For the Dosch/Smaihall extended families that honor would go to my paternal great aunt, Sarah Jerger Neil.
Sarah was born 25 July 1894 and lived to 12 May 1995. Sarah was born in Jasper, Indiana and my grandmother followed this sister into the noble profession of nursing. Sarah’s family lived on Staten Island for years and visiting my father’s favorite aunt was always fun. Our families were fortunate to be able to help celebrate Aunt Sarah’s 100th in Washington, DC. in 1994.
For the Culpon/Knier extended family the longevity honors would go to Doug’s grandmother, Ada Holmes Culpon.
Ada was born 6 October 1893 in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Aside from raising a family she worked in the textile industry. She was an extremely bright individual and in her later years would spend time each year in Florida to escape the Massachusetts winters. She passed away on 24 January 1992 at the age of 99 having lived a long and happy life.
Sarah Jerger Neil, black and white photograph , 1970; digital image 2018, privately held by Dosch Family Archives, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Magnolia, Texas,2015. Sarah sent photograph to her sister Rose Dosch in 1970. Photograph was then inherited by Rose Dosch’s son Charles at the time of her death in 1973. Photograph was then passed to Charles Dosch’s daughter Melinda Dosch Culpon for family archival purposes.
Ada Holmes Culpon, tinted black and white photograph, ca. 1940; digital image 2018 privately held by Culpon Family Archives,[ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Magnolia, Texas, 2012. Ada Culpon’s son Douglas Culpon, Sr. inherited photograph at the time of her death in 1992 this item was then inherited by Doug Culpon, Jr. at the time of his father’s death in 2012 and remains in his possession.
The beginning of 2018 Amy Crow Johnson, developed an idea to prompt people to share information they have found on their ancestors 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Trying to blog once a week had been a goal that was derailed last year because of life, therefore it is once again on my list of goals for 2018.
The flu knocked me for a loop for the past three weeks so I am trying to catch up on some of the goals I had set for this year. Therefore I will start with the prompt for Week 2 – Favorite Photo
This is a photograph of Jack and Rose Dosch reading to their grandchildren Keith and Melinda Dosch during Christmas of 1963. This is one of my favorites because I found it when digitizing Dosch family slides last year but it shows the priority reading was for my family. It is nice to see this tradition started when I was young and that I can remember extremely happy times reading like this for my children as well.
“Reading to Grandchildren”, slide, 1963, digital image,2017, Dosch Family Archive [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] Magnolia, Texas. Slide taken by Charles Dosch inherited by Melinda Dosch Culpon for the Dosch Family Archive in 2015.
Time flies when you are having fun. This is Chase Culpon celebrating his first birthday in Port Neches, Texas.1
Fast forward 29 years and Chase continues to enjoy celebrating his birthday with his mom.
Chase turned 30 in August 2017. Hurricane Harvey and his father’s illness disrupted planned celebrations. Family and friends finally celebrated Chase turning 30 in December at Yakiniku Futago in New York City. His father and I are proud of the man that Chase has become.
1Melinda and Chase Culpon, photograph, 1988, privately held by Culpon Family Archive[address for private use,] Magnolia, Texas,[Photograph taken during first birthday party of Chase Culpon, Port Neches, Texas].
2 Denise Paccagnini, Melinda and Chase Culpon Celebrating, photograph, 2017, privately held by Denise Paccagnini [address for private use], New York, New York, [Photograph taken at 30th birthday celebration of Chase Culpon at Yakiniku Futago restaurant, NYC]
Currently the matriarch of the Dosch family is Larnell Smaihall Dosch. The patriarch of the Culpon family is Douglas Holmes Culpon, Jr. (aka Doug) Larnell’s family has roots from Texas,Louisiana, Austria-Bohemia and England. Doug’s family is from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Germany and England.
Less than fifty miles separated members of both the Dosch and Culpon families in the northern part of Yorkshire in the 19th century. We are lucky that over a hundred years later these families could unite in Texas and share their culture and heritage.