Genealogy Mystery #1: Julia Fluur

Today’s Genealogy Mystery:

My grandmother was born in 1917.  She and her twin sister Adeline were adopted and of course, it was right at the time that Minnesota started sealing adoption records.  If an adoption record is sealed, you have to wait 100 years from the date of the adoption before the record is available. 

I know bits and pieces.  Grandma thought her birth mother’s name was Julia Fluur.  I’ve later discovered that it could also be Fluhr, Flohr, Fleur, or Fleury. I don’t think she was from Minnesota because I can’t find records on her anywhere.  Then again, we could be way off on the name. Who knows how much information was shared with Grandma growing up?  I know she always knew she was adopted, so it’s possible Bill and Elsie (her adoptive parents), shared the information they knew.  Unfortunately, Grandma’s gone now.  She passed away in 2005.

So, what does an amateur genealogist that doesn’t want to wait 7 years for access to the information do?  She petitions the courts, of course.  I did that last month.  Well, Kandiyohi County anyway.  I could also petition Hennepin County since that’s where Grandma and her family were living in 1920. It could make sense that the adoption took place there, although Grandma was raised in (and her adoptive family are all from) Kanidyohi County.  Spicer, to be exact.  Or Wilmar. Both, really.

So far I haven’t heard anything back.  Which could mean that the adoption didn’t take place in Kandiyohi County….and I may have to proceed with petitioning Hennepin County.  Which is okay – I’ve got the necessary paperwork already notarized.  I was just……..waiting, for whatever reason.

Now as far as Grandma’s adoptive family goes, I’ve gotten lots of information.  At least on her adoptive mother’s side.  Unfortunately, her adoptive father Bill Stevens (also known as Charles Stevens, William Stevens, Charles William Stevens, William Charles Stevens) seems to be as big of a mystery as her birth family.  I think he was a preacher.  Or a businessman.  I’ve heard both.  Maybe he was both.

Grandma’s adoptive mother, Elsie Masters, was a direct descendent of Silas Foot.  The Foot family were the first settlers in Wilmar, MN.  Several lakes in that area are named after them. Silas was also involved in the Sioux Uprising of 1862.  More information on that family can be found here.

A Conversation w/ Mom

So, Mom called me last tonight to see how I’m coming on the packing. (Note: Not well. I get sidetracked easy). The conversation went pretty much like this:

Mom: Are you packing?
Me: Yup (Lying through my teeth)
Mom: How’s it coming?
Me: It’s coming. I’ll do more this weekend (Okay, that’s the truth as far as I know).
Mom: Well, you can pack up lots of stuff now. Pack up your makeup you’re not using. What about your dishes? Or you can start on your books…..
Me: I’m not packing my books yet. I don’t know what I’m going to read between now and then.
Mom: **silence**

**brief pause**

Me: I bought myself a congratulations present.
Mom: Really?! (Excited) What’d you get.
Me: An Ebookwise-1150 Ereader (Really excited!!!)
Mom: A what?
Me: An ereader. So I can download books off the internet and read them. It’s better than reading off the computer.
Mom: Oh. I suppose that’s better than keeping all those books you’ve got. It’ll save you a lot of room.
Me: Oh no. I’m keeping those too.
Mom: **click**

Mom’s just not a reader………..

The Weekend

We left Billings Thursday night, stopped in Bozeman to eat at The Chinatown Restaurant, and then continued on to Deer Lodge, where we stayed at the Western Big Sky Inn. The hotel itself wasn’t bad. It was cheap, clean and roomy which is what we needed since there were 4 of us. Unfortunately, we had an ass in the room above us. About 1am, he started banging on doors ~ every half hour until about 5. The only reason I didn’t call to complain was because the phone was across the room. Then there was the fact that Deer Lodge is where the state prison is. Sister and I both had vivid imaginings of an escaped conflict loose at our hotel. 🙂 Anyway, he eventually stopped, but we didn’t get much sleep anyway.

Baby-J started throwing up about 2:30am. Poor thing. It didn’t really seem to affect her mood, though. She was still trying to play and she was still happy. But she definitely sick.

We got off to a late start on Saturday, between the door banger, and a sick baby we slept through our alarm and didn’t get up until after 7! We had some coffee, except poor Kiddo spilled hers right in her female area. Luckily she didn’t get burned, but she wasn’t happy. Truthfully, she’s 16, so I’m not sure how often she’s happy anyway.

We then went out for breakfast. After placing our order, Kiddo and I went outside to take some pictures of the Old Prison that was right across the street from the restaurant. One day, we’ll go back and actually take a tour.

We got to Hamilton close to noon, opened the door to our father’s house, and…………..nobody’s home. He and step-mom were both working! Turns out, Little Sis was home, but she was sleeping in the back. She woke up eventually though, but then went out to lunch with a friend, so Sister, Kiddo, Baby-J and I all headed to the motel to check in. Our room was comped because Father and Step-mom both work there. Of course, when we got there, Father had just left to go home 🙂

After checking-in and letting Step-Mom show off her family for a bit, we stopped by Super-1 foods so Sister could buy some PediaLite for Baby-J, and then we went out for a bite to eat and then headed back to Father’s house. He made some soup because we’d mentioned that we’d liked it the last time we visited. It was good. Unfortunately, Baby-J couldn’t even keep the broth down. We ended up going back to the hotel early and hoping baby could get some sleep. Ended up having to get two extra sets of sheets for Baby, but she eventually was able to get some sleep.

Saturday, we’d made plans with Little Sis, so we headed over to Father’s about 11. She was still in bed, but it didn’t take her long to get ready. We went to the new sushi place in town and it was phenomenal. I hope that they get the business to sustain it, because it really was good. Baby-J was still sick, so Sister took her back to the hotel to sleep, then Little Sis, Kiddo, and I went shopping. We went to the used book store where I bought the entire Virigin River series for $5, the second in the Grace Valley series for $1, and Return to Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux for $.50. Not bad, if I do say so myself 🙂 We then went to the art supply store, the Christian book store, and then the candy store. After that, Little Sis asked me to drop her off back at Father’s so she could visit her mom, so Kiddo and I went back to the motel to check on Sister and Baby-J, then headed back to Father’s. Baby-J basically just layed down the whole time ~ poor thing, she just wasn’t doing good. We ended up going back to the motel early again so baby could get some sleep.

Then Sunday morning about 1am, it hit me. Full frontal flu. It was awful. After being up all night with that, needless to say I wasn’t up for much yesterday at all. Went down to hotel lobby for a piece of dry toast and Step-Mom told me Father and Little Sis were both sick also. Talk about bad timing. But, the good news was Baby-J was feeling much better.

We went to Father’s, but Little Sis was in bed so we didn’t want to wake her. We talked to Father for a little while and then headed out for home. It was probably the quickest trip home we’d ever made because we didn’t stop anywhere. I was sick, Kiddo wasn’t feeling well, and Baby-J pretty much slept the whole time.

Last night, I still had 100 degree temp, so I called in sick to work (which I never do), and decided to just take it easy today.

So, that was my weekend in a nutshell.

Like a Dirty Shirt………

I’m off. Will hopefully be back early Sunday so I have a little blogging time. Or not. I still have to write my paper that’s due on Monday. Still no idea what I’m going to write about. Although, I dreamed about a great first sentence last night. I’ve forgotten it now. Sure hope it comes back……..

Road Trip!!!

Well, tomorrow we’re off for our roadtrip to Silverwood Theme Park. I’ll be thinking of you all as I am riding the wooden roller coasters and going down the 55mph waterslides 🙂

I’m bringing the following to read:

The Texan’s Dream by Jodi Thomas (currently halfway through)
Only His by Elizabeth Lowell
Keegan’s Lady by Catherine Anderson
The Accidental Countess by Melissa Schroeder
Three Weddings and a Kiss (anth) by Catherine Anderson, Loretta Chase, Lisa Kleypas, Kathleen Woodiwiss
Testing Miss Toogood by Stella Cameron
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
His Every Kiss by Laura Lee Guhrke
A Rogue in Texas by Lorraine Heath

edited to add:

Bride Hunt Ball by Olivia Parker (thanks, Nath!)

Of course, I know I’m never going to read all of these, but it’s nice to have options. I’ll be around until about noon tomorrow, so will be checking in every once and awhile. Behave 🙂

Road Trip

Well, my sister just invited me to go on a road trip with her and the girls to Idaho July 8 – July 14. We’re going to Silverwood!!! Then we’ll stop in Hamilton to spend a few days with our father before returning home on the 14th. Be prepared for another play-by-play because I tend to ramble about my vacations 🙂