June Dates for the Clan McCormack!

My apologies for not writing any sooner. I would like to take some time to remember some important events and an interesting tidbit or two in the lives of members of the Clan McCormack for the month of June.


1 Jun 1824 – Catherine Paine was born. I wish I knew exactly where she was born, but I don’t. When I started researching the McCormack family, I was told that she was born in Cork, Ireland. So far, I have not been able to find any confirmation of that story. She was married once before she became a McCormack. She married a man named Robert Steele in Dublin in 1849. In 1853, she married Michael McCormack in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Catherine McCormack

Catherine McCormack

3 Jun 1931 – Duane Harold McCormack was born. He was born in Ithaca, Michigan and his parents were Charles Harold and Pauline (Humphrey) McCormack. His grandparents were Henry and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack. Although the only grandmother that he knew was Henry’s second wife, Margaret Iseman Naugle. Duane was married to Patricia Anne Richards and the proud father of three children, one girl, and two boys. 

Duane McCormack

Duane Harold McCormack

8 Jun 1954 – Lois Muriel Baker died from cancer. She became ill while visiting relatives in Winterset, Iowa and later died in Flint, Michigan. Sometime during her childhood, her parents, Eldon and Anna Baker moved to Flint. She graduated from the old Flint High School in 1918 and from her father’s school, Baker Business University in 1919. She also graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1923. That was a year after her husband, Merle Hemingway McCormack graduated from the same school. 


Lois Muriel Baker McCormack

9 Jun 1964 – William Fred Crozier died in Ithaca, Michigan. He was married to Lucille May McCormack, the eldest daughter of Henry and Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack. This one picture that I have of him was taken at, what I was told, a Thanksgiving dinner with the whole Ithaca McCormack clan. He was the proud father of two boys. In the later years of his father-in-law’s life and after his death, he ran the McCormack store. I found one interesting story about Fred that I’ll share. I was looking through one of the various online newspaper sites when I came across a story that in 1938 on opening day of deer hunting season that Fred shot an eight-point buck. 

William Ted F. Crozier

William “Ted” F. Crozier

15 Jun 1956 – Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack died at a nursing home in Argentine Township located about 20 miles SWS of Flint, Michigan. Prior to that, she had been living with her son, Merle in Flint. She was my great-grandmother and the widow of William. She was the proud mother of three children, Merle, Alta (my grandmother) and Ruth. She was also the step-mother of Grace Ellen McCormack, William’s daughter from his first marriage. Something that I like to point out (i.e., brag about) is that through her, I am related to the great American novelist, Ernest Hemingway.

Grandma Lavina

Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack

16 Jun 1899 – Lois Muriel Baker was born. She was born in Peru, Iowa. Her parents were Eldon and Anna Baker. Lois’s father, Eldon Baker started Baker Business College which has now become Baker College of Flint, Michigan. She married Merle Hemingway McCormack in 29 Dec 1926 in Flint, Michigan. They, for reasons unknown, never had any children.


Lois Baker McCormack

16 Jun 1972 – Charles Arthur Barnes died in Saginaw, Michigan. His parents were Charles E. and Marie “Minnie” (McCormack) Barnes. Information about Charles has been hard to come by.

17 Jun 1904 – Charles Harold McCormack was born. He was the youngest child and only son of Henry and Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack. For many years, he helped his father, Henry run his store in Ithaca. After his father’s death in 1951, he took it over. He was the proud father of two boys and a girl. 

C. Harold McCormack (B&W)

Charles Harold McCormack

23 Jun 1891 – Henry Peacock McCormack was born in Reno, Nevada. He was the only surviving child of his parents, John Michael and Gertrude Angeline (Peacock) McCormack. Henry would more than make up for being a lonely child later in life. After getting  married in 1914, he and his wife would have ten children. 

HP as a kid

Henry as a young boy

23 Jun 1936 – Lura Maude (McCormack) Palmer died. She was survived by her husband  Dudley Palmer and two young daughters. Lura was the middle sister of three, Mae, Lura and the youngest, Edna. Her parents were Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr) McCormack. Lura died because of a pulmonary embolism. 

Lura Maude McCormack
25 Jun 1912 – Grace Ellen McCormack married Alfred R. Coon.  Here are the two  wedding announcements that I  was given by someone a very long time ago.

Grace's Wedding Notices

Grace McCormack’s newspaper wedding notices


I don’t have any pictures of Alfred Coon and I have very few of Grace herself. She was alive when I was a young boy. I don’t recall if I had met her or not. If I had, I doubt that the meeting would have any future impact on my genealogy research.

Grace McCormack

Grace McCormack Woodbury about 1957.

26 Jun 1923 – Robert Orrin Addy was born. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. He “married” into the McCormack family. His mother was Frances (Foster) Beadle and she married Robert H. Addy after her first husband passed away. In the 1940s, Robert worked for the Farm Bureau out of Lansing, Michigan. This picture was taken when he attended college, Michigan Agricultural College

Robert Orrin Addy

Robert Orrin Addy

27 Jun 1995 – Margaret Williams Murphy died in Eau Claire, Michigan. She was the wife of Leon Ray “Doc” Ingleright II. I, unfortunately, do not have any pictures of Margaret.

28 Jun 1946 – Robert Lynn Asprin was born in St. Johns, Michigan. He was the son of Daniel and Margaret Lorriane (Coon) Asprin. She was the daughter of Grace Ellen McCormack. He attended the University of Michigan from 1964 to 1965. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1966. I am not sure when he started writing, but he soon became a creative force within the science fiction and fantasy worlds. He is best known for his MythAdventures and Phule’s Company series.

Robert Lynn Asprin

Robert Lynn Asprin

29 Jun 1987 – Robert Orrin Addy died. See my narrative above for a partial story on Robert.

Robert Orrin Addy

Robert Orrin Addy

30 Jun 1937 – Lura Vae Addy married Hilmar N. Nilsen. I believe it was the first marriage for both Lura and Hilmar. Although I would suspect given Hilmar’s age that he could have been married once or twice before but I don’t have any evidence either way. I also don’t have many stories about her. The one story that I have is that she loved to raise golden or orange tabby cats.


Lura Addy

Jun 1865 – Frank James McCormack was born. To the best of my knowledge, all of Michael McCormack’s sons were born while the family lived in London, Ontario, Canada. I have a copy of his death certificate where the information was given by his former brother-in-law, Henry Franklin Baldwin that gives his birthday as 26 Feb 1867. In 1867, the McCormack family was living in Ypsilanti, Michigan where his two younger sisters, Maria and Katherine were born. When he became an adult, for some reason, he moved down to Kankakee, Illinois where he began to work for the Illinois Central railroad as a freight handler.

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I would like to remind everyone that there is a lot more to the people listed here than what I have written. If you have anything you would like to add about any of these people, please feel free to contact me. You can also talk on your own about any of these people that you know.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

P.S. If you see anything that needs correcting, please let me know! Thanks again!


A serendipity strike!

This is a quickie post. I was minding my own business on FB recently, reading my newsfeed when I came across this;

McCormack Store grocery bag

I was floored! This paper bag was from the McCormack General store in Mio, Michigan that was run for so many years by Elizabeth J. McCormack, the widow of Edward J. McCormack. Luckily, I am contact with Elizabeth’s great-grandchildren and they are talking to the owner of the bag(s). From what I am told, there are several of them. Elizabeth’s great-grandchildren will get at least one for their family and quite possibly I will get one too! I can’t believe it. Stuff like this is something else. You often wonder about some of the knickknack things that are associated with your family history.

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

March dates for the Clan McCormack

I would like to take a few minutes to remember some important events and an interesting tidbit or two for the members of the McCormack clan in the month of March.

5 Mar 1944 – Hilmar N. Nilsen died in Big Rapids, Michigan. Hilmar was the husband of Lura Vape Addy, only surviving daughter of Smith and Delilah Elizabeth (McCormack) Addy. He was also the only Scandinavian member of the McCormack Clan. He was 79 years, 4 months, 15 days old when he died.

8 Mar 1868 – Minnie Myrtle Van Wormer was born in Milan, Michigan. Minnie was the first wife of Henry Thomas McCormack. This is undated picture of Minnie although I would guess that it was taken during the decade prior to her tragic death due to cancer. She was the mother of three children, Lucille May, Edith Marie and Charles Harold. She would be 149 years and 6 days old today!

Minnie VanWormer

Minnie Myrtle (VanWormer) McCormack

11 Mar 1916 – Kathryn Elizabeth “Betty” Coon was born in Dewitt, Michigan. Betty was the middle daughter of Grace (McCormack) and Dr. Alfred Coon. At the time of her death, she was married to Gerald K. Miller. She would be 100 years, 11 months, 26 days old today! 

Betty and Patty

Betty and her daughter, Patty.

15 Mar 1956 – Merle Hemingway McCormack married Margaret “Margo” Yale. They were married in Flint, Michigan. He was the oldest child of William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack.


16 Mar 1891 – Robert Henry Addy was born in Schenectady, New York. He was the only son and youngest child of Smith and Delilah Elizabeth (McCormack) Addy. His older sister was Lura Vae Addy. This is the only picture of Robert which was taken as part of a family reunion at his uncle William E. McCormack’s house in Otter Lake, Michigan. He was also married twice. His first wife was Addie C. Snyder who died of tuberculosis. His second wife was Frances M. Foster. I, unfortunately, have pictures of either of his wives. He would be 125 years, 11 months, 27 days old if he had lived!


Robert Henry Addy

17 Mar 1908 – Margaret Williams Murphy was born in Berrien Center, Michigan. She was the wife of Leon Ray “Doc” Ingleright II (who was the son of Dr. Leon Ray and Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) Ingleright. She was the proud mother of two children, Leon R. Ingleright III and still living daughter. She would have been 108 years, 11 months, 28 days old had she lived this long! I have no picture for her unfortunately.

18 Mar 1905 – Delilah (McCormack) Addy died in Schenectady, New York. She was the eldest daughter of Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack. She was born somewhere in Kentucky. I’ve heard maybe Bowling Green or Harrodsburg. When she died, she was married to Smith Addy and the proud mother to two children, Violet Cassie Ingleright and Robert Henry Addy. A side note here, back in the early 90s, I actually met Violet Ingleright. I found her to a fascinating person. There is one mystery about Delilah that I don’t know will ever be solved. She died in Schenectady, New York but was buried in the Otter Lake Cemetery in Otter Lake, Michigan. Why? 

18 Mar 1899 – Edith Marie McCormack was born in Ithaca, Michigan. Edith Marie was the middle child and youngest daughter of Henry Thomas and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack. Her older sister was Lucille May and younger brother was Charles Harold. I love the picture of her below.  I wrote about it here. When she would up, she would spend some time in Okinawa. She would be 117 years, 11 months, 27 days today if she were still alive.


Edith Marie McCormack

21 Mar 1956 – Elizabeth Jane (Rohr) McCormack died in Mio, Michigan. Elizabeth was married to Edward James McCormack, son of Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack. I have written quite extensively about her in part because I so admire what she accomplished in her life. When her husband Edward died, she was pregnant with their fifth child. The rest of their children were 10 years old and younger! She did not remarry and therefore raised three girls and two boys by herself. She also ran a general store for many years in Mio, Michigan. What really impressed me about her happened when her daughter, Lura Maude died in 1936. I wrote about that here.

23 Mar 1929 – John Michael McCormack died in Reno, Nevada. He was 66 years, 11 months, 17 days when he died. His wife was Gertrude Angeline Peacock, she unfortunately had died two years earlier. Their son was Henry Peacock McCormack. I wish I could add something new about John Michael because I think that I have written pretty much of what I have about him. What I could add about him is that he was a pillar of the young Reno, Nevada business community. Please use the search capability on the blog to find more posts about him.

This picture below is John Michael and someone that I think could pass as his twin brother. The picture of the man on the right was given to me by a descendant. What do you think, do the men look alike? Let me know.

A side by side

John Michael McCormack and his twin brother?

27 Mar 1943 – Dorothy Ellen McCormack died in San Francisco, California. I wrote about her death in my post, “Unexpected Finds.” One of the most saddening posts that I have written and one of the most saddening stories that I have heard. I don’t have a picture for young Dorothy so I hope that this works.


26 Mar 2010 – Patrick John McCormack died in Houston, Texas. He died of brain cancer. Patrick was the middle son of Robert Michael and Jewel (Hassell) McCormack, who was the son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. I met him and his lovely wife, Linda at my first McBash (the western McCormacks family reunion) in 2009. I wrote a farewell post for Patrick. I only got to meet him that one time in 2009. When he died, it was a big shock for me.


Patrick John McCormack

31 Mar 1890 – William Edward McCormack was born in Lewiston, Michigan. William or Will, as I heard he was called, was the eldest son and second child of Edward James and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr) McCormack. I haven’t heard that he was named after his uncle William, his dad’s older brother (and my great-grandfather) but I think that it could be a fair assumption that he was. For a long time, he was involved in logging in the Bio area and also with the family farm. If he had lived to the present, he would be 126 years, 11 months, 17 days old!

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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. You can also talk on your own about any of these people that you know.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!

P.S. If you see anything that needs correcting, please let me know! Thanks again!

Honeymoon in Havana?

I think it was a semi-coincidence, with Cuba being in the news, that I came across this record the other day. It is the manifest of a return trip of the S.S. Governor Cobb [3] from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. On one hand, a record like this isn’t something too much out of the ordinary. But when you combine the fact that the participants, Harold McCormack and Pauline Humphrey,  in the return boat trip got married about two and half weeks before. They were married on 29 Jun 1928 in Ithaca, Michigan.

In my opinion, it “says” that they were returning from their honeymoon in Cuba.

I did some figuring on the travel time taken in the various segments. Harold and Pauline, I think, most likely left from Detroit, Michigan traveling on train to either Miami or Key West. That would have taken about 45 to 55 hours via train. The boat trip from Key West to Havana would have taken about 7 hours.


S.S. Governor Cobb manifest [1]

This is the happy couple much later in life with Pauline on the left and Harold on the right.

Harold & Pauline McCormack

Harold & Pauline McCormack [2]

Since both people have, unfortunately, passed away we can’t ask them if they did take their honeymoon in Cuba or what they were doing in Cuba.

This is the ship that they traveled on from Havana back to Key West.


S.S. Governor Cobb [3]

I really would have liked to hear some of the stories that Harold and Pauline would have told upon their return to central Michigan. To travel to Cuba during the Roaring ’20s would have been pretty exciting for anyone and I am especially sure that it was pretty exciting for the newlywed couple.

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


  1. Florida, Passenger Lists, 1898-1963,” database with images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Nov 2016), entry for  Harold McCormack, trip from Havana to Key West, FL; citing Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787 – 2004, Micropublication T940. 122 rolls. NAI 4345370. Record Group 85. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.
  2. “Harold and Pauline McCormack”, privately held by Jeff Ford, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2009
  3. S.S. Governor Cobb

Happy Anniversary!

Happy 163rd wedding anniversary to my great-great grandparents, Michael McCormack and Catherine (Payne) Steele who were married today 163 years ago at St. Mary’s church in Kilkenny, Ireland!

Here is the marriage document;

Marriage Certificate 1 - Michael & Catherine

Marriage certificate for Michael and Catherine

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Memorial Day – For those that have fallen


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!

The Passing of a McCormack legend!

McCormack Reunion (Master)

The McCormack Family Reunion

Hello, once again! Today, I, unfortunately have some bad news. Some of you will that have following the Otter Lake Express for a while, will remember my posts about Elizabeth J. (Rohr) McCormack, the wife of Edward J. McCormack. In those posts, I wrote about how Elizabeth, at the age of 69, “adopted” her two granddaughters because her daughter died and her son-in-law, for some reason, couldn’t raise them. She might not be a legend, but in my book she is.

A couple of years ago, I contacted one of the sisters and I believe that we had a good relationship going. That sister was Charlotte Fontaine Palmer. The other day I learned from Charlotte’s  nephew that she died almost a year ago. About two or three years ago is when I had my last contact with her. We were in the beginning stages of discussing about getting copies of some of her family pictures. Well I got busy with work. Real busy and I just never got back to her. I would constantly think “Well, this weekend or whatever, I will get around to writing Charlotte about her pictures.” Now, if I ever have the time, I can’t write that letter. In all my dealings with her, she was really nice to me. I would also like to think that she would have appreciated what I have written about her grandmother/mother. I think that almost everyone would have enjoyed her take on how her grandmother, at 69 years old, raised her and her sister and still ran a small country general store.

So, if anyone out there has an elder relative that has an unique story or not, contact them before it is too late. They have stories that are special and interesting and enriching. I have a couple of relatives that have died either before I got into my McCormack family history or I knew them or was able to contact them. You might learn something and I will bet that you will have a good time listening to them.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!