene’s name: Green. GREEN? Was the census taker deef? How did “Irene” become “Green”?? Too funny. I’ve had to correct countless records on the spelling of Kimmey: they keep spelling it Kinney. Interestingly, there are TEN public accounts that are somehow related to me through the Kimmeys. Hmmm…

Wilcox hasn’t pulled one single hint. Not one. It’s a far more common name than Cusick or Kimmey, but I suspect because my great-grandfather was an only child who sired an only child, that I am the one who gets to do that research. But now I am addicted. It’s like finding pieces of a puzzle.

A very Anglo-Saxon puzzle at the moment, although someone in one of the related public profiles has a Chinese surname.

Stay tuned. I’m sure I’ll find some skeletons.

Still Life With Apples – Photo # 253/365

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