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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - Aug/Sep 2002
Wee Snippets

Thank you for the Valentines!
This year, we're collecting Valentines for Braveheart Scottish Weekend which is set for February 14, 15, 16, 2003. We'll use your discarded cards, decorations, etc., for the Friday night Old Fashioned Ceilidh decorations. This particular Friday night falls on Valentine's Day!
Thanks to Phyllis Little of Sacramento, California; Mr. & Mrs. John M. Godwin, II of Winter Park, Florida; Jean Gordon of Orlando, Florida; and Flora Tarr of Burbank, California. All of the Valentine's are beautiful and will help make our Friday night festive.
Mrs. Tarr wrote, "Here are 10 photos of my mother's 90-year-old Valentines. They are not quite as nice as they originals, but they are so sentimental. Mother has been gone for 27 years, but she would have been pleased that someone was interested! Have fun with them!"
How kind of Mrs. Tarr to share her wonderful mementos with our Braveheart Scottish Weekend!
If you have Valentine things that you'd like to share - whatever they may be - just send them to: Braveheart Scottish Weekend Valentine's, PO Box 2828, Moultrie,GA 31776.

Jamie MacDonald has translated Old MacDonald Had A Farm into Gaelic. Here it is!

Old MacDonald Had A Farm
Old MacDonald Had A Farm (Click on picture for larger version)

Your editor had the opportunity to see and hear distinguished, elegant adults sing this old children's favorite! If I were giving prizes, I think maybe the "Le honk honk sud, honk honk soe"

We love a mystery! Can you solve this one?
Marilyn Ross of Clan Ross sent this to us in hopes that some Family Tree reader will be able to solve a very old mystery.
Marilyn wrote, "...was received from one of our Ross members. Do you know if "The Burns Memorial Committee" is still in existence? Does anyone have an address?"
Here's what the Clan Ross member wrote: "My father was a young boy when his mother died, after having five children, Donald being #4. His younger sister, Madeline, died shortly after. Donald's two older sisters and an older brother helped their father keep the family together. I never heard my father speak of those years."
The story continued, "The grandfather had a music publishing business in the Boston area. I have learned that, for several years, he took a troupe of Scottish singers and dancers on tours of the northeastern United States. Apparently, his Scottish ancestry was important to him. He died in the 1920s, I believe. In his will, he left a gold-headed cane to my father."
"My mother left the cane to my brother, Richard, who passed it on to my care. The gold head is beautifully carved and has a story engraved within an oval on one side.

Burns Memorial Committee engraving

I wonder if anyone knows if the Burns Memorial Committee is still in existence. As you can see, the presentation was made move than 100 years ago. A newspaper account I saw once said that the cane was given 100 years after the death of Robert Burns. My grandfather earned it because he did so much to keep the memory of Robert Burns alive by making those annual tours.
If anyone knows anything about "The Burns Memorial Committee" please reply to: Marilyn Ross, 6251 Old Dominion Drive North, McLean, VA 22101. Marilyn will pass the information on to the inquirer. (Please let The Family Tree know too!)

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games COSCA Newsletter Seminar "Class of 2002." 
The group joined Beth Gay for about 2 hours of discussion, ideas, solutions and questions at the Chief's Tent on Friday afternoon at 1 PM.  Plans call for another Newsletter Editor's (and Interested Persons) meeting next year, same time, same place.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games COSCA Newsletter Seminar "Class of 2002." 

Newsletter Contest Winner

Anne Monroe Long, at the Clan Munro tent, GMHG, with her certificate and banner earned as Overall Grand Prize Winner for the 2002 Family Tree Newsletter Contest!  (The Silver Bowl was nearby!)

Anne Monroe Long


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