June 22, 2019

Four Families, Three Generations and Two “Strangers”

Gathering at the Raiffeisen / Mothersbaugh House ca. 1910, Syracuse, (Morgan County) MO

(back to front, left to right) Ida Marie Siegel (1886-1974), Maria Magdalena (Raiffeisen) Mothersbaugh (1869-1948), Lewis Arthur  Mothersbaugh (1875-1941), John Richardson (1867-1951), Lillie Ionia (Mothersbaugh) Richardson (1871-1929), unknown, W. Peter Siegel (1858-1938), Charlotte (Schupp) Raiffeisen (1832-1911), Marie Charlotte (Raiffeisen) Siegel (1861-1924), Amalia Raiffeisen … Continue reading "Four Families, Three Generations and Two “Strangers”"

June 6, 2019

D-Day: Why It Matters

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"

May 7, 2019

The Gateway Arch is calling

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"

April 1, 2019

Influenza, Mary and Me

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"

February 25, 2019

Prussia, Prussia, Prussia

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"

January 7, 2019

David Leong: The Man Who Blended Local and Distant Flavors to Create a Lasting Favorite

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"