Treasure Chest Thursday: Sharing a Gift from the Railroad

Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981)   Indian Tree pattern teacups and double-handed bouillon cups, part of a 1921 wedding gift to Phillip and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, from his employer,  the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Of all the wedding gifts my great-aunt Detty (Benita) and great-uncle Phil McCormick received  on October 3, 1921, this charming dinner service … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: Sharing a Gift from the Railroad"

Mystery Monday: Hotel LaRose

Agnes Catherine Gaffney (1872 – 1952) Jane (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Part Two of Three   Hotel LaRose, Santa Rosa, Califormia. Pencil drawing by Ruth Robertson.  Date unknown. In yesterday’s post, we looked at a book that belonged to my great-grand aunt, Agnes Catherine Gaffney. Agnes, blessed with a beautiful soprano voice, would have sung … Continue reading "Mystery Monday: Hotel LaRose"

Mappy Monday: The Schiavons and the McCormicks in the 1940 Census

  Map shows the walking route that sisters Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon (House “A”) and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (House “B”) might have taken to visit each other’s families in 1940 Chicago, Illinois.  (Courtesy Google Maps, 2012) Visiting the 1940s Chicago of the Schiavon and the McCormick families, we can see the beginnings of a decade of change for … Continue reading "Mappy Monday: The Schiavons and the McCormicks in the 1940 Census"

Those Places Thursday: The Medinah Children’s Theatre

Starring… Phillip “Buddy” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Jane (McCormick (1927 – 2011) and Joan Schiavon (1928 – 1987)   Cover of the program for the one act play, “Darby and Joan,” presented by the Medinah Children’s Theatre   My mother, Joan Schiavon, always loved drama and musicals.  An imaginative little girl, she spent hours playing with her cousins, … Continue reading "Those Places Thursday: The Medinah Children’s Theatre"

Born Going Up in the World

Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca  (1928 – 1987) 1928 was a year of prosperity, hope, and bravado. It was the middle of the Prohibition era, and Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States.  The U.S., along with 14 other countries, signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, also known as the Pact of Paris,  a treaty that condemned … Continue reading "Born Going Up in the World"