Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Historical West Point VA Bottle

                                     HISTORICAL WEST POINT VIRGINIA BOTTLE

 While treasure hunting Saturday, I came across this curious 3 sided bottle embossed with Edwards` Banner Brand West Point Va. I purchased it without doing any research. The first thing I did was consult a friend who is a bottle expert to confirm the age and type of bottle.
So knowing it was from 1900-1910 and a pickle bottle, I set out to research the company.







   I found absolutely nothing in any West Point Virginia history or West Point Historical Society site about Edwards Pickles. There was a huge fire there in 1903 that destroyed about 52 businesses. The only mention of a pickle factory was the later business by the name of Tidewater Pickle Company, but I knew it came about in the 1920`s and was not old enough.
   Finally, Monday morning, I found an article in the Baltimore Sun dated Sept. 19, 1900 titled "West Point Va, A Live Town Situated at The Headwaters of The York River". The article was clearly promoting West Point as a prime location for business, residence and for recreation. It was a time when many businesses were opening and established businesses were opening branches there. There was the reference to the pickle company I was looking for, "while the B. W. Edwards Pickling Company opened this season and have already handled and brined over 2,000,000 cucumbers, and the season Is not yet over" 
   Now we know that the B. W. Edwards Pickling Company opened in 1900 in West Point. This is a rare lost piece of West Point Va history.

Transcript of the Sept. 19, 1900 Baltimore Sun article:


West Point, Va.
 A Live Town Situated at Headwaters of York River
But Few Vacant Houses
Important Enterprises in Operation and Other to Be Projected-Cornstalks To Be Used
Special Dispatch to The Baltimore Sun

West Point, Va., Sept. 17. This live town Is located in King William County, Va., Just at the headwaters of the York river,' about 40 miles from the bay. The town being immediately on salt water, with the finest drinking water from the celebrated artesian wells, is very healthy. These wells can be had by any citizen for the sum of $35, furnishing the best and purest drinking water. The town has about 2,000 Inhabitants and is constantly growing. Scarcely a vacant house can be found in town at this time. There are several Important factories In operation and building, while others are contemplating locating here on account of the many natural advantages, such as line climate, cheap labor, deep water frontage, fine rail and water facilities, good drinking water and free sites and other good natural advantages. The oyster industry is very large and is constantly growing. There are already five large packers and shippers here the Stansbury Packing Company, the A. F. Smither Company. Dr.  Geo. W. Richardson, Capt.  J. Willie Marshall and Capt. J. L. Mulford. These gentlemen work a large force and buy a quantity of oysters, besides what they grow themselves. The York River Oyster is taking a stand with the best and most celebrated of the country, and are shipped in large quantities South, West, East and North. The Stansbury Company also handles in season a large quantity of fresh fish, peas, peaches, berries and tomatoes. Their celebrated York River brands of packed  goods has taken a stand at the top of tho market. The Ammonds Pickling Company, of Richmond, Va., opened a brining house here last season, where they handled many cucumbers. This season they are handling many more, while the B. W. Edwards Pickling Company opened this season and have already handled and brined over 2,000,000 cucumbers, and the season Is not yet over.
To Utilize Cornstalks 
The Marsden Company, of Philadelphia, have located one of their factories at this place and are spending about $150,000 in buildings and machinery. They will begin operations about December 1, 1000, when they will buy all of the waste cornstalks, usually thrown away or burned by the farmer to get off his land. This company will manufacture many and various articles from the inner portion of the stalk, making a very fine feed of the outer portion. They will buy every cornstalk grown within five miles of our three rivers, giving the farmers a good price for an article they are glad to have removed from their lands. The Wheeler & Denmead Bros.' shipyard and marine railway Is located here, where any vessel can be repaired, from the scraping and repainting of Its bottom, to finishing the highest mast for the same. There are many stores of each kind here, and any goods wanted clothing, furniture, groceries, hardware, machinery, vehicles and farm Implements can be had as cheap as In the large cities. There is yet room for many other  factories, such as furniture, shoes, glass, spokes, hubs, buggies, wagons, brooms, etc. The town and people will give free sites, free of taxation, etc.
A Good Farming Section 
The surrounding country is a good farming section. King William County is noted for its fine wheat, grass, cattle, truck, fruit and vegetable lands. The farmlands are yet cheap and can be bought on reasonable terms. The town and country is reached daily by fine steamers from Baltimore, Md., Norfolk. Va., and three trains a day from Richmond, Va. There is no denying the fact that this region is an excellent one for sportsmen. The fields and marshes are every season alive with the cries of plover, graybacks, golden-plover, snipe, yellow-shanks, willet and doe birds, all fat and Juicy from feeding upon the richest food, obtained both from land and water. Later the succulent butterballs fall in hundreds beneath the aim of the marksmen. When cold weather has set in red-head, mallard and black ducks, springtails, blackheads, and gray-winged and blue-winged teal trail heron from the North In countless myriads and make the waters of the York, the Pamunkey and the Mattaponi their feeding-grounds for many weeks.
 Ideal  place for Fishermen 
For the fisherman who comes hither the greatest delights are in store. In the waters of the three rivers, which meet in front of the Terminal Hotel, are  never  failing schools of the rarest and gamest  fish the snapper, with scales of burnished red; sheepshead, crafty and vicious in content with angler; Jumping mullets, shaped like trout, but with broader heads; low-finned trout, whose habitat is salt water- shad, rivaling in flavor and firmness of flesh their far-famed migratory fellows of the Delaware; pompano, excelling  in sweetness their brethren of Mobile bay; spots, second only in the list of panfish and deriving their name from a brilliant disk behind their gills: chicken-halibut, placed in these waters some 15 years ago by the United States Fish Commissioner, and more popular than all, the rock and the croaker. The business men of the town have recently organized a business men's association and are making efforts to get other Industries located in the town by offering special Inducements. Mr. Ned Bland is president and E. Wilkinson, Jr., secretary. The schools of the town are good, a good -graded free school, with three teachers, while Prof. J. T. Walker.  A. B., has a very fine academy for boys and young men, who are prepared for business or college. Mrs. W. R. Broadus has made a line reputation for her seminary for young ladies and girls, who are given the usual English branches, with the languages and music.

B. W. Edwards in the 1900 Federal Census for the town of West Point Va listed as a merchant with a wife and eight children. Third man listed on line 6. In the 1880 Census, he was still living in Rivanna, Albemarle County Va. and listed as a Carpenter.



While Brice William Edwards was engaged in the lumber business as early as 1897 in Baltimore, It seems  he was instrumental in the building up of West Point Virginia from about 1900-1903. He was also involved in local politics.  I found several articles in the Richmond Dispatch. Jan. 26, 1898, Arrivals Baltimore 25 Jan. 1898, Schooner Charles Linthicum, Colsten from Bermuda Hundred, lumber to Edwards & Asendorf. (Asendorff was his partner for a while). Feb. 12, 1901 Mr. Edwards authorized B.W. Hefferson and J. L. Munford to erect a wharf, dock or pier on their lots situated in the Town of West Point. 7 May 1901, Arrival, Baltimore, 6 May, Schooner Maggie, Simmons, from Sander`s Va., Lumber to Edwards & Asendorf. May 11, 1901, Mr. Simon Lichty,  and listed as German Yiddish and a merchant living in West Point in 1900, removed his family to Portsmouth, where in partnership with Mr. B.W. Edwards, he is successfully engaged in business. Lichty is listed as a Jeweler in 1910 with his own store in Portsmouth. April 18, 1902, Edwards was running for Mayor against A. W. Eastwood. May 24, 1902 he lost the election to A.W. Eastwood. January 24, 1903 he suspends publication of "The State Republican" which he has been publishing for the last six moths. The town is in darkness because the electric plant is in want of fuel. 
He must have moved to Baltimore after the 1903 fire in West Point and concentrated on his lumber business. His sons joined him in the lumber business and his business at death was listed as B.W. Edwards & Sons. He died of a heart attack Sept. 6, 1908. He was originally from Albemarle County Virginia. 

7 Sept. 1908 Baltimore Sun




Also included his daughter`s U.S. Passport Application with photo of her and younger brother.

The Edwards` Banner Brand West Point Va bottle sold to a West Point Va collector.
 

Monday, November 7, 2016


A Series of two Folk Art Paintings by the 
Late, Virginia, Visionary Folk Artist 
Michael Lee Cook 
Presented by Sunday Historical

These two animal and flower themed paintings, Skippy and Her Kits and Backyard Rabbits are for sale now on Sunday Historical`s web store sundayhistorical.com or can be purchased locally. Both are acrylic, 16 x 20, framed and signed by the artist.

In November 2016, fourteen of Michael Cook`s  Halloween series paintings sold to one buyer who felt a deep connection with the paintings.

MICHAEL LEE COOK  1956-2014
Ruther Glen Virginia
Gallery Association: America Oh Yes at Hilton Head Island, SC and Washington, DC
Work shown at other Venues: The Inn at Glen Echo, Glen Echo, Maryland; Washington Design Center, Art on Six, Washington, DC; Folkfest, Atlanta, Georgia
The Bio below was used on the America Oh Yes Gallery website in the late 1990`s, where he had his first shows and enjoyed success as a Visionary Folk Artist.          

“Michael Cook's interest in art began more than twenty five years ago during high school. He has no formal training and previous efforts in art were restricted to pencil sketching. A few years after high school Michael's creative endeavors fell by the wayside and receded into the past, for the most part forgotten. During the intervening years he worked in a environmental/technical engineering field, including a stint as a facility manager for a public utility. In August of 1998 Michael was involved in a motorcycle accident. This became a crux for reflection and change. He walked out of a fourteen year career and started his own business. Finding some success but little satisfaction, he culled the business back and took a job to pay the bills, and began painting. These paintings seem to fill a deep need for primitive spiritual expression. Their source is Michael's remembrances as a child in Arkansas. He finds it very odd, but compelling to be involved in art after so many years. Michael spent much time and effort seeking what had always been right in front of him.”

SKIPPY AND HER KITS, ACRYLIC, 16 X 20, SIGNED




BACKYARD RABBITS, ACRYLIC, 16 X 20, SIGNED

Contact me at info@sundayhistorical.com with inquiries about the paintings.
Respectful comments welcome.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Folk Artist Michael L. Cook: 14 Halloween Paintings For Sale


Sunday Historical is Proud to Present 
A series of Halloween Paintings by the 
Late Virginia Visionary Folk Artist Michael Lee Cook.
These 14 vintage acrylic on canvas paintings will be on display at vendor space SUN at Cold Harbor Antique Mall starting Saturday October 8, 2016, and are FOR SALE."Trick or Treat" is for sale now on Sunday Historical`s web store sundayhistorical.com. Look for the other 13 for sale online soon.

MICHAEL LEE COOK  1956-2014
Ruther Glen Virginia
Gallery Association: America Oh Yes at Hilton Head Island, SC and Washington, DC
Work shown at other Venues: The Inn at Glen Echo, Glen Echo, Maryland; Washington Design Center, Art on Six, Washington, DC; Folkfest, Atlanta, Georgia
The Bio below was used on the America Oh Yes Gallery website in the late 1990`s, where he had his first shows and enjoyed success as a Visionary Folk Artist.           

“Michael Cook's interest in art began more than twenty five years ago during high school. He has no formal training and previous efforts in art were restricted to pencil sketching. A few years after high school Michael's creative endeavors fell by the wayside and receded into the past, for the most part forgotten. During the intervening years he worked in a environmental/technical engineering field, including a stint as a facility manager for a public utility. In August of 1998 Michael was involved in a motorcycle accident. This became a crux for reflection and change. He walked out of a fourteen year career and started his own business. Finding some success but little satisfaction, he culled the business back and took a job to pay the bills, and began painting. These paintings seem to fill a deep need for primitive spiritual expression. Their source is Michael's remembrances as a child in Arkansas. He finds it very odd, but compelling to be involved in art after so many years. Michael spent much time and effort seeking what had always been right in front of him.”

All paintings in this series are Acrylic on Canvas. 12 are framed with plexiglass covers.
These photos don`t do justice to the colors and details of these paintings.
13 CATS acrylic on canvas 16x20, Framed


Close up of signature

TRICK OR TREAT  14x16, Framed $300

13 RACOONS 14x18, Framed $300

13 RATS 16x20, Framed  $350
13 RAZORBACKS 18x24, Framed $450

13 SQUIRRELS 14x18, Framed $300
PUMPKIN KING 16x20, Framed $350

13 BUZZARDS 16x20, Framed $350
PUMPKIN PATCH CATS 14x18, unframed $300
13 POSSUMS 14x18, Framed $300
13 GOATS 18x24, Framed $450
13 GOATS closeup
13 PUMPKINS 14x16, Framed $275

HALLOWEEN BOUQUET 12x16, unframed $225
13 CROWS 14x16, Framed $275

If you have questions or are interested in purchasing any of these fabulous Folk Art Paintings, please contact Laura at info@sundayhistorical.com. I will list what you are interested in online immediately.

Thanks for viewing the blog, respectful comments welcome.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

George C. McGhee WWII Navy Air Intelligence Officer Uniform

        WWII Navy Air Intelligence Officer Uniform ID`d to 

Ambassador George C. McGhee


George C, McGhee Navy Air Intelligence Uniform Coat & Trousers



Both custom tailored coat and trousers have custom name tag sewn in. The number A10449 is inside the coat sleeve and underside of front trouser pocket. McGhee is in faded ink on inside trouser pocket as well as other numbers. There are a few moth holes on both pieces.  Ambassador George Crews McGhee (1912-2005) was a Rhodes Scholar, oil entrepreneur, naval officer, statesman, diplomat, and philanthropist who became a central figure in postwar American diplomacy by helping to create and shape U.S. economic, military, and petroleum ties from Europe to the Far East. Over the course of his long career he served four presidents, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, and twice served as ambassador.
At the outbreak of World War II George Crews McGhee entered the service of his country as a staff member in the Office of Production Management and on the War Production Board. He made his biggest contribution serving as a naval air intelligence officer in the Pacific on the staff of General Curtis E. LeMay. This service earned him the Legion of Merit in 1945. After the war, McGhee  joined the State Department in 1946. 8th United States Ambassador to Turkey, 4th United States Ambassador to West Germany.
Lt. Rank on sleeves




Custom Tailored Name tag sewn in both uniform pieces


WWII
"The next three months (November 1944 through January 1945) were frustrating, to say the least. Schools worked hard to train the lead crews, determined to improve bombing accuracy. Enormous efforts were made to upgrade maintenance. The depot had to start all over again, and in the meantime the air supply from Sacramento had to be improved. More missions were run against Japanese engine and aircraft factories. But the weather was a terrible opponent, and there was no intelligence of its movements. Japanese fighter opposition was desperate but not deadly, at least in comparison with German fighters. Air kamikaze-ramming tactics were tried with some success. Morale was a critical problem. The airplane engines were still unreliable. Aircraft disabled from combat or other causes were 1,500 miles from friendly territory. The crews had the choice of drowning or bailing out over Japan, to be executed by maddened Japanese. The U.S. Navy contributed tremendously to morale by stationing rescue submarines at intervals along the route. Their performance was superb. One submarine entered Tokyo Bay in daylight and picked up a B-29 crewright under the guns of the Japanese. From November 1944 to August 1945, 600 Twentieth Air Force flyers were saved in open-sea rescues. The system involved Navy flying boats, B-17s (Dumbos) carrying droppable lifeboats, B-29s (Superdumbos), and submarines, all under Navy control. The system was largely the achievement of my Navy Liaison Officer, Comdr. George C. McGhee."
Reference: The Strategic Air War Against Germany and Japan: A Memoir Haywood S. Hansell, Jr. USAF Retired


Photo from Sooner Mag Sept. 1946 article "With the Armed Forces"




Label over inside coat pocket
At the beginning of World War II McGhee was a member of the staff of the Office of Production Management and a member of the War Production Board. Commissioned into the U.S. Navy, McGhee served as a naval air intelligence officer on the staff of Army Air Force General Curtis E. LeMay, for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Lt. Rank

Inside coat sleeve

A10449 written inside coat sleeve

Matching Trousers

Custom Tailored Name tag sewn in both uniform pieces

A10449 written inside both uniform pieces

Back of trousers
1943 Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Naval and Reserve

Uniform has been lost for years. McGhee`s Officer's Dress Blue Uniform and Hat are on display at Cold Harbor Antique Mall in Mechanicsville Virginia.
This piece of history is for sale at SundayHistorical.com and will help me continue my project to bring great historical items to light. My hope is that a military or other collector will buy this uniform and donate it to a museum for all to enjoy. Serious collectors please contact me at info@sundayhistorical. 

It can be purchased on my eBay Store Blueprinter1995 (Item ID: 131916891825)


10%
of the sale of this item will benefitHire Our Heroes

The mission of Hire Our Heroes (HOH) is to empower transitioning veterans with the knowledge, skills, and innovative tools necessary to secure employment after serving our country.


Great work is being done in the State of Virginia by The McGhee Foundation: The mission of The McGhee Foundation is to continue the educational and humanitarian legacy of U. S. Ambassador George C. McGhee (1912-2005) by supporting projects and programs that provide inspirational learning opportunities and enrich the lives of residents in the Virginia Piedmont area.
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Virginia Volunteers M1902 Dress Frock Coat
Colonel & Aide de Camp

Identified officer was Colonel & Aide de Camp to Governor E.L. Trinkle. See photo below of Register Officers Virginia Volunteers from State Archives at the Library of Virginia. Officer listed as "Colonel & Aide de Camp, staff of Governor & Commander & Chief" This officer, Irving Vallandigham Parham was a prominent citizen of Petersburg Virginia. He was one of several civic leaders who were instrumental in having Camp Lee built at the present Fort Lee site in WWI. He lost his right hand and possibly part of his arm around 1913. The shoulder cord is on the left shoulder as found. Not sure if this because of the missing limb or if it is historically correct. Parham served on the Chamber of Commerce, was Mayor of Petersburg, but resigned to become City Treasurer, where he remained for 30 years up until his death in 1961.


M1902 Pattern 



This beautiful uniform and Governor`s Staff photo can be seen in my space at Cold Harbor Antique Mall in Mechanicsville, VA.
It can be seen anytime at my online store sundayhistorical.com



Below is page 129 of the register of officers in the Virginia Volunteers.
Register Officers Virginia Volunteers from State Archives at the Library of Virginia


The obituary for I. Val Parham in The Progress-Index newspaper is provided as a source of background information and it contains his photograph.
Obituary for I. Val Parham 1961

I. Val Parham`s cousin Henry V. Parham was Captain of the Petersburg Guard in 1917.
Add  5 strand heavy bullion quatrefoil of a Colonel


Virginia State Seal Buttons
Colonel rank eagle on shoulder knot

Back view of coat showing 4 buttons

Typo on first initial