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Doris McKinley - adventuring with the Lion's Club

Alaska Railroad Adventure, 1947

My grandparents moved to Alaska in the late 1940s. At that time, the state was very much still a rugged frontier, and everyone had an interesting story to tell. Grandma took notes, and shared them with me, asking me to publish them so the rest of the family could have easy access to these stories. …

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Socialite to Pioneer in 3500 Miles

My grandmother was born 1/11/11 – 1911, that is – one hundred years ago today. She didn’t live to meet that milestone, she passed away just a few months ago. But in those just shy of 100 years, she led a remarkable life. I wanted to write a biographical blog post to tell her story …

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98year-old family photo

Ninety-Eight Year Old Family Photo

This family photo was recently sent to us by a distant relative in Michigan.  It is dated May 14, 1911. I don’t know anything about most of the people in this photo, but one I know personally.  My grandmother is the infant in the back row to the right. Allow me to introduce you to …

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My Mother’s Gift

In 1991 my mom brought home Matt; I was not happy. Although I had moved out, I still had a room at the homestead – a room I needed to clear of my belongings so it could go to this new kid. But that’s not the whole reason I was upset. Taking in kids was …

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Dinner with Mom and Grandma

We had a great visit this weekend with Mom and Grandma. It’s so good to see the two of them doing so well. On Saturday night we went to dinner at the Caspian Grill for Persian food. Bill’s Judy joined us there as well so we had quite the little party. We had hummus, smoked …

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