Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Fred E. Webster, Jeweler ~ Ad in an 1890's Newspaper

Watson Emory Webster was my maternal great-grandfather. He's also known as "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog. During his life he lived in and traveled to many different places. He practiced dentistry in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil. During part of the late 1800's he lived in the state of Kansas.

At some point in his life he changed his name from Watson Emory Webster to Frederick Emory Webster. 

While doing research in the Newspapers.com website, I searched for Fred E. Webster. Among the many search results was several very interesting advertisements.

I'd like to share one of them today. It's from the Alliance Signal (Stockton, Kansas) dated 14 September 1893, Page 3.

Here's a transcription of the advertisement ~


20 to 60 per
cent discount on
all goods in my
line, for the
next ten days.
Located in Raynolds' Drug Store.

What a great find! But, I wondered if this Fred E. Webster was my great-grandpa Frederick E. Webster. Through further research, I found that yes, the Fred in the ad was my great-grandpa Frederick E. Webster. An article in a newspaper referred to a Fred as the son of E. P. C. Webster. My great-grandpa Fred was the son of E. P. C. Webster. So that was an encouraging piece of evidence. Another article spoke of Frederick's sister-in-law coming to visit and referred to him as Fred E. Webster. There were other articles as well that provided evidence that this Fred E. Webster is my great-grandpa Frederick E. Webster.

Speaking of Frederick's father, E. P. C. Webster, I found a lot of interesting articles about him and his life in the newspapers. It would seem that the apple didn't fall far from the tree when it came to Fred and his father, E. P. C. I just assumed that E. P. C. was a farmer living a quiet life on the land, but I was wrong. I'll share more about my discoveries regarding E. P. C. in future posts.

Now back to today's advertisement about Fred as a jeweler. Isn't it fascinating? I knew great-grandpa Frederick had been a dentist and an inventor, but I didn't know he had also been a jeweler at some point during his life. This was an intriguing discovery.

I'm so excited to have found this ad about my great-grandfather, Frederick E. Webster. I've also found other interesting ads and articles, which I will be sharing in future posts.

Using newspapers in our family history research is so rewarding. They can provide a unique glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, April 12, 2019

My 7th Blogiversary...Belated

I just realized that I actually missed my blogiversary this year. Oops! It was on April 5th. How is it possible that my blog is already seven years old? It's hard to believe. But, I really am glad that I began this blog on April 5, 2012. It's been a fun and rewarding way to share my family history.

So much has happened in our family since my last blogiversary in April of 2018. It mostly centered around caring for my Mom, who was diagnosed with Dementia, most likely Alzheimer's, in November of 2017. It was heartbreaking to watch her decline throughout the year. On October 27, 2018 she passed away and is now free from pain and suffering. I like to think about how happy my Mom and Dad must be to be together again.

There were also happy times in our family during 2018: spending time with family, vacations, celebrating birthdays, etc. We also welcomed our fifth grandchild into our family in 2018. She's absolutely adorable! We love her and all of our grandchildren so much.


Thank you to my wonderful readers for taking the time to read my posts and for leaving comments over the years. I appreciate your support very much!


Here are some posts from the last year (since my last blogiversary)

More From The Vintage Box - Vintage Photo Viewer Keychains - April 23, 2018

Saving My Dad's Canvas Painting Apron From the Estate Sale - June 23, 2018

Frederico Moyer Webster ~ A Newly-Discovered Great-Uncle - July 12, 2018

Even More Joyful Times ~ Adding Another New Daughter-in-Law's Name to My Genealogy Database - August 1, 2018

My Dad's Business Card - August 30, 2018

Another Cousin Connection Through Genealogy Blogging - October 4, 2018

The Passing of my Beautiful Mom, Elizabeth Webster Iverson - November 19, 2018

My Second Blog Book - January 12, 2019

My 2013 Blog Book - January 31, 2019

My Dad's Business Card When He Worked as an Escrow Officer - February 21, 2019

Clara M. Waterman, The Beauty of the Family - March 7, 2019

I didn't blog very much last year. Hopefully I'll be able to get back to blogging on a more regular basis in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by!


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