Dolls That Did Something


The fresh faced kid with the Christmas glow in her eyes is me.  It was Christmas morning 1967. Each year Santa gave me a doll.  But, not just any doll.  I only wanted dolls that did something. This doll is Tippy Toes.  She could ride a bicycle, scoot on her horse, and she was learning […]


One of the Women in the Signal Corp


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 […]


Laundry Delivery, Ma’am


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 […]