My Roots Run Deep

 

Stories From My Family History

Little ONe by Pond

Fixing a Car (Not so conventional)

Watching a neighbor work with a backhoe in our field trying to find an old well (that's a completely different story), I was talking to one of my dad's friends about my dad. All the things I know about fixing cars comes from my dad.... though none of it is...

Meal (the one that shaped me most?)

I have the Becoming journal and have slowly been working on it. I was just faced with the question about the most memorable meal. Of course over time I've had lots of family meals that meant a lot to me, and I can remember getting together with friends and family....

Memories from the Table

After moving we stored things we couldn't use in a shed until we could figure out what to do. One of those things was an antique Duncan Phyfe dining room table from my aunt Kate - my Grandmother's sister. My aunt Kate had been married twice and couldn't have children....

Too Much or Not Enough

Every so often I wonder if I did enough or too much for my kids and I think back to how much my parents did when I was growing up. I frequently think about what my parents didn't do.... but there are things my parents did. When I was in school one of my desires was to...

The Honey Bear

Our families first deer, Bambi, came from a man in Danville who had collected animals. He had a wild array of animals and had decided to get rid of them. I still remember going to his house and waiting in the house seeing his monkey and others while my dad went out to...

Buffalo Escape… Why have Buffalo? (Others escaped too)

Buffalo who have escaped in the next county have been all over the news this week. A family that farms has been raising them for meat and a herd broke the fence. The school bus was driving their route and happened to come upon a herd of buffalo and alerted everyone....

Look alikes and Kindergarten….

Hearing someone say that a whole group of people look alike and it's all DNA reminded me of kindergarten and the fun a friend and I would have swapping places. The teacher couldn't tell us apart, and we had a great time with that. We both had short brown hair and...

Grandpa McArdle

My grandfather Clifford McArdle (1916-1943) died young in a tragic accident. He was quite a character though! (and he came from a family of unique individuals) My grandfather McArdle lost his mother young (at 6) and was raised by his father (who was trick shooter,...

Look alikes and Kindergarten….

Hearing someone say that a whole group of people look alike and it's all DNA reminded me of kindergarten and the fun a friend and I would have swapping places. The teacher couldn't tell us apart, and we had a great time with that. We both had short brown hair and...

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Grandpa McArdle

My grandfather Clifford McArdle (1916-1943) died young in a tragic accident. He was quite a character though! (and he came from a family of unique individuals) My grandfather McArdle lost his mother young (at 6) and was raised by his father (who was trick shooter,...

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Famous Distant Cousins?

Jared Ingersoll was an American lawyer and signer of the U.S. Constitution. Ingersoll is my cousin through the McArdle line. Officially he's listed as my 4th cousin 7x removed, which makes him very distant... but still in my tree. I usually don't take my tree out this...

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Playing in Water!

Today was a great day to run down and play in the river. We have lots of land on the river, so we chose a spot with a sandbank. There were minnows swimming in the water, old mussel shells under the water, and fishing lines hanging from the bridge. I walked both...

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Namesakes?

Looking at headstones recently I came across a headstone for Ethel Richter Dodge. I had assumed originally I was looking through my files for Ethel Richter (not my Aunt Ethel but another Ethel Richter), who had married into the Dodge family. We unfortunately lost my...

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Playing in the Creek

Having friends over for a holiday, we went down and played in the creek - and wandered through the woods. It quickly brought back memories of all the times we would go into the woods and play in the creek near the house - and even better the times we would play in the...

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