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Posted by Scott Paterson [Email] (#13) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Scott Paterson) on Sat, 20 Jul 2019 15:35:10 Share Post by Email
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I was visiting my parents and they gave me three bins of saved documents that my great grandfather (Isaac Vrooman - I have his last name as my middle name) had accumulated and that my grandmother had and passed on to my parents and who are now passing them on to me... There are letters and documents going back 150 years. My great grandfather was very interested in our family genealogy. My ancestors emigrated from Holland on his side of the family and that history supposedly goes back to Worp van Peynma who engineered the system of dikes for Holland. I have come across a few documents about that and my mom says there are some documents that go back to the year 700. I'll have to see about that as they send me more bins.

The neat thing is that Isaac not only researched our Dutch heritage, he also took on looking into his son-in-law's family tree and I pulled out this document below:

Edith Stimpson Paterson (my great-grandfather spelled his daughter's new last name incorrectly with 2 't's) is my great grandmother on my father's side. If you look at the branch next to this, you will see Charles Martin Hall who made aluminum processing feasible in 1886 and founded Alcoa (the Aluminum Company of America which later also founded Alcan (the Aluminum Company of Canada to which Alcoa transferred all its international holdings). I have known about Charles Martin Hall since I was child. My father had taken me to several shareholder meetings in Pittsburgh where we were really treated very kindly by the company. One year, I even asked the first shareholder question when they opened it up to the floor. Yes, I even inherited some Alcoa stock myself, but honestly, it was not a lot. My great-grand-=uncle made at least $30 million for his discovery and he donated a lot of money to Oberlin College. My great-grandmother attended Oberlin and even played women's basketball there... there is some really interesting history for her too.. She traveled on ships across Asia with her father who was a missionary... Her father also attended Dartmouth College where I founded

This from the Alcoa web site:
"July 9th, 1886 - Working with his sister Julia in a shed attached to the family home in Oberlin, Ohio, chemistry student Charles Martin Hall discovers a way to produce aluminum through electrolysis that drastically reduces its cost. Hall patents his process and an industry is born around the light, strong metal. Around the same time, the same process is discovered by chemist Paul T. Héroult of France, and it comes to be known as the Hall-Héroult Process. Today, the Hall-Héroult Process is the one method by which every aluminum producer in the world operates."

So, Alcoa has yearly revenue of about $13 billion and Alcan about $24 billion...!!

Pretty interesting stuff... BUT WAIT... This part I did not know... I looked over at the other side of the tree... The Johnson side and noticed "Samuel Curtis Johnson" with a little note in parentheses, (Johnson's Wax)... So, I looked up Johnson's Wax... yes, I'm not too familiar with it having never used it, but I thought I had heard of it before... So, yeah, that would be from the S. C. Johnson & Son company... The Samuel Curtis Johnson and Son Company with annual revenue of $13 billion....

Pretty cool, eh?

I have a genealogy project ahead of me... I don't know anything about Should I be using that site with all this stuff?


p.s. I guess I have to check out what Scotty's Castle is next since another family member seems to have 'financed' it...

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