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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Portland Women's Forum and the Columbia River Gorge

Portland Women's Forum was on the road to Vista House and offered some good views of the Columbia River Gorge as well.

Portland Women's Forum sign
Samuel Hill Monument

Columbia River Gorge from Portland Women's Forum

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Columbia River Gorge and Vista House

I wasn't exactly certain what to expect from the Columbia River Gorge. I think I expected it to be more "rugged" than it was. One of the best places to view the Gorge is at Vista House.

Vista House sign with the Gorge in the background
Vista House, as you can see, is an impressive structure.

Vista House
From this location, you can look out on the Columbia River Gorge.

Looking Northeast of Vista House
Closeup looking northeast of Vista House
Looking northwest of Vista House

It's a bird!

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Horsetail Falls and Bonneville Lock and Dam

Back to my series on my Oregon and Washington trip last month.

Several other waterfalls were in the vicinity of Multnomah Falls. My favorite was Horsetail Falls.

Horsetail Falls

I traveled on down the highway to the Bonneville Lock and Dam area.

Bonneville Dam
Bonneville Lock area

There were also some lovely flowers in the area of the lock and dam!

Beautiful Wildflowers
They also had a fish ladder where you could view some of the fish. The green-tinting to the glass made it impossible to really take good photographs of the fish making their way through the Columbia River. They did have a nice piece of art depicting the fish ladder at the hatchery.

Fish sculpture

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Vietnam Casualty

As I read the online newspaper, I discovered distant cousins tried to rename the road on which my maternal grandparents lived for most of their married life (and my grandmother's parents before that). Descendants of Carlos Leroy "Bo" Tartt, a person about the age of one of my brothers who was a casualty in the Vietnam War, wanted the road named in honor of him and for the family who resided on the road.1 Carlos was the son of Clarence L. Tartt and his wife Marvelle Jean Lyle Tartt.2 They lived on Blackcat Bottom Road, just below what was B and B Cleaners back in the days I was growing up.

I was curious as to whether or not I could tie Carlos in with my grandmother's "Aunt Dollie" who married James M. Tartt on 25 August 1881 in Monroe County, Mississippi3 and then his brother Enos on 12 December 1893 in Monroe County4 or not. I decided to explore.

Clarence appears in the 1940 Monroe County, Mississippi census as the ten-year-old son of Edgar and Sadie Tart.5 Edgar appears on the 19006 and 19107 censuses as the son of John Chesley Tart, Jr. and his wife M. Alice. In the 1870 census, John C.  Tartt, Jr. along with brothers Enos and James appears as the son of John Chesley Tartt and his wife Elizabeth "Liza" Conwill.8 This means that Carlos was not directly related to me through Dollie. Dollie's children, however, would be related to this Vietnam "hero."

1 Emily Tubb, "City Rescinds Name Changing of Blackcat Bottom Road," Monroe Journal (Amory, Mississippi), 14 July 2016 ( : accessed 16 July 2016).
2 Clarence L. Tartt, obituary, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Mississippi), 25 Feb 2009 ( : accessed 14 July 2016).
3 Monroe County Mississippi Marriages (1821-1921) (s.l.: s.n, n.d.), Vol. 2, p. 261; Evans Memorial Library, Aberdeen, Monroe County, Mississippi; also Monroe County, Mississippi, Marriage Book ___, J. M. Tartt and Della A. Hester, 25 August 1881. A photocopy of the marriage record is in my possession, but it is not cited properly so I am unable to provide the book and page number. Something to add to the "to do" list.
4 Monroe County, Mississippi, Marriage Book __, E. A. Tart and Dolly Tart, 12 Dec 1893. A photocopy of the record is in my possession but is not properly cited with book and page number.
5 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 5, SD 1, ED 48-31, p. 438B (stamped), sheet 12B (written), visit 217, lines 50-55, Edgar Tart family; digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 July 2016); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T627, roll 2050.
6 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 124, p. 72A (stamped), dwelling 5, family 5, lines 21-26, John C. Tart family; digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 July 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 752.
7 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 5, East of Aberdeen & Richmond Road, SD 1, ED 81, p. 270B (stamped), sheet 3B (written), dwelling 58, family 58, lines 87-95, J. C. Tart Junior family; digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 July 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 822.
8 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Township 12, Smithville post office, p. 218B (stamped), sheet 64 (written), dwelling 414, family 467, lines 6-15, John C. Tartt household; digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 July 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 741.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Multnomah Falls

Oops! The "busy"-ness of the past week caught up with me, and I forgot to post yesterday. You'll get the intended post today. I'll try to post something a little more of a genealogy nature next time but today you get to enjoy more of my trip to Oregon and Washington.

On Monday, June 13 I left Portland fairly early in the morning and headed to Multnomah Falls. As you can see, they were breathtaking!

View from Parking Lot

Multnomah Falls

Good view of lower cascade

The upper cascade

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith

Winner, Lauren F. A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.

With strong interests in genealogy, Christianity, and history, this book by Lauren Winner appealed to me. I have read a couple of Winner's books designed for lay audiences, but this particular volume has a decidedly academic tone. Winner explores the role the church, specifically the Anglican Church, played in the lives of 18th century well-to-do Virginia families. Many of these families were the owners of plantations and as such, exerted some influence over the lives of those who worked on their plantations. However, the influence did not always extend to the slaves as other groups such as the Baptists were more welcoming in sharing their services with those of color and even allowing them to serve as delegates. We see the influence extending from such things as embroidered samplers to meals and diet influenced by the church calendar to prayer life and even to the recording of genealogical information in Bible or other religious books. Probably my favorite part of the book was the discussion of the recording of genealogical information. Winner did extensive research for the volume, and it is well-documented. I intend to go through her extensive bibliography to locate sources I may find useful in my genealogical research. The biggest flaw of the book is in its readability, or lack thereof. This is not problematic for academics, genealogists looking for social history background to incorporate in their narratives are likely to ignore it. This is a book I intend to keep for reference.

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Portland Japanese Gardens

I recently traveled to the Pacific Northwest. The main purpose of my trip was to attend and present at the Association of Christian Librarians Conference which was being held at George Fox University in Newberg, near Portland. Since I had never been to Oregon or Washington, I decided to stay a little longer to do some sight-seeing. It was difficult to pick and choose what to visit and what would have to wait for another trip in the future (if I ever make it back).

My plane landed around noon Pacific time so it was too early to check into the hotel. I decided to visit Portland Japanese Gardens first. I'll include a few photos I took there.

A pagoda-like statue

One of my favorite scenes.

Supposedly the most photographed tree in the garden.

Feeding time for the coy.

Lovely flowering plants.
Beautiful flowers.

Man-Made Waterfall

View of Mount Hood from the Garden.

That was actually my second glimpse of Mount Hood that day. The first was up close and personal from the plane as we flew over it en route to PDX.

I enjoyed my visit to the Portland Japanese Garden and encourage others to visit when in the area.

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