Winegar Hole Wilderness

January 19, 2010

There are a number of geographic locations in the country that are named Winegar most of which  I am not able to connect with our family.  An exception to that is Winegar Hole Wilderness which is within Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Wyoming and borders on Yellowstone National Park.  The area was established to protect prime grizzly bear habitat.  I have not visited the area, but my sister Donna Holmes and her daughter Dawne have been there.  They report that it is a very primitive area and that there is not much to see.  Dawne took pictures there and I hope to get some of her pictures to add to this site.

According to Wikipedia:  The Fremont County (Idaho) history says: “The same Egin Bench was the first settlement when Stephen Winegar and his four sons, George, Willis, Leonard and John, put up the first log shelter during the summer of 1879 when they cut and stacked the wild hay in the river bottoms.  Winegar Hole and “Gideon Winegar June, 1882, carved on the cliff beside the Snake River, are reminders of these early settlers.”

My genealogical records show that Stephen Winegar had sons Gideon and Willis.  He had brothers John and George.  Leonard was a common name in the family at that time, but I don’t show him as a son to Stephen.

Family Tree Maker shows that Stephen Winegar is my second cousin four times removed.  We have common ancestors.  We are both decended from Ulrich who settled in New York in 1710 and his son Garrett. Stephen is decended from Garrett’s son Samuel while my line goes through Garrett’s son Ulrich.  Samuel had a son Samuel Thomas who was Stephen’s father.

All the attached photographs were taken by Ralph Maughan.


Find A Grave

December 15, 2009

Earlier this year, a fellow genealogist from Michigan told us about a useful site called Find A Grave.  Because I have found it to be such a help in my own research, I want to pass on the information to others.

In the words of its founder:

Find A Grave is a resource for finding the final resting place of family, friends, and ‘famous’ individuals. With millions of names and photos, it is an invaluable tool for the genealogist and family history buff. Find A Grave memorials can contain rich content including photos, biographies and dates.

Volunteers, such as my wife and myself, supply information and photos of graves and of the individual, if available.  One can do a search by name or by cemetery.  While most of the data base is of U.S. graves, the site is worldwide.  I encourage all genealogy researchers to visit this site and experience its ease of use and the value of its information.  You might find yourself volunteering a little of your time to take photographs for others or to “manage” your own virtual cemeteries.  Visit the site by going to  Happy searching!

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More Wit of W.C. Daniells

October 25, 2009
W.C. Daniells

W.C. Daniells


The following poem was not written by W.C. Daniells but was found among his other writings.  W.C. was a staunch Republican, and this poem reflects perfectly what his attitude was toward President Franklin Roosevelt.  The author is unknown.




A stranger stood at the gates of Hell,

And the Devil himself had answered the bell.

He looked him over from head to toe,

And said, “My Friend, I’d like to know

What you have done in the line of sin

To entitle you to come within?”

Then Franklin D. with his usual guile

Stepped forth and flashed his toothy smile.

“When I took charge in Thirty-three

A nation’s faith was mine,” said he.

I promised this and I promised that,

And I calmed them down with a Fireside chat,

I spent their money on fishing trips,

And fished from the decks of their Battleships,

I gave them jobs on the P.W.A.,

Then raised their taxes and took it away.

I raised their wages and closed their shops,

I killed their pigs and burned their crops.

I double-crossed both old and young,

And still, the fools, my praises sung.

I brought back beer, and what do you think?

I taxed it so high, they couldn’t drink.

I furnished money with Government loans,

When they missed a payment, I took their homes.

When I wanted to punish the folks, you know,

I put my wife on the radio.

I paid them to let their Farms lie still,

And imported Food Stuffs from Brazil.

I curtailed crops, when I felt real mean

And shipped in corn from Argentine.

When they’d start to worry, stew and fret,

I’d get them to chanting the Alphabet,

With A.A.A. and the C.C.C.

The W.P.A. and N.L.B.

With these many units, I got their goats,

And still, I crammed it down their throats.

My workers worked with the speed of snails,

While the taxpayers chewed their fingernails.

When the Organizers needed dough,

I closed the plants for the C.I.O.

I ruined jobs, and I ruined health,

And I put the screws on the rich man’s wealth.

And someone who couldn’t stand the gaff,

Would come to me, and how I’d laugh.

When they got too strong on certain things,

I’d pack and head for old Warm Springs.

I ruined their country, their homes and then

I placed the blame on Nine Old Men.

Now Franklin talked both long and loud,

And the Devil stood, and his head he bowed.

At last he said, “Let’s make it clear,

You’ll have to move, you can’t stay here;

For once you mingle with this mob,

I’ll have to hunt myself a job.”

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 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 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.



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."





The Wit of W. C. Daniells: Wolf at the Door

September 18, 2009
W.C. Daniells

W.C. Daniells

For the last two weeks I have been focused on the Winegar side of my family.  Now, I plan to spend some time on my mother’s side, the Daniells.  Will Carleton Daniells, my grandfather, was born in 1882 in Wacousta, Michigan and died in 1973.  He married Iva Bliss and had 5 daughters. He worked as a salesman for Ingersol Watch Company, a rancher, and a citrus grower.  He was one of the developers of the tangelo and was know as the Tangelo King of Florida.  He had very strong political opinions. 

I am going to begin with some humorous writings that he was particularly fond of.  These he shared with his daughters and they have been passed down to me.  I have no idea who the authors were.  This first one could easily have been written in today’s political climate and W.C. may have written it.

Dear Sir:

In reply to your request to send a check, I wish to inform you that the present condition of my bank account makes it almost impossible.  My shattered financial condition is due to Federal laws, State laws, County laws, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, and outlaws.

Through these laws I am compelled to pay a business tax, amusement tax, head tax, school tax, gas tax, light tax, water tax, sales tax, liquor tax, income tax, food tax, furniture tax, and excise tax.  I am required to get a business license, car license, operator’s license, truck license, not to mention a marriage license and dog license.

I am also required to contribute to every society and organization which the genius of man is capable of bringing to life: To women’s relief, the unemployed relief, and the gold digger’s relief.  Also to every hospital and charitable institution in the city, including the Salvation Army, Community Chest, Red Cross, Purple Cross, Double Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Y.M.C.A. and Y.W.C.A., as well as Way Stations for Wayward Girls and Boys Ranch and Boys Town.

For my own safety I am required to carry health insurance, life insurance, fire insurance, property insurance, liability insurance, earthquake insurance, tornado insurance, unemployment compensation insurance, and old age insurance.

My business is so governed that it is no easy matter to find out who owns it.  I am inspected, expected, suspected, disrespected, rejected, dejected, examined, re-examined, informed, required, summoned, fined, commanded and compelled, until I provide an inexhaustible supply of money for every known need, desire, or help of the human race.

Simply because I refuse to donate to something or other, I am boycotted, talked about, lied about, held up, held down and robbed, until I am almost ruined.

I can honestly tell you that except for a miracle that happened, I could not enclose this check.  The wolf that comes to many doors nowadays just had pups in my kitchen.  I sold them and here is the money.

Yours truly,

Children of Edwin Ashbel and Myrtie Stephenson Winegar: Donald

September 10, 2009


Donald Stephenson Winegar, my father, was born in 1909 and died in 1987.  He married Mary Deone Daniells.  My July 24th post was his biography and was part of the Coming to Wacousta series. Additional photos are included in today’s post.

Donald Winegar

Donald Winegar

Donald Winegar, 1 year old.

Donald Winegar, 1 year old.

Donald Winegar and sister Esther graduate from Lansing High School in 1928.

Donald Winegar and sister Esther graduate from Lansing High School in 1928.

Donald Winegar and his motocycle.

Donald Winegar and his motocycle.

Donald, left, with his father Edd Winegar and brothers Bill, right, and Paul, front center.

Donald, left, with his father Edd Winegar and brothers Bill, right, and Paul, front center.

One of the few pictures of the entire Edd Winegar family.  Back row left to right, Edd, Bill, Myrtie, Irene, Esther, and Donald.  Paul, front center.

One of the few pictures of the entire Edd Winegar family. Back row left to right, Edd, Bill, Myrtie, Irene, Esther, and Donald. Paul, front center.

Donald marries Mary Daniells, August 25, 1938.

Donald marries Mary Daniells, August 25, 1938.

Donald and Mary Winegar

Donald and Mary Winegar