The sinking of the Bismarck is a powerful story. The US was not in the war yet - but the headlines of the war in Europe and Asia had gripped the country for years. Pearl Harbor would not be attacked for another 7 months.
The sinking of the Bismarck is a powerful story. The US was not in the war yet – but the headlines of the war in Europe and Asia had gripped the country for years. Pearl Harbor would not be attacked for another 7 months.
University officials also announced that they have set September 18 as the official grand opening of the Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, which the University is planning to make the most comprehensive and accessible U.S. collection of the information related to the Portuguese-American experience.
The digitization project, completed by the Claire T. Carney Library’s Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives in collaboration with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, will make the 84,010 pages from 16,641 issues of the Diario de Noticias freely accessible to the world.
“By digitizing these documents, we are now able to share this unique resource with the rest of the world,” UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. “Thanks the financial support of the Azorean government, Luis Pedroso, and Elisia Saab — students, faculty and citizens from the SouthCoast to all corners of the globe, will have a major collection of Portuguese-American history at their fingertips. This is an exciting step in our development as the premier U.S. center of teaching and research related to the Portuguese-American experience which has shaped so much of our local and global history.”
Chancellor MacCormack also announced that the University will officially open the new archives facility with a major celebration on September 18.
Diario de Noticias was the most influential Portuguese-American newspaper of its era and the only Portuguese-American daily newspaper for much of that time. The newspaper was a critical independent voice during the dictatorship of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar (1928 to 1968). The Diario de Noticias, widely known at the time as the “Portuguese Daily News,” began as Alvorada Diária (DailyAwakening) in 1919, when Guilherme Luiz purchased A Alvorada, a weekly Portuguese-language newspaper published in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1919 it became a daily, and in 1927 the name was changed to Diário de Notícias.
João R. Rocha purchased half ownership in 1940, and then bought out the paper, becoming publisher and sole owner in 1943. The paper enjoyed great success and a circulation of up to 10,000 that spanned the entire region, and was also read across the country, where the Portuguese had settled since the nineteenth century, and even in Portugal. It ceased publication when Rocha retired in 1973.
Its local successors are the Portuguese Times and O Jornal. “The Diario de Noticias is an invaluable resource for the study of the Portuguese-American daily experience in the region and beyond,” said Dr. Frank Sousa, director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture.
“In the advertisements and photographs we can glimpse the clothes people wore and the goods they purchased and for how much. There is news from the community not available in other newspapers, with reporting on local clubs, religious organizations, societies, businesses and politics. Weddings, births, and deaths are reported, providing a valuable source for social historians and genealogists.
“The goal of the ongoing digitization project is to provide the most comprehensive single source of Portuguese language newspapers published in the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present. The project is funded by the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Elisia Saab, co-founder of Advanced Polymers, Inc.; and Luis Pedroso, president of Accutronics, Inc.
GenealogyBank.com is adding 8,122 back issues — newspapers from 16 states – filling in gaps; 12 new titles.
This new content will go live on GenealogyBank.com this week. New titles are indicated by an asterisk *
Berkeley, CA. Grito. 1 Issue. 6/1/1970 Los Angeles, CA. Amigo del Pueblo* 1 Issue. 1861-11-30 Los Angeles, CA. Clamor Publico. 5 Issues. 1856-01-12 to 1857-02-14 Los Angeles, CA. Eco Mejicano* 1 Issue. 1885-10-29 Los Angeles, CA. Heraldo de Mexico. 1 Issue. 11/17/1927 Oakland, CA. Mundo. 99 Issues. 1/7/1971 to 4/2/1975 Sacramento, CA. Post (El Informador)* 2 Issues. 11/4/1967 to 12/2/1967 San Francisco, CA. Hispano America. 7 Issues. 11/22/1919 to 11/27/1920 San Francisco, CA. Nueva Mission* 22 Issues. 11/27/1967 to 10/1/1969 Santa Barbara, CA. Gaceta. 2 Issues. 1879-11-01 to 1881-06-25
Colorado Springs, CO. Gazette-Telegraph. 3 Issues. 11/23/1913 to 6/28/1915
Chicago, IL. Latin Times. 1 Issue. 4/23/1960 Chicago, IL. Vida Latina. 1 Issue. 6/21/1961
New Orleans, LA. Times Picayune. 277 Issues. 1861-12-10 to 1897-02-01 New Orleans, LA. Times Picayune. 364 Issues. 12/20/1902 to 8/20/1920
Boston, MA. Boston Journal. 458 Issues. 1874-01-01 to 1889-12-31 Boston, MA. Liberator. 2 Issues. 1897-03-21 to 1897-04-04
Baltimore, MD. Baltimore American. 4 Issues. 9/9/1905 to 1/7/1912
Portland, ME. Gazette of Maine. 104 Issues. 1825-01-01 to 1826-12-26
Grand Rapids, MI. Grand Rapids Press. 869 Issues. 1893-01-11 to 12/26/1922
Trenton, NJ. Trenton Evening Times. 1,509 Issues. 1883-09-15 to 12/26/1922
Las Cruces, NM. Flor del Valle. 14 Issues. 1894-02-03 to 1894-10-11 Las Cruces, NM. Gaceta Popular. 1 Issue. 12/1/1919 Las Cruces, NM. Tiempo. 81 Issues. 9/20/1902 to 11/13/1909 Las Vegas, NM. Chronicle* 1 Issue. 1886-10-19 Las Vegas, NM. Las Vegas Daily Optic. 1 Issue. 1893-05-04 Las Vegas, NM. Revista Catolica. 3 Issues. 1888-10-14 to 1893-02-26 Maxwell, NM. Maxwell Mail* 53 Issues. 1/7/1915 to 12/30/1915 San Marcial, NM. San Marcial Bee. 1 Issue. 1893-04-29 Santa Fe, NM. New Mexican Mining News* 1 Issue. 1881-12-21 Wagon Mound, NM. Combate. 4 Issues. 10/31/1914 to 11/21/1914
Albany, NY. Albany Evening Journal. 125 Issues. 1854-04-11 to 1874-06-29 New York, NY. Cuba Libre. 3 Issues. 1895-07-27 to 1895-09-12 New York, NY. Estrella de Cuba* 9 Issues. 1870-04-16 to 1870-06-29 New York, NY. Grafico. 1 Issue. 5/21/1917 New York, NY. Hodge’s Banknote Reporter* 65 Issues. 1861-01-01 to 1863-01-15 New York, NY. Iberica. 4 Issues. 1/15/1956 to 12/15/1964 New York, NY. New York Herald. 723 Issues. 1867-05-24 to 1870-12-24 New York. NY. New Yorker Volkszeitung* 2, 561. Issues. 1889-01-06 to 1898-12-31 New York, NY. Nueva Democracia. 3 Issues. 1/1/1922 to 12/25/1933 New York, NY. Papagayo. 1 Issue. 1855-03-16
Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 419 Issues. 1879-09-01 to 1887-04-30
Philadelphia. PA. Public Ledger. 270 Issues. 1859-01-01 to 1869-11-26
Brownsville, TX. Cronista del Valle. 1 Issue. 10/28/1926 Brownsville, TX. Heraldo de Brownsville. 2 Issues. 9/29/1937 to 2/25/1940 Corpus Christi, TX. Weekly Labor Herald. 1 Issue. 6/19/1942 El Paso, TX. Clarin del Norte. 3 Issues. 11/17/1906 to 2/9/1907 El Paso, TX. Continental. 2 Issues. 3/4/1960 to 3/5/1960 El Paso, TX. El Paso Daily News* 6 Issues. 2/11/1901 to 7/3/1902 Kingsville, TX. Eco. 1 Issue. 12/1/1934 Laredo, TX. Cronica. 1 Issue. 12/28/1911 San Antonio, TX. Prensa. 2 Issues. 3/19/1932 to 3/21/1932 San Antonio, TX. Prensa. 8 Issues. 8/13/1925 to 8/8/1948 San Antonio, TX. Regidor. 13 Issues. 11/24/1910 to 10/31/1912 San Antonio, TX. Revista Mexicana. 1 Issue. 7/13/1919
Salt Lake City, UT. Salt Lake Telegram. 1 Issue. 2/23/1904
Milwaukee, WI. Milwaukee’r Socialist* 3 Issues. 1876-09-22 to 1877-09-21
Prominent Nashville, TN genealogist, Mary Sue Green Smith (1933-2009) has passed away.
She was President of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society. She published eight books between 1994 and 2006; mostly reference works to be used in tracing one’s roots in Nashville. She indexed tens of thousands of pre-Civil War civil court records, which added to standard genealogical resources, many families whose names don’t otherwise appear in records. Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN) – April 25, 2009 SMITH, Mary Sue Green Age 76 of Nashville, TN, died Friday, April 24, 2009. She was a genealogist, whose contributions helped African-American families with Nashville roots to trace their families back before the Civil War. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burrell G. Smith and one of her sons, Robert Shelton Smith, who died in 1972. She is survived by three sons, John Kennedy Smith and wife Barbie of Indianapolis, Stephen Thomas Smith and wife Barbara Ann Mech of Nashville, and Richard Douglas Smith and wife Julie of Fairbanks, Alaska. Her surviving grandchildren are John R. Smith of Big Bear, CA, Michael B. Smith, midshipman at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, Thomas Shelton Smith and wife, Anne Kindt Smith of Knoxville, Katherine Holly Smith of Nashville, Andrew Kennedy Smith of Nashville, Jennifer Sue Smith of Fairbanks and Robert Elias Smith of Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Her surviving sisters are Dorothy Strange of Loudon, TN, Barbara Butler of Nashville and Pam White of Nashville. Mary Sue Smith was a native of Nashville. She graduated from David Lipscomb High School and attended David Lipscomb College, where she met Burrell G. Smith, who had served in the Army paratroopers in World War II. They were married in April, 1950. Hers was the first wedding in the newly built Otter Creek Church of Christ, at the corner of Otter Creek Road and Granny White Pike. Her father, the late Sam Kennedy Green, was an elder there. The couple raised a family in Bellaire, MI. Burrell was an educator and a social worker. Sue served as clerk of the Antrim County Selective Service Board during the Vietnam War. She served on the mental health board of the county. After Burrell’s death, Sue returned to Nashville in 1986. Sue was a genealogist and had served as President of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society. She published eight books between 1994 and 2006, mostly reference works to be used in tracing one’s roots in Nashville. She indexed tens of thousands of pre-Civil War civil court records, which added to standard genealogical resources, many families whose names don’t otherwise appear in records. Her work made it possible for many African-American families to trace their parentage back into the years when persons held in slavery were listed, as property, in wills. Memorial services will be conducted Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 3 p.m., at Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, 5852 Nolensville Road, by Tommy Daniel. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m., at WOODBINE FUNERAL HOME, HICKORY CHAPEL Directors, 615-331-1952; Still Family Owned. Copyright (c) The Tennessean. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Co., Inc. by NewsBank, inc.
Genealogists want to find and document every member of a family. They don’t want even one child to be forgotten. Thanks to genealogist Ed Hutchison of Mississippi a 78 year old Syracuse, NY man’s true identity has been uncovered. Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY) – April 5, 2009 Case, Dick. Death Uncovers Hidden Identity. We called him Louie. He told us his name was Louis Ludbeck. Mostly, his life seemed to be a blank slate. It wasn’t until he died March 5, that the mystery that was Louie began to unravel. Louie died in peace at Francis House. He was 78. A stroke took him.
We know now that Louie was born Gene Rollin Poffahl, Jan.17, 1931. He came into a family of farmers in Albany County. Likely he had five siblings.
We know this because the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office came into the picture after Louie died. He went to Francis House, a hospice run by the Franciscan Order of Nuns, with no past: no government health insurance, no Social Security number, no record of medical treatment or military service. Just a limp, old man ready to die.
The nuns gathered Louie into their embrace, just the way Ann O’Connor and Peter King had, more than 30 years ago. He passed restfully, among friends.
Ann and Peter are two of the founders of Unity Kitchen of the Catholic Worker of Syracuse. They run an elegant soup kitchen, offering full-course, fully served meals twice a week, as well as brunch on Sundays after Mass. The kitchen gets by on alms and the good will of a small, devoted troop of volunteers, who support Ann and Peter with donations and the good will of their help, in-person sometimes twice a week.
They live in a house on Palmer Avenue, devoted to the Catholic Worker community. Years ago, Ann and Peter set their lives aside to serve the city’s poor in a very special way. My wife, Sandy, and I have been volunteers at the kitchen several years.
Louie drifted into Unity Kitchen maybe 30 years ago. No one paid attention to the exact date. Some say it was 1978. He was part of a continuous wave of needy folks who washed across the struggling agency every week. Back then, the kitchen was a literal soup kitchen, and a flophouse, holed up in two floors of an old sash factory tucked next to the DL&W railroad tracks about where Adams and South Clinton streets meet.
Louie settled in; he seemed to have found a home among the homeless. He said little, as became his way of life. Ann and Peter accepted his silence, knowing from experience that it’s not a good idea to poke at the psyche of a homeless person. If he wanted to share a story, he would. Louie didn’t. It was as if his life began when he arrived in Syracuse. The only clue he carried was a piece of paper marked Orwell,” where the affiliated Unity Acres shelter is located.
Peter recalls that Louie settled into a helping routine, taking on small jobs that seemed to give meaning to his life. He’d often stand fire watch in the building. When others refused to do anything but soak up the founders’ charity, Louie joined up, fit in.
“He seemed to have found his place,” Peter explains.
When Ann and Peter closed the old kitchen, and moved to new quarters in Syracuse’s only co-op apartment building on West Onondaga Street, Louie went with them. He was invited to join them in their home, moving into an upstairs bedroom in the house that’s not far from Unity Kitchen.
One time, Ann and Peter tried to bring Louie into the social welfare system. He told the social worker a fantastic story about owning a house at Split Rock and a car. No, he’s not eligible for help, they were told. You’ll have to apply to be his guardian.
Leave him alone, let it be, the couple was advised. Louie is Louie. He doesn’t want to reveal himself; maybe he can’t.
Louie kept to his routine at Unity Kitchen. He worked at menial things — taking out the garbage, dusting and mopping the floor, arranging chairs — and joining the other guests for meals. Louie asked for little and earned the love and respect of the community.
Like others of our readers, Ed Hutchison, a former county legislator who now lives in Mississippi, was intrigued by Louie’s obituary, which was published in The Post-Standard and the Albany Times Union. By then, the FBI fingerprint check had given him a new name and birth date. It also revealed he had been in the Army for seven years, discharged in 1957. Ed’s a genealogist and loves a mystery. He ran an Internet search.
The search revealed a number of folks with the last name of Poffahl, which is of German origin, in the Albany area. Ed also found a newspaper story with an Albany dateline from 1944: “A homesick boy, injured in trying to escape from the Humane Society for Children, fought for his life today. Gene Poffahl, 13, suffered critical back and neck injuries last week, when police said, he lost his grip on an improvised rope strung from a third-story window and fell to the porch steps of the shelter ….”
Gene Poffahl seems to be Louie Ludbeck. His age fits the FBI record. The accident also would explain Louie’s twisted body. “He was a pretty strong little guy,” according to Peter King, “but his motor facilities were compromised. He walked as if he was drunk.”
The mystery of Louie’s life continues to be peeled back. Peter’s been contacted by people who live in the Albany area who may be relatives. He’s being told his parents surrendered Louie and his brothers and sisters to an orphan home run by nuns in Troy; they couldn’t afford to raise the children. The Poffahls were vegetable farmers, supposedly.
His funeral service was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Father John Schopfer, shepherd of Syracuse’s needy, presided. He was carried to his grave in St. Mary’s Cemetery by his friends from Unity Kitchen.
Louie obviously was a troubled man, hiding his history or leaving it where it fell. Peter says he sometimes overheard him “arguing with himself” in a loud voice in his room. He didn’t intrude. I’m not sure we know how hard we should push our inquiry, either.
Dick Case writes Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Reach him at email@example.com or 470-2254. Edition: Final Page: B1 Copyright, 2009, The Herald Company
We receive “fan mail” every day – this letter was so good I wanted to share it.
Tom, I’ve been working, several months, on an ‘Great American Success Story’. William L. Ledford and his brother James E. Ledford were born in the mid 1840′s in Cherokee County, NC. by the time they were 6 & 7 years their father had died and they were working in the newly discovered and opened copper mines in eastern Polk Co., TN. They both married in 1866 and both had children. By 1878 they, with others emigrated to Leadville, Colorado to get into the same industry there but with little success. By the 1890′s they had gone to Butte, Montana. Both their wives had died…both had re-married.
In Butte James ran a saloon selling “Overland Rye Whiskey”. William (WL) had obtained a lease on the land surrounding the streams running from two of the area mines. He knew of a precipitation method he’d learned in Polk’s mines that folks there obviously didn’t know. Newspaper accounts give WL and Jim credit for ‘inventing’ the method on several occasions. In three years WL had accumulated over 100,000.00. A fair sum in 1895. He returned to Tennessee with his new wife and only a few of his children.
We were just about to initiate a search for son Thomas when I subbed to GenealogyBank. Thanks to a fantastic find with your service I located several different articles concerning W.L. and Jim Ledford but one was simply outstanding. It seems that Thomas had died sometime between mid 1898 and July 1899.
WL had told brother Jim to make arrangements for the burial. The person who’d actually done the burial was, apparently, trying to gouge WL so the issue went into the courts.
Thus an article giving very detailed accounts of Jim, WL, one of the missing daughters AND Thomas. WOW
Joyce Gaston Reece, Secretary Friends of the Archives Historical & Preservation Society Monroe County, TN
GenealogyBank has added more newspapers – 64 titles from 27 States. GenealogyBank has also created separate search pages for each newspaper. If you want to search a newspaper on this list – click on the title and start searching. AK. Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 1910
MA. Boston. Boston Journal. 1870 MA. Carver. Carver Reporter. 2008 to Current MA. Duxbury. Duxbury Reporter. 2008 to Current MA. Gloucester. Gloucester Telegraph* 1850 MA. Halifax. Halifax-Plympton Reporter. 2008 to Current MA. Lakeville. Lakeville Call. 2008 to Current MA. Marion. Sentinel. 2007 to Current MA. Salem. Salem Observer* 1823 to 1836 MA. West Roxbury. West Roxbury Transcript. 2006 to Current