January 2008

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CBC Genealogy Series

Over the fall of ’07 and through the winter of ’08, the CBC has been airing a  half hour television series called “Who Do You Think You Are?”, “a genealogy series in which 13 well known Canadians set out to discover their family roots”.  I think I’ve seen every episode aired thus far and I can say, it’s fun and intriguing to watch each of these people explore their family history.  “Who Do You Think You Are?” is presently airing on CBC TV on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. est.

It’s only recently that I found this funeral program for my great-grandmother, “Muzz” (Alberta Johnston Long (Stone) ). I had thought that she was buried in Texas, but apparently she was interned in Webster Groves, Missouri.

Below: My mother, Betty Gene Stone with her grandmother, Alberta Johnston Stone (Long), 1941.

Below: Alberta Johnston Long (Stone) Funeral Program.

It reads:

“In Remembrance

Alberta Johnston Stone

Born Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1876

Pacific, Mo.

Died Sunday, June 14, 1964

Kingsville, Texas

Memorial Services

Tuesday, June 16, 1964

Webster Groves Christian Church

Dr. Raymond McCallister

officiated

Internment

Oak Hill Cemetery

Service conducted by

Mittelberg-Gerber Colonial Chapel

Webster Groves, Mo.”

Above: Walter Corey Stone, Sr. & Alberta Johnston Long.

I don’t have any memory of my great grandparents on my mother’s paternal side other than what I see of them in family photos. Walter Corey Stone, Sr. passed away before I was born (in 1952) and Grandma Alberta (who was always called “Muzz”, though my mother never knew how she came to have that nickname) passed away when I was five or six (in 1964). Their marriage bore four children, three males and one female: Edwin Eli (m. Dorthy Crowe), Walter Corey Jr. (m. Grace Hicks Walker), Thyra Alberta (m. Ralph Davis), and Arthur Kenneth (“Uncle Kenneth”) (m. Margarie Castanie; m. Doris Ralls; m. Mary Edmondson). Below is a photo taken in 1949 at their 5oth wedding anniversary in Kingsville, Texas.

Front Row, L-R: Thyra Stone (Davis), Baby Girl Stone, Walter C. Stone, Sr., Alberta Johnston Long (Stone), Grace Hicks Walker (Stone), Dorthy Crowe (Stone).

Back Row, L-R: James Edwin Stone (holding Frances Stone), Frances (maiden name..?) Stone, Walter Corey Stone, Jr., Ralph Davis, Edwin Stone, Alan Stone, Betty Stone (Becker), Ben Long, Richard Stone, Marian (maiden name..?) Stone, David Stone.