Saturday, December 29, 2012


When trying to organize information about family history a few years ago, I started with both a family tree and some biographical information. To present a general picture of different family members, I  thought placing pictures, some "cliff notes" with the family information and descendency
would help others to get an idea about the lives of different ancestors, and who these people were.

Biographical Pages about people with photographs and information was the first project. There turned out to be about 100 pages, including people from different branches of my family. I didn't intend to publish the Pages, in the beginning, but just to offer it to my grandchildren. The information on each person included is very brief and incomplete. I have added to it or corrected it when I found bits and pieces. But to make what I have available here, should help anyone else involved in a similar project to add to what I have compiled. I hope what others have done will in turn be made available to other relatives.... and to me.

Upon reviewing the Pages I have previously included on this blog, it appeared this would make what I have gathered on the Bowers Family complete.

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Friday, December 21, 2012


There are different kinds of gifts one may be given than the usual  kinds we often think of on the holidays.

Above was the unusual occasion of a snowfall on bright red apples, which occurred on October 31 of 2011. I took several photographs of this apple tree in my own back yard, thinking it would make a lovely holiday greeting. So, here it is.

The violin above was made by Alfred Bowers around 1921. I inherited it from my mother. I cherished the violin but in the humid environment of lower Michigan, over the years, it became unglued. I didn't know what to do about it, but could not bear to part with the pieces in the case.

In 2003, I learned my grandson was very serious about playing the violin. And amazingly, his teacher was also a man skilled in restoring violins. My daughter contacted him, and I paid to have the violin reconstructed. Certain that my grandson will appreciate the historic value of the instrument, I gave it to him. Before letting it go, I took many photographs of the violin.

I thought that the photos were lost, with many files that disappeared when an old computer broke down. The gift to me was that suddenly out of the blue, my new computer became able to open the original format of these digital camera files, when it had not been able to open previously.  So now I have all of the violin pictures I took almost ten years ago!

Writing and images are the © copyright of Ruth Zachary.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Family Roots in Kingsley, MI

Lower left, Lillian Liskum, daughter of Alfred and Laura Bowers, who at different times, occupied the Cottage Street house at right from 1893 until 1984.

Much of a family's character and memories become attached to the buildings in which they lived their lives. The Bowers and Starrs were founders of the Free Methodist Church in Sullivan County, New York, and Laura and Alfted Bowers were involved in founding the denomination in Kingsley. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the Kingsley F.M. church. Daughter Pearl Weaver lived on Cottage Street about a half block west of the house shown above. Pearl attended the Baptist Church, and Esther Fewless attended the Methodist Church in Kingsley. Neighbors shown above lived close by and also were familiar people in their daily lives.

Writing is the © of Ruth Zachary.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Weaver Family Photos

 Laura Bowers with Alfred Bowers, Parents of Pearl Bowers Weaver.
 Pearl with George Weaver, when they were young.

 Pearl as a young woman.

George Weaver with a successful catch. George was known for his interest in hunting and fishing.

I have been gathering photographs and recording them for this site to make them available to various family branches. I do not know for certain who were the photographers. I have many photos from different sources, and will gradually get them all posted.  

The writing on this site is the © of Ruth Zachary. Photos and writings are the property of family members, and attribution of the images will be made when known.