Category Archives: Family

Mackinac Island Is A Family Vacation Favorite

Seven million people descended on Cleveland during the summers of 1936 and 1937 to experience the Great Lakes Exposition, a mini-world’s fair that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Ohio city’s incorporation. My grandparents were two of those fair-goers. They … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Traffic-Stopping Sesquicentennial Procession Brought Us Home to German Village

Last Friday, a Bavarian bricklayer named Johann Ranft treated my mother and me to one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. Ranft (1821-1880) was a founding member of St. Mary Catholic Church in German Village, the chairman of … Continue reading

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“The Kindergarten Teacher” Is On Guideposts’ 100 Inspiring Mothers Honor Roll

When my grandpa wasn’t watching The Lawrence Welk Show from his black rocker, he sat in the living room near the radio, crossed his wingtips and read. Most times, he was engrossed in The Columbus Dispatch or a Zane Grey … Continue reading

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When You’re 96, How Should You Wash Your Clothes?

Come over during the holiday season and you’ll meet Hilda, a 96-year-old member of our family who likes to admire Christmas decorations from her favorite rocker. Opening the first door of the Advent calendar reminded us that it was time … Continue reading

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My Irish Heritage Begins with the Corcorans of Curraghroe

Since “Irish Marc” introduced me to Ireland, I’ve been reading back issues of Ireland of the Welcomes, dating as far back as 1963. As I pored over the most recent issue of the magazine, an article titled “Claim Your Irish … Continue reading

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Gertrude Bauman Heinmiller’s Coffee Cake “Tastes Like More”

On June 5, 1906, 18-year-old Gertrude Margaret Bauman took the short carriage ride from her parents’ home at 71 East Livingston Avenue in Columbus to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  There, she married John Frederick Heinmiller, a plumber who worked with … Continue reading

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Seventy-Five Years Ago, a Colonial Revival Couple Spent Their Thanksgiving Honeymoon in West Virginia and Virginia

Seventy-five years ago this Saturday, November 24, my grandparents were married.  After the ceremony at St. Leo Catholic Church in Columbus, they and their guests sat down to a catered breakfast that my maternal great-grandparents hosted at their 84 East … Continue reading

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