Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Serendipity (August 12, 2017)

Here are a few recommendations for your weekend reading.

1.  Increasingly, the popular press and genealogy publications and blogs are replete with stories of family discovery using DNA test results. This week The Weekly Genealogist newsletter of NEHGS recommended a fascinating story of persistent detective work begun with a simple yet surprising DNA test.  It is worth the read because it so clearly explains and illustrates the twists and turns such testing and subsequent detective work can take. The surprise ending is not at all the kind of story of infidelity or teen pregnancy sometimes encountered and warned about for those embarking on the path of DNA discovery. It is a solution that could only have been uncovered in the era of affordable "recreational" DNA testing and incredibly persistent detective work!  You can read the full story here.   

2.  And after reading the article above, you might want to take the time to read another piece recommend by The Weekly Genealogist that will resonate with the surprise solution to the DNA detective story. You can read "Handmaids, Hospitals, and The Pageantry of t he NewbornNursery Window" here.    

3. The Open University in the UK (self-styled as "the UK's largest academic institution and a world pioneer in distance learning") has offered almost a dozen colorized photos of life in the trenches and at home during WWI. One hundred years ago, the world was embroiled in the "war to end all wars," which, in August 1917, was still almost two years away from ending. The photographs bring a new vision and perspective on life during the war due to an extremely close approximation to exactly what a living observed saw at the time. Since so much of the world's population was caught up --directly or indirectly -- in the carnage that was World War I and its aftermath, many -- if not most -- of us alive today have ancestral connections to this regrettable chapter in human history. See the colorized photos here.        
4.  NPR had a piece on All Things Considered recently. It is about the discovery and preservation of photographs and makes very interesting reading for genealogists. You can read the piece here.      
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Copyright 2017, John D. Tew
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday Serendipity (July 29, 2017)

Here are a few recommendations for your weekend reading.

1.  First .  .  .  Greetings from the Adirondacks in upstate New York where we have been off the grid without any internet for the last week!  I must thank reader Linda Shufflebean for pointing out that a portion of last week's Saturday Serendipity was unreadable due to an author/editor's error. It could not be corrected until we returned to the 21st century and internet access late this afternoon.  The error has now been corrected and the full text of Item 1 can now be read by those who are still interested. 😀    

2.  Here is an interesting post on The Vault by Slate staff writer Rebecca Onion. If you have ever heard about clothing being made from feed bags during the Depression (or perhaps have such an item made by an ancestor or relative), you will find this piece -- "How Depression Era Women Made Dresses Out of Chicken Feed" -- and its illustrations of interest.   

3.  This week The Weekly Genealogist of NEHGS called to our attention a very important editorial by the Editorial Board of the New York Times. The editorial is about the importance of saving the next scheduled (and Constitutionally required) national census in 2020. Given the huge importance of the decennial national census to genealogists, you can -- and should -- read the editorial here.      
4.  My family knows that among the categorizations I have opined on over the years is the separation of folks into two general groups when it comes to outdoor activities and memories: (1) there are lake and mountain people; and (2) there are ocean and seashore people. Despite the fact that I was born in the Ocean State of Rhode Island, I am and have been since an early childhood in New Hampshire a confirmed and committed lake and mountain person. [This is evidenced by the fact that this week's Saturday Serendipity is written from the Adirondacks where Molly and I have vacationed for more than 41 years now.] Having spent the last week in the Adirondacks with our two sons, our daughter-in-law, our two granddaughters, and Molly's sister creating new lake and mountain memories, I was thrilled to see that Linda Shufflebean of Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog wrote this week of her memories of Little Sebago Lake in Maine during the 1950s (illustrated with some wonderful photos). If you too are a lake and mountain person, do have a look at Linda's post and her photos here; it is sure to stimulate some of your favorite lake memories too.    
5.  And finally, since I had time to revisit some reading I have put off until the summer, I want to recommend another post from Wait But Why blog by Tim Urban. I have recommended reading some of Tim's posts from time-to-time and, as Tim himself has written, some of the posts are not entirely G-rated. This post is long, but fascinating, and is worth the time to read it at your leisure. Is it directly or indirectly related to genealogy?? I'll let readers decide, but consider that Tim is discussing what may be a new normal -- if not a new reality -- for our descendants. Read "Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future" here  
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Copyright 2017, John D. Tew
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday Serendipity (July 22, 2017)

Here are a few recommendations for your weekend reading.

1.  Readers of this blog know that like many other users of the Family Tree Maker (FTM) genealogy application, I have been awaiting the long-delayed release of the new Software MacKiev FTM 2017.  This week MacKiev posted three updates including its "Final Update" of July 18.  MacKiev notes that all emails have been sent to the pre-purchasers and waiting purchasers of FTM 2017.  As part of the final update MacKiev stated, "[W]hile the circumstances that prompted these reports were not what we would have wished for, we’re glad we had this opportunity to share our thoughts with you. To show you more than we would have otherwise about how we work. About our stubborn dedication to get it right. And about our delight at the FTM community’s encouragement to do just that. So we won't say goodbye. Just so long for now. And stay tuned." You can read all of tis week's updates here.

Having waited somewhat patiently for the final release of FTM 2017, I must say that I download my prepaid copy today and the download was easy, smooth, and without any installation problems. The syncing of my Ancestry trees was also easy and smooth so far.  The first hour of use was without any major bumps, but I am tracking a few possible suggestions for the future.  At this point I have to state that the wait appears to have been worth it and that MacKiev went to great pains to make sure the role out and functionality would be s easy and smooth as possible!   

2.  The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) and the New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have just announced the launch of a new database to bring the authenticated five-generation Mayflower genealogies (known as the "Silver Books") in searchable form to a computer near you!  The first release will include genealogies of eight Mayflower passengers: James Chilton; Richard More; Francis Eaton; Edward Fuller; Samuel Fuller; John Howland; Degory Priest; and Edward Winslow. You can read more about the joint project and the new searchable online database here. This is yet another good reason to join NEHGS if you have not already done so!    

3.  If you have seen the Civil War movie "Glory," then you will recall that the commander of the heroic, first all-black regiment was Col. Robert Gould Shaw of Boston, Massachusetts. Col. Shaw was killed during the 1863 assault on Fort Wagner in South Carolina.  As he led the charge, he carried in his hand a British-made sword. That sword has now been donated to the Massachusetts Historical Society and will be displayed there. Red more about the sword and the donation here.       
4.  The Weekly Genealogist of NEHGS noted an interesting article this week about the accents of Colonial Americans. Did the residents of colonial America sound like their counterparts in Great Britain or not? Find out by reading "When Did Colonial America Gain Linguistic Independence" here.     
5.  Marian B. Wood of Climbing My Family Tree blog has a very useful post this week about a good way to caption family photos with context and location as well as the usual people identification and date.  Read this interesting post here.         
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Copyright 2017, John D. Tew
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday Serendipity (July 1, 2017)

Here are a few recommendations for your weekend reading.

1.  Diane L. Richard of UpFront With NGS blog is reprising older posts this summer to revisit some of her favorite genealogy-related resources. The reprised post this week was from a piece originally published on June 27, 2014 and it deals with a source for death indexes and records. Go here to learn more about Joe Beine's Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records and to get a link to the site.     

2.   For those who are not members of NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogical Society), give the NEHGS databases a whirl FOR FREE during the June 29th through midnight (EDT) Thursday, July 6th free roaming period. All you need do is enter a "guest registration" and search away! Here is your link to American Ancestors where you can become a guest and get started.

3.  Here is an interesting article in The Atlantic that was recommended in this week's Weekly Genealogy newsletter from NEHGS. Read how the combination of state cancer registry data and Mormon genealogy records led to confirmation of a genetic cause for colon cancer as well as mutations for cardiac arrhythmia and melanoma.   
4.  James Tanner of Genealogy's Star blog posted Part I of a series on "levels of backup and storage" for genealogists. Read this useful and informative post here and return for further parts as they become available.   
5.  The maternal line of my wife Molly is from Canada and because the summer of Molly's birth was so brutally hot, her mother ventured north to Ontario for cooler weather and some time at her family's cottage on Lake Simcoe .  .  . and thus Molly was born in Toronto. Marian Wood of Climbing My Family tree blog posted today about her Canadian experience in attending Expo 67 in Montreal as part of her recognition of Canada Day (July 1st). This reminded me that not only is today Canada Day (much like our 4th of July), it is the 150th anniversary of that holiday celebration. Read Marian's post here and wish all your Canadian family and friends a very HAPPY CANADA DAY!   
6.  And finally, if you ever wondered what a wealthy woman in the 1700s actually wore when getting dressed -- and how long it would take each day (with assistance) to get dressed in all the layers you will learn were actually worn -- have a look at this 7 and a half minute video by the National Museums Liverpool to find the answers. 
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Copyright 2017, John D. Tew
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Serendipity (June 24, 2017)

Following another brief hiatus due to the birth of our second granddaughter up in New Jersey, Saturday Serendipity returns this week with a few recommendations for your weekend reading.

1.  Many investors like to follow a general rule that they should invest in companies that produce products or services that they actually use. Many of us are users of on a very regular basis and so the recent news about an Ancestry IPO (initial public offering) might be of interest to many of us. On June 19th, Dick Eastman of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter (a newsletter sponsored by MyHeritage), noted that "confidentially" submitted a draft registration statement to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) on a proposed IPO. You can read more about the proposed IPO and see the entire (very brief) official announcement here.      

2.  If you want FREE access to British and Irish records on FindMyPast, you have two days left to take advantage of their offer. Free access (with required registration!) began on June 22nd and will end on June 26th. Read more about the offer and get a link here at UpFront With NGS blog.  And speaking of UpFront With NGS blog, if you are not familiar with the blog and what it offers, you might want to read the June 21st post titled, "What Upfront with NGS is all about . . . "  You can read the brief post here.   

3.  At one time or another we all get stalled in our genealogy research. Amy Johnson Crow offers her "3 Effective Ways to Jumpstart Your Genealogy Research" here.
4.  Do you have ancestors or relatives who worked in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) during the period 1934 to 1941? If so, then you might want to check out the recent announcement by the Virginia Newspaper Project of the Library of Virginia hereThe LoV has an ongoing project to make its collection of CCC camp newspapers from 1934 to 1941 available on Virginia Chronicle. You can go directly to the current listing of camp newspapers that are available already by clicking here.
5.  Anyone who was into superhero comic books in the late 50s and early 60s will certainly remember The Flash .  .  . but have you ever heard of "The Black Flash?" No, he is not -- in this era of updating and expanding classic comic book superheroes -- an African American version of Barry Allen who as The Flash possessed superhuman speed as his particular superpower. The Black Flash is apparently a mysterious character who first appeared in P-town (Provincetown, Massachusetts) back in the fall of 1938.  Learn more about this unusual piece of New England folklore here at New England Folklore  blog by Peter Muise. 
6.  And finally, Diane Boumenot of One Rhode Island Family blog, did the service of recently posting  an article from an out-of-copyright publication Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Volume X (Providence: RIHS, 1902). The article, by Clarence S. Brigham, provides a list with information about obscure names of places and natural features of Providence County, Rhode Island. Anyone with Rhode Island roots will want to know about and consult this article via Diane's post. You can do so here.
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Copyright 2017, John D. Tew
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

How a 53-year-old Letter Between Sisters -- and the Research Path it Provided -- Led to the Discovery of the Probable Reason Behind the Smallpox Death of George Henry Cooke in December 1872

In August 1964, my maternal grandmother, Ruth [Cooke] Carpenter, received a letter from her older sister, Helen [Cooke] Roberts. The letter included information about their grandfather (my great great grandfather), George H. Cooke, as indicated by my grandmother's writing on the envelope for the letter (shown above). The letter was postmarked August 7, 1964 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where my grand aunt Helen lived.

George Henry Cooke was born November 18, 1843 in Boston, Massachusetts to Russell Cooke and his wife, Mary Vinal Otis. George was the fifth of the seven children of Russell and Mary Cooke (two girls and five boys). George was the third of the five boys.

Russell & Mary Cooke family circa 1853. From L to R: Russell Cooke; Mary Vinal [Otis] Cooke with son Charles Willis Cooke on her lap; William Russell Cooke with curly hair; Albert Francis Cooke sitting between his mother and sister, Abby Ann Ruth Cooke; Edward Otis Cooke in checkered vest behind Albert; Mary Thomas Cooke standing at right; and George Henry Cooke standing far right in what looks like military-style clothing. 

After having recently rediscovered my grand aunt Helen's 53-year-old letter to her sister -- my grandmother Ruth [Cooke] Carpenter -- I read it closely for more information about my Cooke ancestors and relations. In the letter, Helen refers to their father, Walter Wilson Cooke (1869 - 1944), as "papa." Walter was the only son of George Henry Cooke (1843 - 1872) and his wife Susannah Catherine Appell (1844 - 1906), but George and Susannah had one other child, a daughter named Flora Appell Cooke born in 1868. Flora died at about age 30 in 1899.

George Henry Cooke

Susannah Catherine [Appell] Cooke

Walter Wilson Cooke

My grand aunt's letter, written when she was 72, records many of her recollections about her father and other members of the Cooke family. Some excerpts from her letter will illustrate the nature of the recollections and the genealogy clues they provide for research and verification.

Of her father Walter, Helen wrote, "Papa had curvature of the spine when young & was in a brace for a year - taken out of school & sent to his grandfather's home in Scituate Mass. to recuperate. He used to chin himself in the barn to stretch his spine, etc."

The grandfather of Walter Cooke was Russell Cooke, father of Walter's dad, George Henry Cooke. As the above excerpt also states, the house where Walter was sent to recuperate was Russell and Mary Cooke's home in Scituate, Massachusetts and the home was later owned by "Ed Cooke" a "cousin" of Helen and Ruth's father Walter. Ed was said to be a lawyer and Helen recalls having visited the colonial-style home on "a hill above the railroad depot."

Much of Helen's letter to her sister Ruth is about their grandfather, George Henry Cooke. As the scan of the first page and part of the second page indicate, Helen recalled that George Cooke was a glass engraver who "worked for his uncle." She also reported hearing that their grandmother (George's wife Susannah) had a pension based on George's service in the Civil War -- possibly in Louisiana. George was apparently "very fond" of his brother-in-law -- his wife Susannah's brother, Jacob Appell (who was a doctor). And Helen explains that when there were smallpox outbreaks "in those days" people were "so frightened of small pox that the Doctors sometimes had to bury them." Helen tells her sister Ruth that George "went about with [his brother-in-law, the doctor] a good deal" and then states that George himself died of smallpox "after helping as a volunteer, to take people from a burning building" during a "huge Boston fire" and it was surmised that George contracted the smallpox from one of the victims he helped evacuate from the fire.

My grand aunt Helen's letter provides many intriguing tidbits about my Cooke genealogy, but the question became, "How accurate were her recollections and family stories when she recalled them for her sister at age 72?"

It was fairly easy to find corroboration for one claim in the letter. The recent discovery of the comprehensive two-volume Cook/Cooke genealogy titled "Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island" compiled and published by Jane Fletcher Fiske (Oxford. Massachusetts, 1987) provides a wealth of sourced information about many of my Cooke ancestors and relations.

On page 418 of Volume One of Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island, Ms. Fiske confirms what I have long known about my Cooke genealogy (as the photos and letter support) -- that Russell Cooke married Mary Vinal Otis and that my great great grandfather George Henry Cooke was one of their five sons. But the same entry for the Russell and Mary Cooke family states that Russell was a tailor in Boston before he moved to Scituate, Massachusetts "after 1850" where he farmed, was a storekeeper, and a Deacon of the Congregational Church. The Cooke home was apparently located on the corner of First Parish and Stockbridge Streets in Scituate.

This information supports my grand aunt Helen's recollection that her father Walter recuperated at this grandfather's farm in Scituate after he wore a back brace for a year.

The same genealogy by Jane Fletcher Fiske also provides support for Helen's letter, which states Russell's home in Scituate was later owned by Edward Otis Cooke who was a lawyer.  Edward Otis Cooke was an older brother of George Henry Cooke and so was related to Helen's father Walter -- but not as a "cousin" as Helen states.  Edward Otis Cooke was Walter's father's brother and so was Walter's uncle, not his cousin!

At page 615 of Volume Two of Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island, Ms. Fiske states that Edward Otis Cooke, son of Russell and Mary Cooke and George Cooke's older brother, was indeed a lawyer and lived in Scituate, Massachusetts.

The Cooke genealogy by Ms. Fiske also provides evidence for the statement in Helen's letter that George Cooke worked as a glass engraver "for his uncle."

At page 419 of Volume One of Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island, Ms. Fiske states that a brother of Russell Cooke (George's father), James Monroe Cook, was "well-known as a manufacturer of stained glass" and "produced work of considerable excellence" according to the History of Suffolk County 3:434. As cited by Fiske, "Advertisements in Boston Directories and those of other areas at that time proclaimed 'Stained and Cut Glass Manufactory by J.M. Cook, at 131, 139, and 141 Congress Street, Boston: Glass for Church Windows in Every Style.'" Thus there is evidence to indicate George H. Cooke might very well have worked in the stained and cut glass industry for the brother of his father -- his uncle James Monroe Cook.

Helen's letter to her sister also stated that their grandfather George H. Cooke served in the Civil War.  This was easily verified by reference to U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles 1861 - 1865. As shown below, George Henry Cook, a glass cutter from the town of Scituate, Massachusetts enlisted at age 18 in Company L, Massachusetts 3rd Cavalry on November 1, 1861 and mustered out on June 11, 1862. His birth date is shown as November 18, 1843 (which matches the birth date from Fiske and other sources).

This then brought me to try to verify the story my grand aunt Helen wrote about her grandfather, George Henry Cooke, dying of smallpox after helping to evacuate people from a burning building during "a huge Boston fire."

While researching more about Edward Otis Cooke, I came across a source called the Index to Obituary Notices in the Boston Transcript 1900 - 1930, Vol I A - F.  In this particular source at page 571 of 988 is an entry noticing the death of Edward O. Cooke on March 6, 1911. The parenthetical -- "(T. March 7)" in the indexed notice means that publication of the notice was in the Boston Transcript (also known as the Boston Evening Transcript) on March 7, 1872.  The Transcript was a daily afternoon newspaper published in Boston from 1830 until 1941.

Sources such as a Massachusetts Masons membership card confirm that Edward Otis Cooke, lawyer and resident of Scituate, Massachusetts, died on March 6, 1911.

But it was the casual research of the Boston Transcript in Wikipedia that then provided an interesting link to the possible reason for the smallpox death of my great great grandfather, George Henry Cooke, as mentioned in my grand aunt Helen's letter. It seems that the Boston offices of the Boston Transcript were completely destroyed in what is now known as the "Great Boston Fire of 1872." As stated at the Wikipedia article on the fire,, the fire of November 9, 1872 raged for twelve hours and consumed 65 acres and 776 buildings.  While some $74 million dollars of damage was caused, somehow only thirteen people died in the firestorm. [At the Wikipedia link, the reader can view amazing photos of the devastation caused by the fire.]

This quick research led to some additional analysis of Helen's statement in her letter that George Cooke was fond of his brother-in-law, Jacob Appell (who was a doctor) and that George "went about with [Jacob] a good deal." 

The 1860 federal census indicates that George Henry Cooke's future wife, Susannah Catherine Appell did indeed have a brother named Jacob F. Appell, who in 1860 was 20 years old (six years older than Susannah) and was then working as a clerk.

Susannah's brother Jacob was born on December 13, 1840 and his full name was Jacob Franklin Appell. He died in October 1902 in Lake City, Florida where he was an allopathic physician.

And then there is the fact that in 1872 the city of Boston had an outbreak of smallpox. During the 63 year period from 1811 to 1874 the year 1872 had by far the greatest number of smallpox deaths at 738 such deaths that year.  In fact, the next greatest year for smallpox deaths was 1873 at 302 deaths for the year. By the time the outbreak of 1872 was over in the first weeks of 1874, more than 1,000 Bostonians had perished as a result of smallpox. It appears that my great great grandfather, George Henry Cooke, was one of them.

Table from the February 1881 edition of the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. 

George Henry Cooke died in Quincy, Massachusetts on December 2, 1872 just twenty-three days after the Great Boston Fire of 1872 was brought under control on November 10, 1872. The incubation period for smallpox is on average 7 to 17 days. [For more information on the 1872 smallpox outbreak in Boston see]

The timing for the possible exposure to smallpox victims in Boston during the Great Fire of November 9- 10, 1872 and the documented death of George Henry Cooke from smallpox about twenty-three days later (see his Quincy death record immediately below) makes the story in Helen's letter quite probable.

The letter from my grand aunt provides a good example of why we genealogists need to read such family documents very carefully and then use the "factual clues" and stories contained in them as starting points for methodical research toward verifying the information contained in such documents. In this case, the information provided by Helen holds up quite well under careful scrutiny and attempts at verification. One glaring error is the relationship between Helen's father Walter Cooke and Edward Otis Cooke.  Helen states that Edward was Walter's cousin when in fact he was the brother of Walter's father George Henry Cooke -- and thus was Walter's uncle, not his cousin. Almost all of the other claims made in Helen's letter are indeed documented as accurate or lead to the conclusion that her information and family stories are most probably true.
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Photos and scans of the August 1964 letter from Helen [Cooke] Roberts are all from the originals in the collection of the author.

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Copyright 2017, John D. Tew

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wallingford, CT World War II Honor Roll -- close-up photos Part 2 (May 30, 2017)

In my blog post of May 29, 2017, I contributed to the 2017 call for additions to the Honor Roll project of Heather Rojo.  My contribution for Memorial Day 2017 continued the process of transcribing the hundreds of men and women from the Wallingford, Connecticut area who served their country during World War II (my father being among them).

As the above photograph of the WWII memorial on the grounds of the Wallingford Town Hall illustrates, there are seven panels each with triple columns of the names of those who served. My 2016 Veterans Day post covered many, but not all, of the names listed on the first panel. The names are in alphabetical order across the entire seven panels and the first panel contains all the surnames beginning with A through B and some of those beginning with C.  

My post of November 10th, 2016 transcribed and listed all the names on the first panel from George C. Abbott, Jr. to Joseph E. Buza -- 244 names all together. My Memorial Day 2017 post listed all the surnames on the Wallingford WWII memorial that begin with C through E -- 298 names in all. In keeping with my intent to also post close-ups of the panels containing names I have transcribed and listed, this is the post of panel close-ups to provide photographs of all the surnames that begin with C through E. This is the process that will be followed for the remaining six panels over time in order to keep the transciption posts to a manageable size.  The transcribed names will be posted first and photographs of the panel close-ups covering the posted names will follow shortly thereafter.

I am very indebted to my cousin, Bruce Marquardt of Wallingford, for so willingly photographing the panels in close-up for me after my efforts to do so failed.  Thank you Bruce!

The following nine close-ups cover the names on the Wallingford WWII memorial from Joaquin Cachucha through Edward W. Eylward. Please note that in order to be sure all names were photographed, the photos overlap and some names are therefore shown twice and can thus be used to orient the precise order of the names from Cachucha to Eylward  The alphabetical order flows down the first column and then up to the top of the second column and finally up to the top of third column on each of the panels. The surnames starting with C start in the third column of the first close-up photo below.  

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All close-up photographs of the first panel of the WWII memorial are by Bruce Marquardt of Wallingford, Connecticut.

Photo of the entire memorial is by the author.
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Copyright 2017, John D. Tew
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Adding a Special Marigold (May 29, 2017)

One week ago today, the Tew and Winkler families welcomed a very special marigold into our lives. Although the debut was delayed by 14 days we were all wonderfully rewarded by the arrival!

Our granddaughter, Nora Winkler Tew, and her family welcomed Nora's baby sister, Marigold Winkler Tew, at 1:06 PM on Monday, May 22, 2017. Marigold unfolded in the world at seven pounds 10 ounces. Her parents and sister are doing well and Marigold at one week old is blossoming nicely.

As when her sister was presented after her birth, we could not resist recalling and humming Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely!" as we looked on her for the first time. Nora is clearly fascinated and is already wearing proudly her newly presented "Big Sister" shirt.

Marigold newly born on May 22, 2017

Nora meets her baby sister Marigold, May 23, 2017

Nora comforts her baby sister Marigold, May 23, 2017

Marigold at six days old, May 28, 2017

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Field of marigolds photograph used through the kind permission of a wonderful year round garden center in Wilton, New Hampshire called House By The Side Of The Road. HBTSOTR has been in business since 1971 and maintains a visually beautiful and informative website here. Thank you HBTSOTR!

Newborn photo of Marigold by her maternal grandmother, Nancy Winkler.

Photos of the first meeting between Marigold and her big sister Nora by the author.

Photo of Marigold at six days old by her father.

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