The Day My Sister Is Born

I awoke to my grandmother shaking me. She was standing by my bed with her coat on. It was not yet light out, but there she was. Wake up! We have to get dressed. You’re coming with me. What was happening? Such an odd morning already and the sun wasn’t even up yet. Your mother…
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Applesauce Squares

I think Grandma made these every Saturday night to have for Sunday so that when anyone came to visit she would have them on hand. She must have made them in a jellyroll pan because when I have tried to make them in a regular 9 x 13 pan — they just don’t seem the…
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Letter From Grandma K. 1986

Saturday May 10, 1986 Dear Kim, … Everyone around here is well. I am busy making cookies for the wedding next Saturday. I have Pizelles to make and some Applesauce Squares and then that will be all. Our weather is beautiful but kind of chilly in the evenings. In fact it was down in the…
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Mary Jane Ralston: 1847 – 1922

May 8, 1847 – November 21, 1922 Mary Jane Ralston was born in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania to William Ralston and Mary Sharp. She was of Scots-Irish, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. She married Isaac McClung and had six children, William, Jenny Alice, Ira Plummer, Charles Quil, Annie B, and Margaret Catharine. In the 1880s,…
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Abigail Lawrence: 1739 – 1805

May 7, 1739 – October 2, 1805 Abigail, along with her twin sister Mercy, was born in Weston, Middlesex County, in Massachusetts on May 7, 1739. She is sometimes recorded with a birthday of May 9th. She is the daughter of William Lawrence (May 20, 1711 – July 11, 1774) and Mary Perry (Parry)(September 7,…
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Desperation

My Grandmother stood at the counter in the kitchen and sighed in desperation. The questions just kept coming. They wouldn’t stop. No matter how often she answered. No matter how much she pleaded. She went into the dining room to the hutch where she kept all kinds of paper stuff – sheets of paper, envelopes,…
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