A month ago, I wrote a story here on Many Branches, One Tree about a mystery pencil sketch I had found of the Hotel LaRose in Santa Rosa, California. The 9″ x 12″ sheet of white paper was protected by a thin sheet of onion paper and apparently had kept residence inside a century-old church hymnal … Continue reading "Fantastic Friday: Hotel LaRose Mystery Solved"
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"
Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis (1858 – 1940) The front of this holy card, now faded reads, “Show us Thy face, and we shall be saved.” My maternal great-grandmother, Mary Jane “Janie” McGinnis, died at 7:15 in the morning of July 13, 1940, at the home of her eldest child, Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, of pernicious … Continue reading "Funeral Card Friday: Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis"
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 … Continue reading "Talented Tuesday: Domestic Goddess"
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"
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"
Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 In her own words (Part Two) On June 24, 1987, a couple of months before she died of lung cancer, my mother, Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca began writing the story of her life. In this excerpt from her book, Joan Joyce Schiavon Huesca: … Continue reading "Remembering Mary Jane and Elizabeth Gaffney"
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"