|Posted on August 2, 2012 at 10:05 PM|
"By Gollies" is a frequent expression of Clair Grove, a family history researcher who enjoys genealogy every bit as much as I do! There are a lot of genealogists in this world, but few who live it and breathe it, and Clair is one of those.
I had the pleasure of visiting Clair and his wife, Carol, on two separate days to scan SOME of his family photos. I spent about two hours on the first day and spent eight hours on the second day. They even so graciously fed me lunch. I made approximately 800 scans (some photos took more than one scan), and still didn't see all of his photos!
Clair's parents were Flora Mae Snare (1890-1972) and James Harvey Grove (1890-1977). He said his mother was the family historian who collected photos and information and sparked his own interest in genealogy and local history. He remembers sitting at the dining room table with his mother during Word War II and going through all of these photos. Almost every photo in his collection is labeled. That is amazing! Clair's memory for people and names is truely amazing as well. If he doesn't have the answer, he has a book or family tree to look it up.
Clair was raised near Aitch. His family lived on the farm originally owned by Samuel Kissinger. The family lost their farm for the construction of Raystown Lake, but the farm was saved from complete destruction in order to become the first home of the Juniata College Field Station.
Of the many photos I scanned, I have added approximately 275 new photos to the website. Some of the names I added were:
In addition to sharing family photos, Clair also shared his collection of local landmarks and histories of the area. He had many photos of Schell's Bridge, which was located near his home.
He also had photos of local landmarks like Fouse's Dairy, St. Mathew's Lutheran Church, Hesston Railroad Station, and many, many more. I greatly enjoyed scanning his school photos that included the students and teachers.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Clair and Carol Grove for their kindness and generosity. Their home is dedicated to history and genealogy, and it is a place I have always enjoyed visiting! I can certainly lose myself and all track of time when I'm there.