Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Newlyweds Phil and Benita McCormick took the train out west to Southern California for a month-long honeymoon. One of the many places they visited was Santa Catalina Island, just off the coast. The island became a favorite place of theirs, as much for its … Continue reading "Traveling Tuesday: Kegfully Yours"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Phil McCormick had found someone special in Benita McGinnis, and he was not about to let her get away. On June 20, 1921, he went downtown to a diamond importer, August Rassweiler, where he selected a diamond engagement and wedding ring for … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Not About to Let Her Get Away"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) 93 years ago this week, my great-Aunt Detty – Benita McGinnis – mailed a rather flirtatious, if not somewhat mysterious, penny postcard to a certain Mr. P.C. McCormick: (Postmarked May 14, 1921) Mr. P.C. McCormick #112 W. Adams St. Chicago, Ill. Dear Egg, Just … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: “The One”"
G Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Edward Michael “Ned” Savage (1886 – 1915) Last of a three-part series Ag éirí na gréine agus a chuid ag dul síos, cuimhin linn duit. (At the rising of the sun and its going down, we remember … Continue reading "Friday’s Faces from the Past: The Man She Almost Married – Part Three"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Edward Michael Savage (1886 – 1915) The life given us, by nature is short, but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal. … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: The Man She Almost Married – Part One"
Thomas Charles Gaffney (1874 – 1937) Cora Alice (Terrill) Gaffney (1879 – 1951) Agnes Evelyn (Gaffney) Johnson (1902 – 1977) Third of a four part series I have copies of two photographs of my grand aunt and grand uncle, Benita (McGinnis) and Phillip C. McCormick on their engagement day in 1921. The pictures, taken in the back … Continue reading "Wishful Wednesday: Happy and Not So Happy Endings"
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"
Benita Elizabeth (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip Columbus McCormick (1892 – 1981) From left to right: Phillip and Benita McCormick with their tour guide, 1962, Piraeus, Greece. One of the reasons my family moved to California in 1967 was to be closer to my great-aunt … Continue reading "Wisdom Wednesday: Scrapbook of a Lifetime"
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"
Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 In her own words (Part Five) 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. Earlier, she described her earliest memories of life with her parents until the … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: If You Try Hard Enough, You Can Do Anything"