My Roots Run Deep

 

Stories From My Family History

Little ONe by Pond

Vaccines! and Nails!

Looking up the coroner's inquest data for Vermilion County Illinois in the historic data - last name McArdle, I was able to find 3 records.   One was my 2nd great grandfather Uriah who was run over by an oxen team saving his granddaughter. One was Charles: MCARDLE,...

So lucky to have strong role models!

On both sides of my family I've had women that were pretty amazing as role models.   Some are still around and others are just in my family history, but had an effect on the formation of who I am.  If you divide my family into my four grandparents, you will find that...

Sarah Prickett ( and Uriah Morgan – Marriage, Births and Wills! – So hard)

Finding information about Sarah Prickett and Uriah Morgan has required some real detective work.  So far I haven't ventured off the web to search, and have found references to Sarah with Uriah a few places.  Sarah Prickett's family is well known throughout the area...

Schools and Moving

There are a lot of scary things going on right now with schools for sure ! We've looked at the small school district that I've been seeing a story about an isolation room in a classroom in Loudin County that was  captured by a special needs students iPad.  It's not...

Building on a Shoestring

We are getting ready to move home.  The plan had been to build in another year and a half, but we are looking at going ahead and moving a year early.   I had been looking at what we wanted to do for a while, pricing houses and looking at options.  To retire, we want...

Sledding

Time to go sledding!  It finally snowed here! Time to go sledding.  Growing up we had a lot more snow than we have here in Kentucky.  I remember playing on snow mobiles, riding on the river, going on trips through the woods from house to house.  Friends would show up...

The Illk Family

  The house I grew up in after 2nd grade was built by Abraham Illk.  Abraham Illk was born in Württemberg, Germany in 1834 and married Catherine Voth and had 8 children. He passed away on 1916 in Vermilion, Illinois, USA.  The stories I've heard tell that Catherine...

Mice, fire, syrup and the past

The holidays are always a time to get together and tell stories about the past. Syrup My oldest drove in from VT (bringing syrup for everyone) and that spurred stories about my mother making syrup from our trees - in our yard - in Illinois.  She would collect the sap...

Humanity and Hulu

I found a new show recently - "Mary Kills People" on Hulu.  It's about a nurse running around helping patients commit suicide when they decide they can't take it any more and don't want to suffer through the future ahead.  In the show they talk about the fact that...

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Before Amazon? Sears Shopping……

I do a lot of shopping on Amazon - A LOT... before Amazon I went to the store, I'd get in my car and head to Walmart or the grocery.  The boys needed clothes, shoes, a book bag, or book no problem!  I'd head to the store... and I could usually find it.  Now though I...

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Halloween? My Grandfather Richter? Little Debbie…

Visiting my mother this weekend, we stopped for dinner at McDs.  The local gathering point for everyone in Oakwood.  While there we noticed two of my cousins having dinner - from my grandfather RIchter's twin brother Lesley. Getting a chance to talk to family is...

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A Visit Home for the 4th.

For the Fourth this year we decided to hang out at Oakwood.  We are getting excited about moving home and had to head up and spend the holiday checking out all the fun things we could do. Living out in the country is totally different from living in a subdivision......

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Father’s Day

I've said it before, it's tough when your father is in that in between land of suffering.  You haven't lost your father - yet your father isn't really there.  You can be with your father, but not share memories.  What you really have is a physical shell of your...

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