A small item in the newspaper can lead to bigger and better things.
I’ve written about this topic in the past:
I found the following small death notice and thought I would see if I could find a tree for her.
I thought that maybe her relatives didn’t have her exact death date and this would give it to them. I looked around but could not find a good tree, so I created a tree for her.
As I started putting in items on to the tree I finally got some family trees as hints. I looked at those trees and sent them the small death item and link. I noticed that none of the trees had Leon’s occupation as it was listed on Lida’s news item; “…radio commentator and former national price administrator.”
I picked up all the hints for Leon and there were quite a few travel lists, a passport, other not common documents for security. I even found two different passport applications with his photo and made a screen print of one. [My readers will recall how I’ve captured passport photo’s in the past — https://newspaperproject2012.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/passport-applications/ –]
I then thought if he was such a big wig maybe there are some news items about him.
Well, as Gomer Pyle would say “Surprise, surprise, surprise”
Washington, June 27 – AP –
“Price Administrator Leon Henderson said today…”
Ellensburg Daily Record – Jun 27, 1941
Nashua, N H
The Telegraph – Jul 8, 1941
Spartanburg, S C
Herald-Journal – Jul 1, 1941
resignation of Leon Henderson
The Bulletin – Dec 19, 1942
Leon Henderson former national administrator
of the Office of Price Administration
The Norwalk Hour – Apr 28, 1945
Leon as seen by the newspaper columnist
The Free Lance-Star – Jan 2, 1943
Leon Henderson Economist Mar 1948
The Free Lance-Star – Mar 19, 1948
I made some screen prints of the items and put them on the tree.
I also contacted the tree owners and told them that Leon (their relative) was famous and gave them all the links.
So as you can see a small item can yield bigger and better things.
I hope this post has given you some information and some entertainment.