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Frances Nelson Salyers
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Genealogy Researcher, Writer, Editor
Genealogy Researcher, Writer, Editor

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1933: Sarah's Family Copes During The Great Depression
In 1933, Sarah Eva Howe Salyers and her family were living in Lexington. They had moved there from Carrollton a few years before, when their older children enrolled at Eastern Kentucky State College and the University of Kentucky. Their youngest, David, was...
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Christmas Cards to the Howe Family, circa 1900 - 1935 (Part 3)
Finally! Christmas is almost here. It's a perfect time to look through the last batch of holiday cards received by the Howe-Salyers family of Carrollton, Kentucky, mostly in the 1920s and '30s. At the end of the post are "happy New Year" cards that may be t...
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Christmas Cards to the Howe Family, circa 1900 - 1935 (Part 2)
Today we take a look at more Christmas cards delivered to the home of Will and Sarah Howe Salyers in Carrollton, Kentucky. First, two cards with a Santa theme. My best guess is that they arrived in the mailbox between 1925 and 1935.   Next, three charming c...
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Christmas Cards to the Howe Family, circa 1900 - 1935 (Part 1)
Among the most popular posts in this blog have been those featuring antique and vintage greeting cards. Between now and December 25, I'll post Christmas cards and letters from the collection of Sarah Eva Howe Salyers of Carrollton, Kentucky. Few of the card...
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Scraps of Paper Reveal the Life and Times of a Carrollton, Kentucky Schoolboy in the 1920s
In today's exploration of Sarah Eva Howe Salyers 's scrapbooks, I came across one she labeled "David H. Salyers, Book 1." Its pages hold a treasure trove of pictures, clippings, cards, and papers that tell the childhood story of her youngest son. I'm sharin...
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Just in Time for Halloween: A Haunting Tale of Witches, Broomsticks, Black Cats, Owls, Bats, and Mayhem!
This week, as I explored another of Sarah Eva Howe Salyers's scrapbooks, I came across a lengthy poem written in pencil on legal-sized, lined paper now yellowed with age. At the top was a title: "The Broomstick Train; or The Return of the Witches." As I rea...
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Greetings! Cards and Notes Tell Stories of the Early 1900s
If email, Facebook, and Twitter had been around in the early 1900s, we would have no insight into communication among members of the Howe and Salyers families of Carrollton, Kentucky. Thank goodness people actually wrote notes and cards to each other – and ...
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The '20s May Have Roared for Most, But Not for Sarah and Will
Art in the Roaring '20s style The 1920s were roaring! The decade was a time “when economic growth, technological change, and the loosening of social codes encouraged a lively and uninhibited youth culture centered around the automobile, jazz music, and boot...
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Sarah Eva Howe Salyers: America's Original 'Helicopter Parent'?
In September 1925, Robert King Salyers started his sophomore year at the University of Kentucky. He lived at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house at 430 E. Maxwell in Lexington. The scrapbooks yield several letters from Bob to his mother, Sarah Eva Howe Salyers...
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Bits & Pieces: Mystery Women; the Carrollton High School Class of 1923; Social Notes from the Carrollton Democrat; and More
Now and then, a "Bits & Pieces" post shares scrapbook items that don't fit neatly within posts about the Howe-Salyers family. Still, the random photos, cards, and clippings must have been important to the family. They may still be important to readers who h...
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