Dad’s Letters # 06

My Dad always assumed that I had a copy of my letters to him and so he often did not repeat my question. When I recently pulled out his letters that were sitting in a drawer for many years I was able to find only one of my letters to him. I may have keptContinue reading “Dad’s Letters # 06”

Dad’s Letters # 05

In Letter # 05 Dad continues with his replies about my questions regarding his sister Elise. He began his replies in his Letter # 03 and then in Letter # 04 he explained in depth his relationship to Elise and Fran and their friends in the St Emydius Doran Club and in Company C ofContinue reading “Dad’s Letters # 05”

Dad’s Letters # 4

It took my Dad three letters (#3, #4 and #5) to reply to my one letter (#3) in which I listed a number of questions about his sister Elise. In his letter #3 he answered the first nine questions and in his letter # 5 he returns to my list of questions and answers allContinue reading “Dad’s Letters # 4”

Dad’s Letters # 03

Dad’s Letter # 03 is the first of three letters about his sister Elise. I wrote a total of six letters to Dad during the Spring and Summer of 1994 and he replied with eight of his own. So his letters # 3, # 4 and # 5 were replies to my letter # 3.

Dad’s Letter # 02

Dad wrote his second letter in the Don Dwyer Life Story Project on May 10, 1994.  This one is all about Richard Milhaus Nixon. Or at least it was supposed to be. Somehow Dad manages to throw in some space for Cal football and Major League Baseball! I started my list of questions by bringingContinue reading “Dad’s Letter # 02”

Dad’s Letters # 01

The Don Dwyer Life Story project began in the Spring of 1994 soon after my Dad had celebrated his 84th birthday.  We got talking one day about his life story and I volunteered to write some letters to him asking some questions about his parents, his friends, his schools, his work, etc. A few daysContinue reading “Dad’s Letters # 01”

The Search for Everett, Part Three

Half of Southern California consists of mountains and deserts. The other half is where the people live. 24 million of them in 2020. 21 million in 2003.  What used to be a land of a thousand towns and villages is now one big metropolitan area stretching from San Diego on the Mexican border to SantaContinue reading “The Search for Everett, Part Three”

The Search for Everett, Part Two

I got interested in my personal genealogy back in the 90s and after retiring in January, 1997 I soon fell into the groove of visiting local libraries and archives to find the story of my Dwyers — where they lived and when they died. That was fine as long as they lived and died inContinue reading “The Search for Everett, Part Two”

The Search for Everett, Part One

In the summer of 2003 Bennette and I packed up and drove down to southern California on our genealogical quest of the year: to see if we could find any descendants of my grandfather’s brother Everett who moved with his family to Los Angeles more than a hundred years previously. Soon we would discover thatContinue reading “The Search for Everett, Part One”