Category Archives: Midwest

Diane Janine Norma Morin

Each of my names belongs to to former (deceased) member of my family. Diane was my french great grandmother; Janine was my french grandmother (“Ninette” we called her); Norma was my Oklahoman born mother; Morin… well that’s us, my father’s side of my family and those of us who came from Patrick and Norma. The names are important as they ... Read More »

The Time of His Life

My father was born, in 1895, in what is now Ukraine. When he was 13, in 1908, he was apprenticed as a tailor. In about 1914 he immigrated. He traveled by horse and carriage, other surface transportation, boat and train to Chicago. On the boat, for the first time in his life, he was without adult supervision. He had the ... Read More »

Hugh Crawford

My grandfather’s father, Hugh Crawford, came to the US from Ireland with his older brother, during the years of massive Irish immigration due to the potato famine. As young men of 16 and 18, they purchased a farm in Ohio with their portion of their family farm. Soon, their parents and younger siblings joined them, selling their farm in Northern ... Read More »

Samuel and Elizabeth Cavanaugh

The Story of Samuel and Elizabeth Cavanaugh (Also Kavanagh: In Ireland they spelled their name with a K when they came to America they changed it to C.) Elizabeth (Liz) Keegan, daughter of John Keegan and Mary Ann Coleman Keegan was born in Dublin, Ireland on 6/7/1860. Samuel (Sam) Cavanaugh, son of Patrick Cavanaugh and Sarah Reed, was born on ... Read More »

Tho Tran

When Saigon fell in 1975, my father had just turned 24 years old and could not imagine fleeing the country of his birth and leaving his family behind. So, he decided to stay in Vietnam and was subsequently captured and detained (along with other men who were in the military, who were connected to the South Vietnamese government, or who ... Read More »

Frederick and Amelia Becker

Frederick Christian (Fred) Becker was born in Germany on 8/30/1865 and came to this country as a small boy. His family started their new life in Cincinnati, Ohio, in an area known as “over the Rhine.” When Fred was about 12, he broke his arm running along a railroad track. His arm was never set properly and from then on ... Read More »

Matilda Spilger

The Germans: Spilger Family (Grandfather is 2nd from right and Grandmother is 5th from left) The German family is more current as my grandmother, Matilda Spilger, emigrated from Stuttgart, Germany sometime in the 1880’s. She was married but I never met my grandfather Spilger as he died before I was born. He was born in Hessen Darmstadt, Germany. I do ... Read More »

Evdokia and Michail Karsoulides

My parents were Anatolian Greeks who left Turkey for a better life in America in 1920.They went to Detroit,Mi. where other relatives went for jobs. My father started his first business,a push cart,selling food to factory workers in front of Ford motor while my mother did the laundry for the boarders sharing their home. They worked very hard. After many ... Read More »

Usher Dushnitzer

My grandfather, Usher Dushnitzer, came to the U.S. in 1928 or 1929 at around age 26.  He grew up in a small town called Luknick in what is now Lithuania in a very Orthodox Jewish environment.  His father was a well known Rabbi who ran a religious seminary called a Yeshiva. During the Bolshevik Revolution that lasted from 1917 – ... Read More »

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