Long before Thomas Alva Edison invented the modern light bulb and changed the world, he was a budding child entrepreneur who hawked snacks and sundries on passenger trains and published his own mobile weekly newspaper. On two occasions, Edison was roughed up by a co-worker or customer: one threw him off a moving train and … More Throw Thomas Edison From the Train!
We just created a promotional video to give the world a look and feel of what Treasured Lives is all about. The HD video runs about 40 seconds and can be viewed in the embedded player below via Vimeo. Genealogists and family history buffs are increasingly using video to help bring stories to life. They … More New Treasured Lives Promo Video
This image from the early part of the 20th century has the hallmarks of the Midwest frontier. The young woman tending the steed has a serious look of determination. Was she a ranch hand or a hard-working farm wife? We don’t know, since there are no notations on the front or back of the print. Based … More Eye on History: Ready to Ride
The Rev. Wilson J. Fisher called it an “unusual and interesting occurrence.” That would be an understatement. The Methodist minister wrote of how he conducted the nuptials of a young couple in North Prairie, Wisconsin in 1883, and later presided at the funerals of husband and wife more than four decades later in Wisconsin Rapids. … More Pastor Marries Couple; Later Conducts Both Their Funerals