Happy Birthday Ingrid

Happy Birthday Ingrid
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One Hot Day: How We Lost the Andersons

One Hot Day: How We Lost the Andersons
The sun had not yet risen in the city and already it was getting hot, not that it had ever really cooled off in the night. Two days before, on Tuesday, a new record was set for the hottest day ever recorded, only for it to be broken the very next...
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THE LOAD WE BEAR

             Once upon a time, when I did what real men do, I was a Cobra (gunship) pilot.  And I was driving back from an airfield where I was the safety officer in charge of some REAL cosmic stuff, and I noticed a pilot walking along,...
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On Soaring With Eagles...

On Soaring With Eagles...
                                              On Soaring with the Eagles …      Okay, the dang kid was… Well, he was sort of a jerk, actually.  For years.  And he was always very...
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Thankful for a great knife or a great life?

Thankful for a great knife or a great life?
Images of my grandma cooking in this tiny kitchen for a family of 7 sometimes makes me squeamish. Yes you see it right. Those sections beside the sink are the ONLY counter space. I have a lovely remodeled kitchen that my handy husband put together and tonight as I was chopping veggies for...
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The Name Game...

This week's prompt is about Nicknames, so I thought I'd write about my family's given names and nicknames. My given name is Sandra Jean Smith. Jean was my mother's middle name.  When I got married, I became Sandra Jones . How common and boring can you get.? I should have at...
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What's in a Name?

Prompt:  What nicknames have you had? Who knew you that way? How did the nickname come about? Which nicknames do you like or dislike? As I look back over my lifetime, my earliest nickname was "little sammy".  Some of my father's friends called him "Sam" and I don't know who or...
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FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME - DURING DINNERTIME

Some of my earliest memories, throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, are of sitting around the dinner table with my mom, dad, and sister. Dinner was at 5 o’clock prompt. Mom cooked every night. It was just something we did. Didn’t everyone? When I began working in NYC and not getting off...
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Valentine's Day

My first memory of Valentine's Day is Fourth Grade.   My mother was a homeroom mother and that meant she was responsible for the Valentine Party in my class at school.   She took a hat box and decorated it for all the Valentines of all my classmates.   It was...
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EDGAR ORCHARD

EDGAR ORCHARD
  By Shirley Orchard   Edgar was born 8 November 1908. A Sister Jensen, mid-wife, helped bring him into the world. His grandmother Dopp was present to care for him, his mother, and the other children until Marion was up and around again. Baby Edgar was named after a cousin of...
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My Folkers Great Grandparents.

My Folkers Great Grandparents.
Parentage: Folkert Teunis Folkers was born 12 Jan 1859 in Groningen, Netherlands. He was the oldest of six children—four boys and two girls—born to Teunis Folkers and Foekje Severien. The father, Teunis, was a ship’s captain and his ship was lost in the North Sea of the Atlantic Ocean on 23...
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Officially Retired! A Milestone Event

While the past year is freshest in my mind, I'm documenting a 2012 legacy story that reflects a defining moment or milestone event. On Friday, May 25th, 2012 I picked up my yearbook and went to the front office of Payson Junior High School in Payson, Utah (where I taught middle...
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Reflections of 2012

Now that 2012 is becoming a distant memory I will undoubtedly forget much of what happened as time rolls on. So, I thought I'd write some random thoughts while they are fresh on my mind.  The biggest elephant in the room for me has been the all-consuming challenge of building the...
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Joseph Hyrum Thiessens (1924-1938) Part 2

Joseph Hyrum Thiessens (1924-1938) Part 2
(Continued from Part 1) CLICK HERE The family moved to Bryan Avenue in 1937.  That Christmas, Joseph pumped Ruth on bicycle to town and they went Christmas shopping.  She carried the packages while he pumped them home again. When the family moved, Joseph was set back one year in school.  He...
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Joseph Hyrum Thiessens (1924-1938) Part 1

Joseph Hyrum Thiessens (1924-1938) Part 1
(As told to Golden Virgil Adams Jr. by Mrs. H. Thiessens & Ruth T. Adams about 1962) It was a nice clear winter day in January.  The snow that was lying on the ground glistened as if it were manna from heaven.  This was the day a blessing from heaven was...
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Wayman Crow

Wayman Crow
Wayman was born in Hartford, KY and began his schooling in Hopkinville. In 1820, at age 12, he quit working on the family farm and was apprenticed to a dry good dealer of that city for a period of 5 years. In 1825, he agreed to open a branch store in...
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Big News Stories 1940's to 1960's

Big News Stories 1940's to 1960's
Jill shares the memorable things of her childhood and as a young adult.  She remembers the Annual John Martins Xmas Pagaent, the Royal Adelaide Show and the first Adelaide Festival of Arts.
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Thank You Great-Uncle Paul Ewald

Thank You Great-Uncle Paul Ewald
This is a photo of my Great-Uncle Paul Ewald in 1921 in Cataumet, MA, which is a town on Cape Cod.  He was born in June 1890 in Danzig.  I've heard Danzig referred to as Danzig, Germany, as well as, Danzig, Danzig as its own free state.  His parents were Elisabeth...
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Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe        Uncle Joe  was the seventh son born to Thomas Frederick and Mary Ellen Ball on January 10, 1912.   His birth name was Joe Vell Ball.   Of all the seven Ball brothers and the youngest one, Uncle Joe was the tallest.  He probably...
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Mrs. A. E. Aikens (Eunice Levilla Peck Aikens)

Mrs. A. E. Aikens (Eunice Levilla Peck Aikens)
  Eunice Levilla Peck Aikens was born 4 April 1837 in the state of New York, the daughter of Joseph Kelley Peck (1803) and Martha Hawkins Peck (1805).  In her early life she moved to Sparta, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.  Levilla married Austin E. Aikens 31 December 1853 in Pennsylvania.    ...
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