Gilbert Cayetano Huesca (1915 – 2009) Everyone knew this gentle man as Gilbert Cayetano Huesca. But to my sisters and me, he will always be our “Daddy.” Of the many things he did in his 93 years, my father couldn’t be prouder of anything more than his family. “She looked into my eyes,” he said … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Happy 100th Birthday, Daddy"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) Gilbert Cayetano Huesca (1915 – 2009) Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) From the Many Branches, One Tree treasure chest, this 1966 photograph celebrates the spring visit of my great-uncle-and-aunt, Phil and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, to Mexico City, where our family was living at the time. … Continue reading "Travel Tuesday: The Exotic and the Mundane in Mexico City"
Making Memories Around the Table Left to right: John Charles McGinnis Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis, Alice McGinnis, Thomas Eugene McGinnis, (John’s wife) Edith (Hoag) McGinnis, cousin Eileen Kelly, and Benita McGinnis. Photo taken at the McGinnis home, 8336 Drexel Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, sometime between 1914 and 1920. Like many a family in the early twentieth century, my … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Sunday Dinner"
My mother, Joan (Schiavon) Huesca used to say that my grandmother, Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon, was her own best customer when it came to their Chicago antiques business, Chatham Galleries. The Lady Plate, signed by the artist Dapoigny and undated, was with us so long, she was practically a beloved member of our family. One … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: The Lady Plate"
Gilbert Cayetano Huesca (1915 – 2009) My father, Gilbert Huesca, as a young man. In Part 1, my father, Gilbert Huesca, described his life as a child growing up as part of a working family in Orizaba, a mountain town in Mexico’s eastern state of Veracruz. In 1923, when Gilbert was 23 years old, … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: A Father’s Influence (Part 2 of 2)"
Gilbert Cayetano Huesca (1915 – 2009) The Huesca-Perrotin Family Left to right: Delia Domitila, Victoria, and Gilbert Huesca; Catalina (Perrotin) Huesca; Cayetano Huesca (standing), Mario Huesca and Maria (Amaro) Perrotin (both seated); Blanca Perrotin; and Eduardo and Enrique Huesca. Notice my father, who was about seven years old in this photograph: even as a young boy, he loved wearing neckties, just … Continue reading "Wisdom Wednesday: A Father’s Influence (Part 1 of 2)"
Joan Joyce Schiavon (1928 – 1987) Gilbert Cayetano Huesca (1915 – 2009) My mother, Joan Joyce Schiavon, about 1947 1947 was a time of joy and excitement for the Schiavon family of Chicago, Illinois, as they anticipated the wedding … Continue reading "Wisdom Wednesday: Good Things Come to Those who Wait"
Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 In her own words (Part Nine) My mother with Santa Claus, about 1931, Chicago In this final episode from her (unfinished) book, Joan Joyce Schiavon Huesca: an Autobiography, my mother remembers her life as a child of the Great Depression in Chicago, Illinois. The footnote at … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: Simple Pastimes of Times Past"
Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 My godfather and Uncle, Ralph Thomas “Tom” Schiavon, United States Army Signal Corps, Camp Crowder, Missouri Ralph Thomas Schiavon 1924 – 1993 In her own words (Part Six) We have been following my mother’s account of her life, written a couple of months before she died … Continue reading "Motivation Monday: How Could I Compete with a Genius?"
My Mother, Joan Joyce Schiavon (1928 – 1987) Far from being “just another name on the family tree,” my mother was the reason for my passion for our family history and traditions. She came from a long line of storytellers and entertained us with her tales of not only her own family but my … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Not Just Another Name on a Family Tree"