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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
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Dec/Jan 10/29/01

Reading Room opened at Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park’s archivist, Harry G. Heiss, has opened a public reading room to accommodate researchers in exploring the park’s historical collection. The reading room is part of a six-year project to establish a professional museum management program at the Park. The collection’s primary focus is on the establishment and subsequent development of Shenandoah National Park. Its holding include Park resource management records from 1931-1965, various assembled collections related to the Civilian Conservation Corps, Skylined Resort, and former President Herbert Hoover’s Rapid an Camp (Camp Hoover). According to a press release dated 5/14/01, the collections contain no known family or public records dating prior to 1924 with the exception of Skylined Resort materials or those incidentally documented by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1927 property appraisals. The reading room is open by appointment only at limited times. Details are at or by contacting Reed Eagle 540-999-3495 or fax 540-999-3493 or e-mail

Thanks to FGS Forum.

It is with deepest regret we announce the October 20, 2001, passing of Herb Jacobs, immediate Past President of the Clan MacLachlan Association of North America, Inc.

He is survived by his wife, Betty.

Grandma Snodgrass’ 1886 Egg Butter Recipe

Patt Ricketts was looking through some of her mother’s cookbooks and found this recipe in the Kansas Official Centennial Cook Book. 100 Year (1861-1961), Favorite recipes gathered from families throughout Kansas, published by American Association of University Women, Manhattan, Kansas Branch printed by J.M. Hart Co., Inc., Topeka, Kansas.

Mix together:

2 cups dark syrup; 2 eggs; 1 tsp. Butter; ½ cup sugar; and let come to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour into dish and sprinkle with nutmeg. Use as a spread on bread.

Editor: Sounds good to me!! Those were the days when people did not worry about sugar, butter or eggs. Alas, it still sounds good! Thanks for sharing.

Thanks to The Mace, Official Journal of the Snodgrass Clan Society.

The Hanna Family in the Westward Movement

Lawrence Ross Hanna has provided the Odom Library with a CD copy of The Hanna Family in the Westward Movement, by his aunt, Sister Ellen Mary Hanna S.S.N.D., in 1956. This was part of her Masters Degree in Historical research. Only 50 copies were printed. He has set the document in Microsoft Word 97 and has added a chapter on the family bringing the information up to 2000. The book in total is copyrighted; and while researchers at the Odom Library are free to use it, copies are available from Mr. Hanna for $25. L. R. Hanna, PO Box 1250, Lake Sherwood, MO 63357.

Seeking information on ELIZABETH ANN MC DERMID, born W. Jamestown, Scotland, circa late 1890s. Married twice: FORD DEVAULT; NILS ERICKSON. Contact Susan Lassabe, 54355 Addison Road, Independence, Louisiana 70443.

Scottish-American Military Society, LTD.

Membership is open to all who are of Scottish of Scotch-Irish descent who have served, or are currently serving honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States or in the Commonwealth Military Forces, and who accept and support Society objectives.

For information, contact Alvin D. Ankrum, 5595 Hunting Horn Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043 or e-mail:

Pipers on a train ride

Eight pipers and their pip major, along with three drummers and their drum major were in line to buy train tickets to their upcoming performance. The drum major purchases four tickets for the journey. The pipe major steps up to the booth and purchases only one ticket. After a short discussion amongst the drummers, the drum major approaches the pipe major and asks, "How do you plan to get on the train with all of your pipers with just that one ticket?" "Watch and Learn", was the only response the pipe major gave.

When they boarded the train, the pipers all quickly huddled into a small restroom and became very quiet. Soon, the call came for tickets, one by one the drummers brought forth their tickets, just like obedient little drummer-boys are supposed to do. Then there came a knock on the restroom door, "Tickets pleas!" out came one hand with one ticket held firmly in the palm. "Than you" and the man walked on. In just a moment out came eight pipers and a pipe major.

After the performance and time can to load the train, the drum major, after watching and learning purchased a single ticket for his drummers and himself. He then noticed the entire pipe corps loading the train without purchasing any tickets. The drum major then again questioned the pipe major about his plans on pulling this one off. "Watch and Learn" was again the only reply.

The drummers quickly crowded into a small restroom and the pipers quickly followed suit in a nearby restroom. In a few moments, the door where the pipers were hiding opened and the pipe major quietly walked to the other restroom where the drummers were huddled and in a booming voice demanded "Tickets, please!" Out came a single hand holding the ticket. The pipe major quickly snatched the ticket and laughing quietly he returned to his pipers and waited for the conductor.

Thanks to The Patriot, SAMS, 5595 Hunting Horn Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043

American drive up road accident figures in Scotland

A study by the Scottish Executive has shown that although US drivers account for only 10% of all foreign drivers on Scotland’s roads, they account for 18% of all accidents over a two year period. Accident rates in rural areas such as the Highlands, Argyll, Dumfries, and Galloway were affected as a result. French drivers turned out to be the safest (an amazing statistic to anyone who has seen French drivers in Paris). The French accounted for 25% of all foreign drivers but were involved in only 9% of accidents. Italians, who accounted for 5% of the foreign tourist drivers, accounted for 10% of all accidents involving foreign drivers, which makes them statistically the worst. The main causes of accidents involving foreign drivers were driving on the wrong side of the road, turning from a side roan into a main road and leaving a parking place with out check in the right direction.

Thanks to The Merito.

Moisturisers for Scottish Soldiers

All in the line of duty, a group of tough Scottish soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Royal Highland Fusiliers are using a fragrant ladies’ body spray designed to moisturize tender skin. They are taking part in a trial at Fort George near Inverness to test whether it protects them against the dreaded Highland midges-small insects which delight in taking a bite out of us humans. Apparently, the US National Guard uses the spray to fend off mosquitoes and other bugs. It is rumoured that Mel Gibson used the spray during filming of Braveheart. The unit at Fort George is about to undergo mountain warfare training and they are being supplied with the spray which is marketed under the name "Skin So Soft".

Thanks to The Merito.

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