I recently learned from my cousin, Carol, that my 2nd Great Grandfather, Lewis DeMott Bunce (1827-1894), received a patent for improvements to the butter churn.
Inventor: Lewis D Bunce
Invention: Churn (improvements)
Patent No.: 337, 238
Patented: Mar. 2, 1886
Short extract from the patent:
My invention relates to the improvement in churns, the object of the same being to provide a churn in which the dasher and dasher-operating mechanism, either or both, can be readily removed from the churn body when it is desired to cleanse the parts or remove the butter.
A further object is to provide a churn in which the motion of the cream while being agitated will be steady and regular, which will permit a section of the cover to be left off while churning without danger of throwing a portion of cream out of the churn.
A further object is to provide a churn with side wings and dasher adapted to be adjusted vertically to accommodate them to varying quantities of cream in the churn.
It is exciting to see that one of my ancestors was an inventor.
Let me know if you have an ancestor that was an inventor or received a patent.
PROVO, Utah – May 26, 2011 – Memorial Day is coming soon, and AppTime (http://www.apptime.com), the group behind the family history app MobileTree (http://www.mobiletree.me), has a new project they’re thrilled to share. It’s called BillionGraves.com, it’s as ambitious a project as the word “billion” makes it sound, and they want you to take it with you to the cemetery this Memorial Day.
“It’s a huge opportunity for everyone in family history,” says Rob Moncur, the head developer for the BillionGraves.com website. “We want people from all over the world to be able work together and pool resources so everyone can find the ancestors they’re looking for.”
Yesterday was the last day of school for my children and summer vacation has official begun.
Coincidently, yesterday a cousin posted the following photo on a family Facebook group:
The photo is of my great grandmother, Florence Reich Bunce, and her daughter Emmie Irene taken in Aug 1962. My 89 year old ancestor is about to spray her 67 year old daughter.
What photos do you have of ancestor’s summer activities? Whether it be camping, a picnic, or water fun post your photos and include a link in the comments section.
Have a great summer!
Have you ever been surprised and delighted by something that in hindsight was so obvious? That happened to me this last week.
A few weeks ago I received a plain old snail mail letter from a Carol Sweat in Utah. It turns out that she is my 2nd cousin and is planning a Bunce family reunion for the first weekend in July. My mother’s mother is a Bunce and every Christmas there is a small reunion for my grandmother, uncles, cousins and family. This is the first Bunce reunion that I have ever been invited to.
Too bad that I can’t attend the reunion this year as it conflicts with other plans that have already been made. But I wanted to do something to support the reunion, so I contacted Carol with an idea. Why not create a group on Facebook for the descendants of James Hyrum Bunce and his wife, Florence Reich?
I contacted Carol by e-mail (found in the reunion invitation) and we connected on Facebook. I then created the James Hyrum Bunce Family group on Facebook with Carol as the first member. It is a private group so you must be invited to join. The group was created on Tuesday (5 days ago) and it already has 43 members. That is 38 more relatives that I have contact with now that I didn’t know a week ago. Amazing!