Friday, August 15, 2014

PAGE 27 - 20 Calling Cards & my SECOND BLOGIVERSARY

My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled his late 1800s Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, newspaper articles, and other items from his travels and affiliations.  Page 27 shows a page full of names on calling cards.  All these names stopped me from moving forward, since I feel compelled to research them before I move on.  But today is my 2nd Blogiversary and I'm determined to do a post for the day! 

The first four cards on the left hand side are all to do with Embassy officials re Tunisia!  I'm certain there is a story there, don't you think?  From the top left down, they are:
   1.  Le Chev. Antoine Conti, / Secrétaire, Interprète de l'Ambassade / Tunisienne. 
   2.  Le Lieutenant Colonel Ramiro Gaeta, / Attaché à 'Ambassade / Tunisienne. 
   3.  Le Général Otman Hashem, Envoyé Extraordinaire de S. A. / le Bey de Tunis.
   4.  Amos Perry / Consul Général /  des Etats Unis d'Amérique à Tunis.  
Update:  A number of individuals met with this group and President Johnson; possibly James M. Terwilliger, my 2nd great-grandfather... and he must have saved the cards. Thanks to Albert Riezebos for the links and details.

Next, the three cards set on an angle, bottom left:
   5.  Mr. DeWitt Van Buskirk  - a member of the Hudson Historical Society Link takes you to a 32 page article he read at a meeting
   6.  Coleman Gray / Dentist  [handwritten - left-handed, perhaps?]
   7.  Florence L. Telford

The cards set at an angle across from top left centre to bottom right:
   8.  A. J. Allen, / St. Omar's Com., No. 19, /  Elmira, N.Y. - with Knight's Templar symbol [Masonry] & motto on left side of card: in hoc signo vinces   
   9.  E. S. Bettelheim  / Byrnés / Dramatic Times / New York  - a promoter of dramatic events 
 10.  Henry S. Crump / with Wm Moir / Jeweler / 373 Sixth Ave / cor. 23rd St./ NY
 11.  Theodore T. Munroe, / Sigma Phi Place, / Williamstown, Mass. - college friend
 12.  Mr. & Mrs. L. C. Smith - horizontal card across #6 & 11.
 13.  Wm. H. Carpenter, Jr., / National Academy of Design / Studio, 23 W 14th St. / Bet. 5th Ave. & Union Square.  
 14.  J. W. Hotchkin / With / KNOX THE HATTER, / Fifth Ave. Hotel. Don't you love the odd lettering of his name? So odd and novel. Click through for more information on the building.

Next, in the top right corner, from corner down:
 15. Charles E. Pennock. 
 16. Charles D. Welch
 17. T. D. Patterson / Lysander, N.Y.
 18. Capt. Alex S. Williams, / New York Police. 
 19. James T. Van Riper  [handwritten] See link to Van Riper (Van Reypen) genealogy links
 20. Mr. J. Henry Albee. / 385 Fifth Avenue

And there you have it, another page completed more or less, in the Album. These cards range from friends and colleagues, to a variety of stores' owners, to theatre. Another mish-mash of a page.  

If you have more information about any of these people, or would like more details (or a photo of a specific card), contact me via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I'm planning on much more regular posts for the Album in this third year! 


  1. Congrats on your Blogiversary, Celia! A terrific milestone. Keep the posts coming!

    1. Thanks Christine, I'm pretty happy I took the plunge with the help of people like you, reminding me of things to think of on blogging, like "labels" (sigh!). This Souvenir Album will take a couple of years to inventory, so I'm trying to be more methodical about posting. Thanks for commenting!

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    1. Thanks, Jana. I can't believe it's been two years already. I'm determined to get all the 120-odd pages inventoried sooner, rather than later. Thanks for your encouragement.