The Man Next Door

My grandfather, Bill Straughen, and his family lived in a small duplex 2 blocks from the Delaware river in Penns Grove, New Jersey. The Straughns were very poor but they lived next door to Wilbert S. Leap, who owned a haberdashery that occupied the front of the first floor of his home. Mr. Leap also... Continue Reading →

A Reasonable Amount of Egg Nog

In my collection of family papers I have a letter that my great-grandfather, Walter C. Anderson, sent to his son Milton H. Anderson. The letter is dated December 4th, 1945, so I thought it was fitting to post this weekend. It is written on letterhead from the family business, the Anderson Lumber Company, in which... Continue Reading →

Father’s Day & Lasagna

My family may not have any Italian roots (I should know, I just got our AncestryDNA results), but nothing describes my dad quite like a big pan of lasagna. It probably wasn't passed down generation to generation but my dad's lasagna recipe is carefully written on a stained index card in my dad's block letters.... Continue Reading →

The Anderson Lumber Company 1876-1963

I tried new technique that Lisa Louise Cooke talked about on her Genealogy Gems YouTube channel recently! I used the website Animoto to create a video about the history of the Anderson Lumber Company, which was in my family for almost 90 years! I only did the free version so the quality is lower and... Continue Reading →

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