Funny Money

Week 22: #52 Ancestors – Military By Eilene Lyon While labeling family photos recently, The Putterer came across some small bills in odd denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents. They are called Military Payment Certificates (MPC) and they served as currency while he lived on base in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. I’d never... Continue Reading →

Where’s George?

Week 21: #52 Ancestors – At the Cemetery By Eilene Lyon Many of my farming ancestors led stable, quiet lives that can be hard to document. But some relatives had a flamboyant existence. One of these was my 2nd great-granduncle, George Albert Cutting, brother of my ancestor Arthur N. Cutting. George’s travels spanned the continent,... Continue Reading →

The Mocks of Sonoma County

Week 9: #52 Ancestors – Multiples By Eilene Lyon “Mr. Weston – It seems to be concluded that late keeping apples are a desideratum for California cultivation, our long dry seasons prematurely ripening the varieties usually keeping well in northern latitudes. I have late keeping varieties, acclimated to southern latitudes…which you will please test as... Continue Reading →

The Overseer

Week 2: #52 Ancestors – Family Legend By Eilene Lyon My grandmother, Clare (Davis) Smith, left this typewritten note regarding her paternal ancestors. I want to learn more about the first one, but I’m going to address them all, beginning at the bottom. (Typos have been corrected.)“The Davis family moved from Missouri to Texas Ridge,... Continue Reading →

Three Generations

Week 3: #52 Ancestors – Namesake By Eilene Lyon This is the story of a granddaughter named in memory of the grandmother she never met. And of the woman between them who outlived them both. We’ll begin with Mary Frances Stephens, the young woman in the feature image above. She was the eighth of nine... Continue Reading →

A Hepler Connection

Week 10: #52 Ancestors – Name’s the Same By Eilene Lyon The older I get, the less enamored I am with celebrity culture. The names I know mostly date to the last century; about today’s stars I'm clueless. But, I'm still amused when I discover famous cousins. For example, Bette Midler is supposedly a 10th... Continue Reading →

Meet The Lyons

Week 1: #52 Ancestors – Beginnings By Eilene Lyon As I mentioned in my post Reflections, I plan to do a number of stories on The Putterer’s family this year. Neither he, nor his sister, have children to pass their legacy to. But there could be extended family (second cousins or beyond) who may find... Continue Reading →

In the Line of Duty

Week 52: #52 Ancestors – Resolution By Eilene Lyon Katie Davis, my first cousin 2x removed, grew up near Kendrick, Idaho. She was the second child of Charles A. Davis and Minnie Holcombe. Charles was the older brother of my great-grandfather, Sterling Price Davis. Katie and her sister, Sarah, were less than two years apart... Continue Reading →

The Slide Years: Christmas Tree

By Eilene Lyon The Slide Years is a series in which I select an image my dad took from 1957-1982 with Kodachrome slide film, then I write a stream-of-consciousness essay – a sort of mini-memoir. When we arrived in Guatemala in January 1974, Christmas was the furthest thing from our minds. But as the holiday... Continue Reading →

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