Amanuensis Monday – In her own words

A cousin started a discussion on FB about family members are more than just when they were born, married and died. To which I couldn’t agree more. If a family historian/genealogist just concentrates on dates and that sort of thing, in my opinion, they are missing out on a lot more to that person’s life.

In the words of my great-grand Aunt Gertrude P. McCormack;

Nevada McCormacks on the social page

John Michael & Family’s trip east [1]

I wonder if she ever tried any Milwaukee beer?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!


  1. “Short Locals (J. M. McCormack & family’s trip east)”, Reno (Nevada) Evening Gazette, 5 Oct 1907 (Saturday), p. 9, col. 1; digital images, ( : accessed 26 Jun 2016), Newspaper Collection


Today, I would like to welcome as a guest blogger, my second cousin once removed, Patricia. Her father was HP McCormack and her grandfather was John Michael McCormack.

John Michael and HP

John Michael McCormack and son HP

Being the youngest of ten children I was not always aware of the goings-on of the older siblings, but one of my fondest memories was in 1945, four of my brothers returned home from WWII. My mother fixed a feast and what jubilant celebration it was. Thankfully my father, HP McCormack took moving pictures of the event which I still have and cherish, showing loving hugs to my mother and father, grandmother, aunt, the teasing between brothers, what fun it was.

Secondly, the summers spent at our cabin at King’s Beach on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, California. It was a real log cabin built in 1932 from the pine trees cut down by my father, HP McCormack and older brothers. The older ones got to sleep in tents but younger ones in the cabin. In the mornings we would wake to the scrumptious smells of Mom’s pancakes cooking. Hurriedly we’d put on our bathing suits, gobbling down the pancakes, grabbing our towels and dashing down to the beach with our dog, Snooper, right behind us. Ack, the clear blue sparkling water was icy cold! Snooper was usually the first in and out, saunter over to us and shake that cold water all over our hot sun drenched bodies. We acquired terrible sunburns that would crack open, Mom would gently pat vinegar on the open cracked skin, ah, and the pain of it all, but soon we were as tan as could be. In the evenings we would sit around the beautiful rock fireplace, read, play games, pop popcorn and jump every time a pine cone would pop in the flames. Or, we would go to the movies, walking along the boardwalk whiffs of vanilla floating through the night air from the ice cream store.

The third fondest memory was our Christmas celebrations. Mom’s delicious turkey feasts, my father’s decorations, and family togethers. The younger ones would pile into a brother’s car, drive around town delighting in the beautiful decorations anxiously anticipating the excitement of Santa’s arrival. Upon arriving home, we would warn my brother not to honk the horn. His elbow always slipped causing a resounding loud honk. This was to warn the other brothers in the house to start ringing “Santa’s bell”. Brothers would ring the bell, throw it to the next one in another room, and we little ones would run through the house following the jingle of the bell in hopes to see Santa but never did.

I would like to thank my cousin Pat for sharing the memories that she did. If you have someone like Pat in your family, ask them about any memories that they would like to share.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something today!

“Family Reunions”

A few  weekends ago for me, was a time for family reunions. On Saturday, it was my mother’s side of the family, “Where are the Waldos?” Then on Monday, it was a meeting that I have been looking forward to since this cousin left a comment on one of my posts. I got to meet the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Elizabeth J. McCormack, the widow of Edward J. McCormack (son of Michael and Catherine McCormack).

Linda and her mom

Elizabeth (Betty) Palmer Knauf and Linda Jagiello

You got to know Elizabeth or “Betty” and her sister in a couple of my posts, “The Passing of a McCormack legend!” and “Celebrating Women’s History Month – Elizabeth J. (Rohr) Dimmick McCormack.”

I would like to thank Linda for making contact with me by leaving a comment on a post several months ago. One thing that her mother, “Betty” told me that was growing up in Mio, it was her family, two aunts and two uncles and nobody else. She didn’t know that there was any other McCormacks around. Anywhere! Well, I took care of that “problem!” I told them all that I could about the McCormack family. Like how Michael and Catherine left Ireland and their travels in the United States ending up in Otter Lake. I also told them about the West Coast McCormacks. Like how John Michael McCormack was a stonemason, supposedly worked on the Brooklyn Bridge and did the same in Reno, Nevada and also how he ran a motel/hotel also in Reno. I also mentioned that Miss Betty’s grandmother (Elizabeth J. McCormack) wasn’t the only McCormack that operated a general store in Michigan. The three McCormacks that ran general stores in Michigan were Henry McCormack in Ithaca, my great-grandfather William in Otter Lake and then her grandmother, Elizabeth in Mio.

It was really great to enlighten someone about the rich family history that they previously didn’t know much about her family. I would like to “welcome” Miss Betty and her daughter to the McCormack family, but they were already a part of the family they just didn’t know much about the rest of us!

A special thank you to Miss Betty for welcoming me into her house and allowing me to do one of my favorite things that is to talk about the McCormack family. Also another special thank you to her daughter, Linda for making that first step of contacting me and then maintaining contact since then. I have enjoyed talking to her and working with her to help her mother learn about the McCormack family.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

August Dates for the McCormack clan

Here are the important dates in August for the McCormack clan. Remembering these people and what they did and what happened to them is very important.

1 Aug 1914 – Henry Peacock McCormack was married. His bride was Ethel Davis. They were married in Sacramento, California and would have ten children. Henry was the son of John Michael and Gertrude (Peacock) McCormack.
9 Aug 1913 – Catherine (Payne) McCormack died.
11 Aug 1999 – Arthur Willard Farrell died. He was married to Ruth Eleanor McCormack, the youngest daughter of William E. and Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. Arthur was an ad executive for the Detroit News.
11 Aug 1923 – Phyllis Louise Trevellyan was born.She was born in Chicago, Illinois. She was married to Robert Orrin Addy, the step-grandson of Smith and Delilah Elizabeth (McCormack) Addy.
13 Aug 2005 – Adly Rizk died. He was married to Pamela Joy McCormack, the second daughter of James Archer and Jimmie D. (Keen) McCormack, Sr.
15 Aug 2000 – Depsy Ann (Crain) McCormack died. She was the daughter-in-law of Henry Davis McCormack.
16 Aug 2007 – Nella Mae McCormack died. Her parents were Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
22 Aug 1998 – Gerald “Mac” Milton McCormack died. His parents were Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. He was an expert in two engineering disciplines, Mechanical and Structural.
22 Aug 1918 – Alfred Rinehart Coon died. Alfred was married to Grace Ellen McCormack, the only child of William E. McCormack and Sara Grace Roys. He was a doctor.
22 Aug 1926 – Leon Ray Ingleright, Jr. married Margaret W. Murphy. They were married in South Bend, Indiana. He was a pharmacist and operated his own pharmacy in Niles, Michigan. His parents were Leon Ray and Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) Ingleright.
23 Aug 1888 – Lura Vae Addy was born. She was born in Albert Township, Michigan. Her parents were Smith and Delilah (McCormack) Addy.
26 Aug 1874 – LaVina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack was born. She was born in Marathon Township, Michigan. Her parents were Ernest Needham and Ann Toppan (Harris) Hemingway. She was my (paternal) great-grandmother.
26 Aug 1863 – Henry McCormack was born. He was born in London, Ontario, Canada. He started out in business in Ypsilanti, Michigan with E. M. Comstock and then moved to Ithaca, Michigan. He was the son of Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack.
29 Aug 1894 – Frances M. Foster was born. She was married to Robert Henry Addy, the son of Delilah McCormack and Smith Addy.

I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here. If you have anything you would like to add about any of these people, please feel free to contact me. I also would like to thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something.

Michael and his sons

This is a montage that I made up a few years ago. The pictures on the top row are from left to right: Michael McCormack, William McCormack, John Michael McCormack, Arthur McCormack and Henry McCormack.

The McCormack Men Poster

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like what you see!

Important July Dates for the McCormack clan

Here are the important July dates for the McCormack clan. I wish I could post more for each person and event. Remembering these people and what they did and happened to them is very important.

4 Jul 2004 – Elizabeth “Libby” Lee Heaton died. She was married to Gerald “Mac” M. McCormack. She was mother of four boys and one girl.
4 Jul 1851 – Smith Addy was born. He became Michael’s first son-in-law by marrying his oldest daughter, Delilah Elizabeth McCormack. He was also born in England.
6 Jul 1898 – Edna Ruth McCormack was born somewhere in Montmorency County, Michigan. She was the daughter of Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr/Dimmick) McCormack. She also took over McCormack General Store located in Mio, Michigan after her mother passed away.
7 Jul 1897 – William E. McCormack married LaVina Jane Hemingway. LaVina was William’s second wife. They most likely married at the Hemingway home in Marathon Township where her immediate and extended family lived all over the township. She also gave her new husband a pocket watch as a wedding present. It is still in the family to this day!
8 Jul 1986 – Dudley B. Palmer died in West Branch, Michigan. His first wife was Lura Maude McCormack, daughter of Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr/Dimmick) McCormack.
9 Jul 1853 – William E. McCormack was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. He didn’t live long in Kilkenny as he and his parents, Michael and Catherine McCormack left Ireland by Oct 1853.
9 Jul 1998 – Ruth Eleanor McCormack Farrell died in Englewood, Florida. She was the youngest daughter of William E. and LaVina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. In 1925, she and her older sister, Alta (my grandmother) went to Europe.
9 Jun 1964 – William Fred Crozier died in Ithaca, Michigan. He married Lucille May McCormack, the oldest daughter of Henry and Minnie (VanWormer) McCormack. He helped his father-in-law, Henry, to manage the McCormack General Store. (There were McCormack General Stores located in Mio, Otter Lake and Ithaca each owned/managed by members of the McCormack family.)
11 Jul 1923 – Lois Elizabeth VanMeter was born. She was the second wife of James Archer McCormack Sr.
15 Jul 2009 – Maurice LeRoy “Doc” McCormack died. “Doc” (I believe) worked for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He might have worked at one of the two fisheries located near Lone Pine, CA which I once visited. He was the youngest son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
15 Jun 1956 – LaVina Jane Hemingway McCormack died in Flint, Michigan. She was my great-grandmother and distantly related to the Ernest Hemingway!
16 Jul 2005 – Demingo “Frank” Anthony Damas died. Frank was married to my cousin, Sandy.
16 Jul 1925 – Raymond Louis Tougeron was born in Marin County, California. His parents were from France. He married Ethel Rebecca “Becky” McCormack. She was the daughter of Henry Peacock and Ethel Davis.
17 Jun 1904 – Charles Harold McCormack was born Ithaca, Michigan. He was the youngest child of Henry and Minne (VanWormer) McCormack.
18 Jul 1983 – Roy D. Ellingham died in Detroit, Michigan. Roy was the husband of Lura Grace Coon, daughter of Dr. Alfred R. and Grace Ellen (McCormack) Coon. I have seen some evidence to suggest that Roy may have been born in England.
18 Jul 1903 – Neil McMillan was born. Prior to when I started writing this, I had thought Neil had been born in Connecticut. It turns out that he was born in Dalry, Scotland. [1]
19 Jul 1899 – Leon Ray Ingleright, M.D. married Katherine Fidelia McCormack. Katherine was the youngest daughter and child of Michael and Catherine McCormack.
21 Jul 1910 – Daniel Dacanay Asprin was born in Binalayan, Philippines. He later married Margaret Lorraine Coon, the youngest daughter of Dr. Alfred R. and Grace Ellen (McCormack) Coon.
23 Jul 1891 – Aubrey Ford was born. He was my grandfather.
24 Jul 2006 – Jimmie Dale Keen died in Sparks, Nevada. Jimmie was the first wife of James Archer McCormack, Sr. She was also the proud mother of three girls and a boy.
24 Jul 1867 – Elizabeth Jane Rohr/Dimmick was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I have some confusion as to her actual last name. I believe that she was born as a Rohr but at some point she adopted by the Dimmick family.
25 Jul 1909 – Pauline Pearl Humphrey was born in North Star Twp., Gratiot County, Michigan. She was married to C. Harold McCormack and the proud mother to two boys and one girl.
26 Jul 2008 – William A. Gould died in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was told that he had been quite ill before his early death. He was only 45 when he passed away.
27 Jul 1922 – Dorothy Ellen Wade was born in Grants Pass, Oregon. She was married to Henry Davis McCormack, the eldest son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She was also the proud mother to one son and four girls.
28 Jul 1919 – Elizabeth “Libby” Lee Heaton was born in Billings, Montana. See her entry at the beginning of this post. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Dade Heaton and Emily Compton Covert.
31 Jul 1984 – Kathryn Elizabeth “Betty” Coon died in Dewitt, Michigan. She was the middle daughter of Dr. Alfred R. and Grace Ellen (McCormack) Coon.

I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here. If you have anything you would like to add about any of these people, please feel free to contact me. I also would like to thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something.


1. Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006,” database with images, <i>FamilySearch</i> ( : 11 June 2015), Mr Neil Mcmillan, 1988; citing various offices and archives, Michigan

McBash: The first full day

Well, I made it to the new magic land of McBash! I made it a day early and no one was here unlike the last time I was here. You live and learn.

Friday afternoon everyone started arriving. We did have one unexpected non-arrival. Cousin Judy had transportation problems and couldn’t make it. Although she did show up on Saturday with her sister Sandy D.

On Saturday afternoon, I and half of the Tougeron clan went prospecting for gold! We tried D. L. Bliss State Park first. I was with two prospecting pros. They each had several “prospecting pans.” I, of course, did not get anything! Only my cousin Rene T. got a gold “nugget.” His brother, Ray T and I kidded him that he was buying us a couple of cokes!

The Prospector

The Prospector!

After spending a couple hours looking for gold, we left D. L. Bliss and went “exploring.” The three of us ended up at Fallen Leaf Lake. I think we were looking for another stream or small creek to pan for gold. Anyway, we didn’t find one. However, we did have some fun. The road on the eastern side of Fallen Leaf Lake was something else. It was barely wide enough for Ray’s truck let alone for any other vehicles that might come the other way and that happened more often than not. It was quite funny to hear some of the commentary that went on in the truck that afternoon.

Later Saturday, we had a community dinner. As I mentioned earlier, Sandy and Judy had shown up while the “Three Prospectors” were out. Sandy and Judy had brought the community dinner, tamales and they were pretty good.

Down time at McBash!


After the tamale dinner, we all had some fun make rather large s’mores!

The Prospector and Calamity Jane

The Prospector and Calamity Jane

It was a great time for all who attended McBash 2016! Just for those McCormacks who need some scheduling help, McBash is held the same time every year. That is the third weekend in June. For the last eight years, we have held McBash at the “Campground by the Lake” in South Lake Tahoe.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something new!