Important Dates in April 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 April.

2 Apr 1898 – John Caraway Bird was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He married Edith Marie McCormack, the middle child of (Thomas) Henry and Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack. He would 119 years and 8 days if he had lived.

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John Caraway Bird

7 Apr 1868 Cora Ann (Baldwin) McCormack was born in Watertown, New York. She was married to Frank J. McCormack, son of Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack. She, unfortunately, is the only McCormack daughter or daughter-in-law that I don’t know if she ever had any children. From what I read in her obituary, she had been sickly for a number of years. Cora would have been 149 years, 3 days old if she had lived.

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Cora Baldwin McCormack

7 Apr 1963 – Aubrey Ford died in Detroit, Michigan. He was my grandfather that I never met. He died when I was almost 15 months old and I was also in Europe at the time. He was from Salisbury, Missouri.

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Aubrey B. Ford

7 Apr 1860 – John Michael McCormack was born in London, Ontario, Canada. Like I said in my post from last month, there isn’t a whole lot that I haven’t told you about him. There is a family story that after leaving his home in Ypsilanti, Michigan in the late 1870’s that he went east to work on the Brooklyn bridge that was being built in New York City at the time. It was there that he may have perfected his stonemason skills that he used when he finally went west to Reno, Nevada. John Michael or “Jimmy” as his wife was known to have called him, would have been 157 years, 3 days old if he had lived.

Young John Michael McCormack (Master II)

John Michael McCormack as a young man.

7 Apr 1860 – Patrick J. McCormack was born in London, Ontario, Canada. To be honest, I am not exactly sure if Patrick was his first name or not! The big problem I have is that he was born in Canada at a time before it was officially a country and kept better records. Another big problem I have is that “he” or Patrick died from consumption or as it is known now, tuberculosis. Also, I find it difficult to read the last two lines where “Patrick” and his brother, John Michael were listed. I also don’t know where he might be buried.

The McCormack Twins

11 Apr 1888 – Mae Ethel (McCormack) Stevens was born in Albert Township, Montmorency County, Michigan. She taught school for 37 years in the Mio, Michigan area. She was the daughter of Edward J. and Elizabeth J. (Rohr) McCormack. She would have been 156 years, 11 months, 30 days old if she had lived.

13 Apr 1987 – Lura Vae (Addy) Nilsen died in Big Rapids, Michigan. Lura was the only surviving daughter of Smith and Delilah Elizabeth (McCormack) Addy. From what I understand, she was a cat breeder after she retired.

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Lura Addy at the McCormack reunion in Otter Lake.

16 Apr 1867 – Maria “Minnie” (McCormack) Barnes was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One interesting factoid about “Minnie” is that with her two sisters, Delilah and Katherine, that they were the only members of their family to born in the United States. Everyone else was either born in Ireland or Canada. Her parents were Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack. Minnie would have been 149 years, 11 months, 25 days old if she been able to live this long!

17 Apr 2007 – Charles Wayne Waltz died in Reno, Nevada. He had joined the Army in 1944. Sometime prior to his enlistment in the Army, Charles married Gertrude Jeanette “Betty” McCormack, the daughter of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.

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Charles W. Waltz, Sr.

17 Apr 1889 – John Michael McCormack married Gertrude Peacock in Reno, Nevada. These pictures were not taken at their wedding but I am guessing their were taken within several years either way of the wedding. She was a local girl having been born in Dayton, Nevada.

A Young John Michael & Gertrude

A Young John Michael & Gertrude Peacock McCormack

18 Apr 2008 – Dorothy Ellen (Wade) McCormack died in Sacramento, California. Dorothy married Henry Davis McCormack, the son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. She was the proud mother of three girls and one son.

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Dorothy (Wade) McCormack

18 Apr 1900 – Merle Hemingway McCormack was born in Otter Lake, Michigan. He was the son of William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1922. He went to “fame” as the President of Baker Business College located in Flint, Michigan. The picture below features Merle and his two sisters, Alta and Ruth. Merle would be 116 years, 11 months, 23 days old if he had lived.

Merle, Ruth and Alta

L – R: Merle, Ruth, Alta

18 Apr 1922 – James Archer McCormack was born in Newcastle, California. He was the son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. After World War II started, he did what most young men did at the time, he joined the U.S. Navy. I was also told by a “very well connected” family source, that he and one of his children listened to the early NASCAR races. Jim would be 94 years, 11 months, 23 days old if he had lived.

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James Archer McCormack

19 Apr 1881 – Delilah Elizabeth McCormack married Smith Addy in Ypsilanti, Michigan. They would remain married for 24 years until her death in 1905. Delilah was the daughter of of Michael and Catherine (Payne) McCormack. From circumstantial evidence that I have researched, I believe that she was named for her mother’s sister-in-law, Delilah Payne.

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22 Apr 1865 – Gertrude Angeline (Peacock) McCormack was born in Dayton, Nevada. Her parents, Jobe Frank and Adeline (Brandon) Peacock, had just traveled west from Iowa a few years earlier before settling in Dayton. There is a family story that she was the first white girl that was born in the Nevada Territory. She would 151 years, 11 months, 19 days old if she had lived this long.

A Young Gertrude Peacock McCormack

A young Gertrude Peacock McCormack

22 Apr 1911 – Mae Ethel McCormack married Hiram J. Stevens in Mio, Michigan. Please see my entry for Mae above.

25 Apr 1977 – Leon Ray Ingleright III died in Eau Claire, Michigan. One of Leon’s proudest moments was the picture below taken at his son’s graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997. Leon was the grandson of Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) and Leon Ray Ingleright, Sr. 

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Leon Ingleright III

27 Apr 1985 – Lucille May (McCormack) Crozier died in Ithaca, Michigan. Lucille was the eldest daughter and child of Henry and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack. She was married to William Fred Crozier. Lucille and Fred were the proud parents of two boys.

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Lucille May (McCormack) Crozier

27 Apr 1918 – Minnie Myrtle (Van Wormer) McCormack died in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was the wife of Henry McCormack of Ithaca, Michigan. Minnie died of cancer at a  Battle Creek hospital. She was the proud mother of three children, two girls Lucille May and Edith Marie and one son, Charles Harold. According to her obituary, it seemed like most of her in-laws attended her funeral.

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Minnie (VanWormer) McCormack

28 Apr 1943 – William E. McCormack died in Otter Lake, Michigan. He was my great-grandfather. He was a prominent businessman and community leader in Otter Lake. He married Lavina Jane Hemingway (she became my great-grandmother), the belle of a notable local family after his first wife died in 1895. He received a handsome pocket watch as a wedding present from Lavina. 

William McCormack in front of his house in Otter Lake

William E. McCormack

29 Apr 2004 – Pauline Pearl (Humphrey) McCormack died in Alma, Michigan. She was the daughter of Arthur and Pearl Humphrey and her husband was Charles Harold McCormack. She and Harold were the proud parents of two boys and one girl. An very interesting fact about Pauline is that for her honeymoon, she and Harold went to Cuba!

Pauline McCormack

Pauline (Humphrey) McCormack

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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!

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!

Happy Belated Anniversary!

Happy belated Anniversary! To whom? To the Otter Lake Express! It was almost four years and two weeks ago that I started this blog attempting to tell the story of Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack and their extended family.

I would like to start out by saying a few words of thanks to a “few” people. I would like to thank everyone that has helped me in some way research, write or anything connected to this blog. That means people who have given me digital photos, background material and everything else.

I also would like to thank all of my McCormack relatives. Why? It is because without them, I wouldn’t have anything to write about. I have learned so much and have had so much fun researching and writing this blog.

I would like to thank again, Maurice “Doc” McCormack for in effect introducing me to his big family. I have met many special people in that branch of the McCormack family.

Doc McCormack

Maurice “Doc” McCormack (1933 – 2009)

Thank you for stopping by!

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!

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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! 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Family Treasures: Another McCormack Before & After

One of the things that I really like about researching my family history is when family members share old photos that I can in turn share with others both within and outside the family. But what I really like when a family member shares an old photo with me is that most of the time, the photo needs some digital restoration and that is something that I really like.

Today, I would like to share this “before and after” picture of Edith Marie McCormack as a young lady of 11 and half. Edith Marie was the middle child of Henry and Minnie (Van Wormer) McCormack, of Ithaca, Michigan.

When it was created, this picture must have been really beautiful! What I saw when I looked at it, I saw a picture that was in pretty decent shape physically. That is, there was no damage to the picture, no cuts, no missing sections or anything like that. If you look carefully at Edith Marie’s right, there looks like someone left some fingerprints. Also, if you look very closely there is a small ring of some kind in lower right corner on Edith Marie’s dress. Those were some of the reasons why I decided to digitally modify the picture. I also didn’t like how the picture seemed very dark or flat. That was one reason why I replaced the background and placed a marquee to cover up those sins.

I don’t want you to think that I have forgotten to thank my benefactor for this picture. Giving credit where credit is due is very important to me. That said, I would like to thank Edith Marie’s grandson, Lance A., very much for sharing this wonderful picture with me and the rest of the world.

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Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope that you learned something and that you liked what you saw.

Footnote;

1.) picture of a young Edith Marie McCormack, 2009, privately held by Lance A., [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009

 

Important February Dates for the McCormack Clan!

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

1 Feb 1996 – Edna Ruth (McCormack) Hebestreit died in Mio, Michigan. Edna was the owner/operator of the McCormack General Store in Mio, Michigan. She was the youngest daughter of Edward J. and Elizabeth J. (Rohr) McCormack.

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Edna (McCormack) Hebestreit at her birthday party

2 Feb 1904 – Ruth Eleanor (McCormack) Farrell was born in Otter Lake, Michigan. Ruth was the youngest daughter of William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack. She and her older sister, Alta made a trip to Europe in 1925. 

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Ruth (McCormack) Farrell at her summer cabin

3 Feb 1902 – Alta Lyleth (McCormack) Ford was born in Otter Lake, Michigan. She was the middle child of William E. and Lavina J. (Hemingway) McCormack. Alta was a teacher in the western suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. 

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Alta McCormack Ford

11 Feb 2005 – Henry Davis McCormack died in El Dorado, California. He was the oldest child and son of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. One of Henry’s favorite activities was trap or skeet shooting.

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Henry Davis McCormack

11 Feb 2008 – Charles Wayne Waltz died in Reno, Nevada. He served in WWII. He was married to Gertrude “Betty” Jeanette McCormack, the first daughter and second child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack.

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Charles W. Waltz, Sr.

13 Feb 1920 – Gerald “Mac” Milton McCormack was born. “Mac” was the second son and third child of Henry Peacock and Ethel (Davis) McCormack. Gerald was an engineering genius. He worked for just over 17 years at the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory in Moffat Field near San Francisco, California.

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Gerald “Mac” McCormack

13 Feb 2004 – Jewel Beatrice (Hassell) McCormack died in Laurel, Mississippi. Jewel married Robert Michael McCormack. They had three boys, Michael Alan, Patrick James and Robert Craig.

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Jewel Beatrice (Hassell) McCormack

13 Feb 1933 – Arthur A. McCormack died in Chicago, Illinois. He was an alderman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a number of years. 

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Arthur McCormack at the family reunion in Otter Lake, Michigan.

15 Feb 1898 – Edward James McCormack died in Vienna Corners, Michigan. Edward and his father, Michael McCormack each had 160 acres near Mio, Michigan.

20 Feb 1933 – Maurice LeRoy “Doc” McCormack was born in Reno, Nevada. Doc was the man that helped me “discover” his branch of the family.

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Maurice “Doc” McCormack

21 Feb 2005 – James Archer McCormack, Sr. died in Sparks, Nevada. As you can see, James is a true redhead and looks every bit Irish.

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James Archer McCormack, Sr.

21 Feb 1909 – Margaret “Margo” Mary Helen Halm was born in Saginaw, Michigan. She was the second wife of Merle H. McCormack.merle-and-margo22 Feb 1944 – Leon Ray Ingleright III was born in Niles, Michigan. Leon was the grandson of Katherine Fidelia (McCormack) and Leon Ray Ingleright, Sr. Leon’s son was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. 

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Leon Ray Ingleright III

28 Feb 2006 – Phyllis Louise Trevellyan died in McLean, Virginia. She was the wife of Robert Orrin Addy, the adopted step-grandson of Delilah Elizabeth (McCormack) Addy.

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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!

A McCormack Queen?

I have written about the use of newspapers in detailing events of your family history. This is one such occasion. So I hope that you can understand and sense my excitement when I found a newspaper article that matched a picture of someone and an event in my family’s history. It is something special.

I can’t remember exactly when my cousin (she’s in the middle in the picture) gave me the picture. But she did tell me that the occasion was an event at the local International Order of Job’s Daughters chapter. 

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A Queen in waiting and her parents [1]

I wondered if this article went with the picture above. I sent the article to my cousin asking her if the article went with the picture that she had shared with me several years ago. She wrote back to me saying that yes in deed the picture went with the article. I was also excited to see that a couple other of my cousins were also involved that night at the Masonic event. They were the crown bearer and the cherub. One of her older sisters was also involved as a flag bearer.

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Patricia McCormack – Honored Queen [2]

She also added that she was sorry that the article didn’t mention that her father (the man on the left in the picture) created a gavel for her for that occasion. The gavel was made out of rosewood and jade. As luck would have it, she told me during a conversation that she still has the gavel but it is packed away right now. She told me several things about her father that made him more real and added substance to what I have learned about him. The article also added that Patricia honored her mother with a special bouquet of roses.

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

Footnotes;

1. picture of Patricia McCormack as Honored Queen, , 2009, privately held by Jeff Ford, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lebanon, Tennessee, 2009

2. Patricia Ann McCormack, “Patricia McCormack New Honored Queen,” San Rafael Independent Journal, 24 Jun 1954, Pg. X, col. 6-7, digital image, FindMyPast.com, http://www.findmypast.com, accessed 28 Jan 2017.