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Subject: Re: [CHS] Not "How?", but "Why?"
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 22:55:04 +0000
"NA McKenzie" <> wrote.....
>>I write to give my children, and the grandchildren I hope for, a
chance to see the world that was already disappearing as I grew up.
During my own grandfathers' (both very long) lives, man learned to
fly, and landed on the moon; went from hand-to-hand fighting in Red
Coats through trench warfare to the Cold War.<<
EXCELLENT point. I sometimes think we become obsessed with getting
back to the 16th century and Tudor times and neglect more recent
family history. My maternal grandfather, Fred Midgley (1886-1966)
like yours, saw immense changes in his lifetime. He used to tell me
of going up in a balloon when he was a lad in late Victorian times,
before aeroplanes, and he lived to see man go into space.
He walked through the Mersey Tunnel the first week it opened in the
1930s because he was working in a theatre in Liverpool at the time.
He was a professional musician in the Music Halls and played his
fiddle for all the great stars of Edwardian times, including the one
and only Marie Lloyd, and he was still playing for stars of
television when he retired in his 70s.
Roy Stockdill, Editor, the Journal of One-Name Studies
Web page of the Guild of One-Name Studies:- www.one-name.org
Newbies' Guide to Genealogy & Family History:- www.genuki.org.uk/gs/Newbie.html
Cheshire interests - PLEVIN and WILLIAMS at Nantwich and Acton-by-Nantwich
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