B-4 A/C ?!

“How did Texans survive the heat and humidity?”  I’m quick to tell folks: “Forty years on the Mojave Desert did not prepare me for a summer in Texas.”

My A/C popped the breaker about 9:30 last night. I left the A/C “off” and went to bed. Awake at midnight; wide-awake at the computer (12:30 AM), praying the A/C will function and cool my trailer home.

According to Houston TV meteorologist…

“Feels-like temperature will be dangerously high today. Triple digits by ten.”

My air-conditioner has struggled the past couple of weeks. Several times a day, the A/C “pops the breaker.” I wait half-an-hour before I turn on again. Last night, at 9:30, it “popped” so I left off all night. It was a restless night as I tried to sleep in a “puddle of perspiration.” I’m not complaining; I’m just documenting in my blog/journal. Gratefully, I have a good fan–and the nearby CARE Center is cool and comfortable. 

Oh no!! While typing this–7:45 AM– the problem re-occurred!! It isn’t a problem with my one-year-new A/C; it’s the beastly hot weather.


Hot house!!


I love Google !!

The Bluejack Oak tree has been a concern. I checked for information (after a Google search) and this one bit of information jumped out at me.

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam

Is it possible I “killed it with kindness”? Did I “over water”?

From a gallon jug, about a cup at a time at the trunk of the tree, I’m giving Bluejack some aspirin. It was worth a try.”


Received the following from a friend and worth sharing (imho).

Spending time around trees lowers stress hormones, blood pressures and enhances autonomic nervous system activity such as digestion by 55 percent, say Japanese researchers. Grounding is a likely factor: “Trees are alive themselves, unlike conductors such as rocks, they actually retain deep reservoirs of charge that transfer freely through touch” Dr. Koniver explains. Even seconds of direct physical contact–using any body part–imparts benefits. “Sometimes on busy days I’ll just brush my hand against a trunk as I pass by,” she says. “Just as a brief workout can help with calorie balance, a short grounding session can improve electrical balance and make a meaningful difference to your health.”

A piece of history: Ruby Bridges and William Frantz Elementary School

3:00 PM: Forgive me? I had to “publish” so I could double-check web links. This is a message “under construction.”
4:00 PM: I am one very, very, very discouraged blogger/researcher/genealogist!!!!!! I went to a public computer so I could pull up this blog message. If you, the reader, click on some of the links (near end of this message) you will be “sucked into” the GenealogyBank holding the information “for ransom” (my words, not theirs). I’ve tried to print the newspaper articles and that, too, is blocked. Repeat: I am one very, very, very discouraged blogger/researcher/genealogist. I offer Frantz Families–Kith & Kin “free” to the whole wide world (WWW). I have the Digitized Library of Family History “free” for the whole wide world. I thought I was doing “the world” a favor by documenting William Frantz. Likewise, my web links on Ancestery.com are invalid.

My suggestion: Don’t succumb to “the ransom”!!!!

Recently, in an email message to a “cousin,” I referred to myself as “detective Shirley Homes.” Yesterday, I searched the Internet far-and-wide for a man named William Frantz. “Frantz” is my maiden name and I’ve documented MANY individuals with that surname. (Frantz Families–Kith & Kin, three volumes, 3180 pages.)

On Friday, August 11, 2017, The 700 Club (Christian Broadcasting Network) aired an interview with Ruby Bridges. I encourage you to watch the same program, same interview, by clicking this link. Naturally, I was interested in the name of the school. I did a brief Google search but found nothing about William Frantz. Here are several web links I found interesting.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Frantz_Elementary_School

School of Ruby Bridges: https://www.theclio.com/web/entry?id=31083

Biography of Ruby Bridges: https://www.biography.com/people/ruby-bridges-475426

Fifty Years Later, Students recall: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/11/fifty_years_later_students_rec.html

School closed in 2008 https://www.publicschoolreview.com/william-frantz-elementary-school-profile

On Tuesday, August 15, I resumed my search of Google. **NOTHING!!** Next, a search for William Frantz–on Ancestry.com–living in New Orleans from 1900 to 1960. I used a “guesstimate” birth date of 1880. There were many listings; I especially looked at City Directories. I saved the information on my Ancestry Lorraine Frantz family tree. I wasn’t satisfied; I wasn’t finding information that “felt right.”

Talking to myself: “Lorraine, check Google for a link to a library in New Orleans.” That was effortless. Yes, there were many replies to my query for William Frantz. Only catch: I had to subscribe to a newspaper website to read the information. Out came my credit card (I was “in it to win it”). I lost track of the number of newspaper links I opened, visually scanned, and rejected. Later I found Vice President William Frantz mentioned when “Mayor Dedicates Lakeview School” dated 4 Dec 1915.

Bids to build William Frantz school dated 17 May 1937

School to be built newspaper article dated 29 Aug 1937

Picture and newspaper article: “New Frantz School Dedicated” dated 7 Oct 1938

“William Frantz Dies at Home” newspaper article dated 29 Jun 1930

Wife/widow of William Frantz “Celebrates 90th birthday” newspaper article dated 19 Aug 1936

Wife dies” newspaper article dated 11 Jan 1937

In my humble opinion, William Frantz was (is) an “unsung hero.” I do not intend to lessen the importance of Ruby Bridges and the story of integration of the New Orleans public schools. But William Frantz was a very valuable member of the community and I’m delighted to search, and document, the role he played. Please note that he is from a vastly different “Frantz family tree”–not a “cousin.”

Worth a try ??

Someone suggested I give my sick little tree an aspirin. Actually (considering the size of the tree), I dissolved three and poured at the trunk. Remember my enthusiasm the first week? (Looking back at my blog messages, I see where I failed to document my enthusiasm–but believe me I was joyful.) The tree looked good and no evidence of transplant shock. I trimmed limbs; I had a trickle of water saturating the soil around the trunk. Then, overnight, the leaves turned brown and “crispy.”

The end of July, hottest days of the year (at that point) was NOT an appropriate time to plant trees (IMHO). But the CARE Facility Director purchased new “baby” trees for many resident sites. For “cosmetic reasons” the tree I received was removed from another site–and destined for the “burn pile.” I won’t give up on “Blue Jack Oak”; I’ll nurse him for months to come and hope to see new growth next Spring.


A Google search brought up many links. Here is one particularly interesting site.

In excellent company !!

Torn between two worlds is my blog message published on June tenth. A genealogy “cousin” read the blog and asked for permission to publish it in the October issue of Mennonite Family History. I was (am) so honored; such an unexpected affirmation!! Yesterday I received an email link so I have a preview of the story. Next to my article is a picture (replication) of Martin Luther nailing his thesis on the door of the Catholic church in Wittenburg, Germany. This October marks the five-hundred years anniversary of the event (and appears in the October issue of MFH). I’m in excellent company; such an honor; I’m (almost) speechless.