More McCormacks in the Newspapers!

Hello, once again! Today, I have a couple gems that I found at one of the various online newspaper websites. As I said in my post, John Michael McCormack – Politician?, you can find so many things about your family in the newspapers.

This time, I found two clippings. The first clipping is an ad for the local gun club that my cousin, Henry D. McCormack, belong to.


El Dorado Rod & Gun Club Classified [1]

This second clipping is the results of the club’s pistol shoot show from July 1977. It features my cousins, Henry McCormack and Phil (I obscured his last name because he is still living). I shared this article with him earlier and he said that this goes way back and got him thinking on what he was doing that summer. At first, I thought the Phil mentioned below was his dad since he was also named Phil. He told me that he got into some “trouble” with the club elders for placing third in the pistol shoot.


El Dorado Rod & Gun Club pistol shoot results [2]

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


  1. Henry Davis McCormack, “(03) Meetings,” The Mountain (Placerville, California) Democrat-Times, 12 Aug 1983 (Friday), p. B-6, col. 4; digital images, ( : accessed 25 Apr 2016).

  2. Henry Davis McCormack, “Winners named in Rod and Gun shoot,” The Mountain (Placerville, California) Democrat-Times, 14 Jul 1977, p. A-6, col. 6; digital images, ( : accessed 25 Apr 2016).

John Michael McCormack – Politician?

Digging around the various newspaper sites is something that I really like to do. You find things about your ancestors that is priceless! You find out about vacations and trips that they take. You find out about graduation mostly from college. You also find out about marriages and deaths in the your family.

Today, I would like to show you one particular fact that I have found out about my great-grand uncle, John Michael McCormack. He is well known as a hotel owner, stone mason. In fact, he started out in life as a stone mason reportedly working on the Brooklyn Bridge. I can’t remember when I saw this, but it got me wondering if he had another career that I hadn’t found out yet.

1912 Washoe Co. Election Results1912 Washoe County elections results [1]

You see John Michael’s name with the symbol of the Progressive party (P) next to his name under MEMBER STATE ASSEMBLY. I really didn’t pursue that lead any. I thought maybe that it was someone else with the same initials. Then I found these from another article.

Hard up for candidates

Hard Up for Candidates [2]

Voters of the Third Ward

John Michael McCormack’s “statement” to voters of the 3rd Ward of Reno. [2]

Then I saw this;

For The Assembly II

Candidates for the Assembly [3]

Finally, I found this gem;

John Michael McCormack - Politician

John Michael McCormack’s candidate bio [4]

That was his bio as written by – I guess – the local Progressive party. But as you read earlier, John Michael wasn’t a candidate by choice. He was picked when he was out of town on business. I guess that this time in his life was pretty interesting. I wonder if he had some “choice” words for the local Progressive Party.

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


  1. John Michael McCormack, “Election Results—Returns From Washoe County,” 8 Nov 1912 (Friday), The (Daily) (Reno, Nevada) Nevada State Journal, p. 4, col. 3; digital images, ( : accessed 15 Feb 2012), Historical Newspaper Collection.
  2. John Michael McCormack, “Voters of the Third Ward,” 5 May 1903 (Tuesday), The Daily (Reno) Nevada State Journal, p.1, col. 6; digital images, ( : accessed 15 Feb 2012), Historical Newspaper Collection.
  3. John Michael McCormack, “For The Assembly, ” 8 Nov 1912 (Friday), The Nevada (Reno, Nevada) State Journal, p. 12, col. 3; digital images, ( : accessed 17 Apr 2016), Historical Newspaper Collection.
  4. John Michael McCormack, “For The Assembly, ” 8 Nov 1912 (Friday), The Nevada (Reno, Nevada) State Journal, p. 12, col. 3; digital images, ( : accessed 17 Apr 2016), Historical Newspaper Collection.

McCormack news!

Just a real quick update here!

I have several things to tell you about.

First, my cousin James’s NatGeo 2.0 DNA test results came in. His Y-DNA Haplogroup is R-L226. Now we need some McCormacks in Ireland to be tested!

Second, I am working on a post involving signatures of various McCormacks. I asked my father if he had any writing of my grandmother, his mother. He said that he has a diary that she wrote from her trip to Europe in 1925. When I get all the pages copied, I will be posting some or all of the pages under a different subject.

Lastly, I have found out the date for this year’s McCormack family reunion or as it is called today, McBash. It is June 17th to June 20th. It will be held at the Campground by the Lake, South Lake Tahoe, California. I can’t wait to go! If any McCormacks would like to go, please contact me and I will get you details!

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

April Dates for the McCormack family!

I know I am late, this post should have been posted on or much closer to April 1st! Here are the important dates in the month of April for the McCormack clan that I have.



1 Apr 1963Paul Lloyd Bird married Helen Katherine Privett. Paul was the grandson of (Thomas) Henry McCormack. This was Paul’s first marriage.
2 Apr 1898John Caraway Bird was born. He was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He married Edith Marie McCormack, the middle child of (Thomas) Henry and Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack.
7 Apr 1963Aubrey Ford died. He was married to Alta McCormack and therefore my grandfather. She was the middle child of William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack and my grandmother.
7 Apr 1868Cora Ann Baldwin was born. She was married to Frank J. McCormack. Frank was the youngest son of Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack. He worked for the Illinois Central Railroad in Kankakee, Illinois.
7 Apr 1860John Michael McCormack was born in London, Ontario. John was the third son of Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack.
7 Apr 1860Patrick J. McCormack was born was born in London, Ontario.
11 Apr 1888Mae Ethel McCormack was born. She was the first daughter and child of Edward J. and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr) McCormack.
11 Apr 1888Gertrude McCormack was born. So far, all the information I have says that she died the same day that she was born. We can only speculate on why she only lived one day. Just to clarify things for everyone, this Gertrude was the daughter of John Michael McCormack and Gertrude Peacock. She was named after her mother.
16 Apr 1867Maria “Minnie” Bedina McCormack was born. “Minnie” was the second youngest daughter of Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack.
17 Apr 2007Charles Wayne Waltz died. Charles was the grandson of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
17 Apr 1889John Michael McCormack married Gertrude Angeline Peacock. They were married in Reno, Nevada.
18 Apr 2008Dorothy Ellen Wade died. Dorothy was married to Henry Davis McCormack, who was the eldest of ten children of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
18 Apr 1922James Archer McCormack, Sr. was born. James was younger brother to Henry Davis McCormack and son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.
18 Apr 1900Merle Hemingway McCormack was born in Otter Lake, Michigan. His parents were William E. and Lavina (Hemingway) McCormack. He attended the University of Michigan and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering. For years he was the President of Baker Business College in Flint, Michigan.
19 Apr 1881Delilah Elizabeth McCormack married Smith Addy. They were married in the home of her parents. Delilah was eldest and first daughter of Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack.
22 Apr 1865Gertrude Angeline Peacock was born. She was born in Dayton, Nevada. Her family came across the Great Plains in one of the wagon trains that were coming across the Plains during the second half of the 1800s. She was married to John Michael McCormack.
22 Apr 1911Mae Ethel McCormack married Hiram J. Stevens. They were married in Mio, Michigan. For years, she ran a general store in Mio which she “inherited” from her mother, Elizabeth.
28 Apr 1943William E. McCormack died in Otter Lake, Michigan. He was 89 years, 9 months, 19 days old when he passed away. He ran a general store in Otter Lake, Michigan for years. Both his house and store are still standing and in use to this day.


Thank you for stopping by and seeing what happened to the McCormack family in April! I hope you learned something new.

McCormack family important dates for March

I must apologize to all my readers and followers for not publishing anything so far this month!

I would like to “announce” the following dates for these members of the McCormack clan;

8 Mar 1868 – Minnie Myrtle Van Wormer was born in Milan, Michigan. She was the first wife of (Thomas) Henry McCormack. She would be 148 years and 17 days old!

11 Mar 1916 – Kathryn Elizabeth “Betty” Coon was born. Her mother was Grace Ellen McCormack, the eldest daughter of William E. McCormack. She was Michael and Catherine’s great granddaughter. She would be 100 years and 9 days old.

15 Mar 1956 – Merle Hemingway McCormack married Margaret “Margo” Yale.

16 Mar 1891 – Robert Henry Addy was born in Schenectady, New York. Robert would have been 124 years and 4 days old. Robert was the son of Delilah Elizabeth (McCormack) and Smith Addy.

17 Mar 1908 – Margaret Williams Murphy was born. Margaret would have been 108 years and 3 days old. She was the wife of Leon R. “Doc” Ingleright II.

18 Mar 1905 – Delilah Addy died. She was 50 years 5 months and 5 days old at the time of her death. She was the first daughter of Michael and Catherine. She is buried in the family plot at the Otter Lake Cemetery in Otter Lake, Michigan.

18 Mar 1899 – Edith Marie McCormack was born. Edith would have been 117 years and 2 days old. Marie was the daughter of (Thomas) Henry and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack and granddaughter  to Michael and Catherine.

23 Mar 1929 – John Michael McCormack died. He was 68 years, 11 months, 16 days old when he died.

31 Mar 1890 – William Edward McCormack was born. William would have been 125 years, 11 months, 20 days old at the end of this month. William was the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Dimmick) McCormack and grandson to Michael and Catherine.

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

The Otter Lake Express Interview!

The McCormack Family Reunion

The McCormack Family Reunion

Hello! About a week and half ago, I wrote a post about how Michelle Taggart, of the May I Introduce to You team over at Geneabloggers interviewed me via a series of questions late last summer. Well, the interview was finally posted late Monday afternoon, May I Introduce to You . . . Jeff Ford! I hope everyone gets over the page and reads the interview.

I would like to thank Michelle Taggart and Thomas MacEntee for selecting me and publishing the interview.

Thank you for stopping by!

The Upcoming Otter Lake Express Interview!

McCormack Reunion (Master)

The McCormack Family Reunion

Last summer, July specifically, I was contacted by Michelle Taggart. Michelle is a member of the “May I Introduce to You” team of Thomas MacEntee’s Geneabloggers website. She wanted to know if I was the creator of “, ” and if I would be willing to interview me and my blog to be highlighted on the “May I Introduce to You”  weekly series on Geneabloggers.

I said “of course!” and proceeded to answer a series of questions that Michelle had written for me. I answered all of her questions and promptly forgot about it as I got busy with other things in life.

A few weeks ago, I wrote to Michelle and asked if her if my interview was still going to be run or had they decided not to publish it. She said “oh no, we haven’t forgotten about you!” and that my interview would be published on March 7th on the “May I Introduce to You” page on the Geneabloggers website.

I would like to thank Michelle Taggart and Thomas MacEntee for the opportunity to further introduce the story of Michael and Catherine McCormack and their very extended family.

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