Sunday, April 28, 2013

1900s Autograph Album of Carthagenia Hannah McCormick of Wamego, Kansas.


1900s autograph album of Carthagenia Hannah McCormick, "Genia" of Wamego, Kansas.  

Many of the pages are inscribed to "Sweet Heart" or "Sweetheart", even by teachers, so it wasn't just a nickname within Genia's family or circle of friends.



The album is approximately 6-3/4" x 4-1/4" with puffy velvet covers and contains the sentiments of over 70 people, some of whom signed more than one page.  Many people signed pages that had already been signed by others at a different point in time.

An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

Genia pasted part of a sash on the inside front cover and wrote her name on the title page.





Genia tucked her calling card into the album.



From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]

Carthagenia Hannah McCormick, was born 2 December 1892 at Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of James F. McCormick and Carthagenia (Hill) McCormick.

A James F. McCormick signed a page in Genia's album but didn't identify himself as her father.



Genia's brother James Telford McCormick signed a page at Wamego, Kansas on 8 November 1902.



I'm not sure of the names of Genia's paternal grandparents, but one of her father's brothers was John McCormick, who also raised a family in the area.

John's daughter May McCormick inscribed a page to her cousin Genia at Wamego, Kansas on 30 July 1903.



Genia's maternal grandparents were John Anderson Hill and Hannah (Howell) Hill.

Another cousin, Edward, who didn't sign his last name, signed a page at St. Marys, Kansas.



Genia's maternal uncle T. C. Hill, Telford C. Hill, signed a page at Valley Falls, Kansas, on 31 March 1901



One page in the album was signed by one if not two of Genia's teachers.  Nellie M. Ansel signed at the Harrison School on 31 May 1907.  Alma Louise Bell signed at Wamego, Kansas.  E. G. Foster, Harrison School teacher and principal, signed 28 May 1907.  



Teacher Mary Patterson signed a page on 2 January 1901.



Genia married George Albert Greider, son of, I think, William H. and Emily Greider.  Genia and George received a marriage license in January 1920, but I don't know the date of their marriage. They were living at Topeka, Kansas in 1925, with two young children, according to a Kansas State Census.  By the time of the 1930 Federal Census, they were living at Tulsa, Oklahoma, where George was the proprietor of a tire and battery store.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Another item tucked into the album was a teakettle shaped invitation to the home of Mrs. George Trout for a spot of sewing and tea on 5 November 1896.




Alphabetical list of signers: [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]


  • Name looks like Luceyl F., signed at Wamego, Kansas.  Not sure of surname initial.  Written in a young hand.
  • Alma, signed at Wamego, Kansas, in July 1903; she may be the Alma Louise Bell who signed another page, or a different Alma
  • Fred, signed at Wamego, Kansas on 3 January 1900
  • Cousin Edward, signed at St. Marys, Kansas; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Robert Hill
  • L. M. S.; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: James Telford McCormick
  • Zella
  • Flossie, signed at Topeka, Kansas, on "2/12/07"; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Paul Vanderbloemen
  • Chase, could be given name or surname; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Will Killough
  • M. S., signed at Topeka, Kansas, on "4.12.07"; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Gertrude L. Childers
  • Pearl Adams, signed 7 December 1906; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Georgia Bollman
  • Nellie M. Ansel, signed at Harrison School on 31 May 1907;  also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Alma Louise Bell and principal E. G. Foster
  • Fromie [?] Iris Armstrong, signed 16 November 1906; she signed another page where her first name is still hard to read.  Also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: James F. McCormick
  • Galda Beebe, or Golda Beebe, or Yalda Beebe, of Wamego, Kansas
  • Alma Louise Bell of Wamego, Kansas; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Nellie M. Ansel and E. G. Foster
  • Ruby Benton, signed at Wamego, Kansas, on 6 June 1901; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Walter W. Davis and Mazie Weekly
  • Esther Benton; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Dietrich Daneke
  • Paul Berry, signed 7 March 1907 at Topeka, Kansas; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Ruth Crawford and Mrs. Gertrude Jessup Berry
  • Mrs. Gertrude Jessup Berry, signed 7 March 1907;  also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Paul Berry and Ruth Crawford
  • Georgia Bollman; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Pearl Adams
  • Rachel Boyd, signed at Wamego, Kansas on 27 December 1900, to "Sweet hart"
  • Flore Brock ?, signed at Wamego, Kansas, on 2 January 1901
  • Nellie Chadwick, signed at Wamego, Kansas, on 7 March 1901
  • Ruth Chapman of Wamego, Kansas; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: E. F. Doughty
  • Gertrude L. Childers, signed 24 September 1901; possibly Genia's teacher.  Also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: M. S.
  • Flossie Cooper, signed at Topeka, Kansas, on 12 February 1907; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Josephine M. Townsend
  • Claude Corkadel of Valley Falls, Kansas; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Ray Oliver
  • Ruth Crawford;  also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Paul Berry and Mrs. Gertrude Jessup Berry
  • Anna Crawford; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time :Kenneth Jessup
  • Leo Nancy Croff, or Cross, signed at Wamego, Kansas 28 December 1900; also siging that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Mazie Weekly  
  • Dietrich Daneke, signed at Topeka, Kansas, on 12 February 1907; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Esther Benton
  • Walter W. Davis, signed on 7 December 1906; also signingn that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Ruby Benton and Mazie Weekly
  • Tillie Detrick, signed at Wamego, Kansas
  • E. F. Doughty, or C. F. Doughty, signed 2 December 1906;  also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Ruth Chapman
  • E. G. Foster, teacher and principal, signed at Harrison School on 28 May 1907; not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Nellie M. Ansel and Alma Louise Bell
  • Telford C. Hill, Jr. of Valley Falls, Kansas
  • Robert Hill of Valley Falls, Kansas;  also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Genia's cousin Edward of St. Marys, Kansas
  • T. C. Hill, signed at Valley Falls, Kansas, on 31 March 1901; presumably Genia's paternal uncle Telford C. Hill
  • John Hill of Valley Falls, Kansas, "your little friend"
  • Miss Etta Holly of Wamego, Kansas, signed on 30 September 1902 [or 1912]
  • Golda Jacobs, Room 4, signed at Wamego, Kansas, on 22 September 1902
  • Kenneth Jessup, signed at Topeka, Kansas, on 13 November 1906;  also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Anna Crawford
  • Anna Kamm, signed at Valley Falls, Kansas, "Room 1"; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Lee Samuel
  • William Kelch, signed at Topeka, Kansas, in 1907; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Isabelle Rogers
  • Will Killough, signed at Wamego, Kansas, on 6 November [no year written]; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Chase
  • Harry King, signed 28 May 1907 at Topeka, Kansas; not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Glen Tyson
  • Lenora Lehr; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: John G. Saxe
  • Carthagenia McCormick of Wamego, Kansas; album owner.  She signed the first end paper, the title page and a page of sketched boxes where most people signed just with initials, dated 18 November 1906
  • May McCormick, signed at Wamego,Kansas on 30 July 1903; Genia's cousin, daughter of Genia's father's brother John McCormick
  • James Telford McCormick, Genia's brother, signed at Wamego, Kansas, on 8 November 1902; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: L. M. S.
  • James F. McCormick, signed at Wamego, Kansas on 9 November [no year written]; perhaps Genia's father.   Aso signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Fromie[?] Iris Armstrong
  • Emma McCoubry, signed at Topeka, Kansas, on 12 November 1906
  • Mandy Mishey, signed at Wamego, Kansas on 5 November [no year written]; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Charles S. Sturtevant
  • Marie Mullen, signed at Wamego, Kansas in March 1901
  • Glen O'Brien, signed at Wamego, Kansas on 20 February 1901
  • Ray Oliver, signed 28 May 1907; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Claude Corkadel
  • Mary Patterson, Room 2, signed on 2 January 1901; Genia's teacher.  Inscribed "Dear Sweetheart"
  • Francis Pierson, signed at Wamego, Kansas, on 6 June 1901; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Elizabeth Smith
  • Susie Proper, signed on 26 March 1903 [surname looks to have another letter after the second p, but I found a Susie Proper in Wamego, Kansas]
  • Isabelle Rogers, signed at Wamego, Kansas, on 22 September 1902; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: William Kelch
  • Minnie Root, signed at Wamego, Kansas in March 1901
  • Elsie Ruchman
  • Lee Samuel; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Anna L. Kamm.  Lee signed another page as well
  • Inez Samuselson, signed 28 May 1907; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Maude Whearty
  • John G. Saxe; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Lenora Lehr
  • Isador Scrinopskie [?], signed at Topeka, Kansas on 11 May 1904; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Lee Samuel
  • Mrs. K. C. Smick, Room 1, perhaps Genia's teacher, signed at Wamego, Kansas, on 2 January 1901
  • Elizabeth Smith, 109 Topeka Ave., Topeka, Kansas; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Francis Pierson
  • Charles S. Sturtevant, signed at Topeka, Kansas, on 28 May 1907; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Mandy Mishey
  • Josephine M. Townsend, signed at Valley Falls, Kansas.  Very faint, so not positive of surname.  Also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Flossie Cooper
  • Mrs. George Trout created teakettle shaped invitations for sewing and tea at her house on 5 November 1896.  One of the invitations was tucked into the album.
  • Glen Tyson, signed 28 December 1900 at Wamego, Kansas; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Harry King
  • Paul Vanderbloemen of Wamego, Kansas; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Flossie
  • Mazie Weekly, signed 18 November 1906; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Leo Nancy Croff.  Mazie signed another page as well.
  • Maude Whearty, signed at Wamego, Kansas, in 1902; also signing that page, not necessarily known to each other or signed at the same time: Inez Samuelson


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