A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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A One-Name Study for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname

Notes for Ida Lavina DAVIS

Ida owned a store called "The Wonder" in Grand Forks, B.C. The following is one of her advertisements from the Grand Forks Gazette - No. 17, Grand Forks, B.C., Thursday, June 3, 1909. "Mrs. Ida L. Barnum wishes to dispose of her entire stock. Closing Out Sale. Articles too numerous to mention. Come! See! And be convinced. Ladies' and children's white cotton underwear 15, 20, 25. Hosiery formerly sold at 75, 65, 50, 35. Sale Price 50, 45, 35, 20, 10. Belts from 45 to 15. Collars from 45 to 10. Handkerchiefs from 10 to 25. Sewing Cotton, 8 spool, for 25. Baby Bonnets, Hats, at Cost and Below Cost. Corsets from $4.00 to 25. Sale commencing Saturday, June 5th ending Tuesday June 15th. The bargains you will see will assure you that The "WONDER" is the place."

In a 1910 newspaper article in British Columbia, Ida's children Marie and Gerald were named as having perfect school attendance for the Feb-Mar term of the 1910 school year. They appear to have been in the same class. No mention was made of Sarah or Herbert.

Ida apparently started another business in grand Forks, since numerous advertisements appear in the Grand Forks Gazette during the early 1900s. For example: Saturday, july 1, 1911. Spirella Corsets. See Mrs. I. L. Barnum before buying your new corsets. Style for every type; guaranteed not to break or rust; can be laundered freely without detriment; the lightest weight high grade corset manufactured. Mrs. Ida Barnum. Phone 70. Riverside and Main St.

Volume XI Grand Forks Gazette March 23, 1912 No. 35. City & District. Mrs. Ida Barnum has been advised by telegram of the death of her grandmother
at Oakland, California on March 19, 1912.

Volume XII Grand Forks Gazette Saturday, September 28, 1912 No. 12. Card of Thanks. Mrs. Ida Barnum wishes to thank the many friends and businessmen for their kindness and help, provisionally as well as financially, during the recent illness of herself and children.

Volume XII Grand Forks Gazette Saturday, October 19, 1912 No.13, Page 05. City & District. Mrs. R.L. Miles who has been visiting her sister and friends in this city, left Tuesday for her home at Carmi.

Volume XII Grand Forks Gazette, Saturday, May 10, 1913 Number 42, School Examinations. The following is the list of pupils of the Third and Fourth Readers in order of merit as determined by written examinations for March and April (excerpted): Jr. Class - Maximum 1100 Marks - Marie Barnum 677; Division 4 - Maximum 700 Marks - Aurena Barnum.

Volume XII Grand Forks Gazette, Saturday, June 21, 1913, Number 48, Page 05, City & District. Mrs. Ida Barnum is visiting friends in Spokane this week.

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