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In Memory of My Fallen Military Ancestors

In Memory of My Fallen Military Ancestors

  Whatever your plans are today, Memorial Day, please remember to honor the sacrifices of America’s fallen military heroes.    The portrait above is of John Bennett Dickson (1793-1876), my fourth great-grandfather, who served under Andrew Jackson during the 1814 Creek War in the War of 1812. He then served side-by-side with Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans on [...]

Three Milestone Events and 1,550 Miles Later…

Three Milestone Events and 1,550 Miles Later…

  I shot this photo while crossing over San Francisco Bay via the San Rafael Bridge.   My niece Tara‘s graduation from Humboldt State University was last Saturday in Arcata and my granddaughter Kimberly‘s big bridal shower was the next day in El Cajon followed by my grandson Steven‘s 18th birthday that evening.   I tried [...]

Mystory History — Solved!

Mystory History — Solved!

Wanda wins with her 12:26 p.m. Tuesday guess ” Central Library in Library Park?” In the photo above, demolition is underway of the Pasadena Public Library. The next photo with the bicycles in front of the library is well known to many of us, but I found this one printed on a piece of cloth [...]

LitFest Pasadena is Back!

LitFest Pasadena is Back!

Last year the inaugural LitFest Pasadena was a great success with hundreds of people coming to Central Park for a full slate of activities that made everybody’s day.  Petrea took this sweet photo: This year LitFest Pasadena 2.0 Saturday, May 11, from 10 to 5 p.m. at Central Park will feature more than 80 renowned authors [...]

Springtime at Arlington Garden

Springtime at Arlington Garden

Yesterday I had a nice visit at Arlington Garden, where the woman in the photo above was enjoying a leisurely stroll.   I was there to meet with Chuck Hudson, who serves on the board of the West Pasadena Residents’ Association. We had been trying to get together for some time to discuss…well, I’ll save that for later.     [...]

Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms

Many of my ancestors can be found in the six-volume set of books titled  “Notable Southern Families.” That’s great news for anyone doing genealogy research because the books include the begats as well as American Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War information about hundreds upon hundreds of people. The reason so many of my ancestors are listed [...]

Mystery Man

Mystery Man

  Brenda Starr had her mystery man. . .and now I have mine. Who is this gentleman? I was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was Andrew Jackson, my great-great-great grandfather about whom I’ve written on my blog not only once but twice. He was a Confederate officer during the Civil War, was [...]

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

  Happy Thanksgiving!   I am thankful for my children. . .     . . .my grandchildren. . .       . . .that I had parents who loved me. .     . . .and that I have siblings who are very dear to me.     I have been truly blessed.   [...]

My Ancestors of Old Linn Creek

My Ancestors of Old Linn Creek

  For generations Linn Creek, Missouri, was a thriving town in Camden County. Now referred to as Old Linn Creek, it had a few doctors over the years, including my great-great grandfather Dr. Joel C. Crouch (1825-1873), who was the town physician from 1860 to 1873. He was commissioned as a Civil War surgeon on [...]

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

When I was a kid we played the telephone game, AKA Chinese whispers: whisper a little story in someone’s ear, then that person whispers it to the next in line, and so on, until the last person tells the story out loud for all to hear, but by then it has changed a little or [...]