Wordless Wednesday

This is a letter from the Chicago Cubs organization to my grandfather, Bill Bass (William Peter Bass) in 1939 asking him to try out for the Cubs baseball team (he was 20 years old at the time). Unfortunately, he didn’t make it, but it’s cool nonetheless and good for him for trying!

“Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.” ― Roy T. Bennett

Tombstone Tuesday — Johanna Ooms

I find tombstones very interesting. My father and I have visited several cemeteries in search of ancestors — this is something I don’t tell people because they may think I’m odd. But I know other family historians (and my father) thank goodness completely understand me. Today’s tombstone is interesting because it is in Dutch. Johanna Ooms was only 18 years old when she died of cancer of the knee. She was one of my father’s aunts and the first of Adam and Gertrude (Dekker) Ooms’ twelve children. The verse underneath the dates means “I will sing eternally of God’s Mercy” (from Psalm 89). Even with Google translate it took awhile to figure out the translation, and “goedertierenheen” came up with some strange translations. Even if I typed the entire verse in, it didn’t come out right. “I will sing simply from God’s good tires” for sure is not correct.

Dutch names

In my first post about Johannes Ambuul, I mentioned there were three sons named Willem. After the first Willem died, the next son was also named Willem, and then again for the third after the second Willem died. This custom was in line with the traditional Dutch practice of baby naming at that time. It usually followed this pattern:

–First-born son is named after paternal grandfather

–First-born daughter is named after maternal grandmother

–Second son is named after maternal grandfather

–Second son is named after paternal grandmother

For the rest of the lot, children were many times named after uncles and aunts.

However, if a son died before his next brother was born, the younger brother was usually given the same name, and it was the same for a daughter. If the father died before his son was born, the son was usually named after him, the same with the mother.

I have not fully researched Johannes Ambuul’s family line, but what I have found on a couple of other private family websites (all data needs to be confirmed) is his father’s name was Willem. I’m going to guess that is correct.