Amanuensis Monday: Genoa and Gibraltar Through Carl Beebe’s Eyes

Carl Beebe was stationed on the USS Saint Paul (SP-1643) at the time it capsized on the 28th of April 1918. Following this, he found himself placed on an oil tanker on his way to the Mediterranean. He wrote him in a letter to his mother, Rebecca (Fritz) Beebe, about his visits to Genoa, Italy and seeing the Rock of Gibraltar.

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Amanuensis Monday: Sheriff’s Sale

This Sheriff’s Sale notice was printed in the Tacoma Daily News on Friday, July 5, 1895 (and also on Friday, July 12, 1895).


No 13.412

In the Superior Court of the State of Washington, in and for the county of Pierce.

Daniel H. Chase, plaintiff, against George W. Fritz and Birdie Fritz, his wife, Charles F. W. Bachman and M. J. Bachman, his wife, Steven Ryder and Company, a corporation, Tacoma Grocery Company, a corporation, Albert E. Joab, receiver of Tacoma Grocery Company, a corporation, C. A. Bachman and Herman Dieust, defendants.

Under and by virtue of a writ of special execution issued out of the Superior Coart of the State of Washington, holding terms at Tacoma, in and for Pierce county, and to me directed and delivered, tested on the 20th day June, 1895, for a judgment rendered in said court in the above entitled action on the 19th day of June, 1895, wherein there was found to be due Daniel H. Chase from George W. Fritz and Birdie Fritz, Charles F. W. Bachman and M. J Bachman, the sum of nine hundred thirty four and 20-100 dollars, and sixty and no-100 dollars as an attorneys fee, and the costs of this action taxed at thirty-four and 80-100, dollars, with interest at the rate of seven per cent, per annum from date, together with costs of sale, all in lawful money, which judgment is a judgment of foreclosure of certain mortgage in which judgment the sale is ordered of the following described premises, situate, lying and being in the County of Pierce and State of Washington, towit:

Lots twenty seven (27) and twenty-eight (28) in block nine (9), and lots twenty-five (25) twenty-six (26), twenty-seven (27) and twenty-eight (28) in block twenty-two (22) in Lake Park, Pierce county, Washington, according to the plat thereof of record in the auditor’s office in and for Pierce county, Washington.

Notice is hereby given that on the 22nd day of July, 1895, at 10 o’clock a. m. of said day I will sell the above described premises or so much thereof as may be necessary to satisfy said judgment, besides all costs, interest and accruing costs.

The sale will take place at the “G” street front door of the court house at Tacoma, in the county of Pierce and State of Washington, at public auction, for cash in hand, to the highest and best bidder.

Dates at Tacoma, Washington. June 20th. 1895.
Sheriff of Pierce County, Washington
By W. H. Paulhamus, Deputy.

Wm. W. Archer,
Attorney for Plantiff.
June 21-28 July 5-12-19.

Could this expense have spelled the end for the No Treadle Sewing Machine business for George and Birdie? If this is related to their company, why is Faye Fowler’s name not mentioned in this? If it is not related to their company, then what is it about?

As near as I can tell, this was about not being able to pay mortgage, and lead to the Fritzes and the Bachmans having their properties sold to cover their debts.

Mistaken Monday: Finding the Right Ancestor

Back when I was starting out, I found the wrong George W. Fritz and family, and added them to my tree. It wasn’t that I was missing sources—I had censuses of George before and after marrying Birdie, after all—but rather I was missing the right sources.

Where did I go wrong, and how could I have avoided this? I’d best start from the beginning.

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