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"
Benita Jane (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Jane McCormick, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1938 Of all their accomplishments, none brought greater joy to my great uncle and great aunt, Phillip and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, than their two adopted children, Phillip Eugene and Benita Jane, known as Bud and Jane. My mother, Joan (Schiavon) Huesca, told my … Continue reading "Wisdom Wednesday: Young for Such a Little While"
Phillip Eugene “Bud” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Joan (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) My great-aunt “Detty,” or Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, and her younger sister (my grandmother, Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon), lived several blocks apart on the South side of Chicago, both from each other and from their mother, Mary Jane (Gaffney) … Continue reading "Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: It’s All Relative"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) This recipe was written in Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s hand on a back page of Congregational Church Recipes. The book, first published in 1916 in Conneaut, Ohio, was a gift to her in 1921, presumably as a wedding gift, from her maternal aunt, Delia “Di” Gaffney. The cookbook eventually made its way … Continue reading "Family Recipe Friday: (Old-Fashioned) Salad Dressing"
I was a third grader at Saint Philip Neri Elementary Schoolin Chicago, Illinois, when the principal’s voice came over the public address system, announcing that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. She asked all the classes to stop what they were doing and join in prayer for our president. It was just … Continue reading "The Day JFK Was Shot"
Thomas Charles Gaffney (1874 – 1937) First of a four part series Thomas Charles Gaffney, circa 1910 – 1920 As we conclude our study of the family of the ten children of Bridget (Quinn) and John Francis Gaffney, there seem to be more questions than answers about their son, Thomas. I had planned … Continue reading "Mystery Monday: More than Meets the Eye"
Agnes Catherine Gaffney (1872 – 1952) Part Three of Three Agnes Catherine Gaffney was one of four students in the graduating class of 1890 from Conneaut High School in 1890. According to the 1940 United States Federal Census, she went on to complete three years of college, making her the highest educated member of her immediate … Continue reading "Workday Wednesday: Agnes Gaffney: Teacher and Model of Virtue"
Delia “Di” Gaffney (1864 – 1952) Delia “Di” or “Deal” Gaffney. This is part of a group portrait of the six Gaffney sisters. There seems to be an impish expression behind those innocent eyes, as if Di had to stop whatever mischief she was up to to pose for this portrait. Of the six Gaffney sisters of Conneaut, Ohio, … Continue reading "Family Recipe Friday: Aunt Di’s Millionaire Steak"
Joan (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) Enrique Huesca (1909 – 2003) Mercedes (Formento) Huesca (1924 – 2004) Eduardo Huesca (1947 – ) Introduction: In the spring of 1978, my father, Gilbert Huesca, sent my mother, Joan Huesca, then 49, on a flight to Mexico City to visit his family while he stayed behind in California to tend to business … Continue reading "Amanuensis Monday: The Astor Fire, Part 7 – Epilogue: I Will Remember"