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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