Showing posts with label Lenney. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lenney. Show all posts

Saturday, September 2, 2017

School's in Session: Ancestors in Education

School days are here again, a good reason to remember some ancestors who were teachers or otherwise involved in education:
  • SCHWARTZ/FARKAS FAMILY: Above, my aunt Dorothy Schwartz (1919-2001), who was a high school teacher of typing, stenography, and business subjects. This is her faculty picture from a yearbook dated nearly 40 years ago. My uncle Fred Shaw (1912-1991) was a high school history teacher who wrote civics textbooks; his wife, Daisy Katz Shaw (1913-1985), was an educational guidance counselor who became Director of the Bureau of Vocational and Occupational Guidance in New York City. My great aunt, Ella Farkas Lenney (1897-1991) taught in the New York school system for years. 
  • McCLURE FAMILY: Hubby's great aunt, Lola McClure Lower (1877-1948) was a truant officer in Wabash, Indiana public schools in 1920. By 1930, her occupation had changed to "attendance officer, public schools" in Wabash (see Census excerpt above). Hubby's great aunt, Anna Adaline McClure  (1854-1928) was a teacher when she married Samuel Cook, a mason, in Petoskey, Michigan, in 1897.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sentimental Sunday - Family Song Traditions

Holidays have their own song traditions in my family tree. When the Farkas Family Tree used to gather (and we did gather during the past decade, at cousin Peter's house), we would sing our family song, loud and strong.

Here are the first stanza and chorus (song written by my great-aunt, Ella Farkas Lenney):

The Farkas clan has now all gathered
One and all are here
Time for all cares to be scattered
Faces bright and clear,
Jokes and puns and smiles and fun,
Are ready to begin,
The clan has gathered now!
Farkas, Farkas is the password.
Sing on high that it can be heard
That we all are here and now cheer:
The Farkas Family Tree!

The song goes on for two more stanzas, including married surnames of the Farkas sisters who came to America, plus married surnames of their children. The final stanza says: A proud family tree as the Farkas Clan grows on!

My sister and I and our families have a different song tradition. At the end of each family gathering (as long as our ace piano player, Andrea, is with us!), we gather around the piano and sing to "The Rose" (you know, popularized by Bette Midler). It's a roller-coaster song, mentioning downs and ups of life, but in the end, in the spring, the rose emerges. We sing it loud and try for harmony. Here's a YouTube with the song and words (NOT by us) if you want to sing along.

What are your family's song traditions?