On 10 December 2002, Davis
Stewart Holbrook, the grandson of Dr. Jim Gordon (former
convener for Virginia) passed away from leukemia. In lieu of flowers
the family had asked that contributions be made to the Gordon
Highlanders Museum. Our condolences to Dr. Jim and his family on
The donations raised in Davis'
memory were combined with other Museum donations and the House of
Gordon was proud to present a $1,000 check to Sir Peter Graham on
behalf of the US Gordons. Deborah Spellum and her son Jedidiah made
the presentation at the Museum on 1 March 2003. Deborah is described
by the California convener as a fitting person to make the
dedication, as she has been the most dedicated worker on behalf of
the Museum on the entire US West Coast.
Stanley E. Shaw, of Keene, New Hampshire died very suddenly
on October 29th, 2002. He held membership number 184, having been
with us since July 18, 1986. He was an interested and active member
who was proud of his Shaw heritage and who participated in a number
of our activities.
Oliver A. Shaw, of Warren, Michigan died on February 7, 2003.
He was member number 302, having joined us on October 27, 1987. He
had a major stroke in 1995, which necessitated his retirement from
his employment as a mathematician with the United States Army. He
greatly enjoyed his membership in the society.
Russell R. Shaw, of Charleston, South Carolina died on
November 6, 2002. A memorial service was held at St. Michael's
Episcopal Church in Charleston. Russell and Renata held membership
number 732, joining us on April 30, 1993. They have been active and
interested members of the society. Russell served with the United
States Navy in World War II, and subsequently with the Central
Intelligence Agency and other government organizations.
Use that "Printscreen Key"
Have you found the "PrintScreen" key has been virtually useless
since the advent of any Windows OS? Actually, it's worked all along
- but in a non-obvious way. On its own, the PrintScreen key (PrintScr
or PrtScr or PrintScreen or whatever it is called on your system)
triggers a little routine that captures the current screen - your
desktop - to the clipboard. But here's the weird part. It does so
invisibly, with no indication that anything actually happened.
However, you can then paste the stored image into any
graphics-capable program and print it from there, or print direct
from the clipboard if you have a clipboard utility running.
Try it: Hit your PrintScr key now,
then open a tool like Paint - or even Word, or any graphics-capable
editing tool - and then click Paste. An image of your current screen
will be pasted into the open application. It's that simple - and
From the Bureau County Genealogical Society, Princeton, Illinois.
Thank you about computers.
Nesbitt Presidential Cookbook
Did you know that Henrietta Nesbitt, was the Whitehouse Housekeepe?
In March 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the thirty-second
President of the United States. He brought with him to the White
House a quiet-mannered neighbor from Hyde Park, New York, who would
become the "First Housekeeper."
Henrietta Nesbitt was then well
into her fifties. She had never "worked", but as wife, mother, and
grandmother, she had been keeping house all her life. Apparently
unruffled, she took over the tremendous task of seeing that sixty
historic rooms were kept spotless and over one hundred windows
shining; floors, stairs, and furniture waxed; linens, draperies, and
silver cleaned; and on and on and on the list went. Her most
important duty was the planning of menus for thousands of meals
prepared for the First Family and their distinguished guests.
For the next thirteen years,
Henrietta's life was lived for and with presidents-twelve with
Roosevelt and one with Truman. They were some of the most exciting
and perhaps perilous years to that point in America's history with
the White House becoming the most important and busiest household in
the world. Henrietta moved through those years with calm and
foresight, her eyes always on the next meal.
Cooking had always been Henrietta's special delight. She had learned
it first from her German-American mother on the Minnesota frontier.
In Hyde Park her pies and cakes made her locally famous, and when
her neighbor, Mr. Roosevelt, ran for governor of New York, Mrs.
Roosevelt asked her to help out with the gubernatorial baking.
Henrietta baked FDR's favorite apple pies and shipped them to
The following is additional
information, and was received from her grandson Robert who is a
member of the American Society after the full article was produced
in the American newsletter last year.
Henrietta was born in Britinbaum,
Hungry-Austria, and came to America at age 18, marrying Henry
Nesbitt, a son of William Humphrys Nesbitt.
William was the youngest son in
his family and, expecting little or no inheritance, at age 18 sailed
from Ireland to San Francisco in 1849 to join the gold rush. He and
his partner found enough gold to make two rings (Robert has one)
before they decided they were never going to get rich mining gold.
They went back to San Frnacisco,
set up a bakery and became quite well off selling bread. William
then went back to Ireland, married Louise Garven, and they had a
family of eight children, one being Henry. William's cousin, John
Nesbitt Dowling, married Louisa's sister, Rebecca.
William and Louise, along with
Henry and two of his sisters, came back to America when Henry was
eighteen. They settled in Duluth, Minnesota, where Henry met and
Married Victoria Henrietta Kugler, called "Dodo" by family and
They utlimately moved to Hyde Park
and lived down the street from the Roosevelt's. Henry moved to the
White House with his wife, serving as the housekeeping accountant.
This is FDR's favorite-always
served on his birthday.
Mary Nesbitt's White Fruitcake
1 pound butter
1 pound granulated sugar
1 pound candied fruit peel
1 pound sultana raisins
1 1/4 pounds flour
1/4 pound crystallized cherries
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
A little grated lemon rind
Cream butter and sugar together. Beat whole eggs light, then add
some of the creamed butter and beat very light; sift flour twice and
add about 1/3; repeat until all are mixed. Pour into brick form
pans. Set in water and bake in 375 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours.
Yield two 3 pound cakes.
Nesbitt/Nesbit Society thank you for this information about FDR's
Veteran's History Project wants YOU!
America's war veterans have fascinating and historically relevant
stories to tell. The Veterans History Project had made collecting
those valuable stories a priority. The Library of Congress'
American Folklife Center will gather oral histories, letters,
diaries, maps, photographs, home movies and other materials from
World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Persian Gulf war
veterans. Their wartime memories, along with the reminiscences of
civilian volunteers, war industry workers and others, will help to
creat a picture of America's military past.
You can contribute to the Veterans
History Project by interviewing one of the men or women who
experienced the war up close. Find out more about how to participate
in the project at
Irish Famine Immigrants database online now
The US National Archives has put the Irish Famine Immigrants
database online and it is free to search. This covers Irish
immigrants to the port of New York from 1846-1851. It can be a bit
tricky to search, so start here...
In the pull-down "subject" menu,
click on "Irish," then click submit. On the next page click on
"Famine Irish Data Files, 1977 ? - 1989 ?". The Coverage Dates are
1/12/1846 - 12/31/1851. They are dates of passenger arrivals.
Then on the next page click on the
"search" link on the right side (under "options"). On the search
page you put the name of the person you are looking for in the boxes
under "enter values."
A thank you from Paradise Genealogical Society, Inc., Paradise,
California for information on the Irish Famine.
Story Circle Network wants your life story, ladies!
http://wwww.storycircle.org/ is the address to use for The Story
Circle Network is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated
to helping women everywhere share the stories of their lives. They
offer publications and programs which empower women to create their
own stories, discover their identities through their life stories,
and choose to be the authors of their lives.
Their activities include
instructional programs, such as Reading Circles, Writing Circles,
classes in personal writing, workshops, and retreats, a website, an
Internet Chapter, support of local chapters, print publications
(including the Network's quarterly journal), and a national
Did you know about the "fastest lady aviator?"
The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline
Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average
speed of 652d.337 miles-per-hour on May 13, 1953?
How to Order a Check in Euros
There are occasions when it is useful to send funds to a foreign
country without using a check drawn on an American bank, as banks in
foreign countries often require excessive fees for exchange
Now that the euro has become the
monetary standard in many European countries (such as Germany), we
can send checks in euros through the service that is most economical
for the purpose (a $5.00 service fee for most transactions).
Here is how to obtain a check in
euros to be cashed in a euro country.
*Call International Currency
Express (ICE) toll-free at 888-278-5528.
*Tell the representative that you wish to purchase a bank draft in
*The representative will ask you:
The amount in euros you wish to order.
The name of the recipeint, as well as any references you wish to
have added to the check. Your name, address, and telephone number.
The method of payment you chose (personal check or credit card.)
The agent will give you this information: the current exchange rate,
the amount in U.S. dollars you must remit to ICE, including the
$5.00 service fee, and the confirmation number of your transaction.
*If you charge the amount to your credit card, the check will be
mailed to you almost immediately.
*If you chose to send payment by personal check, do so immediately,
including the confirmation number on the memo line to:
International Currency Express, Inc., 427 N. Cammden Dr, Ste F,
Beverly Hills, Ca 90210.
The check in euros will be mailed as soon as you personal check has
cleared your bank.
Mail the euro check to your creditor in the euro country.
Nicolas Martiau Tribute
The Nicolas Martiau Descendant Association (NMDA) will assemble at
the Williamsburg (VA) Hospitality House Hotel on Thursday, September
18, 2003 for the 4th Martiau Tribute weekend. Nicolas Martiau
(1591-1657), "Father of Yorktown", was a Captain of Militia, Yorke
Shire Justice, Burgess, Military Engineer and Planter. He is the
earliest Colonial Ancestor of George Washington and Thomas Nelson.
The present Queen of England and Robert E. Lee are also descendants.
Tribute activities include: Business Meeting, Tours of Martiau
related historical sites, Cruise, Wreath laying at Martiau's Grace
Church memorial, and historical lectures. Prospective members
(lineal & auxiliary) and history buffs are invited to attend. For
further information contact: Page Warden, P O Box 1175,
Williamsburg, VA 23187;
firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a NMDA discount on hotel arrangements
if made before August 18th. For membership information contact:
Carol Shrader: email@example.com.