Monday, April 19, 2010

Is This Mr. Hale? Part 1

Is This Mr. Hale? Part 1

November, 2006, I was surfing the web, looking for genealogy, as usual. I had been contemplating buying a
book about the area my paternal grandmother had been born in. I decided to call the lady that had written the book and ask her a few questions before I invested any money into it. We talked about 45 minutes and I told her I would send her the money.

I received the book in early December and proceded to open the book and look at the index for my surnames. I was shocked to see only one "Hale" in the index. I thought I had just wasted my money!!

I started to read the story about my "surname" and told Donnie that I had a funny feeling that the man, Mr. Hale, in the book, was my great grandfather, John Hale. From my genealogy research I knew he had worked for the railroad and had married my great grandmother in that area. But, this Mr. Hale was married to another woman.

My grandmother had never told me about another marriage for her dad. In fact, no one in my family had ever heard about him being married again after he and my great grandmother were divorced. I had searched the
genealogy sites on the net and hadn't found a marriage for him to someone after his divorce from my great grandmother. Cold chills ran up my spine, I just knew it was him!!

I knew I was on to something!!

The next day I called the lady that had written the book. I asked her if she had gotten all of her cousins to write about their direct lines and then put it together as a book. She said, "Yes"!! I told her I needed to contact her cousin who had written the story about my great grandfather. She gave me a phone number to call her cousin. I called, but the number was no good, due to the area code being changed. I called her back and she gave me her cousins e-mail address.

I wrote a message to her cousin and asked her if she knew anything about the Mr. Hale in the book. She wrote back that she was 81 years old, remodeling her home, and everything was boxed up till the remodeling was done. BUT, she just might have a photo of Mr. Hale. She wrote that she would try to find it and send it to me over the net. Mr. Hale had been married to her great grandmother for a short time.
I figured I had hit a brick wall!! At her age, remodeling, etc. I didn't think I would ever hear from her again.

One day I got up, made my coffee and sat down at my computer and opened up my e-mail. I was floored to see one with the subject being: "Is This Mr. Hale?" I opened it and looking at me was my great grandfather, John Henry Hale!!! I wrote back and referred her to my website with a photo of my great grandfather’s photo from when he was younger and married to my great grandmother. She wrote back and said, "same eyes, same ears, same everything"!!

She and I started writing e-mails and discovered she would be coming to my hometown in September 2007 for a LST reunion for her husband who had been in WWII. We decided to meet each other then.

Tune in for Part 2 of "Is This Mr. Hale?"

Toujours Moi,

Friday, April 16, 2010

A View Of Liege, Belgium

A beautiful view of Liege, Belgium, my Mother's homeland.  Photo courtesy of Eveline, my online friend in Liege.  This photo was taken in 2005.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

TSGS Annual Dinner and "Mr. Evansville"

Tuesday evening my cousin, Terry Winchester, asked me if I was going to the annual dinner for our local  genealogical society's annual dinner.  I hadn't planned to, but, when he said that Harold Morgan was speaking, well, I just knew I would be in for a special treat.

I must admit, I had let my membership to the Tri-Sate Genealogical Society expire.  Wednesday afternoon, after going to the doctor's office and taking care of a few other 'must dos', I mentioned it to my boyfriend, Donnie, and we decided to go the dinner that was being held at the Sirloin Stockade Restaurant.

I don't know if you have ever heard Harold Morgan speak before, but to me, he is "Mr. Evansville".  He seems to know so many facts about my hometown of Evansville, IN.   The subject for the dinner was, "Evansville During The Depression", which included a slideshow.

I'm so glad I went.  We sat with cousin, Terry, the food was great (Donnie had a yummy steak), the people were friendly, and the presentation was all that I hoped it would be.  We had a nice conversation after the event talking to John West, who is also a very knowledgeable person and oh so friendly.