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Scooba Update – Progress at Last!

Scooba Update – Progress at Last!

on Mar 29, 2013

Scooba Update – Progress at Last!  When visiting Scooba last year, the downtown was in ruins.   What was once a vibrant commercial district now was literally falling down.   Now I’m pleased to report that a group of concerned citizens has formed the Scooba Focus Group to foster economic growth and town beautification.   This a dispatch is from...

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It’s a New Year at MadgesHatbox.com!

It’s a New Year at MadgesHatbox.com!

on Jan 3, 2013

Well it’s a new year and Madge is raring to go. Back in February Madge had a modest goal:  Clean out a closet full of vintage treasures. Who knew then where that one item on my to-do list would take me? I grew up vintage. Some of my earliest memories were of my mom and me climbing up the stairs of the old Salvation Army store in downtown Wichita, Kansas. The sixth...

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Finding Madge – Chanute, Kansas

Finding Madge – Chanute, Kansas

on Oct 19, 2012

Finding Madge – Chanute Kansas For those of you following along in the journey for information about grandmother Madge’s career as a milliner, you might remember a previous post which including a letter from Mrs. Margaret Steely in Chanute, Kansas.   That letter was one of the first clues I had about Grandmother Madge’s hat shop.  Recently I had...

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Finding Madge – Scooba Mississippi

Finding Madge – Scooba Mississippi

on Jul 23, 2012

Finding Madge – Scooba Mississippi Madge and Mr. Madge left Atlanta on Friday on our trip to Scooba to find my grandmother’s hat shop.  We made it to Birmingham, Alabama by lunch.   Then, for several hours we wound through the rest of the state on two lane roads until we were over the border and in Scooba.  It was hot and muggy and we could hear...

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Finding Madge – The Journey Begins

Finding Madge – The Journey Begins

on Jul 6, 2012

The journey begins Mrs. W. L. Steely Millinery 104 W. Main St. Chanute, Kansas, March 8, 1917 Dear Mr.  Liebstadler: “This will introduce to you Miss Beals, of Humbolt Kansas.  She is wanting some goods and also a trimmer for a few weeks.  You will confer a favor on me by doing the best you can for her.   . . . I will stand good for $50 worth of goods for her.  She...

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Welcome to MadgesHatBox

Welcome to MadgesHatBox

on Apr 2, 2012

Madge’s Hatbox is dedicated to my grandmother, Madge Beals Meredith. Ora Madge Beals was born on the 22nd of February, 1896 in Montpelier, Indiana. The family traveled by covered wagon to Kansas where Madge lived part her young life in a sod house.  At age 16 Madge informed her mother, Armenta Jane, that she was finished with school.  Madge was sent to...

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