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: 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"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Three basket weavers smile obligingly at the photographer in “Tipos Mexicanos,” or “Mexican People.” Photographer and location unknown, circa mid-1930s. From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook. The black and white photographic postcards my great uncle and great aunt, Phil and Benita (“Aunt Detty”) McCormick purchased during … Continue reading "Travel Tuesday: Postcards from Mexico, Part 4: Tracing Phil and Benita’s Footsteps through Mexico"
John Coates Mary (?) Coates Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Fun-loving John and Mary Coates, just who were you? Caption reads, “John and lovely Mary Coates.” 1937, Mexico. Exact location unknown; possibly Taxco, Guerrero? From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook. These photographs, from my great-aunt Benita’s scrapbook, tell us you were in … Continue reading "Friday’s Faces from the Past: Meeting John and Mary Coates"