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Here are photos from the Raymond Block Sr. family

I recently scanned these photo copies from Raymond Emile Block’s family.

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‘Bompa’ bankrupted (?) by his embezzling brother

Solomon Block was a merchant and had tobacco and wholesale liquor businesses in Camden and other nearby towns. His elder sons, John Edward  Block (1856-1929) and Joseph Friedman “Bompa” Block (1860-1953), moved to Dallas, Texas and they manufactured cigars. (see … Continue reading

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Announcing a Tombstone photos page

I’ve gathered photos of over 25 ancestor tombstones and created a permanent page under the menu item “Miscellany… —>Tombstones” which you can see here and read about my ‘extensive travels’ to gather them. Here are four.  

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Block’s jobs, some not so widely known

Many  family members know that Joseph Friedman “Bompa” Block and Raymond and Sam Block started Block Realty. Few of us have any clue as to Pappy’s jobs. Office Clerk – Wholesale dry goods (1920 Census in Harris County Texas) Real … Continue reading

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‘Cupid’s Dart’ announces Block-Levy nuptials

This press clipping (that their daughter, Em, had saved) states the reception was on Sunday Sep 20. and notes in the margin of the clipping indicate the wedding was 1884 or 1885. The Mormon Church genealogy website indicates Joseph F. … Continue reading

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Joseph F. Block letter of 10 Mar 1942

Read Joseph (“Bumpa”) F. Block’s letter to Mae (PDF) In the letter to Mae (now identified below) Uncle Joe says the Block family moved from Camden to old Mexico for a year or two during the Civil War and that … Continue reading

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