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Silly Childhood Rhymes from Nanuet Autograph Book 1936

For those following the blog about the Nanuet Autogrpah book, these will be upcoming or you've already seen them. But for those interested  in Pre-War rhymes, here are a couple of beauts....Enjoy. Pat Earnest 16 June 2015


"Lots of Love and Lots of Kisses

Sometimes change firls name to Mrs."


"Alice is a little star

Riding on a trolley car

When a car goes off the track

Alice wants her nickel back."


This next one is signed by a boy. I don't think anyone will be surprised.

"Violets are blue

Roses are red

Someone is dead

and that is you"


"Humpty Dumpty in the sky

Humpty Dumpty learned to fly,

Humpty Dumpty caught in the rain,

and down he came in his airplane." 


My personal favorite is,

"When you get married

Don't marry a flirt

Marry a man who will wash his own shirt

and when you get a baby

and the baby cries

come over to my house

and have some apple pies."

I'll send more out later when I have time. Enjoy. Pat

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Scrapbook full of genealogy notes

In a scrapbook crammed with genealogy notes about many families--mostly from New Jersey and surrounding areas--one page caught my interest because, as most genealogists know, the maiden names of female spouses are hard to find.

This page concerns the Seabrook family. I will quote the entire page because it is rather interesting. Besides taking a firm stand about the name of the wife of James Seabrook, this page says:

"Thomas Seabrook, the progenitor of the New Jersey branch of the family, was first located in Minneford (now City Island) off Pelham, New York, in the year 1664. At this date he purchased land at Hempstead, L[ong] I[sland], whither he removed. He was at Hempstead 1670-1673. He moved thence to the town of West Chesrer, N. Y., where he was living in 1675. On December 27, 1674, he was killed by the Indians in the uprising which occurred on that date. He was a member of Capt. Osborn's Company which was called out in defence of the settlement. (This information comes from Dr. J. E. Stillwell, the genealogist, who is one of the descendants.) 

"The Seabrook Estate was vested in James the son of Thomas in 1717. Dr. Stillwell says, 'I know certainly that the wife of James Seabrook was Hannah Grover, daughter of Joseph Grover and Hannah Lawrence, his wife.'"

The scrapbook where this page was found was put together probably about 1915. It has many families in it, and is not at all specific to the Seabrook family. Enjoy!

Mary Schefer





A Four Year Obsession

My name is Kelly and I collect antique photographs.

Being the morbid person I am, I started collecting when I learned about Victorian postmortem photography. However, finding actual postmortem photos is hard and expensive whereas finding photos of everyday "living" people is easy, cheap and just as interesting. 

I'll try to update this blog as often as I can with a few photos from my extensive (over 250) collection.

I believe this is an actual postmortem, one of the few I have in my collection.

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How To Cook A Husband : Nineteenth Century Marital Advice

Okay, I found this rag tag, dirty, part-of-it-missing, I was almost-afraid-to-touch-it, book at a flea market recently. I was hesitant because of the grime, but the 25 cent price tag lured me into looking at it. Then the first page (actually the fourth page, because the first part of the book is missing) grabbed my attention. Its title, "How To Cook A Husband," made the book too juicy to pass up. The entire effort is a cookbook, no doubt a twentieth century fund-raising attempt. Although I do not know the date of this particular book, I ran the text of "How To Cook Your Husband," on a search engine. No luck with any author, but it dates back to at least 1895, so I am safe in reproducing it here. If any "Dear reader" happens to have more information about it, please feel free to share. Pat Earnest 11 June 2015

                                                           How To Cook a Husband

    A good many husbands are utterly spoiled by mismanagement. Some women go about it as if their husbands were balloons. But blow them up. Others keep them constantly in hot water, others let them freeze by indifference and carelessness. Some keep them in a pickle all their lives. Some keep them in a stew by irritating ways and words. Others roast them. It cannot be supposed that any husband will be tender and good if managed in this way, but they are really delicious when properly treated.

     In selecting a husband, do not go to market for him, as the best are always brought to your door. It is far better to have none, unless you patiently learn how to govern him. See that the linen in which you wrap him is properly washed and mended with the required number of buttons and strings tightly sewed on. 

     Tie him in the kettle by a silk cord called "Comfort", as the one called "Duty" is apt to be too weak. They are apt to fall out of the kettle and to be burned and crusty on the edges, since, like crab and lobsters you have to cook them while alive.

     If he sputters and fusses, do not be anxious -- some husbands do this until they are cooled down. Add a little sugar in the form of which confectioners call "Kisses" but no vinegar or pepper on any account. A little spice improves them, but it must be used with judgement. 

     Do not stick any sharp instruments into him to see if he is becoming tender. Stir him gently, watching awile [sic], less he adhere to the kettle and so become useless. You cannot fail to know when he is done.

     If this treatment is closely followed you will find him all that is desireable, but do not keep him in a too cool a place. The end.

Author Pat Earnest, currently lives in Dover, Delaware, with family, both two- and four-footed. I am a published author and history enthusiast, who has great regard for the past and is especially proud of the Pennsylvania German culture. In addition to Passed Time, I am currently working on a project for the German Historical Institutes Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies ( I also contribute to various newsletters and I am working on another book...or two. Feel free to email me at for questions, comments, information, a shared love of history, an idea, or just because you want to share on Passed Time, but are too shy about getting started. Be aware, Files with Attachments will not be opened, but immediately deleted. 


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                      Lots of love and losts of Kisses

                       Sometimes change girls name 



                                                                                 Eloise Rehburg

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Fastnacht Day will be celebrated at the York County History Center’s Historical Society Museum on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. – noon. The Friends of the History Center will serve fastnachts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate at the Museum, located at 250 E. Market Street, York.

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