Tick Tock~Tanya Hanson

One hundred years ago this very week, a pretty Kansas farm girl married the local preacherman.


He was in charge of a district with five congregations, but he still found time to fall in love.

Lucky for me. They’re my grandparents.

And that’s Grampa and his horse, Babe, paying a courting call.

The beautiful Ingraham clock, below, was one of their wedding presents in January 1917. It has sat on my mantel since I myself was a newlywed myself, more then 40 years, and is my prized possession. It keeps perfect time and still chimes each half hour.

Thanks to Elias Ingraham. Born in Marlborough, Connecticut in 1828, he started out building clock cases and between 1857 and 1873, received seventeen patents for his designs. His 4-columned clock became an Ingraham standard.

The Ingraham name was on several clock companies’ mastheads during Elias’s lifetime, so it’s easy to pinpoint an Ingraham clock’s date and origin. Although “clock making” makes us think of the mechanical wizardry and innards that keep time, cases and design are just as big a big deal. After Elias’ death in 1885, his son Edward took over. He invented and refined a process for painting clock cases a smooth black enamel finish. More than 200 black mantel clock designs were popular through the 1920’s

Like most clockmakers, in 1913 Ingraham began to produce pocket watches and soon after, 8-day clock mechanisms. Wristwatches were on the list by the 30’s. However, Ingraham Company ceased watchmaking during World War II to manufacture timers and fuses. Sadly, by 1950, Ingraham had given up making old-style pendulum clocks in favor of electric alarm clocks. Today, the Ingraham trademark can be found on electric clocks made by McGraw-Edison who bought the company in 1967.

Fortunately, my clock is alive and ticking an entire century later. Above you see the key used to wind it.

In fact, you can see it behind Santa when our remote security camera snapped the big fat red guy on Christmas Eve. At least that was the big fat white lie I told the kiddoes. It’s a creation with an awesome iPhone app. You shoulda seen my wide-eyed and awestruck grandsons and nieces, though, when they beheld the photo. Worth it!

How about you? Any treasures from your past?

For more info, check out http://www.discoverclocks.com/ingraham_clocks.html

(Ps. If anyone would like a complementary PDF copy of Christmas Lights in exchange for an honest review, please email me privately at tanhanson AT aol DOT com

I have a few copies to distribute and will draw names if there’s a big response.)




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24 thoughts on “Tick Tock~Tanya Hanson”

  1. Tanya- What a beautiful story and a great history lesson on the clock. So glad yours is still working fabulously.

    • Hi Tonya, thanks so much for stopping by today. My grampa died in a car accident when I was a year old, so I think the clock helps keep his memory ali e somehow. And my gram has been my life’s greatest hero. I hope you have a blessed 2017.

  2. A beautiful clock with a century of history, priceless! The guy in the buggy and the couple are nice enough for maybe a cover or two, you think? Wink, wink. Thanks Tanya for quite a bit of your own history and pictures as well. By the way how old are your grandparents in that pic, I could not guess at it. It seems that ages were very different back then, they married younger, had their kids younger and many times had harder times and their faces were aged much more than now with botox, sunscreen and moisturizers to name a few. The sun did more damage and took it’s toll on younger people aging them far beyond their years, no sunglasses really though they did wear hats, both sexes in fact wore hats constantly outside. So it would be interesting to note how old your grandparents are in that pic. Thank you Tanya.

    • i remember from family lore and pictures–they were two who always wore hats. When my mom married before my dad shipped out in WW II, gram’s lovely dress and veil turned to shreds when she unpacked it. Sob. Gram was 19 and he about five years older. I so love him and his horse! Thanks for posting today! Happy New Year!

  3. I have my grandmother’s table and chairs. Granny and Grandpa were married in 1917 too, but I don’t know when they got the table.

  4. That’s so cool to have something that belonged to your grandparents. It’s such a pretty clock.

    It’s mind-boggling to me to think that my dad’s parents were born in 1874 & 1876. It’s true. I have a quilt that my dad’s mother made and another one that my mom’s grandma made. They mean a lot to me.

    • Hi Vickie, I love going back in time. One of these years, my daughter and I intend to pore over the Ancestry.com we started a while back. She has a new baby though, and a five year old and time is limited LOL. My grampa, pictured–his grandfather marked with Tecumseh Sherman in the Civil War. I love that fact==and he got discharged from dysentery before the burning of Atlanta. I was glad of that as I like Atlanta LOL.

      Thanks so much for posting today, and happy new year.

  5. Love this story and part of your wonderful “roots” Tanya! What a precious heirloom! As with buildings and many other things, pride in craftsmanship was so much a part of making something. I miss that personality in items. Happy New Year to you!

    • Hi Kathryn, I hear ya. Here in California, anything fifty years old is ripped down. I wish they’d start recycling things, grumble. I love Boston–every inch has a story, but not around here. Sheesh. Happy New Year to you, too! xo

  6. Great story, Tanya! I have some pictures of my mom’s parents when they were courting that reminded me of yours–they were in the buggy. Guess that was a “pose” that they did a lot back then. I don’t have anything as wonderful as a clock from them–they had 11 kids and were dirt poor all their lives. BUT, I DO have a cooking spatula that was my great grandmother’s! (No, I don’t use it. I just keep it in the drawer.) And I also have the ironing board that my dad’s dad made my grandmother.

    Love the Santa Claus in the living room! LOL I can just picture your grandkids’ faces when they saw that!

    • hi Cheryl, oh, you need to get up that ironing board and put an antique iron on it! What treasure that would be. And hold on to the spatula. I may have told you when I released Covenant, which had springerle cookies in it, that nobody knows what happened to my Gram’s carved springerle rolling pin. Sob I’d love to have my hands on it. Happy new year. I am in misery right now taking down all the Christmas decorations, and honest, I did simplify this year. Sheesh.

  7. I loved this article, Tanya. Yes, I do have treasures passed down through the family–my violin was passed down to me from my Uncle John, I have letters and pictures, and so many delightful things that I treasure.
    I loved your pictures and the clock you have to wind. Do you love it when it chimes the hours? Oh, and it keeps working even when the power goes out!
    All the best to you in the new year.

    • HI Sarah, thanks for stopping in today. I remember your precious violin! I too have a stash of old pictures…but so many of them do not have names or dates on the back. I get to imagine a great deal, but would really love the actual history. I love hearing the clock tick and especially chime, especially if I wake up in the middle of the night and count. It soothes me. But funny thing…our daughter grew up with the clock and whenever she visits now with her family, the chiming makes her crazy! We have to “stop the clock.” New Year blessings to you, my friend.

  8. Our house is furnished mostly in antiques and we have many lovely pieces we got mostly at auctions. I feel a bit sorry the families didn’t try to keep them as a remembrance of their ancestors.
    We are lucky enough to have several family pieces we can trace back through the generations. The one I treasure the most is a cradle my paternal grandmother gave me shortly after I was married. It has a platform rocker and the cradle is a spindle design. There is a baby quilt with embroidered squares that my grandmother made and some old stuffed, embroidered pieces. She told me it was given to her by her uncle. I figure at least 6 or 7 generations of my family have used it. Our first military move, the van hit an overpass. We were not notified of the accident until they delivered our household goods. Things had gone into storage and were in 5 or 6 large crates. The first one they opened only had the base of the cradle in it. When I questioned them was when they told us several items had been damaged. I was sick about it. Of course the rest of the cradle was in the last box unpacked. Luckily, the damage wasn’t too bad and my husband was able to fix it. You can’t even tell it was damaged.

    • Hi Patricia, wow, lucky there. I would have been heartsick. I too get sad at flea markets at the wonderful heritage items on sale. We also inherited Gram and Grampa’s bedroom furniture that we still have in the guest room, after sleeping in that doubled sized bed for 20 years LOL.

      Happy new year1

      • We bought an Eastlake carved oak bed and dresser at auction before we got married. We used it for the first 25 years or so. Finally needed to move up to a queen sized bed. The other set is now in our “Southwest” bedroom.

  9. Meant to mention we have antique clocks from both sides of the family.We haven’t wound the one in our bedroom for quite a while. It does tend to wake you up when it strikes the hour.

    • LOL, I hear ya. Ours does every half hour, gentler single chime then. Our daughter goes nuts when she visits, even though she grew up with it. Go figure. Fortunately we have a great clock maker in town who has given the clock a check-up ever once in a while.

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