One of the Women in the Signal Corp

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It’s the 21st Edition of Smile for the Camera.  In honor of Women’s History Month, this edition is called “Give their Face a Place” and focuses on the unsung female heroes in our tree.  May I present Tante Marie, my Great Aunt, Marie Lassalle, who served in the Signal Corp. in WWI. Marie, mostly known … Continued

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Laundry Delivery, Ma’am

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My Great Grandparents, Charles and Brigitte (Breilh) Mazeres were in the laundry business.  They first ran French laundries in San Francisco, then Modesto, and finally ended up in Oakland, Alameda County, California, around 1910. This photograph was taken around 1915.  The dapper gent is my Great Grandfather, Charles Mazeres dit Salanave.  He is standing in … Continued

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Martin Kelly, My Family’s First Business Owner?

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Much of what my Grandma Shellabarger told me about her family turned out to be myth or exaggeration. She got one thing right.  One of her ancestors owned boarding houses in San Francisco.  That ancestor was my Great Great Great Grandfather, Martin Kelly. Martin was born sometime around 1820 in County Roscommon, Ireland.  I’m not … Continued

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