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"

November 19, 2018

Roma

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"

Uncle Bud (Part 1)

Although he was born Lewis Arthur Mothersbaugh (1875-1941), our family knew him affectionately as “Uncle Bud.” Bud was married to my great-grand aunt, Maria Magdalena Raiffeisen. I never had the chance to meet him but I have gotten to know him through my grandmother Roma Siegel (1909-1988). As we sifted through Roma’s possessions following her … Continue reading "Uncle Bud (Part 1)"