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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… Continue reading One of the Women in the Signal Corp

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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… Continue reading Laundry Delivery, Ma’am

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Martin Kelly, My Family’s First Business Owner?

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… Continue reading Martin Kelly, My Family’s First Business Owner?

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Wedding Belles: Beyond the Ceremony

I have seen some beautiful wedding photographs from the turn of the century.  This photograph of Wilma Larcher and Alfred Souza married in Oakland, California, in 1939 is a prime example. But, I’ve often wondered what the special day was like without the photographers and the poses. A couple of years ago, a cousin sent… Continue reading Wedding Belles: Beyond the Ceremony