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!


Another McCormack postcard!

Early last week, I went onto eBay and I looked around. You can find a lot of family related stuff there. I have found quite a few items related to Otter Lake and my great-grandfather, William E. McCormack. Most of the time I search using “Otter Lake”, “Reno”, “Michael McCormack”  or various other McCormack related search terms. So, last week I used (I think) Henry McCormack. When I typed in Henry McCormack, I was wondering what would popup in the search results. Imagine my surprise when the picture below showed up! It is just not a picture, but a POSTCARD!

The Ithaca McCormack General Store

Center Street showing the Henry McCormack Store in 1910 Ithaca, Michigan

And not just any old postcard! A postcard showing the Henry McCormack Department store on Center Street in 1910 Ithaca, Michigan! I never really imagine that someone would make a postcard of this scene. It wasn’t up for bidding. It was being sold outright. So, I made the plunge and spent the ten dollars and bought it.

I really like it because the “signs” hanging in between the windows of the second and third floors. Those signs tells us what Henry was selling at the time. It’s very interesting. I thought it would be interesting to show what the area is like more recently.

Center Street, Ithaca Michigan

Center Street, Ithaca, Michigan in 2016.

As you can see, the first two buildings are still there pretty much in the same shape as they were in 1910. It’s the rest of the street that has changed especially the building in the middle. It has lost its crown. On the facing side of the McCormack building is the stairs. I am sure that it has been rebuilt once or twice since the first picture.

Even though I have only received the postcard on Saturday May 27th, it is already one of my prized Clan McCormack ephemera collection!

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

Lost and found! A “new” McCormack!

Earlier today, I was looking through the “hints” or the “Tasks” button on the FamilySearch app, “Family Tree” when I came across a task/hint for a Lizzie McCormack. I looked at the task and the Lizzie Mccormack turned out to be Elizabeth J. (Rohr) McCormack, the wife of Edward J. McCormack, who was the son of Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack).

What I found is a death record for a Albert McCormack. 

Albert McCormack Death Record

Albert McCormack’s record of death [1]

Given that there was a four year gap between the birth of Albert’s brothers, William Edward b.1890 and Donald James b. 1894 and that Elizabeth seemed to have a baby every two to three years, I had suspected that there might have been another child for Edward and Elizabeth.

At first, the records that were available for Albert seemed to indicate that he was born and died on the same day of Jan 5th. I took another look at the entry for Albert’s apparent age. 


his age? [1]

Initially, I thought that the entry in the month box was just an ink blob. Upon further reflection and thought, I came to the conclusion that entry was in fact, the number 5. If indeed my assumption is right that Albert was five months old when he died, that would mean that he was born sometime around Aug 1891. Given that this is death record/index, I am not going to find an exact date of birth. However, since that the person’s age is broken down into years, months and days, I could extrapolate back to arrive at a calculated date of birth. That is how I came up with the presumed date of birth of Aug 1891. Since Albert did not live that long, there is going to be a dearth of records available. There might be one record for inspection if my guess about Albert’s age of 5 months is correct. That would be a birth certificate. Now, I can look at SeekingMichigan.org to see if they might have a copy of his birth certificate. I know that they have death certificates there.

There was one other thing that I wanted to discuss. His name. I am not sure if his name is really Albert or since he apparently, or could have been, born and died on the same day that he was named for the township that he was born into.

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


  1. “Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N3VR-JQ8 : 12 December 2014), Albert Mccormack, 05 Jan 1892; citing p 332 rn 90, Albert Twp, Montmorency, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,363,831.


Mother’s Day for the McCormack women!

This is a slight rewrite of a post I wrote last year. I think it is pretty good and I will like to recognize all the McCormack mothers even with a reused post.

Happy Mother’s Day, Ladies!


Today is Mother’s Day and I would like to celebrate the McCormack women below and others who are not shown and talked about here. I must add that other than my grandmother, Alta McCormack Ford, I have not met any of these women. I was inspired to write this post because of a friend of mine, Michelle Ganus Taggart over at her blog, A Southern Sleuth, and her post, Mothers and Grandmothers. Thank you, Michelle!

The first McCormack woman that I would like to celebrate is the matriarch of the McCormack clan, Catherine (Paine/Payne) McCormack. Briefly, I know that she was born in Ireland. There is a “suggestion” out there that she was born in either County Cork, Ireland or Cork the city. She was married before marrying Michael McCormack but as far as I know, her first husband died leaving her young widow without any children. In 1853, she married Michael and gave birth to her first child, my great-grandfather, William E. McCormack. What really stands out to me is that soon after he was born, he and his parents left Ireland to the United States via Liverpool, England. When they left Ireland, William was maybe 4 or 5 months old. At that time, the trans-Atlantic trip took about six weeks. Even now, traveling with an infant is not easy. Also, they made the trip around October/November of 1853. The weather couldn’t have been the greatest! The next thing that really impresses me about her is that she followed and gave Michael 10 total children of which 9 lived to adulthood. She moved from Kentucky – the “rumor” is that her brother lived in Harrodsburg, Kentucky – to Ypsilanti, Michigan to London, Ontario then back to Ypsilanti then up to northern Michigan and finally living in the same village as her first son, William.

Catherine McCormack

Catherine McCormack

The second woman that I would like to celebrate is my great-grandmother, Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack. As I have mentioned before, she is my connection to the famed Hemingway name. What stands out to me about her is that the circumstances in which she came into the McCormack clan. She and William lived in the same village, Otter Lake, prior to the marriage. So, she must have known William’s first wife, Lura before she died unexpectedly and William and Lura’s daughter, Grace. It seemed that she handled things with grace. She and William had three beautiful children of which my grandmother, Alta McCormack was one of.

Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack

Lavina Jane (Hemingway) McCormack

The next woman that I would like to remember here is my grandmother, Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford. She was born in Otter Lake, Michigan in 1902 and was the middle child of William and Lavina. One of the things that I remember about her is when I was a little kid is that me and my family would visit her at her house. She had a corner house in Garden City, Michigan. I would run around the house and my parents or grandmother would “time” me. Little did I know at the time is that none of them timed me. I am crushed! (haha!) I would also stay a few days with her every summer as a young kid. I remember helping her do some work on her garden that she had in her backyard. There were a few stories about her childhood but sadly I really don’t remember any of them. I am working on a post about her trip to Europe in 1925 with her younger sister, Ruth. Sadly, she died while I was in the service (Army) in California in 1986 and a few years before I really got into my McCormack family history. She could have been a real treasure trove of knowledge.

Young Alta

Young Alta McCormack

The next woman that I would like to talk about is Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She was the wife of Henry Peacock McCormack, the only child of John Michael and Gertrude (Peacock) McCormack. The biggest thing that impresses me about Ethel, besides being a rather small woman in stature, is that she like her grandmother-in-law, Catherine, she had 10 children of which one is still alive! Anytime, a woman has 10 children, that is simply amazing! When her youngest child was born, her oldest was 21 years old!

Ethel Davis McCormack

Ethel (Davis) McCormack

The final woman that I would like to tell you about is Elizabeth Jane (Rohr/Dimmick) McCormack. I have written about her before – Celebrating Women’s History Month – Elizabeth J. (Rohr) Dimmick McCormack – but I will try to briefly tell you about her. Her story is very impressive. Very. She had married Edward J. McCormack, son of Michael and Catherine in 1886. In 1898, he died. At the time, they had four children. Here’s the kicker. She was pregnant with their last child. Northern lower Michigan in the winter is not a nice place. For a young woman with four children and another one on the way, it can be brutal. Well, she bought a general store in Mio, Michigan and raised her kids. She never remarried either. To top everything off, when she was 69, she “adopted” her two of her granddaughters. They were 7 years old and younger. Something else, huh? I thought so too.

Elizabeth J. Rohr McCormack

Elizabeth Jane (Rohr) McCormack behind the counter of her general store

I don’t want to have “favorites” here, but Catherine McCormack and her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Rohr McCormack are two very impressive women. I am very proud that they were a part of the McCormack legacy.

I would like to mention two additional women. My mother and sister. My mother is something special and to I owe much. My sister is something else too. She and her husband had four kids of their own. About 5 or 6 years ago, they adopted three sisters.

Happy Mother’s Day to the women that I talked about here and to the rest of the McCormack mothers that I couldn’t mention due primarily to time and space!

I would like to thank you and everyone else for stopping by! I hope you learned something new and special.

Important Dates in May for the Clan McCormack!

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 May.


9 May 1971 – Grace Ellen McCormack died in St. Johns, Michigan. Grace was the daughter of William E. McCormack from his first marriage to Lura Grace Roys.

9 May 1949 – Patrick J. McCormack was born. His parents were Robert Michael and Jewel Beatrice (Hassell) McCormack. He befriended me at my first McBash, the annual McCormack family reunion back in 2009. He and his wife took me on a brief tour of the southern portion of Lake Tahoe. They showed me Emerald Bay which is absolutely beautiful!


Patrick J. McCormack

10 May 1891 – Violet Cassie Ingleright was born. She was the daughter of Leon Ray and Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) Ingleright. In the picture below, Violet is the young lady leaning against the post. Later in life, she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After school, she became an accomplished musician.

Violet & grandparents

Violet Ingleright, Leon Ingleright, Michael and Catherine McCormack

11 May 1916 – Henry Davis McCormack was born. Henry was the first son/child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. He was also the oldest of 10 siblings. One of Henry’s favorite hobbies was trap shooting and he even wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the local newspaper. This is my favorite picture of Henry. He is also one of the many people that I wish I could have met. Another favorite thing that I love to mention about Henry is the smile on his face. Can’t help but like it!


Henry Davis McCormack

12 May 1916 – Cora Ann McCormack died in Kankakee, Illinois. Cora was the wife of Frank J. McCormack.

Cora Baldwin (Master - Preview)

Cora Ann (Baldwin) McCormack

14 May 1890 – Henry Thomas McCormack married Minnie Myrtle Van Wormer. They were married in Milan, Michigan. At the time, Henry was a successful merchant in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Henry and Minnie

Henry McCormack – Minnie Van Wormer

14 May 1994 – Daniel Dacanay Asprin died. Daniel was married to Margaret Lorriane Coon, the daughter of Grace Ellen (McCormack) Coon. For most of his life, he was a machinist. He was also the first member of the extended McCormack clan to be from the Philippines.

Daniel Asprin

Daniel Dacanay Asprin

18 May 1920 – Jimmie Dale Keen was born in Paris, Texas. Her parents were James & Della Keen. In 1945, she married James Archer McCormack. Here is my best picture of Jimmie. It is one of her wedding pictures. She later became the proud mother of four children, one son and three girls.

James & Jimmie McCormack

The wedding pose of James Archer McCormack and Jimmie Dale Keen.

22 May 2008 – Robert Lynne Asprin died in New Orleans, Louisiana. His parents were Daniel and (Margaret) Lorriane (Coon) Asprin. He was a well known fantasy/scifi writer.

Robert Lynn Asprin

Robert Lynne Asprin

26 May 1918 – Robert Henry Addy married Addy C. Snyder. They got married in Alma, Michigan. 


Robert Henry Addy

26 May 1897 – Lura Maude McCormack was born. She was born in Vienna Township, Montmorency County, Michigan. She was the daughter of Edward J. and Elizabeth Jane (Rohr) McCormack. She never really knew her father, Edward.

Lura Maude McCormack

Lura Maude (McCormack) Palmer

26 May 1924 – Lura Maude McCormack married Dudley B. Palmer. They were married in Roscommon, Michigan. 

Lura & Dudley Palmer

Lura M. McCormack, a family friend, Dudley B. Palmer shortly after their marriage in an undated photo.

30 May 1986 – Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford died. Alta was my grandmother. Her parents were William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack. 

Young Alta

Young Alta Lyleth McCormack

30 May 1967 – Robert Henry Addy died in Sarasota, Florida. This picture of Henry was taken at the 1907 or 1908 McCormack family reunion at his Uncle William E. McCormack’s house in Otter Lake, Michigan. For many years in the Lansing, Michigan area, he was a Farm Bureau employee.


Robert Henry Addy

30 May 1931 – Nella Mae McCormack was born in Reno, Nevada. Her parents were Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She got married and was the proud mother of three sons. She also had one trait in common with her older brother, Henry (see above). She had that same great smile!

Nella Mae McCormack Lowney

Nella Mae (McCormack) Lowney

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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!

My Grandmother’s Trip to Europe! Page 1

I was talking to my dad one day if he had a signature or some example of writing from my grandmother. I was trying to compliment my post, “The McCormacks in their own hand!”.

In 1925, my grandmother, Alta McCormack and her younger sister, Ruth went on their “Grand Tour” of Europe. This the first page in her trip diary that she maintained during their “Grand Tour” of Europe.

Page 1

Page 1


Date: June 26, 1925
Place: Montreal
Niagara Falls, Canada

We got an early
Start this morning —
at 6:30. It rained almost
all the way to Port
Huron but we made
good time. Went out
to Gratiot Inn and
saw Dad, Uncle Henry
and Aunt Margaret
who were there at
a convention. Came
across the river about
10 and had lots of fun
with the Canadian
Customs officer. Herb.
assures him that we
are all friends except
his aunt and brother. The
C. O. asked Herb what he. . . .

To be continued!

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

More news about Arthur!

Hello, once again! I have more news about the bad boy of the Clan McCormack, Arthur McCormack. I hope you remember my post, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap!” where I talk about my great-grand uncle Arthur McCormack getting convicted for bribery. Just a little updater for some people, Arthur McCormack was an alderman in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He had been a resident of the beer capital since the late 1880s and in fact, got married there.

As most everyone should know, before someone is convicted, they must be indicted. Today, I would like to talk a little about uncle Arthur’s indictment for bribery.

Arthur's Indictment

Arthur’s indictment announcement*[1]

Arthur was just one of seven people that were indicted that day and his legal problems were just beginning. As someone whose involvement with that side of the law has, fortunately, been limited to a few traffic tickets, I am not sure what motivated Arthur to do what he did. Perhaps he was just doing what might have been thought of as “business as usual” in some places. I also wonder if he thought the three tons of coal was worth the trouble that he was in and what was coming his way. One thing that I noticed and I hope you did too, is that this newspaper article isn’t from Milwaukee. The article that I found about Arthur’s conviction was also not from Milwaukee. One has to wonder why.

I will have more upcoming about Arthur’s legal misadventures in a future Otter Lake Express post.

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


* Note: I modified the article to just show Arthur’s involvement.


  1. Arthur A. McCormack, “Indict Seven for Grafting,” The Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) Daily Tribune, 12 Jan 1904, Pg. 4, col. 4, digital image, Newspapers.com, http://www.newspapers.com, accessed 6 Apr 2017.