27 April 2017

W is for Wallace James Lincecum. He Killed His Uncle? (A to Z)

Wallace James Lincecum, born 19 July 1908 in Denton, Texas, was a son of Val Dies Lincecum (who I was supposed to write about yesterday, but life happened) and Mary Elizabeth Murray (d. 1949).  He was also a half-brother to Edgar "Bud" Lincecum.  I wrote about Edgar's wife Ida Weeks for the letter I.

By the time Wallace was in his early twenties, he was working in the Texas oil industry.  Some job titles he had include oil drilling rig laborer, oil field rotary rig helper, and oil driller.  He seemed to make a life-long career of it.

Before 1935, Wallace married Sybil G. Flowers.  The couple had at least one son.

Something a bit more notable surrounded Wallace about the age of 23 – he witnessed the death of his uncle, Lucullus Garland Lincecum.

Dallas Morning News (Texas)
27 June 1931

Ambush Slayer Makes Getaway After Man Dies

Killer Rises From Ditch and Opens Fire on Truck Rider.

Special to The News.
HOUSTON, Texas, June 26 -- Officers Friday night were searching for the slayer of L. G. Lincecum, 55, of West Columbia, who was shot from ambush as he rode in a truck toward Houston near West Columbia, about forty miles south of Houston.

Wallace Lincecum, who is a nephew of the slain man, and who was driving the truck, said the slayer rose from a ditch by the side of the road and fired two shots.  Only one bullet struck Lincecum and it pierced his heart.

So close did the slayer stand that the elder Lincecum's clothes were powder burned.  A rain in the West Columbia section obliterated any trail the slayer might have left and Sheriff John McKinney of Brazoria County called for bloodhounds.

Wallace Lincecum could not identify the slayer nor give a motive for the killing.

Here is an image of L. G.'s death certificate.  Up the right side it was noted:  Murdered June 26 - 1931 - by parties unknown.  And you can see Lucullus's brother (and Wallace's father) was the informant.

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But did Wallace do something more than witness the murder? The following news item from almost nine months after the killing seems to suggest he did.

Dallas Morning News (Texas)
6 March 1932

Lincecum is Given Five Years, Suspended

ANGLETON, Texas.  March 5 (AP) -- Wallace Lincecum, 22, was convicted Saturday of the murder of his uncle, L. G. Lincecum, and assessed a five-year suspended sentence.

The jury reported at 10:20 a.m.

The elder Lincecum was shot to death on a highway near here last June.  The prosecution sought to show the nephew slew him to benefit by a $500 legacy provided in the elder's will.

The defense pleaded the uncle, a Houston contractor, had committed suicide, offering depositions as well as witnesses.

Why the suspended sentence?

Wallace died 9 October 1967 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.  A few days later, his remains were laid to rest at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston.


Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off.  Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z.  Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order).  Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs.  My theme here is "kinfolk direct." Versus any name from the one name study, these genealogy and history posts all involve someone to which I am related.  You may follow along with me by RSS feed and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar.  I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.

I'm also participating with Southern Graves.  This blog as a whole is one of my themes – telling the tales of tombstones, primarily from those found in the Southern United States and usually the State of Georgia.

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to pay you a visit.  Good luck to all involved!

25 April 2017

U is for Ulysses Tilley, Great-Grandson of Emily Lincecum (A–Z)

Individual Report - ULTilleyUlysses Lee Tilley is my third cousin.  He was born 23 May 1917 in Pearsall, Frio County, Texas to Valentine Harris "Vol" Tilley and Nancy Pairlee Yarbrough.  Ulysses's grandmother was Mary (Moore) Tilley, and Mary's mother was Emily Lincecum.

Truth be told, I don't know a whole lot about cousin Ulysses.  One interesting item is his entry in the United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 database at FamilySearch.  This states he enlisted 25 May 1942 at East St. Louis, Illinois.  How or why he went there from Texas, I do not know.  The same record states Ulysses was divorced.

One other piece of information I have is undocumented, as I have been unable to get such information from other researchers:  Ulysses died in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Looking through the lens of "presentism," this gives me pause.  What was he doing there? Just this past December, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel warning pertaining to Tamaulipas --

Tamaulipas (includes Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Tampico): U.S. citizens should defer all non-essential travel to the state of Tamaulipas due to violent crime, including homicide, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault. The number of reported kidnappings in Tamaulipas is among the highest in Mexico…Violent criminal activity occurs more frequently along the northern border and organized criminal groups may target public and private passenger buses traveling through Tamaulipas. These groups sometimes take all passengers hostage and demand ransom payments…Matamoros, Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, and Ciudad Victoria have experienced numerous gun battles and attacks with explosive devices in the past year.

But Ulysses died in Nuevo Laredo 9 September 1960.  Maybe things were different there fifty-seven years ago.

One final record for Ulysses is his U.S. Military Headstone Application (via Fold3).  This tells me Cpl. Tilley was honorably discharged 26 October 1945, and was awarded the Purple Heart.

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Ulysses Lee Tilley rests under a flat granite marker with the engraving of a Latin (Christian) Cross at Laredo City Cemetery in Webb County, Texas.


Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off.  Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z.  Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order).  Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs.  My theme here is "kinfolk direct." Versus any name from the one name study, these genealogy and history posts all involve someone to which I am related.  You may follow along with me by RSS feed and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar.  I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.

I'm also participating with Southern Graves.  This blog as a whole is one of my themes – telling the tales of tombstones, primarily from those found in the Southern United States and usually the State of Georgia.

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to pay you a visit.  Good luck to all involved!

24 April 2017

T is for Theresa Lincecum Martin, Famed Actress (A to Z)

"By his third wife Dr. Lucullus G. had a daughter, Teresa, who won considerable fame as a singer, musician, and Broadway actress."

tlmartin25aug1911Reading those words might send one down a rabbit hole. Wouldn't you agree? They can be found on page 87 of Lois Burkhalter's biography of Gideon Lincecum, father of said Dr. Lucullus G. I've tackled the research of cousin Theresa a couple of times, but still so woefully lack information.  I'm throwing out what I've got here, hoping someone can help.

First, according to the notes of Lois Burkhalter included in her book, the information she wrote about Teresa came from an interview she conducted with Dr. Addison Lysander Lincecum.  He was also a son of Dr. Lucullus G., by way of the second wife – Fannie Rainwater.

Dr. L. G. Lincecum had three wives and nine children.  Lee County, Texas records show the third marriage to be between L. G. Lincecum and M. E. Oliphant, taking place 29 December 1878.  Census records suggest her name to be Marie (or Mary) Emma.  L. G.'s last daughter, "Theresa Lincicum," is noted as a 6-month-old in the 1880 Lampasas County, Texas Federal census.

Theresa is not listed with the family in 1900.  Lucullus G. and Marie do have another child, though, also listed as Lucullus G.  (Later, I find newspaper articles to suggest this baby brother of Theresa's also went by "Lew" or "Louis.") The same census does note Marie/Mary had a total of two children, both living.  Dr. Lucullus G. Lincecum, father of Theresa, died a couple of months after this census was taken.

There is a marriage recorded for Miss Fanny Theresa Lincecum in Lampasas County, Tx.  She wed Mr. C. Martin 3 January 1900.  The couple is found boarding in the Aldridge Putnam household at Waco, Tx later in the same year per the census taker.  Claud, a telephone inspector, was there with Theresa L., b. November 1879.

According to a single, undocumented source via FamilySearch's "Pedigree Resource File," Claude Martin died 10 October 1904 at Chattanooga, Tennessee.  That's all I got for him.

A relatively wide search of online newspaper articles does confirm Miss Theresa Lincecum Martin had an acting career, performing in plays at least in the Midwest and Texas.  An item in the 17 November 1910 edition of the Palestine Daily (Texas) shows the actress's birthday coincides closely with what the census taker said:

Birthday Party.
Miss Theresa Martin, leading lady with "The House of a Thousand Candles" company, was given a birthday party by the union stage employes [sic] of the New Temple last night after the performance.  The event was pronounced a most enjoyable one by every one present.

Next, I have an ad from the 7 July 1911 edition of the Temple Daily Telegram (Texas):

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An article from the next day's edition says this:

AMUSEMENTS.

THE FLOWER OF THE RANCH.
…The Morey Stock is under the same management as "The Llower [sic] of the Ranch" company which played the New Exchange Theatre some time ago and have the enviable reputation of having the best of the best in every respect, regardless of expense, and to maintain the reputation that they have established, in offering Morey Stock company they offer Miss Theresa L. Martin, better known to the people of Temple as Miss Theresa Lincecum, daughter of the late Dr. L. G. Lincecum of Lampasas, who has been engaged for the leading roles and is featured in her own plays.  Miss Martin needs no introduction as her many friends and admirers have known her since childhood, and they will be pleased to have the estimable little lady with them for a week, and an opportunity to renew the pleasures of childhoods happy days.  Louis Lincecum, better known as "Son," is with the company, playing the leading roles opposite his sister, and the supporting company  is all that can be desired as they were engaged to support Miss Martin, and every one of her friends know that they must be good or they would not be capable of holding up their position if they were not better than the average as Miss Martin is certainly a star of no mean magnitude.  The Morey Stock offers Miss Martin in her favorite play, "Dixie Land," next Monday night, she having chosen this play for her opening performance so her friends may have a chance to see her to the best advantage.

The following is from the 25 August 1911 edition of The Walnut Valley Times (El Dorado, Kansas):

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And, finally, an article from the 7 September 1912 edition of The Macon Republican (Missouri) notes the following, with which I don't completely agree:

…Lincecum, by the way is Miss Martin's real name, the other being her stage title only.

I Have a Hunch (and a Ton of Questions)

I think it's possible Theresa and Lew's mother died sometime before or around 1910.  Did that (hypothetically) push Theresa into acting for financial reasons? Or was it a career she wanted and loved? I also think it's highly possible Mrs. Theresa Lincecum Martin married again.  But did she? The Texas Death Index database at FamilySearch has the following listing:

Frances Teresa Martin, d. 21 July 1980 at Tarrant County

If this is "my" Theresa, she would have been a few months shy of 101 years old at her time of death.  I'll admit it's unlikely, but not impossible.  Anyone out there have information to share about my cousin, the famed actress?


Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off.  Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z.  Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order).  Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs.  My theme here is "kinfolk direct." Versus any name from the one name study, these genealogy and history posts all involve someone to which I am related.  You may follow along with me by RSS feed and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar.  I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.

I'm also participating with Southern Graves.  This blog as a whole is one of my themes – telling the tales of tombstones, primarily from those found in the Southern United States and usually the State of Georgia.

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to pay you a visit.  Good luck to all involved!

22 April 2017

S is for Sioux & Sallie Lincecum Doran (A to Z Challenge)

Family Report - SLDoranSarah Matilda "Sallie" Lincecum was the last daughter born to Gideon Lincecum (1793-1874) and Sarah "Sallie" Bryan/t (d. 1867).  Records suggest daughter Sallie's birth year ranges from 1833 to 1850.  I think it can be narrowed to between 1837 and 1844.  Her birthplace is consistently Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi.

Sallie married William P. Doran in Washington County, Texas 10 December 1865.  Lois Burkhalter, using the journals of Sallie's father, writes about William, Sallie, and their marriage in the biography of Gideon Lincecum:

Gideon's youngest daughter, Sarah Matilda, always called Sallie, was married to William P. Doran, a telegrapher and newspaper man, on December 10, 1865...Again the bridegroom was one of Gideon's friends.  It was Doran who was responsible for the publication of many articles and letters by Gideon in Houston and Galveston papers.

Doran, known as "Sioux" because of a by-line he used for forty-one years as a writer for Texas newspapers, was born in Rochester, New York, May 3, 1836...He was with the Houston Telegraph at the beginning of the Civil War; he enlisted as a private in John P. Austin's company of the Rio Grande in March, 1861; he was honorably discharged at Fort Brown from William Christian's Company A, 2nd Regiment, Texas Volunteers, because of defective hearing.  Despite this handicap Doran became a war correspondent for the Telegraph...He died on November 25, 1901, and Sallie Doran died on April 11, 1919.  They had three sons -- Willard Richardson, Clyde Bryan, and Frank Lincecum Doran.

...[Sallie] enjoyed the companionship of her father and showed such an obvious reluctance to be married that Gideon was convinced she never would.  She rejected numerous suitors.  Even after meeting Doran she delayed her marriage a number of years to remain with her ailing mother, and a few months after her wedding returned to the old Long Point homestead to care for Sarah when her condition became critical.

When looking at the census records pertaining to Sioux and Sallie, I came across a familiar name next door to the Doran family in 1900 Waller County, Texas – George Qualls.  (I mentioned him in my post for the letter Q.) George had remarried after the death of Attie, who was Sallie Lincecum Doran's niece.

The three sons of Sioux and Sallie seemed to stick together after the deaths of their parents.  As far as I can tell, they stayed in Waller County.  That is, with the exception of Willard.  He is not listed with the family in 1900 or 1910.  But he returns to the brothers' home by 1920.

I haven't found anything suggesting even one of the brothers got married.  Unless you count Frank being described as a widowed negro for the 1940 Waller County census (I don't).

Willard Richardson Doran passed away 16 July 1921.  The dawn of each new decade after saw the death of another brother:  Clyde Bryan Doran on 30 January 1931 and Frank Lincecum Doran on 10 December 1940.

With no immediate family members left, the informant for Frank's death certificate was cousin Andrew Lysander Bradford.  Andrew was the son of Attie Campbell (mentioned above as the niece of Frank's mother Sallie) and her first husband, George Daniel Bradford.

The entire Doran family was buried, at the appropriate times, in Hempstead Cemetery at Waller County, Texas.  The graves of the last two brothers are, at this writing, unmarked.


Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off.  Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z.  Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order).  Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs.  My theme here is "kinfolk direct." Versus any name from the one name study, these genealogy and history posts all involve someone to which I am related.  You may follow along with me by RSS feed and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar.  I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.

I'm also participating with Southern Graves.  This blog as a whole is one of my themes – telling the tales of tombstones, primarily from those found in the Southern United States and usually the State of Georgia.

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to pay you a visit.  Good luck to all involved!

21 April 2017

R is for the Roger Milam Lincecum Family (A to Z Challenge)

Family Report - RMLincecumRoger Milam Lincecum was born 16 June 1894 in Waelder, Gonzales County, Texas to Christopher Columbus Lincecum (1859-1926) and Nina Boyle Cook (1863-1952).

Partly due to wildly incorrect ages of children listed with Roger for the 1930 Orange County, Texas Federal census, some extra research was required in order for me to (hopefully) get this family right.

Roger's first marriage was solemnized 15 June 1918 in Orange County, Texas.  The marriage record, in the form of an index, provides the bride's name was Emandie Naquin.  A subsequent birth record for the couple's first child gives her name as Emondia Trahon.

For the year prior to Roger's marriage to Emondia, when he registered for the (WWI) draft in June of 1917, Roger was still in Gonzales County working his father's farm.

Roger and Emondia had two sons:  Harris Lamar Lincecum (1919-2003) and Robert C. Lincecum (1920-1989).  Robert preferred to spell his surname as Linscomb.  Interestingly, Harris Lamar corrected his birth certificate from Linscomb to Lincecum.

There were a lot of Linscombs in Orange County during the time Roger's family was there.  It will take some time to decipher them all.

I do not know what happened to Emondia, but do know Roger married again about 1928 to Bertha Peveto.  This couple had three children:  Julia Loraine (1928-2007), Roger Milam Jr. (1929-2000), and Charles Phillips (1930-2003).

During this time, Roger spent time working in the oil fields.  After the initial boom in the Orange County area, he moved on the other things.

After Bertha died in 1976, Roger moved to Buna, Jasper County, Texas – possibly to be with (or at least close to) his daughter.  Roger died there in 1980.  Both he and Bertha were laid to rest at Bland Cemetery in Orange.


Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off.  Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z.  Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order).  Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs.  My theme here is "kinfolk direct." Versus any name from the one name study, these genealogy and history posts all involve someone to which I am related.  You may follow along with me by RSS feed and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar.  I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.

I'm also participating with Southern Graves.  This blog as a whole is one of my themes – telling the tales of tombstones, primarily from those found in the Southern United States and usually the State of Georgia.

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to pay you a visit.  Good luck to all involved!

20 April 2017

Q is for Mr. Qualls, Son-in-Law of Leonora Lincecum (A to Z)

Had to stretch a bit to get this letter!

About a week ago, for the letter L, I mentioned the notable Gideon Lincecum.  He was a Texas naturalist, moving there from Mississippi in the late 1840s.

When Gideon's wife died in 1867, he was a bit disillusioned with post Civil War Texas and ready for a new adventure.  So he moved to Tuxpan, Mexico.  Making the bold move with him was his daughter Leonora Lincecum, widow of George Washington Campbell, and her seven children.  One of those children was Attilia G. "Attie" Campbell – my third cousin.

While in Mexico, Attie married fellow American George Daniel Bradford.  He was a physician, born 1847 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  From Lois Burkhalter's 1965 Biography of Gideon Lincecum:

George Bradford, a twenty-four-year-old doctor from Galveston, arrived in Tuxpan, met, and fell in love with Attilia Campbell.  Gideon considered him an industrious young man "having as good a knowledge of the science of medicine as is common among doctors." It was his proud duty to accompany George…to the alcalde's office where, in accordance with Mexican custom, the bans were issued.

This was approximately the year 1871.  In a relatively short time, maybe a couple of years later, George and Attie decided to return to the United States.  By the 1880 Federal census, they were in Memphis, Tennessee with five-year-old son Andrew Lysander, who had been born in Texas.

According to Ms. Burkhalter's book, Attie married again to Mr. George S. Qualls.  And, sure enough, a record exists for said marriage.  It took place in 1889 at Waller County, Texas.  Furthermore, the book mentioned Attie was dead by 1895.  But I was having trouble finding confirmation of this fact.

Turning to FindAGrave, I located Dr. George Bradford.  He died in 1886 and was buried at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham, Washington County, Texas.  A family link led me to Attie.  She, too, was buried at Prairie Lea Cemetery upon her death in 1893.  But, her tombstone bears the name Attie G. Bradford.  No mention of her marriage to Mr. Qualls.

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(Image courtesy of Amy the Spirit Seeker.)

Attie G. Bradford
Born in Long Point, Tex.
June 1, 1852
Died in Brenham, Tex.
Aug 12, 1893

I did find mention of the death of Mrs. Qualls in a newspaper, though.

Galveston Daily News (Texas)
13 August 1893 - pg. 2

MORTUARY

MRS. A. G. QUALLS.
Brenham, Tex., Aug. 12 – Mrs. A. G. Qualls, aged 41 years, died at 3 a. m. today at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Sarita Tamplett.

And, lastly, I was able to search the records of Prairie Lea Cemetery directly.  The only relevant result for "Bradford" is the good doctor (though it provides an incorrect death year) – resting in lot 45, section 3, range 1, and grave 5.  But a search for "Qualls" does give us the entry for Attie, as Mrs. A. G. – resting in lot 45, section 3, range 1, and grave 13.

I wonder if Andrew placed the stone for his mother.  Maybe he didn't care for Mr. Qualls?


Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off.  Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z.  Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order).  Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs.  My theme here is "kinfolk direct." Versus any name from the one name study, these genealogy and history posts all involve someone to which I am related.  You may follow along with me by RSS feed and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar.  I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.

I'm also participating with Southern Graves.  This blog as a whole is one of my themes – telling the tales of tombstones, primarily from those found in the Southern United States and usually the State of Georgia.

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to pay you a visit.  Good luck to all involved!

19 April 2017

P is for Pauline Lincecum James (A to Z Challenge)

Media0033Pauline (aka Perlina, Paulina) was one of at least five daughters born to Garland R. and Emaline Lincecum.  She was born in Texas likely between 1847 and 1849.

Pauline's father died when she was about six years old.  She stayed with mother Emaline for almost thirty more years, before finally marrying Coleman G. James about 1880.  He was approximately twenty years her senior, and it would be another fifteen years or so before they had a child – Maggie.  So Coleman became a father about age 69, and Pauline became a mother about age 48.  Not out of the realm of possibility, mind you, but a bit strange if you ask me.

I don't know much else about Pauline and Coleman.  I have yet to find either after the 1910 Nolan County, Texas Federal census.  They both likely died before 1920.

What makes cousin Pauline stand out in my family tree is her photo! I have precious few.  So any time an image accompanies a name,  I'm thrilled.  This photo was shared with me many years ago, and has since been widely disseminated online.  However, I don't know the provenance.  Happy to have it, regardless!


Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off.  Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z.  Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order).  Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs.  My theme here is "kinfolk direct." Versus any name from the one name study, these genealogy and history posts all involve someone to which I am related.  You may follow along with me by RSS feed and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar.  I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.

I'm also participating with Southern Graves.  This blog as a whole is one of my themes – telling the tales of tombstones, primarily from those found in the Southern United States and usually the State of Georgia.

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to pay you a visit.  Good luck to all involved!

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