Monday, April 18, 2011

Amanuensis Monday

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

I'm slowly tying to return to some of my hobbies and my loves as it helps with the grieving. So today, I return to transcribing the newspaper clippings contained in the old scrapbook I inherited from Aunt Martha. Many of these old clippings contain references to my paternal grandfather, Rev. H. C. Jones, during his time as Director of the Negro Home and Welfare Association in Winston-Salem, NC.

War Chest Body Approves Negro Home, Welfare Group

The Negro Home and Welfare Association was approved by the Community War Chest Commission yesterday as a member of the Community Council for a demonstration period.

Rev. H. C. Jones is executive secretary of the association. Approval was recommended to the commission by the executive board, after a report by the committee headed by Mrs. Irving Carlyle.

Board members for the association are: J. D. Ashley, D. G. Bennett. Carlysle Bethel, J. E. Gibson, Mrs. Roberta Farmer, Dr. J. D. Quick, Mrs. R. J. Reynolds, Mrs. Berdie Robinson, Mrs. J. D. Spinks, Mrs. Richard Stockton, Mrs. J. R. Summers and Rev. W. S. Witherspoon.

Executive advisory committee for the organization will be composed of Miss Maribelle Guin, Rev. H. C. Jones, Mrs. Noble R. McEwen, and Miss Caroline Wagner.

At the meeting of the commission, it was announced that a tentative program for the organization’s coming year has been worked out.

Based on the notes in the scrapbook, this article appeared in the Winston Salem Journal, August 12, 1945.


Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.

Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at TransylvanianDutch.

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