Monday, October 24, 2011

Jury Duty

Today I reported for jury duty for the county of Lehigh, PA. 

There is a specific parking garage in Allentown that is for juror parking.  Any other garage parking will not be validated.  So after driving around the block :(  I found the garage.  Parked.  Unfortunately I didn't know exactly where the courthouse is.  So I walked the wrong way for a block until I figured out I was going the wrong direction. (Idiot!)

Finally, I get to the courthouse and stand in line - so I can go through the sheriff's metal detector and bag screener.  Not one person made it through without a beep.  Everyone was wanded.  Gee - how long had wanded been a word in use?  And move to the next line - the sign in.  Actually this line is quick and uneventful.  I fill out the required paperwork so I can get paid ($9.00 a day) and find a seat. 

There are TVs tuned to CNN and we watch reports of the earthquake in Turkey.  I pull out my puzzle book and start working on sudoku.  TVs go off and they talk to us about juror rules.  We see a video telling us why being a juror is important.  We get a 10 minute break.

We come back and are each called by name, assigned a number, given a seat and a questionnaire.  It takes about 15 minutes to fill out the questionnaire.  Questions like: Are you more likely to believe testimony by a police officer because of their job? Are you less likely to believe testimony by a police officer because of their job? Yadda yadda yadda.  Remember where you are sitting because your number relates to your seat location.  Now a 30 minute break.

We come back and our host says "Do you want the good news or the bad news?" When nobody answers she says, "Well, the bad news is the cases you were called here to juror are settled.  The good news is, you can go home.  We thank you for your service"

Ta da!  As I was walking back to my car, i overheard a man saying into his phone "I had to cancel all my patients today and was wondering whether you want to play golf?"  He hangs up and I ask him what kind of doctor he is.  "Anesthesiologist.  I had to cancel 35 patients today." So I wonder just how disruptive this service is.  I got my jury duty notice at least two months ago.  Well, maybe they schedule that far out so even if he schedules it right away, he may need to reschedule lots of folks.  It is good to know that the jury pool is made up of a good cross-section of people - in the event I ever need a jury. 

A part of me is disappointed.  I have reported for jury duty twice now.  The first time I wasn't chosen and this time we were all dismissed.  Two other times, I called and they didn't want my jury pool to report.  There is a part of me that is very curious what it would be like to actually serve and decide a case.  Is it like Twelve Angry Men or more like The Runaway JuryFew cases are as explosive as the OJ trial or the Casey Anthony trial, and I'm sure none of those jurors were glad to be part of that group. There are a lot of cases much smaller and not noteworthy that are only important to the victim and the accused.  That is where I would like to be.  Juror on a small case. 



Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall Fun

Yesterday we went to pick pumpkins at a cute local farm.  I got a butternut squash for us while Dann and Micah picked out this really cool, warty pumpkin.  The farm had a corn maze ( I always want to spell it corn maize - redundently),

giant pumpkins for sale and animals to feed and pet. It even included emus. 

And no, we didn't try to pet those snappy big guys.   There were giant hay bales for the kids to climb and even a miniature golf course.  It is a cute little farm.  We were taken to the pumpkin field in a hay wagon and were surprised to see pumpkins that are grey, green and orange.  Also, gourds, squash and lots of mud!






Once back at home, Micah and Dann went to work carving the pumpkin.  It is really cool! 



Thursday, October 6, 2011

What a Klutz!

We stopped at the grocery store tonight.  Bill dropped me off near the door and pulled away.  I was looking at the carts 10 yards away and stepping onto the curb when my foot stubbed and I tripped.  Down I went - right knee, left knee, left hand, left forearm then (and I still don't understand this) left boob!  Ouch!

Bill's story - I let Linda off to go shopping and pull ahead. I stopped for a lady who is sort of agitated and pointing to the door of the store. finally I realize she is "talking" to me and I look over and see Linda on her knees.

Embarrassing!  I rolled onto my back thinking "I can't believe I just missed that step!" and "Ouch, lots of places hurt"  Two ladies ran up to me to see if I needed any help.  Truthfully, I didn't know but I didn't think so.  I rolled onto my knees and pushed myself up.  That's good - no blood!. Bill is there, puts his arm around me and some guy walks by and says "I saw that and I thought for a minute there he threw you out of the car."

I assure everyone I am fine and go into the store to pick up the few things I wanted.  It is kind of cold tonight, so I had on a rather heavy jacket, heavy jeans and of course sneakers.  The heavy clothes protected my skin.  I have no idea why I didn't get brush burns on my hand, but I didn't.  Although as I sit here typing, between sentences I am resting my hand on an ice bag.  As for the rest of me - I'm all in one piece.  Amazing.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Geneology

Recently I visited my Dad's cousin Grace.  We talk about things today and about the family.  She must be in her mid-eighties, possibly nineties.  I wanted to find out how old she is and went to the family histories I have.  Hmmmm, Grace isn't there.  It seems that we have geneology for both my mom's parents and for my dad's father but have nothing for Grandma Slotter.

So I contacted Tom, my cousin (or second cousin - never could get the titles) and Grace's son.  "Do you have a geneology for the Hillegass' family?"  He said, :I'll talk to Mom"

The next day I received this from Tom:
What excited me was names I had never heard before; Manoah Hillegass, Dinah Krauss Hillegass.  Of course, you know what I did next.  I googled the most unusual name, Manoah Hillegass!
The first thing I found:
from ancestry.com
Grandma's maternal grandparents now have names!  Then finally I found a whole document containing the history of her father's family back to Germany. 

I can now start on the Sarah (can you believe there are Krauss' on both sides of the tree?) and George track and see if anyone has already completed their history too.  If not, I will have to decide if i want to pursue it.  Today, I am very excited about it.  Perhaps I will.

Ancestors of Manoah Hillegass

Descendants of Johannes Adam Kolb
1. JOHANNES ADAM1 KOLB was born Bet. 1640 - 1660 in Meckesheim, Germany, and died March 10, 1738 in Germany. He married (1) ANNA CATHARINA 1678 in Germany. She was born Bet. 1645 - 1662 in Germany, and died January 18, 1693 in Germany. He married (2) ANNA MARGARETHA HUNDER March 17, 1694 in Germany. She was born Bet. 1655 - 1675 in Germany, and died Unknown in Germany.
     
Children of JOHANNES KOLB and ANNA CATHARINA are:
i.

HANS ADAM2 KOLB, b. February 08, 1679, Meckesheim, Germany; d. February 18, 1735, Germany.

ii.

JOHAN PHILIP KOLB, b. November 21, 1680, Meckesheim, Germany; d. Unknown, Germany.

iii.

JOHAN MICHAEL KOLB, b. October 24, 1682, Meckesheim, Germany; d. Unknown, Germany.

iv.

JOHAN GEORGE KOLB, b. December 21, 1684, Meckesheim, Germany; d. Unknown, Germany; m. AGNES SCHUETZ, May 02, 1709; d. Unknown.

v.

MARIA APOLLONIA KOLB, b. August 07, 1686, Meckesheim, Germany; d. Unknown, Germany.

vi.

ANNA DOROTHEA KOLB, b. May 27, 1688, Meckesheim, Germany; d. Unknown, Germany.

2. HANS ADAM2 KOLB (JOHANNES ADAM1) was born February 08, 1679 in Meckesheim, Germany, and died February 18, 1735 in Germany. He married (1) MARIA EVA in Meckesheim, Germany. She was born Bet. 1645 - 1662 in Meckesheim, Germany, and died Bet. 1688 - 1694 in Germany. He married (2) ANNA ELISABETHA MEYER September 21, 1733 in Meckesheim, Germany. She died Unknown.
     
Children of HANS KOLB and MARIA EVA are:
i.

GEORGE MICHAEL3 KOLB, b. January 17, 1708, Meckesheim, Germany; d. February 16, 1789, Montgomery County, Penna..

ii.

ANNA MARIA KOLB, b. March 14, 1706, Meckesheim, Germany; d. Unknown.
iii.

JOHAN MELCHIOR KOLB, b. January 19, 1712, Meckesheim, Germany; d. Aft. 1770.

iv.

ANNA EVA KOLB, b. April 18, 1715, Meckesheim, Germany; d. Unknown.

v.

JOHAN PETER KOLB, b. June 15, 1721, Meckesheim, Germany; d. Unknown, U.S.A..

vi.

ANNA DOROTHEA KOLB, b. August 06, 1724, Meckesheim, Germany; d. Unknown.


5. JOHAN MELCHIOR3 KOLB (HANS ADAM2, JOHANNES ADAM1) was born January 19, 1712 in Meckesheim, Germany, and died Aft. 1770. He married (1) EVA CATHERINE 1742. She was born Bet. 1710 - 1725, and died Unknown. He married (2) ANNA MARIA STETTLER October 02, 1770 in Penna.. She was born Bet. 1710 - 1740, and died Unknown.
     
Children of JOHAN KOLB and EVA CATHERINE are:

i.

ANNA ELIZABETH4 KOLB, b. September 29, 1743; d. Unknown.
ii.

JOHAN GEORGE KOLB, b. May 01, 1747, Penna.; d. April 01, 1804, Penna..

iii.

MICHAEL KOLB, b. November 06, 1748; d. Unknown.

iv.

SAMUEL KOLB, b. 1754; d. Unknown.

v.

ANNA CATHERINA KOLB, b. October 26, 1759; d. Unknown.


10. JOHAN GEORGE4 KOLB (JOHAN MELCHIOR3, HANS ADAM2, JOHANNES ADAM1) was born May 01, 1747 in Penna., and died April 01, 1804 in Penna.. He married MAGDALENA STETTLER in Penna., daughter of HENRY STETTLER and ANNA MAYER. She was born Bet. 1745 - 1749, and died Aft. 1804.
     
Children of JOHAN KOLB and MAGDALENA STETTLER are:
i.

JOHN GEORGE5 KOLB, JR., b. October 13, 1781; d. July 04, 1863, Montgomery County, Penna..

ii.

MARIA MAGDALENA KOLB, b. December 17, 1769; d. Unknown.

iii.

SAMUEL KOLB, b. October 04, 1777; d. Unknown.
iv.

ANNA MARIA KOLB, b. September 14, 1779, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. June 12, 1849.

v.

PETER KOLB, b. Bet. 1770 - 1787; d. Unknown.

vi.

HENRY KOLB, b. December 02, 1785; d. Unknown.
vii.

CATHERINE KOLB, b. October 29, 1788; d. Unknown.

viii.

MOSES KOLB, b. October 29, 1788; d. Unknown.

ix.

JACOB KOLB, b. May 08, 1790; d. Unknown.
x.

ELIZABETH STETLER KOLB, b. January 16, 1784, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. October 16, 1862, Berks County, Penna..

20. JOHN GEORGE5 KOLB, JR. (JOHAN GEORGE4, JOHAN MELCHIOR3, HANS ADAM2, JOHANNES ADAM1) was born October 13, 1781, and died July 04, 1863 in Montgomery County, Penna.. He married ANNA CATHARINE KEHL 1804 in Penna., daughter of JACOB KEHL and MARIA BURKHERT. She was born May 11, 1783 in Montgomery County, Penna., and died June 06, 1849.
     
Children of JOHN KOLB and ANNA KEHL are:
i.

SARAH6 KOLB, b. March 26, 1805, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. February 12, 1864, Penna..
ii.

ISRAEL KOLB, b. November 29, 1808; d. August 20, 1876.

iii.

HENRY KOLB, b. Bet. 1809 - 1814; d. Unknown.

iv.

RUFFINA KOLB, b. December 21, 1815; d. December 05, 1850, Montgomery County, Penna..
v.

FRANKLIN KOLB, b. February 26, 1823; d. Unknown.

vi.

ISAAC KOLB, b. 1829; d. Unknown.

vii.

MARIA KOLB, b. Bet. 1830 - 1839; d. Unknown.

38. SARAH6 KOLB (JOHN GEORGE5, JOHAN GEORGE4, JOHAN MELCHIOR3, HANS ADAM2, JOHANNES ADAM1) was born March 26, 1805 in Montgomery County, Penna., and died February 12, 1864 in Penna.. She married JOSEPH KOLB 1821 in New Hanover Lutheran Church (Mont. Cty), son of ISAAC KOLB and ELIZABETH MOORE. He was born October 01, 1797 in Penna., and died May 27, 1884 in Penna..
     
Children of SARAH KOLB and JOSEPH KOLB are:

i.

MARIANNA7 KOLB, b. December 1822, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. Unknown; m. WILLIAM H. HOFFMAN; b. 1823; d. Unknown.

ii.

ANNA MARIA KOLB, b. February 02, 1824, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. February 13, 1875; m. JOSEPH KRAUSE, March 17, 1844; b. November 04, 1814; d. Unknown.
iii.

ELIZABETH KOLB, b. September 14, 1827, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. Unknown.

iv.

HELENA KOLB, b. March 23, 1829, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. April 24, 1867; m. KLETT, Aft. 1850; b. Bet. 1810 - 1830; d. Unknown.

v.

ESTHER KOLB, b. March 23, 1829, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. July 24, 1861, Montgomery County, Penna..
vi.

ABSALOM KOLB, b. March 12, 1832, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. March 21, 1915, Montgomery County, Penna..
vii.

JOSEPH K. KOLB, b. July 11, 1834, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. October 13, 1916, Montgomery County, Penna..

viii.

SARAH ANN KOLB, b. January 06, 1836, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. April 08, 1898; m. JOSIAH FREDERICK; b. Bet. 1820 - 1840; d. Unknown.
ix.

HENRY K. KOLB, b. November 04, 1838, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. October 05, 1885.
x.

WILLIAM K. KOLB, b. October 12, 1842, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. September 29, 1918, Montgomery County, Penna..
xi.

SOPHIA KOLB, b. 1844; d. Unknown.

xii.

AMANDA EMMA KOLB, b. June 30, 1845, Montgomery County, Penna.; d. September 02, 1927; m. JOHN THOMAS; b. Bet. 1830 - 1850; d. Unknown.

48. ELIZABETH7 KOLB (SARAH6, JOHN GEORGE5, JOHAN GEORGE4, JOHAN MELCHIOR3, HANS ADAM2, JOHANNES ADAM1) was born September 14, 1827 in Montgomery County, Penna., and died Unknown. She married DANIEL HILLEGASS, son of MICHAEL HILLEGASS and ANNA YEAKEL. He was born 1812 in Penna., and died Unknown.
     
Children of ELIZABETH KOLB and DANIEL HILLEGASS are:

i.

ALLEN K.8 HILLEGASS, b. 1857; d. Unknown.
ii.

MANOAH HILLEGASS, b. October 26, 1860; d. Unknown.

iii.

JOHN HILLEGASS, b. 1863; d. Unknown.

iv.

SARAH HILLEGASS, b. 1863; d. Unknown.


66. M
ANOAH8 HILLEGASS (ELIZABETH7 KOLB, SARAH6, JOHN GEORGE5, JOHAN GEORGE4, JOHAN MELCHIOR3, HANS ADAM2, JOHANNES ADAM1) was born October 26, 1860, and died Unknown. He married DINAH KRAUSS 1889 in Penna., daughter of GEORGE KRAUSS and SARAH WIEGNER. She died Unknown.       Children of MANOAH HILLEGASS and DINAH KRAUSS are:

i.

JENNIE K.9 HILLEGASS, b. August 23, 1890; d. Unknown.

ii.

MARVIN ANDREW HILLEGASS, b. September 04, 1897; d. Unknown.

iii.

ELDA VIOLA HILLEGASS, b. September 08, 1899; d. Unknown.