Inscription in Bible by Catherine O’Grady Perrotin to her grandson, Edward Bennett, 1893 Cover of Bible given by my great-great-grandmother, Catherine (O’Grady) Perrotin to Edward Bennett, eldest child of María Dolores Perrotin and Timothy Bennett. It has been passed down to my cousin, Dorothy (Meek) Stephens, daughter of Jane Bennett, Edward’s sister and the youngest child of Maria Dolores and Timothy Bennett. … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: “…Wise unto Salvation”"
26 January 1860 Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana This week marks the 152nd anniversary of the marriage between Charles Jacques François Perrotin and Catherine O’Grady (also known as Catherine Grady), on January 26, 1860, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Here is a copy of their Certificate of Marriage. A transcription follows, along with a short background of a legendary … Continue reading "Marriage Record of Charles Jacques François Perrotin and Catherine O’Grady"
Ralph Schiavon January 27, 1898 – August 16, 1970 Twilight (Last in a four part series about my wonderful grandfather) Ralph Schiavon, at train station, Chicago (date unknown) My grandmother Alice had lost her eyesight in the early 60s. Her diabetes worsened, and she died at home on New Year’s Day in 1963. My parents … Continue reading "Ralph Schiavon – Part Four: Twilight"
Ralph Schiavon Halcyon Days (Third of a four part series about my maternal great-grandfather) A self-made man, my grandfather, Ralph Schiavon, was not afraid of anyone. Not even “Scarface” Al Capone. In the late 1920s, Ralph was working as a supervisor for the Internal Revenue Service and lived on the South Side of Chicago with … Continue reading "Ralph Schiavon – Part Three: Halcyon Days"
Ralph Schiavon Young Immigrant in a New World Ralph Schiavon, Boston, about 1910 (Second in a four-part series) Like most newly-arrived ethnic groups during the turn of the century, Italian immigrants dreamed of becoming successful in America. This meant owning their own home. To the former peasants who for decades had endured … Continue reading "Ralph Schiavon – Part Two: Young Immigrant in a New World"
Ralph Schiavon Born January 27, 1898 Died August 16, 1970 The following is Part One of a four part series on the life of my wonderful Italian grandfather. Auspicious Beginnings My maternal grandfather, Ralph Schiavon, was one of those rare children born with a veil over his head. The “veil,” known … Continue reading "Ralph Schiavon – Part One: Auspicious Beginnings"
Calling W6RMQ . . . We lost Dad (aka my father-in-law, Welner “Bing” Tully) three years ago today. He had been in hospital for about a week after his heart and kidneys failed, and he was on his way home when he died in the ambulance as it left O’Connor Hospital. Dad was a … Continue reading "Calling W6RMQ . . ."
Marriage Record of Francisco Perrotin and Maria Amaro Orizaba, Veracruz State, Mexico March 3, 1889 The following is my translation of the Marriage record between my great-grandparents, Francisco Perrotin and María Amaro: Number 25. Second act of The Marriage of Francisco Perrotín with María Amaro In the City of Orizaba, at nine in the morning … Continue reading "Marriage Record of Francisco Perrotin and Maria Amaro"
Francisco Perrotin 1866 – 1899 “The first cases (of yellow fever) in Orizaba were all of persons living in a small radius, close around the railroad station. In the next epidemic they spread out a few hundred yards farther and took in another block of houses a little farther off from the railroad station as … Continue reading "Francisco Perrotin: 1866 – 1899"
Patricia Ann Fay Born: 12 July 1923, Stuart, Iowa Died: 16 January 1997, San Jose, California Faith, family, and charity were the recurring themes of Patricia Tully’s life. Born the youngest of eight children to Daniel Francis Fay and Sarah Ellen “Ella” Riney on July 12, 1927, in Stuart, … Continue reading "Patricia Ann Fay"