As we experience the 75th anniversary of the day the Allied Forces invaded Europe it is worth noting why the day was so vital then and now. The sacrifices of the men that day were monumental. According to the U.S. Army, more than 160,000 men crossed the English Channel to five beaches in Normandy, … Continue reading "D-Day: Why It Matters"
The first time I experienced the Gateway Arch I didn’t really “see” it. My mother was pregnant with your truly the first time she and my father took the elevator to the top. The Gateway Arch, finished in 1965 was still a new attraction so when my parents had the opportunity to visit St. Louis in … Continue reading "The Gateway Arch is calling"
Today is a special day for me and for Roma Mary Grace. Thirty-one years ago today Roma Clara Josephine Rasa Siegel left the physical world and became a guardian angel. She was a mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend to many. To me she was an inspiration and since that day I have often felt … Continue reading "A Day of Remembrance"
I always thought that successful genealogists would get to talk about their own family. Tonight I got the opportunity to do just that. I spoke to the Ozarks Genealogical Society about the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic; a topic for which I have great passion. But tonight was more than just an issue, it was about family. … Continue reading "Influenza, Mary and Me"
I am one of those people who love to see what happened on this day in history. I often wonder did something happen of global importance or something seemingly minor in the life of one of my ancestors that changed his or her – or even my destiny? Today there one event is of particular … Continue reading "Prussia, Prussia, Prussia"
Today, Groundhog Day, is Eloise Grubb’s birthday. Many of you have never heard of her. Eloise Chastain Grubbs (1916-1986) lived across the street from the Spencer family in the 1960s. She was born in 1916, the daughter of Mabel (Harmon) and Wesley Erskin Chastain on their farm near Harrison, Arkansas, when her parents were twenty-six … Continue reading "Why Groundhog Day makes me think of Avon"
Last week James and I were looking forward to a short excursion on Saturday. We had planned to visit Old Cahaba, the first capital of the state of Alabama. The weather forecast suggested a rainy day so we decided instead to spend a few hours in nearby Wetumpka, AL, just a few miles from our … Continue reading "Ode to a Church: First Presbyterian Church of Wetumpka"
One hundred years ago today, on January 17th, 1919, students at the University of Missouri were required to wear masks. Why? Because the scourge of influenza had returned. It was thought the nightmare had ended. The influenza epidemic had surged through the fall of 1918 and had dampened the joy over the end of the … Continue reading "The Unsung Heroes Behind the Masks"
Mr. David Leong, creator of Cashew Chicken [photo courtesy of leongsasiandiner.com].During our Christmas holiday travels we visited family in Southwest Missouri. One evening we chose Leong’s Asian Diner in Springfield, Missouri. As we were seated, my Dad whispered to me, “Do you know who that gentleman is?” referring to an older man seated alone … Continue reading "David Leong: The Man Who Blended Local and Distant Flavors to Create a Lasting Favorite"
Roma Clara Josephine Rasa Siegel (1909-1988) was my maternal grandmother. She passed away when I was a senior in high school but has nevertheless remained a presence in my life for a number of reasons. The biggest reason, perhaps, is that I’m fascinated with her life story.
Roma grew up in a small town, the … Continue reading "Roma"