Shirk not the
Art McKellips, master woodcarver, donates carvings to Odom
Art McKellips is descended from Clans McDonell of Keppock and
MacLaren on his father’s side and Irish/Cherokee/Osage Indian in
his mother’s bloodline.
Injured as a Washington State Trooper forty years ago, Art turned
to his hobby of whittling to make a living and has been a
woodcarver ever since. With stints as a court room trial artist
for all three major networks and a brief career as a political
cartoonist, Art always returns to his first love, carving. He has
carved practically every subject customers can dream up from
sports figures like Hank Aaron and Brooks Robinson to Marine Corps
figures, religious items, trophies, and elaborate Crests of Arms.
His preference is action-type human subjects, like his Highlanders
and Indians, which give him the opportunity to render as “life
like” as he possibly can carve them. He has carvings placed with
many notable figures, including the King of Norway and Jackie O,
when she was the First Lady. He also carves animals, although he
enjoys the challenge of humans far more. His reasoning is that
you seldom see a bird smile or a turtle grin. Art’s home is a
woodcarver’s museum, as well as a fascination library of a
multitude of subjects needed as reference to make sure ALL his
work is accurate and as realistic as can be done.
Since his health is failing, Art contacted Beth Gay, his old
friend, and asked if the Odom Library would be interested in a
donation of many of his Scottish works when he succumbs to the
health problems plaguing him. His main desire in life is to use
the talent God has placed in his mind and hands and to give people
the opportunity to see and perhaps learn from what he has done
over the years. Then he would feel he has glorified his God with
Aida Aquino McKeen passed away on Friday, April 23, 2004 at
the age of 69. She was born on November 29, 1934 in San Narciso,
Quezon Province, Philippines. She completed a Bachelor of Science
in Home Economics in 1957 and a second Bachelor of Science in
Elementary Education in 1965 at the University of Santo Tomas,
Manila. She was employed as an elementary school teacher in the
Philippines prior to her immigration to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1968.
In Honolulu, she continued her career as an elementary school
teacher, but also held positions in the travel/tourist industry as
well. Aida became a naturalized US citizen on October 24, 1973
and married Harold R. McKeen III (Sandy) in Kaneohe on August 26,
1974. She started her career with the US Government (Department
of the Army) in 1980 in Seoul, Korea where her husband was also
employed. She subsequently held positions with the Department of
the Army in Japan and Hawaii, where she retired from Federal
Service in December 1997. After retirement, she devoted herself
to her beloved Secular Franciscan Order, volunteering in Healing
Touch at Kaiser Moanalua Hospital and working part-time at Borders
Books & Music Store in Waikele. She is survived by her husband
Harold R. McKeen III (Sandy), her brothers Vic Aquino and Ramon
Aquino, her sisters Cora Roces and Miriam Rosel. Aida will always
be remembered as a very loving, caring person, a devout Catholic
and beloved Franciscan. Those who wish to remember Aida are asked
to send donations to The Saint Francis Hospice, 24 Puiwa Road,
Honolulu, HI 96817, Attention David Wo. Checks should be
annotated, “In Memory of Aida McKeen.”
Geneva Montgomery, 98, of Pretty Lake, Dousman, formerly of
Pewaukee Lake, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2004, at
Linden-Grove Health Care Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
She was born February 25, 1906, in Rockton, the daughter of Arnold
Franklin and Mary Belle (nee Lawton) Widmer.
She married Arnold James “Monte” Montgomery on October 21, 1933,
at the Christ Church in Harvard, Illinois.
Geneva earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1933.
She graduated from LaCrosse Normal School in 1926 and taught high
school English in Augusta.
She was the editor of the Douseman Index. Earlier she worked for
The Lake Country Reporter and wrote the columns Kettle Morraine
Cooking and Lake Country Cooking for these newspapers.
Geneva was a charter member of the Scottish Clan MacFarlane
Society and was the editor of its publication, The Lantern, for 22
She enjoyed genealogical research, writing, gardening, traveling
Geneva is lovingly survived by her daughters Bonnie Montgomery of
Silver Spring, Maryland, and Mary (John) Rogalski of Douseman; and
her grandsons Matthew Majeskie of Madison, Michael (Shari)
Rogalski of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and Joseph Rogalski of
She is further survived by her nieces Mary Ann Morris and Kathryn
Kerst, other relatives and friends.
Geneva was preceded in death by her husband, Monte, 90, in 1995;
her sisters Hazel (George) Kuenning, Winifred (Dr. Frank)
Brandenburg, and Ruth (Dr. Leonard) Sanford. In lieu of flowers,
memorials in Geneva’s name may be made to the Pretty Lake
Advancement Association (PLAA), W379-S4712 E. Pretty Lake Road,
Douseman, WI 53118, for the purchase of a bench overlooking the
Our paternal ancestors left Glasgow and migrated to
Australia in the 1840s and 1850s. My own interest lays in trying
to find out if the McTAGGART priests were originally of Celtic
Druids or maybe Viking-Norse Anglo-Saxon priests? (Macan T’
Sagairt = sacerdos in Latin) Possibly Celtic Christianity or
heathen high priests? Apparently, the name is also of Irish
Gaelic as well. There is a place seemingly named
Ballymacantaggart in Vullenderry, located in Northern Ireland.
The Macant’sagairt (McTAGGART) appeared in 1214 and somehow
originates from the lay Abbotts of Applecross in which connects
somehow to the name of ANRIAS in which the MACANT’ SAGAIRTS came
from the O’BEOLAN bloodline of priests. I wish to ask you if you
could purely provide me of any contact addresses in Scotland or
even Ireland that would have relevant history on the priesthoods
and which inherited priests would the McTAGGART have come from.
(Would I have to look for Celts, Norse, Anglo, Christian
origins?) I seem to be not making any relevant progress in my
enquiry into my inherited genealogical name. Worse still, I
haven’t a computer. I must communicate in the old fashioned
manner of letter and written communication, I’m afraid.
Furthermore, if you are able to give me some written contacts in
Scotland so I can communicate with, I’d be extremely pleased.
Contact Mr. Ian Robert McTaggart, PO Box 6017, Karingal 3199,
While researching my family, I came into possession of a
black and white picture from my grandmother’s personal effects.
It appears taken in the late 1800s. The subject is a group of
posed men in front of a building. Handwritten in the lower right
corner is “JOHN CLARK” as Cheafton of Clan McGragor.” I am trying
to establish a connection between this JOHN CLARK and my
grandmother ANNIE A. CLARK of Scotland, but have not been able to
find any documentation of a JOHN CLARK as a Scottish Clan
Chieftain. I feel that he is either her father or brother. If
you have any information, contact Thomas A. Proctor, PO Box 209,
Lee, ME 04455 oryou might wish to email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Do you know the origin of NAWASSA, QUINDORA and MAMO. The
names QUINDORA and NAWASSA are our Mom’s first and middle names.
QUINDORA NAWASSA CREMEANS. MAMO was what we called her birth
mother, our grandmother. If you have any information, please
contact Hal Lewis, 124 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220.
Louisville Genealogical Society presents family history seminar
On Saturday, September 11, 2004, the Louisville Genealogical
Society will present Family History Seminar and Book Fair. The
event will be held at the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus
Founders Union Building, 9001 Shelbyville Road, Louisville,
Kentucky 40292 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. General admission price
is $5.00, which includes free classes and vendor displays) and is
open to the public.
The one-hour classes that are free with admission are on the
topics of “Louisville History,” “Common Surnames, Dating Old
Photographs, and Kentucky Migration,” and “Preservation of Photos
and Documents.” Commercial vendors will have on display new, old,
rate and out of print books; computer software and hardware,
genealogical program demos, maps and charts, and specialty items
such as mugs, t-shirts, etc.
A silent auction will also be held with local libraries and
Seminar speaker will be Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, the co-editor of
National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Lectures are $10 each
and topics are “Solving Problems with Original Sources,” “Missing
Something? Getting the Most Out of Genealogical Evidence,” and
“Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestor’s European
For more information about registering for the event, contact the
Louisville Genealogical Society, 2934 Grinstead Drive, Louisville,
KY 40206-2645. Deadline for the reservations is August 27, 2004.