John Terrence Cherry (1907 – 1956) …A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. – Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities John Cherry’s sketch and signature on one of the pages of his high school textbook of Charles Dickens’ … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: A Stranger’s Kindness"
Thomas Charles Gaffney (1874 – 1937) Cora Alice (Terrill) Gaffney (1879 – 1951) Agnes Evelyn (Gaffney) Johnson (1902 – 1977) Ernest F.W. Johnson (1900 – 1958) Last of a four part series Agnes Evelyn Gaffney Unlike her parents Thomas and Cora (Terrill) Gaffney, Agnes Evelyn (Gaffney) Johnson seems to have enjoyed a loving and stable marriage with … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: The End of the Breadcrumb Trail"
Thomas Charles Gaffney (1874 – 1937) Cora Alice (Terrill) Gaffney (1879 – 1951) Agnes Evelyn (Gaffney) Johnson (1902 – 1977) Third of a four part series I have copies of two photographs of my grand aunt and grand uncle, Benita (McGinnis) and Phillip C. McCormick on their engagement day in 1921. The pictures, taken in the back … Continue reading "Wishful Wednesday: Happy and Not So Happy Endings"
Frances (Gaffney) Cherry (1868 – 1953) I wish I knew more about my great-grand aunt Frances (Gaffney) Cherry. When I look at this picture of her, taken from a larger portrait with her five sisters, I see a dreamy young woman with faraway eyes and perfectly coiffed hair. I can’t tell whether she is happy … Continue reading "Wishful Wednesday: Frances (Gaffney) Cherry"
Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis: (1858 – 1940) Friends and sometimes complete strangers often dropped by Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis’ home during the 1920s and 30s, hungry for a meal or even advice. Janie gave both quietly and generously, never asking for anything in return. She was a fervent follower of the Golden Rule: Do … Continue reading "Wisdom Wednesday: Wise and Loving Matriarch"