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In an e-mail on 6/1/2012, Ellen Miller wrote:


"Charley and I figured something out with reference to the passages below:

Wednesday, August 31, 1910 Got an early start and made Bordentown at noon. Good canal 44 miles long. Locked out into the Delaware River. Crooked channel going out and ran to Bristol 9 miles. Tied up in the Basin and Annie and the girls hunted up Lucy. Rain in the evening. Basin is very full of weeds. Lucy's family called in the evening.

Thursday, September 1, 1910 Rain up to noon. Started at 1 p.m. with all of Reeces aboard. They went up about 10 miles. Ran as far as New Hope. Tied up about 6 p.m. Good place.

Wednesday, September 28, 1910 Got a good start and made Bristol at 4:30 p.m. Fine run, nice day. Met only 1 loaded boat, quite some lights. Fine country. I and Annie went up to Lucy's for supper. They called in the evening.

Thursday, September 29, 1910 Waited until 10:25 for Mary. She not coming, we started with Lucy and little John who went as far as Trenton. Had a nice run up the Delaware and locked in. Ate dinner in the Basin, Paid, $6.50 tolls (canal). Some very fine scenery. Got through Trenton fairly good but had waits at some locks and most bridges. People very slow. No stores at locks. Ran about 23 miles in canal, then tied up at 6:00 p.m. Dark almost as soon as we tied up. We saw 3 balloons with parachute jumpers go up from the Trenton Fair. Also saw an airship with 2 screws, very fine maneuvering. Got up very high and done all sorts of stunts."

"I have always known that Lucy was the youngest sister of Anna Good Strouse (George B Strouse's wife). What I (stupidly) did not put together was that the reference on Thursday Sept 1 to "all of the Reeces" was a reference to Lucy's family. Little John was a boy she had out of wedlock in 1899. About 1901 she married John Reis (not Reece), a German whose family immigrated in 1884 and whom I believe I found in Hazleton in 1900. He married Lucy and apparently adopted her son John. They had no other children. They are listed in Bristol for the 1910 and 1920 census records.

"So another page of the log tidied up. :-)"

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