May 30, 2017

Dad’s WWII Love Letter To Mom

Eighty-nine years ago today my dad was born in West Plains, Missouri to parents Will and Minnie Smith Yates.  Although Dad passed away in 1996, his life lives on through letter and photos from his past. This letter was written on the eve of his 24th birthday and he was feeling “pretty old”.

He and Mom had married in Seattle at her parent’s home on Queen Anne Hill, and way back in the 1980’s Mom and I took a trip down memory lane by going back to that house. It just so happened that the owner let us come in and look around on that sunny summer day. Mom was thrilled as she showed me her old room upstairs, and even more so to have me see the marble front fireplace which she and Dad were married in front of on February 5, 1944.

Dad’s love letter of March 15, 1944 was written from Quillayute NAS where he was working after coming back from a tour with the Navy in New Calendonia. As you read in the letter, housing was at a premium, but they did eventually find a little one room place in Forks so they could be together instead of Mom living with her parents. Mom said that place was so small they could stay in bed and reach out and light the woodstove!

I have to say, I don’t remember my dad ever calling Mom “Darling” when we were around…

Thinking of you on your special day Dad, and missing you lots.

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Questions For Interviewing Your Grandchildren

 

Clear and calm tropical dream beach (Hawaii)

 

In a couple months we’ll be going to California to visit our kids and grandkids. We haven’t seen them in person since 2007, but we do talk on the phone now and then.  One of the things I agonize about is we don’t really ‘know‘ our older grandkids as far as every day conversations are concerned.  As for the youngest, she is seventeen months old and we haven’t even met her yet.

I wonder about their hopes, dreams, values, etc., and today I found some questions that I might want to ask them.  I found them on The Legacy Project site so they’re not some I thought of personally.  Of course, anything would have to be age appropriate or applicable, but these can be modified or amended for my needs or yours.

I’ve saved them in a Word document so you can use them too. Enjoy!

Grandchild Interview

We Never Swept Anything Under The Rug

When we lived in the house on Dennis Street in Tumwater we always had an area rug in the living room.  It seems totally ludicrous now, but Mom used to sweep that rug on a regular basis.  I don’t think we owned a vacuum cleaner or anything, so she was forced to sweep the whole house to keep it clean.  No doubt when she was doing that chore the dust was flyin’! I never saw Mom sweep anything under the rug!  She might have “found” some things under there though.

Times have changed (thank goodness) and the quality of area rugs have much improved too. We have one in our living room (we have real hardwood floors) that kind of ‘grounds’ the sitting area where we have our couch and loveseat.  The coffee table sits on the rug and it all goes together quite well.

 

 

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Genealogy Re-posts from Pentimento – 1

In a previous blogging life, I posted all my articles on Pentimento, including some genealogy-related ones. Now that I have changed iPentimento over to predominantly a genealogy blog, I am going to migrate some of those genealogy post links here. No sense letting them languish somewhere else when they can all be found here in one place. And so, without further adieu…

A New Genealogy Kid On The Block  An introduction to the (pay) service called GenealogyAgent.

FamilyLink Yourself  Review of the FamilyLink site.

Alternative Affordable Genealogy Sites From Family Tree  I am a big fan of Family Tree Magazine!

Yes, There Are FREE Ancestry Databases  If you think you can’t use the Ancestry site because it’s a paid site, think again! 🙂

What Constitutes Fame?  One of the early pioneers of Oregon is buried in Mt. View Cemetery. William Holmes (in my eyes) was a famous person in his time, but the Find A Grave website disagreed with me. See what they had to say.

Let’s Go Visit Dead Fred Another one of my favorite genealogy-related sites, Dead Fred’s site lets you upload information on where your ancestors are buried, as well as pictures and tributes too.

PSU offers space for Portland’s archives Hats off to PSU for creating space for Portland’s archives.

Medal of Honor could be back in family soon | IndyStar.com This was a great story.

How I Am Related To Robert Bruce  Yes, I really am related to Robert the Bruce. Read how!

Genealogy Blog Finder and More  If you haven’t visited this page yet, you might be missing a genealogical breakthrough.

Would You Donate To Me?  Read the article written by me and tell me what you think about it.

More links will be coming in a following post!