Stacy & Marian 1918-1924

Shall we title this Stacy & Marian or Marian & Stacy? It could be either.  The couple I knew only through family lore, come alive in the following series of snapshots taken from 1918 until 1924.  Most of the shots are of their children: Ida … [Continue reading]

In her own words: A poem by Hazel B. Thompson

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TOGETHER - THE FAMILY CAN I Know - It Happened To Me Hazel B. Thompson, March 31, 1956   On a recent trip home to Detroit, my cousin, Arthur, presented me with a trove of photos of the Thompson's from around 1906 until the middle … [Continue reading]

The Goodenow’s

Uncle Goodenow, as we called him, carried the Goodenow surname as his first name. I remember asking my parents why Uncle Goodenow had such a funny name.  They said it was a "family" name, which satisfied me until recently, when I began to explore the … [Continue reading]

Stacy Webb Thompson: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. J.R.R.Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring My great great grandfather, Stacy Webb Thompson … [Continue reading]

Grandma Elizabeth stays home – Grandpa Stacy moves westward

Between the years 1819 and 1824 the world changed in many ways: In America, slavery was very much a part of our society.  In 1820 the Congress of the United States passed legislation known as the "Missouri Compromise" where the state of Missouri … [Continue reading]

Mabel Annetta Smith Thompson

Happy Birthday Mom! Although no longer with us, today, July 2, 2013, marks the 102nd. birthday of our mother, lover, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, sunday school teacher, high school bookkeeper, friend, caregiver, citizen and many … [Continue reading]

Brothers: Goodenow and Ellsworth

In 1904, America had just re-elected Theodore Roosevelt as President and commenced building the Panama Canal.  In 1906 the World's Fair opened in America's Gateway-To-The-West City, St. Louis, and the great Earthquake wiped out San Francisco, … [Continue reading]

Snapshots of Roseville, Michigan 1942

1942 was a difficult year throughout the world.  The US was on the defensive in the Pacific, giving up the Philippines and retreating from Burma.  Russia was about to defend Stalingrad against the Germans.  On the home front, the US  was about to … [Continue reading]

Ellsworth’s Cousins: Ray & Grace Randall

As a kid, the concept of a "second-cousin" was difficult to comprehend.  Ray & Grace Randall were of the same generation as our parent's. They came to the same family gatherings as Uncle Goodenow and Aunt Hazel, but they had a different last name … [Continue reading]

Four Generations: Stacy, Walter, Ellsworth And Herbert

Today we look at four generations of Thompson's: Stacy Clay Thompson, my great grandfather,  born in 1856 and died in 1944 Walter Stacy Thompson, my grandfather, born in 1877 and died in 1960 Ellsworth Walter Thompson, my father, born in … [Continue reading]