Search This Blog

Saturday, June 14, 2014


This week there were multiple days of triple digit temperatures. Then came a couple days of 10 - 15 degrees less and today somewhere in between. Needless to say the a/c has gotten a good workout . . . I can't imagine our ancestors having to deal with temperatures like that and enjoying them (not to mention those that we know around us that do not have a/c . . .).

The above are pics of some of the flowers "out front" -- we actually went out into the heat and snapped the pictures. The top row is a progressive photo showing stages of those blooms.

Actually, it is beginning to feel a little like a "meat locker" inside so we are wearing light sweaters to balance the difference . . . but we do have the upper hand we think.

Speaking of Those Hot Summer Days . . .

I realize that right now it is not even summer yet -- but this is the last "spring" weekend of 2014. I do remember growing up in the Midwest and some of the hot and humid days during summer vacation. We did not have a/c in any of the houses that we lived in while growing up -- we did though of course have a variety of heating systems.

I do remember some of the hot-weather meals that my mother prepared in those days. And some of them I try to duplicate, some I don't try to duplicate for whatever reasons. One of my all time favorite hot weather dishes:

Take the above ingredients and combine them all in a large bowl, chill, serve and enjoy . . . at the current time we have a small bowl leftover from two days of luncheons of the above. Gail has come to love this dish almost as much as I do (thanks, Mom).

I do vary the recipe slightly at times by adding some onion and some jalapeno to just my portion. Either way I love that salad. I just might go grab that little bowl from the fridge . . .

Next Week's Dates to Remember

June apparently is a popular birthday month as this next week has 39 birthdays highlighted and there is probably more that we just don't have the exact dates for . . .

And eight couples have wedding anniversaries . . .

Of The Great Great Great Great Grandparents . . .

It is interesting how fast the number of relatives increase as we go back up the tree. We each have one set of parents (though just recently more than two parents are being allowed on a birth certificate in some instances) and then we have two sets of Grandparents, four sets of Great Grandparents and so on up to the 4th Great Grandparents where we each have 64 of those . . .

Here is one set of my 4th Great Grandparents:

John Hiles (I refer to him as Sr.) and his wife Mary, I am fairly certain her maiden name is Kenady. Over the years of doing the family research little by little I find more and more information about him and Mary.

John Sr. is the farthest back I have been able to go in our line -- he was born in 1752 in Pennsylvania we think. He married Mary sometime around the 1780s and we are not sure totally how many children they had but are fairly sure of John Jr and of Christopher and probably at least two others.

We are fairly certain of the date of John's death (and of Mary's as well 3 years after). John's tombstone reads 11 August 1838. And he is buried in Ballville, Sandusky, Ohio.

In the last year or so as may be typical of folks our age -- we have been in the process of preparing a sort of inventory of "things" for our trust. It is a difficult process in many ways and is not considered an exact science.

This week, thanks to a cousin, we can take a peek at some of what was on the personal list for John Sr. So about 176 years ago John Sr.'s inventory became public information.

Here is a sampling of personal things that were listed for John:

Since he obviously was a farmer, the first several things have to do with the farm and produce from the farm. Of these first items, the Bay Mare was the most highly valued item at $45. Corn in the field was valued at $37.50 and a rifle gun & pouch is valued at $10.00.

Click on the above to decipher some of the remaining items. There are other inventory sheets listing additional items and others that list the results of a public auction of John's things. Additional pages can be found at the HILES website at

All the various pieces and trail of facts really help to put John Sr into perspective as a person that lived his life and gave our line of HILES an identity. Hopefully one day I'll determine who actually was John Sr's father and mother AND where they came from and maybe even pictures -- someone probably has some.

Speaking of (Grand) Fathers

It is that time of year and we will talk more about that in the next post:

Enjoy the day! I know I will as I just returned from driving Gail over to the framing store to retrieve what suspiciously looks to be a gift for me . . .

In the meantime, it is Saturday and that means burgers & fries tonight! (while watching the recorded Giants game)  See you all "in a few"!

No comments: