GeneaBloggers Daily Prompts

February 3, 2014
Borealis Rex passing a draw bridge

Maritime Monday: The Borealis Rex

The Borealis Rex navigated the Louisiana waters of Calcasieu River between Lake Charles and Cameron from 1905 to 1930. During the week, the paddlewheel steamer was used to transport mail, supplies and people conducting business along the river. Nights and weekends were for leisure - when the Rex was used for parties, moonlight dances, Sunday afternoon cruises and joy rides.
February 1, 2014
1948 Chester Clipper players

Sports Center Saturday: 1948 Port Chester Clippers

My dad always talked about playing baseball in Florida, Arkansas and Texas, but it wasn't until he was well into his 80s that he told me he had also played other places, including New York. The team was the 1948 Colonial League Champion Port Chester Clippers.
January 29, 2014
Bernadine Rees and the Black Iron Dog

Wednesday’s Child: Bernadine Rees and the Black Iron Dog

Last year, I traveled to Virginia to do some family research in Goochland County, near Richmond. I spent a rainy morning at Hollywood Cemetery, a 150-acre cemetery that is the final resting place of many famous people in US history.
August 3, 2013
Handmade paper card with an owl sitting on a baseball

Sports Saturday: To Carl Armstrong, Best of Wishes “Rudy” York

My dad, Carl Armstrong, grew up in the Atco Village (Cartersville, Georgia), a mill village established by the Atlantic Transportation Company. The mill was purchased by […]
November 12, 2012
Willie Benoit in uniform.

Sentimental Sunday – Remembering My Grandfather on Veterans Day

Willie Benoit’s service to his country did not end when he returned to Louisiana from France at the end of World War I. He lived his […]
July 9, 2012
Neptune Pond and Fountain - Versailles

Military Monday – American Soldier Visits Versailles during WWI

I’ve written before that my grandfather, Willie Benoit, was stationed in Dijon, France during WWI. While there, he visited other parts of the country, including Le […]
July 2, 2012
My grandmother Lucy Courrege Benoit and my mother Berta Benoit.

Maritime Monday – All Dressed up to see “Old Ironsides” in 1932

To celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, today’s Maritime Monday features photos taken in 1932 of my grandmother, my mother and my grandmother’s best […]
February 19, 2012
People holding business signs.

Shopping Saturday – 1930s-1940s Photo from Vinton, Louisiana

Tucked away in grandfather’s photo album are two photos that give a glimpse of what living and shopping in Vinton, Louisiana, was like between the late […]
December 6, 2011
The Alamo

Travel Tuesday – The Benoits Visit the Alamo

My grandparents, Willie “Bill” and Lucy Benoit, loved to travel. These photos were taken in San Antonio. I wish I knew what year the photos were […]
August 27, 2011
Night by Night article

Follow Friday – Night by night, troops photograph Arlington graves

When my husband heard the story on NPR this morning about soldiers photographing more than 219,000 graves in Arlington Cemetery with iPhones, he knew I would […]