The JC Penney Christmas Wishbook

The arrival of the Sears Wishbook and the JC Penney Christmas catalog was almost as exciting of Christmas day itself. If you grew up in the 1970’s like me, you’ll understand what I mean. I was astonished to read recently that these catalogs came out in August of every year. I didn’t remember that.  Mom never ordered from the catalogs anyhow. But, they gave her a good idea of what I wanted that year. Then she would go to Grant’s Department store or G. Fox to Christmas shop.  She would let me take my sweet time pouring over every page,…

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My Favorite Christmas Presents: Dawn Dolls

If you were a little girl growing up in the 1970’s, chances are very high that you played with a Dawn doll. I found this *photo on Pinterest and was wacked up-side the head with nostalgia. I hadn’t thought about Dawn and her friends in a very long time. I had Dawn (far left) and Angie (far right). These weren’t Barbie sized. They were only 6 inches tall with beautiful silky hair and the most fabulous 1970’s clothes you could imagine. And the case! Let me tell you about that groovy case. I had one of these exact cases. Little…

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What was in Colorado for David Chase?

This is a continuing blog thread on my ancestor, David Edgar Chase and the on-going answers I find on the mystery of his death at age 47 in 1900 by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. To read my first entry on David, click here.  What we do know about David is that from 1887 to 1890 he is clearly listed in city directories far from his Haverhill, Massachusetts wife and child, and living in Denver Colorado. He then vanishes from records for a 3 year period between 1891-1894, popping up again in Denver directories in 1895. In 1896, the year after…

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