Absurdities #12

By Eilene Lyon As I was driving into town in the morning, I saw a cluster of at least 10 deputy sheriff and Durango police SUVs escorting an all-black bus heading the opposite direction. The bus wasn't like a large tour bus, but the size of the shuttles at the local ski area. All the... Continue Reading →

Only The Good…

Week 9: #52Ancestors – Gone Too Soon By Eilene Lyon There’s no shortage of sad tales about infant/toddler deaths in any family tree. I’m more drawn to the tales of young people who had time to develop their personalities, who had an excellent chance at surviving to adulthood (or did), or of having long lives.... Continue Reading →

New Blog

I recently launched a new author website: EileneLyon.com. As part of the site, I created a new blog called My Reads. It is where I am posting book reviews. I will eventually add other types of posts related to my book projects and things I find during my research. Here is the link to my... Continue Reading →

The Welsh-Adler File

Found Photo Project #5 By Eilene Lyon What might happen to your family photos if you do not pass them on before you die, or leave instructions in your will? They could wind up in the trash, or maybe scattered in a booth at a large antique mart in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When I saw... Continue Reading →

Bio Bite: Loren Oscar Smith

By Eilene Lyon Loren Oscar Smith (1911–1974) “Loren was only six when his mother died.… I was often admonished during those years that I should look after my younger brother.… I don’t think at that age I could have accepted all that responsibility. In any event Loren ended up something of a juvenile delinquent.” While... Continue Reading →

Bio Bite: Clifford Loyd Smith

By Eilene Lyon Clifford Loyd Smith (1901–1977) Clifford was born in Cunningham, Washington. He was 17 when his mother died. He probably bounced among his married siblings, not staying long enough to be enumerated in the 1920 census. He had an 8th-grade education and a career as a lineman for the phone company. In 1924,... Continue Reading →

Bio Bite: Leon Leslie Smith

By Eilene Lyon Leon Leslie “Bill” Smith (1898–1985) Leon “Bill” Smith was born in Sprague, Washington, where his maternal grandparents lived. He attended school to the 8th grade. His interests lay in hunting, fishing, and motorized vehicles. Bill drove a truck for his father’s delivery business and a gravel truck for road construction projects. Around... Continue Reading →

Bio Bite: Dora Ada Smith

By Eilene Lyon Dora Ada Smith Trout (1894–1978) After the Smith family moved to Cunningham, Washington, in 1898, they struggled to survive. “The years the family spent on the farm … left many emotional scars as far as Ada was concerned. She never tired of telling about how poor the family was on that farm.”... Continue Reading →

Bio Bite: Harry Edward Smith

By Eilene Lyon Harry Edward Smith (1892–1976) Born in Missouri, Harry traveled with the family to a hardscrabble farm in Cunningham, Washington, then to Meyers Falls near Colville, and finally, Moscow, Idaho. There he married Callie L. Trout in 1917. Harry and Callie had two sons, Don and Wes. Though both boys married, neither had... Continue Reading →

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