Monday, November 7, 2016

Politics a Century Ago - Waynesburg, PA - 1916

(By Candice Buchanan, Greene Connections Archivist)

What politics looked like a century ago!

Preserved in the Helen Mae (Jacobs) Fonner Collection and shared courtesy of George & Anna (Fonner) Blystone, this photograph [1] comes complete with the following handwritten notation, capturing the details of the moment for us to enjoy.

"Float representing the American Emblem, Uncle Sam and Columbia. Designed and made by J. Warren Jacobs for the Democratic Election Demonstration, at Waynesburg, Pa., Nov. 20, 1916. The Eagle - a specimen killed near Rices Landing about the year 1897, and mounted by J. Warren Jacobs. The Boy (Uncle Sam) William Francis Jacobs, age 14, son of J. Warren Jacobs. The Girl (Columbia) Mildred King, age 13, daughter of Charles King, Attorney, Waynesburg, Pa. See the big one-half man on the left edge. That's Ben Jacobs, age 16, height 104 in. weighs 190 lbs. Picture taken on south-east corner First and Washington St., Waynesburg, Pa. Jacobs residence in background." is a free local history archival project. Sponsored by LOLA Energy.

[1] Item # JACB_AN001_0149, Jacobs-Kent Series, Helen Mae (Jacobs) Fonner Collection, Greene County, Pennsylvania Archives Project (

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Holstein Queen Puts This Family Together


James & Martha (Van Wey) Call Family (1)
An exciting collection shared by researcher and author, Lynne Gough, features the Morris and Call families of Greene County, Pennsylvania. Connected by a double-marriage in the late 1800s, these two families share a rich photographic history dating back to the 1860s. Unique to this collection are detailed biographical captions, compiled by the contributor, and well worth reading as you scroll through. Lynne Gough acquired these images through the collective sharing of a number of relatives across the country, who participated in Lynne's diligent efforts to track down accurate and complete family information as part of a larger genealogy project. View the complete Morris-Call Series to see all of the photographs and be sure to look below each image for the full caption and source information.

Frank Leslie “Les” Morris Jr. with Champion Tilly Alcartra (2)
These pictures play a part in the fantastic book Lynne has just released to tell the story of her ancestors, titled Asa and the Holstein Queen. Visit to read all about it! The book follows the Morris family of Greene County, Pennsylvania, as they journey westward, and their true-to-life experiences with a champion Holstein cow! It is full of real facts, actual photos, and amazing illustrations. Geared toward a younger audience, it's an ideal way to help introduce the next generation to family history and open the door to conversations about the exciting and entertaining people and stories in your own tree. Congratulations to Lynne on her publication and thanks to all the relatives who joined her in sharing these amazing and well-researched photos with all of us! is a free local history archival project. Sponsored by LOLA Energy.

[1] Item # MORR-AN001-0001, Morris-Call Series, Lynne Gough Collection, Greene County, Pennsylvania Archives Project (

[2] Item # MORR-AN001-0035, Morris-Call Series, Lynne Gough Collection, Greene County, Pennsylvania Archives Project (

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Photo of the Week: An Early Woman Voter

(By Candice Buchanan, Greene Connections Archivist)

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Abigail (Woods) Hoge, pictured here with her grandchildren, was honored in the early years of the womens' right to vote with the following news feature.

 Abigail (Woods) Hoge with her grandchildren
[Left-Right]: FRONT - John Hughes Crago, Leah Abigail (Crago) Waddell, Unidentified girl
BACK - Unidentified boy, Ruth Constance (Crago) Ovenshine [seated on arm of chair], Unidentified boy, Unidentified girl
"Oldest Woman Voter in Waynesburg" article, Waynesburg Republican, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, 8 November 1928, page 1, column 2.

"Oldest Woman Voter in Waynesburg

Mrs. Abigail Hoge, Aged 93, Casts Her Ballot for Hoover and Curtis.

One of the oldest persons in Waynesburg and Greene county to cast a vote on Tuesday was Mrs. Abigail Woods Hoge, of North Morris street, who was 93 years of age August 9, 1928. Mrs. Hoge has voted at every primary and general election since primary and general election since women were granted the franchise. She is an ardent Republican and has always voted that ticket. When election day comes around she is not one of the “stay-at-homes.” but is eager to go to the polls and cast her ballot.

Mrs. Hoge is a daughter of Samuel and Leah Divers Woods, deceased, and was born in Waynesburg, August 9, 1835. Her mother was a native of Baltimore. She attended Waynesburg College and while she did not graduate she was a member of the class of 1853. Later she was united in marriage with George Hoge, of Center township, and they resided for a number of years near Oak Forest. There were the parents of ten children, five of whom are living. She was left a widow at the age of 52 years.

During her lifetime four wars have been waged. Two of her brothers, James and Samuel Woods, participated in the Civil war and during the World War, at the age of 83 years, she knitted 100 pairs of socks for the soldiers in France. Mrs. Hoge has remarkably good health. Her eyesight and hearing have failed somewhat, but she enjoys visiting with her family and friends. She has been a lifelong member of the Baptist church and attends the services regularly." is a free local history archival project. Sponsored by LOLA Energy.

[1] Item # BAKM_AN003_0003, Various Series, Margaret Leah (Waddell) Baker Collection, Greene County, Pennsylvania Archives Project (