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The Life of Donald Joseph Telfer, as Told Through Newspaper Articles (A #FamilyHistory post)

Genealogy comes to life when stories emerge from the list of names, dates, and places; and with the abundance of online resources, stories and pieces of stories are easier to find than they used to be. Digitized newspapers provide details into our ancestors' lives that otherwise might be lost.

Recently, I searched on newspapers.com for my great-grandfather, Donald Joseph Telfer. Newspapers.com is a subscription site, but it does offer a free 7-day trial. I didn't bother to cancel after my trial, as I had good success in finding articles that were useful to my research. I knew that I would most likely find an article about my great-grandfather's death (he died in a tragic mining accident), but I was surprised to find several other interesting articles about him.

The earliest article I found was about his time in the Army during WWI. I have a photo of him in his uniform, but really didn't know anything about his service. Not only did the article give me a better understand…

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Ten Things of Thankful: Summer Strawberry Days Edition

Summer has officially arrived, at least by the calendar. Mother Nature was definitely not having a hot flash yesterday; the high temperature was only in the mid-sixties. However, summer festivities went on as scheduled. In our town, that means Strawberry Days. What does your town celebrate? (We lived briefly in a tiny town that observed Egg Day; I look back on that time fondly.)

Summer and celebrations factor into this week's Ten Things of Thankful list:

1. I'm thankful for summer, and the cool temperatures.  Last summer, we moved into this house. The previous summer, we moved to Utah. The fifteen years prior to that brought triple-digit temperatures in the summers, and not just a day or two at 100, but multiple days when temperatures soar over 105, 110, even 115. I'm not a fan (pun intended!) For the first time in a long time, I'm excited for summer itself. I'm neither packing boxes nor roasting in the heat. Happy day!

2. I'm thankful for summer celebrations. Str…

Six Sentence Story: Release

Her small brow furrowed in concentration as she carefully placed the wriggling worm on the little hook. 

"Ready, Daddy!" she called, and Daddy came over and helped her cast the line into the lake. To the amazement of both of them, soon the bobber took a dip into the water. Daddy talked her through reeling the keeper-sized fish onto the shore.

"I'll name him Lucky, because he is lucky I caught him!" she proudly announced.

Lucky's luck ran out, though, when he realized this wasn't going to be a catch-and-release situation. 

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I'm joining again with the Six Sentence Story link-up. Go read the other entries, and feel free to add your own. This week's prompt: release.

Ten Things of Thankful: Friends, Fathers, Family, and a Whole Lot of Thankfulness Edition

The last time I posted, we were celebrating the 6th anniversary of the Ten Things of Thankful, and what a celebration it was! We combined with the Finish the Sentence Friday blog hop, and so many bloggers participated. I enjoyed reading everyone's posts, and it became a reunion of sorts. What a fun way to start the summer months!

We extended the time the link remained open, so you'll probably want to go back and make sure you didn't miss reading any of the posts. 

Also, I mentioned in my last post that I have some Ten Things of Thankful sticky-notepads to give to anyone who would like one. I still have some available, so if you'd like one, let me know in a comment and I'd be happy to mail one out to you. 


I went from blogging party to real-life part(ies), which is why I'm linking up on the late-end of things this week, but is also why I have so much to be thankful for, so without further ado:

I'm thankful that my friend and her daughter came to visit and stayed…

Ten Things of Thankful: Celebration Edition

Six years ago (nearly to the day), while reading Christine's blog, A Fly on Our (Chicken Coop) Wall, I was introduced to a brand new blog hop, the Ten Things of Thankful, started by Lizzi of Considerings. I eagerly and excitedly joined this wonderful community of bloggers. Through the years, participants, hosts, and co-hosts have come and gone, and as life gets busy and situations change, that's totally understandable. And while everyone is always welcome to link up with the TToT, and we LOVE it when new bloggers join us, this week will also be a reunion, with several familiar faces stopping by to say hello. In addition, Kristi of Finding Ninee, who was one of the early co-hosts, and hosts a blog hop called Finish the Sentence Friday, is using "Ten Things of Thankful" as this week's prompt, so we welcome all who join us via FTSF. 

I am thankful:

1. For Lizzi for masterminding the TToT and for all her effort spent in building a supportive, welcoming community.

2. For…

Six Sentence Story: Mountain

The gentle stir of unrest grew until the rumblings could no longer be ignored. She knew that big changes were coming, even though some of those living closest to her thought she would never be anything other than firm and steadfast. She felt the pressure growing from deep within; a rage that needed an outlet. Finally, on May 18, 1980, she could take it no longer, and with a rush of emotion, she transformed the top third of her peak into a billowing cloud of steam, dust, and ash. Boulders flew and entire forests bowed down to her. No longer, she thought, would anyone dare to underestimate the power of Mt. St. Helens.

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Linking up again this week with Six Sentence Stories. Prompt word: mountain. Go read the other entries, and feel free to submit your own!

Ten Things of Thankful: Getting Ready to Party Edition

Next week, the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop celebrates its 6th anniversary. To make it extra special, we're going to join with Finish the Sentence Friday. The more the merrier! Please mark your calendars, throw up the party banner, pick up a cupcake, and get ready to celebrate with us! 

We don't have to wait until a big event to remember why we are thankful, though. Knowing that each week I will be making a list makes me look for reasons to be thankful. Here are the things I found this week:

1. I'm thankful for an upcoming graduation. Although oldest daughter graduated from law school last year and passed the bar exam, she decided to take a few more classes so she could get a master's in tax law. She finishes her finals this week and graduation is on the horizon. 

2. I'm thankful that said daughter also was hired at a firm that exactly suits her. She will be working with families with disabled members, doing estate planning, guardianships, special needs trusts, etc…