Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Caption by Benita reads, “Phil & I at Fountain.” Mexico, 1937; exact location unknown. From her scrapbook. In the summer of 1937, my great uncle and great aunt, Phil and Benita McCormick, traveled from Chicago to Mexico for several weeks, leaving their eight-year old son and daughter, … Continue reading "Travel Tuesday: Vacationing in Mexico, 1937"
Eight years…can it really be that long? My trusty Underwood typewriter, its ribbon now worn, keeps me company as I write. A gift from my great-aunt Detty, it once belonged to my great-grandfather Thomas McGinnis, who used it to write an autobiography of his adventures at sea. Actually, it’s eight years and two days…171 posts, and 30,959 page views. … Continue reading "Motivation Monday: Eight Years of Sharing Stories – and Here’s to Many More!"
Phillip Eugene “Bud” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Joan (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) My great-aunt “Detty,” or Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, and her younger sister (my grandmother, Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon), lived several blocks apart on the South side of Chicago, both from each other and from their mother, Mary Jane (Gaffney) … Continue reading "Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: It’s All Relative"
Benita Elizabeth (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Phillip Eugene “Bud” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Christmas 1927 brought a very special gift to my great-aunt and great-uncle, Benita and Phil McCormick. These two little cherubs, “Buddy and Jane,” or Phillip Eugene and Benita Jane … Continue reading "Matrilineal Monday: Two Little Bundles of Love"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) This recipe was written in Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s hand on a back page of Congregational Church Recipes. The book, first published in 1916 in Conneaut, Ohio, was a gift to her in 1921, presumably as a wedding gift, from her maternal aunt, Delia “Di” Gaffney. The cookbook eventually made its way … Continue reading "Family Recipe Friday: (Old-Fashioned) Salad Dressing"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Indian Tree pattern teacups and double-handed bouillon cups, part of a 1921 wedding gift to Phillip and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, from his employer, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Of all the wedding gifts my great-aunt Detty (Benita) and great-uncle Phil McCormick received on October 3, 1921, this charming dinner service … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: Sharing a Gift from the Railroad"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Newlyweds Phil and Benita McCormick took the train out west to Southern California for a month-long honeymoon. One of the many places they visited was Santa Catalina Island, just off the coast. The island became a favorite place of theirs, as much for its … Continue reading "Traveling Tuesday: Kegfully Yours"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Phil McCormick had found someone special in Benita McGinnis, and he was not about to let her get away. On June 20, 1921, he went downtown to a diamond importer, August Rassweiler, where he selected a diamond engagement and wedding ring for … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Not About to Let Her Get Away"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) 93 years ago this week, my great-Aunt Detty – Benita McGinnis – mailed a rather flirtatious, if not somewhat mysterious, penny postcard to a certain Mr. P.C. McCormick: (Postmarked May 14, 1921) Mr. P.C. McCormick #112 W. Adams St. Chicago, Ill. Dear Egg, Just … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: “The One”"
The Thomas and Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis Family What was going on in this picture? The best photos are sometimes the awkward ones, the ones that went slightly wrong and no one did what they were “supposed” to do. The time would have been about 1920 or so. Imagine the McGinnises, sitting comfortably at the … Continue reading "(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Awkward Family Photo"