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

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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.

Footnotes;

1. Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006,” database with images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVP1-L7DT : 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!

Road to McBash: Day Two!

Well, I made it to Colorado and my sister’s home. Nothing really exciting to report, besides getting “lost” in Kansas City because I lost phone coverage. That is, there was nothing to report until I got about 20-30 miles away from my sister’s house. There was a SEVERE thunderstorm in the area and I got caught in it! It started raining and hailing. Pretty soon, you couldn’t see 30 yards. What stuck in my head was that it often hails around tornadoes and I am in my truck. I mean, the “stuff” was hitting the fan! There was hail everywhere! Luckily for me, I must have caught the edge of the storm. But still, when I got to my sister’s house, I said I need a drink!

That’s it for this post! ‘Til next time on my magical trip to the new magical land of McBash!

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June Dates for the McCormack Clan

Here are the important June dates for the McCormack clan. I wish I could post for each person and event, but I don’t have the time.

1 Jun 1824 – Catherine (Payne/Paine) McCormack was born. I can only document that she was born in Ireland. I have some “suggestions” that she was born in either Cork, Ireland or somewhere in County Cork. She is the matriarch of the McCormack clan.
3 Jun 1931 – Duane Harold McCormack was born. He was born in Ithaca, Michigan. He was the grandson of Henry and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack.
8 Jun 1954 – Lois Muriel Baker died. She was the first wife of Merle H. McCormack and she died in Flint, Michigan. Her father founded Baker Business College as it was first known.
9 Jun 1964 – William Fred Crozier died. He died in Ithaca, Michigan. He was married to Lucille May McCormack, the daughter of Henry and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack.
15 Jun 1956 – LaVina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack died. At the time of her death, she was living in Flint, Michigan.  She was the second wife of William E. McCormack and was also my great-grandmother. She’s also distantly related to Ernest Hemingway.
16 Jun 1899 – Lois Muriel Baker was born. She was born in Peru, Iowa. (See above)
16 Jun 1972 – Charles Arthur Barnes died. He was the son of Maria “Minnie” McCormack and Charles Eli Barnes. When he died, he was living in Bay City, Michigan.
17 Jun 1904 – Charles Harold McCormack was born. He was born in Ithaca, Michigan. He was the youngest child and only son of Henry (Thomas) and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack.
23 Jun 1891 – Henry Peacock McCormack was born. He was the only son of John Michael and Gertrude Angeline (Peacock) McCormack and was born in Reno, Nevada.
23 Jun 1936 – Lura Maude McCormack died. She was the daughter of Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Dimmick/Rohr) McCormack. At the time of her death, she was married to Dudley Palmer and died in West Branch, Michigan.
25 Jun 1912 – Grace Ellen McCormack married Alfred Rinehart Coon, M.D. The new couple was married in the house of Grace’s father, William E. McCormack.
26 Jun 1923 – Robert Orrin Addy was born. He was the stepson of Robert H. Addy and Frances M. Foster and was born in Battle Creek, Michigan.
28 Jun 1946 – Robert Lynn Asprin was born. He was the grandson of Grace Ellen McCormack, who was the only daughter of William E. McCormack and his first wife, Lura Grace Roys. He was a famous science fiction writer.
29 Jun 1987 – Robert Orrin Addy died. He was living in Fairfax, Virginia when he died. (See above)

Jun 1865 – Frank J. McCormack was born. At the time of his birth, his parents were living in London, Ontario, Canada. Frank was the youngest son of Michael and Catherine McCormack. Later in life, he worked for the Illinois Central Railroad out of Kankakee, Illinois and was a member of the Grand Lodge of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. (I have Frank separate from the rest because I don’t know exactly what day he was born.

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Memorial Day – For those that have fallen

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Thank you all for stopping by the Otter Lake Express today! I really don’t have a specific McCormack related post for you since as far as I know, no McCormack died in the line of duty. We, the men and women of the McCormack clan, have had many members who have served their country in one of the branches of the United States military or merchant marines.

No, today I, speaking for the entire McCormack clan, would like salute and remember those proud Americans that, unfortunately, gave their lives in the defense of our country so that the rest of us could enjoy the freedom and liberty that this country is known for.

So, visit a cemetery to remember a fallen service member and lay flowers or plant a flag or talk to someone that has lost a family member in a conflict. You could also donate to the Special Operations Warriors Foundation. Since a lot of our wars in the last couple decades have been led the Special Operations units, they have been, I think, harder than the regular military units.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something!