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Volume 8, Issue 2

May 1, 2005


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Amos Parker

Preserving Your Family Photos

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

Family Favorites - Maple Walnut Cheesecake

Photos of the Past

Amos Parker


Amos Parker was born in Lexington, Massachusetts, July 24, 1723 to Andrew Parker and Sarah Whitney. From the town records of marriage intentions kept by Josiah Parker, “Amos Parker and Anna Stone were Posted December ye 16, 1744”. This shortly preceded their marriage, for they made their peace with the church Jan 27, 1945.

They removed from Lexington in 1745, in which year “Amos Parker of Lexington, joiner,” bought a tract in Holden of 65 acres with the building thereon. It seems that they remained there 20 of December 1750, when he purchased an estate in Shrewsbury, a farm of 200 acres. The amount paid was 200 pounds. Again, by a deed dated “in the twenty-second year of our Reign of George ye Second.” he purchased seven more acres in Shrewsbury. They were admitted to the Church at Shrewsbury in 1753. In addition to rearing his large family of 10 children, of whom 9 grew to maturity, he accumulated a goodly estate, very creditable to his characteristic industry and prudence. At his decease on 23 December 1790 in Massachusetts, his personal estate alone was appraised at 129 pounds.

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Preserving Your Family Photos
Photographic prints are composed of three separate layers. Each layer has unique properties that affect the overall stability of the print.

The support layer forms the base of the image. While it may be made from glass, plastic, tin, or other materials, the support layer most commonly is paper.

The image-bearing layer contains the actual photographic image. Black and white photos have a image-bearing layer composed of elemental silver, while color photos use organic color dyes.

The interlayer binds the image to the support, and may be made of albumen (egg whites), collodion (syrupy mixture of nitrate and alcohol), or gelatin (protein derived from animal hides).

Photographic negatives are most commonly produced on celluloid, though early photo negatives were produced on glass plates.

The single most important factor in determining the longevity of photographs is relative humidity. Photos curl in dry conditions, and flatten in higher humidity. These fluctuations cause enormous strain on the adhesion between the image-bearing layer and the support, warping and cracking images over time. The Ideal relative humidity for photos is between 30% and 35%, but never above 60%. Overly humid conditions encourage harmful mold growth. Ideal storage temperature for photographs is near 68ºF, and never above 90ºF. Color photos are particularly susceptible to temperature damage, and do better in even cooler conditions.

Albums made with acid-free paper and Mylar inserts offer a safe and attractive way to store photo prints. However, albums with self-adhesive pages should never be used because the glue can discolor prints.

Do not store photos in an attic—humidity and temperature fluctuations are simply to great and can cause the photos to expand and contract. An air-conditioned space or a cool basement is preferred. A small

closet is best of all, as climate conditions are more readily controlled. Monitor the climate with a hydrothermograph (about $30), which records the current temperature and humidity and well as the highs and lows for each.

Photos must be stored in chemically inert materials because the photos will be in direct contact with the storage media. Negatives should be stored apart from prints. Their differing compositions may cause a damaging chemical reaction. Negatives break down over time and give off gases that could damage prints. Heat hastens the breakdown and the image degrades at a differing rate than the base.

Prints can be placed in clear polyester (Mylar brand) sleeves, and then stored in acid-free envelopes or boxes, but not packed too tightly. Film negatives can be stored in clear polyester notebook-type pages. Glass negatives can be stored in acid-free boxes provided they are carefully packed and supported to prevent breakage.

Large prints should be stored flat, never rolled. Mylar sleeves add extra support to prints, and protect them from dust and dirt. Ultraviolet light (from the sun or from fluorescent lights) is harmful to photos, particularly color prints. Exposure to light should be limited in time, and limited in source to tungsten bulbs. Color prints are particularly susceptible to fading. Worse yet, the color dyes fade at different rates, leading to awkward color shifts (red being the most stable). Rodents are attracted to materials used in the interlayer of photo prints. Store photos securely and be alert for signs of infestation.

Negatives and prints should always be handled by their edges. If extensive handling is required, clean cotton gloves should be worn. Avoid rummaging through photographs quickly and carelessly. Do not flatten curled prints, as this can crack the image.

Label photo prints on their backs with a number two pencil. Write with light pressure to prevent



damage. Record dates, locations, full names of people, and other important details. Memories can fade faster than the photos themselves!

Valuable original prints should not be displayed due to dangers from light exposure. Display copies instead, and matte the copies in frames. The matte provides a spacer so that the image does not come in contact with the frame glass and moisture from condensation. Make sure the matte is acid-free.

Never expose a photograph to water. It reacts with the gelatin to swell and develop glue-like properties. Do not dry-mount original photographs (applying to cardboard or other backer) - the process is irreversible.


These ideas can also be used for your favorite newspaper articles also. To keep them from getting brittle, yellow and fading, whip up a special brew that’ll keep them looking good as new. One of the best preservatives is made by adding one tablet or capful of milk of magnesia to a one-liter bottle of club soda. Allow it to sit overnight; the next day, pour it into a shallow glass dish. Before soaking and treating your clippings, make photocopies, and try a few test pieces first. Then, soak your clippings for a few minutes. This process neutralizes the paper’s destructive acids. Carefully dry them on white paper towels.


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St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church originated in the summer of 1878 with a group of Lutheran German immigrants.

The body rounded up a pastor, the Rev. Heinrich Sieck of Memphis, Tennessee, and in 1879, St. Paul opened it s doors in the rented Presbyterian Church on Main Street.

Denied their request to use the church building as a school, the congregation decided that same year to locate sites for a new school and church building.

The school soon became a reality in a residential rental property on the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and William Street. Courses were taught in German and included catechism and Bible study.

In 1880, unable to find an appropriate church site, the body bought the schoolhouse, which doubled as the church.

In 1883 a new church structure was built on the existing site,

where two decades later the parish’s new school building housed a two-lane bowling alley.

Until World War I, church meetings, services and events were almost entirely conducted in German. But popular opinion during the war accelerated the church’s transition from the German language to English, according to church history. Regular German language services ceased in December 1941.

The congregation purchased property at Harrison Avenue and Van Buren Street in 1925, sold its building to St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church in 1926, and in 1927 laid the church cornerstone at the new site.

The school, hit hard economically by the Great Depression, closed in 1932. But the church erected an education building on the church grounds in the mid-1950s.

The church remained at the Harrison site until 1990, when

the parish relocated to a new structure on Laurel Road.

The church bells, purchased in 1891, the limestone baptismal font and the Gethsemane and Good Shepherd stained-glass windows made the move to the new building.

At Advent, German Americans throughout Michiana converge on St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

There, the participants come to recall their and the church’s heritage, with a worship in the German language. The tradition started in 1985, with then pastor the Rev. Charles Felton.

A sewing circle, that began in 1906, still exists today. In the 1960s, the sewing circle fashioned shorts, shirts and dresses for the church’s missionaries. These days, the quilters patch together about 75 quilts a year for Lutheran World Relief.

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Family Favorites

Maple-Walnut Cheesecake



1-1/4 C Chopped walnuts

1-1/2 C Graham cracker crumbs

1/3 C + 1-1/4 C Sugar, divided

1/4 C Butter, melted

1 tsp. Ground cinnamon

4 pkgs. (8 oz. Ea) Cream Cheese, at room temperature

5 Eggs

3/4 C Heavy Cream

1/3 C Maple syrup

1/4 C All-purpose flour

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 tsp. Imitation maple flavor

1 jar (5 oz) Walnuts in syrup

Whipped cream and maple sugar candies, optional

Position racks in center and lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 350º F. Spread walnuts on ungreased baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes; remove from baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 325º F. Place roasting pan on lower rack; fill halfway with water. Combine crumbs, 1/3 cup sugar, butter, cinnamon and 1/2 cup toasted walnuts. Press mixture onto bottom and 1” up side of 9” springform pan. At medium-high speed beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Add cream, maple syrup, flour, vanilla and maple flavor; beat until blended, 1 minute. Pour half of batter into pan. Bake 40 minutes until top is starting to firm; remove from oven. Sprinkle with remaining toasted walnuts. Pour remaining batter into pan over nuts. Bake 30 minutes or until center jiggles slightly when pan is shaken. Turn oven off; let cheesecake stand in oven with door closed 1 hour. Remove from oven; cool completely. Run knife around edge of cake to loosen. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Before serving, spread walnuts in syrup over top of cheesecake, leaving 1-1/2” border. Garnish with whipped cream and candies, if desired.


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Photos of the Past

Esther Wilhelmina Henrika Anderson

B. Aug. 26, 1885 Chicago, IL

D. Feb. 8, 1856 Chicago, IL


Ellen Anderson

B. Jul. 27, 1880 Chicago, IL


Two of the 11 children born to

Loth Anderson and Henrika Magdalena Nelson


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