Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) When a letter begins with the words, “Sit down,” a big announcement is sure to follow. That was how my great-uncle-and-aunt, Phillip and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, learned that their daughter, Jane, had married her true love, Eldon “Ole” Olson, in a private church ceremony in … Continue reading "Travel Tuesday: Rebirth in the Land of Mañana"
Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Elson “Ole” Olson (1924 – 1994) Secret courtyard passage, Carmel-by-the-Sea On May 6, 1960, while 20 million television viewers watched England’s Princess Margaret marry Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey, Eldon Olson and Benita Jane McCormick were being married in front of two witnesses in the quaint … Continue reading "Wedding Wednesday: Ole and Jane (McCormick) Olson"
Benita Elizabeth (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Phillip Eugene “Bud” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Elson “Ole” Olson (1924 – 1994) Benita Jane McCormick, known as “Jane,” circa 1960. As happens eventually to parents everywhere, Phil and Benita McCormick must have wondered … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Loving and Letting Go"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Benita (McCormick) McGinnis drew this untitled chalk rendering in Chicago, possibly in 1931. With winter snow and rain storms in full force across the world this week, it seems appropriate to post this chalk drawing by my great-aunt “Detty,” Benita McCormick. The back of this portrait contains no information to … Continue reading "Talented Tuesday: Lady in Winter"
Benita Jane (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Jane McCormick, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1938 Of all their accomplishments, none brought greater joy to my great uncle and great aunt, Phillip and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, than their two adopted children, Phillip Eugene and Benita Jane, known as Bud and Jane. My mother, Joan (Schiavon) Huesca, told my … Continue reading "Wisdom Wednesday: Young for Such a Little While"
Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis (1858 – 1940) Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Francis Eugene McGinnis (1891 – 1961) John Charles McGinnis (1894 – 1944) Alice Gaffney (McGinnis) Schiavon (1895 – 1963) Some time during the late 1930s, the now-adult McGinnis children: Benita, Alice (my maternal grandmother), Gene, and John, gathered at the family home at 8336 Drexel … Continue reading "Friday’s Faces from the Past: The McGinnis Family Portrait"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, Milwaukee, Wisconsin When my great-aunt Detty, or Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, was born 125 years ago this week (September 30, 1889) in Conneaut, Ohio, I doubt her parents had any idea their daughter would be so passionate about the arts and making her mark on the world. But … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: A Passion for Creating"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Letter to Benita McCormick from The Jewel Tea Company, thanking her for her Christmas story and enclosing a check for $50 as payment in full. From Benita McCormick’s scrapbook. [Note: Amanuensis is an ancient word meaning one who performs the function of writing down or transcribing the words of another. Derived from … Continue reading "Amanuensis Monday: They “Liked it Immensely”"
Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick, circa 1914. From the scrapbook of Benita (McGinnis) McCormick. My great-uncle, Phillip Columbus McCormick, who always loved the Spanish language, must been smitten with it during the trip that he and my great-aunt Detty, Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, took to Mexico … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: There Was an App for That"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) We wrap up our postcard series by visiting one of the loveliest stopovers Phil and Benita made during their 1937 vacation, the famed floating Gardens of Xochimilco, in the southern region of the Federal District (Distrito Federal), about 40 minutes from downtown Mexico City. … Continue reading "Those Places Thursday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 5: The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco"