James and Ethel

James and Ethel by Keith Schmidt In 1910, 16 year old James Irish was an errand boy for a drug store on Dominic Street in Rome, New York, where he had lived since arriving from England with his family in 1904. In 1912 his mother, Bridget Ryan Irish died in Rome and in 1920 he […]


More on Senecal and Ladue

The following is a synopsis of some of my research that may answer a mystery concerning two young girls with the surname Senecal. I made mention of this mystery in a recent blog titled “An Unknown Town”. —- Keith Schmidt 1840 Redwood, Jefferson County, NY In the 1840 census Anthony and Catherine Ladue have one […]


A ‘Short’ Short Story

A ‘Short’ Short Story by Keith Schmidt In the 1899 Cleveland Directory, on #1 North Street, next to the Episcopal Church is a man named S. Frank Putney, a Methodist and a glassworker. The S at the beginning of his name stands for Simeon. He is married to a woman named Mary. For both, this […]


An Unknown Town

The following research summary has been provided by Keith Schmidt.  Thank you Keith for taking the time to put this together for our blog. —- gmsc An Unknown Town by Keith Schmidt I felt bad having to leave Louisa Best at her father’s house with two children and a missing husband, even knowing I had […]