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Plates of Travels
My kitchen is being remodeled, so I have taken down the decorative plates to wash and store until the major work is done. This is a good time to reflect on the memories stored in those plates. My son wanted to go to Hawaii to celebrate graduating from high ...

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What to Watch with a Bad Back
I threw my back out somehow while sleeping. So I have been alternating walking with lying on the floor watching movies on my laptop. Here’s what I watched, and what I thought. Charade Beware! Spoilers aplenty coming right up. This movie features the perfec...

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The Evidence of the City Directories
I was trying to figure out the course of my great-aunt Ruth’s nursing career. It’s hard to do without much documentation. She didn’t keep a diary that I know of, and when my father moved her from her apartment in Portland, Oregon, after she fell and broke h...

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Aunt Ruth’s Jewels
Why the Amethyst Jewelry? Opal ring My great-aunt Ruth had some wonderful jewelry. In looking it over, I have been wondering why in her collection of birthstone jewelry, she had amethysts. Her own birthstone was the opal, and she had some opal rings, or her...

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Aunt Ruth, Affectionately
I had the privilege of knowing my great-aunt Ruth for 21 years before she died. Not just knowing her, but becoming friends the older I grew. I plan to write about her in stages, the first being my personal recollections with a little cursory research. I hav...

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Aunt Agnes Had a Wild Side
One evening we were sitting around in Grammy’s kitchen, talking. My brother and I had a tape recorder hidden under the table—this was back before you could get in trouble for secretly recording your relatives—and we got the low-down on our great-aunt Agnes ...

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Poor Isabella
I was looking again at the family of the Shoemaker of Pottsville that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. One of the daughters was Isabella Josephine, born 18 March 1856 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. We don’t know much about her early life, only that she wa...

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Curious Facts and Tales of Frank and Susanna Selgrath and Family
The fifth of Jacob Selgrath and Gertrude Schmelzer’s children was Francis Jacob, born and christened on 28 December 1826 in the village of Sankt Ingbert, Bavaria. Franz’s older brother Nicholas had just turned eight; his sister Magdalena was five; his siste...

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The Shoemaker of Pottsville
Katherina Selgrath of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, married a shoemaker when she was not quite 18 years old, in about 1839. Ferdinand Bödefeld had come from the farming and mining regions of Westphalia, and specifically a village located southwest of Arnsberg c...

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Unscientific Thoughts on the Selgraths
I am not a scientist nor do I have any specific interest in infertility, except from the genealogist’s point of view. I’m looking at a family in which it seems something prevented a generation from reproducing where all other factors in their society should...
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