Deus Fortitudo Mea

Filed under: Family Events,Family History,Family Places,St Louis History — Chamberlain @ 4:22 pm
No. 227

Memorial Day weekend was the occasion of a momentous gathering of the Chambers’ tribe. We will try to capture the flavor and scope of this hugely successful event. Such a Herculean labor of love on the part of so many precludes giving appropriate thanks to all that deserve it, but in this posting we will try. We will inevitably miss important contributors, for that we apologize. A big ‘Thank You’ is owed to everyone that attended and worked to make it such a memorable celebration of the Chambers Clan.

Before we begin we must provide some important background information. Given that Bepaw’s company was the Harris Polk Hat Company, we felt it was fitting to commission a souvenir that tied into that history and also into a theme of Making Chambers Great Again. But a confession is appropriate up front. Sad. Our family classicist (belatedly) pointed out a grammatical error in our hat logo. The logo should have read “Deus Fortitudo Mea”. Instead we have the word “Meo” (as in “Hold the Meo”), which does not agree in gender with the female noun fortitudo. Horribile dictu! I’m certain that everyone noticed the error but charity precluded any critical comments for which I am very grateful. Anyhow here is the offending item:

Anticipating the inevitable weaseling from Iowa, the answer is: “No, despite this minor error, there will be no discounts nor refunds.” Indeed in the philatelic realm, errors such as this increase the value of the item. Hence management is contemplating raising the price of the hats accordingly. We will let you know the final decision about this shortly.


Thanks to Katherine Law and Bill Cromie we have lots of reunion photos to share. The Salters, Quicks and Dunns kicked off activities on Thursday May 25th with a visit to the family grave site at Calvary Cemetery followed by a visit to the chapel of the Pink Sisters for a prayer for our clan, especially those recently departed family members including Claiborne Pentland, Ray Salter, Bill Hollo and Ralph Kalish. They were sorely missed throughout the weekend. A luncheon at the City Garden featuring its many whimsical sculptures followed. On Saturday evening, May 27th, Bobby and Mary Dunn hosted a spare rib cook ‘in’ (owing to inclement weather) at the newly renovated Moone Athy farm house (hat tip – kitchen update thanks to the planning efforts of Jennie Quick, Susan Cromie, Eleanor Withers, Katherine Law and Helene Tatum). Danny Cromie once again stepped up to the plate to provide delightful vocal and instrumental entertainment for the clan’s enjoyment that evening. Flying Chinese Sky Lanterns were a special treat after dark. On Sunday sleep in was made possible thanks to Fr Gerard Garrigan of the St Louis Abbey who very kindly agreed to travel to the farm to say Mass midday. Captain Charlie Skinner noted how extraordinarily beautiful the ceremony was in our outdoor setting. Many thanks to Fr Gerard! Sarah Fehlig provided the Cantor’s duties with vocal and guitar accompaniment. Following lunch, many participated in a nature walk through the Jack Cromie trail. A late afternoon sing-along in the Quick room capped Sunday’s events featuring Sarah and Ed Fehlig’s recently donated Yamaha digital piano – thanks Sarah and Ed! We must note that numerous meals throughout the weekend were provided and prepared by Cynthia and Bill Cromie – many thanks to them both for these! Memorial Day itself centered on the clan’s Florissant roots. The day started with a trip to Cold Water Cemetery, considered to be the oldest Protestant Cemetery west of the Mississippi still in use, for a Memorial Day ceremony. We regrouped next at Taille de Noyer where we were hosted for a private tour of the historical family homestead by family relative Jean Hilmer. Here Alicia Salter and those of her generation shared their recollections of their time there as children. Finally we moved on to St Ferdinand’s Church where again we were given a wonderful tour of the shrine where St Rose Philippine Duchesne lived and taught as she founded the first convents of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States. Bill and Karen Skinner then treated the family to a delicious picnic lunch on the grounds of the shrine. Thus it was appropriate that we culminated the wonderful weekend on the stomping grounds where the family took its St Louis origins.


Weekend photographs starting with the visit to Calvary Cemetery:

A Visit to our Family Gravesite

Salters at City Garden
25 May 2017

A few snapshots from the Saturday night cook in:

Sunday May 28th. Mass at Moone Athy followed by baseball at Kalish Field and the Jack Cromie trail walk:

Memorial Day at Taille de Noyer and St Ferdinand’s shrine:

This last photo from Katherine Law pretty well sums up the Memorial Day Reunion – doesn’t get much better!

High Livin’

Let’s hope there’s another Making Chambers Great Again event in our future!

LC

An Overdue Seasonal Tribute

Filed under: Family Events,Farm,New Clan Member — Chamberlain @ 2:56 pm

Thanksgiving at Moone Athy was a great success thanks to Jennie Quick and her many helpers, most notably Eleanor Kalish and Sarah Fehlig. We all enjoyed a delicious meal in the lovely new surroundings at the renovated farmhouse. Special thanks are owed to Sarah Fehlig who has purchased a beautiful new digital piano for the family. Family musicians provided background music for the dinner. Here are a few photos which feature the debut of new clan members attending their first Thanksgiving at Moone Athy. It was great to have Claiborne Skinner down from Chicago. We missed, among others, the Laws – Hugh is recovering from knee surgery in warmer climes.



The Che Tee pictured above is available from the Chamberlain, attractively priced at $65 ea, deliverable in time for Christmas (only within the continental US).

Cheers,

LC

Print Shop Revisited

Filed under: Prints — Chamberlain @ 12:14 am

Our next task is to disperse the numerous prints collected by William Julius Polk Sr and Jr. Below you will find two views of the collection, a slide show of slightly larger images followed by a thumbnail gallery of these same images. The images in the slide show are not as crisp as the actual prints themselves since I enlarged the images. After you have had time to review these we will undertake another family drawing for their dispersal. The prints are, of course, of different sizes, and I have been unable to include that kind of information here. Also, as you will see, some belong in groups that might best be kept together. They are quite beautiful and interesting. Thanks to Zel McClelland for photographing the prints for us.


 

Print Slideshow



 


 

Print Gallery


 


We will try to organize a drawing in the next several weeks, once you have had a chance to review the images.

Merry Christmas to all the clan!

LC

PS – some photos of the final family gathering at 4969 with friends and neighbors will be forthcoming…

A Bittersweet Farewell

Filed under: Family Events,Family Places — Chamberlain @ 9:55 am
 

Chambers’ Chambers

Est 1902

Please join the the Polk Family

In drinking a toast to memories of 4969…

Saturday, November 28

5-7 PM

4969 Pershing Place

Rsvp – ssdunnii@gmail.com


 

Bill and Ray

Filed under: Obituary — Chamberlain @ 7:40 pm

This posting acknowledges the loss of two of the family’s beloved senior members, V. William Hollo (age 71, August 5, in Palm Desert, California) and Ray Salter (age 81, September 13th, in the UK). Bill and Ray shared much: dry humor, wit and utter lack of self-promotion. In the end both faced formidable illnesses and did so as models for the rest of us. Most of us have by now seen their obituaries but I want to add brief personal comments. For Bill, two things not widely known outside the circle of his close friends bear mentioning. First, his stellar athleticism. He led the varsity football squad throughout his high school career at SLU, where the level of play is the highest in the region and the A side is typically limited to seniors. And much later in life, Bill played the central role in the development of a first class EMS organization in St Clair. This he accomplished not only because of professional skills but also, and perhaps just as important, because of the great respect that he enjoyed from his colleagues and subordinates. Ray like Bill did not suffer fools gladly, yet, owing to his lack of excess self-regard, he had the delightful ability to engage wholeheartedly in drollery (see the second photo of Ray below). In 2006 we had the privilege of an unforgettable Far East trip with Alicia and him. Ray’s rapport with and kindness to our Burmese guide, both during our stay and in subsequent years, was endearing and characteristic of the man.


 
Bill Hollo

V.William Hollo

Bill Hollo

Bill and Sarah in Yerevan Armenia
Sep 2010

Ray Salter

Raymond Salter

Ray Salter

Ray invoking Help for Knee Pain
from Burmese Deity

Ray Salter

Mr Linn, Alicia, Ray and Sarah
Overlooking Plain of Pagan 2006

 


We were blessed to have had these men in our presence and we will miss them dearly. Sarah and Alicia are in our prayers. Both have acknowledged their appreciation of the family’s cards, flowers, sympathy and support.

A tardy posting

Filed under: Family Events,Family Updates,New Clan Member,St Louis History — Chamberlain @ 7:29 pm

There have been several newsworthy events since our last (alas, way back in January!) publication. At the very top of this list we are delighted to welcome our newest clansman James Stephen Forster, born one month ago, May 16, 2015, at 8:00 in the evening, apparently prosperous (7 lbs, 14 oz, or, for Lincoln Chafee supporters, 3.57204 kilos). Clan accolades are owed to Suzanne and Stephen, and also to grandparents Donna and Peter Forster, and Karen and Bill Skinner!

 

James Stephen Forster

James Stephen Forster


Next, we are happy to share some images from the recent wedding of Emily Gatch and Alex de la Fuente. This spectacular event took place in Coral Gables FL on March 26, 2015. Here is some context for the happy occasion, kindly provided by Barbara Gatch:

“Emily Gatch and Alex de la Fuente, who met at Harvard, were married on March 26, 2015 at the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, Florida , where Alex’s paternal grandparents live.

It was a joyous celebration of close friends from around the country, the de la Fuente and Gatch contingents and great Cuban food and music.

Alex and Emily continue to enjoy Seattle where Alex is an emergency room physician. Emily completed her doctorate in plant pathology from Washington State University and is teaching at Edmunds Community college.”

 

The ‘joyous’ aspect of this celebration is clearly on display in the following photos:

 

Doctors Emily and Alex

Emily and Alex


Emily and Attendants

Emily and Attendants


Emily and Proud Papa

Emily and Proud Papa


Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids Adrianna and Abigail with Emily


Gatch Contingent Laws, and Tatums (sans Patriarch Edward)

Gatch Contingent
Fehligs, Laws, and Tatums
(sans Patriarch Edward)


Calboy, Becky and Daisy Gatch

Calboy, Becky and Daisy Gatch

The Lord Chamberlain is hopeful that the new family Fuente connection includes access to the famed Fuente cigar factory in Cuba! Is Alex related to Arturo?

None Finer!

None Finer!

The clan wishes all the best to the newlywed Fuentes!


Next we have two news items from Betsy Barbieri. We send a belated congratulations to Betsy and Al on the marriage last fall (Oct 2014) of their daughter Cecelia Barbieri to Thomas Constantiello. Tom is the founder and owner of Consus Wealth Management LLC in Columbus OH. The wedding took place at the Old Cathedral in St Louis. Many thanks to Betsy for sending in this photo of the newlyweds:

Cecelia and Tom Constantiello Oct 2014

Cecelia and Tom Constantiello
Oct 2014

 

Betsy adds another heads up for the family:

SaveTheDate- 170 Mass

 

“I need your help to get the word out on your “Chambers web-site”. All family members are invited. It is good the Mullanphy descendants come because some people still think there are no Mullanphys left.

September 13th, 2015 is a celebration of the 170th anniversary of the founding of St. Vincent de Paul Society in the United States. Of course, Bryan Mullanphy and Dr. Moses Linton are the founders along with 11 other men.

Would you please post this information on the site. I will send the actual invitation in July.”

We look forward to getting more details about this celebration and will post them for the family.

We’ll end this posting with a request from Betsy for a missing Mullanphy photograph:

“One more item to put in your Ourrumpus Information.

We have pictures of each of our fore-bearers: Jane, Octavia, Catherine, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary and Bryan.

We do not have a photograph of ELLEN. She was the oldest daughter of John and Elizabeth Mullanphy. She died in 1827 in Paris.

I have asked different relatives to look in your old picture albums and see if you have it. There was a photograph or painting of her and it is said, the Chambers had it (that’s us).

I would like to make a copy of it for the Missouri Historical Society to complete the family portrait.

Thanks,
Betsy”

Once we have all of these images it would be nice to have them available for viewing in our Gallery.


Thanks to those who have contributed to today’s posting. Hope all will have a nice summer holiday!

LC

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