Saturday, June 28, 2014

I took this picture off of our front porch Thursday morning before we left for
the Courthouse.  I just can't get over how beautiful it is here!

 Judge Lane asked us to watch for artwork in the books done by the court recorder in his doodles.  We came across it this week. If I remember right it was done in 1858 and 1859.  The seal you see on the left was done by hand and appears many times in the book pretty much the same each time.  It is about the size of a quarter. A few of them aren't nearly as intricate but most of them are.  He must have had a fondness for birds because a lot of his doodles are birds. When the cases are divorce cases sometimes

 the birds are love birds and sometimes the birds are fighting. Some of his doodles are really quite funny in relation to the cases.
      The doodle on the right shows how he illustrated the start of a new case with the names of the people in the case in ribbons.  Most of them didn't have a large figure in the ribbons like the bird in this one, most just had the ribbons with the names and sometimes a                                              small illustration.

 This page on the left I put in to show you some of the penmanship we see.  This is not at all uncommon.  Remember this is done with a quill pen.  I sure wish I could write like that!
The page on the right is kind of fun because it shows the price of commodities in 1858.  I think it was $.35 for 3 lbs of butter.  Its kind of fun to look at.
We're working as hard as we can.  We digitized 16,421 pages this week! Last week we didn't get anything back to do over.  Our audit totally passed!  Hooray!!!!!! I don't know if we'll be so lucky next week because we were having some real problems with the focusing of the camera.  We'll find out in a few days.  We miss everyone so much!  Even though we love it here we really miss our family!  We love you so much! When we hear from you it really lifts our spirits! 


  1. We miss you both too. I love hearing about your work and seeing the pictures. I love history. It all sounds so interesting. Love the penmanship. I write like a third grader. Lol. Love and miss you ♡

  2. Everyone here misses you.