Why Bother

Why Bother

I was thinking this morning about a “vertical file” kept at the newspaper office where I worked in college during summer vacation.  The editor, Hester Little Adams, filed everything from jr. high band concert programs to magazine articles about Mickey Mouse.  My colleague, Anne Shrock Ott, who worked full-time was the unfortunate mistress of the […]

A Journey West

A Journey West

My mother is buried in a Lutheran Cemetery in the rural county where I grew up. Her parents are buried there, as are my grandmother’s parents. My great-grandmother’s parents and grandparents are buried there. Visiting the cemetery gives me an odd feeling, a feeling that I am walking among my history. The first ancestor buried […]

The Mysterious Mr. Hoard

The Mysterious Mr. Hoard

This is the mysterious John Tyler Hoard, my great-great-grandfather.  I’ve been looking for him for 25 years since my grandmother died. Apparently, the family changed the spelling of Hord to Hoard. He was born on March 4, 1840, in Lorane, Indiana, a wisp of a village in the northern part of Whitley County, where most […]