Category Archives: Family History

My Dear Hamilton

Today I finished reading a book I loved about Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza.  It was an amazing read, especially coupled with our recent trip to New York City, where we saw the Broadway play, Hamilton.  Both the read and the … Continue reading

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Sadie Bushman, age nine, The Heroine of Gettysburg, b. 19 August 1853

Sarah Margaret Bushman “Sadie” was born 19 August 1853 in Cashtown, Adams County, Pennsylvania.  Her family lived in Gettysburg at the time of the Civil War.  Here is an amazing account of this dear little heroine and my relationship to … Continue reading

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Visiting the Gray Family in Minnesota!

After our Fabulous Family Reunion in Pennsylvania, we flew to Minneapolis to visit more relations there.  My grandma Ruby Lundquist Smuin has a sister named Elsie Gladys Lundquist.  Aunt Elsie has a daughter named Frances, who was my mom’s first … Continue reading

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A Bushman Family Reunion

John and I have just returned from a Bushman Family Reunion in Pennsylvania, where we celebrated the lives of my 3rd Great-grandparents, Martin and Elizabeth Degen Bushman.  Martin Bushman was born here in 1802.  His parents, Abraham and Ester Frank … Continue reading

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“The dead enter and pass among us in living love and in memory.” –Wendell Berry

We are just a few last weeks away from returning to our home and to our children in Orem.  I feel their hearts pulling me home.  It’s almost time. My missionary mother’s heart longs to be here, but my mother’s … Continue reading

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Meeting Harriet Matilda Barker Smuin

For the last 2.5 years, the time I have to do family history research has been limited.  In my spare minutes, I’ve been adding photos and stories to FamilySearch, where others can find them.  I’ve added more than 2100 “Memories” … Continue reading

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Grandma Elsa’s Persimmon Pudding

When I was a girl, we had a large Hichaya persimmon tree out by our mailbox along Road 52 in Reedley.  Persimmons are an old-fashioned fruit.  You don’t just eat a persimmon.  You pick them, set them out to ripen until … Continue reading

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Always remember them. . .

From our Sunday School lesson today: Referring to the pioneers, President Hinckley said: “I will never get over being thankful to them; I hope you never get over being thankful to them. I hope that we will always remember them. … Continue reading

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Keep you a diary, my friend

On Journal Writing, from the London Magazine, reprinted in the Deseret News 16 July 1862 From the Deseret News, July 16, 1862 If a man keeps no diary, the path crumbles away behind him as his feet leave it; and … Continue reading

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Grace Laemmlen, teaching at Washington School in Leitersberg, Maryland 1955-1956

My mother, Grace Laemmlen, was a school teacher.  After she and my dad married in June 1954, they traveled to Hagerstown, Maryland where my dad served for two years as the administrator of the hospital at Brook Lane Farm.  As … Continue reading

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