September 26, 2016

Our Educated Ancestors

My ancestor’s educational records ran the gamut from none to the unknown.  Most of my father’s generation had high school educations, but many of them weren’t able to go onto college because they lacked the money and in their circles there were no family members to foot the bill for anything like it.  The alternative would have been to find private student loan lenders willing instead, to provide the funds.

I imagine that currently some high school graduates might be considering this kind of financing if one of their family members will co-sign with them, providing the co-signer has an excellent credit rating of their own.  Most likely, the better credit score the co-signer has the lower the interest rate the student would have to pay.  Private student loan rates can vary based on the LIBOR or Prime Rate at the time.

Private student loan rates are not restricted to just the full cost of your tuition, but also for any education related expenses such as books, transportation  or housing expenses.  There is no time limit when applying for a private student loan, it can be done at any time of the year.

How did your ancestors pay for their extended education?

 

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St. Patrick’s Day: Wilde Irish View Of America

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”

Oscar Wilde quote

In honor of our ancestor Laughlin Flynn/Flinn, born in Ireland c. 1700. Desc of Laughlin Flynn ©

Please visit Small Leaved Shamrock for more Irish fun!

1907 Teddy Roosevelt On Immigration

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Teddy Said It

Now and then I get emails that pique my interest, especially if they have a historical bent.  One such email was a quote by Theodore Roosevelt on immgration that he made in 1907. I think it sums up my views precisely, so I’m posting it here.  Here is what Teddy said:

‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.’

As it was then, so it should be now. My Swedish ancestors came here and did all those things willingly, with no thoughts to do otherwise.

Source:

Snopes: Sole Loyalty


Photo of the Day at Are You In My Photo

I  had a nice surprise when I visited Are You In My Photo’s site tonight. One of the photos I posted yesterday was chosen for photo of the day.

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I added this particular photo of my dad’s Carrier Aircraft Service Unit 7 because it’s a very clear photo and the men’s names are easily read. Even their rank at the time is noted, as well as the date of Sept. 14, 1944.  I can only hope that by putting the photo on AYIMP’s site that even more people will be able to view it, and perhaps find a family member.  Clicking on the smaller photo below will take you to the full-sized photo.

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I am pretty sure this photo was taken in Hawaii, but I could be wrong. Dad’s group ended up on New Calendonia servicing planes from the carriers that were fighting the Japanese in the South Pacific. It was on that island that Dad strapped Admiral “Bull” Halsey into his parachute. I don’t have a photo of that, but I did find one in the Library of Congress archives that shows Halsey, Eleanor Roosevelt and another man (Harmon) in front of a plane in New Calendonia.

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Harmon, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Admiral Bill Halsey

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