The Daniells Sisters: Pictures of the Early Years

October 19, 2009

The five Daniells sisters enjoyed doing things together, and there were many opportunities for group pictures.  In previous posts, I have focused primarily on individual sisters.  Today, I will share group pictures.

Iva with Dora and baby Mary, 1911

Iva with Dora and baby Mary, 1911

Baby Mary and Dora with parents Iva and W.C. Daniells, 1911

Baby Mary and Dora with parents Iva and W.C. Daniells, 1911

Iva with Dora, Mary, and Betty, 1914

Iva with Dora, Mary, and Betty, 1914

Parents Iva and W.C. with Dora, Mary, and Betty, ca 1913

Parents Iva and W.C. with Dora, Mary, and Betty, ca 1913

Iva holds Eleanor while Dora, Mary, and Betty ride the horse.

Iva holds Eleanor while Dora, Mary, and Betty ride the horse.

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora Daniells, 1917

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora Daniells, 1917

Left to right, Iva with Jean, Dora, Eleanor, Mary, and Betty, ca 1921

Left to right, Iva with Jean, Dora, Eleanor, Mary, and Betty, ca 1921

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora, ca 1918

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora, ca 1918

A "band" of sisters: Dora, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Jean

A "band" of sisters: Dora, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Jean, ca 1929


Children of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells: Eleanor

October 15, 2009
 
Eleanor Daniells
Eleanor Daniells

Eleanor Grace, the fourth daughter of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells, was born April 30, 1916, at the Pivot near Wacousta, Michigan.  She attended school in Wacousta and then moved to Eustis, Florida, where she graduated from high school.  Like her sisters, Eleanor attended Florida State Womens College and graduated with a degree in music education.  She later earned a Masters in Music from Northwestern University.  As a graduation present for her Masters degree, her father W.C. Daniells bought her the finest violin he could find, a Claude Pierray violin made in the 1700’s.  The violin is now owned by Eleanor’s niece Katy Webster. 

Eleanor Daniells - 1Eleanor taught music at Culver Stockton College in Missouri.  She then accepted a position to teach in the Escuela Americana in El Salvador and taught there for several years.  At the end of her assignment there, her sisters Mary and Betty and I flew to El Salvador and drove back with her through El Salvador, Guatemala,  and Mexico.  We had many adventures in her four passenger Austin Cambridge. 

Eleanor never married, but she was very close to her 11 nieces and nephews. 

Eleanor taught for one year at the University of Tampa and then transferred to East Tennessee State University where she taught in the music education department until her retirement.  She then moved to Bishops Glenn Retirement Home in Holly Springs, Florida, where she had an apartment near her sister Mary.  She selected an apartment with an over-sized living room to accommodate her large Baldwin grand piano.

Besides her work at the University, throughout her life Eleanor was involved in P.E.O. and with the Presbyterian Church.  Up until shortly before her death, she played the organ at her church in Daytona Beach.  She also played the piano for chapel at Bishops Glenn.  She played the viola de gamba and the recorder in various musical societies. 

Eleanor loved to travel.  She attended music workshops all over the world and enjoyed Smithsonian tours.  Sometimes her sister Betty would join her. 

Eleanor died in 2008 and is buried in Wacousta Cemetery, Wacousta, Michigan, next to her beloved sister Betty and near her mother and four sisters.  To view a memorial for Eleanor Daniells, click on the highlighted link.

Iva Bliss Daniells and Eleanor, 1916

Iva Bliss Daniells and Eleanor, 1916

Eleanor, about 2 years of age

Eleanor, about 2 years of age

Eleanor, about 2 years old

Eleanor, about 2 years old

Eleanor Daniells, all dressed up.

Eleanor Daniells, all dressed up.

Eleanor Daniells

Eleanor takes a bow.

Eleanor takes a bow.

Eleanor and her car, Sept. 6, 1948.

Eleanor and her car, Sept. 6, 1948.

Eleanor in cap and gown.

Eleanor in cap and gown.

Eleanor Daniells - 4

Eleanor makes a Bear Paw quilt,1986

Eleanor makes a Bear Paw quilt,1986

Eleanor at the Cottage.

Eleanor at the Cottage.


Children of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells: Betty

October 12, 2009
Betty Daniells

Betty Daniells

Estella Elizabeth “Betty” Daniells was the third daughter of Will Carleton and Iva Daniells.  She was born at the Pivot in Wacousta, Michigan, on September 30, 1912.  She attended elementary school in Wacousta and high school in Eustis, Florida.  Like her two older sisters she attended Florida State College for Women and graduated with a degree in Education.  She never married.  I believe that originally she taught English, but at the beginning of World War Two there was a need to teach mathematics to servicemen.  Betty volunteered to do this, saying that, since she had struggled with math, she could understand her students’ problems and could help them.  Apparently, the subject appealed to her since she spent the rest of her career teaching math.  Most of her career was spent teaching at Lake Wales High School in Florida.  Her strength in language was also obvious, and she was the family grammar expert.  

After retirement, Betty devoted much of her time as the family historian and genealogist.  She traveled widely in the U. S. and England collecting information, and she corresponded with numerous researchers.  I still have boxes of her data that I have not had time to organize and enter into Family Tree Maker.  She tracked each of her ancestors back as far as possible and found one line through Julia Coleman and the Plowmans that she traced back to around the first century.  The family trees became so extensive that she plotted them on window shades which could be unrolled to follow them.  According to her records, we are descended from many European kings including Old King Cole who really did exist around the 5th century in England. 

Betty died in 1995 and is buried next to her sister Eleanor.

Click on the highlighted link to view the Betty Daniells Memorial.

Betty Daniells at 3 years old.

Betty Daniells at 3 years old.

Dora, Mary, Iva, and W.C. Daniells holding Betty.

Dora, Mary, Iva, and W.C. Daniells holding Betty.

Betty feeds the chickens.

Betty feeds the chickens.

Betty Daniells at about 3 years of age.

Betty Daniells at about 3 years of age.

Betty Daniells, about 1930.

Betty Daniells, about 1930.

Betty in 1931 as a Freshman at Florida State Women's College.

Betty in 1931 as a Freshman at Florida State Women's College.

Betty in the 1940's.

Betty in the 1940's.

Betty, 1962

Betty, 1962

Betty with Eleanor and Mary at the Cottage.

Betty with Eleanor and Mary at the Cottage.

 


Children of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells: Mary

October 7, 2009
Mary Deone Daniells Winegar

Mary Deone Daniells Winegar

My mother Mary Deone was born to Iva Bliss and Will Carleton Daniells on December 15, 1910, in Mercedes, Texas.  She was the only one of the five Daniells sisters who was not born in Wacousta.   

When she was about six months old, the Daniells family moved to Chicago and, about 18 months later, to Watertown Township near Wacousta.  Except for her third grade year, Mary and her sisters attended Watertown Center School until she completed eighth grade.  The family spent her third grade year in Tavares, Florida.  In 1923, the family moved to Eustis, Florida, where Mary graduated from high school.

Like her sister Dora, Mary attended Florida State College for Women, now Florida State University.  She completed three years of college there but was forced to drop out due to health problems.  She moved to Wacousta where her mother was living.  Mary completed her college education and received her degree in music education from Albion College in Michigan. 

Mary’s first teaching job was at the Everett School in Lansing where she taught first and second grade.  Then she taught for two years in Grand Ledge, Michigan, where she taught first and second grade music, Jr. High music, and ninth grade grammar and literature.
Mary Winegar reads her Bible at the cottage, 1986

Mary Winegar reads her Bible at the cottage, 1986

In 1938 Mary married Donald Stephenson Winegar at the Pivot in Wacousta.  The newly married couple honeymooned at the cottage built by Orla and Kate Bailey and which my wife and I now own. 

Mary and Donald had four children, Donna Lorraine, Mary Elaine, James Steven, and Carleton David.  After her marriage to Donald, Mary devoted her life to raising their children and assisting Donald while he completed his education and in his ministry.

Within a few years of Donald’s death in 1987, Mary moved into Bishops Glenn Retirement Home where she and her sister Eleanor had apartments on the same floor.  Mary died in 2003 at the age of 92 surrounded by loving family members.

More details on Mary’s life can be found in the July 26, 2009 post.

To see a Memorial for Mary Daniells Winegar, click the link.

Iva Daniells holds baby Mary

Iva Daniells holds baby Mary

Iva Daniells cares for baby Mary in Mercedes, Texas

Iva Daniells cares for baby Mary in Mercedes, Texas

Iva with Dora and baby Mary, 1911

Iva with Dora and baby Mary, 1911

Iva with 4-year-old Mary, Dora, and Betty, 1914

Iva with 4-year-old Mary, Dora, and Betty, 1914

Mary, 1933

Mary, 1933

Mary Daniells

Mary Daniells

Mary Daniells

Mary Daniells

 
The five Daniells sisters at Dora's wedding.  From left to right, Jean Lowell, Eleanor Daniells, Betty Daniells, Mary Winegar, John and Dora Panchik.

The five Daniells sisters at Dora's wedding. From left to right, Jean Lowell, Eleanor Daniells, Betty Daniells, Mary Winegar, John and Dora Panchik.

Mary Winegar on the porch at the cottage, 1992

Mary Winegar on the porch at the cottage, 1992


Children of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells: Dora

October 5, 2009

Dora Katherine Daniells was born in 1908 at the Pivot in Wacousta, Michigan. She grew up in Wacousta, Michigan, and Eustis, Florida.  She was the first of the five Daniells sisters to attend Florida State Woman’s College, now Florida State University, and  graduated with a degree in music education.  She taught music in the public schools in Detroit and was involved in the music programs of several churches.  She helped her sister, Mary pay for her education at Florida State.  This tradition of one sister helping to pay for the next to attend college was continued until all five sisters graduated from college.  This was an amazing accomplishment in an era when few women attended college at all.

Dora married John Panchik in 1950 at the Pivot in Wacousta.  She lost her sight due to diabetes but still played the piano.  Family recordings made shortly before her death show a very powerful performance. She died in 1983.

Dora Daniells as an infant.

Dora Daniells as an infant.

Dora at age 5

Dora at age 5

Dora Daniells, farm girl.

Dora Daniells, farm girl.

Dora

Dora

Dora in 1937, age 29

Dora in 1937, age 29

Dora and John Panchik's Wedding

Dora and John Panchik's Wedding

The Daniells sisters at the wedding of Dora and John.

The Daniells sisters at the wedding of Dora and John.

Dora

Dora

Dora and John Panchik in 1962

Dora and John Panchik in 1962

John Panchik

John Panchik

John Panchik, undated

John Panchik, undated


More Wit of W.C. Daniells: The Truman Memorial

October 2, 2009
Today’s post is the second example of the humor of W.C. Daniells.  Again, I don’t know who may have written this piece but its survival in his papers show that he enjoyed it and that he was no fan of Harry Truman or of government interference in his business.

Dear Fellow Traveler:

I have the distinguished honor of being a member of a committee to raise 50 billion dollars for placing a statue of Truman in the Hall of Fame in Washington.

We have decided not to tease it by placing it next to George Washington who never told a lie, not next to Abraham Lincoln who is known as “Honest Abe,” not next to Thomas Jefferson who spurned a third term.  The committee was in quite a quandary, but after careful deliberation, it was decided to place the statue next to Columbus, who, after all, did not know where he was going, did not know where he was when he got there, not where he had been when he returned home.  But he did the whole trip on borrowed money.

The inscription to be engraved on the Truman statue will read: “I pledge allegiance to Harry Truman and to the indebtedness for which he stands – one man, indispensable, with corruption for all.”

Five thousand years ago, Moses said:  “Pick up thy shovels, mount thine ass and camel, and I will lead you to the promised land.”  Five thousand years later, Truman said, “Lay down thy shovels, sit on thine ass, light up a Camel, this is the promised land.”

If you are one of those who dare to have money left after your taxes are paid, we will expect a liberal contribution.

Sincerely, 

  

W.C. Daniells

W.C. Daniells

Allan and W.C. Daniells, 1899.  The photo is entitled on the back as "Making Both Ends Meet."

Allan and W.C. Daniells, 1899. The photo is entitled on the back as "Making Both Ends Meet."

 

 

 
 

 


Family Photos: Carey Reed and Catherine Daniells and Their Children

October 1, 2009

The last five posts have focused on photos of individual children of Carey Reed and Katie Daniells.  Today’s post includes the group family photos that I have.  If anyone wants the names of the individuals in the pictures, please contact me and I can provide the names.

The Carey Reed Daniells Family, ca 1900.

The Carey Reed Daniells Family, ca 1900.

The Carey Reed and Katie Daniells family, September 1897

The Carey Reed and Katie Daniells family, September 1897

The Daniells brothers and sisters.

The Daniells brothers and sisters. Left to right, Lucinda, W.C., Allan, Mary, and Estee.

The Daniells Brothers and Sisters.

The Daniells Brothers and Sisters. Left to right, Estee, Mary, Allan, W.C., and Lucinda.

The Daniells-Bliss family picture, ca 1924.

The Daniells-Bliss family picture, ca 1924.


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