Life with the Waples Family

  Gilbert Cayetano Huesca (1915 – 2009) Frank Waples  (1901 – 1993) Fern (Lawton) Waples (1899 – 1961) My darling father, Gilbert Huesca, at the home of Frank and Fern Waples, Chicago, Illinois.  Circa 1952 – 1954. Some time around 1950, my father, Gilbert Cayetano Huesca, set out to find a new room to rent in … Continue reading "Life with the Waples Family"

Amanuensis Monday: It Came Back to Me in a Dream

Gilbert Cayetano Huesca    (1915 – 2009) [Note:  Amanuensis is an ancient word meaning one who performs the function of writing down or transcribing the words of another.  Derived from the Latin root manu-  , meaning manual or hand, the word also has been used as a synonym for secretary or scribe.] My father, Gilbert Huesca, August 2008 My father’s earliest memory … Continue reading "Amanuensis Monday: It Came Back to Me in a Dream"

Talented Tuesday: Domestic Goddess

Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis (1858 – 1940) My great- grandmother, Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis, wearing a dress she  made for her engagement.  Conneaut, Ohio, circa 1884. Known for her generous heart and her delicious pies, Mary Jane McGinnis held a special place in the memories of her descendants who knew her.  My mother, Joan Joyce … Continue reading "Talented Tuesday: Domestic Goddess"