Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Synopsis; 2012 August 12th

           The Jabezes are in a holding pattern.  I wanted to finish the article about the 2nd Jabez- Burns-McPherson-cousin before finishing up the series  with my grandfather, yet another Jabez Burns McPherson cousin.  I dinna know much about this 2nd of the 3 cousins who went to Canada, so I thought it would be a short and quick piece to write.  That was before I came upon the Bentley, Alberta, website and found a wonderful lady named Cora.  The site has a gallery of pictures --- 347 pictures of Bentley and Bentley-ites from  1900 to the present.  I printed over thirty that pertained to my McPherson relatives, or sometimes just the era.  There were  pictures of my Jabez (this 2nd of the 3 cousins) and his sawmill, his house, and his wife who killed a bear.  How cool is that?  Way cool, WAY.

          After I saw the website, I papered the town with emails -- emails to the library, to the museum, and to the town clerk.  As near as I can tell, all emails were forwarded on to Cora, the local acknowledged town historian.  She was going out of town for a few days, but  I had a nice conversation with her husband --- and she even took the time to send me an email before she left.  I can hardly wait to talk to Cora.  In fact, this morning,  I told my daughter that if I were independently wealthy, I'd hire folks to look  after the place and head off to Bentley myself.  I was that jazzed about Bentley --- and this was not even about my grandfather, but one of his cousins of the same name.  Cool, Way Cool.

          As I was thanking my lucky stars for Cora, I also remembered the ladies of Bethel, Vermont.  Marge, the Assistant Town Clerk, and Heidi, of the Historical Society, were so helpful in providing information about the Jabez Burns McPherson (father and uncle of the Jabez Burns McPherson cousins --- and son of James Peter McPherson).  I am always so amazed and touched at the lengths people like these three wonderful ladies will go to help someone they don't know and who lives thousands of miles away;  they do research and send information on people they don't know and not of their genealogical line, for sure.  Indeed, I am fortunate to have people like these three ladies show up in my life.  I must always remember to "pay it forward"  and most of all, to convey my most heartfelt thanks.

          So this week has been a "putter about" week --- a bit of miscellaneous reading,  looking at Bentley pictures from the web, "ruffing-in" what I know about this 2nd of the cousins, starting to outline the article on my grandfather, the last of the Jabez Burns McPherson cousins.   I even have a piece that I have re-worked completed  for the Tuesday meeting of my Crit Group.  I don't usually do "re-writes" for the Crit Group, unless I have substantially changed or improved the piece.  When I wrote "The Snow Storm" several years ago, I was dinged badly (and deservedly so) for some rather poor writing techniques.  Still I liked the story so I gave it new life.  Y'all will probably see it sooner or later on the blog as part of the "Sharing Memories" series.

         Life is good  ---  even though we are still baking in near 100 degree weather --- life at Hill's-on-the-hill is indeed good.

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 © Joan Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications

8 comments:

  1. Cool, way cool. WAY COOL!!

    Receives the ole Reflections WAAAAhHHHOOOOO!!!

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    1. Thanks! My sentiments, exactly! WAAAAhHHHOOOOO!!!

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  2. Joan, I see we are sharing those same 100 degrees :)

    "His wife who killed a bear"??? Quite a story, I imagine!

    How wonderful that you have encountered a genealogy angel north of the border. That's the kind of help that is so beyond a blessing. Yes, definitely, make sure to pay it forward.

    Looking forward to reading that "re-write" after you've polished it up to your--and their--liking.

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    1. I can hardly wait to talk to Cora -- to see if she has more information about the bear, and Jabez and the McPherson's. Thanks for reading and the nice commebts -- I do enjoy your comments,

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    2. And you make me laugh --- a good thing to have in a friend, long or close in distance.

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  3. Thanks! My sentiments, exactly! WAAAAhHHHOOOOO!!!

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  4. Wow! What wonderful excitement for you! It must have felt like you'd opened a treasure chest. It's amazing what might be tucked away in some town your rellies were connected to. Well done Joan and I hope the conversation with Cora is super-helpful. Look forward to the outcome. And as for your snow storm story -not a ding in sight!

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  5. I, yes, excitement was in the air. However, I am trying to becareful not to overwhelm my new Canadian friend. I am like a little kid in a big new store for the first time --- I want one of those, and one of those, and ...... I had to cut the first email in half cuz it was tooo much. LOL

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