Around the Town Thursday: The Money Museum at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We’ve got a nice little post for you to read while you’re enjoying your good food.  Today we’re peeking in at The Money Museum at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
The Money Museum is located inside the Federal Reserve Bank

The Money Museum gives visitors the opportunity to watch millions of dollars of currency be processed, check out some interesting exhibits and learn about the economy all in one visit.  And the best part of all of this is that it’s free to view!

Reservations are not required to tour this museum for groups of 20 or fewer but you will need to go thru a security screening to get in.  You can sign up for a guided tour for groups of 15 or more.

Hours of operation, parking and accessibility information and information regarding security screening can be found here for the museum.  For a little prep for your tour you can check out highlights of the Money Museum here.  The museum recommends approximately one hour to complete the self-guided tour.  It’s right next door to the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial, however, so you can make a day of it and tour both museums!

This museum is definitely worth your time, so make plans to go learn all about the economy and the currency process at The Money Museum at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

And make sure to stop by next week for a very special Around the Town Thursday post!  We definitely won’t be in Kansas anymore!

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Tombstone Tuesday: Franz “Frank” Carl Gottlieb Nohr

Welcome to another edition of Tombstone Tuesday!  Today we’re spotlighting my great grand uncle (by marriage), Franz Carl Gottlieb Nohr.

Tombstone of Franz “Frank” Carl Gottlieb Nohr
Anselm Lutheran Cemetery in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota

Franz was the child of Herman Edward Gottlieb Nohr and Henrietta Natzke.  According to his obituary in The Fargo Forum on 28 February 1963, he had at least six brothers and four sisters, who preceded him in death.

Franz was born 11 March 1870 in Morrison, Brown, Wisconsin.  He married Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Altman) Nohr on 1 February 1899 in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota.  Together they had three children (one boy and two girls).

Franz passed away 28 February 1963 in Lisbon, Ransom, North Dakota.  He’s buried in Anselm Lutheran Cemetery in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota.  The cemetery borders what used to be family farmland.

Franz “Frank” Carl Gottlieb Nohr
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Genealogy Basics: The 1930 Census

A couple of weeks ago we started talking about census records and looked at the 1940 census.  Today we’re continuing to look at census records and the focus is on the 1930 census.

The 1930 census was enumerated beginning 1 April 1930.  Let’s take a look at an actual census record to see what kind of information can be extracted from this census.  Last post we looked at my Grandpa Edward’s census listing.  I haven’t located him in the 1930 census yet but I have a listing for my Great-Grandpa Edward (Grandpa Edward’s father) to use for our example:

Edward Bell Conwell, Sr. family listing on the 1930 U.S. Census

Edward B. Conwell is listed here with his wife, Zella M., and children, Milford R. and Frank R.  As you see, listed below the Conwell family, also living with Grandpa Edward, is his son-in-law John Crouse, daughter and wife of John, Mildred and granddaughter Evelyn J.  Breaking the record down into three parts will help us view the information a little easier:

Section #1 of Edward Bell Conwell, Sr. family listing on the 1930 U.S. Census

Columns #1-#4 contain information on the abode:

  • Street, avenue, road, etc.
  • House number (in cities or towns)
  • Number of dwelling house in order of visitation
  • Number of family (in order of visitation)

This is great information because I can take the house number and street name and see if that house is still standing to see where my family lived in 1930.

Column #5 is the name of each person whose place of abode on April 1, 1930, was in this family (surname first, then first name and middle initial if there is one) and column #6 is the relationship of the person to the head of the family:

  • Conwell, Edward B. – head
  • Conwell, Zella M. – wife
  • Conwell, Milford R. – son
  • Conwell, Frank R. – son
  • Crouse, John – son-in-law
  • Crouse, Mildred – daughter
  • Crouse, Evelyn J. – grand daughter

Columns #7-#10 are home data:

  • Home owned or rented
  • Value of the home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented
  • Radio set
  • Does this family live on a farm?

From this we can see that Edward Sr. owned their home and it was worth $2,000.00.  I can’t tell for sure whether they owned a radio or not.  The enumerator marked “R” in the columns next to other families who obviously owned radios, but there is an “X” next to Edward Sr.’s census listing so while I suspect they did own a radio, I can’t be certain.  And further up the census listing, the enumerator indicated “No farms in this block”.

Columns #11-#15 are personal description data:

  • Sex
  • Color or race
  • Age at last birthday
  • Marital condition
  • Age at first marriage

This is pretty self-explanatory information.  Great information to get off this census is the age at last birthday because it can help pin down a birth date if you don’t already have that and age at first marriage because it can help you pin down a marriage date for the first marriage of the person listed.  Keep in mind that if the spouse listed on the census listing isn’t the person’s first marriage this could cause a little confusion but it can also clue you in to when the first marriage occurred.  It’s somewhat of a double-edged sword.

Columns #16-#17 are education information:

  • Attended school or college any time since September 1, 1929
  • Whether able to read or write

None of the family attended school that year and all but baby Evelyn were able to read and write, which says a lot about the family since many people still struggled to get a decent education in 1930.  Many people had to stop school and go to work to help support their families, resulting in an incomplete education.

Moving to part #2 of the census record:

Section #2 Edward Bell Conwell, Sr. family on the 1930 U.S. Census

Columns #18-#20 are information on place of birth:

  • Person
  • Father
  • Mother

This is a gold mine of location information.  The enumerator has taken the time to list each person’s birth location and the birth locations of their parents (as provided by the person providing the census information).  As you can see, everyone was U.S. born and most were born in the Midwest in either Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois or Nebraska.

Column #21 and #21a-c are questions about the person’s native language:

  • 21: Language spoken in home before coming to the United States
  • a: (Code) State or MLT
  • b: (Code) Country
  • c: (Code) blank on the form

Columns #22-#23 are citizenship information:

  • Year of immigration to the United States
  • Naturalized or alien

By this time, this part of my family was all U.S. born so these columns didn’t apply.

Column #24 is whether the person is able to speak English or not.  The entire family was able to speak English.

Moving on to part #3 of the census record:

Section #3 Edward Bell Conwell, Sr. family listing on the 1930 U.S. Census

Columns #25-#27 are occupation and industry information:

  • Occupation (trade, profession, or particular kind of work, as spinner, salesman, riveter, etc.)
  • Industry (industry or business, as cottonmill, dry goods store, shipyard, public school, etc.)
  • Code
  • Class or worker

Most of the family worked as laborers, but Zella was working as an operator for some type of factory, Milford was a sales clerk for a grocery store and Frank was working for a nursery.  I can’t tell where John Crouse was a laborer at, it almost looks like he was a laborer for grading.

Columns #28-#29 are questions about employment:

  • Yes or no (whether actually at work)
  • Line number for unemployed

It seems Edward Sr. was unemployed at some point.  Because he was unemployed, he has an additional line number associated with his census line.  Unfortunately the FAQs about the 1930 Census indicate the unemployment schedules no longer exist, so any information on this schedule has been lost.

Columns #30-#31 are veteran information:

  • Yes or no (whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition)
  • What war or expedition

None of this family served as veterans.

Column #32 is “No. of farm schedule”.  The farm schedule was a supplemental set of questions for farms and didn’t apply to Edward Sr. and his family.

The 1930 census can contain a wealth of information for genealogists.  There are several ways to access the census records, from using (if you don’t have a paid subscription to Ancestry, check out your local library or Family History Center for free usage opportunities) for indexed images to using some of the non-indexed sites and paging thru the census record pages one by one.  I prefer the indexed version, however, going through page by page can wield treasures of its own.  Additional family members have been discovered in this manner and it can also give you a picture of who was living around your ancestor.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Altman) Nohr

Welcome to another edition of Tombstone Tuesday!  Today we’re spotlighting my great grand aunt, Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Altman) Nohr.

Tombstone of Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Altman) Nohr
Anselm Lutheran Cemeter in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota

Minnie was the child of Julius Ferdinand Altman and Marie Louise Henrietta (Froemke) Altman.  She had five brothers (three older and two younger) and seven sisters (two older and five younger).

Minnie was born 30 June 1872 in Waumandee, Buffalo, Wisconsin.  She married Franz Carl Gottlieb Nohr 1 February 1899 in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota.  Together they had three children (one boy and two girls).

Minnie passed away 17 May 1970 in Shenford, North Dakota.  She’s buried in Anselm Lutheran Cemetery in Anselm, Ransom, North Dakota.  The cemetery borders what used to be family farmland.

Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Altman) Nohr
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Around the Town Thursday: Blue Coyote Winery

Welcome to Around the Town Thursday!  Today we’re highlighting a fantastic little winery in Adair, Oklahoma called Blue Coyote Winery.

Gate at the front of Blue Coyote Winery


Blue Coyote Winery Tasting Room


There’s a Coyote in the ceiling of the tasting room!

All their wines are fantastic.  My favorites are the Catawba, Farmers Daughter, Country Peach and Oklahoma Peach.  Yum!  They also have a very good Oklahoma Blue Berry.  Their claim to fame, however, are their pepper and garlic wines.  Yes, you heard me right…hot pepper and garlic wines!  They weren’t my favorites but D1 absolutely loved the hot pepper wines!  The garlic wasn’t available for us to try but the last time we went the employee at the tasting room said the garlic wine really was more for cooking.  There are three different pepper wines: one is made with hot peppers, one is made with cayenne pepper and then there’s the one made with Habanero peppers.  Oh my!  You can see their current wines here.

The owner works in the wine tasting room on Saturday and if you can stop by when he’s there, make it a point to because he’s a riot to talk to!  He’ll talk your ear off about anything and everything and he’s got some really interesting stories about the building of the tasting room and some of the items within the tasting room.

This winery is absolutely worth making a trip to Adair if you’re anywhere near that area or if you’re passing through…or even if you’re not near the area but you’re looking for a good winery!  They do have posted hours for the tasting room here, but are quick to tell you to come on in if the gate is open.

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