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In a box of my mother's old things I found a tiny piece of a hand written letter, with an obituary for Dr. Robert Parke Chase from San Francisco. From the small bits of handwriting on the back I have gleaned that he was treating the person who kept the obit, presumably one of my relatives who lived in the city. I would like to imagine it was my great great grandfather Marcus Marks who was friends with Levi Strauss, but really it could have been anybody.
The obit was coming unglued and on the back I spied the following (partial) op ed piece from the San Francisco Chronicle:
"Wednesday June 25th, 1884 - Outlandish Names - Parents who can't give their children decent names ought not to have any. The other day a young man died in this city burdened with the name "Philadelphia Careless" and a boy named "Prosperous" was tragically run over by a wagon..."

It is weirdly comforting to me to know op-ed pieces were just as stupid one hundred and twenty six years ago as they are today, however any child I produce from here on out is now in grave danger of being named Philadelphia Careless.

Date: 2010-03-23 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] travellight.livejournal.com
I found a couple of generations of women named "Civility" in my family. You can imagine how perplexing I find that. A more likely name would have been "Hiss."

Date: 2010-03-23 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
I think it is entirely appropriate for women in your family to be named "Civility," it doesn't mean they weren't all carrying weapons in their handbags however.
Paul's great great grandfather was named "Grief."


Date: 2010-03-23 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] savia.livejournal.com
This is the entry of the day!

Date: 2010-03-23 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathymonster.livejournal.com
I have distant cousins named "Happy" and "Charity"...trust me, they should have waited to see how the kids' dispositions truly were before naming them...total opposites of their given names. Kind of sad, really.


Date: 2010-03-23 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesliepear.livejournal.com
Pretty interesting piece. I wonder what the whole thing read.

Date: 2010-03-24 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tubyred.livejournal.com
I like the idea that parents giving their kids ridiculous names has been an ongoing problem.


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