Category Archives: 1934

Grandpa’s Second Wife (Mix/Keesler)

Today’s post is a picture of John Elmer Mix, my great-great-grandfather. He was born 150 years ago (28 Aug. 1864) and died 25 Jan. 1951. According to the note MY grandfather (John Dayton Mix) wrote on the original of this photo, it was taken in 1940. The woman with him was his second wife, Winifred (Keesler) Mix.

John’s first wife, Mary (Knapp) Mix, died in 1932. He then married Winifred on 9 December 1934 in Wellsville, Allegany County, NY.

MIX JE+Win 1940


For an earlier blog post about John Elmer Mix, click below:

– Four Narrowly Escape Death

– Hollywood Star: Tom Mix

– Grandpa’s Little Girl

– WILL: John E. Mix

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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in 1864, 1932, 1934, 1940, 1951, Mix, Photo, Will


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Grandma Beryl

Fifteen years ago today, my wife’s grandmother, Beryl Whittemore Howell Perez, died. Two days later I had the honor of officiating for her funeral.

Beryl ~20

BORN:  12 Mar 1912 in Eldred, PA (McKean County)

DIED: 4 May 1998 in Bradford, PA  (McKean County)

FATHER: Harry Orman Whittemore (1888-1952)

MOTHER: Mabel Evelyn Bennett (1888-1953)

MARRIED: Twice: (1) 12 Jan 1934 to Clifton E. Howell (1912-1967)

(2) 23 Jun 1973 to Gusto Perez (died 1986)


Grandma Beryl was spunky and witty. Her mind was sharp and she was nigh unto unbeatable in Scrabble. When my wife and I announced our engagement, she sent me a card that showed a small dog on the front with these words: “When I heard the news I was so excited…” The message continued on the inside of the card: “I piddled.”

Grandma Beryl called a spade a spade, and usually had a clever word or phrase to share. 

She wasn’t a super-religious Christian, doing churchy stuff all the time nor being preachy with others. Yet she had a faith that caught me short a few times. More than once I was sharing something I thought was profound, of a spiritual nature, and she, with one well worded question, made me rethink the very point I had tried to share. She was sharp!

Rest in peace Beryl!

beryl obit



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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in 1912, 1934, 1967, 1986, 1998, Obituary


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